Coventry University   coventry icon

http://www.coventry.ac.uk/

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University Overview

Founded in 1843 as a design college, Coventry University has since transformed into a modern research university in the heart of the English countryside.  As a city badly damaged in the air raids of World War II, Coventry has identified with the symbol of the phoenix and sought to reinvent itself, merging its design school roots with new schools of business, engineering, and the sciences.  As a centrally located, urban campus, Coventry has distinguished itself as a leading influence to the city's friendly, bustling atmosphere.

Students will study in one of the four main faculty offered: Business Environment and Society; School of Art and Design; Engineering and Computing; and Health and Life Sciences.

City Overview

Coventry University is at the center of the city, offering students easy transportation to nearby Birmingham (only a 20 minute train ride) or England's capital, London, a short one hour train ride away.  Coventry is a city of over 300,000, of which the university comprises over 20,000.  As a hub for music, sport, art, and fashion, students will find Coventry a trendy place to call home with its unique blend of historic buildings, modern architecture, and lively art scene.  Many venues are within an easy walk of the campus.  The beautiful, historic cities of Oxford, Warwick, and Shakespeare's Stratford-upon-Avon are a mere 30 minutes away, with inexpensive bus service offered regularly.  

Program Highlights

Courses available for most majors

Academic Calendar

Fall Semester:  Late September to mid-December/January (depends on major)

Spring Semester:  Mid-January to early May

Academic Year Not Available at this time due to impaction.

Please see the 2013-14 Academic Calendar for specific dates.

Academic Focus

  • Exchange students can enroll in any class, provided they meet the prerequisites.  Certain fields might be reserved for continuing Coventry students, so be sure to pick several course alternatives.
  • Generally study aboad students select level 1 (Intro) classes to meet lower-division requirements.  Levels 2 & 3 are considered upper-division and assume a depth of knowledge in the field.
  • Coventry employs a number of interesting teaching methods to keep students engaged including small group lectures, large group lectures, web-based activities, projects and discussions.  A knowledge of library research methods and writing is highly advisable as is a willingness to read beyond the scope of the course.
  • Final grades are usually based upon essays, projects, quizzes, and a comprehensive final exam.  Please review this information on your faculty/school's page.  Keeping up with assigned and supplemental reading becomes critically important.
  • All work transfers back to San Marcos and can be used to fulfill all graduation requirements.

Language of Instruction

English, in the truest sense

Requirements

  • Class Level:  Upper-division status (completion of 60 units)
  • GPA of 2.75 or above and good academic standing to departure.
  • Prerequisites:  Levels 2 & 3 courses may require previous experience in the field.  If, based upon transcript review, you do not have the necessary prerequisites, you will be asked to consider an alternative course.
  • Special Note to Business Majors:  In order to receive credit for upper-division courses abroad, you must have already completed your Pre-Core course work at CSUSM.

Units

15 semester units/30 ECT units (European Credit Transfer system).  Typically this equates to 3 or 4 classes/semester. 

Housing

Short-term students should avail themselves of on-campus housing so they can connect to university sponsored activities while being in the center of the city. Visiting exchange students are encouraged to choose the catered accommodations of Priory and Quadrant Halls.  These offer a great location near campus and the city center as well as many opportunities to interact with a wide range of students.  All rooms are individual and come with shared kitchen/bathroom facilities per floor.  Included in the roughly $775/month rent is a 10 meal/week plan to offset some of your need for cooking.  You can read more about housing options on the Accommodations page.

Estimated Cost

  • Students pay their normal State University Fee to CSU San Marcos, currently $3,532/semester. No tuition or fees due at the University of Coventry.
  • On-campus residence: Currently ~$775/month, partially catered with a 10 meal/week plan.  Non-catered (no meal plan) options are also available.  All housing is first come, first served.
  • Health Insurance: $47/month
  • Cost of meals and personal expenses will vary, but average $500/month.
  • UK General Tier 4 Student Visa--optional (Allows students to work up to 20 hours/wk):  currently 289 pounds, roughly $430 plus shipping
  • Sample 2013-14 Budget

Application Deadlines

For Fall Semester/Year Study:  March 15

For Spring Semester Study:  October 1

How to Apply

  1. Visit the University of Coventry website at www.coventry.ac.uk to learn about the university and life in Coventry.  Use a good tourist site such as http://www.visitcoventryandwarwickshire.co.uk/ to learn more about life in this city and region of England.
  2. Meet with the CSUSM Study Abroad Advisor in Craven Hall 3200 to determine if you are eligible for this program.
  3. View available courses from the Module Catalogue to determine current offerings.  Read the Incoming Exchange Student Handbook to learn more about the university.
  4. Consult with a faculty advisor in your major department to determine if Coventry courses will count toward your major. If so, complete a Study Abroad Credit Approval Form.
  5. Order an official transcript from CSUSM and any other college from which you have taken a semester or more in classes (even if you have already transferred credit to CSUSM).  Please send the transcript(s) directly to Global Education, c/o Tiffany Gabbard, Craven 3200, 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd. San Marcos, CA  92096-0001 or pick in person and drop off at Global Education (preferred).
  6. Read about accommodation options and follow the process stated online.  All housing is first come, first served.
  7. Complete the Coventry University application and submit it to the CSUSM Study Abroad Advisor in Craven Hall 3200 along with your other application materials .
  8. Submit a photocopy of your passport along with your medical disclosure form, personal conduct agreement, air travel release form, and after acceptance, proof of travel medical insurance to the Study Abroad Advisor.
  9. Attend the pre-departure orientation and consult with the Study Abroad Advisor as necessary regarding the Student Visa process after Coventry acceptance.

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