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I had an awesome time studying at the University of Exeter. It is a beautiful campus and fun city to explore.

Liam - Northeastern University, USA

The campus is truly a beautiful slice of England and the town of Exeter is straight out of the British books that we grew up reading, with cobbled stone streets, a majestic cathedral and cafes on the quay.

Anukripa - Indian Institute of Technology, Madras

About Exeter

Whether your priority is the course and teaching, exploring a new area of the United Kingdom or just seeing something new, our International Summer School can help you to achieve this. From the courses and standard of teaching at the University of Exeter to the city and local area, we are able to offer a programme that can provide a true new experience and an unforgettable summer. 

Participating in our International Summer School really gives you the chance to experience the best of both worlds in the UK – the city and the country, with Exeter being known as the city of the countryside. Although occasionally not the first thought when people think about the UK, the South West is known by a great deal of international visitors and UK residents as one of the most beautiful and varied regions in the country.

The University of Exeter was granted its royal charter in 1955, but traces its origins to schools and colleges established over 150 years ago. We are a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research intensive universities, and combine excellent teaching and world-leading research with stunning campuses. We hold a Gold award in the TEF, proving that our teaching is of the highest quality and several of our disciplines, including those represented in the International Summer School, are in the world’s top 100 according to latest QS World University Subject Rankings* including our Humanities studies, Geography, Psychology and Sports Related Studies.

The International Summer School programme is centred on Streatham Campus, the largest of the three University of Exeter campuses. Streatham is a modern, open campus situated less than 10 minutes’ walk to the city centre and all the amenities provided in the city. The campus itself is a large, lively space with a beautiful landscape and green spaces that everyone can enjoy and is widely acknowledged as one of the most beautiful campuses in the United Kingdom.

On-campus facilities include the following:

  • The Forum, opened by the Queen in 2012, is at the heart of the Streatham Campus. It houses the 24 hour library, as well as a range of shops, cafes and learning spaces equipped with the very latest innovative technology
  • The Northcott Theatre
  • Banks and cashpoints (ATMs)
  • The Sports Park including running trails and an outdoor swimming pool
  • A Student Health Centre
  • Multi Faith Chapel (please see the Chaplaincy site for more information)
  • Specialist state of the art laboratories and equipment to suit the course requirements, from astrophysics to neuroscience

Some of our Streatham based courses also offer the opportunity to visit other University of Exeter campuses, including St Lukes in Exeter and Penryn in Cornwall.

To explore our campuses, please check out the videos here for Streatham and here for Penryn.

The city of Exeter combines over 2,000 years of recorded history, including original Roman walls, a medieval cathedral, Elizabethan buildings and the iconic Gandy Street, said to be an inspiration for Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley.

Exeter has a number of award-winning museums, theatres, galleries and has a wide range of restaurants, pubs, bars, cafés, nightclubs and lots of shopping – all within walking distance of the campus. 

The area of the Quay is a wonderful place to explore for both nightlife, eating and embracing nature with watersports and nature walks along the river and even rock climbing.

The city of Exeter has consistently been voted in the top 5 places to live in the UK and this is reflected by our International students’ views as well. The city has a fascinating history, several historic sites and lots of stories to keep everyone intrigued…  

Nearby areas of interest include the incredible Dartmoor National Park, inspiration for many film and novel settings including Sherlock Holmes and Spielberg’s War Horse, and the Jurassic Coast, a world heritage site of 154 km of coastline with the chance to go fossil hunting. Also close to Exeter is the town of Exmouth with its beautiful sandy beaches and other spectacular beaches and moorland in the area.

The city is also within travelling distance to Cornwall, home to the Cornish Pasty and the world famous Eden Project as well as other areas easily reached by train as far as Oxford and Cardiff.

There is something to suit everyone around Exeter, with easy transport links to Bristol and London for more shopping and sightseeing opportunities, into the rolling hills of the traditional view of English countryside, or out to the coast to a variety of award winning beaches and coastal setting.

The University of Exeter itself is quite possibly the most scenic school I have ever seen. Awash in trees of every shape and size, it features a modern campus combined with all of the rigour and traditions of a school much older than it is. It was a joy to study there and I hope to go back again soon!

Jeremy - University of South Carolina, USA