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University of Exeter

The University of Exeter is a leading Russell Group university located in Devon and Cornwall in beautiful South West England. The university was founded and received its Royal Charter in 1955 although its origins go back to the mid nineteenth-century.

Twenty-three individual subjects at Exeter are ranked UK top 10 (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020) and eight subjects ranked world top 50 (QS World University Rankings by Subject).

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 5,000 international students from over 140 countries. Exeter students are happy, confident and active. In 2017 Exeter was voted the UK’s best university for “International Student Experience” (Whatuni survey). The University also received and retained a Gold award in the Teaching Excellence Framework based on satisfaction, completion rates (96%) and graduate prospects (95%). 

Student employability is taken very seriously at Exeter. With one of the best post-graduation rates of employment in the UK, employability is built into every degree and Exeter’s Career Zone and support staff assist students in all stages of their career planning. There are numerous opportunities for placements and internships (whether as part of your degree or during vacation time), visiting company presentations, industry and alumni mentoring schemes and frequent careers fairs. Exeter's Global Advancement team help students and graduates connect to a worldwide network of alumni.

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 is a registered botanical garden; an environment The Independent newspaper described as ‘sublime’. 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 in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, close to the sea and fashionable port of Falmouth.


The university has invested heavily 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, a bank, 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 250 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 situated 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, with a consistent top 10 placing overall in the UK BUCS league and both teaching and research excellence in Sports Science (No 2 UK Times and Sunday Times 2020). 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 via 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, cycling and horse-riding. The South West peninsula boasts miles of beautiful coast line with beaches, resorts and fishing villages. The north coast of Cornwall is the undisputed surfing capital of the UK.

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 town’s beaches are a perfect place to relax after classes and its marina is a renowned centre for sailing and other water sports. 

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

Student population: 25,000

Number of international students: 5,000

City population: 130,000

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 and Finance, Sports Science

Cost of Tuition per year: From £19,500 per year (2021/22)

Accommodation cost: from £120 per week, self-catered

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

Stephane Chui

Thanks to Across The Pond, I am now studying at the University of Exeter, one of the top universities in England and with one of the most beautiful campuses I have ever seen.

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Thanks to Across The Pond, I am now studying at the University of Exeter, one of the top universities in England and with one of the most beautiful campuses I have ever seen....

Stephane Chui