International Exchange student profiles

I am studying for an MA History, with a focus on Medieval Britain.  I originally chose Exeter as my study abroad destination from my home university in the states; American University, Washington, DC.

When I was planning to study abroad in 2009, I knew that I wanted a radically different experience from the urban feel I was getting in Washington and to have a more authentic experience, so I chose Exeter over universities in London where many of my undergraduate friends were planning to study.  After having an incredible semester in Exeter, I decided to come back here for my Master's degree.

Exeter has a very diverse campus community, so it has been an adventure making new friends and learning about their varied cultures and backgrounds.  It's easy to get into the city centre with its many attractions and events, while the campus itself is beautiful.

Further afield, South West England is a very attractive region within the UK.  I have seen much of Devon, including Dartmoor, Plymouth, the Jurassic Coast and Ottery St Mary (for Bonfire Night) and other parts of the South West such as Bristol.  I have also made trips to London, Leeds, York, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham and Cardiff - which were all easy and cheap to get to - and great to see and tick off my travel list.

I knew the transition from the USA to UK, combined with the shift from undergraduate to postgraduate study would be challenging, but I believe my professors have made this much easier.  They appreciate diversity and recognise that I provide different perspectives on matters because of my cultural background, encouraging me to voice my opinions.

I would definitely recommend Exeter to friends and have already begun telling numerous American University students to study abroad here!

Andrew Addison, Study Abroad student 2009; MA History 2010/11

I was influenced to come and study at the University of Exeter by its league table position and the top standards for finance and economics.  My lecturers have been really great and the material covered is very interesting.  Exeter is a prestigious university and I'm able to take away fond memories and a degree that is really worth something. 

Living on campus is a great way to meet loads of friends and have a lot of fun.  The uni also makes sure you are doing well and is able to support your needs in any way they can.

My experience has made me appreciate my friends and family and has given me more confidence and knowledge.  I'd absolutely recommend the University of Exeter without a doubt.

John Sanders, Massey University, New Zealand, studying Finance and Economics