We are working hard to make study-abroad available to all our students. 96% of our students are on programmes that either already include a period studying abroad or can be extended to include a year abroad.

Studying Abroad

The College of Social Sciences and International Studies is keen to encourage its students to study abroad as part of their degree programme. Approximately 23% of our students are studying on a four-year degree programme that includes a year spent abroad.

We are working hard to make study-abroad available to all our students. 96% of our students are on programmes that either already include a period studying abroad or can be extended to include a year abroad. Year abroad versions of the remaining programmes may be possible through the Flexible Combined Honours degree.

At present Social Sciences students are able to study abroad at nearly 40 different universities, in 16 countries across four continents. Those studying Arabic or a language through the department of Modern Languages are able to take advantage of additional links provided for these subjects.

So what is it about studying abroad that we believe is so beneficial for students?

  • Discovering a different culture. It is easy to visit other countries as a tourist, but when you study in a country for a year you can experience the culture as a local.

  • Seeing your own country and culture from a new perspective. Comparing your own society with others abroad helps you to question and examine assumptions, and to take an original approach to situations.

  • Developing self-reliance. It can be tough setting up a new life far away from friends and family. However, learning the skills to do this can be very rewarding and a great boost to students’ self-esteem.

  • Learning new language skills. Depending on where you go, you may find yourself learning a new language, such as Japanese, Korean, Swedish or Dutch (among others). Alternatively, you may choose to go to France, Germany, Spain or Italy to study entirely in their respective languages.

  • Meeting new people. As well as meeting other students from the country you visit, you will almost meet other exchange students. Many of our students spend the holidays after their year abroad travelling extensively to visit their new friends across the world.

  • Studying in a different style, or with a different focus. Universities and countries across the world take various approaches to learning. Studying abroad enables you to approach your own discipline in the way that it is studied at your host university – sometimes very different to the way we study at Exeter.

  • Studying courses in subjects areas not taught at Exeter. Studying at a partner university may enable you to take courses in subjects that are of interest to your degree studies, but are not usually taught at Exeter. By studying for an extra year you are able to expand your knowledge and understanding of the subject to a new level.

Find out more

Each year we hold meetings for current students to explain the study abroad options available.

  • There will be meetings in Welcome Week and Opportunities Week for first-year students.
  • Eligible second year Law students will be invited to a meetings in October.
  • Second year Politics/IR, Sociology or Philosophy students will be invited to a meeting in late October or November.

To find out more about studying abroad in the subjects of Law, Politics, Sociology and Philosophy, visit the other pages in this section for more information:

Please find Introductory Handbooks here: 

1st Year Study Abroad Handbook 2016/17 - Law

1st Year Study Abroad Handbook 2016/17 - Pol/IR/SPA

 

Students in the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies can find out about their year abroad at http://www.exeter.ac.uk/undergraduate/degrees/arabislamic/studyabroad/

Students on a combined honours programme with Modern Languages can find out about their year abroad at http://humanities.exeter.ac.uk/modernlanguages/undergraduate/studyabroad/

If you are applying to study at Exeter then you may wish to consider applying for a four-year version of your course.

Students interested in studying abroad should also make sure they visit the International Office webpages.