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Madeline - BSc Biological Sciences

Why did you decide that Exeter was the best place to study your particular subject?

I searched online for a ranking of all the schools in the UK for Biosciences specifically, and I noticed that Exeter came up on a few of the ones I looked at. So I went on the university’s website and I explored the Biosciences subject website. The program seemed to have everything I wanted: highly ranked professors, an amazing teaching lab, and tons of research opportunities for students. I scheduled a campus visit and requested to see the Biosciences building, too. After seeing the building, I knew it was the best place to learn biology. The labs are excellent, the resources are amazing, and there is state-of-the-art technology. The lecturers that I met were all very kind and very dedicated to their subjects, which indicated to me that this was the place to be for biology.

Would you recommend Exeter to your friends?

I would definitely recommend Exeter to my friends because I love it so much. Within the 3 months that I have been living here, I already feel that I belong. Between the friendliness on campus and the tight-knit community in town, I love how welcoming this city has been to me, an international student. My course has been amazing so far, too. I have been able to go straight into what I want to study, biology, instead of having to have a year where I would have to take a variety of humanities courses which I would have at many universities in the U.S. Being in Devon is also a great bonus because you get the perks of being in an amazing area of the country. You get the gorgeous coasts and beaches and calm countryside, but also have the opportunity to go experience the big, bustling cities like London or Bristol for a weekend.

Madeline - BSc Biological Sciences

Richard – BA International Relations

Why did you choose Exeter?

I chose Exeter because of its high position in the national league tables, its course offerings, and its geographical location.  When I decided that I wanted to study in the UK, I wanted to make sure that the university that I was going to attend was internationally renowned and that my degree would be transferable to the US.

Having previously lived in bigger cities, I wanted to have a change, and Exeter was located in a perfect area of England – near to the sea and in the countryside, with lots of activities to partake in, yet with easy access larger cities.

Would you recommend Exeter to a friend?

I would absolutely recommend Exeter to a friend.  The city itself is superb, with easy and quick access between the university and the town centre.  The academics are amazing, with lecturers coming from all over the world, teaching innovative ideas and nurturing students to develop their own opinions.  Finally, the university provides a host of opportunities.  From sport to academia, the range of activity and intellectual offerings is top-notch.

Richard – BA International Relations

Harold - MA in International Film Business

Why did you choose this degree?

Because it offered the opportunity of having a “normal” college experience in a campus university in a small city and then changing environment to a conservatory-style education in a big city like London. Also the background of the professors, the fact that the London Film School is among the best film schools in the world and the University of Exeter is amongst the top ten universities in the United Kingdom. I wanted to study abroad, I wanted to learn how the British Film Industry works, I wanted to get a better insight into how the independent film exhibition sector operates in the United Kingdom so I can try to implement the same models in my native island. Why did you choose Exeter? Mostly for the same reasons stated above. But if I have to explain a little more, I’d say because I wanted to grasp the heart of British culture. What better way to experience that than moving to the South West, to the centre of Devonshire, to see for myself what it is like to breathe in the English countryside.

Have you been able to meet and make friends with British students or students of different nationalities?
Hell to the yeah! The great thing about my class is that it was completely international. I can now call people from Lithuania, New Zealand, China, Taiwan, Panama, India, Czech Republic, Germany, United States of America, Britain, Kazakhstan, France and Australia some of my great friends. Regarding the British, I must say that some of the best barman I have ever befriended can be found behind the bars and pubs of Exeter. Especially those in the Taphouse next to Exeter Central station.

Harold - MA in International Film Business

Clairre – MSc International Management

I applied to a few of the top UK universities during my last term of my undergraduate study in Southern California. My specific focus was to find a program that blended an international component with elements of business management earned from a prestigious institution. After researching Exeter’s reputation, reading about the course approach, and speaking with a current student and faculty members, my decision was not difficult and I believed that Exeter would be the right choice. 

