Why study abroad?

Studying abroad offers many personal and academic benefits: 

  • 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 but learning the skills to do this can be very rewarding and a great boost to your 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 also 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 - study abroad enables you to study your own discipline in the way that it is studied at your host university which is sometimes very different to the way we study at Exeter.
  • Studying different subjects - 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.