Erasmus FAQs


Please see the Entry Requirements section on our Application webpage.

For Eramus students the application deadlines are:

  • The deadline for one year and first semester applications is 31 May
  • The deadline for second semester applications is 31 October

Students are usually expected to stay until the end of the exam period in January.

However, we know that clashes in academic year dates can occur for some students. Therefore some of our departments will arrange an alternative assessment so that you can still receive a full semester's credits.

It is your responsibility to check the policy for each of your subjects, but there are some firm rules below:

  • Students taking College of Social Science and International Studies modules will automatically be offered alternative assessments in January, for these modules only.
  • The Business School will arrange for you to sit your exams at your home university only if you have an academic clash.
  • The Psychology Department do not offer any alternative assessment under any circumstance, you must take exams in Exeter in January.

If you are taking modules in different departments, do not assume that you will be permitted an alternative assessment for all of your modules.

Once we have processed your application we will issue you with two acceptance emails. The first will contain detailed information to help you prepare for your studies at University of Exeter. The second will be a shorter, PDF version for you to print out to support your Short Term Study visa (if applicable). This letter will indicate your student number; study period and tuition fees (if applicable).

Britain is due to leave the EU on 31st January 2020. EU nationals will be able to travel to and from the UK and continue with or start University study after that date, but if the UK leaves the EU without agreeing an exit deal, there will be some different rules for EU nationals arriving from 1st February 2020. Please view the Immigration and Prospective student information on the UK exit from the EU (Brexit) pages for th elatest information.

Please note that you must direct all visa and immigration queries to our specialist International Student Support Office via The Study Abroad Team are not able to advise on matters of immigration.

The University of Exeter is a global institution, welcoming students and colleagues from around the world. Supporting students through the Brexit process is our top priority, and we endeavour to provide you with the very latest information and advice. Please view the latest updates on the UK exit from the EU (Brexit) webpages.


Accommodation information for Study Abroad, International Exchange and Erasmus students can be viewed at the Accommodation Office webpages. 

Full year students starting in September are guaranteed accommodation (as long as you apply before the deadline).  Information about the guarantee can be viewed above.

Please note that the majority of single semester students should expect to be housed in the private sector as there is limited university-owned accommodation available.  There is plenty of advice and support to help you in your search on the university's private housing pages, including things to consider and local area information.

Please contact our Student Information Desk at and put 'Accommodation Query' in the subject line.  You will be directed to the Accommodation team.  The Study Abroad team is not involved in accommodation allocation.

At our Penryn Campus in Cornwall, yes! Please see this webpage for more information.

At our Exeter-based campuses we are unable to guarantee university-owned accommodation for single semester students. Each year we receive a limited number of rooms (usually in James Owen Court).  In order to apply for this, you will need to have been issued your acceptance email containing your Exeter ID number and make your application when it opens in April. Please see the accommodation webpage for further information.

Most single semester students should expect to be housed in the private sector.

The accommodation application portal opens in April for students starting in September. Please note that you cannot apply for accommodation until you receive your Exeter Student ID number which is contained in your official acceptance email. We are not able to issue students with this number, or email until the application and supporting documents have been processed.


Students coming for one academic year must study the full-time course load which is 120 Exeter credits.  Students coming for one semester must study 60 Exeter credits.  The number of modules you study to achieve this will vary according to the credit-weighting of each module.

Note that students are not permitted to take more than the full time course load. By doing more credits the students’ performance is likely to be affected detrimentally through attempts to accumulate an excessive number of credits - one extra 15 credit module actually equates to an extra 150 hours of full-time study.

On your application form you indicate proposed programme of study but this may be subject to change. You must also ensure to choose the majority of your modules in the department covered under the Erasmus bilateral agreement between the University of Exeter and your home university.

Some departments will allow you to choose 25% of your modules within another discipline, though this is at their discretion.

Please speak to the Global Opportunities Team in the first instance should you have any queries.

Please note the modules you initially choose may not be available due to timetable clashes and staff availability.  If this is the case you will be offered other modules, subject to availability, on your arrival.  This is when your programme of study will be finalised.

In England, an undergraduate Bachelors degree programme will usually take three years to complete as a full-time student and consist of modules which are credit-rated to reflect the workload that they represent.

A full-time undergraduate is expected to take 120 credits a year, therefore if you are studying one semester only you are expected to take 60 credits.

At the University of Exeter modules worth 15 or 30 credits are the norm, which means that students studying for one semester will take between 2-4 modules.

