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Fact Sheet:
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: No previous study
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0 Credit Available For: College, Wharton
Other Eligibility Requirements: Min. 3 College Level Courses in Major Type of Program: Semester/Year Study Abroad
Housing Options: University Residence Hall/Apartment Application Deadline: Fall/Year: February 15, Spring: September 15
Department Preferred: Philosophy, Politics, Economics (PPE)
Program Description:

Program Snapshot

BWK LogoUniversity of Warwick

With more than 25,000 students, the University of Warwick offers a wide variety of courses in many disciplines. As a member of the Russell Group, nicknamed the “British Ivies”, Warwick ranks in the top 10 of British universities and among the top 50 in the world. Warwick is a global community that offers intercultural learning in a cosmopolitan environment through a globally-orientated curriculum and intercultural activities. 
For additional information, visit the University of Warwick website
The City of Coventry

Coventry 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. The city is located just 70 miles northwest of London and has a population of more than 300,000. It offers city life combined with peaceful countryside and beautiful historical buildings.

Did you know…?

Since 2000, the University of Warwick has filed over 240 patents and created 60 spin-out companies.

Warwick’s motto is Mens Agitat Molem, or “Mind Over Matter” in English.



The program at the University of Warwick is for College credit and Wharton students.
Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0 cumulative. In addition, Wharton students are required to have a 3.3 GPA in their concentration

Additional Course Pre-requisite(s): Successful completion of at least 3 college-level courses in Major by the end of the academic semester (fall or spring) prior to departure.  

Other Requirements: Completion of at least two full years of undergraduate study by the end of the academic semester (fall or spring) prior to departure is required.


Language of Instruction



A full course load at the University of Warwick consists of 60 CATS points per semester. The majority of the semester-long courses are worth 12 or 15 CATS points. Some courses worth 30 CATS points run for the full academic year.  Penn students must maintain a full course load while abroad and may only enroll in courses at the undergraduate level.

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 number of CATS points, some of which will only be taught in one term.

You will need to discuss your final module selection and load with your home school academic advisor for study abroad. 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.

Visiting students are able to study in most of the University's academic departments as long as they have adequate pre-requisites. Visiting students are fully integrated with degree-program students in their lectures, seminars, and labs. All visiting students also have a personal tutor or academic advisor who is there to offer advice on academic or any other matters while at Warwick.
Wharton students can are able to select the majority of their courses in the Warwick Business School (their base department) as well as take electives in one other non-base department.
University of Warwick Academic Calendar
University of Warwick Course Catalog
Grading Scale

As on all Penn Abroad programs, grades are recorded on the Penn transcript and are calculated in the cumulative grade point average.  The pass/fail option can be exercised according to the Penn on-campus policy of your home school. For more information on Penn Abroad’s academic policies, click here.

Grades are reported to Penn on the University of Warwick scale and then converted to Penn grades according to the following grade equivalencies:
University of Warwick Grade Penn Grade
70-100 A
65-69 A-
60-64 B+
55-59 B
50-54 B-
45-49 C+
40-44 C
0-39 F

Special Features

BWK Special FeaturesOrientation Activities

All Penn students are required to attend the orientation activities organized by the University of Warwick prior to the start of each semester. 

Group Excursions

Other excursions and activities are organized by the Cornell Brown Penn UK Centre.

Buddy Program
BWK Special Features
The University of Warwick’s Students’ Union operates a language buddy program.

Student Associations

Penn students studying at the University of Warwick have access to a wide range of student activities and societies. More information can be found on the Students’ Union page


BWK CampusParticipants 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.

Information regarding accommodation can be found here and here.

Cost and Finance

Penn Abroad Financial Policies

Students are charged Penn tuition and academic fees for all Penn Abroad programs.  Additional expenses will typically include items such as housing, visas, and airfare.  Please see the program budget sheets below for more information.  For more on Penn Abroad’s financial policies, click here.

Financial Aid and Study Abroad

In most cases, financial aid applies to Penn-approved programs.  Student Financial Services reviews program budget sheets each semester to determine how to appropriately adjust your aid package. For more information on how Financial Aid will work during your semester abroad, click here.

Budget Sheets

Academic Year

Scholarship Opportunities

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program: Competition for awards for study abroad, for US citizen students who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding at a 2-year or 4-year college or university. 

AASAP/UK Lord Acton Memorial Scholarship: Merit-based scholarship awarded to the applicant who demonstrates an understanding and appreciation of the value of an international educational experience and who agrees to share how the scholarship helped to fulfil their academic and personal ambitions. The award is £500 for a semester abroad or £1,000 for a full year.

BUTEX offers eight scholarships to North American students studying at a university in the United Kingdom. The value of each scholarship is £500 and will be paid to the winners once they have arrived and registered at their host university. Interested students should contact the appropriate Global Programs Manager in the Penn Abroad office.

Next Steps

For information on the Penn Abroad application process, click here.

To open an application or learn more about the program, please click here to schedule an appointment with a Penn Abroad Global Programs Manager.

For a student perspective on life and academics in Warwick, contact a Penn Abroad Past-Participant or Exchange Student.