Your university experience at the University of Exeter can reach far beyond the South West of England: the International Office facilitates student mobility across Europe and internationally through a number of recognised schemes as part of your degree programme. Students who have studied abroad demonstrate initiative, independence, motivation and, depending on where they stay, may also have gained a working knowledge of another language – all qualities employers are looking for.
European Study Abroad
Under the Erasmus scheme students can exchange with students from partner European universities as an integral part of their degree programmes. Exeter’s highly successful Erasmus programme is well established and we are proud that some of our cross channel partners house the best departments in Europe in particular disciplines. In 2011/12 about 400 students studied and worked across Europe.
International Study Abroad
If you are interested in studying further afield the option to spend a period of study outside Europe is available on many degree programmes. There are some degree courses which allow one academic year abroad, usually the third year of a four-year programme. The exception to this is the three-year BA in English with Study in North America where the second year of a three-year programme is spent in the USA or Canada. Credit for academic studies during your year abroad is arranged by agreement between Exeter and the host institution. These marks are then translated back into your degree.
Languages at Exeter
To help you prepare for a period of study abroad, or to further develop a language when you return, there are many possibilities open to you during your time at Exeter.
You can choose to take an Undergraduate module for credits towards your main degree with the Foreign Language Centre, with modules available at many levels in French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese and Spanish. You can also opt to have the language you study named in your degree title as, '...with proficiency in [language]'.
Alternatively, you can choose from more than a dozen languages on the certified Evening Language Programme, which offers all the above languages, plus Arabic, Greek, Latin, Russian and Turkish. Some of these courses can be taken towards the Exeter Award.
For details of all language courses available with the Foreign Language Centre, see www.exeter.ac.uk/flc.