Coastal Carolina  - Tagging Rays

Jess Beswick

Tagging Rays at Coastal Carolina University, USA.

University of Queensland beachvolley ball

Guy Freeman

Beach volleyball court on campus at University of Queensland, Australia

About Study Abroad

All of the programmes delivered solely by Biosciences have a limited number of places available to spend a third year living and studying abroad, experiencing another country, university and lifestyle. We have established links with a number of universities in America, Canada and Australia: view a complete list of International Exchange partner universities.

Each university offers excellent training in natural sciences with some local specialities usually associated with their local geography. The School of Natural and Applied Sciences at Coastal Carolina, for example, has its own wetland marsh facility with a Wetland Ecology module associated with it. Other expertise at Coastal leads to courses in Marine Biology and Shark Biology in particular. The University of Southern Mississippi provides a range of courses in Biochemistry, Chemistry and Polymer Science for Study Abroad students from the Molecular Biology and the Biological and Medicinal Chemistry programmes. Montana State University is in the beautiful Yellowstone National Park which produces courses in Rocky Mountain Ecology and volcanology.

In addition to scientific subjects, students are encouraged to use the American Minor System allowing a student to study a minor subject in any course offered by the host university. In the past this has included courses in: golf, scuba diving, comparative theology, photography and astronomy. The student is allowed to choose one module per semester in a non-science minor balanced with 3 science modules (or equivalent). Students are given module choice advice by the Study Abroad Tutor before leaving.

Transferring to a Study Abroad programme

If you are not sure about studying abroad when you apply for your degree, it is possible to apply to transfer to a four-year programme at the end of the first year of a three-year programme. Permission to take part in Study Abroad in all cases will depend on your academic progress and the places available in your chosen country.

When you come back

The year abroad is assessed entirely by your host institution who provide a transcript of your studies. You should keep this with your Exeter transcript as a record of your study. Your Exeter transcript will contain a single mark for your year abroad counting 1/7th of the total contribution to your studies so Y2:Y3:Y4 modules marks count in the ratio 2:1:4 towards your final Exeter degree classification. The grades from your host institution will be translated back to an Exeter percentage and classification according to the grade matrix table available on the Biosciences Study Abroad ELE page.

Note the Study Abroad year rarely affects an Exeter degree classification and the Study Abroad Tutors will use their discretion and present your cases to the Boards of Examiners in exceptional circumstances.

Full information about the University of Exeter Study Abroad programme can be found in the International Exeter website.

Dominic Walter

Canada for me has been one of the best experiences of my life! It was such a good opportunity for me to be immersed into a completely different culture, make new friends and experience one of the harshest city weathers in the world! All the people I met, regardless of whether they were students of professors, were unbelievably friendly and would go out of their way to help me with anything.

Dominic Walter, Exeter student who studied at Carleton University