There are currently around 100 students from the USA enrolled on courses as diverse as: BA English, BA History, BA Classics, BA Business and Management, BA International Relations, LLB Law, BSc Biological Sciences, BSc Zoology, BSc Environmental Science, BSc Computer Science, BSc Natural Sciences, BSc Medical Sciences, MA International Film Business, MA English, MA Archaeology, MA Classics and Ancient History, MA Politics of the Middle East, MSc International management, MSc Financial Economics, MBA, MSc Conservation and Biodiversity, MSc Animal Behaviour, MPhil Performance Practice (Drama), MPhil Art History, PhD Creative Writing, PhD Biological Sciences and PhD Sport Sciences. The University also hosts a large number of Study Abroad students from the USA each year.  Partner institutions include Vassar College, the College of William and Mary and the University of Texas at Austin.

Exeter is eligible to receive FAFSA federal loans. Exeter also participates in the Fulbright and Marshall scholarship schemes. Please visit the student funding pages for more information. 

Exhibitions and Events

Upcoming events

Details of upcoming visits to your country

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23 - 27 September 2017


Houston IB school fair - 23 Sep/ New York IBschool fair - 25 Sep/ Atlanta IB school fair - 27 Sep. Full details
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10 - 17 October 2017

School visits and fairs in California, Seattle and Portland

Recruitment events in Cypress, Los Angeles, Yorba Linda, Brea, Rancho Cucamonga, San Francisco, Seattle and Portland. Full details
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Past events

Past visits to your country

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23 - 27 September 2017


Houston IB school fair - 23 Sep/ New York IBschool fair - 25 Sep/ Atlanta IB school fair - 27 Sep. Full details
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18 - 23 July 2017

USA: Nafa Conference

International student recruitment event with Robin Rhodes. Full details
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Undergraduate programmes 2017-18

The University of Exeter's typical offer in terms of GCE A-levels is A*AA-ABB, excluding General Studies, or 38-32 points in the International Baccalaureate Diploma (including bonus points).  Each programme has slightly different requirements, both in terms of overall points and required subjects, so please check the relevant subject in the Undergraduate prospectus.

For undergraduate admission applicants from the US should have successfully completed their high school diploma and in addition should hold Advanced Placements tests (APs) and/or SAT subject tests (previously 'SAT II').  For degree programmes with no specific A level subject requirement we can also accept ACT

AP programmes are classified into two groups of different weighting: 'Preferred' (considered comparable to A-level) and 'Non-preferred' subjects.

Please see the table below for a distinction between the two groups:

Preferred subjects 
AP Art History
AP Biology 
AP Calculus AB 
AP Calculus BC 

AP Capstone programme: one only from:

AP Research or AP Seminar  
AP Chemistry 
AP Chinese Language and Culture 
AP Computer Science A
AP English Language and Composition
AP English Literature and Composition
AP Environmental Science 
AP European History  
AP French Language and Culture
AP German Language and Culture
AP Italian Language and Culture  
AP Japanese Language and Culture
AP Latin 
AP Music Theory 
AP Physics 1 
AP Physics 2
AP Spanish Language and Culture
AP Spanish Literature and Culture 
AP Statistics 
AP United States History 
AP World History 
Non-Preferred subjects 
AP Comparative Government and Politics
AP Human Geography 
AP Macroeconomics 
AP Microeconomics 

AP Physics C: Electricity  and Magnetism 

AP Physics C: Mechanics

(but together accepted = as 1 Preferred subject)

AP Psychology

AP Studio Art 2-D Design 
AP Studio Art 3-D Design 
AP Studio Art Drawing 
AP United States Government and Politics 

SAT subject tests are also admissible as A level equivalent.  All SAT subject tests are acceptable, except:

  • For all degrees requiring ‘A’ level Mathematics (e.g. Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics)  SAT subject test Maths cannot be accepted. Only AP Calculus will be accepted.  
  • For BMBS Medicine, SAT subject tests Chemistry and Biology cannot be accepted.  Only AP Chemistry and Biology will be accepted.

APs and SAT subject tests are accepted, alone or in combination, to meet our 3 x A level equivalence requirementand with the following A level grade equivalencies:

Preferred AP subjects where: 5 = 'A' grade, and 4 = 'B' grade.
SAT subject test (SAT II) where: 700 = 'A' grade and 650 = 'B' grade.

Additionally it has been agreed that two Non-Preferred AP subjects may be accepted in lieu of one Preferred AP subject or one SAT subject test.  I.E. as a third A-level equivalent only and with the following grade equivalency:      

2 x Non-Preferred AP subjects where: 5+5 = 'A' grade, and 5+4 and 4+4 = 'B' grade.

AP Capstone: Seminar and Research are also accepted.  However, only one (Seminar or Research) can be presented alongside other subject-specific APs or SAT subject tests.

ACT – for all undergraduate degrees with no specified A level subject requirement (see online and print prospectus entries)we can also accept a composite ACT score as described in the table below.  Note: a student may subsequently meet programme subject requirement/s by offering the relevant Advanced Placement test/s or SAT subject test/s  (noting AP requirement for certain subject areas). 

A levelACT equivalent
A*AA 32
AAA 31
AAB 30
ABB 29
BBB 28

The University does not accept SAT Reasoning except as providing additional contextual information as to a candidate's capability. 

First year of American college/university or Associate Degree

Will be considered for entry to an undergraduate degree. You will be expected to provide your most up-to-date college transcript.

All students must also meet our linguistic requirements before they can receive an unconditional offer, please see the English language requirements webpage for more details.

