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If you can, do it for a year instead of six months because by the time you get into the swing of things and establish friendships, six months is not enough.  This has easily been the best year of my life!

Harry Jordan, University of New South Wales

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Experience the University of Exeter for yourself at one of our three campuses  - all in the stunning countryside of South West England.

Applications for September 2022 are now open.

General Requirements

If you are applying as an exchange student (European, International or from Switzerland) you must be nominated by your home university.

Academic Requirements

You must have completed a minimum of one year of academic study at your home university and have a minimum GPA of 3.0/4.0 or equivalent. You are required to have academic background knowledge in the modules you wish to take.

English Language Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence that they have a level of English that will enable them to benefit fully from their studies at Exeter. 

Exchange students:  Your university must complete the English language proficiency form confirming that you have the required level of English to study with us.  Please note, however, that if you are required to or choose to apply for the Student Visa we cannot accept this form as evidence.  UK immigration legislation requires students to provide specific linguistic qualifications when applying to study at Exeter.  Accepted qualifications can be found HERE for undergraduate applicants and HERE for postgraduates. 

Study Abroad Fee-paying: Independent fee-paying (not exchange) applicants will be required to provide official evidence that they meet the University of Exeter's minimum English Language requirements , where applicable.  The English language qualifications accepted by the University and the required scores can be found on the English language requirements pages. We accept a wide range of qualifications, including IELTS and TOEFL.

Note that Business, English and History programmes require a higher level of English - students planning to take modules from across different departments will need to satisfy the higher of any linguistic minima required.


Supporting documents required

You must submit the following with your online application:

  1. Copy of your Official Academic Transcript from your home university, in English. This is the document that lists the courses you have taken and the grades you have achieved in your studies at your university to date.  Please note that if it is not an official document, for example a download from your online student record, it must be signed and stamped by your University.
  2. A copy of the ID information page of your passport (please ensure it is in date).  Dual nationals should submit copies of both passports.
  3. Your module choices need to be requested separately. Make sure you have received approval from your home university to take the modules you have request. Module selection lists and help can be found here.
  4. Exchange students: English language proficiency form completed by your home university confirming you have the required level of English to study at a British university.  We do not accept other documents.  However please note that if you are required to or you choose to apply for the Student Visa (previously known as Tier 4) then you must submit an official English language qualfiication.  This is a requirement of the Student visa application.  For a list of accepted qualifications please see the undergraduate or postgraduate pages.
    Study Abroad fee-paying students: Official evidence of English language level e.g. TOEFL/IELTS/accepted 'Other' English Language Tests (where applicable).
  5. Academic reference (for Study Abroad fee-paying students only).

Note that Business, English, History and Psychology programmes require a higher level of English - students planning to take modules from across different departments will need to satisfy the higher requirements.

How do I apply


Deadline to apply: 31st May 2022

If you are an exchange applicant you must be nominated to Exeter by your home university. Once we have received your nomination we will email you with a factsheet and instructions on how to complete your online application. 


Please complete our online application.


  1. Make sure that you are aware of the application deadlines and familiarise yourself with the academic calendar. Applications for September 2022 must reach us by 31 May. Applications received after this may be considered at the University’s discretion.
  2. Unless you are a British national you will need a visa to study in the UK and you should consider which one best meets your needs. The visa type will depend on the length of your study and what you wish to do while you are here. View our immigration advice pages for more information (see Student Visa and Visitor Visa).
  3. Consider your module choices. View the FAQ page and Module Selection page for module guidance.
  4. Gather together your supporting documentation. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE PROCESSED. Once submitted you cannot amend your application.
  5. Follow the instructions carefully in the relevant online application guide for International Exchange & Study Abroad or European ExchangeErasmus+ Students.
  6. On submitting your application you will receive an automated response acknowledging receipt.


Module Request
Your module choices need to be requested separately using this form: University of Exeter Study Plan . Make sure you have received approval from your home university to take the modules you have request. Module selection lists and help can be found here, your application will not be processed unless you submit your Study Plan.

What happens next?

  1. Please be patient while we process your application - this often takes some time, especially in cases where applications are incomplete or they are submitted very close to the deadline.
  2. If your application is successful you will be sent an acceptance email which contains your Exeter Student ID number. Read the information in this email very carefully.
  3. Students who are planning to obtain a Visitor Visa to study in the UK will need an acceptance letter.  These will be issued after the application deadline has passed.  You will be sent an email with a PDF acceptance letter attached for you to print out.
  4. Students who are applying for a Student Visa will require a CAS. You will be contacted in June/November to begin this process.
  5. In June/November you will receive the first support email from the University designed to help you prepare for your studies. You will then receive one email per month until you arrive.  It is essential that you read these carefully as they aim to answer all of the questions you will have about life at the University of Exeter.
  6. In the meantime, please read the New Student and before you arrive webpages.
  7. Do you have any further questions? Check our Frequently Asked Questions