Upon arriving, I was thrilled to see the location of my new home in a lovely, quaint, safe, town. The university is beautiful, and I have felt a very warm welcome from all of the staff and students from day one. The introduction session to the course, lead by our fabulous module director, Claire Dinan, was full of useful information and provided a time for our unique cohort to bond and meet each other through fun and engaging activities. 

Clairre – MSc International Management

Deidre – MSc International Management

Why did you decide that Exeter was the best place to study your particular subject?

I chose Exeter because I was really impressed that my particular course had so many international students. Studying international management with people from almost every continent made a complete difference in my coursework. I was also excited by Exeter’s option to do either the full 12 months or a shorter, 9 month programme.

What’s the best thing about living in Exeter?

For an American, what really drew me in to Exeter is that it’s an incredibly historic town. We don’t have very many old buildings in Florida, so I loved getting to study in such a beautiful area. I also really enjoyed how walkable Exeter is. Not having to take a car anywhere and living so close to the train station was very new for me and ended up being incredibly convenient.

Deidre – MSc International Management

Alana – PhD Kurdish Studies

The University of Exeter is the only institution of higher education in the world with a Centre for Kurdish Studies. Embedded in the larger, interdisciplinary Institute for Arab and Islamic Studies, the Centre gave me the critical support to pursue the doctoral question I had in mind. 

My fellow doctoral candidates are fantastic. They come from all over the globe, which means I'm one of many international students facing all the specific challenges of attending graduate school in a foreign country. They also maintain a great sense of humour and dedication to the doctoral process. There have been moments they have sustained me. And my primary and secondary supervisors couldn't be better. They are experts in topics that clearly relate to my field. What is new in my dissertation, they embrace. They complement each other's strengths well. They help me toward the completion of my thesis while keeping in mind my overall wellbeing. I'm not sure what more I could ask.

Alana – PhD Kurdish Studies

Jessica - One Planet MBA

What are the best aspects of studying within your department?

The best aspects of the programme really come down to the people. The MBA staff are a fantastic group of professionals that truly care about the student experience. They are friendly, accessible, helpful and open to feedback. I felt welcomed from my first correspondence with the team. Also, the facility for the MBA is amazing. The MBA suite is a state-of-the-art study space complete with a kitchen, library, open and secluded study areas. I could not ask for more. 

Would you recommend Exeter to your friends?

I said yes to this opportunity and it was one of the best decisions of my life. Absolutely, I would.

Jessica - One Planet MBA

Katja - BSc Psychology

What are the best aspects of studying within your department?

The psychology department has excellent staff that are all very understanding and accommodating to your needs both academically and outside the classroom. There are also lots of opportunities to help out with research if there are lecturers that are focused on an area you're interested in.

What’s the best thing about living in Exeter?

The best thing about living in Exeter is probably the friendly atmosphere you have in town. Personally I've made a few acquaintances simply because we walk past each other quite often! People are always happy and interested in asking what brought you to exeter, etc. In fact I love it so much I'll be staying here after graduation!

Katja - BSc Psychology

Margaret - MA English Literary Studies

What are the best aspects of studying within your department?

The lecturers at Exeter are absolutely amazing. They are friendly, supportive, and very accessible; any tme I felt unsure of my direcBon when researching a paper, or wanted advising about PhD applications, they took time to talk with me and offer me the direction and resources that I needed. Best of all, they encouraged me to learn how to make stronger decisions about my research on my own, and gave me the freedom to explore my topics to the fullest.

The resources and guest lectures at Exeter provided an incredible means of inspiring and facilitating my research. There are multiple libraries, both contemporary and archival, which I had the opportunity to work in that made my experience not only informative, but exciting. There is a strong feeling that the MA students at Exeter are part of the research culture, which is a unique feature of our department - we are not just listeners, but active contributors to the future of the literary field. This mindset is incredibly empowering, and gave me a stronger drive to push myself to do more innovative work.

Would you recommend Exeter to your friends?

Absolutely. The University and the city both exceeded my expectations, and I believe that anyone who is passionate about their subject and willing to work hard will find great enjoyment and success in Exeter. There is a huge international presence at this University, and as an international student I had no problem fitting in and felt very welcome here. I have made friends from all over the world, and have had a wonderful time sharing stories about our home countries and learning about how much we really do have in common!

