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University of Warwick

United Kingdom
Overview

Overview

The University of Warwick is a world-leading institution (62nd in QS World University Rankings 2021), with a community of over 28,000 students from around 150 nations.

Made up of three faculties (Arts Social Sciences and Science, Engineering and Medicine), the university has been dedicated to developing and inspiring students from the classroom into their careers for more than 55 years.

Classroom facilities are state-of-the-art and enhance the intellectual development and individual learning of students. Ranked 8th amongst UK universities (The Guardian University Guide 2021), Warwick not only supports students with their chosen discipline but also actively encourages them to pursue subjects outside of their degree.

Student skills are further developed by the university's expert careers advisers. Its focus on skills development, employability and preparing students for the global job market, makes Warwick the sixth most targeted university by the UK's top 100 graduate employers (The Graduate Market in 2021, High Fliers Research Ltd.).

The institution's pioneering work, learning without limits attitude and boundary-crossing work has led to it being internationally recognised for research. Warwick was ranked 7th amongst UK research universities by the Research Excellence Framework, 2014.

When it comes to student life, Coventry city centre is close by, where students explore and socialise. The towns of Leamington Spa, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Kenilworth are also only a short distance away. Birmingham, the UK's second-largest city, is a short train ride from Coventry, and London is just an hour away by train too.

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Rankings

One of the top 20 most international universities worldwide (QS 2021), the University of Warwick also placed ninth amongst UK universities in the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021.

Nine of the subject areas taught at Warwick are ranked in the top 50 for universities globally. Its strong teaching status is also recognised, with the latest QS World University Rankings placing the university in 62nd place worldwide.

In addition, Warwick is ranked 4th in Europe for its outstanding teaching and learning environment (Times Higher Education Europe Teaching Rankings 2020). With such acclaimed recognition and clear investment in students' futures, Warwick graduates are amongst the top 10 highest earners in over 11 subjects within five years of graduating (UK's Longitudinal Education Outcomes data, 2018).

Campus developments

Warwick continues to invest in its campus facilities and community. The latest investment on the Warwick campus is the Sports and Wellness Hub, part of the institution's GBP 49 million investment in sport and wellness. The newly renovated arts centre will open in 2021, boasting impressive facilities including an art gallery, three cinema screens, two theatres, a studio, and a 1,500-seat concert hall.

Looking to the future, the institution is also researching and developing innovative technologies to reduce dependencies on fossil fuels.

Other campus developments currently planned include a new Faculty of Arts building. This creative space at the heart of campus will unite all Faculty of Arts departments under one roof.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

Students at the University of Warwick are taught critical and innovative thinking for their chosen subject. They also benefit from inspiring teaching by some of the world's top researchers, who share the most recent discoveries and thinking within their respective fields.

The University of Warwick is made up of 33 departments, split into three faculties namely:

  • Faculty of Arts
  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Science, Engineering and Medicine

In addition, the university is home to several cross-faculty research centres, initiatives and projects.

There are around 6,900 staff members working across these departments. The diverse faculty staff are made up of around 2,600 academics, researchers, and teachers, as well as around 4,300 professionals and student support roles. 42 per cent of the university's academic staff are from international backgrounds.

Students are encouraged to learn independently through group projects, working with academics on research, and learning from other subject disciplines.

Warwick has a clear focus on helping students achieve their full potential. Every student is allocated a personal tutor. These members of staff will provide academic support and expert guidance. They can also direct students to wider student wellbeing and support services.

In the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014), Warwick was ranked 7th amongst UK research universities. The exceptional teaching standards at the institution were further highlighted in 2020 when the Times Higher Education Europe Teaching Rankings ranked the university 4th in Europe.

Warwick's global connections allow vital collaboration for students with peers and lecturers from other top universities around the world. The university has a particularly close partnership with Monash University in Melbourne, which offers many research-led opportunities to Warwick students. These global learning partnerships add to the diverse, international community across the university.

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Graduate outcomes

Graduate outcomes

Student's employability is constantly built upon during their studies through extracurricular programmes and additional skills learnt outside lectures.

