Student support

We want you to remember your time here as rewarding, exciting and fun and don't expect you to have any serious problems.  However, some students may feel unsettled in adapting to their new home, new friends and new ways of learning, so we have a network of experienced people on hand to help.

There is a Study Abroad Co-ordinator, who is a member of staff in your College, with whom you can discuss any problems relating to your academic progress and who can provide appropriate advice relating to specific programmes of study and modules.

Further specialist staff are available for advice including the Student Advice Unit, the Student Counselling Service, the Student Skills Service, the Disability Resource Centre, the Accommodation Office, the International Office, the Residence Support Team and the Multi-faith Chaplaincy.  Full information is available on the Student Services website.

The University warmly welcomes and supports students with disabilities. You are asked to disclose any disability (including learning disabilities such as dyslexia or a physical disability) on your application form. This will not affect your application but will enable us to plan and prepare for your arrival and support.

We recognise that all students may require extra support to help them succeed in their academic studies.  Whether you are experiencing problems with study skills or feel that your work could be improved through the development of new study techniques, the Student Skills Service can advise you on assignment planning and writing, reading strategies, revision and exam techniques and presentation skills.

English as a foreign language for Study Abroad and International Exchange students

If English is not your first language there are many options for you drawing on the expertise of the INTO University of Exeter Centre which runs courses all year round in general and academic English.

In order to study subjects other than English language, you will normally be required to meet the standard University entry requirement of 6.5 in IELTS, 570 in TOEFL PBT, or 88 in TOEFL IBT. If your current level of English does not meet these minimum standards it is possible to spend your first semester studying English at the INTO Centre in order to improve your skills before transferring tot he Study Abroad programme in the second semester. The length of time needed to study English in order to reach our entry requirements will depend on your linguistic ability on enrolment. If this is your preference, please indicate it on your application form.

The INTO Centre also offers non-credit bearing in-sessional support courses including writing tutorials, grammar workshops and oral communication classes. These are open to students who meet our entry requirements but wish to continue to improve their linguistic skills without losing focus on their academic programme content.

Alternatively it is possible to study only English language here by taking all of your credits at the INTO Centre. If this is your preference please apply directly to the INTO Centre.

See the INTO website for further details of the INTO University of Exeter Centre's programmes.


At Exeter we pride ourselves on our library facilities.  In fact our library expenditure is some 35 per cent higher than the national average in terms of spend per full-time student (LISU/SCONUL 2006/07).  Users benefit from 24/7 access, self-service machines, state-of-the-art multimedia facilities, enhanced group and silent study areas, an extended wifi network and an increase of key texts and electronic resources.

Students based in Exeter have access to five library facilities:

  • Main Library - undergraduate and research collections for most subjects, multimedia facilities, group study facilities
  • Old Library - special collections including the Bill Douglas Centre for the History of Cinema and Popular Culture
  • Law Library - including the European Documentation Centre
  • Arab World Documentation Unit - materials on the Gulf region and other Arab countries
  • St Luke's Campus library - Sport and Health Science collections

At our Cornwall campus, the library and IT facilities are housed in the Learning Resources Centre (LRC).  Built in 2004, the LRC has been designed to provide a modern and comfortable study environment. Library users currently benefit from self-service facilities, a range of different study areas including group and silent study areas, and wifi throughout the LRC. The majority of texts have been acquired or purchased since 2004 and the collections are continually being reviewed and updated. Special collections include the Camborne School of Mines archives and the Institute of Cornish Studies collection. The Law Collection also meets the Law Society's accreditation standards.

Other libraries

In Exeter, the University also helps operate the Devon and Exeter Institution Library which is a private collection particularly strong in West Country materials and nineteenth-century periodicals.  The independent Cathedral Library contains the Anglo-Saxon Exeter Book and the Exeter Domesday Book together with many other rare manuscripts and printed books from the medieval and early modern periods, and University members may have access by arrangement.

IT services

All students have access to MyExeter - a student portal which is home to vital IT services that you'll need throughout your time at Exeter.  You can access MyExeter from any web-enabled computer in the world.

Nearly all University owned residences are connected to our network, giving you access to all University resources and cheap, fast broadband access.

It's not a problem if you don't have your own computer - there are public-access PC 'clusters' at all campuses - many open 24 hours.  You can even borrow a laptop for use in the Main, Old and Law libraries on the Streatham Campus and the St Luke's Campus Library.

We have a dedicated IT Helpdesk that can help you with any queries - from support for the specific services offered by the University, to virus problems and internet access.  We even run specific laptop clinics to help you get your own laptop working with our system.  Throughout the year, we also run short training courses for all key software.

All the people I've met at Exeter are extremely friendly and I really like the 'open door' policy that the academics have. This gives me the opportunity to just stop by and ask them whatever is on my mind at almost any time. The teaching has most certainly lived up to my expectations. The teachers are talented and give very interesting lectures.

I have always had a little fear of speaking English, and especially to people with English as their native language. But not anymore. You will not learn anything unless you try. I tried, and I have learnt a lot from this year in Exeter.

The best things about Exeter have been the big variety of societies you can choose from and especially the Tennis Society. All the people in the Tennis Society are so friendly and sweet. The atmosphere on campus is great and the student life in Exeter, both day and night, is extremely good.

Karen Dalby, Agder University College, Norway, studying Creative Media and IT

When I joined the University in 2005, I was looking for a place where I could develop my research and teaching interests in collaboration with experts in the Middle East from different disciplines.  I study and teach Islamic law (sometimes called Shari'a), and I now realise that to do this properly, you need input from many different disciplines, not just law, but also Islamic Studies, Anthropology, Political Science, Sociology, Economics and many other subjects.  In the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, I have found this interdisciplinary environment, and not only that.  There are also first class facilities for students and staff to carry out their work.

So my reasons for working here may also be good reasons for you to come to study the Middle East and Islam at the Institute.  Within the Institute, we have students and staff from all over the world, bringing different ideas, approaches and cultures, and for me, this is the best setting to study the Middle East.  Through my research and teaching at the Institute, I have developed links with scholars and students throughout the Muslim world, and learned as much from them as from books and articles.  I think the Institute is unique in the UK, and perhaps in all of Europe, in offering a multicultural, multidisciplinary context for the study of the Middle East and the Muslim world.

Professor Robert Gleave, Professor of Arabic Studies