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The International Summer School experience

Find out below what are Summer School alumni have to say about their time with the University of Exeter.  You can also look at our student photos, watch our film or join us on Facebook.

The International Summer School was easily one of the best experiences I’ve had in my life. As I expected from a highly ranked university as University of Exeter, academically, the pathway I chose was interesting for my career and I could count on really accessible lecturers. Socially, it was more than I could ever imagine. On trips to Dartmoor, London, Bath and St Ives, in addition to events organized in Exeter, which is a wonderful and welcoming town itself, I lived personal enriching moments and I made friends from all over the world, of whom I’ll certainly remember forever. In sum, it was an inspirational experience that I strongly recommend to everyone. 

 Silvia

 

Who knew that in just three weeks you could learn so much, have so many new experiences and form so many new friendships? The Summer School program far exceeded my expectations in every aspect. As well as providing world-class facilities and incredible faculty members, the program allowed me to forge deep ties with like-minded, creative, hardworking people from over 25 countries around the world. The balance of structured classes, social events and travel was extremely helpful in rounding out my first experience of Europe. I now feel that I have a better understanding of myself, both personally and professionally, and am excited to continue my relationship with Exeter in the future. 

Grace Fraser

It is truly unbelievable how much one can achieve within the span of 3 short weeks.  I was able to excel scholarly, adventurously, culturally, and personally. The International Summer School pushed me beyond my own standards of excellence throughout the program’s entirety. A carefully thought out mix of classes, trips on the weekends, and socials gave me an all-inclusive experience of the south west of England. Saying this was the best summer I could possibly imagine is an absolute understatement. I gained a better depth in pressing global issues, collaborated with individuals from around the world, and grew unbelievably as a person. It was genuinely an inspirational and life changing experience that no one should miss.Amy Thai

My three weeks in England were a whirlwind of education, hospitality and adventure.  The University went above and beyond in organising a programme that was helpfully structured in its beginning but increasingly trustful of students' sense of adventure as days passed. This, paired with a truly international grouping of minds who shared the same intellectual thirst, made for a summer not easily forgotten. As a student of the Arthurian legend, I learned a great deal within the Exeter Cathedral's archives, on campus and in the surrounding countryside; but as a student of myself, I learned something at every location.  I cannot think of a better investment of my senior year's summer.Matt Eley

The Summer School gave me the opportunity to see the United Kingdom in varying and interesting perspectives I never thought possible. My experience was a unique blend of global education, refreshing entertainment, a display of rich cultures and lasting friendships. The faculties at Exeter are truly one of a kind; they are always willing to help and they seek to bring the best out of their students! The places we visited were beautiful and the discussions in class were constantly intellectually stimulating. Simply put, I had a great summer.

Amanda Ofusu-Siaw

There is no doubt that my time at the University of Exeter was the best summer I have ever had. The 3-day tour in London was well arranged so that we visited the must-see sites. The academic program in Exeter was substantial and the lectures were of high quality. Trips to Bath and St. Ives have already become unforgettable moments in my life.  Besides all of these wonderful experiences, what I cherish most is the people I met in the summer school: the coordinators are so considerate and dedicated; the teachers who were very willing to answer our questions and talk with us; and the students so energetic and easy-going, and their insightful ideas always broadened my perspectives. This experience has really changed my life by granting me more courage and strength and I wish I could experience the summer school of Exeter once again!

Xiaohan

The Summer School has been an experience of a lifetime.  The lovely staff were very helpful and efficient and I felt very engaged and welcomed by the University of Exeter. There was a well-designed learning itinerary, with dedicated professors knowledgeable in their area of expertise, but we also enjoyed a fantastic social program that helped us enjoy the incredible international atmosphere while we got to know about England. Classes and social life were very well balanced. I had the opportunity to be involved in a unique educational environment and to meet wonderful friends from all over the world, with whom I keep in touch. I will always remember my time at the University of Exeter.

