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Information for inbound exchange students

Exchange students

Welcome to the College of Life and Environmental Sciences. Our areas of study include Biosciences, Geography, Psychology (restrictions apply) and Sport and Health Sciences

We are looking forward to you coming to study with us and we hope this page gives you some guidance on how to choose our modules and it helps you put together your study plan.

How to contact us

Our disciplines are supported by four separate ‘Hub’ Teams:

Exeter campuses

Sport and Health Sciences

St Luke’s Hub

Based in the South Cloisters building, St Luke’s campus
Building 11 on the campus map


Amory Hub

Based in the Amory building, Streatham Campus
Building 29 on the campus map


Washington Singer Hub

Based in the Washington Singer building, Streatham Campus
Building 9 on the campus map

Biosciences, Natural Sciences

Peter Chalk Hub

Based in the Peter Chalk Centre, Streatham Campus
Building 17 on the campus map

Penryn campus

Animal Behaviour, Biosciences, Environmental Science, Geography, Geology, Zoology

Penryn Hub

Based in the Peter Lanyon Building, Penryn Campus
Building 8 on the campus map


Choosing your modules

One semester students must take 60 Exeter credits. This is equivalent to 30 ECTS credits. You cannot take TRM1&2 modules as these spread over both semesters.

Full year students must take 120 Exeter credits (60 credits per semester). This is equivalent to 60 ECTS credits for the academic year. One Exeter credit is worth 0.5 ECTS.

Most of our modules are either 15 credits (if they run for one semester) or 30 credits (if they run for a full year).

The first three letters of the code indicate the subject, e.g. BIO2074 is a Biosciences module.

The first digit of the code indicates the level at which the subject is taught, e.g. BIO2074 would normally be taken by a second-year undergraduate at Exeter.

The duration indicates in which semester (term) the module is likely to be taught. Be careful not to choose one year modules if you are a one semester student.

Our module descriptors are available to view on the department websites via the links below. They include information about:

  • Module aims and learning outcomes
  • The term in which it runs (Semester 1 or 2)
  • Any prerequisite requirements
  • Assessment details

You must meet any pre-requisites stated in the module descriptor. Modules are updated in mid-March for the following academic year.

Please note that you cannot study modules at both campuses. You must choose all your modules at either Exeter or Penryn.



Exeter: Inbound students are encouraged to take level two and three modules. Your are discouraged from taking level one modules but if you do then you must stay for the January exams. You cannot choose field trip modules.

Penryn: You may be able to choose field trip modules but unless you are a full year student the dates do not naturally align with the study abroad semesters. This is likely to affect your assessment dates and cause a delay in issuing your transcript. Therefore, you must seek permission from the Study Abroad Team and also your home university to participate.


If you are nominated from one of the following Psychology Exchange partners:

  • Tilburg University
  • Universität Mannheim
  • University of British Columbia

View our Psychology modules which are all based on the Streatham Campus in Exeter. Please note that PSY3401 Research Project is unavailable to exchange students.

If you are not from a Psychology specific Exchange Partner above then modules in the Psychology Department are restricted. You may be able to select a Psychology module on arrival at the University of Exeter, subject to availability.

Sport and Health Sciences

All Sport and Health Sciences modules are based at the St Luke's Campus in Exeter.

Teaching methods at Exeter may differ from those at your home university. Visit the Your Studies page for a helpful guide to studying at Exeter and the terminology we use.

When choosing modules, it's important you check how you are assessed, for example by written essays or by exams. This information can be found under the Summative Assessment section of each module description.

If you are on exchange at Exeter for the first semester and you cannot attend the January exam session because of academic calendar clashes, it is your responsibility to check whether you can take an alternative assessment. Do not book your return flights until you have obtained permission from each subject that your modules are based in. Full year and semester two students are not offered alternative assessment, they must stay for the exams. This is non-negotiable.

Please note

The information on this page is intended to give you some guidance on how to request modules. However, please be aware that the availability and specifications of modules may be subject to change between now and the start of teaching. The timetable is not finalised until near the start of your semester, so it is not possible to confirm the exact timings of classes until then.

We do our very best to give you the modules you request, but we cannot guarantee them until you have arrived at Exeter. So if a module which you are planning to take is no longer available, or you have clashes on your timetable, don't worry! It is possible to change modules before and during the first two weeks of term. If you need to do this, you can come and speak to the relevant hub team for more information and we will try to help you.