The University of Exeter was founded in 1955, although its complete history dates back as far as 1900. At present around 19,000 students from over 140 countries study at the University’s three campuses in the South West of England. Despite being relatively young, Exeter is a member of the UK’s elite Russell Group and is in the top 1% of universities worldwide.
Six academic colleges offer study opportunities at undergraduate, masters and research level in a wide range of subjects across science, humanities and social sciences. The University of Exeter has a longstanding international approach, with many courses offering the opportunity to study abroad. All students are offered foreign language tuition, either as part of their chosen degree or as a separate evening class. Graduate prospects are further improved by a focus on career management skills and the possibility of work placements and internships as part of the degree programme.
The International Student Support Office can help students with issues such as visas, bank accounts and settling in at the beginning of term. The office also publishes Your International News every month, which details the various international events run throughout the year. These include trips to various cities and nearby attractions as well as cultural festivals and celebrations.
All students are allocated a personal tutor, a member of staff from the same academic school, who is available to discuss problems or academic progress. The University was named best in UK for international student satisfaction by StudyPortals November 2014 and is also 1st in the Russell Group for student satisfaction.
INTO University of Exeter run both pre-sessional and in-sessional English lessons for students, which cover subject-specific as well as general academic and social English.
Accommodation is guaranteed for all new unaccompanied international students who accept an offer and apply for accommodation by the deadline. There is a wide range of catered and self-catered accommodation, with studio flats and shared houses available. All are within 20 minutes’ walk of the nearest campus. Self-catered accommodation is generally arranged in flats of three to twelve people with a shared kitchen and communal area. Private rented accommodation is available through landlords or private halls of residence.
The University’s three campuses in the South West of England offer a safe, high quality environment for both study and living. Academic, social and sports facilities are conveniently located within easy walking distance of one another and the local city facilities.
The University of Exeter’s main Streatham Campus is regarded as one of the most beautiful parkland campuses in the UK. Overlooking the Roman city of Exeter which is now the regional capital, it features beautiful architecture and excellent retail and leisure facilities. The St Luke’s campus where Sport Science, Medicine and Education students study is also located here. Exeter is the 6th safest place to live in the UK and the 4th top place to live in the UK for recreation (Rightmove 2013). The city's transport hubs include Exeter St Davids railway station, connecting to London in 2 hours, the M5 motorway and Exeter International Airport connecting the city both nationally and internationally.
The Penryn Campus in Cornwall is a unique campus that brings the heart of the University of Exeter to an environment unrivalled in the UK. Set in a recognised Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and offering immediate access to the fantastic South West coastline, it boasts the very latest in teaching facilities, plus a friendly atmosphere and innovative programmes, which combine to offer a great student experience.
94% of international students reported feeling safe and secure at the University, with 95.5 per cent agreeing that the location was a ‘good place to be’ (International Student Barometer Autumn 2013).
My counsellor contacted me every day throughout the application process and helped me receive an unconditional offer. I am so grateful to SI-UK and will never forget them. I will study very hard as I feel this is the best reward I can give the whole team.
Sade Onyeje Social Work at Birmingham City University