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Use our How to Apply pages to find full details of the application process to Exeter.

International students

Applying to Exeter

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 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. For information on the equivalence of international qualifications please see the In Your Country section of our website.

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 Law, 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.