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How Study Abroad is Managed at the University of Warwick

Student Mobility includes exchange programmes with our worldwide international partners, the European funded Erasmus+ programme and options for undergraduate fee-paying visiting students. Student Mobility is administered by Student Mobility in Student Opportunity.

Each academic department also has an appointed Student Mobility Co-ordinator(s) who is/are responsible for inbound application decisions, outbound nominations and disseminating information about Student Mobility opportunities to their students and colleagues.

The departmental Student Mobility Co-ordinators also take responsibility for the academic and well-being of both inbound and outbound Student Mobility students. More information about the scheme for inbound students is available in our Inbound pages. If you require more general information about the operation of the scheme at Warwick, please contact us.


Short Courses for Summer 2021

English for Global Communication ONLINE

2 week modules taught in small groups covering Aspects of British Culture, Presentation Skills & Academic Skills.

Sessions run approximately monthly, twice on each day to suit local time zones. Find out more on website here


Warwick Term Dates

September 2022 starters

Nominations: online form opens from 01 March – 30 April 2022
Applications: online form opens from 01 April - 30 May 2022

January 2023 starters

Nominations: online form opens from 01 June - 31 July 2022*
Applications: online form opens from 30 May - 30 September 2022*

Accommodation application deadline: 31 July (annually)

*Please note that applications for Spring starters need to be aware of the accommodation deadline.

The Warwick academic year is divided into three terms with the autumn term (including Welcome week) being 11 weeks and the remaining spring and summer terms of 10 weeks each.

The term times are; Autumn: September to December, Spring: January to March, Summer: April to June.

Lectures and seminars are mainly held in the Autumn and Spring Terms.

The Summer Term is mainly reserved for revision and examinations; although there are some subject areas which continue teaching modules.

See University term dates for specific dates by academic year.

Most University agreements are at Undergraduate level, although there are a few at Postgraduate level in a limited number of subject areas. Students must take modules at the level that is stated on the University agreement. We appreciate that some students will do Study Abroad during the postgraduate part of their degree, however they will be considered to be undergraduates at Warwick. Students who join Warwick under a postgraduate agreement for the full academic year will be considered to be Study Abroad students and will not complete or receive a postgraduate qualification.

  • Students will be based in the department with which their home university holds an interinstitutional agreement. Students will be assigned a personal tutor (usually the Study Abroad co-ordinator) in that department
  • Academic matters are the responsibility of the personal tutor in the base department
  • Module and assessment selection is an academic matter.
  • Administrative issues are the responsibility of the Student Mobility team in Student Opportunity
  • Students should carefully research module availability and keep in mind that subject departments at Warwick may not correspond to subject areas in the home university
  • Some subject areas may give priority to students who are based with them


The standard workload for a student at Warwick is 4 full modules (120 CATS/60 ECTS). Inbound students should meet this expectation. Students wishing to take a reduced workload to allow them to undertake research will need to provide endorsement from their home Study Abroad Co-ordinator, together with acknowledgement from the Study Abroad Co-ordinator in their base department at Warwick

Students may request to Audit modules, this will not carry any credit

Students will not be able to register for modules in excess of 120 CATS/60 ECTS

This is the full load for our home students, and our experience tells us that inbound students, who already have to adapt to a new system, are strongly disadvantaged if they try to do too much. Please remember that each module will require extensive weekly reading as well as active participation in seminars (including some individual or group presentations).

  • Most modules are year-long, meaning that students have a wider selection of modules if they start their placement September/October. Arriving in January may restrict module availability and students are advised consider the part-year module handbook very carefully.
  • The summer term consists mainly of revision classes, examinations and assessments.
  • Special Assessment methods are available for students who leave Warwick prior to the Summer Term or who do not complete a full academic year. Special Assessment methods can consist of written exams, the submission of individual essays, or other types of tests, where appropriate.
  • Credit is given in CATS: one ECTS is equivalent to two CATS.
  • Full modules (full academic year) are normally 30 CATS (15 ECTS); half modules are counted as 15 CATS (7.5 ECTS).
  • For part-year students, we will calculate relevant percentages of these, the weighting used is 40% for Autumn Term, 40% for Spring Term and 20% for Summer term.
CATS per length of study:
  • Autumn term only: 40% of the total CATS credits, workload = 48 CATS
  • Autumn and Spring term: 80% of the total CATS credits, workload = 96 CATS
  • Spring term only: 40% of the total CATS credits, workload = 48 CATS
  • Spring and Summer term: g0% of the total CATS credits, workload = 72 CATS
  • Full year: 100% of the total CATS credits, workload = 120 CATS
Non Base Departments
  • Selection of modules outside of your base department are registered on arrival at Warwick and will be done on a ‘first come, first served' basis.
  • Some modules will require students to have completed ‘pre-requisite’ learning and they may be required to provide a transcript of studies as evidence of this.
  • Some departments are unable to accommodate part-year students, students based outside of that department, or may only be able to offer limited module selections. We would recommend that all students research this prior to joining Warwick to ensure that they are able to meet the requirements of their home University.

English and Comparative Literary Studies

Students based outside of this department will be able to take 1 English and Comparative Literary Studies module. Due to specific restraints only suitably qualified students will be accepted

Warwick Business School:

Students based outside of this department will be able to take 1 Warwick Business School module. Due to specific restraints only suitably qualified students will be accepted

Deadlines for the submission of assessed work
  • Rules are applied very strictly and no exceptions can be made by individual tutors.
  • All modules will have different requirements and each department will manage the operation of this autonomously.
  • Students should make themselves aware of the deadlines and requirements.
  • If a student cannot meet a set deadline, they need to make sure they request an extension in advance. Extensions will only be granted in exceptional circumstances
Compulsory at all lectures and seminars

Attendance will be regularly monitored. Students should be aware that unjustified absences will be reported centrally and may jeopardize their stay and/or their bursaries. Students should follow the departmental procedure to report absence

Term dates

Students must attend the University for the full term, late arrivals and early departures will only be authorized in exceptional circumstances

Attendance certificates and learning agreements

Will be signed after arrival at the University. We use the arrivals weekend of the term, or orientation if attended. The completion date will be taken as the last day of the term, or the date the student returns home, whichever is earliest.

English language tuition is offered by Warwick Foundation Studies - places are booked on courses on a first come first served basis. These courses are not ‘for credit’, however informal recognition of this can be obtained. Home institutions may then decide whether sessions can be credited in their system too.

For in-sessional English language courses, certificates of completion will be provided if students attended a minimum of 80% of the course.

Warwick's Immigration and Compliance team can advise on visa requirements for visiting students.

Some useful information can be found in this document which students are being directed to alongside their Offer Letter

For students coming to the UK for less than 6 months, no proof of English language is required.

For students coming to the UK for more than 6 months, the UKVI guidance for the Student Route visas requires specific language tests to be provided which will depend on the students nationality, not their country of study. The list of acceptable qualifications and Secure English Language Tests (SELTs) as proof of English language are available here: English Language requirements - updated July 2021

To see a list of the English language requirements for each department, English Language Requirements (

You may also wish to visit the Immigration and Compliance website for additional information.