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9: Study Abroad Opportunities

This section of the Handbook provides information for Warwick students looking to study abroad and also for students who will be studying at Warwick for up to 1 year as part of their Degree.

Erasmus Exchange

The Department is currently an active member of the EU’s Erasmus programme which offers opportunities for students in EU countries to study abroad at other universities in EU countries. If you are enrolled on: L100, L116 (L112), LM1D (LLD2), and GL11, you are able to apply to spend a full academic year abroad between your second and final years of study, with placement providers who are partners of the Economics Department.

If you are successful in gaining a placement with an Erasmus partner, your degree programme becomes a four-year programme, and assuming you pass sufficient modules, the title of your course changes to add the suffix ‘with Study Abroad’ to the existing title (e.g. BSc Economics with Study Abroad).

On returning to Warwick the final year of studies continues in the normal way. You will be expected to produce a Returner’s Report for the Department in addition to the one you have to provide to the International Student Office.

The Department offers a choice from a range of universities for undergraduate students. These are:

We also have places with worldwide partners in Canada, China, Mexico, Malaysia, Japan and Australia. More information can be found on the Study Abroad website: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/study/studyabroad/ 

Financial aspects

As a Warwick student, you will pay a reduced fee to the University of Warwick while studying abroad. The precise figure is liable to change and so it is best to check with the International Student Office. You receive the student loan to which you are normally entitled. If you receive any grants or bursaries for studying your degree at Warwick, these will continue while you are studying abroad. You are also offered an Erasmus travel grant. You may also be eligible to apply for some funds from the institution that is hosting you.

As this is an exchange scheme you do not pay fees to the host university. You will have to pay for your travel to and from the university; your accommodation while living in the country and living expenses. If you are a citizen of an EU country you are also advised to ensure you have your EHIC health card with you. However, all students are strongly advised to take travel and health insurance for the duration of their stay abroad.

Eligibility

To be considered for an Erasmus placement through the Department of Economics, you should:

  1. Be in the first term of your Second Year in either BSc Economics, BSc Economics and Industrial Organisation, BSc/BA Economics, Politics and International Studies, BSc/BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics or BSc Mathematics and Economics. Students studying BSc/BA Economics, Politics and International Studies, BSc/BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics and BSc Mathematics and Economics are also eligible to apply for Erasmus through the other departments contributing to their degree; different departments have different rules for applications.
  2. Be achieving 60% or above across your First and Second Year modules. In some cases a student achieving a lower score in some modules can be considered if they are achieving high-level grades in other modules. This is judged on a case-by-case basis.
  3. For study in France, Germany or Spain, you need to have language skills at or above Level 5 on Warwick’s Language Centre programme of courses; this is equivalent to skills beyond A Level. Universität Konstanz is the exception as it is happy to accept students who have attained Level 4, i.e. A Level equivalent; they will put you on an intense German course when you arrive. For other institutions, you will need to gain a working knowledge of the local language in order to live there effectively.

Please note: Each application is judged holistically so if you have a weakness in one area, for example, in terms of language skills, this may be counter-balanced by other strengths such as experience living or studying abroad or living independently in a challenging context in the past.

Please note: PPE students should only apply to one Department.

We will also take into account the view of your Personal Tutor in terms of your suitability to undertake a year abroad as well as your general attendance and performance so far. Thus, you are advised to discuss your desire to study abroad with your Personal Tutor as soon as possible.

Programme of study while on Erasmus placement

Whilst on your Erasmus placement you are expected to take the equivalent of a full year's study at Warwick. Here you would take 120 CATS worth of modules; this is equivalent to 60 European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) points. The detailed programme of study must be approved by the Erasmus Coordinator once you are on placement but should reflect the degree course you are enrolled on at Warwick. For example, we would expect those taking BSc Economics to take most of their modules while on placement in Economics, at least 50%. However, we are prepared to allow some flexibility in choice of modules. In particular, Warwick recognises the ECTS of short language courses that you may take while abroad, even if the host institution does not include these on your transcript for your year with them; do ensure you come back with a certificate from the module if you have taken such a course.

Students studying BSc/BA Economics, Politics and International Studies, BSc Mathematics and Economics or BSc/BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics should discuss the precise balance between different subject areas with their various departments.

Modules taught in English are available at the host institutions, though to a lesser degree at Lille and Paris Sorbonne than at the other universities. In some cases, Warwick students have taken modules at Master's level but have coped quite well. You should aim to balance your studies across the two semesters, i.e. 30 ECTS/30 ECTS or 20 ECTS/20 ECTS/20 ECTS for universities with trimesters. However, this is not always possible given the range of modules available. You do need to recognise the workload implications of having imbalanced semesters and also ensure that you take a total of 60 ECTS of modules across the year as a whole.

