Before you decide to Study Abroad
To study overseas:
- Maintain a good 2.1 overall performance in your studies
- Places will be allocated by your department
- Some degrees have a mandatory year abroad
- Some degrees will have pre-existing agreements or you may have the option of Worldwide agreements
- Discuss with your tutor and academic department Study Abroad Coordinator
Courses with Study Abroad.
Your department will be in contact with you in the first term of your second year of study. Any questions or queries regarding this, please speak with your Personal Tutor or Departmental Study Abroad Coordinator.
To study overseas, it is advisable that you have previously studied or have some experience of the language of the country you intend to study in.
For courses with mandatory study abroad, this requirement was built into the entry requirements. Most partner Universities require B2 language level.
To expand or refresh your knowledge, the Language Centre offers two options for study:
- Choose modules as part of your degree
- Or, study an additional course, separate to your degree at the LC.
- All courses are a year-long in duration, and require enrolment in September/October. Taster courses are available for basic language knowledge.
Some universities will provide language/cultural training prior to the start of your studies, some may be free or be at an additional cost. This information will be provided when you apply, the advantage of doing these courses is:
- Gain a better insight into the culture of the people of the country
- Improving your language skills
- Opportunity to settle into your new environment prior to starting your course
- Learn useful language skills to get by e.g. shopping, doctors, transport ect.
It is always useful to have some knowledge of the language used in that country, even if English is the most commonly spoken language, or they may teach a large amount of modules in the English language medium.
Undergraduates usually go abroad in the 3rd year of their degree, although some language students will go in their 2nd year. It is often necessary to transfer to a 4-year variant of your degree for eligibility.
Postgraduates may also spend part of their degree studying or doing research at one of our partner universities.
All Study Abroad opportunities depend on the Erasmus+ and worldwide Exchange links your department has with partner institutions.
Please see our list of partner universities and speak to your base Department to find out what options are available to you.
Selection of students to go on exchange, will be made by academic departments, this is at the start of the Spring Term. If your department has an exchange you are interested in, please speak to them.
Once departments have selected their students to go on exchange, the names are passed to the International Student Office. We then nominate you to the partner university and you will be invitied to attend an Information meeting before you go abroad
- still enrol – you are still a Warwick student and will require IT access
- pay a percentage of your normal tuition fee
- tuition fees can be found here on the Student Finance Page
You will not pay tuition fees at your host university.
- you will have to pay for accommodation, flights and living costs (food, books, clothes etc)
- you may have administration fees to your host university or country
- you will still be eligible for your student loans and other financial support
- A 'To Whom it May'TWIM) concern letter will be uploaded to your unique folder giving the details of your exchange, which you can send to your funding authority when you apply to them.
You need to plan what you will be doing whilst on your placement. Module/Unit/Course choices for your study abroad must be arranged between you and the academic staff of both the Host University and Warwick before you go.
If you are working whilst abroad, you will require a job description or a training and quality agreement outlining your duties. This should include the number of hours you will be working.
Host institutions will provide some assistance in finding accommodation options. You may be able to live on-campus or off-campus in either university managed or privately managed accommodation. Or you may decide to find your own accommodation, please join Warwick's Study Abroad Facebook group, as students Inbound and Outbound offer advice on rooms/places. When looking for accommodation please research and when possible visit the property.
As well as speaking to your department, please come and see the Study Abroad Team at one of our informal afternoon drop-in sessions, meet with our Warwick Student Ambassadors. We will have networking events for students going to different regions of the world. These will be advertised on the Events Page .
If you require immigration permission to enter and study in your host country, we recommend that you refer to your host university website or to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website.
Most of our partners will be able to advise you on what type of immigration permission you will need to study with them, and issue information on where and how you can apply for your visa. Remember that visa application procedures vary between countries and you need to make sure that you factor in enough time to make your application when preparing to study abroad. For more information please contact Warwick's Immigration Service
It is possible within the regulations of some degrees to undertake 'work' placements instead of studying at a partner university. Within Europe as a part of the Erasmus+ programme, it is possible to undertake work placements and receive the Erasmus+ grant
If you choose to do this, establishing your host institution will be your own responsibility. There are many ways that you can find opportunities :
- Personal/family connections
- Departmental records: some departments have had students undertaking work placements through study abroad for a number of years and will have lists of where students have previously studied
- Careers and Skills
I will be Studying Abroad – Next Steps
Now that you have decided to include a study abroad year into your degree, you will need to ensure that it is possible within your department and course.
All students are expected to be performing to high standards in their first year of their degree, at least to 2:1 equivalency.
REMEMBER - it is expected that ALL Study Abroad students are at 2:1 standard prior to departure.
The Study Abroad Team will be hosting study abroad meetings and briefing sessions throughout the Autumn and Spring Terms. You will be notified by your department, but we will also advertise the dates here.
Each university will have their own procedures for their incoming study abroad students. You need to follow the process carefully.
For more information – What will happen next? – Please see the Study Abroad Timeline.
All Study Abroad students going on a placement during their degree will be provided with a unique virtual Study Abroad folder, to save and upload their forms.
Please remember the information saved to this folder will be used for audit purposes, please be careful on what files you delete and replace.
For more information go to: Study Abroad Form webpage
Whilst on Study Abroad placement
You are still a Warwick student. Re-enrol online for Warwick in the Autumn of your placement year.
During your time overseas, we will email your Warwick email address.
Connecting with Warwick
If you need to connect with us, you can via email or the Study Abroad facebook group. You can also connect with us via Live Chat. Check the schedule of upcoming chat sessions here.
Study Abroad Ambassador
At Warwick exchange agreements are reciprocal, to keep the exchange active we need your help in promoting the university, this can be partaking in presentations, talking to your fellow students/colleagues or being part of your host universities Study Abroad Fair. We will be able to provide you with promotional material for this, please contact the Team. Your representation is important, to ensure that future students will receive the same opportunities that you have.
The University offers travel insurance for all current students, studing abroad with a recognised programme through a recognised scheme. This does not include any summer work placements or any departmentally organised placements. If you need clarification on whether you are entitled to use this insurance policy for the duration of your placement, please contact the Insurance Services Team.
Depending on your host university, you may need to take out compulsory or specific health and travel insurance. Your host university will advise you on this. If this is not included in your welcome information, or you wish to investigate further insurance cover, please research this before you travel. The NUS Preferred Student Insurer Endsleigh Insurance, provide Study Abroad insurance. Please compare with other providers for individual needs.
- Contact the accommodation team if you want to be on-campus when you return for your final year
- Arrange the continuation of your student loan/grant
- Return your Study Abroad paperwork
During your travels, you should ensure that you travel with contact information for the British Embassy, High Commission or Consulate in your host country. You should also have written numbers of the host Study Abroad office, Accomodation Office and/or Academic Mentor. If you have booked private accommodation, you should also travel with this information.EMERGENCY CONTACTS PAGE
Personal information to travel with:
- Passport number
- Visa information if relevant
- Driving licence number
- Bank and/or credit card information
- Home or emergency contact
- Medical information and/or medical insurance information
- Find suitable accommodation
- Arrange your travel, research the area for local e.g. bank,supermarket & pharmacy,
- Register at a local medical centre when you arrive or before you travel
- Travel with important contact information
- Research international calling cards/mobile phones & call family or friends when you arrive.