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USF in Exeter
Exeter, United Kingdom; London, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Eligibility: Please see below for requirements.
Budget Sheets: Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
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Language of Instruction:
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Program Type:
USF Sponsored
Eligibility Requirements:
Degree Seeking
Level of Study:
Graduate, Undergraduate
Open to:
Non-USF Applicants, USF Students Only
Credit Offered:
Transfer Credit
Program Advisor:
Jim Pulos
Minimum GPA:
Sponsoring College:
University Wide
Program Primary Subject:
Business, Marketing, and Finance, Fine Arts and Art History, Humanities, History, and Media Studies Area of Study: Business, English, History, Humanities, International Studies, Political Science, Sociology
Program Description:

Program Overview

The University of Exeter is a leading UK university located in the most beautiful part of Great Britain, an area which is popular with tourists for its warm, sunny climate, spectacular natural scenery and sandy beaches. The city of Exeter is an historic and vibrant cathedral city, just over two hours from London by train.

The International Summer School is your chance to experience one of the UK’s top universities, studying one of our accredited pathways. Our bespoke, interdisciplinary courses are taught by Exeter faculty from a range of Colleges, allowing you to immerse yourself in a topic and see the subject from a number of different viewpoints.

Please see the following link for additional information video about the University of Exeter Program:


International Summer School

In 2015 the University of Exeter will again welcome undergraduate and postgraduate students to study on credit rated pathways within our world class departments. The International Summer School is your chance to experience one of the UK’s top universities, studying one of our accredited pathways. Our bespoke, interdisciplinary courses are taught by Exeter faculty from a range of Colleges, allowing you to immerse yourself in a topic and see the subject from a number of different viewpoints. A top ten UK University that is renowned for research-led teaching, the International Summer School at the University of Exeter offers students from around the world the opportunity to be inspired while enjoying one of the most beautiful areas in Great Britain.

The academic pathways on offer are:

Britain and the Making of the Modern World

For much of the 19th and 20th century Britain was the world’s superpower, and its imperial connections not only left deep traces in America, Africa and Asia, but also in Britain itself. Thus to understand modern British history it is necessary to see it in a global perspective: not only were British politics and economics influenced by imperial considerations, but also most of its wars were global conflicts.  Furthermore, British culture – food, fashion and architecture – was, and still is, shaped by its imperial legacy. By combining political, social and military history, this module introduces you to the key developments, ideas, events and people that shaped modern British history.

The module encourages you to explore the interdependency of national and global history in the last two hundred years through different scholarly methods and sources. You will learn how global events, like the slave trade, the First World War or the conflict in the Middle East, are linked with British history. You will also consider how life in Britain, for wealthy and ordinary people in London, Exeter or Bath, was influenced through global connections.

You will work with varied primary sources and visit the archive of the University’s Cinema Museum and the Exeter RAM Museum with their rich collections of imperial artefacts.

Key readings and timetable

John Darwin, The Empire Project: The Rise and Fall of the British World System 1830-1970 (Cambridge, 2009)
Andrew Thompson, Britain’s Experience of Empire in the Twentieth Century (Oxford, 2012)

Global Climate Change: Environment, Technology and Society

Academic Coordinator: Dr Diego Gomez

This module explores the societal and environmental impacts and implications of climate change as well as the policy and technology solutions available. Specific topics related to climate change include:

• Causes and effects
• Social, economic and political impacts
• Environmental impacts and threat to ecosystem services
• Modelling and prediction
• Adaptation and mitigation of catastrophic events
• Management of water resources and rainfall changes
• Renewable energy technologies and policies for a low carbon society
• Climate Tipping Points

We will explore these issues in a multidisciplinary framework with lectures, workshops and practical exercises led by world-class researchers in engineering, physics, mathematics, social, biological, and environmental sciences.

This module aims to give you a broad vision and perspective on global climate change: its mechanisms, impacts upon society and the environment, the technologies that can be employed to mitigate its effects, and adaptation strategies.

Lectures and seminars will be used to introduce topics and provide a foundation for case studies; case studies will provide the foundation for discussion and personal work. Reading lists issued before the start of the module will be used to ensure that all students have a common background. Teamwork and individual study will be used to present work.

