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Frequently asked questions

Application timeline

September - December  Recruitment presentations will take place in your College.  First and second year students interested in Studying Abroad will be invited to attend these presentations.

Using the researching your placement checklist, now is the time for you to gather information on the eight potential institutions you would like to study at.  We aim to allocate you a place from one of the first five listed on your internal application.

When researching your placement you may wish to look at our Pinterest boards which provide lots of information about Studying Abroad.
October  Global Opportunities Fair Streatham Campus - open to all first and second year students interested in Studying and Working Abroad.
November  Online internal Study Abroad application form goes live.
November  Study and Work Abroad information session Penryn Campus - open to all first and second year students interested in Studying Abroad.
18th December  Deadline for internal Study Abroad applications.
January  Students will be informed of their allocated placement.
February - June Students will complete the host university application.  Please note that the application deadlines of each institution will vary: as part of your research you will be responsible for noting and abiding by the deadline of your host university.

If you will be studying within Europe under the Erasmus+ programme you will have an additional meeting to complete the Erasmus grant documentation.
March-April  Attend the compulsory Pre-Departure Conference and regional information sessions.

To be eligible for Study Abroad you must attain a grade average of 60% or above in your first year.  Places are allocated on a competitive basis: the higher your grade average the more likely you are to be allocated your first or second choice of institution.  Students will be asked to list eight choices from our partner universities on the internal application form.  The majority of students receive one of their top five choices.  When it is not possible to allocate a student to any of their eight choices, we contact them to offer any remaining available places.

If a student has left one or more of their choices blank, it will be taken to mean that they do not wish to go abroad if they are unable to receive one of their higher choices.  This will not raise the priority of their other choices. Therefore, we STRONGLY recommend that you fill out all eight of your choices in your application. 

Although we will make every effort to provide a placement for any eligible student wishing to go abroad we cannot guarantee a placement as there are limited spaces available at each of our partner universities.

Once all the applications have been received places will be allocated with priority going to those with the highest first-year grade average.

Students should be aware that many of our places at partner institutions are shared between other Colleges, so places at these institutions could be awarded to students from different disciplines.

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 Ccommittee, 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.

This depends on the degree you are taking. The majority of students complete a year abroad in the third year of a four-year degree.  If you are going abroad for one semester you would normally go abroad during the second year of a three-year degree.  If you are interested in Studying Abroad we would recommend you get in contact with your College Study Abroad coordinator for further information.

Yes, you will need a passport which must be valid for 6 months after your Study or Work Abroad period ends.  If your passport is near its expiry date we recommend that you apply for a new passport as soon as possible.  You will need a valid passport before you can apply for your visa (if applicable).

You will find further and up to date information on UK passports here

If you are Studying Abroad for a semester or full year your time abroad will count toward your final degree.  You will receive an academic transcript from your host university which will indicate the classes you have taken and the grades you have achieved.  The grades will be converted to an Exeter grade. You should refer to your College Academic Coordinator for further details. 

There are a number of financial factors to consider when researching your Study Abroad placement. The following is a non-exhaustive list for you to begin your research:

  • Return air fares
  • Visa costs (if applicable)
  • Travel and health insurance 
  • Accommodation and subsistence
  • Book supplies
  • Mobile phone bills
  • Administration fees
  • Travel and socialising 

You may also wish to consider the following:

  • Applying for a travel grant from Student Finance UK
  • If you are in receipt of bursaries and additional funding, check with the University of Exeter funding team and Student Finance to clarify if you are eligible for the additional funding whilst abroad
  • We regularly update our Scholarships page so do check if you are eligible to apply for additional funding
  • For students studying in Europe: an Erasmus+ grant is available to all students Studying Abroad at an eligible destination.  This will not cover all your expenses, but if budget is a consideration for your time abroad you may wish to consider a European destination over rest-of-world destinations that are not covered by the Erasmus+ grant. Please note we are still unable to confirm funding for students Studying and Working Abroad in 2020/21 Academic Year and beyond

Comprehensive health and travel insurance is essential for your time abroad and should be arranged before you depart.  The University of Exeter has an Undergraduate Travel Insurance policy that you may wish to consider

If you will be studying outside the European Union (including Turkey) you will almost certainly be required to obtain the appropriate visa or permit to allow you to study as an international student.  Please note that the Global Opportunities Team is not qualified to offer visa advice.  Below you will find links to the relevant embassies - these will form the basis of your visa research.  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, in order to obtain your visa.

Students are able to apply for a visa when they have received a formal acceptance letter from their host university, and are encouraged to make prompt arrangements as soon as this has been received.  Please bear in mind that the summer is an extremely busy time for processing visa applications and therefore you should make allowances for delays in processing.  You are advised not to make travel arrangements until you have finalised your visa.

When submitting documents to confirm your enrolment at your host university, you may find that you need a copy of your official academic transcript. Your transcript is the list of all the modules that you have taken and the marks that you have obtained to date. You can get a copy of your transcript through SID; they will be able to email you a PDF version. 

An Erasmus grant is available to students studying in Europe under the Erasmus+ scheme.  The grant is intended to be a contribution only. It is not a full maintenance grant and is not designed to cover all costs you may incur on your placement.  The Erasmus grant is not means tested and you do not have to repay it unless the relevant paperwork is not returned or you leave your placement early.  See our Erasmus+ page for further details.

Following the EU referendum result in June 2016 we are still awaiting further information regarding the UK's participation in the Erasmus+ programme and therefore the availability of the Erasmus grant for future mobilities.  As soon as we have further information we will update our website and be in contact with students directly.

Yes, the grant is payable only for the time that you are on your placement.  

If you return home from your placement due to force majeure or there are other extenuating circumstances and you have met the minimum requirements for duration of placement, the National Agency will decide on a case by case basis whether you will be allowed to retain the Erasmus grant.

Once you have been allocated an eligible placement you will be asked to complete Erasmus+ paperwork that will entitle you to the Erasmus grant.  Paperwork guidance will be provided to you on the Opportunities Abroad website and in College.