Coventry, United KingdomRanked among top 10 universities in GB
Founded in 1905, the University of Warwick is a highly ranked research university in England. The University of Warwick offers for its students, the faculties of Medicine, Arts, Science and Social Sciences. The University of Warwick is ranked high for its courses in the field of Social Sciences, Engineering, Mathematics, Economics and Business.
Unlike what its name suggests, it is not in the town of Warwick but located on the outskirts of Coventry, southwest from the city centre; it falls in the middle of Coventry and the county of Warwickshire. The Tesco super store is located at walking distance from the university. The campus is about an hour from London and 30 minutes from Birmingham by train.
Having a sprawling 716-acre campus, the university has three main buildings on campus called the International Manufacturing Centre (IMC), Department of Computer Science (DCS) and Zeeman Building (Maths and Statistics). These buildings have been designed as a symbol of modern architecture intentionally contrasting with the other British universities with medieval architecture. The campus has a grocery store, pharmacy, two banks, salon, post-office, a copy shop and a travel agency.
The Warwick Arts Centre is in the heart of the campus and very rightly so. It comprises of the Butterworth Hall- a 1500-seater concert hall, a Theatre, a cinema, two art galleries, a Music Centre, practice rooms and rehearsal rooms. This arts centre gets over 3,00,000 visitors a year.
The campus currently has around 6300 bedrooms for both graduate and undergraduate students. All of the universities are self-catered. Some of the highest ranked campus housing facilities are Arthur Vick, Westwood, The Apollo Works, Cryfield, Whitefields and Rootes. The university guarantees housing for all the first year students. A lot of post graduate students also stay on campus but overall most of them live off campus in either Coventry, Kenilworth or Leamington Spa. A bus service is available from all of these places and one can invest in a bus pass which would cost about £120 per term. Living off-campus will cost you about £4,935 (including travel cost) and living on-campus costs around £5,628.
The British weather is a question in itself for its unpredictability. Students say that one should expect the weather to be quite unpredictable. When college starts (autumn), the weather is around 12°C to 16°C. Apart from the pressure of studying hard, the weather corners you hard with a difficult winter with temperature going down to 4°C. in Summers, the temperature rises up to 20°C or even 30°C (maximum). Rains showers can be expected at any time. For the most part of the year, you'll terribly miss the sun.
With the total academic staff being 2400, the faculty to student ratio at Warwick is a good 1:4. The courses are intense, especially the Science courses where the students almost always fall short of time before their assessments. You may get to study a year in Paris depending on your course. There is a reading week before examinations when there are no lectures held. The business department is mostly based on group projects so it is a lot more interactive. The economics faculty at Warwick is considered as one of the best in the world.
The average fees at the University of Warwick is about £23,500 average fees. The Warwick Taught Masters Scholarship (£5,000 per season) is the most popular funding scholarship for a graduate student to apply for. Other scholarships to apply are Common Wealth Scholarships, International Office Scholarships, Warwick Marshall Scholarships, etc. The university also provides a loan of up to £10,000 on 3% interest, the payment of which will be on your income threshold (whenever it reaches a certain level) and not what you borrowed.
The university also organizes timely webinars for guiding students regarding important scholarships. There are 8000 + work experience opportunities available on campus.
96% of the students from Warwick get placed in the first six months of graduating with an average salary of £25,700 per annum. Big companies recruiting from the university are Apple Inc., Airbus, BBC, Barclays, the European Commission, Google, McKinsey & Company, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Rolls-Royce among many others.
In spite of not being a ‘Cambridge’ or an ‘Oxford’, yet the University of Warwick has made its special place in its own league of nationally known colleges. Their athletics, libraries and facilities on campus (in spite of not being rustic) are excellent and up to the mark. You sure make a sacrifice of not having a proper night life but the education may make up for it.
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