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Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Global Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Global Activity is core to the mission of the Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Our research is world-leading and tackles major global challenges. Our academics work with top collaborators around the world to develop strong international research and education partnerships, and foster an environment for the vibrant interdisciplinary exchange of ideas, and the teaching of international students from over 120 countries.

Visit us

The Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences encourages visits from high-quality doctoral students and researchers who wish to contribute to, and participate in the research culture and work of the Faculty Normally, our visiting scholars are full-time members of another university.

We expect our visiting scholars to participate in the academic life of the department as much as possible, for example, engaging in discussions or joint projects with departmental members and presenting papers about their own research seminar programmes. There are a number of options for visiting scholars to come to the Faculty.

Visiting research students

Research students should initially identify an academic mentor within the Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. The mentor will then contact the Admissions team to obtain a link to the on-line application form for the visiting PGR to complete.

For general admissions enquiries, applicants are advised to contact the PGR admissions team via

Visiting scholars

Academics or researchers wishing to visit the Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences for a period of between three to six months can apply to visit the Faculty by filling out this HASS Visiting Scholars application form

Before doing so, applicants are encouraged to read the guidance for Visiting Scholars that accompanies the application and discuss their application with colleagues in the academic department that they are hoping to visit.

Any questions?

For any enquiries related to the Visiting Scholars process, please contact

Our student scholarships

At the University of Exeter we combine world-class teaching and research from exceptional locations in South West England.

Whether you’re an undergraduate or postgraduate student, the University has more than £2.5 million worth of scholarships available for international fee paying students applying to study with us in 2023.

Scholarships are highly competitive and will be awarded for outstanding academic quality. We encourage prompt submission of your scholarship application once you have received an eligible programme offer.

Each year the Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences invites our new global scholarship students to celebrate their success as a scholarship holder for that academic year. The celebration is normally held at Reed Hall on our beautiful Streatham Campus in Exeter, where scholars from around the world attend and have the opportunity to connect with other attendees, fellow scholars, and a range of academic staff from University of Exeter.

Scholars are also presented with a certificate to mark their achievements by Professor Li Li, Associate Pro- Vice-Chancellor for Global Engagement for the Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.

Languages in a Global World

The faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences is delighted to announce the next event in the Languages in a Global World series: Dame Melinda Simmons in conversation with Professor Li Li and Professor Melissa Percival is scheduled to take place online, on Thursday 12th January 2023, 5.00pm – 6.00pm.

Professor Gareth Stansfield, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences will introduce guest speaker, Exeter graduate and UK Ambassador to Ukraine, Dame Melinda Simmons. Professor Li Li, Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Global Engagement and Professor Melissa Percival, Professor of French, Art History and Visual Culture, will lead a conversation with Melinda to explore the key role her undergraduate degree in French and German has played in her career and her experience of the powerful skillset that comes with knowledge of a variety of languages. The conversation will be followed by a Q&A for school students.

The event will bring together our local foreign Modern Languages teachers and their students, Exeter Alumni, current staff and students of Languages, Cultures and Visual Studies at the University of Exeter.

To register your attendance, please visit the Eventbrite page. The event will take place virtually and registered attendees will receive joining instructions closer to the event. The deadline for registrations is: 17:00 Wednesday 4 January 2023.

We hope to see you there!

About the speaker

Dame Melinda Simmons is currently serving as British Ambassador to Ukraine, where she has been posted since 2019. She has a BA degree in French and German from the University of Exeter and in addition speaks fluent Ukrainian, and has a decent understanding of modern Hebrew. She began her career in business and after studying at night school for an MA in European Politics, switched to work for an international NGO specialising in conflict prevention and resolution in fragile and conflict affected countries. She moved from there to the civil service and has worked for three government departments. She has previously been posted to South Africa. She is now based in Kyiv leading the UK’s support in country for Ukraine’s defence against the Russian invasion. She was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of St Michael and St George (DCMG) in the 2023 New Year Honours for services to British foreign policy.

See past events

Global Scholars

Global scholarship students were welcomed to Reed Hall earlier this year to celebrate their success as a scholarship holder. Find out more about our Global Excellence Scholarships.