Assessing your Erasmus performance

Transcripts of the marks you attain during your Erasmus placement are forwarded to us. A sub-committee of the Final Year Examination Board reviews these marks to ascertain whether you have passed the appropriate number of ECTS points. You need to pass a minimum of 45 ECTS to be considered to have passed the year. The marks you achieve do not count towards your final Warwick degree classification. However, an unsatisfactory performance may be taken into account by Final Year Boards of Examiners in considering cases at the borderlines of degree classes.

Failure to achieve the appropriate number of ECTS points will result in your reverting to your original degree course. We do not, however, ask a higher standard from Final Year students at Warwick, irrespective of whether it is their third or fourth year - they are judged by the same standards. Job prospects are substantially improved where an academically successful year abroad can be shown.

The second part of our assessment of your performance during your Erasmus year is the Returner's Report which you are asked to complete for the Department upon your return to Warwick. This report is in addition to any reports you provide to the Study Abroad office. It is intended to help you reflect on your placement experiences and to demonstrate what you have learned and how you have developed during the year abroad. Without the submission of this report, you cannot be considered for the 'with Study Abroad' degree title. Previous students' Returner's Reports are available for you to read.

How to apply

The application process opens in October and details on how to apply are communicated to you at an introductory session. If you miss this session, contact the Director of Visiting and Erasmus Students who can provide you with the relevant resources.

There is a two-stage process. First you apply to the Economics Department to be selected as one of the students to study abroad. If you are selected, you then have to apply directly to the institution abroad that you hope to study at. You will receive support in making this application from the Department and the Study Abroad office. It is rare for a student to be rejected by the foreign university, but it is best for you if you ensure that your application is accurate and submitted on time.

Please use the application form here; email completed forms to Undergraduate Office via: economics.ugoffice@warwick.ac.uk.

Contacts

For queries about Erasmus and other Study Abroad opportunities through the Economics Department contact the Undergraduate Teaching & Learning Manager.

The International Office oversees all Study Abroad and can help you with general queries regarding the process. For questions about Erasmus, contact the Office for Global Engagement on erasout@warwick.ac.uk or on 024 7657 4429.

Exchanges to Australia

Background

We will take into account the view of your Personal Tutor in terms of your suitability to undertake a year abroad; your general attendance and performance so far. Thus, you are advised to discuss your desire to study abroad with your Personal Tutor as soon as possible. In terms of performance you will need to show good performance in assessments (2:1 minimum) as we will not get your exams results on time to confirm the decision. The Australia term starts in July therefore we will take your performance in assessments into account as well as the exams.

For the year abroad successful applicants will pay a reduced tuition fee to the University of Warwick — check with the Study Abroad office for the current rate. Tuition fees will not need to be paid to Monash University under the reciprocal exchange agreement.

All other expenses incurred during the year at Monash will be met by you. This includes travelling to and from the university; your accommodation while living in the country and living expenses.

You are strongly advised to take travel and health insurance for the duration of your stay abroad. The Australian government has made it compulsory for students travelling to the country to have insurance before they arrive, this can cost £300-500. In addition for Australia, you will have to pay for a visa which costs around £800. However, this visa permits you to do up to 20 hours paid work during the term and work full-time during the vacations.

On returning to Warwick the final year of studies continues in the normal way. You will be expected to produce a Returner’s Report for the Department in addition to the one you have to provide to the Study Abroad office.

Please note that the Application process is exactly the same as the Erasmus exchange explained earlier.

What to study and how assessment works

You will be expected to study the equivalent of a full year's academic load at Monash. Study programmes will be agreed before you leave the UK. Thus, you need to access the resources of the university to determine which modules you will be taking. Students on an Economics programme will be expected to take at least 50% of their modules in Economics subjects. Students studying BSc/BA Economics, Politics and International Studies, BSc Mathematics and Economics or BSc/BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics should discuss the precise balance between different subject areas with their various departments.

Performance at Monash will be monitored, and candidates performing at a satisfactory level will be permitted to graduate with the following suffix to their degree: ‘with Study Abroad’. A Returner’s Report will be required from candidates on these schemes. You will need to pass 6 Units (=120 CATS).

Please note that as Monash is in the Southern Hemisphere, its seasons are reversed to those of Europe. Consequently you will start your study there in July, just weeks after you will have completed your Second Year at Warwick. The summer vacation at Monash runs through December and January.

Other study abroad opportunities

You can also apply for Study Abroad opportunities offered at a University level, for example to study in South Korea or Japan for a year. There are also a range of summer school opportunities, many of them outside Europe, that you can apply for without altering your programme of study at Warwick. Applications for these schemes are handled by the Study Abroad office, but you will be supported by the Economics Department if you make such applications. You will also need to speak to your Personal Tutor about these applications as they are likely to be approached to provide a reference for your application.

