We share resources and knowledge with partner institutions and networks throughout the world, so by joining us as a postgraduate you will become part of a truly cosmopolitan community.
In 2016, we were rated in the top 50 of the world’s most international universities (Times Higher Education international outlook indicator). Approximately one-third of our students are from overseas, coming to Warwick from nearly 150 countries and we receive students funded by more than 350 international governments and sponsoring bodies. Our aim is for you to draw the most benefit from belonging to our multicultural and inclusive environment, so that you leave us with a global outlook, ready to embrace an international career.
Celebrating all cultures
Our campus life is truly international and buzzing with opportunities to network with students from all over the world. World@Warwick is one of the largest student-run societies, set up to create opportunities for students to achieve greater mutual understanding of each other’s cultures. You might drop in to one of their language cafes, fortnightly socials or student-led language lessons. Or you may get involved with One World Week, an annual event celebrating the cultural diversity of our student body through fashion, debates and performances.
We view every student as an international student, so throughout your time at Warwick, we will support you to communicate effectively with people from different cultures. Our intercultural training programme , designed by leading academics working in this field, is just one of the ways in which we can help you to achieve this.
You’ll benefit from our close partnerships with overseas institutions and research groups, which enable you to share insight and knowledge with researchers and students across the world to meet the needs of industry, governments and communities. Our close partnership with Monash University in Melbourne, Australia was established with exactly this aim in mind. Find out more about our joint PhDs and the Student Led Activity Fund, which encourages the sharing of knowledge and innovation across institutions. Our Warwick in Venice programme, based at the Palazzo Pesaro-Papafava, provides a unique experience of studying History and History of Art during the Renaissance.
If you’re aiming to produce research that has a worldwide impact or to learn more about global issues, you’ll benefit from our close partnerships with overseas institutions and research groups. By combining expertise to address increasingly complex global problems, these partnerships enable you to share insight and knowledge with researchers and students across the world in order to meet the needs of industry, governments and communities.
Our close partnership with Monash University in Melbourne, Australia was established with exactly this aim in mind. Our response to challenges that can only be tackled by international co-operation, the Alliance signalled a new model for higher education by accelerating the exchange of people, ideas and information.
You may draw on this partnership to study in the company of an elite group of academics and postgraduate researchers on one of our joint Master’s or PhD programmes. Or you might benefit from the Alliance’s Student-Led Activity Fund, which could provide you with funding for activities that encourage student integration, and the sharing of knowledge and innovation across institutions.
The Monash-Warwick Alliance is also supporting student engagement work, where students from both Universities will work on projects together, creating excellent learning and teaching experiences.
Make a difference
You can make an international impact in a different way by getting involved with one of our many student volunteering societies or programmes. For example, Warwick in Africa aims to enhance the education of young African learners through enhanced English and Mathematics teaching. Since its launch in 2006, 250,000 children in Tanzania, Ghana and South Africa have benefited from the teaching support of our volunteers. The personal and professional rewards for you are also huge, with many volunteers feeling motivated to pursue a teaching career as a result of their experiences.
Warwick also runs the Warwick Laksh project collaboratively with the Laksh Foundation near Delhi, India. Over the past five years, the project has developed from a pilot scheme with just three Warwick students helping in one teaching centre to multiple groups of our students volunteering for a month at a time during the summer vacation.
A number of specialist teams provide support to international students, both in the UK and globally, to help you through the application process, on your arrival at Warwick and throughout your time here. You’ll find support for all your immigration-related queries, including advice on visas, working permissions, bringing families here and admissions advice — with answers to the most common questions listed on our website.
Representatives from Warwick also attend exhibitions, visit schools and universities across the world, and hold receptions for offer-holders. For current students, we offer workshops throughout the year as well as one-to-one meetings with advisers. We offer pre- and in-sessional English Language courses and run regular events and visits to help you get the most out of your time in the UK. These include affordable day trips arranged for you to visit places of interest throughout England.
Warwick Welcome programme
If you are new to Warwick, you may benefit from additional support to help you settle in to life at Warwick and to our postgraduate student community. Our optional Welcome to Warwick programme is designed with international students and postgraduates in mind, comprising support with opening a bank account, study and intercultural skills sessions, trips and evening social activities. This will help you to make friends and familiarise yourself with the area. Our team of student helpers will also be available during the programme to answer your questions.
There are some aspects of the programme which will incur a charge, such as airport transfer, meals and accommodation, although you may choose to make alternative arrangements. Please see the website for full and up-to-date information.
Visas and immigration
For non-UK/EEA nationals, it is important to hold appropriate immigration permission which allows study in the UK. Our Immigration Service provides free, confidential advice and assistance to international students and their dependants before and during their studies.
The support doesn’t stop once you leave Warwick. With more than 190,000 graduates worldwide, our alumni network reaches across the globe. Through regular alumni events — in locations from New York to Paris, Hong Kong to London — you can benefit from opportunities for professional networking, socialising and sharing memories.
Vedita talks about how Warwick provides a platform for meeting international scholars during her English PhD.