The number of hours required to complete an academic credit point, module, or programme are called notional study hours. One academic credit point is equivalent to 10 notional study hours, therefore a 15 credit module represents 150 notional study hours, comprising scheduled learning and teaching, guided independent study and placements. A year of undergraduate study equates to 1200 hours of full-time study (120 credits).

The University’s academic teaching is based on two semesters. Some modules will be taught over both semesters, with final assessment, usually in the form of examinations, held at some point in the final weeks of the second semester. Other modules may be condensed into one semester, with examinations in early January or at the end of the academic year.

The module desciptor will explain in which Term the module is running and the form of assessment.

  • Term One modules run from September to December with an assessment in January (Semester One).
  • Term Two modules run in January to Easter, with assessment in May (Semester Two).

See the Academic calendar for dates.

A master's degree (Postgraduate Taught) usually lasts one year in duration. A year of postgraduate study equates to 1800 hours of full-time study (180 credits).

To find out about our modules and to gain up-to-date and extensive information you must consult the Colleges’ module lists on their websites – please see the 'Module Selection page.

On the College's webpages you will find a full module description which includes, for example, details of the subject content, any prerequisites, total study time, teaching/learning methods and how the module is assessed. You will also see details such as the credit value and duration of the module.

Module descriptions
Code SOC2005
Credit 30 Credits
Semester/Term Term 1 and/or Term 2
  • The first digit of the code indicates the level at which the subject is taught, e.g. SOC2005 would normally be taken by a second-year undergraduate at Exeter
  • The credit value indicates the expected workload, e.g. 30 credits is 25% of the full-year's workload of 120 credits at the University of Exeter
  • The duration indicates in which semester (term) the module is likely to be taught

The modules chosen on your application form are provisional. We cannot guarantee modules as they are subject to timetabling and availability.  However we do try and give you a good idea of what you are likely to study.  Please list up to 7 options on your study plan.

Each department/college manages its module allocation differently, but most aim to start this process before you arrive based on the modules listed on your study plan. Your study programme will then be confirmed when you arrive in Exeter/Penryn.

If your Erasmus agreement is with our Department of Modern Languages, we are only able to guarantee modules within this department as our English Literature programme is separate. However, we now have an exciting new possibility where incoming Erasmus exchange students are able to request English and History modules at our Penryn campus in Cornwall. This allows students of English language, literature and culture, as well as History, to take modules that will reflect and enhance your home degree programme.

Students wishing to study on the Penryn Campus apply in exactly the same way but will simply need to search for the ‘Humanities-wide – One Semester/Year (Penryn)’ programme on the online application. Students wishing to study in Modern Languages on the Streatham Campus should apply for ‘Modern languages – one semester/year’.

All members of the Global Opportunities Team can sign your Learning Agreement. Please email it to before arrival.

If you have arrived at University of Exeter, either email it to the team, or arrange to visit us in person. When you email us, please remember to include your Exeter Student ID number.

Exeter's Erasmus code is UKEXETER01.

Arriving here

Students coming for the first semester or the academic year can book on to the Meet and Greet service organised for all new international students which operates from London Heathrow airport.  There is a small charge.

This service is not available for semester two students, however it is easy to get to Exeter from most major airports. There is a direct coach service from London Heathrow airport to Exeter bus station.

For more information see the International Student Support webpages.

Yes, students arriving in September take part in Freshers' Week, a week of information sessions and social events before the start of classes.  Students arriving for semester two will be involved in an orientation day where you will take part in information sessions and social events during the first week.  Orientation programme details are posted on the University website for new students once they have been confirmed.

For details about registering as a University of Exeter student please see the University's website for new students.

Registering for modules - you will be allocated a home department/College based on where you study the majority of your credits.  You will meet with a member of the Global Opportunities Team during Orientation to confirm your module selection. 

Exeter-based - If you are a student in Business School, Humanities or Social Sciences, the Global Opportunities Team, your Personal Tutor and the relevant Info Point/Hub will provide advice for your academic studies during your time at University of Exeter. If you are based within the College of Life and Environmental Sciences or College of Engineering, Maths and Physical Sciences, please view the Contact page for details.

Penryn based - If you are studying at the Penryn Campus then Rachel Scofield, Global Opportunities Team, will be a source of advice - please contact

Term dates are found on the Academic calendar.

