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Study Abroad

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At Liberal Arts we believe that understanding difficult issues means seeing them from different angles – whether disciplinary, socio-cultural, or international. A period studying abroad can be the defining experience of your undergraduate degree. You’ll have the chance to immerse yourself in another culture, learn a new language, and make new friends. You’ll also develop a new international perspective – enabling you to tackle problems as a global citizen. Your study abroad experience can even help you when applying for postgraduate courses and jobs.

Benefits of studying abroad

  • You will ask critical questions from new cultural and intellectual viewpoints, creating valuable insights to the pressing questions facing the world today.
  • You will be able to differentiate yourself from other candidates in terms of your employability, adding value to your applications and gaining genuine, credible examples from your experiences abroad.
  • Although the teaching is in English at our Liberal Arts partner institutions, your experience will be enhanced if you learn the main language of communication. By doing so, you will improve your ability to be resourceful and adaptable in different situations. In an ever-increasing internationally focused working world, language skills can be sought after by graduate employers.
  • By socialising and networking in a new environment, you will grow and develop as an active and engaged global citizen. This will allow you to approach the important challenges of contemporary life not only from an academic perspective but from a global viewpoint too.

Outbound students

It is not compulsory to study abroad as part of the Liberal Arts degree, however, we encourage our students to consider studying abroad. Our students who have studied abroad have found it extremely beneficial.

There are two routes if you wish to study abroad:

Liberal Arts partnerships

You could spend an intercalated (non-credit bearing) year at one of our Liberal Arts partner institutions. We’ve established partnerships with elite institutions in Europe and Canada. These partnerships allow our students to spend a year abroad on Liberal Arts programmes that share our passion for interdisciplinarity and critical thinking.

University-wide partnerships

You could spend an intercalated (non-credit bearing) year at one of Warwick's university-wide partnerships. These destinations are subject to annual confirmation and availability. Find out more about these options on the University's partner institutions page.

Applying to study abroad

You will need to apply to study abroad. Places available at overseas partner institutions are limited. Therefore, there is a competitive application and selection procedure. If you are interested in studying abroad, you will need to apply during the first term of your second year. More information about the process will be provided to you nearer the time.

What will I learn while I'm abroad?

You are free to study whichever modules or courses offered by the partner institution interest you most, if you fulfil the academic requirements. You may decide to continue to take modules that correspond to your pathway, or you may choose something completely different. Your personal tutor at Warwick will be able to guide you in your choice. All of our partners offer a range of options with a level of demand that is at least equal to Warwick’s and they are at an appropriate level. Your choices will need to be approved by your personal tutor at Warwick.

Support

While you are abroad, you will be required to maintain regular contact with Warwick staff as part of your compliance with our Student Attendance and Monitoring Scheme. Your principal point of contact will be your Warwick personal tutor. They will be required to approve the courses which you study while abroad and will also be available to support you throughout your study abroad experience, particularly if you encounter any issues or have any concerns about your progress. You will maintain regular online contact with Warwick, and Warwick tutors may even visit you while you are overseas. Towards the end of the year abroad, you will need to advise us on your choices of modules for your final year at Warwick.

Cost

You will pay a reduced rate for home fees. You will need to pay fees to Warwick if you are studying abroad as you will still be in receipt of services from Warwick. For example, you will continue to receive the advice and support of your personal tutor while you are abroad. They will have to approve the modules which you choose to study while you are abroad in order to ensure that they fit in with your Warwick course. Find out more about fees for year abroad students for 2021/22. Please see the Student Finance website for more information.

Visa

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Accommodation

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Language

Our partner institutions in Europe all teach in English.