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Enhance your employability

FCH

  • combine subjects not otherwise possible at Exeter
  • cross-subject degrees to suit your interests and career ambitions
  • leads to a named degree title of the subjects you study
  • study two subjects, or sometimes three
  • create your own themed pathway
  • vary the proportion of the subjects each year
  • add vocational elements to your studies
  • opportunities for study and work abroad

 

Subjects -
First year


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Subjects - Second year


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Subjects - Final year


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Abroad

Study Abroad

Work Abroad

 

Spend a year studying or working abroad, or even a combination of the two for a year. It adds so much to a degree! And to you!

As the world becomes more interconnected and globalised, being culturally sensitive is essential to communicating effectively with stakeholders, clients and business partners from diverse backgrounds.

FCH is a strong advocate for embracing global exposure as part of the degree. This comes in the form of international student exchanges, vacation study programmes and overseas internships.

Such global exposure takes students out of their comfort zones and deepens their understanding of cultural and social norms – developing their worldview and moulding them into culturally sensitive individuals who are ready to take on the world.

Research conducted by the University shows that Exeter graduates who spent some time abroad during their degree obtain a better degree classification and are more likely to be in graduate-level employment.

Study abroadFrom the report of the UK Higher Education International Unit's report Gone International: the value of mobility, for students who spent time abroad (study of 2013/14 graduates):

  • higher proportion get First Class degrees
  • more likely to be engaged in further study
  • improved employment outcomes
  • higher starting salary
  • employed graduates who had been mobile during
    their study are more likely to gain employment within
    one of the top three socioeconomic classifications

and some statistics to show the benefits:

  • 79% of employers say international knowledge and awareness are more important than degree subject and classification
  • 50% more students who went to Europe (under the Erasmus scheme) as part of their degree held managerial positions after 10 years than non-mobile students
  • 2 x increase (2006-2013) in companies saying graduates with international experience receive substantially higher salaries
  • 20% lower risk of long-term unemployment for mobile versus non-mobile students
  • 51% increase since 2006 in the relevance of an international background in gaining professional responsibility
  • 30% of companies say international experience is a basic requirement of the job

[statistics sources: European Commission (2014); Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR) & Council for Industry and Higher Education (CIHE); British Council (2013); Institute of International Education (2014)]

And if you still need convincing, have a read of this: What Will It Take to Double Study Abroad? A Green Paper on the Big 11 Ideas from the Institute of International Education's Generation Study Abroad Think Tank (2014) (pdf file)