Student experience at the University of Warwick

Third year Monash student, Sanjna Chandra spent 12 weeks at the University of Warwick during Semester Two in 2018.

I loved experiencing student life at Warwick,” says Sanjna. “The vibe on campus was great, with plenty of campus activities during both day and night.”

Sanjna arrived during Warwick’s orientation week in September. She said she felt more confident about going to Warwick when she found out how many other students from Monash were there.

“There were around 50 students at Warwick from all Monash campuses during the autumn term. It was great knowing there were so many other students in a similar position to me, and with numerous meetups arranged by the universities in both Australia and the UK it was a fantastic opportunity to broaden my network of friends.

“I also lived on-campus which was an excellent opportunity to meet many local students. I found there was a strong community vibe given many students live on-campus or surrounding suburbs. In addition, my flatmates and many classmates had recently came back from year-long study abroad trips across various locations including France, Columbia, Singapore and Australia. Listening to their exciting stories and advice about studying overseas was invaluable support in shaping a memorable exchange experience.”

Sanjna says her decision to study at the University of Warwick was an easy one.

“The business school has a really good reputation and I found that everyone was very focussed. It also helps there is an Alliance between Monash and Warwick. It creates benefits for students and is a safety net in a way as you know you’re being supported. Monash has a big presence there.”

Sanjna is intrigued by international business and chose to study four business electives at the Warwick Business School to compliment her Bachelor of Commerce at Monash.

“I would like to move into a management consulting role after I graduate and picked a broad range of subjects so I can find out what suits me. At Warwick I studied marketing strategy, supply chain management, organisational analysis and project management. I enjoy learning theories but the practical knowledge I was taught at Warwick has been so helpful.”

Since returning from Warwick, Sanjna has been able to use her practical knowledge during a summer unit consultancy project for Sages Farm based on the Mornington Peninsula in Melbourne.

“Sages Farm want to be the most inclusive and accessible farm in Australia. I worked in a team to help improve their tourism strategy and was able to use some of the project management skills I learnt at Warwick.”

Reflecting on her time at Warwick, Sanjna feels she’s now able to balance her study and personal commitments a lot better and has seen a great deal of growth in her confidence.

“My experience at Warwick helped so much with my time management and planning. It was also the first time I travelled overseas alone and lived on my own. The experience really pushed me outside my comfort zone and challenged me in a good way.”

Sanjna’s advice to other students is to definitely consider studying at Warwick.

“Research the subjects available to you and consider modules you may not necessarily study at, or are offered by Monash. Picking the right subjects will make your experience a worthwhile challenge.

Beyond academics there are also many social meetups organised with local students and exchange students, as well as plenty of travel opportunities to explore other cities in the UK and Europe.”

This year Sanjna hopes to extend her study abroad experience even further by applying for the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Study Tour at the University of California, Berkeley.

Read more Alliance study abroad experiences here