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  • Locations: Exeter, United Kingdom
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Iowa State applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission 01/07/2019 06/14/2019
Fall 2019 03/15/2019 03/16/2019 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2019-2020 03/15/2019 03/16/2019 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: McKelfresh, Ben Housing Options: Apartment/Flat
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3 Language of Instruction: English
Host Country Language: English Online Course Catalog Available: Yes
Sponsor: Iowa State ISU Course: EXPRO
Program Type: Exchange
Program Description:


A Semester in England: University of Exeter Reciprocal Exchange

Check out this video about being an exchange student at Exeter.

Program Features

EnglandWhy Exeter?

The University of Exeter is located in the historic city of Exeter in the southwest of England and is the site of one of Iowa State University's university-wide reciprocal exchange programs.

Exeter is one of the UK's most popular and successful universities with14,000 students, of whom 3,500 are postgraduates. Members of the university community enjoy some of the finest campus environments in the UK. The southwest counties of Devon and Cornwall boast an unrivaled mix of city life, countryside, and coastline. 

Exeter is a highly ranked British university (7th in Sunday Times University Guide 2013) (10th in Guardian University Guide 2013) and named University of the Year 2013 by the Sunday Times.  The university also scores highly for student satisfaction, completion rates, and for students achieving good honours degrees (Firsts or 2:1s). It has been short-listed for the Sunday Times University of the Year Award more times than any other university and has won three Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

The university calendar is comprised of two semesters, end of September through mid-December and end of January through the beginning of July.




Exeter and Surroundings:
Exeter, with a population of approximately 115,000, is consistently rated as one of the best places to live in the UK, with a high quality of life and a low crime rate. It has something for everyone, whether your tastes are for exploring the city or enjoying the countryside. The city itself is only a 10 minute walk from the university. It is a safe student-friendly city where international students are made to feel welcome. Enjoy heritage, arts, festivals, and award winning locally produced food and drink.

With a touch of busy, big city atmosphere, a large student population, and a thriving arts scene, Exeter is one of the liveliest cities in the South West. The excellent selection of funky bars, cafes, and restaurants makes Exeter a vibrant place to be after dark. The city centre itself has a large range of high street stores, with a multi-million pound new shopping complex that has recently been completed in the city center. [City]

But the real enjoyment of shopping in Exeter is to explore the side streets and some of the more unconventional shops, such as Cathedral Green with its bars and restaurants or Gandy Streetwith its diverse range of shops selling designer labels, jeweler,y and gifts. Exeter's arts centre, the Phoenix, offers top quality theatre, live music, exhibitions, and films.

As well as the Northcott Theatre on campus, Exeter has two smaller theatres, the Barnfield and the Northcott Studio Theatre.

Road and rail links with the rest of the UK are good. The main St David's station is only 10 minutes' walk away from the Streatham campus and has regular services to London and all major cities. London is just over 2 hours by train and around 3 hours away by road. Exeter also has its own regional airport with an increasing number of scheduled flights to the UK and Europe including flights to Paris, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dublin, Belfast, Manchester and many other UK cities.

The South West of England:
The South West is one of Europe's top holiday destinations, and as a student in Exeter you will be able to enjoy it all year round.

There are views of the Exe estuary from the campus, and the coastal town of Exmouth with its sandy beaches is just nine miles away. Venture beyond the city and explore the Jurassic Coast of East Devon and the National Parks of Dartmoor and Exmoor. Close by, the national parks of Dartmoor and Exmoor offer both wild scenery, which will challenge hikers, climbers, canoeists, horse riders, and cyclists, and gentler landscapes of rolling hills, rivers, and attractive market towns and villages.



EnglandWhat courses?

ISU registration for the term is a full-time placeholder registration listed as INTED. 

For ISU study abroad programs at partner institutions abroad, courses offered for credit are automatically transferred to ISU. Transfer courses are usually listed at ISU with a general ending such as 100, 200, 300, or 400. To determine how these transfer courses are applied to specific degree requirements in your major/minor, speak with your academic advisor.  

