International Summer School - visits and social programme

What will happen on the London trip?

Your stay in the UK will begin with a three day visit to the capital city of London where you will be met by fellow students and University of Exeter staff.  Staying near Covent Garden, you will be ideally situated to explore the shops and cafes of this tourist heart of the city. Organised excursions include a guided walk of key historical sights including the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace, a visit to the Tower of London, a boat trip down the Thames and a trip to the Shakespearean Globe Theatre.

What will the day trips involve?


You will have the opportunity to visit the World Heritage Site, Stonehenge. You can be the next in a line of people spanning the centuries to stand in awe before this prehistoric monument, built over 4000 years ago. You will have a couple of hours at Stonehenge to explore and discover how and why these mysterious stones came to be here.

The Eden Project

The Eden Project in Cornwall is world famous for its biomes and is one of the top tourist attractions in the UK. Created as a festival of plants it is based around three domes, each of which represents a different climate, from tropical jungle to the Mediterranean. The Eden Project also hosts a thought provoking environmental education zone, has regular music concerts and a thriving arts scene.


Since Roman times, Bath has been a tourist attraction with people visiting to bathe in the restorative spring waters. Visit the ancient baths and then take to the waters yourself in the spa. Afterwards you can walk the bustling streets of this lively old town with its boutique shops, cafes and pubs.

St Ives

This Cornish fishing village is a popular spot for tourists. Its labyrinth of alleys houses numerous small shops and art galleries to have a look round and for art enthusiasts there is the Tate Gallery which showcases big names in contemporary art. The town is fringed by golden beaches, ideal for a stroll, a swim or maybe a quick surf! Fish & chips could be the order of the day in this archetypical English fishing village.

What other social events will there be?

The International Summer School is about more than work and whilst here you can enjoy a full social programme, giving you the chance to get to know your fellow students and make some firm friends. Activities include a welcome barbecue on the evening you arrive in Exeter, a quiz night at one of Exeter's historic pubs, cream tea at the Cathedral and a graduation party. There will also be plenty of free time for you to enjoy the local area including the seaside town of Exmouth and the Jurassic Coast. We will be on hand throughout your time here to give advice on things to do.  For a peek at what the area has to offer please see the University's Living in Exeter section.

"I loved it! I will aim to travel much more now; I've expanded my horizons and learned a lot. I leave with confidence and new knowledge of myself."

Claire MacKenzie, University of Alberta, Canada