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Go Abroad

How to apply

If you are currently studying at Exeter, will be entering your second year of study in 2023/24, and are interested in undertaking a study placement abroad as part of your degree, then you can sign up here to receive communications from the Outbound Team about the Study Abroad application process. 

Eligibility and Changing Programme

  • To be eligible for Study Abroad you must attain a grade average of 60% or above in your first year. Modern Languages students are exempt from this rule as their Year Abroad is a compulsory element of their programme.
  • Places are allocated competitively so the higher your grade average, the better chance you have of going to one of your favoured locations. 
  • If your grade average is not high enough to secure one of your desired places, you will be invited to consider other locations.
  • Competition for places can be very strong, with many applications having very high grade average marks.  Consequently some specific locations may only be viable considerations for students who gain an average in the high 60s. This is likely to be particularly so (but not exclusively) for North America, Australia and New Zealand.
  • If a student on a four-year Study Abroad degree programme does not achieve the minimum 60% grade average to be eligible to study abroad they will be required to transfer back to the equivalent three-year degree programme (see below).
  • If a student who has been allocated a placement based on their first year grade average goes on to achieve less than 60% in their second year they will be required to withdraw their application to the host university.
  • For students of combined honours programmes, including Flexible Combined Honours, please see this page for more information. 
  • Students who arrive at Exeter on a four-year with Study Abroad degree programme are prioritised in the allocation of placements. Other students - on three-year degree programmes - can still apply for a Study Abroad placement but they are allocated only if there are placements remaining after the four-year with Study Abroad students have been allocated. As the number of placements are limited, we cannot guarantee that every student on a three-year programme who applies will be allocated a placement.

Changing Programme

  • For students on three-year degree programmes, please note that it is not possible to add with Study Abroad to your programme after entry into Exeter until Semester Two of your second year, and only then on the condition that you have applied for, been allocated and have accepted a Study Abroad placement. 
  • If a student on a with Study Abroad programme does not apply for a placement, does not attain the minimum grade average requirement, or does not meet the application deadline, they will be required to transfer back to the equivalent three-year degree programme. 
  • Changes of programme are managed by each department and it is the student's responsibility to make any such request with their own department.

Application form

The 2023/24 Study Abroad Application is now closed. 

Subject and college specific talks about the application process took place during September and October 2022, you can find more information on those on the Resources page of our website. 

Application Form by Discipline   Step-by-Step Guidance
Biosciences (Streatham) Study Abroad Application Form 24/25 Study Abroad Application Form Guidance (Non-ML & non-Business School)
Business School (All disciplines) Year Abroad Application Form 24/25 Year Abroad Application Form Guidance (Business School students ONLY)
Computer Science Study Abroad Application Form 24/25 Study Abroad Application Form Guidance (ML Students ONLY)
Earth & Environmental Sciences (Penryn) Study Abroad Application Form  
Ecology & Conservation (Penryn) Study Abroad Application Form  
Engineering Study Abroad Application Form  
ESNA Study Abroad Application Form  
Geography (Streatham) Study Abroad Application Form  
Humanities Study Abroad Application Form  
Law Study Abroad Application Form  
Mathematics Study Abroad Application Form  
Medical Sciences Study Abroad Application Form  
Modern Languages Year Abroad Application Form  
Natural Sciences Study Abroad Application Form  
Psychology Study Abroad Application Form  
Physics Study Abroad Application Form  
Social and Political Sciences, Philosophy & Anthropology Study  Abroad Application Form  
Sport & Exercise Sciences Study Abroad Application Form  

You will need to have researched up to 12 institutions, be aware of potential module choices, and looked at the financial costs for your choices.

