Information sessions

Find out more about Studying Abroad within your discipline, where you can go, which modules you can take and how your time abroad will be assessed.

Information sessions for students going abroad in 2019-20 are currently being booked and will be advertised here soon, please check back for further information.

Find out more about the Pre-departure information session dates.

Streatham Campus
Discipline Date Time Location
Biosciences Wednesday, 6 November  11:30 - 12:30 Amory B316 
Business School Wednesday, 2 October  12:30 - 13:30 STC/A
English with Study in North America (ESNA) Friday, 8 November  14:30 - 15:30  Old Library 131
Engineering Wednesday, 6 November  12:30 - 13:30 Harrison 101
Flexible Combined Honours Wednesday, 23 October  13:30 - 15:00 Newman Blue
Geography Wednesday, 23 October   11:30 - 12:30 Newman Green
Humanities (non-ML students) Wednesday, 23 October  13:30 - 15:00 Newman Blue
Mathematics  Thursday, 14 November  12:30 - 13:30  Peter Chalk 1.4
Modern Languages (1st years)  Wednesday, 4 December  13:30 - 15:00  Amory Moot Parker Room
Modern Languages (2nd years)  Wednesday, 16 October  13:30 - 16:30  Newman Blue
Modern Languages (Russian - 2nd years)  Wednesday, 23 October  15:30 - 17:00  Forum Seminar Room 03
Natural Sciences  Wednesday, 2 October  12:30 - 13:30  Laver LT3
Psychology  Wednesday, 23 October  11:30 - 12:30  WSL 019
Social Sciences  Wednesday, 23 October  15:00 - 16:30  Newman Blue
Sports and Health Sciences  Thursday, 7 November  14:30 - 15:30  TBC 


Penryn Campus


Date Time Location


Wednesday, 16 October 12:00 - 13:30 DM Seminar E


Wednesday, 16 October 12:00 - 13:30 DM Seminar E



Social Sciences

Tuesday, 22 October 11:00 - 12:00 Peter Lanyon Lecture 3
Business School Tuesday, 22 October 13:00 - 13:00 Peter Lanyon Lecture 3

Undergraduate travel insurance

The University of Exeter offers all its undergraduate students a comprehensive travel insurance.  Find out more about the benefits of taking out insurance with us.


Researching Your Placement Handbook - 2020-21
Year Abroad Buddy Scheme
Year Abroad Country Host Scheme
Exeter Abroad Pinterest boards
Global Graduates - website dedicated to all aspects of studying abroad
Outbound Pre Departure Handbook 2019-20
Erasmus+ Paperwork Handbook 2019-20 (Study Placements)
Students' Guild Exeter - Students' Union advice and support for students based at Exeter Campuses
FXU Cornwall - Students' Union advice and support for students based at the Penryn Campus
Student Information Desk
University of Exeter Wellbeing Services
Peer Support


Language assessment

Remember to look closely at the language of instruction for the modules you would like to take at your host university (see Where can I study abroad? for a list of institutions and their language requirements). 

When researching your placement ensure the institution you wish to study at has enough modules taught in English to cover the duration of your placement with additional reserve modules (in case of timetable clashes or modules not running). 

If you intend to study in a language other than English, Exeter require you to have taken the Advanced 1 (or higher) modules in that language through the Foreign Language Centre (FLC). In addition you must ensure you have the minimum required language competency as advertised by your host university for admission. 

If you are unsure of your language proficiency the Foreign Language Centre provides language tests for French, German, Italian, and Spanish.

In the event you are already fluent in the relevant language, you should contact your College Study Abroad coordinator who will arrange with the FLC for your language ability to be assessed.  If the FLC can confirm to your Study Abroad coordinator that your language is at a level equivalent to Advanced 1 or higher, then you will be exempt from the requirement to study the FLC language modules.


Erasmus+ Language Support

The Online Linguistic Support (OLS) is an online platform designed to improve the knowledge of the language you will be working or studying in before and during your stay abroad.  The OLS offers online language assessment and, where applicable, language courses to any student participating in an Erasmus+ mobility activity with a duration in excess of two months.

OLS assessments are mandatory for students who are undertaking a mobility in a language that is not their native language.  For example, if a UK student undertakes a mobility in France but will be working in English they are not required to complete the assessment.  However, if the UK student intends to work in French they will then need to complete the assessment and could participate in a language course.

If an overseas student whose first language is not English enrolled at a UK institution is going to undertake a mobility in English, then they would be required to take the OLS assessment in English.

OLS Second Assessment

The second assessment is mandatory for students who complete the first assessment.  The second assessment is linked to the original assessment and will automatically be issued to you when you reach the end of your mobility.

OLS Assessment for multiple mobilities

If you are undertaking multiple mobilities in the same language you must complete the OLS assessment for each mobility, regardless of whether you have previously completed the OLS language assessment in the same language for a previous mobility.  For instance, if you undertake a mobility in French and complete the OLS assessment and then undertake another mobility in French you will need to complete the OLS assessment again.

Online language support course

The OLS course (separate from the OLS assessment) is aimed at various levels of proficiency.  It is more beneficial to beginners and intermediates but there are sections for those with a better knowledge of the host language.

If you obtain a result between levels A1 and B1 in your first assessment you will automatically be allocated a language course licence.  If in your first assessment you obtain a higher result than B1, courses are available in the following languages, at the following levels:

LanguagesLanguage Course AvailableLanguage Course Level
English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch Yes All levels
Portuguese Yes Up to B2 level
Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Greek, Finnish, Croatian, Hungarian, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Swedish Yes A1 level

If you are not automatically issued with an OLS course licence you can request one by emailing  Please note that we receive a limited number of licences each year - as such they will be issued on a first come, first served basis.