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The Exeter Award

Enhance your employability


  • 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



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.

From 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.