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International students


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

A combination of the interesting structure of the masters programme and the beautiful surroundings in Exeter.  

Describe your typical day at Exeter

I don’t have a lot of classes, so I have to structure and organize a large portion of my week myself, which I quite enjoy. If I don’t have any classes that day, I prepare for my next class by reading the assigned readings, taking notes and engaging with the topic and themes of the week. Usually, I meet up with my friends for a lunch at campus, preferably outside if the weather allows it. After a nice break we get back to our work, and when that is done, I like to visit the gym for some endorphins at the end of the day!  

What are the best aspects of studying within your department?

The best aspects of the Politics Department must be the many competent lecturers, I find the teaching very interesting and thought provoking. I also enjoy the seminars, workshops, roundtables and other social events that the Politics Department arrange. This way you can make the most out of your studies and get different perspectives on current events in politics.  

How would you describe the vibe on campus?

Now in spring the vibes are especially great! It is very lively. A short walk from the Forum you can be sitting in a field or on the grass underneath an old tree, reading or chatting with your friends. The ducks in the pond outside the Forum are always fun to observe. You might get a glimpse of the famous campus cat as well!  

What activities are you taking part in? Which facilities/activities do you enjoy the most?

I´ve been going to socials arranged by the European Society, these have been great. I´ve also been casually going to the Cool Running's Society´s group runs, they really take you around Exeter and you get to see some great places. I am currently part of a research project in the Politics Department where we are mapping international students experience at Exeter. I really appreciate that there are these opportunities to engage with research and strengthen valuable professional skills.  

What particular skills are you gaining from this experience? Will this help you in your choice of career?

I believe that personally this experience has made me more resilient to managing stress and change in my life. It has also allowed me to make many new amazing friends. Professionally I think a Masters from Exeter will help me further my career as a researcher, and I think it has prepared me for advancing in a work environment.  

How have you dealt with any difficulties during your time at the University of Exeter? Has the University been supportive during your time here?

I have found a lot of support in my friends, many who are also international students and know the challenges of coming to a different country and university. Talking about it and finding common ground has for me been a way to move past these issues and it has given me the motivation to keep working hard.  I am happy with the support I have received from the University! 

What’s the best thing about living in Exeter?

The beautiful nature and the vibe of a small city. It feels very cosy, I like that you can walk everywhere and it doesn’t feel unsafe to do so either. The fact that the beach is only a short train ride away is also a big bonus! But most importantly, the friends I´ve made here is the best thing about living in Exeter.  

Would you recommend Exeter to your friends?

Yes! I am loving it here and I only wish I would have gone for my Undergrad as well as my Masters.  

Was there anything about your experiences at Exeter/Penryn that surprised you?  

Perhaps the level of activity on campus, considering it is a small town.  

What advice would you give students planning on coming to the University of Exeter?  

Pack comfortable shoes for walking!

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