Isabel Quevedo

The three-week course in the UK is memorable for me!  I find each person and affair I confronted there is precious to my future life. Personally, the significant meaning of it not only lies in enjoying magnificent scenery in Britain, making friends from all over the world, and experiencing an excellent classroom teaching atmosphere, but also in adapting to a new environment, overcoming culture shock and the language barrier within a very short period. The three-week learning tour in UK is a lens for me through which I can know every aspect of life in Britain and thereby prepare myself well for study there.

Shengjie

It is definitely one of the most wonderful summers in my life. From the program, you can feel the culture of the UK, including famous historical sites, afternoon tea and the attractive British accent. The University of Exeter is also impressive. The accommodation and the teaching facilities are advanced and the campus is gorgeous. The course is interesting and gave me a full picture of modern British history. Last but not least, the staff are very nice and patient. I really enjoyed the whole program.

I truly felt the spirit of friendship and scholarship at the International Summer School at the University of Exeter.

Together with students from all over the world, I worked with some challenging concepts in the classroom and travelled to various parts of England, making beautiful memories in the process. We watched “Macbeth” performed at the Globe, “ooh”-ed and “aah”-ed at Stonehenge, swam off the coast of St. Ives and my Canadian friends introduced me to kayaking. I learned about the common and differing concerns from friends around the world and every person I met greeted me with open arms. It has been phenomenal travelling with the group and I will never forget the knowledge and perspectives that I learned.

Malinda

My time spent on the International Summer School was easily some of the best three weeks I have experienced in my life.

The History pathway offered an intellectually stimulating group of lectures that broadened my understanding of studying history and the many facets that a student of history has at their disposal. Aside from the educational portion of the program, the trip to London was a wonderful way to break the ice between all of the students while exploring London together. Meeting people from over thirty different countries is something I will never be able to forget. Everyone brings their own experiences and views, with opinions that force us to open our minds and delve out of our comfort zones. I highly recommend the University of Exeter Summer School to anyone that wants an intellectual, cultural, and social experience abroad that is not only affordable but also rewarding in every aspect of the word.

Chris

The professors teach passionately and classes effortlessly involve perspectives that span different cultures and world views. The campus is truly a beautiful slice of England and the town of Exeter is straight out of the British books that we grew up reading, with cobbled stone streets, a majestic cathedral and cafes on the quay. The carefully planned day trips made me feel like I had seen all of England in less than a month. The most important lessons I took away from Exeter were those I learnt from the people I met. We quickly realized how vastly different but yet how similar we were. I fell in love with Shakespeare at Exeter. I made friends for life at Exeter. I would recommend the International Summer School to any student who desires a life changing summer.

Anukripa

My first UK experience was just terrific, the Shakespeare and His World pathway exciting and the experience of watching Macbeth at the Globe thrilling. The programme also offered me a unique chance to meet friends from other countries and to learn about other cultures than my own.

Zhizi 2

The idea of studying in England, a country I wanted to put on my map, sounded irresistible. The idea of studying an unfamiliar subject in a foreign country sounded even more exciting. At the time of application, the combined stress of senior thesis, job searching and graduation anxiety was weighing down on me. I knew that I needed to see all the choices before me from a wider perspective. The University of Exeter’s International Summer School provided just that and much more.

I chose to study the Business School pathway for the summer. The class was surprisingly relevant to my interests. Professor David Boughey and other instructors were exemplary at drawing on multiple sources to tackle problems in international management. As a class we asked some fundamental questions about wealth, knowledge, diversity and management. Many of those questions are equally central to the field of education. 

The people I met from the University of Exeter were very open and easy-going. So, I felt free to laugh as loud as I pleased. The diversity of the group was essential to the quality of my intellectual and social life at Exeter. I spent much time during the summer having impromptu conversations with my classmates from all over the world. I continue some of those conversations today via emails, Facebook and postcards.