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* University of Exeter - Exeter, England, UK
Exeter, United Kingdom (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Homepage: Click to visit
Restrictions: CSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
CSU Deadlines / Program Dates:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2017 03/26/2017
Rolling Admission 09/18/2017 01/13/2018
NOTE: CSU acceptance announced on rolling basis beginning February 15. Please verify dates with Exeter's study abroad office before arranging travel. Arrival usually on Saturday or Sunday prior to orientation. Orientation (Freshers' Week) during week prior to start of classes. Exams in early January, ending on a Saturday, which is compatible with return to CSU for spring semester classes beginning day after MLK day.
Academic Year 2017-2018 03/26/2017
Rolling Admission 09/18/2017 06/01/2018
NOTE: CSU acceptance decisions announced on rolling basis beginning February 15. Please verify dates with Exeter's study abroad office before arranging travel. Arrival usually on Saturday or Sunday prior to orientation. Orientation (Freshers' Week) during week prior to start of classes. Exams in early January and May to early-June (might end Saturday May 26 in 2018). Students may leave after last schedule exam. Student residences often available until mid-June.
Spring 2018 10/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission 01/14/2018 06/02/2018
NOTE: CSU acceptance decisions expected to be announced on rolling basis beginning September 23. Contact to initiate application after Oct 1. Late applicants have access until October 15. Required information and documentation must be uploaded to Exeter's website by October 31, preferably sooner. Please verify dates with Exeter study abroad office before arranging travel. Arrival and orientation aligned with semester start date (see orientation information of Exeter website). Any student taking Drama modules must arrive one week early. Exams during May to early June. Students may leave after last scheduled exam. Student residences normally available until end of grading period in mid-June.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students applying to CSU-sponsored programs will be notified of decision within two weeks of application submission. Students applying to non-CSU sponsored programs need to contact their program provider for decision dates.

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Program Coordinator:
Robert Booker
Areas of Study:
Agricultural Sciences, Business, Engineering, Health and Human Sciences, Liberal Arts, Natural Resources, Natural Sciences, Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Program Description:

University of Exeter

in England, United Kingdom


Exeter CathedralEx RiverReed Hall, University ofExeter


The University of Exeter is a top ranked British university with a very strong international reputation for academics and research.  The main campus is located along the River Exe in picturesque Devonshire of southwest England.  It has a second campus near Falmouth.  Both campuses offer a comprehensive choice of subject areas and is especially suitable for CSU students studying biosciences, psychology, sport and health sciences.  Humanities, social sciences, engineering, and business are among other good options for study at the University of Exeter

This exchange program allows CSU students to attend the University of Exeter for one or two semesters while Exeter students attend CSU.   CSU exchange students pay CSU tuition, which is favorable for in-state students.  Enrollment as a non-exchange participant is also available for one or two semesters, paying tuition to Exeter via CSU at the relevant band rate, which is preferable for out-of-state students. 

Summer School Additionally, Exeter offers an International Summer School on a fee-paying basis, which is available via the direct enrollment option instead of this program.

BUTEX Scholarship : Please see and about applying for a British scholarship worth £500 British pounds (about $800) for study in UK. You must apply by June 15 for fall, spring, or academic year.  (See for OIP and other scholarship opportunities.)

Academic Program

Like most British universities, the University of Exeter has two academic semesters per year, comprised of three calendar terms (autumn, spring, summer) with a break between each term.  The "summer" term is the latter part of the second semester, when students prepare for and complete final papers and exams; it is not summer school.  Exeter's International Summer School occurs later.

Exams normally occur during first or second week of January for the first semester and May to early-June for the full year and second semester.  January exams occur early enough to allow sufficient time to return to CSU for spring semester classes beginning the day after MLK holiday.  [Note:  Alternative assessment might be possible in mid-December for one semester visiting students to avoid returning for January exams, but some exams, such as Engineering and Business exams, must be taken at Exeter in January.  Full year participants must return for January exams and remain for end of year exams.  Similarly, one semester participants during second semester must remain for end of year exams.]

Academic calendar (click for hotlink).  Arrival and orientation in September are aligned with Freshers' week ahead of first week of classes.  Arrival and orientation in January are aligned with first week of classes.  See above explanation of semester dates and term dates.  Do not confuse summer term with summer school.  See orientation information at   Students can leave after last scheduled exam.  Exam schedule is finalized mid-semester.  University owned student residences normally remain available until the end of the exam period.  Privately owned student residences might offer tailored contract periods.