All applications for undergraduate degrees must be made via UCAS and must include details of qualifications obtained and awaited along with a personal statement and reference - preferably from a teacher. Exeter’s UCAS code and name is E84 EXETR. All applicants for Medicine must apply by 15 October each year. We recommend applicants for all other programmes apply by 15 January as the course may be full after this point. The UCAS website indicates which courses are open to new applicants at any time. Please note that it is normal for UK universities to make conditional offers based on your results to date and to confirm these once you have the results of High School and/or language tests. Applicants who wish to apply for deferred entry should indicate this on the UCAS form and provide further details of their reasons for deferring in their personal statement. Applications can only be deferred for one year.

Postgraduate programmes

Typically we require applicants for taught Masters programmes (MA, MSc, MRes, MBA, MPA, LLM) to hold a Bachelors degree (usually in a relevant subject) and in most cases with a grade equivalent to a UK upper second class honours.  Applications are considered on a case by case basis but typically we would equate a GPA of 3.2 or above in a US first degree as comparable to a UK upper second class.

Our prospectus indicates if there are any additional programme requirements.  In some instances it may be possible to complete a Graduate Diploma programme as an entry route to a Masters degree in Business, Finance, Law or Public Administration if your grades or local qualifications do not meet our normal entry requirements. For more information about the INTO University of Exeter Graduate Diploma programme please visit our INTO webpage.

Applicants for postgraduate research programmes (MPhil, PhD, EdD) will need to demonstrate experience of research methodologies. For this reason, often, successful research applicants will have completed a Masters degree with a thesis or dissertation component.

All applications for postgraduate degrees should be made via the "Apply on-line" button on the webpage for each course. Applications can be made up to 12 months before the start date. 
Taught Masters programmes have a single intake in September each year.  Research students may be able to start at other times, with their supervisor's agreement.

Fee status

Your fee status will depend on where you are from. When students apply, they are classified as "Home/EU" if they are from the UK or from the European Union, and "International" if they are from elsewhere. If you are not sure whether your fee status is "Home/EU" or "International", read this advice from The Complete University Guide.

Tuition fees

Fees vary by programme and will be detailed in the offer letter you will receive after you have applied. Fees are not fixed at the point of entry for all years of study: there may be a small increase year-on-year for courses which are over one year in duration. For more information, please see our student finance webpage.

Living costs

The University recommends that single students allow at least £1,015 per month for living costs, which includes accommodation, food and books, but not travel to/from the UK. Students with families (a spouse and children) should allow additional resources for each dependant. You can find more details about living costs on our International Student Support pages. If you need a visa to study in the UK, for yourself and/or your dependants, you should familiarise yourself with UK Visas and Immigration's (UKVI's) financial requirements. Details are on our immigration advice webpage.


International students can apply for several of the University of Exeter's scholarships and bursaries. For further information please visit our scholarship search engine. The British Council can also provide more information about funding schemes.

Exeter is eligible to receive FAFSA federal loans. Exeter also participates in the Fulbright and Marshall scholarship schemes. Please visit the student funding pages for more information. 

The International Student Support Office is here to help you with your immigration enquiries for the UK - from your initial application for a Tier 4 (General) Student visa to study your first course at Exeter, to visas for working after your studies.

Immigration is changing all the time, it is therefore extremely important that students keep up-to-date with the newest regulations when applying for their visas and access the free specialist immigration advice that we offer.

Immigration advice

The University of Exeter offers a wide selection of university accommodation, on and off campus, to suit all tastes and budgets.

Accommodation is guaranteed for:

  • new, unaccompanied undergraduates
  • international postgraduates
  • one year Erasmus/Study Abroad students

as long as applications are received by the deadline of 31st July.

When you apply for accommodation, please note, you do NOT have to hold an Unconditional offer to submit your application: as long as your response is Firm, you will still be able to apply, even if your offer from the University of Exeter is Conditional. However, a room will not be allocated to you until all the conditions of your offer have been met.

Undergraduate students have a choice of catered or self-catered accommodation. There is a broad range of options: twin rooms, single studio bedrooms with bathroom and kitchen attached, and more. Postgraduate, Study Abroad and Erasmus students can only apply for self-catered accommodation.

For full details of the options available, as well as prices, facilities and 360-degree virtual tours of some of the rooms, visit our accommodation pages.

Students who would like to rent private, rather than University-run, accommodation can use the Accommodation Office's online database of privately rented accommodation. Visit the "Private Housing" section of the accommodation pages for details.

Our local representatives

The University of Exeter has agreements with the following independent representatives in your country, who would be pleased to tell you more about the University's facilities and programmes.  They can also assist you in making an application. Most of our representatives offer their services to applicants for free.  Those that do charge a fee must make this clear from the outset of their consultation with students and issue appropriate receipts.  If you have any concerns about whether an agent is an authorised representative of the University of Exeter, please contact us. We also welcome feedback on the services offered by our local representatives.

Study Across the Pond

International Officer

Assistant Director, International Student Recruitment (Americas)
Robin Rhodes

International Officer (North America and Europe)
Amy Chandler

Pre-arrival information for students starting in 2017

Our pre-departure briefing for US and Canadian students is now available to view on-demand.

Visit our New Student Information site for further pre-arrival information.

Student Experience

Learn about international students' experiences at the University of Exeter

International Students Handbook

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Virtual Open Day

Can't make it to an Open Day? Check out our Virtual Open Day platform for an interactive experience for our applicants all over the world.