Student mobility experience at Warwick Business School
Fourth year student Marshall Raven recently returned from spending a semester at the University of Warwick. Currently completing a double degree in Business and Arts, majoring in Marketing and Psychology at Monash, Marshall said the University of Warwick exceeded his expectations.
“My time in the UK was great,” said Marshall. “I really enjoyed the subjects I chose and I wasn’t expecting to travel as much as I did.”
Marshall knew Monash had a partnership with the University of Warwick and was aware of exchange options, although he suggests that if you are considering an exchange experience it’s good to start planning in your first year so that you don’t miss out.
“I had a friend that went to Warwick and exchange was on my mind. Luckily I had one business elective left in my fourth year so I was able to use that.”
While at Warwick, Marshall studied four subjects - Philosophy, Starting a Business, Managing Customer Service and the Social History of Cricket. His favourite subject being the latter.
“The Arts department were trying out new subjects and I chose the cricket subject as something different to try out. I really enjoyed it. For the assessment we had to pick an important object from the cricketing world and produce three pieces of writing – a piece for children that was 300 words, a piece for adults that was 1000 words and a piece for academics that was 2500 words. It was really interesting.”
Marshall went to Warwick simply wanting to pass, but proudly left with first class honours in every subject. He says the Warwick Business School was impressive and found the business students to be very self-directed in terms of what they are wanting to achieve.
“In the Warwick Business School, the students work hard and everyone gets a tutor,” says Marshall. “This includes all local students and exchange students. They have high standards and it’s really well organised.”
Being the first time living alone, Marshall joined a room of five flatmates and made sure that he got to know not only other exchange students, but local students as well. His spare time was spent travelling around the UK and fortunately his timetable allowed for extended weekends.
“I was really organised with my work during the week so when it came to the weekend I could travel. By week seven I had visited about 20 different places. I wasn’t expecting to travel this much but I got into a rhythm and was really organised.”
With savvy skills for finding travel discounts, Marshall travelled across the UK by train.
“I did my research and found there were great savings getting a student rail pass and also splitting the tickets. I was able to give a lot of advice to other exchange students.”
Now that Marshall is back home, he has the travel bug.
“I love Melbourne but it has opened my mind to living outside of Australia for a while. I’d like to work internationally.”
His advice for other Monash students considering going to the UK?
“Immerse yourself in the experience and get into it as best you can. Go there with the mindset to do as much as you can, and embrace it. My experience has given me a different outlook on life.”
Third year Monash student, Sanjna Chandra spent 12 weeks at the University of Warwick during Semester Two in 2018.
“I loved experiencing student life at Warwick,” says Sanjna. “The vibe on campus was great, with plenty of campus activities during both day and night.”
Sanjna arrived during Warwick’s orientation week in September. She said she felt more confident about going to Warwick when she found out how many other students from Monash were there.
“There were around 50 students at Warwick from all Monash campuses during the autumn term. It was great knowing there were so many other students in a similar position to me, and with numerous meetups arranged by the universities in both Australia and the UK it was a fantastic opportunity to broaden my network of friends.
“I also lived on-campus which was an excellent opportunity to meet many local students. I found there was a strong community vibe given many students live on-campus or surrounding suburbs. In addition, my flatmates and many classmates had recently came back from year-long study abroad trips across various locations including France, Columbia, Singapore and Australia. Listening to their exciting stories and advice about studying overseas was invaluable support in shaping a memorable exchange experience.”
Sanjna says her decision to study at the University of Warwick was an easy one.
“The business school has a really good reputation and I found that everyone was very focussed. It also helps there is an Alliance between Monash and Warwick. It creates benefits for students and is a safety net in a way as you know you’re being supported. Monash has a big presence there.”
Sanjna’s advice to other students is to definitely consider studying at Warwick.
“Research the subjects available to you and consider modules you may not necessarily study at, or are offered by Monash. Picking the right subjects will make your experience a worthwhile challenge. Beyond academics there are also many social meetups organised with local students and exchange students, as well as plenty of travel opportunities to explore other cities in the UK and Europe.”
Read more about Sanja's experience at Warwick.
University of Warwick student Hannah Adel-Hadi undertook a semester's exchange at Monash in 2018 during the second year of her Global Sustainable Development degree
"I think my favourite thing about studying at Monash is being in Australia and being able to explore around Melbourne and beyond. There are such beautiful places to visit. The Clayton campus is stunning too.”
Hannah says the subjects she chose to study at Monash fit in well with her degree at home, and complement her final year unit choices. When asked about the opportunities the exchange has given her that she may have not otherwise gained, she said
"There are opportunities to travel, as well as opportunities on campus to join different societies and experience another culture."
Not only has the experience given Hannah the opportunity to study in another country, it has also taught her to become more flexible when adapting to another university's curriculum and assessment structure.
During her time at Monash, Hannah was an active member of the Social Enterprise and Economic Development Society (SEED). With support offered through the Monash Warwick Alliance through the Student-Led Activity Fund, Hannah recognised that Warwick could benefit from a society similar to SEED. She is currently thinking about how she can work together with other Warwick and Monash students to leverage the SEED ideas, values and events to create a social enterprise society at Warwick.
University of Warwick student Alex Blades arrived in Australia mid-July during 2018
"So far the experience has opened my mind. At the University of Warwick I’m studying History and at Monash I’ve just started Indigenous studies and International Development modules. These subjects aren’t offered as part of my degree at Warwick so it’s a great opportunity to extend my knowledge outside of my degree.
I chose to study at the University of Warwick as I knew they had a connection with Australia through Monash University. Once I started my course I became familiar with the Monash Warwick Alliance and was eligible to receive a bursary allowance. I started saving to go to Australia a long before I started my degree but having access to a bursary meant I was able to get there faster. It has meant that not only do I get to study really interesting subjects, but I can really enjoy my time here and I have plans to travel outside of Melbourne, to Brisbane and Tasmania.
I’m hoping this experience will help with my future career plans to work in the Foreign Office, and to also help me with the internship I’m doing next year at the Commonwealth Office. My experience living and studying abroad is definitely helping me to become globally aware.”
Monash student Jessie Kingston is in the final year of her Bachelor of Science and Global Studies double degree
"Going to the UK to study at the University of Warwick in 2017 as part of my double degree in Science and Global Studies gave me a different perspective on life. It taught me that it's okay to question the opinions of others, even if they are my professor’s. Just because it's their opinion doesn't mean it has to be mine, and that it's okay to think for myself.
Studying at a different university has been an invaluable opportunity from which I learnt a great deal, both academically and in life."