International students

We warmly welcome international students and provide all the support you need to help you make the most of your time in the UK.

The University is a welcoming multi-cultural community – at present more than 5,000 students from more than 140 countries contribute to a thriving international community across our campuses in Exeter and Cornwall.

Best International Student Experience

In April 2017 we secured the ‘International Student Choice Category’ at the Whatuni Student Choice awards, for the second time. More than 20,000 university students from across the UK cast their votes for the awards, which covered 10 individual categories.

In 2014 the University was also named the best in the UK for international student satisfaction. The StudyPortals International Student Satisfaction Awards 2014 are based on 16,427 comments made by 6,923 international students in Europe. These reviews provide rare insights into universities’ performance from an international student perspective. Five universities in the United Kingdom were awarded a Certificate of Outstanding International Student Satisfaction, with the University of Exeter awarded Gold.

International Summer School

Our International Summer School delivers the complete study abroad experience in just three weeks each July. It is an opportunity to explore the UK, visit London and study with students from around the world, as well as with some of Exeter’s undergraduates.

Find out more about our International Summer School

Before you arrive

Our Student Recruitment and Admissions staff are happy to answer questions from prospective students about any aspect of living and studying at the University of Exeter, including our entry requirements. If you are in the UK and wish to visit the University, we will be happy to arrange a tour for you; please see our Visiting section for details.

Our International Students’ Guide contains all the information you will need to prepare for your studies here, from making a visa application, to what to expect when you get here including travel in the UK, the cost of living and the services available to international students, including medical treatment. A copy is available to download from our International Students pre-arrival pages.

Booking your accommodation

If you are a full-year, unaccompanied international student, you are guaranteed a place in university accommodation for the first year providing you have firmly accepted your offer and returned your application form and booking fee by the deadline. Accommodation in Exeter becomes available for booking in April each year. You can view the options available and find out more on our accommodation webpages.

Immigration and visa information

The International Student Support Office can provide advice to you, on any immigration and visa matters you may need help with.

Read our immigration and visas for information on how to get your CAS and general information and advice about applying for your visa.

Tuition fees and living costs

To gain entry to the UK, you must show that you have enough funds for both academic costs and living expenses. Tuition fees vary according to the individual programme, please check your programme of interest to confirm the relevant fee. Living expenses will vary according to your lifestyle and duration of study however if you require a Tier 4 visa you will need to provide evidence that you can afford living expenses of at least £1,015 for 9 months i.e. a minimum of £9,135. In order to help with these costs, scholarships are sometimes available. To check if there are any scholarships available at the present time, please visit our funding pages.

When you get here

A warm welcome

The Meet and Greet Scheme and Freshers’ Week, held immediately before the start of the autumn term, smooth your transition to University life in the UK. A programme of events introduces the University and provides practical information about life in England before your programme begins. You will be able to visit the local area, register with a health centre, open a bank account and meet representatives of campus organisations, ask lots of questions and make many new friends. If you are offered a place to study here you will receive full details of the programme in July.

Once you are here

Our International Student Advisors act as a focal point for help and advice with any matters relating to your welfare throughout your studies. They are able to assist with immigration issues including the renewal of student visas, provide advice on bringing your family to the UK with you and coordinate a wide range of cultural events in partnership with student societies.

English language support

The INTO Centre in Exeter and Academic Skills Service in Cornwall offer a range of in-sessional classes, workshops and tutorials free of charge for students.

Representing your views

The International Students Council represents international student views to the Students’ Guild.

The Students’ Guild in Exeter and FXU in Cornwall each coordinate a variety of clubs and societies including international students’ societies in both Exeter and Cornwall along with a number of other societies representing different ethnic, nationality or language groups. These can be a great way to make new friends and learn about other cultures. See our Students' Guild page for more details of available societies.

Religious provision

Followers of the main religious faiths will find a place to worship close by or on the campus. Muslim students have their own Prayer Rooms on the Streatham Campus with separate facilities for both men and women. Our Multi-faith Chaplaincies in Exeter and Cornwall provide a welcoming and supportive environment for students and staff of all faiths.

Further information

For more information on support and advice for international students see the International Student Support site.

Entry requirements

Our how to apply pages provide full details of the application process to Exeter, however as an international student there are a few specific points of interest:

Entry requirements

Our entry requirements vary by programme. Some programmes accept a wide variety of degree subjects whilst others expect you to have studied the subject already at first degree level. We usually require you to have, or expect to obtain, at least a British Second Class Honours degree or its international equivalent. Details of individual programme requirements can be found in the research topics section of our website which contains the entry requirements for specific programmes. 

EU qualifications

The University recognises a wide range of qualifications and equivalencies. Further information regarding some of the most popular qualifications is provided below. If the qualifications you are taking are not listed in our equivalencies table below please contact the Admissions Office for further guidance about their suitability for entry to our programmes.

» International entry requirements

English language requirements

If English is not your first language you will need to submit evidence of a good command of English before starting your degree programme. We accept the IELTS (International English Language Testing System – academic version) and TOEFL IBT test along with a number of other English language tests. Please note we do not accept TOEFL Institutional Testing Programme (ITP). We recognise these language tests providing they were taken no more than two years before the intended start of your degree or pre-sessional English programme. If you wish to defer your entry to the University, we may ask you to re-take a recognised language test if your original offer was based on a test which will be more than two years old at the point of registration.

If you have undertaken a full degree programme in a majority English language speaking country, the English language requirements may be waived provided that your degree was completed no more than two years before the start of your programme. Other local English language qualifications may also be acceptable; please contact the International Office for clarification.

Full details, including our required English language level for your programme of interest, can be found on our English language requirements page.

What if I don't reach the required standard?

Postgraduate study at Exeter could still be a possibility if you attend a Pre-Sessional Summer Course at INTO University of Exeter. These intensive six- or ten-week courses are designed for students who wish to improve their ability in English and study skills before they start their degree programme. If you undertake a pre-sessional course you may be permitted to start your formal programme of study without retaking an IELTS or TOEFL test, depending on your language ability at entry and your progress on the course.

If you do not meet the pre-sessional entry requirements or want to have longer to understand and learn new skills, the Centre also offers Academic English which includes a greater focus on study skills alongside language tuition. 

For more information see our Pre-sessional English brochure.


International Student Recruitment

Phone: +44 (0)1392 723405
WebEnquire online

General help, advice and practical information including access to our International Students Guide.

British Council

Advice about all aspects of British education and details of your local office address.


The UK Council for International Student Affairs provides advice about fee status, immigration and employment regulations.

INTO University of Exeter

Details of English and academic preparation courses available at the University before and during study.

Contact our Alumni

Phone: +44 (0) 1392 723052

Our Alumni Office can put you in touch with former students who are an excellent source of first-hand information.