How to Apply

If your University does not have an exchange agreement with the University of Exeter you can still apply to study with us as an independent applicant*.  Please view the Tuition Fees for your programme.

Entry Requirements

The University of Exeter requires Study Abroad students to have completed a minimum of one year of a university degree, and have a GPA of 3.0 or above.  You will often be required to have academic background knowledge of the modules you wish to take within your main subject area.

Supporting Documents Required

  1. Copy of your Official Academic Transcript from your home university.
  2. Academic Reference/Letter of Recommendation.
  3. Personal Statement.
  4. Copy of the ID information page of your passport.
  5. Evidence of English language level e.g. TOEFL/IELTS Certificates (where applicable). If English is not your first language we will require proof of your English language proficiency, our minimum requirements can be found on the Undergraduate Study entry requirements page.  Please note that some departments require a higher level of English. Students planning to take modules from across different departments will normally need to satisfy the higher of any linguistic minima required; for example students taking one English module and two Archaeology modules will need the higher grade of IELTS 7.0 or equivalent.

How to apply

Please note that the online application will be unavailable from 5pm on Friday 19 September to 9am on Wednesday 1 October for essential maintenance. Please do not worry that you are unable to submit during this period - use this time to carefully gather all your supporting documents together ready to upload to your online application when it becomes available again.


  1. Make sure you are aware of the application deadlines and familiarise yourself with the academic calendar.  Applications for the first semester/Full Year must reach us before the 30th April. Applications for the second semester must reach us before the 31st October.  Any applications received after these dates may be considered at the University’s discretion.
  2. Unless you are a British or European national, you will need a visa to study in the UK and must consider which one best meets your needs.  The visa type will depend on the length of your study and what you wish to do while you are here. View our Immigration Advice pages for more information.
  3. Consider your provisional module choices. You must choose the majority of modules within one subject area in order to avoid timetable clashes.  Please note modules will be finalised on your arrival to Exeter.
  4. Gather together the additional supporting documentation required to be submitted with your application form (see above).
  5. You are now ready to apply online! View instructions in the Online Application Guide.
  6. On submitting your application you will receive an automated response acknowledging receipt.
  7. We will aim to process your application within ten working days but during busy periods it may take longer. Once a decision has been made you will be sent by email your student ID number and information on how to apply for University accommodation.  Your official acceptance letter will be posted to your International Office at a later date.

You will now receive a number of emails from the University designed to help you prepare for your studies! Do you have any questions? Check our Frequently Asked Questions webpage for answers.

*Independent fee-paying students from within the EU must apply through undergraduate/postgraduate admissions.