Study Abroad

All of the programmes delivered solely by Biosciences have a Study Abroad option and entry to the programme requires a specific programme choice (UCAS Code) to the University. Students on these programme spend the third year of a four-year degree studying and being assessed by an exchange university partner. The student enrols as a full-time student at one of our partner universities to spend one year living and studying there.

All of our partners offer approved training in similar science subjects as found in Exeter and some new opportunities such as: Palaeontology, Icthiopathology and courses with local expertise such as Shark Biology and Rock Mountain Ecology. Students are also encouraged to use the American Minor system and choose subjects outside science for one quarter of each term. These may include: Photography, Astronomy, Performance Classical Music and Comparative Theology to name but a few recent choices.

The Study Abroad programme will broaden your horizons into new cultures and provide you with new life-long friends.

Study Abroad options for students on degrees delivered jointly by Biosciences and other disciplines vary. Find out about alternative arrangements for the and MSc/BSc Natural Sciences.

Partner universities

We have exchange partner universities all around the world including Europe, North America, the Far East and Australia. We are continually adding to this list.

All of the Universities have been visited by the Study Abroad Tutor to ensure the arrangements with the receiving International Office for collection at the airport and accommodation are in place. All of our partner institutions are very welcoming and you will begin to enjoy the local experiences and meet local students from the moment you arrive.

Admission and Transfer to the Study Abroad Programme

Admission to the programme is through UCAS onto a limited number of places across Biosciences. There is an opportunity to transfer to the programme at the end of your first year and again at the beginning of the second year at the discretion of the Study Abroad tutor. However, places will be preferentially allocated to those students admitted to the University on the Study Abroad programme initially. The process of choosing your host institutions begins at the beginning of your second year.

Further Information

Further information is available from the Study Abroad Tutors Professor Andrew Shaw (Streatham Campus) and Dr Andy Russell (Penryn Campus) and from the international office at their website: International Exchange website.

For me, the exchange was the opportunity of a lifetime. It opened my eyes to everything that’s out there. It was great being part of an overseas community  and meeting new people, making friends, discovering new interests and learning along the way. I loved the hands-on approach and getting close to the wildlife was a real highlight.

Laura Madden, Exeter student who studied at Coastal Carolina University