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Adding a Year to Your Programme

Study Abroad

You can apply to add an additional year to your degree programme by choosing to study abroad. If your application is successful, you’ll go abroad between your second and final years. The grades you achieve abroad will not count directly towards yourfinal degree, but if you pass the year your degree certificate will show you studied PPL for four years 'with intercalated year'. Study abroad is a very popular option among students, with over 700 students studying abroad each year from across the university.

Here are the destinations that have been available to current students in the three departments in 2018/19. This list is illustrative of the types of options that will be available in future years:

Australia – Monash University (Melbourne, Australia with the opportunity to spend the second half of the year at the Monash Malaysia campus in Selangor, Malaysia)

Hong Kong – University of Hong Kong, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

China – Tsinghua University

Japan – Hokkaido University, Waseda University

Europe – A large number of partner universities in Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Turkey

Work Placement

You also have the opportunity to complete a professional work placement in the UK or abroad, as an intercalated (non-credit bearing) year between your second year and final year. By doing so, you will transfer from a three year degree to a four year 'intercalated year' degree.

You will source your own placements to gain genuine examples to support future applications and interviews, whilst also allowing you to begin applying the skills and knowledge you have been learning on the course.


PPL students are usually able to take a language in their Second or Third Year. We have a wide variety of languages available to learn at Warwick including Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Italian, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Your Student Experience


I am currently considering a year abroad, whether that is to study or work. I think this experience will be beneficial as it is a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore a different culture and learning style and to meet lots of new people from all around the world whilst still having support from the University. Doing a year abroad will show employers how my adaptability, independence and communication skills have been enhanced."

Samantha (PPL Second Year)