Student life

The University of Exeter’s Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies is one of the main UK centres for teaching and research in Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies. The Institute building was constructed in 2001 in an architectural style evocative of the Middle East, and houses superb facilities including:

  • A purpose-built impressive building, constructed in an architectural style evocative of the region studied
  • Computerised language lab
  • Lecture theatres and seminar rooms equipped with up-to-date technology
  • Computing facilities for undergraduate students
  • Café and common room equipped with satellite TV for watching Middle Eastern channels
  • The Arab World Documentation Unit [AWDU], a valuable resource for research, includes the Gulf Collection and other holdings
  • The Research Commons at the Old Library holds a collection of 50,000 volumes on the Middle East
  • A gallery for Middle Eastern art exhibitions.

Life at the Institute

The Institute has a cosmopolitan, international flavour, with staff and students from a wide range of cultural, religious and linguistic backgrounds making it a friendly, lively community. Our students have a good amount of contact time with their lecturers and develop strong working relationships during their time at the Institute. We aim to offer students an outstanding experience of their time at Exeter, to treasure long after they have graduated.

Students are assigned a personal tutor who acts as mentor and provides pastoral care.

Students are encouraged to participate in the Student/Staff Liaison Committee. The SSLC meets twice per term and is a forum for students to put their queries, concerns and opinions directly to a member of staff.

University life and student support

You can find out more about what life is like for students on the Streatham campus and what support is available for you on the main student life pages. Student profiles and films give a flavour of life on campus and in Exeter.

Saba Khan, President of Islamic Society 2014/2015

Exeter Islamic Society (ISoc) is an award-winning student-led group, that welcomes anyone from both an Islamic and non-Islamic background, providing members with social opportunities as well as the chance to develop their knowledge of Islam as well as their faith. We have a range of events including regular guest speakers, poetry nights, film screenings, sports activities, and social gatherings. Make sure to drop by to at least one of our events, the ISoc welcomes all and we truly look forward to meeting you!

Saba Khan, President of Islamic Society 2014/2015

The MArabic (Master of Arabic and Islamic Studies)

Our four-year MArabic programme offers intensive language training, unparalleled study abroad and work experience opportunities.