University of Exeter - Santander Summer Institute

25 June 2015 - 23 July 2016

Santander Universities is offering 5 full-fee scholarships to attend a 4-week summer programme for students currently enrolled at a Brazilian or Colombian university.

The first week of the programme will explore issues in climate change through a mix of fieldwork and classroom learning, led by academics from Exeter's Geography department, ranked 7th in the UK.

For the remaining 3 weeks you will join the main International Summer School programme choosing to study one of the 11 courses. Courses are based around a combination of lectures, seminars, visits and workshops. Exeter's teaching methodology encourages active participation and limited class sizes mean that there is plenty of opportunity for you to engage with other students and members of faculty.

You will also experience life at a top UK university and get to know the historic city of Exeter, which is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in the UK. The programme also includes a 3-day visit to London, day trips to Bath and St. Ives plus social events on campus.

Santander Week - Issues in Climate Change 

The programme is coordinated by Professor Stephen Sitch and Dr Angela Gallego-Sala and will involve a mixture of classes, laboratories and field visits.

Sample Timetable

Saturday 25 June Arrival in UK and Travel to Exeter
Sunday 26 June Orientation on campus and social activity in Exeter
Monday 27 June

Class: 20th Century Atmosperic Composition Changes

Field Visit to Stoke Woods:  Introduction to Biomass and Measuring Biomass

Tuesday 28 June

Field visit to Dartmoor:  Peatlands and Climate Change

Wednesday 29 June

Laboratories and Computer Modelling:

  • Biomass Data Analysis
  • Climate Modelling
  • Peatland Carbon Laboratory
Thursday 30 June

Class: Peatland Carbon Analysis

Debate preparation

Friday 1 July

Class: Presentation of results and comparison to Brazil biomes


Saturday 2 July Travel to London for orientation for the ISS programme

International Summer School programme

After the first week you will join the main International Summer School programme, choosing one of the 11 courses for your remaining 3 weeks in Exeter.

You are eligible to apply for the scholarship if you:

  • are currently studying at a Brazilian or Colombian university – either as an undergraduate or postgraduate
  • have average grades above 7.0 (Brazil) or 3.5 (Colombia) equivalent  in your Bacharel, Licenciado/Licenciatura or Titulo Profesional
  • meet one of the following English language requirements:

      -be a native English speaker

      -have experience of studying in English at university*

      -have an IELTS score of 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each component) or above or an equivalent level of competency

*If you have studied in an English speaking institution or have courses at your university taught in English (excluding English language courses) you may meet our requirements without having to supply one of the above certificates. Evidence of this will either need to be included on a transcript or letter from your university.  Email if you have any questions about our entry requirements.

Accommodation during the programme is at Exeter Halls.  The single, en-suite bedrooms include: 

  • Bed, wardrobe, desk and chair, bookshelves
  • Mini fridge
  • High speed internet access including access to TV channels
  • Shower, washbasin and toilet facilities in en-suite rooms

As well as a fantastic location, our most popular residence has a restaurant where breakfast and your evening meal are served, common rooms, outdoor space and tennis courts where you can unwind with your fellow students.

Exeter Halls has a porter’s lodge should you need any assistance during the evenings. There is also wifi coverage throughout, laundry facilities and vending machines.  From Exeter Halls, it is a short walk across campus to lecture rooms, and only a 10 minute walk into Exeter city centre.

During the programme you will be based at the Streatham Campus in Exeter, which is widely acknowledged to be one of the most beautiful in the UK. 

The campus has excellent facilities which include:

  • The Forum was opened by the Queen in 2012 and is at the heart of the Streatham Campus.  It houses the library, shops, cafes and learning spaces equipped with the very latest innovative technology
  • The Northcott Theatre
  • Banks and cashpoints (ATMs)
  • The Sports Park including running trails and an outdoor swimming pool
  • Student Health Centre
  • Christian and Muslim prayer rooms (please see the Chaplaincy site for more information)

About Exeter

Exeter is the regional capital of the south-west of England and is consistently rated one of the best places to study and to live in the UK. Find out more below.

The University

The University of Exeter was granted its royal charter in 1955, but traces its origins to schools and colleges established over 150 years ago. We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research intensive universities, and combine excellent teaching and world-leading research with stunning campuses.

The City

The city of Exeter combines over 2,000 years of recorded history, including original Roman walls, a medieval cathedral and Elizabethan buildings, with a modern and lively city centre.  Exeter has a number of award-winning museums, theatres, galleries and has a wide range of restaurants, pubs, bars, cafés and night clubs – all within walking distance of the campus.

Harry Potter fans may find themselves visiting the Leaky Cauldron and Diagon Alley – Exeter alumnus J.K. Rowling is said to have been inspired by a number of locations in Exeter when writing the Harry Potter series.

Find out more on our About Exeter pages.

The surrounding area

Exeter’s surrounding area is popular for its warm sunny climate, spectacular natural scenery and sandy beaches. Exmouth’s beaches are only 15 minutes away by train, and the wild and beautiful landscape of Dartmoor is nearby. Students wishing to go further afield can travel from Exeter airport.  In previous years, students have travelled to Edinburgh, Dublin and Paris, which are all under 2 hours away by plane.

Find out more on our Beyond the City pages.

You will spend the first week of the programme with your fellow Santander Summer Institute students and will get to know the city during the week, as well as the local area during field trips.

London orientation (Saturday 2 July - Tuesday 5 July)

After your first week in Exeter you will travel to London to meet the rest of the International Summer School students who will have just arrived.  

We will stay at the Travelodge Covent Garden in central London which is ideally situated to explore the capital city. The programme of events includes:

  • A guided walking tour of London landmarks including the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Westminster Abbey and No.10 Downing Street
  • A play at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
  • A visit to the British Museum

Bath (Saturday 9 July)

Bath is a city steeped in history, famous for its Roman Baths. Today, you can still swim in these restorative waters at the Thermae Bath Spa. Other attractions include the Royal Crescent, the Jane Austen Centre and a multitude of boutique shops and cafes.

St Ives (Friday 15 July)

An archetypal Cornish fishing village, and one of the best seaside towns in the UK. St Ives is set on the dramatic North Cornwall coast. The town is a haven for artists and surfers alike. While here you might like to wander around the cobbled streets, visit one of the art galleries or take a boat trip to Seal Island.

Social events in Exeter

We have a number of social events organised in Exeter, these include a welcome barbecue, pub quiz, karaoke and a Gala Dinner on the last night to celebrate your time with the University.

The scholarship includes:

  • Tuition fees
  • Bed and breakfast in London
  • Half Board Accommodation in Exeter (i.e. breakfast and evening meals)
  • Social events including 3 days in London
  • Transport to and from London Heathrow airport

Successful applicants will need to pay their return air-fare and travel/medical insurance as well as money for lunch.

Once you have checked your eligibility apply by completing the online application form.  Please indicate in the personal statement box that you are applying for the Santander scholarship. You will need to attach the following documents with your application form: 

  • An English translation of your academic transcript
  • An English language proficiency certificate or other proof of English language ability

The application deadline is 1 March.  Scholarship awards will be made by 8 March. If you have any problems submitting the form please email

Selection process

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit as long as candidates meet our English language proficiency requirements.  We will select candidates based on the information in the application form and there will be no interviews.

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