Your subjects may by referred to as a different name at the host university which is something you need to be aware of:

  • English look under "Language & Literature"
  • Criminology look under "Justice" or "Criminal Justice"
  • Politics look under "Political Science", "Government & Politics", "Political Studies"
  • International Relations look at the Politics entries
  • Geography look under "Environmental Sciences", "Ecology", "Biology", "Sociology", "Anthropology", "Social Sciences"

Most host institutions will provide guidance for the cost of living on their incoming exchange student webpages. The easiest way to get to these pages is to search for the partner university + incoming exchange. This will take you directly to the relevant webpages for you as an exchange student. 

If you have any questions about your application please contact the Outbound Study Abroad team.

Managing your expectations

As indicated in the Eligibity tab, competition for places at the most popular destinations can be incredibly high: as demand grows the grade averages that are awarded places at these institutions also grow.  Approximately 40% of students receive their first choice of institution but you should not assume that [X] grade average guarantees you a placement at [Y] destination. 

Each year we are asked if a particular grade average will mean a student is guaranteed a placement in, for example Canada. The answer is no, we simply cannot and will not guarantee you a place at a particular institution or country until the allocation process has been completed. 

Approach your choices with a flexible and open mind, diversify the institutions you list on your application and be amiable to a wide range of possible destinations for your time abroad.


The University requires that all mitigation applications are made at or before the point of assessment.  Therefore it is not possible for late mitigation applications to be considered as part of the Study Abroad application or allocation process.

However, it is acknowledged that on some occasions a student may have submitted a timely, valid, evidenced mitigation application relating to their performance in first-year assessments, and this was accepted by their College’s Mitigation Committee, but no action was deemed appropriate due to the formative nature of stage one.

If a student in this situation is very close to the minimum criteria for making an application (i.e. their average is 58.00 or higher), then they should ask the Chair of the College’s Mitigation Committee (or other appropriate representative) whether they are supportive of the student being considered eligible to apply for a Study Abroad placement, on the basis of the existing mitigation application and evidence.  If they are, then the Chair of the Mitigation Committee (or representative) should confirm this in writing to the Study Abroad Coordinator in the student's College.

It is essential that this is done in advance of the deadline for applications for placements, as these requests cannot be considered after the allocation process has begun.  If possible, it is recommended that students inform the Mitigation Committee in their mitigation application of their desire to apply for Study Abroad the following year.

Any consideration of mitigation would only relate to the student's eligibility for a Study Abroad placement, not their priority in the allocation process.  Priority for a place cannot be given on the basis of mitigation of one student over another student with higher proven marks.  The student's final approved marks (as confirmed by the College Assessment, Progression and Awarding Committee) will be used for determining priority for placements.

What happens next?

Below you will find information on applying to your host university.  Please also see the Researching your placement section of our website which includes links to the University of Exeter insurance policy, information on the upcoming Pre-Departure conference and resources to help you prepare for your time abroad.


  • The Outbound Team will nominate you to your host university - there is no need for you to do this.  
  • We will then contact you with further information about the application to your host university. This will be done in order of host university application deadlines.  Please note: you will be contacted about your application but this may be at a different time from your friends and peers who are going to different institutions.  Do not be concerned: it simply means their application deadline is before yours and you will be contacted in due course.  We ask that you remain patient and refrain from emailing us to ask when you will be contacted about your application.
  • You will be sent information relating to your application. You are reminded that it is your responsibility to complete this application and gather any supporting documentation.  Make a note of any deadlines and ensure you meet these as failure to do so may impact upon housing and visa applications.  If you fail to submit your application and documentation on time you will be liable for any financial penalties issued by your host university and/or the authority issuing your visa.  
  • Most students studying abroad will be required to obtain an appropriate visa or permit to allow you to study in the host country as an international student. Please note that the Outbound team is not qualified to offer visa advice. Please be aware that immigration legislation changes frequently and without warning, so please check the relevant embassy and immigration website for the most up-to-date information.  You should be aware that taking the necessary steps to acquire your visa is your own responsibility and you may incur costs, for example TB blood tests or medicals, in order to obtain your visa.  If your visa is refused you will be responsible for any costs incurred.