Studying Abroad for Maths Students – Application Timeline
Interested in studying Maths abroad? This blog signposts the key steps you’ll have to take throughout your second year to complete your application.
Late September/Early October
Study abroad informational sessions will be held for all second year students covering an overview of the opportunities offered, process and benefits for all students considering taking a year abroad.
This is great to go to, even if you’re not sure if you want to study abroad yet!
You will receive an email detailing the specific partner universities available.
This is your chance to choose where you would like to study and further explore the courses and opportunities offered at each university. You will have to choose back up options, so keep this in mind!
Register your interest by replying to this email.
Those who have registered their interest, will be invited to a Maths Erasmus ‘party’. This is an informal gathering between past Erasmus students, the Maths’ department’s Year Abroad coordinators and other Year 2 students intending to take a year abroad.
This is a great opportunity to get any of your questions answered and speak to students who have been through the experience. It’s also really important to show up and flag your enthusiasm as the Maths department’s staff who will be helping you throughout the year will all be there.
November – December
The next step is the application form. Applications will be open between mid-November and December.
The forms aren’t too long and require some basic personal information as well as some other details such as:
- Your top three university choices (in order)
- If you’ve attended the informational sessions/read the relevant web pages sent your way and what you’ve learnt from them
- Why you would like to be considered for the Erasmus scheme
Make sure you put in some care with this form and demonstrate your enthusiasm as this will be a point of reference if there are more students applying than places available.
In these cases there may also be an informal meeting/interview to gauge your motivation for a specific university, so make sure you know your reasons! Language competency and previous grades will also be considered.
You should find out which university you have been nominated for before the Winter break.
There will be a briefing session for all second year students intending to study abroad, covering some of the things to expect and how Warwick will continue to support students on their year away.
In the following months Warwick University will nominate you to your selected exchange university.
The next set of instructions you receive will be from your partner university.
(Every university’s timeline and requirements from here on will be slightly different.)
March – May
You will receive an application from your exchange university.
This may require an online application, CV, academic transcript and Letter of Motivation.
You will also have to choose your modules for next year, making sure that they correspond to Warwick’s equivalent third year. During this process it’s important to have an idea as to whether you want to do G105 or G106.
And that’s it – the next stage is being accepted by your partner university!
Why should I study abroad?
Studying abroad is a completely personal choice, however, if you’re still unsure these are some of the reasons I chose to study abroad:
- Increased independence
- To experience a different teaching and learning style
- New culture, new language, new experiences!
You can also read about past students’ experiences here: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/maths/undergrad/erasmus/personal_experiences/.
What can I do towards my application this summer?
Have a think about where you would like to do your year abroad. The list of universities Maths usually partner with can be found here https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/sci/maths/undergrad/ughandbook/general/abroad. This may be subject to some change, but make a list of a handful of universities that catch your eye, research their course and find out if they’ll be a good fit for you! Bare in mind the reasons you have chosen your universities as these will help you throughout your application.
Scratch up on the language – you don’t have to be fluent, but you do need to be at B2 level or above before you take your year abroad. If you can corroborate that with grades or a course – even better!
Whilst you still have plenty of time before you’ll be at your foreign university, language level is one factor that Warwick uses to distinguish between you and other students applying to the same university place, so the sooner you work on this the better!
Applying to your year abroad should not be a stressful experience –remember you can always get in touch with your department if ever you have a question or need any help. Just keep an eye on your emails and make sure not to miss any deadlines and you shouldn’t have any problems!
From year to year, subject to subject and between different partner universities these timeframes may vary, however, I hope this helps provide some clarity to those considering studying abroad! Any questions, don’t be afraid to leave a comment.