Margaret - MA English Literary Studies

Rebecca - MSc Conservation and Biodiversity

Why did you decide that Exeter was the best place to study your particular subject?

I decided that Exeter would be the best place for me to study conservation and biodiversity because the master’s course was recommended to me by a few professors at my previous university. I was also really drawn to the 6-month long research project that is worth half of our degree. 

Was there anything about your experiences at Exeter that surprised you?  This could be something about the university, the city or the UK.

I have been so (pleasantly) surprised by how well connected CLES is to researchers and institutions around the world. The Thursday mid-day lectures are great for introducing you to research that is going on around the world and other professors have been really useful when it comes to putting you in contact with other researchers in the field. 

Rebecca - MSc Conservation and Biodiversity

Roxanne - MSc in Bioarchaeology - Zooarchaeology

Why did you decide that Exeter was the best place to study your particular subject?

I had been looking at schools in the UK and Europe for my Master’s program since I originally started my Bachelor’s. I knew I wanted to come to the UK for my postgraduate education, and started researching schools pretty early on. The University of Exeter was highly praised by an American friend, who is an alumni postgraduate and had completed his Master’s degrees in Archaeology here. Once I started looking through the Bioarchaeology program, and was in contact with my tutor from the department, I knew that the University would be my first choice. I was really excited by the courses offered, and the opportunity to study in a focused program track in Zooarchaeology.

How would you describe the vibe on campus?

The people at Exeter seem pretty positive. There is a huge body of international students, like myself, and it’s been nice to meet so many people from different backgrounds and different places. The campus itself is absolutely gorgeous; I was told that it was one big garden, but I really wasn’t prepared for how beautiful the grounds were. And there are always student group socials and postgraduate talks in my department during the week, so if you have free time when you’re not studying, there’s always something to do. 

Roxanne - MSc in Bioarchaeology - Zooarchaeology

Serafin - MA International Relations

Why did you decide that Exeter was the best place to study your particular subject?

I ultimately decided to go to Exeter after meeting the staff here who genuinely care about their students and how we use our time here to prepare for what comes after university. That, combined with Exeter’s amazing campus and student societies have only served to reinforce my belief that my decision to go to Exeter was the right one. 

What is the best thing about living in Exeter?

I could not be happier with my experience here at Exeter. The experiences I have had here will be something I carry for the rest of my life. If you are thinking about whether or not to come here, just do it. If your heart is in it then you can’t go wrong. 

Serafin - MA International Relations

Zoe - BA English, 1 year exchange

What's the best thing about living in Exeter?

Exeter's city life is so vibrant and exciting. I spent so many days sitting on Cathedral Green with books spread about me and friends by my side. The social opportunities, from the Quayside, to the Town Centre, to Queen Street and the Guildhall, I felt like I was never wanting for something to do, something to see, something to buy.

Would you recommend Exeter to your friends?

Oh yes. Entirely. It was the best year of my life.

Zoe - BA English, 1 year exchange

Luna - BSc Zoology

Why did you decide that Exeter was the best place to study your particular subject?

Coming from America, Zoology degrees are few and far between. University of Exeter was my absolute top choice when applying to UK unis because of it’s Russell group status and great bioscience options, but I had not realised what a bonus I was getting by choosing to study a course at Exeter’s Cornwall campus. Being located in a place like Cornwall with so much natural beauty surrounding the campus seemed like the ideal place to study a natural science degree.

What are the best aspects of studying within your department?

I love being able to learn from the very same lecturers who have written the papers about the topics were are learning about. It’s so incredible to be doing research for my dissertation or for project write ups and to be constantly stumbling across author names that I recognise as my lecturers and their colleagues! I also can’t emphasise enough how fantastic the field courses are for the Bioscience courses. Spending a week in North Cyprus, and two weeks right in the middle of a rainforest in Borneo just aren’t experiences I would have ever really gotten in any other zoology course. Borneo was truly the highlight of my three years!

Luna - BSc Zoology

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