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Exeter, University of

The University of Exeter is a leading research-intensive university located in Devon and Cornwall in beautiful South West England. The university was founded and received its Royal Charter in 1955 although its predecessor institutions, the Royal Albert Memorial College and University College of the South West of England, were established in 1900 and 1922 respectively.

The university is ranked Top 10 UK (out of 120+) in all three national league tables (The Times and Sunday TimesGuardian and Complete University Guides 2016) and was described as being one of nine universities which form the UK’s unofficial "Ivy League”. Exeter is also placed Top 100 in the world in the Times Higher Education world rankings 2015-16.

The university has an enviable reputation for what is called “The Exeter Experience”.  Excellence in teaching, research and an outstanding student experience make Exeter a favorite international destination, now hosting 4,000 international students from over 140 countries. Exeter students are happy, confident and active.  In 2015 Exeter was voted the UK’s best university for “International Student Experience” (Whatuni survey).

With campuses in Exeter, Devon, and near Falmouth in Cornwall, students and staff enjoy some of the finest study environments in the UK. The Streatham Campus with an environment The Independent newspaper described as ‘sublime’, offers a unique setting in which to study, with lakes, parkland, woodland and gardens to enjoy year round.  St Luke’s campus provides a vibrant collegiate atmosphere in a traditional English setting.  Both Exeter campuses are located within the city of Exeter, an historic Roman city with an iconic mediaeval cathedral. The Penryn campus in Cornwall boasts stunning contemporary buildings on a site set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, close to the sea and fashionable port of Falmouth.

It is hard to pinpoint particular academic strengths as 28 different subject areas are ranked in their respective top 10 (Times and Sunday TimesGuardian): Accounting and Finance, Arab and Islamic Studies, Archaeology, Biosciences, Classics and Ancient History, Drama, English, French, General Engineering, Geography and Environmental Sciences, German, Geology, History, History of Art, Hospitality and Tourism, Iberian Languages, Italian, Mathematics, Media and Film Studies, Materials and Mineral Engineering, Philosophy, Physics and Astronomy, Politics, Radiography, Russian, Sociology, Sport Science and Theology and Religious Studies.

In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) 98% of Exeter’s research was rated as being of international quality and 82% as “world-leading or internationally excellent”. 


The university has invested £500M in new teaching, recreational, accommodation and sporting facilities in recent years. A focal point of Exeter’s Streatham campus is the £50M Forum building which brings together all student services in one architecturally award winning building. An enlarged library (open 24/7), exploration labs, career zone and international student support sit alongside a supermarket, two banks, student bar and numerous restaurants and cafes.

The Students' Guild in Exeter and FXU in Cornwall are instrumental in organizing events and activities for students. In addition to on-campus entertainment including regular live music, there are more than 180 student societies (student clubs). Societies range from Archaeology, Beats and Bass and the International Society, to Lit Soc, Photosoc, Ski Club and Real Ale Society! There are various theater and music-based societies, orchestral and choral groups, and the region’s main theater, the Northcott, is sited on the Streatham campus.  On the Penryn campus, the Stannary, with a 1,300 capacity, is the social hub of the campus and has become one of Cornwall’s best live venues with gigs, comedy and club nights.

Exeter is also very sports-centered, having been designated the UK’s Sports University of the Year 2016 (Times and Sunday Times) as a result of its sporting prowess (top 10 UK) and teaching and research excellence in Sports Science. There are around 50 different sports clubs, an outdoor swimming pool at Streatham and an indoor pool at St Luke's.

Accommodation is guaranteed to all new international students entering their first year of studies once their academic offer is ‘firmly accepted’ (undergraduates via UCAS, Master’s students by a tuition fee deposit). There are many accommodation options to suit different budgets.

Exeter city center is a commercial and cultural hub for the South West of England, and is only 15 minutes' walk from both the Streatham and St Luke's campuses. As well as the big brand shopping and historical attractions of the city, there are many independent cafes, restaurants, bars and clubs. Dartmoor and Exmoor national parks are only half an hour away; a playground for outdoor pursuits such as hiking, climbing and horse-riding. 

On and around the Penryn campus you’ll find a fantastic student lifestyle with plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities. Nearby Falmouth is a vibrant town with a hip bar and café culture. The Cornish coastline is world renowned, offering great water sport activities and beach life. 

If you would like to find out more about Exeter University, please contact one of our Across The Pond Advisors.

Student population: 20,000

Number of international students: 4,000

City population: 120,000

Location: South West UK. Rural (but Exeter campuses within city boundary)

Closest airports: Exeter. Bristol (for transatlantic flights)

Date of establishment: 1955 (origins in mid-nineteenth century)

Areas of expertise: Humanities, Social Sciences, Biosciences, Environmental Science, Business

Cost of Tuition per year: 

  • Undergraduate: From £16,400 per year (2017/18)
  • Graduate: From £16,500 for MA, MSc, MRes and from £15,950 for (MbyRes, MPhil, PhD) - (2017/18)

Accommodation cost: from approx. £100 per week, self-catered

Notable alumni: J K Rowling, Thom Yorke (Radiohead)

Environmental Sciences at Exeter

Thanks to ever-increasing employment opportunities in Environmental Sciences – which brings together fields such as sustainable development, climate change, renewable energy, and conservation biology – this interdisciplinary area of research at the University of Exeter is becoming an increasingly attractive area of study for both undergraduate and graduate students.

Scholarships from Exeter’s Business School

Exeter’s Business School has launched two new scholarship schemes for both the MSc International Hospitality and Tourism Management and MSc Accounting and Tax programs. These scholarships are each for £3,000 and the deadline for application is March 31, 2016.

For more information about these and other Business School scholarships, please contact your personal advisor.  If you do not have a personal advisor, sign up for one today!

New Scholarship Update

Across The Pond, in conjunction with some of our partner universities, is pleased to announce that we will offer a number of scholarships for the 2016-2017 academic year, ranging from £1000 to £5000.

Applications open on February 1st 2016. Check eligibility and entry requirements here to start preparing your application!

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