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 130 countries contribute to a thriving international community across our campuses in Exeter and Cornwall.
Best International Student Experience
In April 2015 we won a prestigious award for providing the best international student experience of any university in the UK.
We were proud to secure the celebrated ‘International Student Choice Category’ at the Whatuni Student Choice awards, held on Thursday, 23 April. More than 20,000 university students from across the UK cast their votes for the awards, which covered 10 individual categories.
In the International category, Exeter beat off strong competition from the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford and University of St Andrews to win.
In November 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.
94 per cent of international students reported feeling safe and secure at the University, with 95.5 per cent agreeing that the location was a ‘good place to be’ (International Student Barometer Autumn 2013).
Before you arrive
Our International Office staff are happy to answer questions from prospective students about any aspect of living and studying at the University of Exeter, including the suitability of your existing academic qualifications and English language proficiency. 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 Open Days 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 January each year. You can view the options available and find out more on our accommodation webpages.
Immigration and visa information
The International Office can provide advice to you, free of charge and without discrimination, on any immigration and visa matters you may need help with.
Visit our webpages on immigration.
Tuition fees and living costs
Fees vary according to individual programme. Consult programme information pages for full details, including international student fees.
Information on living costs is available on our Fees and funding page.
When you get here
A warm welcome
The Meet and Greet Scheme and Freshers’ Week, held immediately before the start of term in October, 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 in Exeter and Cornwall 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
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 Societies page for more details.
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.
For more information on support and advice for international students see the International Student Support site.
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:
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 2:1 Honours degree or its international equivalent (which may be higher where a class grading system is used). Details of individual programme requirements can be found in the subject areas section of our website which contains the entry requirements for specific programmes.
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.
Full details, including our required English language level for your programme of interest, can be found on our how to apply pages.
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.
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 five- 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 English for Postgraduate study which includes a greater focus on study skills alongside language tuition. The Graduate Diplomas, offered in the areas of Management, and Finance can be used as an academic or English language ‘top-up’ prior to Masters study in the relevant field.
Fees, funding and living costs
To gain entry to the UK, you must show that you have enough funds for both academic costs and living expenses. Standard fees can be found on our postgraduate fees page, however please check your programme of interest to confirm as fees vary. Living expenses will vary according to your lifestyle and duration of study. Based on a single student living in the most inexpensive university self-catering accommodation, we suggest you allow a minimum of £800 per month. 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 database search.
Phone: +44 (0)1392 723405
General help, advice and practical information including access to our International Students Guide.
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.
Details of English courses available at the University before and during study.
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.
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