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.
There are two routes if you wish to study abroad:
- 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.
- You could spend an intercalated (non-credit bearing) year at one of Warwick's university-wide partnerships. Find out more about these options on the University's partner institutions page.
Key benefits of studying abroad
- You will ask critical questions from new cultural and intellectual viewpoints, creating valuable insights to the 'Big Problems' facing the world today.
- You will be able to differentiate yourself from other candidates in terms of 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.
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 provided that you fulfill 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.
Even if you stay at Warwick for the entirety of your degree, your experience will still be an international one due to our intake of inbound students. Our department welcomes a number of students from our partner institutions, teaching you together in an inclusive and diverse learning environment. We value the unique combinations of backgrounds, experiences, knowledge and interests that inbound students bring to our classrooms and our department.
Please see our FAQs page for questions and answers about studying abroad.
With limited places, there is a competitive application process. It will be expected that you will be of a 2:1 standard prior to departure. If you wish to study abroad, you should apply in the first term of your second year.
Whilst 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 who will be required to approve the courses which you study whilst 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 whilst you are overseas.
You will pay a reduced fee rate to Warwick. You will not pay for tuition to your host institution abroad.
Your year abroad will not be part of the ERASMUS. You will not be eligible for financial support in the form of travel grants or maintenance loans. However, should you encounter severe unforeseen financial difficulties whilst you are abroad, you may apply to Warwick for a loan to help you out. The loan must be repaid at the start of the term when you next attend Warwick.
Contact the Study Abroad Team for further financial information.
You will need to apply for accommodation. Please see here for more information.
Our partner institutions in Europe all teach in English.