Contacts

For queries about Erasmus and other Study Abroad opportunities through the Economics Department contact the Undergraduate Teaching & Learning Manager.

The Study Abroad office oversees all Study Abroad and can help you with general queries regarding the process. For questions about studying at Monash University, contact the Study Abroad office on worldwide@warwick.ac.uk or on 024 7652 4133. They can also provide details of exchange opportunities in East Asian universities that are available for Warwick students.

Information for Visiting students

Much of the information in the earlier sections of the Handbook will be relevant for you, so we would advise you to familiarise yourself with it, in particular section 1, which introduces you to the Department its key contacts and section 3 which covers details about the modules and timetable.

On arrival, visiting students should report to the Department of Economics at the start of Term 1 or Term 2 to meet with the Teaching and Learning Manager or the Director of Erasmus and Study Abroad programmes.

Academic year

Our system differs from most continental universities in that the year is split into three terms, each of ten weeks. These run October — December, January — March, and April — June. Most of the teaching takes place in the first two terms, with examinations taking place in May/June.

Modules

Visiting students can take First, Second and Final year modules in Economics. Be aware that some modules will have pre-requisites and that you will need to be able to show you have appropriate knowledge and skills in order to take these modules. Typically, you will have to confirm your choice with your home university. They will have to accept what is a feasible pattern here and the fact that modules may be changed or not run in a specific year. As modules for different years are taught in the same slots in the week, you may find if you mix Second and Final Year modules that there will be clashes. Please note that our modules are in economics, not in business studies. It is sometimes possible for you to take some modules run by WBS or other departments. However, this depends upon the consent of the member of staff teaching the module, and it is not possible to make any commitments in advance. We cannot accept, as Economics-based students, those who wish to do a majority of non-EC coded modules.

In this Department, modules run either for one term or the whole year. In both cases however, you are only examined at the end of the year, i.e. in the third/Summer term. It is, however, possible to enrol as a visiting student for only one or two of the terms. Not all modules are available to students who are with us only for the Autumn and/or the Spring terms. If you are only here for one term and are interested in taking a year-long module, you will only be able to take the term 1 part of the module.

It is likely that if you only study the modules for one or two terms that you will receive fewer credits than students studying it for the entire year. Check the booklet for Assessment methods for part-year students for details. The booklet is available from the Office for Global Engagement. Students who come for more than one term are not permitted to change modules after the third week of the first term they are studying here.

Number of modules: Our own students do a certain amount of modules each year; these must add up to 120 CATS (60 ECTS) and it is a government requirement that visiting students fit as closely as possible with the amount of study undertaken by a Second or Final Year student. It may mean that visiting students accrue more credits than are required by their home university. Each module will usually consist of two one-hour lectures a week, and usually a module Support and Feedback class either weekly or fortnightly. Some Final Year modules do not have module Support and Feedback classes.

Assessment

For Second and Final year modules, our students will usually do some coursework during the year followed by the Summer examination counting for the majority of the final mark. Unless a visiting student is present for the entire academic year, module marks for visiting students are based on assessed work. Visiting students should be aware that this will be the case. Help in essay writing and other study skills for your time at Warwick are available from the Library, Careers & Skills and within the Assessments and Examination section of this UG Handbook (section 4). You are advised to read this section to find out further information about assessments in the Economics Department.

Extension request for coursework:

In principle the rules applying to you if you are a visiting or incoming study abroad student are the same as for other students. In practice we treat visiting students a little differently for two reasons.

1) Most Warwick degree students do not face formal assessed coursework deadlines and penalties for late submission affecting their degree classification until their second year. Therefore, they have had a whole first year to learn about good practice, library access, the computer network, juggling home and overseas travel and family commitments and so on. Visiting students may face assessed coursework deadlines almost immediately on arrival, with less opportunity to adjust beforehand.

2) Warwick degree students are working to obtain a Warwick degree. Visiting students are here to work for a degree for their home institutions, partly to gain broader educational benefits from living and studying in another country.

In considering visiting students' requests for short assessed coursework deadline extensions the Department will start from the same rules as those applying to Warwick degree students. However, we will also take into account the two factors listed above. We will not agree to such requests automatically or without a case being made. However, we will agree visiting students' requests for extensions, particularly concerning those first items of coursework normally submitted in December and January, more readily than similar requests from Warwick degree students.

As well as extensive online support these two services also offer short courses and face-to-face advice. Visiting students are encouraged to make use of this support soon after arriving at Warwick and certainly well before they have to write their first essay. While you may feel you have strong scholarly skills, it can be important to get in tune with expectations for academic work at this university.

