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Study Abroad

Our department is part of a global network of exchange partners enabling you to spend time studying in another country during your time with us. We have long-standing agreements with prestigious universities in countries around the world. There are two options for study abroad: an integrated year or an intercalated year.

Integrated: study abroad included within your three year degree

An integrated year allows you to replace year two of your programme with a year abroad. The marks you earn will count as the second year of your final degree results. Single Honours, Joint Honours or Philosophy with students are eligible to apply. We participate in exchange schemes with two North American universities.

Intercalated: study abroad adding a year to your degree

The intercalated option will add one year to your degree programme. Undergraduate students doing Single Honours Philosophy, Philosophy and Literature and the Philosophy with degree programmes can also set up an approved work placement abroad. Typically students apply in their second year of study to go abroad for a third year of study at a European institution. Students then return to Warwick for their final year. Warwick also has university-wide partnerships with universities all around the world. Each year the Philosophy department is allocated a number of places on these exchanges to which you can apply.

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Study Abroad Programmes

Below is an example list of places open to our students in 2018/19.

The list is illustrative of what might be on offer in future years, as places and availability are always subject to change on an annual basis.

Integrated country options

  • Canada - Queen’s University in Ontario; Western University in Ontario
  • USA - University of Wisconsin-Madison

Intercalated country options

  • Europe – Our department has partners in France, Spain, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, Austria, Denmark and more. You can choose from amongst the finest universities in Europe in cities such as: Madrid, Dijon, Rome, Koln, Vienna and Copenhagen.
  • Australia – Monash University (Melbourne campus).
  • Malaysia – Monash University (Selangor campus).
  • Japan – If you’re interested in Japan, you can apply for options such as: University of Tokyo or Hokkaido University.
  • China – Tsinghua University.

A full list of partner institutions and further information on how to apply can be found on the Study Abroad webpages.

You can also contact the current Undergraduate Study Abroad Coordinator for Philosophy:

Associate Professor Tom Crowther:

The student experience

Kirty Dutton

I have been fortunate enough to spend the last year studying Philosophy at Universidad Complutense, Madrid. I say ‘fortunate’ because this last year has changed my life and helped shape me in ways I would never have imagined. This isn’t just from a characteristic point of view, but also an intellectual one. As you are on a year abroad, you can choose from a whole range of modules. I studied things I never thought I would study and enjoy, for example, the philosophy of probability – who knew how interesting it actually is!

This year has also helped my confidence is several ways: I’ve gotten really good marks in the modules I took which I know will be a big confidence boost going into my final year. Furthermore, I opted to take some modules in Spanish, as encouraged by the Philosophy department at Warwick. Speaking in front of an audience in another language has helped me immensely, and I am hoping it will continue to do so in my future career.

If you are considering doing a year abroad, all I can say is go for it! You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. I’ve made friends for life, been to places I didn’t think I would ever go to, studied subjects that are fascinating and made memories I will never forget.

- Kirsty Dutton, BA Philosophy (2019)