Key readings and timetable

Andrew Dessler, Introduction to Modern Climate Change (Cambridge University Press, 2012)
Rajendra Pachauri and Andy Reisinger (Eds.), Climate Change 2007: Synthesis Report
Climate Change: Basic Information website, EPA United States Environment Protection Agency, September 2009

Global Enterprise (USF Equivalent - GEB 4935 (3 credit hours)

Academic Coordinator: Professor David Boughey

This pathway focuses on the growth and management of global enterprises from the emergence of the modern multinational to the present day. We take an interdisciplinary approach to understand and assess the challenges associated with developing strategies and managing the operations of companies whose activities stretch across national boundaries. We explore the interplay between the multinational corporation, the countries in which it does business, and the competitive environment in which it operates. During the pathway we use case study examples for class discussion, draw on leading academic research, and learn with staff from across the EQUIS accredited University of Exeter Business School.

This pathway’s content is explicitly international, encouraging students to reflect on cultural values, question their own assumptions and develop knowledge on other cultures through class discussions and group work.  Employability skills are developed through giving presentations, problem-solving, team-working, and report-writing. You will have the opportunity to enhance understanding of sustainability and business ethics through engagement with the Eden Project.

You will take away an understanding of the dimensions, the management and strategic challenges facing organisations operating on a global scale. You will also gain an understanding of the temporal and spatial nature of international business, and enrich this understanding with an interdisciplinary social science approach. This approach will ensure that global enterprise is framed in a wide political, social, historical and economic context.

Overall the course aims to improve students’ knowledge of the modern multinational, and to foster systematic and informed analysis of how multinational enterprises operate, thrive, stagnate or fail in an integrated global economy.

Key readings

Peter Dicken, Global Shift: Mapping the changing contours of the world economy, (6th ed. Sage, 2011)
UNCTA D World Investment Report 2013 (

Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT): A Solution to a Worldwide Problem

Academic Coordinator: Dr Paul Farrand

IAPT is a mental health programme that has developed and implemented a new approach to delivering psychological therapies to those suffering from mental health disorders.  Traditional methods of treatment have not met the demand for psychological therapies and meant that patients experienced long waiting times to access therapy and also that the number of patients receiving treatment was low. Within the IAPT programme psychological therapies are delivered as part of a ‘stepped care’ model with different intensities of therapy provided at different steps, depending upon the severity of the psychological difficulty and the evidence based interventions available.

This module will enable you to understand these demands, the different ways in which psychological therapies can be delivered as well as critically evaluate service delivery models and their effectiveness.  This will involve assessing whether these models can meet the increasing demands placed upon them, not just in terms of improving access to more people but also by considering the range of differences with which people can present including age, physical health problems or cultural background.

You will gain an understanding of the relevant theoretical literature and how this is applied around the globe from our international collaborators in this field, from mental health professionals (including the University Wellbeing Service), researchers in this area, organisations providing psychological therapies services to different groups, and people who have experienced mental health difficulties from our ‘lived experience’ group.

Working as part of a team you will apply this knowledge through authentic assessment by producing a patient information booklet.  The module therefore does not solely aim to increase your understanding of this area but shows how this will be applied in practice and develops your skills in team working and project management. 

Key text

James Bennett-Levy, David Richards, Paul Farrand, et al, Oxford Guide to Low Intensity CBT Intervention (Oxford University Press, 2010)

International Relations: Security, Conflict, and Peace (USF Equivalent - INR 4083 (3 credit hours)

Academic Coordinator: Dr Klejda Mulaj

The International Relations pathway will provide you with the opportunity to engage with some of the most challenging and pertinent aspects of core theoretical and empirical debates in this discipline. You will explore the evolution of security, both as a concept, policy, and practice.  You will consider how various schools of thought contribute to the understanding and interpretation of security, conflict, and peace.

The module aims to encourage students to explore some of the most topical issues in International Relations and will investigate the causes of recent and ongoing conflicts in the global context. It will address how sustainable peace might be built in regions such as the Balkans and the Middle East.

