International students

We warmly welcome international students and ensure that you have all the support you need, both before you arrive and whilst you are studying with us, so you can make the most of your time in the UK. At present more than 5,000 students from 140 countries outside the UK contribute to a thriving international community across our campuses in Exeter and Cornwall.

Our campuses are located in a region which boasts some of the most beautiful countryside and coastline in the UK. The Streatham and St Luke’s campuses are conveniently located a 15-minute walk or five-minute bus ride from the centre of Exeter, a historic student-friendly city only two and a half hours from London. Students studying at our Penryn Campus find it easy to reach Falmouth, a scenic port town with a vibrant student community where you constantly meet people you know.

Study part of your degree at the University of Exeter

If you are an overseas student wishing to study at Exeter for one year as a contributing element towards your degree, either as part of an international exchange or as an independent student, please consult our Study Abroad at Exeter site. If you are an independent fee-paying applicant from within the EU, please contact the Admissions Office at for an application form.

Abhyuday Purkayastha, from Chennai, India, BA Management with Leadership

After studying science at school I decided I wanted to switch to a business course for university. The BA Management programme at Exeter is rated highly by past alumni around the world, and the added incentive of studying Leadership got my attention. Now I’m here I like the practical approach in tutorials, which makes learning theories a lot easier and fun. 

I was anxious about settling in and meeting people, but the moment I got here I met people from my home country, and gradually made friends with British as well as international students. In my second year I moved into a house with four friends I made during my first year, and the five of us each covered a different country and continent – Bermuda, France, Kenya, India and Hong Kong!

There are societies on campus for just about everything you can think of, and getting involved is the best way to meet like-minded people. I’m a member of the Campus Bands Society, Motorsports Society, the International Society and the Asian Society. I met some great people, made friends, and even formed a band; we’ve won competitions and played gigs around Exeter.

The campus would easily be rated as one of the best in the world, it’s a real scenic paradise. The view of the hills from my room in Holland Hall was amazing. For admission at one of the new ‘Ivy League’ universities, where there is equal emphasis on studying and student life, choose Exeter! Life here gets better every day.

Abhyuday Purkayastha, from Chennai, India, BA Management with Leadership

Aida Akhmetova, BA Business and Management

They say that university is the best time of your life. Coming to Exeter to pursue my degree was probably the most life-changing event for me. I've grown personally and I've matured and gained friends from all around the world. I deeply cherish my experiences and memories. I'm grateful for the opportunities I had here in Exeter and even more grateful for the people I met, as these bonds stay for life.

Aida Akhmetova, BA Business and Management


Student experience at the Penryn Campus, Cornwall

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Drone tour of Penryn Campus, Cornwall

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