About the University of Warwick
The University of Warwick was founded in 1965. Of all the universities founded in the UK since the end of the Second World War, Warwick is the only one to have ascended to the "Top Six" group of British research universities. Warwick is most renowned for Computer Science, Business Studies, Law, English and History.
Warwick has approximately 10,500 full-time students, of whom 2500 come from outside of the UK. Although the number of students is larger than at Richmond, the student-to-faculty ratio is very similar. Academic, residential, social and recreational facilities are located on the main campus. Contributing to the vibrant cultural atmosphere is the University Arts Centre, the biggest complex for the performing arts in the UK outside of London.
The atmosphere of the institution is similar to that of the University of Richmond. Both are self-contained campuses located a few miles from a city center. The Warwick campus is about 500 acres in area.
Click here to access campus maps.
The University is particularly strong in business, computer science, economics, education, English literature, film theory, history, philosophy, politics and international studies, mathematics, physics, sociology, theatre.
Other courses available include art history, biology, chemistry, classics and ancient history, philosophy, psychology and Renaissance studies.
Its business school is consistently ranked in the top 5 in the UK, and is highly respected worldwide.
Some additional interesting features of this university:
About the city
Warwick is situated on the edge of Coventry. This West-Midlands city of about 300,00 is famous for its cathedral, its role in the British automobile industry, and the variety of opportunities it presents to people interested in sport, art and cultural activities. Coventry is at the center of the British railway network, about an hour and 15 minutes from London. Birmingham Airport is 20 minutes from campus and is served by EasyJet and RyanAir, offering very low costs flights to other parts of Europe.
- Cumulative GPA of 3.00
- Students in the Robins School of Business who are interested in going to Warwick should consult with Dr. Thomas Cossé before the end of their sophomore year
- Note: Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the University to study abroad. Each applicant’s disciplinary record will be reviewed, and students must be cleared by the Office of the Dean of Richmond College or Westhampton College. Students on conduct probation will not be able to study abroad if their probationary period extends beyond the start date of their intended program. Situations of housing probation and honor probation will be handled on a case-by-case basis.
- Participation may be denied, or acceptance may be revoked, if a student's conduct prior to departure raises doubts as to his or her suitability for the program.
- Students applying to Warwick must obtain one recommendation. The online application will explain how to request this.
The academic year at Warwick is comprised of 3 terms: autumn, spring and summer. Non-business students may choose full-year, autumn term, or spring/summer terms.
Business students and Political Science students may apply for the full year or for the autumn term only; starting in January does not work well for Business students because the spring and summer terms are a continuation of material begun in the autumn.
Classes at Warwick consist of lectures, tutorials (seminars) and laboratory classes. Students will be assigned an academic tutor (advisor) in their primary faculty (the academic department from which they are taking the majority of their classes). Exams are held once a year in June, even for classes that run only for the autumn term. Richmond students going to Warwick only for the autumn term will likely be assessed based on essays, not exams. Click here for details on assessment for "partial-year students".
Warwick has many areas of academic excellence.
Two of the strongest are the Department of Politics and International Studies, where UR students majoring in Political Science, PPEL or International Studies will find many interesting options, and The Warwick Business School.
Not all departments at Warwick accept students for less than a full academic year. Click here for details.
Classes at Warwick are called "modules". To choose modules, students must consult two sources:
- The website of the faculty from which you want to take classes will lead you to detailed listings of course content. Click here for this information.
- The Module Handbooks show when modules are available, whether they are open to part-year students, and the number of CATS points (credit/units) associated with each.
Business students going to Warwick are permitted to take only one module from outside the Warwick Business School, and must work closely with Dr. Cossé to plan their schedules.
Political Science students can take up to 50% of their classes in areas other than Political Science.
NOTE: Some departments do not accept students for less than the full academic year.
Credits at Warwick are referred to as "CATS" points. The number of CATS listed with each module is the number earned if one takes the module for its full duration. Some modules can be taken only for a full year; others can be taken for a semester.
Calculating course loads for full-year students
A full Warwick course load is 120 CATS per year. The number of modules required per year depends on how many CATS each is worth; this varies by faculty.
- Most full-year modules in the Faculty of Arts are worth 30 CATS; Arts students take four year-long modules per year
- Most full-year modules in Science are worth either 24 or 12 CATS; Science students take between five and ten year-long modules per year
- Most full-year modules in Business are worth either 24 or 12 CATS; Business students take between five and ten year-long modules per year
Calculating course loads for partial-year students
This section explains what students must do to meet the full-time registration requirements of Warwick. See the next section for information on how your UR units will be calculated for work done at Warwick.
Students spending less than an academic year at Warwick need to be aware that academic credit for year-long modules is calculated on a pro-rated basis.
- Taking a module for the Spring term if that module is meant to run for the year will yield 40% of the total CATS available from that module
- Taking a module for the Autumn term if that module is meant to run for the year will yield 40% of the total CATS available from that module
- Taking a module for the Summer term if that module is meant to run for the year will yield 20%of the total CATS available from that module
For example, a module worth 24 CATS for the year will yield 9.6 CATS if taken for the Autumn term.
The number of CATS yielded per class may also be reduced if a student does not take the exam for that class, usually held in June (even for classes that run only in the Autumn term). Some modules worth 12 CATS that run in the Autumn term may yield only 8 CATS if students are assessed through essays (as mentioned above) and do not take the exam in June.
Converting Warwick CATS to Richmond units
- 12 Warwick CATS = .9 Richmond units
- 24 Warwick CATS = 1.8 Richmond units
Note that Richmond does not reduce the number of units awarded for Warwick modules based on the pro-rata system explained above, or based on whether students are assessed by exam or by essay. Therefore, a course that would normally yield 12 CATS, but appears on the Warwick transcript as 8 or 9.6 CATS, will still transfer as .9 Richmond units.
Please see this page on the website of the Office of the Registrar for an explanation of how academic credit earned abroad is transferred to UR.
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Students taking part in the Warwick program are required to live in housing that is affiliated with the program. Students may not take part in this program if they obtain housing of another kind.
You are guaranteed on-campus housing if you submit the Warwick accommodation application before the stated deadline. Many rooms have en suite facilities; all have in-room internet access. One hall has a meal plan; others offer a choice of self-catering or buying meals in any of Warwick's many restaurants or cafés. See Warwick accommodations .
Dates and Costs
Click here for Dates and Costs for Warwick.
Click here to read about scholarships for study abroad.
Since Warwick is affiliated with the British Universities Transatlantic Exchange Association (BUTEX), students approved to study there are eligible to apply for the BUTEX North American Scholarship.
NOTE: Travel allowances, reimbursements, health insurance premiums and other payments above tuition costs paid by Richmond on behalf of its semester and year abroad students are available only to Richmond degree-seeking students accepted to participate on UR-affiliated abroad programs.
- You will study in the UK for more than one semester
- The British government always requires citizens of your home country to have a visa to study in the UK
- You need to have a part-time job while on study abroad in the UK
- You will do an internship (paid or unpaid) in the UK
- It is likely that you will extend your stay in the UK beyond one semester
Contact Chris Klein in the Office of International Education.
This document represents the most accurate information available at the time of publication. Statements contained herein are not contractual obligations, and verbal or other representations that are inconsistent with or not contained within the document are not binding. The University of Richmond reserves the right to change without specific notice programs and the conditions under which they are offered.
Updated March 2017