When you arrive

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

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 and spouses.

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.

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.

Antonia Perez from Chile

I have literally no words to express the fantastic experience I’ve had at the University of Exeter. I have been given so many different opportunities which I would have never dreamt about. The array of societies that the University offers ensures there’s something out there for everyone. In the Latin American Society, together with other cultural societies, we put on a night offering typical food and showing characteristic dances. There, I performed the Chilean national dance (cueca), as well as a dance from Easter Island called sau-sau. That was a moment that I will always cherish; not only because I took joy in sharing my culture with other students, but also because the multi-cultural atmosphere was just splendid.

This year I also got involved in the International Welcome Team, where I realised that the feel of community that you experience at Exeter is beautifully unique. The University is so immensely diverse and open to other cultures that it provides a perfect environment for any foreign student. If you’re thinking about studying abroad, I highly recommend you look at Exeter. It goes beyond developing your academic and employability skills…it enhances you as a person.

Antonia Perez from Chile