You will also engage with the latest debates related to:

    security and intricacies of strategy
    ongoing international and local efforts to achieve peace in the aftermath of violence
    challenges of uncontrolled migration
    a lack of development

Teaching will be delivered by leading experts and will adopt an interactive format of lectures and seminars.

Key readings and timetable

Alan Collins, Contemporary Security Studies (3rd ed. Oxford, 2013)
Sean Kay, Globalization, Power, and Security (Security Dialogue, Vol. 35, No. 1, 2004)

Introduction to Accounting (USF Equivalent - ACG 2021 (3 credit hours)

Academic Coordinator: Professor Kevin McMeeking

For a business to properly function, effective methods of communication among owners, managers and investors are essential. Accounting fills the need for a common language of business, and this module provides an introduction to its basic concepts, methods and practices of financial accounting. Knowledge of the underlying fundamental reporting concepts, in addition to its procedures, is an essential element in the education of future managers and other professionals.

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to better understand:

The regulation of financial reporting
The fundamental concepts of accounting, and the various accounting conventions that apply these concepts
The uses to which accounting information may be put
Different types of accounting entity
The generation of the data recorded in accounting systems
The recording of basic transactions within the accounting system
The periodic measurement of profit (income) by businesses
The preparation of annual financial statements (statement of financial position, income statement, statement of cash flows) for simple businesses
The various elements of financial statements: assets, liabilities and capital
Measures of profitability and liquidity, including cash flow statements
Basic issues relating to the accounting statements of groups of companies.

Key text

P. Atrill & E. McLaney, Financial Accounting for Decision Makers (7th ed. Pearson 2013)

Introduction to English Law

Academic Coordinator: Dr Joseph Lee

This course will provide you with a broad and critical understanding of the structure and function of the English legal system and will introduce students to the key foundations of the study of law: 

Obligations including Contract and Tort
Public Law (including Constitutional and Administrative Law)
Property Law
Criminal Law
Equity and the Law of Trusts
Law of the European Union

The course will then develop your knowledge of the law by introducing more specialised areas such as commercial and business law. 

The course also includes instruction in Mooting and by participating in a mooting competition you will learn to do what lawyers do on a daily basis.  By developing and defending legal arguments you will improve your understanding of the law and develop skills in legal research and analysis.

This course is suitable for prospective law students who wish to gain knowledge and experience of academic legal study, law students from outside the common law system as the course who wish to understand the main differences between the common law and civil law systems and also students of finance, business or politics as the course will illustrate how the law relates to these fields.

Key text:
Roy Goode, Commercial Law in the Next Millienium (Sweet and Maxwell, 1998)

King Arthur: Investigating the Myth and the Legend

Academic Coordinator: Dr Daniel Steinbach

The legend of King Arthur sits at the core of European medieval tradition and has inspired literature, fine arts and film for a millennium. Yet the Arthur myth is also a prime example of the interdependency of art, religion, power and politics in the medieval world. By combining history, archaeology and literary studies, this interdisciplinary module introduces you to the historical origins of the myth of King Arthur in the early Middle Ages, its popularization during the 12th century in the court of Henry II of England, and its subsequent importance for European romantic culture.

The module will encourage you to investigate the legend of King Arthur and its metamorphoses over the centuries through different academic and scholarly methods. You will learn about:

    the historical background of medieval England and Europe
    explore the historical works of Geoffrey of Monmouth
    analyze medieval literature (e.g. Le Morte d’Arthur).

You will also consider specific questions relating to the legend of Arthur, e.g. the medieval ideas of kingship and knighthood, the connections between religion, magic and love.

Finally, a visit to Glastonbury as well as Exeter Cathedral and its rich medieval archives will provide you with a unique material access to the topic of King Arthur.

Key readings and timetable

Nick Higham, King Arthur: Myth-making and History (London, 2002)
Christopher Snyder, Exploring the World of King Arthur (London, 2002)

Preventative Medicine: Exercise and the Environment

Academic Coordinator: Professor Craig Williams

Preventive Medicine: Exercise and the Environment offers an insight into preventive health issues related to physical activity and the environment.  Drawing upon sustained research in these topics at Exeter, you will gain a deeper understanding of the science behind the interaction of physical activity and the environment on health across the lifespan.