Application & Selection:
Students interested in applying for the University of Exeter exchange program must have completed one year of study at Iowa State prior to the beginning of the study abroad experience and have a 3.00 GPA.
International Summer School
1 July  -  22 July 2017

Students interested in a summer option at the University of Exeter should investigate the International Summer School. This year students can select one course from the following options:
Pathways will include:Adapting Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CBT) to Improve Access to Psychological Therapies
Britain and the Making of the Modern World
Global Climate Change: Environment, Technology and Society
Global Enterprise
International Relations: Security, Conflict and Peace
Introduction to Accounting
Introduction to English Law
Preventative Medicine: Exercise and the Environment
Rethinking Shakespeare: Beyond the Bard
Tolkien on Page and Screen
Victorian Evolutions and Revolutions:  Literature and Visual Culture


Cost and Scholarships

EnglandHow much?

For every ISU student participating in the exchange program, a University of Exeter student comes to ISU. ISU students spend a semester or academic year in Exeter and pay ISU tuition and fees, plus a $600 exchange program fee. Program costs do not include room and board in Exeter, and students should plan for these and other additional costs (see Cost of Living link).



EnglandWhere will I live?

The majority of students study on the Streatham campus, which is the biggest of the three university sites and is built on a country estate overlooking Exeter. The campus is one of the most beautiful in the country with lakes, parkland, and gardens with rare species of plants. It offers a safe and enjoyable environment for study. The teaching buildings, the Library, Postgraduate Centre, Sports Halls, and the student amenity buildings are all conveniently situated within walking distance of each other. The halls of residence and most of the university flats are only a short walk away so you will not have to waste time and money on traveling.

The second site in Exeter, the St. Luke's Campus, is just over a mile across the city. You will study here if you belong to the School of Education, the Peninsula Medical School (student exchange not available at the Medical School), or if you are studying exercise and sports sciences. The campus is compact and attractive with its own hall of residence and self-catering flats. St Luke's has its own library, bookshop, resources centre, restaurants, bar, and sports facilities, including an indoor swimming pool.

The University of Exeter, Cornwall Campus offers excellent facilities for teaching and research near Falmouth in Cornwall. Set in 70 acres of countryside, but close to the waterside towns of Penryn and Falmouth, the campus offers peace and tranquility as well as a lively student community. At the Cornwall Campus you'll find undergraduate and postgraduate study and research, top-class student accommodation and one of Cornwall's most up and coming venues - The Stannary.

Full Academic Year Exchange Students are guaranteed university housing as long as they meet the application deadlines. There are a variety of different options in both Catered and Non-Catered facilities. All university on-campus housing is within walking distance to the campus and the city center.
For single semester students Exeter University will help you find housing for your time overseas. A great place to start your search is at: 
The university does offer a select amount of spaces in their on-campus facilities to semester exchange students, usually in the James Owen Court residence halls. These are self-catered apartments for 8 students, each with their own bedroom and en-suite facilities.

Students are advised to submit their accommodation applications to Exeter as early as possible to better their chances of gaining a space. Living in University accommodation is a great opportunity for exchange students, it will allow you to integrate with other students and you would not be responsible for paying utilities.
Otherwise there are many other resources that you can use in order to source independent housing in Exeter city.  Their main search engine is:


Dates and Contacts




How to Apply

TravelWhat else?

Exeter Photo Album

For more information click here.

(Please note that the International Summer School is not part of the ISU/Exeter Exchange Program.  Please consult the Exeter International Summer School link for prices.)

United Kingdom Visa Links:
(Please note, all students are not required to get a visa; refer to the content at the top of the UK visa process below):
University of Exeter Homepage
University of Exeter Study Abroad
Course (module) listings
International Summer School
Academic Accolades
Cost of Living
Studying in the UK