To ensure that students graduate with vital careers skills, the University of Warwick has a clear framework of employability that goes beyond academic challenges. The university's career specialists offer additional guidance, including helping students to reflect on how their skills and experiences boost their skill set.

To enhance students' work experience during their time at Warwick, the university's MyAdvantage database hosts a range of employment opportunities. These include jobs, internships, and graduate positions. Warwick also invites multinational businesses to meet with students and discuss graduate opportunities, as well as holding regular careers fairs, including sector-specific events.

The university is the sixth most targeted by the UK's top 100 graduate employers, (The Graduate Market in 2021, High Fliers Research Ltd), so graduates can be confident of having the best possible chance of landing a successful career. In fact, five years after graduating, Warwick graduates rank within the UK top 10 for highest earnings in over 11 subjects (UK government's 2018 Longitudinal Education Outcomes).

Upon graduation, students are still supported by the university's active network of more than 80,000 alumni living around the world. They hold regular events for Warwick graduates to meet up, make connections and explore opportunities. The alumni service also provides an e-mentoring scheme, which supports both graduates and students.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

Entry requirements at the University of Warwick vary depending on the course and level of study. Students can view all entry requirements on the university website.

International students that require a visa to study in the UK may also need to submit evidence of an English language test (e.g., IELTS) instead of an examination due to the visa restrictions set by the government.

English Language Requirements

To be eligible for a place at Warwick, students must be able to understand and communicate in both written and spoken English. While the level of required ability varies between courses, students need to provide evidence that they meet their chosen subject's competency.

Students can showcase their English language competency by taking a GCSE English Language qualification, or through English courses within the International Baccalaureate. Other accepted English tests include IELTS and PTE, but these qualifications must be completed within the two years leading up to the start of degree study.

Students can find more information about English language requirements on the university website.

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Facilities

Facilities

While some of the university facilities have been closed temporarily during the Covid-19 pandemic, students can still meet at outdoor and online events. The university is working hard to reopen safely and in line with government guidelines.

Essentials

Warwick has ensured that essential facilities are always available to students on campus, including:

  • NHS Health Centre
  • Grocery store
  • Banks
  • Laundrette and dry cleaners
  • Pharmacy
  • Travel Agent
  • Amazon lockers

The university's campus is also close to Coventry city centre, so students have easy access to further essentials.

Entertainment

The Students' Union nightclub hosts a range of themed nights, and the campus pub, The Dirty Duck, hosts live music throughout the year.

There is also a range of entertainment options on campus, including regular outdoor cinema nights and an arts centre, one of the largest multi-artform venues in the UK.

Sports

The university's new Sports and Wellness Hub has a range of modern facilities. This includes a gym a 25 metre swimming pool an indoor climbing centre six squash courts outdoor sports pitches and an all-weather running track. It also hosts fitness classes and physiotherapy services.

Faith provision

The university's Chaplaincy has chaplains from the Christian (Catholic, Anglican and Free Church), Jewish and Muslim faiths. Regular services for all are provided, as is a Shabbat meal every Friday for Jewish students. There is also an Islamic prayer hall, halal kitchen and ablution facilities.

Food and drink

Warwick has a variety of cafes, restaurants, and bars. The Piazza, which is situated at the heart of the campus, also hosts frequent food markets, and many venues are currently offering delivery services.

The on-site facilities are always being developed to further enhance student's experience and education. This includes a brand-new Faculty of Arts building and Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research Building.

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Scholarships & funding

Scholarships & funding

The University of Warwick offers several different scholarships and funding options for international students. All available scholarships and eligibility criteria can be viewed by country on the institution's website.

International students who already hold an undergraduate offer for 2021 entry can also apply for the recently launched Global Excellence Scholarships. There are 250 scholarships under this programme, which will be awarded to exceptional international students who are self-funded.

Foreign loans

For international students without a scholarship or grant funding, the costs of studying at Warwick can be covered by private funding. This includes overseas loans, government-funded loans, or private education loans.

However, private education loans aren't easy to secure, as student visas and proof of sufficient income are often required before loans can be awarded. The university's Student Finance Office can provide more information for students who wish to explore this option.

Students considering government funding should contact the local British Council or Education Department for further application advice.

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