This pathway is aimed primarily at those undergraduates and graduates with a keen interest in exercise, physical activity, health, medicine and the environment.  If you have a background in biology, kinesiology, sports science, medicine, psychology, professions allied to medicine, you will be well prepared for this pathway.

Topics will include physiological and psychological aspects of health and wellbeing, natural and virtual environments and their impact on health. These topics will encompass the lifespan, from childhood to old age. You will be able to interact with internationally renowned and world-class researchers over a series of lectures, seminars and practical sessions in natural environments and have a chance to practise and promote preventive medicine.

The programme creates a challenge for you academically whilst providing you with the skills to apply theoretical concepts in real-world laboratory and field settings. The aims of the pathway are:

    To reflect the University’s strong and unique reputation for internationallyexcellent multi-method and multidisciplinary research and teachings in the health sciences, medicine and the environment.
    The provision of a sound basis in quantitative approaches to the study of physical activity and the environment.
    To work with the research expertise of staff across various, diverse disciplines (psychology, physiology, exercise medicine, paediatric exercise science, the environment).

Key readings and timetable

Adrianne E. Hardman, David J. Stensel, Physical Activity and Health: The evidence explained (2nd ed. Routledge, 2009)
Claude Bouchard, Steven N. Blair, William Haskell, Physical Activity and Health. Human Kinetics (Champaign, 2007)

Rethinking Shakespeare: Beyond the Bard

Academic Coordinator: Dr Victoria Sparey

This module aims to explore the processes by which Shakespeare’s plays came into existence, how they achieved their unique status in English literature and culture, and how the image of the genius ‘Bard’ problematizes understandings of Shakespeare’s plays as part of Shakespeare’s own world and our own.

The module focuses its attention upon A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest. Through a combination of play-specific classes, performance workshops, classes dedicated to the details of historical context, and film screenings, students will examine:

The contexts of the plays’ production and reception
The implications of Shakespearean and modern performance practices
Some of the ways in which film directors have powerfully adapted Shakespeare’s plays for modern audiences

Guided by experts from Exeter University’s English and Drama Departments, students will encounter the nuances and richness available within the field of Shakespeare Studies, which a static image of the isolated Bard simply does not allow.

The pathway includes going to see a play at the world famous Globe Theatre in London which will help you put performance theory into practice.

Translation: A Global Business (USF Equivalent - GEB 4935 (3 credit hours)

Academic Coordinator: Dr Richard Mansell

In an increasingly globalised world, communication across national borders is becoming easier, quicker, cheaper and ever more necessary for businesses to succeed. This often involves more than one language, and so high-quality professional translation is vital for world trade. It is no surprise, then, that the translation industry, also known as Language Services Provision (LSP), is worth more than US$40bn worldwide and has seen remarkable annual growth, even through the global financial crisis.

The core of translators’ work is linguistic, cultural and textual – they need to take a text, written for one audience in a particular culture, and rewrite it for a new audience in a different culture – and in this course you will learn about:

different types of translation
different subjects and strategies
regulation and international standards

The course will then apply these key approaches to analyse the translation industry from global, European and national perspectives to determine what it takes for translators and translation businesses to succeed by investigating:

how translation functions in global business
the main markets for translation
the professional bodies for translators and translation businesses
computer-assisted translation

You will be taught by both by academic staff and professionals from the LSP industry through a mix of lectures, seminars and workshops.  You will apply this knowledge through a practical assessment by creating your own translation business plan and group work solving industry problems.

Victorian Evolutions and Revolutions: Literature and Visual Culture

Academic Coordinator: Dr Corinna Wagner

This module explores a wide range of visual and literary texts, from gothic novels to Pre-Raphaelite paintings, which provide a sense of the extraordinary historical richness of the Victorian era.

