Experience the University of Exeter for yourself at one of our three campuses  - all in the stunning countryside of South West England.

General Requirements

You must be nominated for the exchange programme by your home university. If you have not been nominated, you may study at Exeter as a Study abroad Fee Paying student.

Academic Requirements

Applications are welcomed from high-calibre candidates from within our partner institutions.   Applicants must have completed a minimum of one year of a university degree and have a GPA of 3.0/4.0 or equivalent.  Applicants will often be required to have academic background knowledge of the modules they wish to take within your main subject area.

English language Requirements

Overseas applicants whose first language is not English must have a standard level of English that will enable them to benefit fully from their course of study. The English language qualifications accepted by the University for entry and the required scores can be found on the Undergraduate Study entry requirements page, under 'English Language'.  Note that we accept IELTS (academic), TOEFL IBT and a number of alternative types of evidence.



  • Copy of your Official Academic Transcript from your home university, in English (this is the document that contains the grades you have achieved in your studies at university to date)
  • Academic Reference/Letter of Recommendation (from someone who can comment on your academic ability)
  • Personal Statement (your reasons for choosing Exeter)
  • Copy of the ID information page of your passport (please enusre it is in date)
  • Exeter Study Plan
  • 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.
  1. Firstly, you must have been nominated by your home university to participate in the exchange.
  2. Make sure you are aware of the application deadlines and familiarise yourself with the academic calendar.  Applications for the January semester must reach us before the 31st October 2017.  Any applications received after this may be considered at the University’s discretion.
  3. 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.
  4. Consider your module choices. You may choose flexibly accross departments and accross levels of study, but note that choosing the majority of modules within one subject area and one level will minimise timetable clashes.  Please note that your modules will be finalised on your arrival to Exeter.
  5. Gather together the additional supporting documentation required to be submitted with your application (see above).
  6. You are now ready to apply online! Follow the instructions carefully in the Online Application Guide for International Exchange. CHECK YOU HAVE ATTACHED ALL SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION. APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED WITH MISSING DOCUMENTS WILL NOT BE PROCESSED.
  7. On submitting your application you will receive an automated response acknowledging receipt.  Please do not log back into your application once submitted.
  8. Please be patient as we process your application.  You should expect to hear from us after the application deadline date - once a decision has been made you will be sent by email your student ID number and information on how to apply for accommodation (you cannot apply for university accommodation until you receive your student ID number).  Your official acceptance letter will be posted to your International Office at a later date. Note that due to high demand, student applications submitted on or close to the deadline date will take us longer to process.

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.


  1. Please be patient whilst we process your application - this often takes some time, especially in cases where full supporting documentation is not received and in cases where the application was submitted very close to the deadline.
  2. When we have processed your application we will send you an acceptance email. Please read very carefully.
  3. Students who require a Short Term Study visa to study in the UK will need a hard copy of the acceptance letter. We will post this in a batch to your International Office at your home university in July. If you need a letter before this point then you must let us know well in advance.
  4. Students who are applying for a Tier 4 (General) student visa will require a CAS. We will contact you in July to begin this process.
  5. You will gradually receive a number of support emails from the University designed to help you prepare for your studies. It is essential you read these carefully.
  6. Many of your questions will be answered on our New Student webpages and before you arrive webpages.
  7. Do you have any further questions? Check our Frequently Asked Questions webpage for answers.
University of Exeter Study Abroad

If you can, do it for a year instead of six months because by the time you get into the swing of things and establish friendships, six months is not enough.  This has easily been the best year of my life!

Harry Jordan, University of New South Wales, 2014/15