How to apply

Eligibility

  • To be eligible for Study Abroad you must attain a grade average of 60% or above in your first year. 
  • Places are allocated competitively so the higher your grade average, the better chance you have of going to one of your favoured locations. 
  • If your grade average is not high enough to secure one of your desired places, you will be invited to consider other locations.
  • Competition for places can be very strong, with many applications having very high grade average marks.  Consequently some specific locations may only be viable considerations for students who gain an average in the high 60s. This is likely to be particularly so (but not exclusively) for North America, Australia and New Zealand.
  • If a student on a four-year Study Abroad degree programme does not achieve the minimum 60% grade average to be eligible to study abroad they will be required to transfer back to the equivalent three-year degree programme.
  • If a student who has been allocated a placement based on their first year grade average goes on to achieve less than 60% in their second year they will be required to withdraw their application to the host university.
  • Students on combined honours programmes are welcome to apply for a placement with either of their teaching Colleges.  Flexible Combined Honours (FCH) students can apply directly through the FCH programme or through the College of one of their subjects.  However, students must not submit more than one application i.e. they may not apply through both the Colleges and the FCH programme.

Managing your expectations

As indicated in the Eligibity tab, competition for places at the most popular destinations can be incredibly high: as demand grows the grade averages that are awarded places at these institutions also grow.  Approximately 40% of students receive their first choice of institution but you should not assume that [X] grade average guarantees you a placement at [Y] destination. 

Each year we are asked if a particular grade average will mean a student is guaranteed a placement in, for example Canada. The answer is no, we simply cannot and will not guarantee you a place at a particular institution or country until the allocation process has been completed. 

Approach your choices with a flexible and open mind, diversify the institutions you list on your application and be amiable to a wide range of possible destinations for your time abroad.

Mitigation

The University requires that all mitigation applications are made at or before the point of assessment.  Therefore it is not possible for late mitigation applications to be considered as part of the Study Abroad application or allocation process.

However, it is acknowledged that on some occasions a student may have submitted a timely, valid, evidenced mitigation application relating to their performance in first-year assessments, and this was accepted by their College’s Mitigation Committee, but no action was deemed appropriate due to the formative nature of stage one.

If a student in this situation is very close to the minimum criteria for making an application (i.e. their average is 58.00 or higher), then they should ask the Chair of the College’s Mitigation Committee (or other appropriate representative) whether they are supportive of the student being considered eligible to apply for a Study Abroad placement, on the basis of the existing mitigation application and evidence.  If they are, then the Chair of the Mitigation Committee (or representative) should confirm this in writing to the Study Abroad Coordinator in the student's College.

It is essential that this is done in advance of the deadline for applications for placements, as these requests cannot be considered after the allocation process has begun.  If possible, it is recommended that students inform the Mitigation Committee in their mitigation application of their desire to apply for Study Abroad the following year.

Any consideration of mitigation would only relate to the student's eligibility for a Study Abroad placement, not their priority in the allocation process.  Priority for a place cannot be given on the basis of mitigation of one student over another student with higher proven marks.  The student's final approved marks (as confirmed by the College Assessment, Progression and Awarding Committee) will be used for determining priority for placements.

Application form

The internal Study Abroad application process for placements in the academic year 2019-20 is now closed.

If you have any questions about your application please contact the Outbound Study Abroad team or alternatively come and see us at our bookable appointments in the Career Zone during term time.

What happens next?

To make your transition as smooth as possible we have produced the Outbound Pre-Departure Handbook 2019-20 to provide an overview of the things you need to consider before you go abroad and whilst you're away.  Read it carefully and use it to support the research you need to complete to make your placement as successful as possible.

Below you will find information on applying to your host university.  Please also see the Researching your placement section of our website which includes links to the University of Exeter insurance policy, information on the upcoming Pre-Departure conference and resources to help you prepare for your time abroad.

I am studying outside of Europe

  • The Study Abroad team will nominate you to your host university - there is no need for you to do this.  
  • We will then contact you with further information about the application to your host university. This will be done in order of host university application deadlines.  Please note: you will be contacted about your application but this may be at a different time from your friends and peers who are going to different institutions.  Do not be concerned: it simply means their application deadline is before yours and you will be contacted in due course.  We ask that you remain patient and refrain from emailing us to ask when you will be contacted about your application.
  • You will be sent information relating to your application. You are reminded that it is your responsibility to complete this application and gather any supporting documentation.  Make a note of any deadlines and ensure you meet these as failure to do so may impact upon housing and visa applications.  If you fail to submit your application and documentation on time you will be liable for any financial penalties issued by your host university and/or the authority issuing your visa.
  • You will be invited to meet with the Study Abroad team and other students attending the same university as you to check through your application before it is either submitted online by you or posted to the host university by the Study Abroad team.  
  • If you are studying outside the European Union (including Turkey) you will almost certainly be required to obtain the appropriate visa or permit to allow you to study as an international student.  Please note that the Study Abroad team is not qualified to offer visa advice.  The Researching your placement section of this website includes links to the relevant embassies - these will form the basis of your visa research.  Please be aware that immigration legislation changes frequently and without warning, so please check the relevant embassy and immigration website for the most up-to-date information.  You should be aware that taking the necessary steps to acquire your visa is your own responsibility and you may incur costs, for example TB blood tests or medicals, in order to obtain your visa.  If your visa is refused you will be responsible for any costs incurred.

I am studying in Europe under the Erasmus+ scheme

  • The Study Abroad coordinator for your College/discipline will nominate you to your host university - there is no need for you to do this.
  • The host university will contact you directly with application information, deadlines and further information.  You are reminded that it is your responsibility to complete your host university application and to gather any supporting documentation.  Make a note of any deadlines and ensure you meet these as failure to do so may impact upon your housing application.  If you fail to submit your application and documentation on time you will be liable for any financial penalties issued by your host university and/or the authority issuing your visa (if applicable).
  • In addition to the application required by your host university you will need to complete the Erasmus+ paperwork to be eligible to receive the Erasmus+ grant.  The Study Abroad team will be hosting Erasmus+ paperwork talks in March to provide instructions on how to complete this documentation and when to return it.  Your College/discipline Study Abroad coordinator will contact you with further information about the Erasmus+ paperwork talks.

I am studying in Switzerland

Students studying in Switzerland have similar processes to both those studying outside Europe and those studying under the Erasmus+ scheme.

  • The Study Abroad coordinator for your College/discipline will nominate you to your host university - there is no need for you to do this.
  • The host university will contact you directly with application information, deadlines and further information.  You are reminded that it is your responsibility to complete your host university application and to gather any supporting documentation.  Make a note of any deadlines and ensure you meet these as failure to do so may impact upon your housing application.  If you fail to submit your application and documentation on time you will be liable for any financial penalties issued by your host university and/or the authority issuing your visa (if applicable).
  • Institutions in Switzerland are not currently operating within the Erasmus+ programme and as such you will not be eligible to apply for Erasmus+ funding.  Exchange mobility with Swiss institutions continues under the Swiss-European Mobility Programme and some Swiss universities offer scholarships to inbound students.  The administration of these scholarships varies at each institution so make sure you have read any instructions provided by your host university thoroughly, and note and meet any deadlines.