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Study Abroad 2016/17

Spending a year in a different country is a fantastic way of strengthening your sociological imagination. That is why the Department of Sociology is committed to providing students with a wide range of Study Abroad opportunities in universities across the world, using its global network of exchange partnerships with prestigious universities. Sociology students can apply for a year abroad at one of our many partner universities in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, North America or South America.

Why study abroad?

Studying and living abroad will allow you not only to learn more about another culture, but also notice and question – perhaps for the first time – the many things you take for granted about your own culture... and about yourself!

You will have the opportunity to explore first-hand the culture of another country, and hence learn more about social life around the world. You will grow as a 'global citizen', strengthening your intercultural sensitivity, gaining exposure to other languages, understanding global connections and inequalities, and developing other skills that you can transfer to future study and career opportunities. Your mind and horizons will be broadened as you engage with staff and students from different backgrounds. You willl even have the chance to expand your knowledge by studying other subjects and experimenting with new teaching and learning methods. You will gain confidence and independence as you explore a new country (with plenty of support from us along the way) ... and you will also have fun!

The Study Abroad Experience – Key Facts

  • Study Abroad is open to all single honours and joint honours students.
  • You apply for Study Abroad in the Autumn Term of your second year, and you have your Study Abroad year in your third year. After this, you return to Warwick for a fourth year, where you complete the modules and coursework that correspond to the final year of your degree programme.
  • Students in the BA Law/Sociology can apply for Study Abroad in their 2nd or 3rd year, and their degree will be extended to five years.
  • You will graduate from Warwick with a degree in Sociology (or other Joint Honours degree) with Intercalated Year.
  • If you are a Joint Honours student, you will have access to different Study Abroad opportunities through each of your departments, and you will be able to apply for Study Abroad through both or either of them. We encourage you to familiarise yourself with each one’s application process, as the procedures and timing vary significantly from department to department.
  • Some universities offer teaching in English; others only provide teaching in the local language. If you apply for a place in a university which does not teach in English, you must show that you have knowledge of the relevant language.
  • Financial matters during your year abroad:
  • In your Study Abroad year, you will be expected to pay fees to Warwick at a much reduced rate, but you will NOT have to pay additional fees at the host university. In 2014/2015, the fees paid to Warwick during the Study Abroad year were £1350 per year for Home/EU students and £1800 per year for other students. These values are the same regardless of the place where you do your study abroad.
  • If you currently receive a student grant or bursary, you will still be eligible to receive it while away on study abroad. If your household income is below a certain amount, you may also be eligible for additional support from the Student Loans Company to cover travel and other expenses.
  • Your financial resources must be capable of sustaining the extra expense involved in studying abroad. If you are going to a European university, you will be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant which offers a stipend towards travel and accommodation costs, but not full funding. No Erasmus+ funding is available for Study Abroad outside Europe.
  • In November, all 2nd year students (as well as 3rd year BA Law/Sociology students) will receive an email inviting them to attend a Study Abroad Information Meeting with the Director of International Programmes. At this meeting, you will receive detailed information about the Study Abroad opportunities available for the following academic year, and the process of applying for those places.
  • When allocating places, we will consider a range of factors, which will be explained in detail during the Study Abroad information meeting and on the application form. A 2:1 average in your preceding year of study is usually expected, although we are able to consider students with a lower average on a case by case basis.

For more information on Study Abroad, please see the University's Study Abroad website, or contact the current Director of International Programmes for Sociology, Dr. Maria do Mar Pereira, on

The student experience

“I chose my particular country, the Czech Republic, because I am interested in the history and politics of the Central and Eastern European states and I was attracted to the culture. I would also like to take the opportunity to see more of Europe while I am abroad, and the location of the Czech Republic is perfect for that. Another factor was that it wouldn’t be too far away from the UK to fly back for the holidays!

I am hoping to learn more about the Czech culture as well as various other cultures from other Erasmus students during my stay. I would like to improve my language skills and study Czech while I am there, as well as to simply take the opportunity to do more Sociology, hopefully from a new perspective, and also explore more disciplines within the social sciences...”

- Hannah Feld, BA Sociology