Pre-departure and arrival

Successful applicants will be sent a handbook with their offer letter which has important information about travelling to the UK and your time on the programme.  The key information is summarised below and if you have any questions the International Summer School team are happy to answer any questions.


If you are a European Economic Area or Swiss national you do not require a visa to study in the UK.  Students from other nationalities need to visit:

Once you have answered 3 questions, you will be told whether you will need to apply for a visa to come to the UK and attend the summer school.If you DO NOT require a visa you will need to bring a letter from the University of Exeter confirming that you have paid your fees and will be attending the programme.  We will send you this letter once you have paid your fees and you should keep this with your passport when you travel.

If you need to apply for a visa to study in the UK you must apply online.  You can apply for a visa up to 3 months before your date of travel to the UK.  You should receive a decision on your visa application within 3 weeks.

Important: If you require a Short Term Study Visa but do not obtain the correct visa we cannot register you on the programme.

Medical Insurance

If you are an EEA student or Swiss national you should obtain a European Health Insurance Card which will entitle you to the same access to public sector health care (e.g. a doctor, a pharmacy, a hospital or a health care centre) as nationals of the UK. You must be an EEA resident who is 'ordinarily resident' in the EEA for this to apply. The International Office will require a copy of your European Health Insurance Card before you arrive in the UK. Further information is available on theEuropean Commission Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion website.

If you are not from a country with a reciprocal agreement, you are not entitled to free health care under the National Health Service. Health care in the UK can be very expensive. It is a requirement of the International Summer School that you take out comprehensive medical insurance (including cover for hospitalisation and repatriation) before you leave your home country. Please check with your Embassy/High Commission whether you have a reciprocal health agreement.


If you are currently taking medication, you will need to make sure you bring adequate medication for the duration of the summer school.

First Session (30 June - 21 July 2018)

The first session begins with a 4-day orientation in London.  

You can either meet University of Exeter staff at Heathrow Airport from 11am or join us directly at the hotel.  We will be staying at the Travelodge Covent Garden which is easily reached by public transport and it is possible to check-in from 2pm.

The first event of the programme is a welcome talk at 7pm when we will be giving out important orientation information – you should arrive at Heathrow by 3pm or at the hotel by 6pm in order to attend the talk.

You will be accompanied throughout your stay in London by staff and a number of student ambassadors from Exeter.  Coach transport will be provided from London to Exeter, so you can relax and enjoy the visit! 

Second Session (22 July - 12 August 2018)

The start of the second programme will be in Exeter. You will be met at the airport by our staff and brought to Exeter by coach transfer. Please note that the arrival times for the coach transport is from 10am until 4 pm. We also cannot specify how long you will be at the airport while other students arrive.

For any arrival details outside of these times, please contact

Full arrival instructions and travel information will be included with offer letters.

Summer School departure

First Session (30 June - 21 July 2018)

At the end of the International Summer School a coach will be available to take you from Exeter to London Heathrow and London Victoria. It will depart Exeter early on transfer day.  It is recommended that you book a late afternoon/early evening return flight from London or arrange accommodation to enable you to stay in London until the next day.

Second Session (22 July - 12 August 2018)

As the second session ends in London with a four day trip, transport to the airport will be provided on departure day via the London Underground directly to the Heathrow Airport. You will be accompanied by Exeter Staff. For any other airports, please inform when giving arrival details.

Tourist information in and around Exeter

Here are just a few of the things there are to see and do in Exeter.  

Exeter Cathedral

Pilgrims and visitors have been making their way to Exeter Cathedral since medieval times.  It is one of the great cathedrals of England, and one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture in Europe.

Exeter Quay

Used as a port since Roman times, the Quayside is one of the most interesting areas of the city and is home to a wide range of bars and restaurants, an eclectic mix of shops and a number of summer events. It is also the start point for a number of outdoor activities including cycling, walking and canoeing.

Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM)

Exeter’s world-class museum is home to a wide range of collections which reveal Devon and Exeter’s rich history and global connections as well as one of the largest natural history collections in the UK.

Exeter’s Underground Passages

View the passages underground Exeter’s City Centre, which date back to the 14th century.

Red Coat Guided Tours in Exeter

These free guided walking tours are a great way to explore Exeter and learn about its history. Tours begin outside the Royal Clarence Hotel in Cathedral Yard, or from the Quay House Visitor Centre and take place between three and four times per day.


Exmouth is approximately a 30 minute train journey from Exeter. The two miles of beach and the beautiful views of the World Heritage Jurassic Coast are two of the town’s main attractions. Exmouth offers a variety of activities including water sports.


Dartmoor National Park is located in the South West of England. Dartmoor is an area of moorland with beautiful scenery including rivers, impressive tors, and wildlife.


Plymouth is the largest city in Devon. There is a lot to do in this interesting city; you could go shopping in Drakes Circus, or take a walk down the historic Barbican, or visit Plymouth Hoe, which has spectacular views over the natural harbour.


Teignmouth is a small picturesque seaside town with a Victorian pier, parks and a promenade.

I had an amazing time over in England. I loved the fact that my study abroad trip was international. I learnt from many different cultures eg China, India, Ghana - I truly valued my experience. I felt the programme was well balanced giving just the proper amount of lectures and course work along with free time and day trips. All in all, I felt the programme was an eye-opening experience, and I would absolutely do it again if I had a chance.
Joshua Leigh, University of South Florida