In this module, we will study a series of major Victorian texts in detail, including novels by Charlotte Brontë and Charles Dickens; poetry by Tennyson and Browning; short stories by Robert Louis Stevenson, H G Wells and Mary Braddon; as well as art and architecture. We will also read contextual materials, which will place the literature and art in their historical, social, political and cultural contexts. The module is organized around the following significant themes, which galvanized the Victorians, as much as they concern us today: 

The uses of the past
The condition of England
The woman question
Commerce and the market
Nationalism, imperialism, and global travel
Urban life and the environment
Science, medicine and the arts
The body

The sessions will be made up of lectures and seminar discussions, in which students are expected to participate. We will examine literary, visual and non-literary texts with issues of wider social, cultural, and historical context. In seminars we will read texts—whether literary, visual, historical, philosophical, or other—critically and in detail. We will also visit the Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM) to explore Victorian objects, architecture and art, and to the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum to look at various forms of Victorian visual entertainment.

Key texts:

Gothic Evolutions, ed. Corinna Wagner (Broadview, 2014)
Charlotte Brontë, Villette (Oxford)
Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend (Oxford)
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oxford)

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Exeter is the regional capital of South-West England. It is a place steeped in history, with its famous cathedral dating back to Norman times and historic quay (above). There are lots of things to see and do – Exeter has a number of museums, theatres and galleries and a wide range of restaurants, pubs, bars, cafes and night clubs – all within walking distance of the main campus.

"The city of Exeter, with a population of about 122,000 is a student-friendly city which combines modern life with a sense of the past. Cafes, restaurants, pubs and modern shops mix easily with historic buildings, including the Cathedral, which was consecrated in 1133 and rebuilt in the late medieval period, the Guildhall is the oldest civic working building in the country, Mol's coffee house and the Ship Inn, both favourite haunts of Sir Francis Drake and Sir Walter Raleigh. Exeter is consistently ranked one of the best places to live in the UK."

Exeter's Streatham Campus itself is recognised as one of the most beautiful in the UK. Based around a botanic garden, it has fantastic views to the surrounding countryside and is ideal for whiling away a few summer hours. It also has cafés, a bar and excellent sporting facilities.

The surrounding countryside is easily accessible, with plenty to offer. The beaches of Exmouth are only 15 minutes away by train, the wild landscape of Dartmoor is less than an hour away, or for those looking for the big city atmosphere, Bristol is only an hour away. If you are an adventure sport enthusiast there is a wealth of options for you to try on your free days, whether this be mountain biking, kayaking or hiking. We are happy to provide you with the information you need to make the most of your time here.


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Host Institution

The University of Exeter is a leading UK university located in the most beautiful part of Great Britain, an area which is popular with tourists for its warm, sunny climate, spectacular natural scenery and sandy beaches. The city of Exeter is an historic and vibrant cathedral city, just over two hours from London by train.

"The University of Exeter had just 19 students in its first intake in 1840, it is now one of the UK's most popular and successful universities with 17,000 students, of which just over 12,000 are undergraduates. Exeter is ranked in the Top 200 in the world in the 2010-11 Times Higher Education World University Rankings and has one of the highest National Student Survey rankings in the country, being in the top 10 since the survey began. Exeter has a lively, friendly and welcoming campus environment where there's always lots going on. Studying at Exeter is about more than getting an education, there is a wealth of opportunities open to students to develop personally as well as professionally."

Learn more by watching this video:

Information courtesy of the University of Exeter

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Academic Program and Course Information

In 2015 the University of Exeter will again welcome undergraduate and postgraduate students to study on credit rated pathways within our world class departments. A top ten UK University that is renowned for research-led teaching, the International Summer School at the University of Exeter offers students from around the world the opportunity to be inspired while enjoying one of the most beautiful areas in Great Britain.

Academic tuition takes place between 9.00 a.m. and 3.00 p.m. and will consist of two sessions of two hours. Afternoon activities and day trips will tie into the academic programme.

Whether you are looking for a specific course to complement your current study by earning credits or whether you are studying purely out of interest, we are here to advise and ensure that you find what you are looking for and that you get the most out of your time here.

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All modules taught by Exeter faculty.

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Program Costs

The cost for the Exeter International Summer School 2015 is £2,445, payable directly to the University of Exeter, plus a $425.00 Administrative and Insurance Cost payable to The University of South Florida.

There is an early application deadline of 13 February 2015 - students that apply by this date will automatically receive a fee discount of £250.  The main deadline is 1 May 2015.  Late applications will be permitted if there are places available.  A deposit of £250 is required to secure your place on the programme and is payable within two weeks of an offer being made.

