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Support for international students

International Student Recruitment staff are happy to answer questions from prospective students about any aspect of living and studying at the University of Exeter, including the suitability of your existing academic qualifications and English language proficiency. Contact us here.

We have put together a summary of everything you need to know in the International Students Guide 2020/21 pdf which is also available to read in full on our website.

Before you arrive

Visiting us

If you are in the UK and wish to visit the University, you can book onto one of our Open Days or Campus Tours. If you are unable to visit in person you can also see our Virtual Tours.

Booking accommodation

Unaccompanied, first-year international students studying for a full academic year are guaranteed an offer of University accommodation for the first year of their studies providing they return their application form and deposit by the deadline. The University has both fully catered halls of residence and self-catered flats and most study bedrooms have broadband and telephone connections. Please see our Accommodation website for more details.

Applying for a Visa

Most international fee-paying students will need some form of visa to come to the UK. Find out what immigration permission you require on our International Student Support website.

When you arrive

Global Chums Mentoring 

To help you settle into life at the University of Exeter, we are happy to invite you to join Global Chums. You will be matched with a student mentor who can help you settle in to life at Exeter, answer your questions and introduce you to societies, clubs and sports. It's the biggest mentoring scheme across our campuses with over 300 students participating every year.

Advice on Living in the UK

Our International Student Support website has a wealth of advice on living in the UK, including:

  • Getting involved with events, volunteering, or staying with a British family
  • Healthcare
  • Bank accounts
  • Driving in the UK
  • Students with families
  • Counil Tax

English language support

The INTO Centre in Exeter and Academic Skills Service in Cornwall offer a range of in-sessional classes, workshops and tutorials free of charge for students.

Representing your views 

The Students’ Guild in Exeter and The SU in Cornwall each coordinate a variety of clubs and societies including international students’ societies in both Exeter and Cornwall along with a number of other societies representing different ethnic, nationality or language groups. These can be a great way to make new friends and learn about other cultures. See our Societies page for more details.

Religious provision

Followers of the main religious faiths will find a place to worship close by or on the campus. Muslim students have their own Prayer Rooms on the Streatham Campus with separate facilities for both men and women. Our Multi-faith Chaplaincies in Exeter and Cornwall provide a welcoming and supportive environment for students and staff of all faiths.

Other Services

A to Z list of support and services available to all students.