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The City of Coventry
Situated in the heart of England, the University of Warwick is surrounded by beautiful and historic countryside. Its central location also makes it an ideal base for exploring the rest of the UK, with easy access to trains and motorways. Central London is only an hour and ten minutes away by frequent, direct express train service, making it easy to visit the capital for a day trip or the weekend. The university campus is located right on the edge of the city of Coventry, about three miles from the city center. Coventry itself (population just over 300,000) is a medieval city, now rebuilt after its devastation in World War II into a bustling industrial hub with world renowned businesses and a well appointed shopping center.


Warwick, the nearby historic and picturesque county town is dominated by its famous castle. On a dramatic site overlooking the River Avon, first fortified a thousand years ago, Warwick Castle is the finest medieval fortress in Great Britain, and is set in 24 hectares of beautiful grounds and gardens. It is one of the country's top attractions. Stratford-upon-Avon is of course, famous the world over as the birthplace of William Shakespeare, and is only fifteen miles from the University. There is an endless amount to do in Stratford, from a tour of Shakespeare's birthplace, to trips on the River Avon by canal barge or rowing boat. Attending a performance at one of the Royal Shakespeare Company's three theaters is a must and the International Office runs theater trips to Stratford throughout the year. For some peace and quiet and typical English countryside, the beautiful rolling hills and quaint villages of the "Cotswolds" are less than an hour's drive away. The countryside and landscape here is protected from development so you can visit picturesque stone villages or walk on the many miles of footpaths through some of the loveliest scenery in this part of England.  

The University of Warwick
Founded in 1965, the University of Warwick has developed from a Greenfield site into one of the UK's most successful universities, with an international reputation for academic excellence in both teaching and research. It is consistently ranked in the top ten institutions in national evaluations of academic standards. Currently Warwick is placed fifth in the country for the standard of its research, just behind Cambridge, LSE, Oxford and Imperial (The Financial Times, Dec. 14, 2001). The 2006 Sunday Times University Guide rates Warwick as sixth overall in the UK.

As an undergraduate visiting student, you will be taught by regular members of faculty who divide their time between teaching and research and whose lectures will challenge your understanding of any given subject. New research discoveries flow into the content of the teaching in your undergraduate modules. Warwick has an undergraduate population of about 11,200 students, of which over 4,000 are international, establishing it as one of England's most diverse universities.

Warwick has one of Europe's largest Student Unions, with well over 180 societies varying from travel and food to politics and religion. In addition, the university has over 70 sports clubs which provides students with an excellent opportunity to get involved and meet local and international students. The International Committee, which acts as the representative for the university's international student population, holds a number of world-themed events to foster a sense of internationalism amongst the student body. The Union also houses a movie cinema, three night clubs, and numerous cafes and eateries.

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The Academic Program
Visiting students are welcome to study in any of the University's academic departments. All the courses available to JYA and visiting students form part of the Honours Degree Programme at Warwick, and are taught by regular members of the university's academic staff. In all their lectures, seminars and practicals, visiting students are fully integrated with degree-programme students, mainly from the UK but also from other countries. All visiting students also have a personal tutor or academic advisor who is there to offer advice on academic or any other matters while the student is at Warwick.

Warwick, like many British universities, is on a trimester system. This means that the fall term is not equivalent to a full semester's work and students can normally obtain only three Penn c.u.'s. The Sussex in September program, joined to the Autumn Term, provides a full semester four Penn c.u.'s. The following courses are usually offered: "British Popular Culture," "From Critical Reading to Stylish Writing," "Introduction to Archaeology," "Shakespeare's Plays and the Elizabethan Theatre," "English Folklore," "Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry," "The Politics of the European Union," and "Popular Literature in English: Children's Literature."

Course Load
Cornell Abroad participants must maintain a full course load during their period of study abroad. A full module load for undergraduate students at Warwick is normally 120 CATS points - usually four 30 CATS modules per year. The majority of these modules is single-weighted 30 CATS modules, and run for the full academic year. Visiting students are not able to take less than three single-weighted modules. Some departments may offer second- or third-year specialist "double-weighted" modules worth 60 CATS, in which case a full course load would be one 60 CATS module and two 30 CATS modules. Students in the Science Faculty may find that a full module load is made up of a larger number of modules, each carrying a lower weighting (a smaller number of CATS points), some of which will only be taught in one term. For students coming for part of the year, it is advised that an autumn term's study is worth 40% of full-year credit, whereas study for spring and Summer terms would constitute 60% of the credit for a year. You will need to discuss your final module selection and load with your home school academic advisor. We suggest that you initially gain approval for 6-8 modules at Warwick, to allow for maximum flexibility in time tabling, and for changes in module availability.

The University of Warwick uses the following grading system: A=70 and above, A-=65-69, B+=60-64, B=55-59, B-=50-54, C+=47-49, C=44-46, C-=40-43, D=35-39, F=below 35. As on all Cornell Abroad programs, grades are recorded on the Cornell transcript but are not calculated in the cumulative grade point average. Pass/fail is not an option. 

Academic Calendar
Fall Semester: early October ? early December
Spring Semester: early January ? late June
**Students attend the
Sussex in September Programme during the month of September

Living Arrangements
Participants must be willing to live under local conditions for students. The University of Warwick has nearly 5,700 student rooms on campus itself, and can therefore offer students a wide choice of quality accommodation, all within walking distance of the academic buildings and library. Visiting students are fully integrated into halls or flats with students from the UK or from other countries and each residence has its own residential tutors and wardens to look after the students' welfare. All rooms are single study bedrooms (unless you specifically prefer to share) and many have their own en suite bathrooms. Internet access in available in all on campus accommodations. Off campus accommodation in shared houses and flats is available in nearby Coventry, Royal Leamington Spa, and Kenilworth.

Student Life
Central to most students' experience is the Students' Union, one of the largest and most active in the UK. Run by students for students, the Union coordinates an extensive program of sporting and social activities. The impressive (and newly extended) Union Building runs a nightly entertainment program, and has its own nightclub, as well as a number of bars and restaurants. 172 student societies are on offer, catering for all interests from the academic to the religious, the political to the purely social. Budding journalists can also get involved with the award-winning student newspaper - the Warwick Boar - or the campus radio station. Warwick has excellent on-campus sporting facilities, making it possible to take part in a wide range of indoor and outdoor sports. Almost all facilities are free for students, and include two indoor heated swimming pools, indoor sports halls, fitness rooms, squash courts, and all-weather outdoor pitches for a wide range of sports such as football, cricket, or hockey. The University's Sports Federation has seventy-three clubs catering for all standards, and covers sports as diverse as ballroom dance, American football, hang gliding, rowing, snooker, and snowboarding.

The University Arts Centre is the largest performing arts center of its kind in the UK outside of London. It is the focus of cultural life not only on campus but also for the local region, with more than a quarter of a million visitors a year. It offers an outstanding program of theater, music, opera and dance, attracting internationally acclaimed performers from all over the world, as well as an adventurous film program. Students can also take part themselves in one of the many campus music or drama societies, which stage regular performances at the Arts Centre.

Health Notes
Immunization for group C meningococcus and for mumps is recommended by UK health authorities.
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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Approx. Start Approx. End
Spring 2020 09/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Programs may fill long before their final deadline. * Recommendation--For SPRING: APPLY in MAY to study abroad the following spring. For FALL/YEAR: APPLY in DECEMBER. Late applications may be accepted, but colleges typically need time to process your approval.