The British term for a course is module.  Some modules are taught for the full year with exams in May to early June.  These are not available for one semester.  Those taught for one semester have exams at the end of the semester.  All students must take each exam according to the schedule (or arrange alternative assessment for departure in December -- see above).  The exam schedule is posted mid-semester.  See exam information at  (Visiting students might be eligible for referred/deferred exams in August on case by case basis if having failed to earn a passing mark for a module.)

Modules catalog  (click for hotlink)  See also the "subject areas" link in first paragraph above.  Note that some subjects are taught on the Cornwall campus rather than in Exeter.

Explanation of modules and credits  Most Exeter modules are valued at 15 credits, which is equal to 7.5 European (ECTS) credits or 3.75 = 4 CSU credits.  Some modules are valued at 30 credits (7.5 CSU credits).  The normal course load is 60 credits per semester (15 CSU credits).  [Hint:  Within each module description, look for the term(s) offered for 11 weeks to determine if it is taught during first or second semester (or both).  The third term is devoted to end of year papers and exams.]

British students complete qualifying requirements prior to entering university, so their undergraduate degree programs are typically three years, rather than four, with advanced course work during the second and third years according to a prescribed sequence within one department.  Visiting students can take modules within more than one department with no time conflicts and adequate preparation.  Similarly, they can take modules at more than one year level with no time conflicts and adequate preparation.  Time conflicts arise when mixing levels and/or departments.

CSU typically awards 100/200 level credit for first year modules and 300/400 level credit for second and third year modules, although the relevant CSU department can authorize different awards in consultation with the CSU registrar's office.  The transfer credit for each module is normally recorded with a generic CSU course number, reflecting subject area and level (e.g., HIST 3** for an upper level history course) and retaining the Exeter title.  If a module is judged to be equivalent to a CSU course, then the transfer credit can be recorded using the CSU course number and title if desired.  CSU academic advisers can authorize using generic course numbers to fulfill major or minor requirements.  The registrar's office can approve fulfilling AUCC core requirements and electives.

Bioscience Internships:  For higher level biosciences students, a few internship opportunities are available upon request within University of Exeter labs during the second semester (CSU's spring semester).  Contact the CSU Education Abroad program coordinator if interested.


The University of Exeter is among the most scenic in England.  The main campus is located near the city center of historic Exeter, along the River Exe.  The university has a satellite campus nearby for sport and health sciences, plus a remote campus near Falmouth on the Cornwall peninsula.   CSU students can choose either the Exeter or the Falmouth location.  The Penryn Campus in Cornwall offers geology, mining and minerals engineering, renewable energy, biosciences, geography, environmental science, and other subjects.

Just south of Exeter are Torquay, Dartmouth, Plymouth, and other famous locations.  To the west are Dartmoor National Park and the coast of Cornwall with beaches, surfing, and picturesque towns like Penzance.  Exmoor National Park and the Bristol Channel lie north of Exeter.

Exeter is about two and a half hours west of London by train or motorway.  Trains and coaches allow travel throughout England, Scotland, and Wales.  Exeter airport provides some flights within the UK and Europe.  Bristol, Heathrow, and Gatwick airports and the Eurostar train provide access to Europe and beyond.



The University of Exeter offers university owned self-catered shared apartments and houses.  University accommodation is guaranteed for full year visiting students who apply for accommodation by July 31.   Sometimes, the James Owen Court and/or other residences accept applications from one semester visiting students in the order of application date.  Housing contracts cover the relevant academic period.  Students retain access to apartments and houses during term breaks.   Use the above link to clarify availability.

Commonly, CSU students individually arrange to live nearby in similar privately operated self-catered student residences with more flexible contracts, such as:

King Edwards Studios:
Isca Lofts:
The Printworks - Victoria Hall: 

Iron Bridge Studios:
Picture House Apartments: 

Note:  Prices typically are quoted on weekly basis (just for comparison) for an academic year contract.  Contact the residence manager to clarify availability and cost of shorter term contract.

Program Costs

Please see the relevant student budget sheet linked above for fall semester and/or spring semesterNote:  The estimated "Instructional Costs" shown in the student budget for the "CSU Study Abroad" (non-exchange) column reflects the higher band rate; the lower band rate is about 14 percent less.  The charge on the student's CSU account is adjusted when CSU pays tuition to Exeter on a non-exchange student's behalf to reflect actual cost and currency exchange rate.  Exchange participants pay CSU tuition.

See explanation of Academic Calendar above.



Exeter Study Abroad and International Exchange
Exeter's International Student Guide and other information
United Kingdom Student Visa & Travel Information
Resources for Students Traveling Abroad