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Semester 1 / Full year students – Autumn 2020

Note: The information below takes into account the fact that the UK is currently in the transition period of its withdrawal from the EU. This period ends on 31 December 2020 so Semester 2 students entering in January 2021 will be affected by different regulations.

General Requirements

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

Academic Requirements

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

English Language Requirements

All applicants whose first language is not English must have a minimum standard level of English that will enable them to benefit fully from their studies.

UK immigration legislation may require specific linguistic requirements for visa purposes and these may vary depending on the length of study in the UK. 

Erasmus+ and EU

If you are an EU or Swiss student your university must provide you with a letter confirming that you have the required level of English as stated in the bilateral agreement. Please check with them if you are unsure.

If you are a non EU/Swiss student and require a visa to study in the UK, further evidence of your English Language proficiency will be required. Please see details below for accepted qualifications for international students.


Students who are not nationals of a majority English-speaking country will be required to meet the University of Exeter's minimum English Language requirements. The English language qualifications accepted by the University for entry and the required scores can be found on the Undergraduate Study entry requirements page under 'English Language'. We accept a wide range of qualifications, including IELTS (academic), TOEFL IBT and a number of alternative qualifications.

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.

If you are studying at University of Exeter for one semester only, please scroll down to the bottom of the English Language page for specific information relating to credit-mobility students.

Do I need a visa to study in the UK?

British/EU Students

If you have a current British or other European passport and you use it to travel then you do not need a visa to enter and study in the UK. EU students commencing their studies in Autumn 2020 will enter the UK well before the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020. If you wish or need to remain in the UK past 31 December, you will be able to make a free application for a status under the EU Settlement Scheme. You will usually only be required to provide proof that you are a student to qualify and our International Student Support team will help you to make the application

All other students

If you do not have a British or EU passport and are coming to Exeter for a full academic year you must apply for a Tier 4 General Student Visa.

If you are coming to Exeter for one semester you can apply for the Tier 4 General Student Visa or the Short Term Study Visa. The Short Term Study Visa can be applied for in advance or applied for at the airport (you are given a stamp in your passport), although only certain nationalities are able to apply at the airport.

There are advantages and disadvantages to both visas, so make sure that you read through the information on both before deciding which to apply for.

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

Supporting documents required

You must attach the following to 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.
  2. A copy of the ID information page of your passport (please ensure it is in date)
  3. University of Exeter UoE Study Plan (we will only accept our study plan)
  4. Erasmus students: English language competency statement from your home university confirming you have sufficient level of English to study at a Brtish university.
    International Exchange/Study Abroad students: Evidence of English language level e.g. TOEFL/IELTS/accepted 'Other' English Language Tests (where applicable).

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



  1. 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.
  2. Make sure you are aware of the application deadlines and familiarise yourself with the academic calendar. Applications for Semester 1 and full year must reach us by 31 May. Applications received after these deadlines will be considered at the University’s discretion.
  3. Unless you are a British or European 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 Tier 4 Visa and Short-Term Study Visa). Please note this advice will change for any European students arriving after 1 January 2021.
  4. Consider your module choices. View the module FAQ page for Erasmus and International Exchange for guidance.
  5. Gather together your supporting documentation. INCOMPLETE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE PROCESSED. Once submitted you cannot amend your application.
  6. Follow the instructions carefully in the Online Application Guide for International Exchange and Fee-Paying Students or Erasmus+ Students.
  7. On submitting your application you will receive an automated response acknowledging receipt.

What happens next?

  1. Please be patient while we process your application - this often takes some time, especially in cases where full supporting documentation is not received and when the application was 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 Short Term Study Visa to study in the UK will need an acceptance letter. You will be issued with a second email after the application deadline has passed which will contain a PDF acceptance letter in an attachment for you to print out.
  4. Students who are applying for a Tier 4 (General) student visa will require a CAS. You will be contacted in June/November to begin this process.
  5. In June you will receive the first support email from the University designed to help you prepare for your studies. You will then receive one per month until you arrive. It is essential 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 for and International Exchange for answers.