Contact
Dr Dennis Novy
Director for Erasmus and Visiting Students (Economics)
D.Novy@warwick.ac.uk

Examinations

Visiting and Erasmus students coming for just the autumn term; just the spring term or the autumn and spring terms but not the summer term, will not take examinations. Thus, when registering for a module, normally you will put in ‘VA’ (which means Visiting Assessment) or another alternate assessment indicator.

Any Visiting or Erasmus students studying in the Department either for the spring and summer terms or for the entire year, will take the examinations. Thus, at the start of the year you need to register for the standard form of assessment just like permanent students in the Department. If this is not done it can lead to difficulties at the examination time.

For some modules there will be separate examinations for second years and for finalists. The finalist’s examination will usually come first. For such modules, all Visiting and Erasmus students must ensure that they are registered for the finalist examination (as opposed to the non-finalist option).

Monitoring points for Outgoing and Incoming Study Abroad Students

Whether you are a student visiting Warwick or a Warwick student studying abroad, you have responsibilities to the Department in which you are studying.

Warwick students studying abroad will need to meet 11 Monitoring points during the year, so that we are assured of your wellbeing, attendance and engagement with your Degree course. The consequences of missing too many Monitoring points can be severe, including the removal of 'With Study Abroad' from your Degree title. The Monitoring points that you must meet are listed below:


Economics based students on Erasmus and Study Abroad placements
L100 – YEAR 3, L116 (LL12) – YEAR 3, LM1D (LLD2) – YEAR 3, GL11 – YEAR 3

Autumn term
Monitoring Point Description How to meet this point Timing
1. Email contact with Erasmus Coordinator in Economics Email or respond to the email from the Erasmus Coordinator or their deputy Week 1
2. Email contact with Erasmus Coordinator in Economics Email or respond to the email from the Erasmus Coordinator or their deputy Week 3 or 4
3. Submission of mid-term diary/blog entry Send your diary or blog to the Erasmus Coordinator by email Week 6
4. Email contact with Erasmus Coordinator in Economics Email or respond to the email from the Erasmus Coordinator or their deputy Week 8
5. Email contact with Erasmus Coordinator in Economics Email or respond to the email from the Erasmus Coordinator or their deputy Week 9
6. Submission of end of term diary/blog entry Send your diary or blog to the Erasmus Coordinator Week 10
Spring Term
7. Email contact with Erasmus Coordinator in Economics Email or respond to the email from the Erasmus Coordinator or their deputy Week 17
8. Email contact with Erasmus Coordinator in Economics Email or respond to the email from the Erasmus Coordinator or their deputy Week 21
9. Submission of mid-term diary/blog entry Send your diary or blog to the Erasmus Coordinator by email Week 19
10. Submission of end of term diary/blog entry Send your diary or blog to the Erasmus Coordinator by email Week 24
Summer Term
11. Submission of final report on placement Send your report to the Erasmus Coordinator by email Week 39

As an incoming student, you have some responsibilities to the Department, just as we have some responsibilities to you. We want to ensure that you are coping with your work and engaging with your course while you are with us. In the table below, you will find a list of 11 Monitoring points across the three terms. You must ensure that you meet each one of the Monitoring points during the time that you are with us. If you miss too many, we will get in contact with you to check on your wellbeing and we will also inform the Office for Global Engagement about our concerns regarding your attendance and engagement. The Monitoring points are listed below:

Economics based students on incoming Erasmus and Study Abroad placements
Autumn term
Monitoring Point Description How to meet this point Timing
1. Confirmation of module choices with UG Teaching & Learning Manager in Economics   Week 1-3
2. Meeting with Personal Tutor Personal tutor and student to note the meeting in Tabula Week 1-5
3. Attendance at module support and feedback class for economics module Tutor to note attendance in Tabula Week 3 or 4
4. Attendance at module support and feedback class for economics module Tutor to note attendance in Tabula Week 5 or 6
5. Attendance at module support and feedback class for economics module Tutor to note attendance in Tabula Week 7 or 8
Spring Term
6. Meeting with Personal Tutor Personal tutor and student to note the meeting in Tabula Week 15- 19
7. Attendance at module support and feedback class for economics module Tutor to note attendance in Tabula Week 16 or 17
8. Attendance at module support and feedback class for economics module Tutor to note attendance in Tabula Week 18 or 19
9. Attendance at module support and feedback class for economics module Tutor to note attendance in Tabula Week 20 or 21
10. Attendance at module support and feedback class for economics module Tutor to note attendance in Tabula Week 22 or 23
Summer Term
11. Attendance at an examination Your exam script constitutes attendance Term 3