University of Exeter

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The University of Exeter in Exeter, Devon, and Falmouth, Cornwall, UK, offers research and study in sciences, social sciences, business, humanities and arts. The University has been dedicated to discovery and changing lives through education since 1851 when the Exeter Schools of Art and Science were founded. There are over 25,000 students from 130 countries and over 125,000 alumni in 183 countries providing the academic community of staff, students and visiting researchers with a truly global experience and a diverse, inclusive environment.

Quick Facts

Partner Program Type –  Exchange

Minimum GPA – 3.0

Eligibility – Good academic and disciplinary standing, Min Age: 18, Open to All Majors, Junior, or Senior Standing by the time of departure

Term Options

Fall Semester: mid-September – mid-January

  • you will arrange to take final exams in December 

Spring Semester: mid-January – mid-June

  • you will miss both winter and spring quarters at UCSC to participate in this session

Partner Program deadline dates



City & University

The University of Exeter is spread over three campuses, two in Exeter, Devon and one in Penryn, Cornwall. With over 300 societies and 50 sports clubs there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in university life, no matter which campus you attend.

The Streatham Campus, the University’s largest site in Exeter, is built around a country estate overlooking the city and is readily acknowledged as one of the most beautiful in the country. All the teaching buildings, the sports park, the library, the shops, restaurants, cafés and bars are within walking distance of each other.

St Luke’s Campus in Exeter It is located on the east side of the city center, just over a mile from Streatham Campus across the city to the north-west. St Luke’s has a  vibrant, collegiate atmosphere and a sense of history.

The Penryn Campus is set in 100 acres of countryside, close to the waterside town of Falmouth, and boasts beautiful views over the Fal estuary. It offers peace and tranquility as well as a lively student community with a vibrant mixture of students from science, engineering, humanities, and arts backgrounds.



University-owned or managed accommodation is guaranteed for all inbound exchange students studying at the Penryn Campus for the full academic year, who apply before the accommodation deadline. Students are housed in single rooms (in shared flats) in Glasney Student Village


University-owned or managed accommodation is guaranteed to inbound exchange students studying for the full academic year, starting in September; who apply before the accommodation deadline. Students who are allocated university-owned accommodation may be housed with first-year students. 

The University is unable to guarantee accommodation for single-semester students. The majority of students will find accommodation in the private sector. Single-semester students can apply for university accommodation, but there are a limited number of rooms available which are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. The private accommodation webpage has a comprehensive list of alternatives to University accommodation.

Student Support

The Global Opportunities team and the International Student Exchange and Support Office provides a range of services and support for exchange students. Additionally, Exeter assists exchange students in successfully integrating into the culture, society, and student life.

Country Information Resources

Students with Disabilities

If you need support services abroad, notify your UCSC Disability Resource Center (DRC) Coordinator
Exchange students can work with the AccessAbility Team while at Exeter.

Identities Abroad and Away

UC Santa Cruz Global Learning is committed to inclusion and equity in our various program options as well as striving to make everyone’s experiences abroad enriching, positive, and safe.

Learn more on our Identities Abroad and Away webpage.


Host University Courses

As an Exeter exchange student, enroll full-time in courses alongside other local and international students.

Course Search

  • Information on what modules exchange students can take is listed here.
  • You should choose a minimum of 50% of your modules in one subject area.
  • Medical Sciences, Drama, and Psychology modules are not available to exchange students from UCSC.
  • You must choose a level suitable for your prior knowledge of the subject area.
  • You cannot combine modules taught at the Penryn and Exeter-based campuses.

Satisfying Requirements
It may be possible to satisfy major, minor, GE, and/or electives on this program.

Learn more about:

Course Load Requirements

You are required to enroll in a full-time course load while abroad as defined by your host institution:

  • 60 Exeter credits per semester is the full time course load. Most modules are either 15 or 30 Exeter credits, which means you will take 2-4 modules per semester.

As a UCSC student, you must continue to meet UCSC Satisfactory Academic Progress, which requires students to enroll in a minimum of 12 UCSC quarter credits per quarter. At Exeter, you are required to ensure you meet this requirement by enrolling in the equivalent of at least 12 quarter credits in fall semester (fall quarter) and at least 24 quarter credits in spring semester (winter+spring quarters) after conversion (see below).

If you are not enrolled in the minimum number of quarter credits required, then you will fall out of Satisfactory Academic Progress. This could lead to financial aid and academic repercussions

If you are unable to enroll in the minimum number of quarter credits through courses at your host university, you may be able to fill in the gap by enrolling in one remote course through UCSC or UC online.

Credit Conversion

Exeter uses Exeter credits credits. These will be converted to UCSC quarter credits when added to your UC transcript.

  • 10 Exeter credits = 4 quarter credits at UCSC
  • 15 Exeter credits = 6 quarter credits at UCSC
  • 20 Exeter credits = 8 quarter credits at UCSC
  • 30 Exeter credits = 12 quarter credits at UCSC

Academic Restrictions

Some courses abroad may have enrollment limitations and/or restrictions, such as prerequisites. Review course information provided by the university partner to understand any course limitations and/or restrictions prior to official course enrollment abroad.

If you are unsure about your eligibility to enroll, please contact UCSC Global Learning at before applying to this program.

Academic Differences

Please note that the academic system, such as assignments, exams, course structure, grading system, etc., at your host institution may be different from what you are used to at UCSC. We highly recommend researching the academic system at your host university in advance to best prepare for your experience abroad.

Academic CalendarWe recommend comparing the host university academic calendar to the UCSC academic calendar to see how the academic calendars, holidays, and breaks differ.

Last modified: Feb 27, 2024