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.

All students will be allocated a Study Abroad Co-ordinator based on where you are taking the majority of your credits. You will meet with your co-ordinator on arrival at Exeter in order to discuss your module choice. Throughout your stay at Exeter they will be able to provide appropriate advice relating to specific programmes of study and modules, and you may discuss with them any problems relating to your academic progress.

The university's Wellbeing Services provides support when personal issues are getting in the way of your studies. They offer advice as well as therapeutic and practical support to help you cope and manage your studies.

A second source of support is the Wellbeing Information Directory (WID), made by students, for students, it has all the contact details of support services for you. Whatever you need to talk about, someone will be available to you via WID.


If English is not your first language you may wish to consider studying English language at our INTO University of Exeter Centre.

INTO University of Exeter offers a range of classes, workshops and tutorials to international students at the University who feel they need or would like help and support in studying through the medium of English. This service is a referred to as the Insessional Programme. These credit-bearing courses are designed for undergraduate students and will enable you to improve your academic English communication skills whilst gaining credits at the same time. They are intended for  students on Exeter degree programmes or for those who need credits for their home universities, e.g. students on study abroad programmes such as Erasmus. These courses are run on a termly basis with 4 hours of classes per week. Each course has a credit value of 15 (equivalent to 7.5 ECTS).

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 wish to continue to improve their linguistic skills without losing focus on their academic programme content.

At Exeter we pride ourselves on our library facilities.  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 Museum 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 Penryn 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.  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.

All registered students are given their own University IT account. Your account will provide you with access to email, personal file space and other useful University resources.

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.

The vast array of support services available to students can be viewed on this A-Z list.

University of Exeter Study Abroad

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