University of Exeter Exchange

Language Requirement: None
Academic Standing by Program Start: Sophomore
Location: Europe, United Kingdom, England
GPA: 3.0
Program Overview
Application deadline extended to June 15 for Spring Semester 2023.

In this exchange program, you will enroll directly in classes at the University of Exeter. The University of Exeter is a top ranked British university (member of the "Russell Group" the UK equivalent of the Ivy League) with a very strong international reputation for academics and research. The university has over 22,000 students, including 18,000 undergraduates. Teaching is aligned with research and there is a strong network of support services for international students.

The main Streatham Campus is located near the city center of Exeter, along the river and is among the most scenic in England.  The St. Luke's Campus is nearby and is home to teaching in education, sport, and medicine in a historic setting offering modern facilities. Both campuses are a 15-20 minute walk from downtown. Exeter is a fun college town of 130,000 dating back to the Roman era. National parks, quaint villages, and beaches are easily accessible. There is also the Penryn Campus on the Cornwall peninsula, an innovative and contemporary campus set in a beautiful location close to the waterside towns of Falmouth and Penryn. The Penryn campus offers the same variety of courses as in the main Streatham campus, plus some unique courses in Marine Biology, Zoology and Animal Behavior. UO students can choose to study at Exeter or in Falmouth. 

Exchange students at Exeter are eligible for the Butex Scholarship - visit this link to get more information about this scholarship.

Dates and Deadlines
Term Year Application Deadline Arrival Date Departure Date
Fall/Winter Semester 2022-23 2/1/2022 Mid-September Mid-January
Academic Year 2022-23 2/1/2022 Mid-September Mid-June
Spring Semester 2023 6/15/2022 Early January Mid-June
Academic Details

The university calendar is comprised of two semesters, end of September through mid-December (exams may be scheduled for January) and end of January through the beginning of July. The university offers a comprehensive choice of subject areas. It is especially suitable for UO students studying English and literature. Humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and business are among other good options for study at the University of Exeter. It also houses an institute for Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies. 
At Exeter, modules are the equivalent to UO courses. You can choose modules from across all colleges (excluding those from within the University of Exeter Medical School and the Graduate School of Education). Psychology is not available for visiting students. At least half of your academic programme must be based in one subject area. If you choose modules from different subjects/departments you must remember that there is a strong possibility of timetable clashes and this can make finalising your study programme more difficult when you arrive at Exeter. 
Lectures are the most traditional form of teaching, but most courses include seminars, discussion groups, computer work and independent study. British higher education places a large emphasis on independent study. You will be asked to read widely on a subject, make notes, research, write and revise outside of formal teaching. On all courses you will be expected to study extensively on your own. 

Exeter credits are converted to the European Credit Transfer Scheme (ECTS) in your transcript: 
   60ECTS credits represent a full year of study (equivalent to 120 University of Exeter credits) 
   30 ECTS credits represent one semester (equivalent to 60 University of Exeter credits) 
You will choose 60 Exeter credits (30 ECTS) per semester. 
It is not recommended to mix modules from too many different departments or year levels as you are likely to encounter timetabling clashes. For example, if a module has 20 Exeter credit points, it has 10 ECTS credit points. Each ECTS credit is equal to 0.75 UO credits. 

Note: You should consult with your UO academic advisor before submitting your course enrollment to the University of Exeter.

Course Equivalencies

UO students: please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.

Non-UO students: Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

Additional requirements

Complete WR 121 and 122 or 123 with grades B- or higher. 

Application process

Applying for an exchange program involves 2 steps. First, you will complete the GEO application process and interview. Selection for this program is based on a review of your online written application, transcripts, recommendations, and completion of the interview process. After your initial application is complete, GEO will review it and select successful candidates for nomination to Exeter. Nominations are made in March for the fall semester and in September for the spring semester of the following year. 

Next, you will need to complete a secondary application for the host university. After being nominated by GEO, students will receive instructions regarding the secondary exchange application for Exeter. This typically includes an online application for Exeter, and providing documents such as your transcript, a statement of purpose, copy of passport, and your study plan at Exeter. You will be contacted by Exeter following your initial application during the window of module registration, when specific modules can be requested.

Housing Description

Exeter Campuses (Streatham and St Luke's): University owned or managed accommodation is guaranteed to inbound exchange students studying for the full academic year, starting in September; who apply before the accommodation deadline. The University is unable to guarantee accommodation for single semester students. Whilst there will be a limited number of university-owned rooms available, the majority of students will seek accommodation in the private sector. 

Penryn Campus: All inbound exchange students studying at the Penryn Campus for the full academic year or for a single semester, who apply before the accommodation deadline are also guaranteed university owned or approved housing.

Travel Advisories

GEO programs are under continuous review during this period of global uncertainty and limited travel. All program details outlined on this page, including program cost, are subject to change if global or location-specific conditions require modifications to program structure.

To learn more about COVID regulations while studying abroad, visit our FAQ page.