First semester students starting in September are expected to stay at Exeter until the end of the exam period in January. Alternative Assessments/exams will be granted only if you can provide a letter from your home institution confirming that the Spring Semester commences during the exams period. You will be advised of this at the start of term.

All second semester and full year students must stay for the examination/assessment until June.  Alternative assessment is not an option.

Please note that while teaching and assessment is organised over two semesters, our holidays are organised over three terms.  The important dates for your study period at Exeter are the semester dates.  Those studying for the full-year or semester two will benefit from a University holiday over Easter (4 weeks). Many of our students use this time to travel.

What to expect

"I have been accepted for exchange at the University of Exeter but I have received a message saying I have incomplete documentation and that I need further information to register for my programme, please can you resolve this issue?"

Students who require a visa to study in the UK will be required to present certain documents on arrival at Exeter (such as your passport and visa) before you are able to complete online registration.

Full details will be provided in your pre-arrival support emails from the University.

The way you learn at University of Exeter is likely to be different to what you will have experienced before. Depending on your course, you may be involved in some or all of these types of teaching.

From campus life to your studies, the current students webpage lists a full A-Z list of services and support for current students.

Leaving Exeter

When you leave Exeter you automatically become one of our alumni.  A range of discounts are available to Exeter alumni, including sports facilities; library access; accommodation; learning and conference facilities and discounts on postgraduate study. There are also opportunities for you to come back for lectures and events.  In addition, careers support is available to recent alumni through the team. There are internship opportunities, chances to build your skills and plenty of advice or networking opportunities.

Once you have completed your studies at Exeter you could also consider writing us a profile to describe your Study Abroad experience with us. Profiles of students giving testimony about their time at the University of Exeter provide an invaluable insight into the real experiences of our students, helping to inspire and inform prospective and current students.

Please see the Alumni website for further information.

Undergraduate marking criteria

Mark Class Comment
80 and above 1st All the criteria for 1st, plus outstanding analytical power or originality of ideas
70-79 1st Clear and stylish writing.  Very thorough knowledge of the material.  Excellent critical assessment.  Well structured and organised.  Empirical data very well analysed and integrated in assessed work,
All the criteria for 2:1, plus substantial originality of ideas

60-69 2:1 Clear writing with a well-defined focus, reflecting a good working knowledge of the material and good competence in its critical assessment. Well-structured and organised. Appropriate methodology.  Empirical data and experimental work well analysed and integrated in assessed work
50-59 2:2 Acceptable level of self-expression based on adequate working knowledge of material. Satisfactory structure and organisation of material. Appropriate methodology.  Satisfactory analysis of empirical data and experimental work
40-49 3rd Limited level of self-expression based on core material.  Quality of writing inconsistent.  Structure and organisation adequate at best. Unimaginative use made of appropriate methodology.  Limited use of empirical and experimental results.
39% and below Fail Lacking in basic knowledge and critical ability.  Inappropriate methodology or poor application of appropriate methodology.  Major defects in writing and reporting of empirical data and experimental results

For undergraduate modules the pass mark (in order to gain credits) is 40%.

Where a student has passed an assessment at the second attempt, a formal mark of 40% is normally recorded.

Postgraduate marking criteria

Mark Range Comment  
70% and above Distinction. Work of near publishable standard reflecting outstanding knowledge of material and critical ability.  
60-69% Merit. Work with a well-defined focus, reflecting a good working knowledge of material and good level of competence in its critical assessment.  
50-59% Pass. Work demonstrating adequate working knowledge of material and evidence of some analysis.    
40-49% Fail. Limited knowledge of core material and limited critical ability.  
39% and below Fail. Lacking in basic knowledge and critical ability  

For postgraduate modules the pass mark (in order to gain credits) is 50%.

Where a student has passed an assessment at the second attempt, a formal mark of 50% is normally recorded.

Your Exeter academic transcript will be sent out as soon as possible after the release of your marks for your study period at Exeter. For one year and semester two students the transcripts will be posted in July. Semester one students should expect your transcript to be posted in late February by the Student Information Desk. The transcripts will be sent to your university's International Office. Please see our Transcripts page for more information.

Your Exeter transcript will be sent in a batch to your home university once all of the marks have been entered for students attending Exeter from your home university. Sometimes (usually in the case of semester one students where alternative assessments have been granted) the marks may arrive a little later.

The European Commission Website provides information on the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) but translation of your marks is the responsibility of your home university.  We do not advise on this as different universities can often use different systems.