Many students find that they gain a great deal from the experience of studying abroad. Living and studying in another country is often a challenge but overcoming obstacles and learning to cope in another culture and language brings maturity and confidence and can help students to develop qualities and skills that employers look for, in addition to enhancement of language skills.
Undergraduate students doing Single Honours Philosophy, Philosophy and Literature and the Philosophy with Degree programmes can go on an Erasmus Placement abroad for a full academic year. Students apply in their second year for a third year of study at a European institution, and then return to Warwick for their final year. Students in their first or final year of study are not eligible to apply.
Maths and Philosophy and PPE students may also choose to go on an Erasmus Placement abroad and can either contact the Philosophy Department Erasmus Co-ordinator or may prefer to talk to the co-ordinator in the relevant other department(s) about their partner institutions.
Key points of the current Erasmus programme
- EU as well as non EU students are eligible.
- Currently no tuition fees for the year abroad for Home/EU students (N.B overseas fee payers would pay half fees to Warwick during their year abroad).
- Monthly allowance to help with additional cost of placement abroad (currently students should plan on 350-400 Euros per month for 10 months only).
- You will be expected to pay reduced Warwick fees whilst abroad.
- Students would be registered at both the University of Warwick and the European University so would still be eligible for maintenance grants (as the monthly allowance from the EU is not intended to cover all maintenance costs).
- You would normally be expected to follow the pattern and terms and conditions that a typical student in the University you are attending would with respect to workload (CATS requirements) and assessment although any results obtained during this year abroad would not contribute towards your final degree classification. Credit would be noted on your transcript for the work undertaken whilst on your year abroad. Students are not advised to exceed the equivalent of a 120 CAT workload during their year abroad.
- Although it is recommended that you have a minimum of 'A' level standard of language ability in the native language of the host country you are visiting, many partner institutions teach some of their modules in English. Many host institutions do provide intensive language training courses in the period immediately before the academic year starts and students are strongly advised to take advantage of these courses where available.
- It is expected that you will currently be at a 2.1 average level and will maintain this level throughout your second year examinations.
Philosophy Department Partner Institutions
Warwick's Philosophy Department currently has links with the following Universities at Undergraduate level:
- University of Vienna (Austria)
- University of Jena (Germany)
- University of Koln (Germany)
- University of Copenhagen (Denmark)
- Universidad Complutense, Madrid (Spain)
- Universidad Autonoma, Madrid (Spain)
- Roma Tre University (Italy)
- University of Turin (Italy)
- University of Bergen (Norway)
- Erasmus University, Rotterdam (Netherlands)
- Uppsala University (Sweden)
If you are interested in a year abroad at an institution not in the above list please do discuss this with the Departmental Erasmus Co-ordinator as soon as possible as other departments may have links of interest. A full list of the University's Erasmus Partner institutions can be found here.
Process for Applications/Nominations:
Those interested in going on an exchange should fill out the Study Abroad Application Form and attach a one page letter to the Departmental Erasmus Co-ordinator outlining the reasons for wanting to participate in the exchange by no later than Monday 3rd December (week 10).
You should address the following questions in your application:
a) Why do you want to study in the host country you have chosen?
b) How will you adapt to life in the host country and cope with being away from Britain?
c) What benefits will you receive by spending your an intercalated year abroad?
d) What previous experiences have you had that make you suitable for the exchange?
e) Why should you be selected for the exchange?
Candidates will then be invited for an interview prior to formal nominations being submitted. Please ensure you are available for interview in week 10.
What must you provide on your return from Erasmus year out in order to be considered for an intercalated year degree?
- You must provide a transcript of results from the host University for the modules taken.
- You must provide a report at the end of terms 1 and 2
- You may also be requested to provide a 3,000 word written summary of your experiences including contextual information on the host institution, the cultural and academic environments, any skills you have developed and how they relate to perosnal, academic or career development. If applicable this should be submitted in your final year.
All required documentation must be submitted to the departmental office in good time for the final year board of examiners meeting (no later than beginning of May of your final year).
For further information please contact:
Dr David James
D dot N dot James at warwick dot ac dot uk
Study Abroad Co-ordinator