Late applications will be permitted if there are places available.  A deposit of £250 is required to secure your place on the programme and is payable within two weeks of an offer being made.

Our programme fee is inclusive of: 

  • Tuition
  • Accommodation, plus meals
  • A three day orientation in London including a walking tour and watching a play at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre 
  • Social events in Exeter including a welcome barbecue and gala dinner
  • Daytrips to Bath and St Ives
This cost does not include travel to or from the UK, passport or visa costs, insurance, personal expenses such as laundry or telephone calls.


The University of Exter will be offering 12 scholarships worth £500 each to USF students.  Please note that if a participant is awarded a £500 scholarship from The University of Exeter, this scholarship will be matched by the University of South Florida.

Students applying before 15th February will receive a £250 discount, whether they were awarded a scholarship or not.  If awarded a scholarship this discount is subtracted from the scholarship total.

International Summer School - visits and social programme

What will happen on the London trip?
Your stay in the UK will begin with a three day visit to the capital city of London where you will be met by fellow students and University of Exeter staff.  Staying near Covent Garden, you will be ideally situated to explore the shops and cafes of this tourist heart of the city. Organised excursions include a guided walk of key historical sights including the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace, a visit to the Tower of London, a boat trip down the Thames and a trip to the Shakespearean Globe Theatre.

Since Roman times, Bath has been a tourist attraction with people visiting to bathe in the restorative spring waters. Visit the ancient baths and then take to the waters yourself in the spa. Afterwards you can walk the bustling streets of this lively old town with its boutique shops, cafes and pubs.

St Ives
This Cornish fishing village is a popular spot for tourists. Its labyrinth of alleys houses numerous small shops and art galleries to have a look round and for art enthusiasts there is the Tate Gallery which showcases big names in contemporary art. The town is fringed by golden beaches, ideal for a stroll, a swim or maybe a quick surf! Fish & chips could be the order of the day in this archetypical English fishing village.

What other social events will there be?
The International Summer School is about more than work and whilst here you can enjoy a full social programme, giving you the chance to get to know your fellow students and make some firm friends. Activities include a welcome barbecue on the evening you arrive in Exeter, a quiz night at one of Exeter's historic pubs, cream tea at the Cathedral and a graduation party. There will also be plenty of free time for you to enjoy the local area including the seaside town of Exmouth and the Jurassic Coast. We will be on hand throughout your time here to give advice on things to do.  For a peek at what the area has to offer please see the University's Living in Exeter section.

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Living Arrangements

Holland Hall

Accommodation for the International Summer School is at Holland Hall, one of the Universities newest halls of residence, on the beautiful Streatham Campus. Students will have their own en-suite room with breakfast provided. Each room has a telephone, mini fridge, safe, tea and coffee making facilities, bedding, towels and complementary toiletry pack. There is a porter on site from 7am till 11pm.

The hall is set back in the hills and has stunning views across the Exe Valley. Streatham Campus itself is a registered botanic garden. During the summer there will be building work on campus, however we will endeavour to ensure that this will have a minimal impact on your stay.

All accommodation costs are covered in the fee.

holland hall

Campus facilities

Streatham Campus is a 15 minute walk from the facilities offered in Exeter town centre, but the campus itself has a wide range of facilities available to Summer School students. These include:

We will give you a tour of the campus on your arrival in Exeter to ensure you get your bearings and know exactly what is available and where. For a pre-International Summer School virtual tour why not visit our Visit Us pages.

International Office staff will be on hand from Monday - Friday throughout the course to answer any questions you may have and to offer support.



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Who Can Participate?

Please note that all participants must apply through both the USF Education Abroad Office (USF in Exeter 2015 Program), as well as through the University of Exeter website.

The University of Exeter application website is listed below:

All Students are eligible to apply. Non-USF students are also welcome to apply.

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Getting There

You will be responsible for reserving and purchasing your international transportation to Exeter. Please do not purchase your air ticket until you have been advised to do so by the program coordinator. They will advise participants of a group-designated flight schedule. All who wish to travel with others in the program will receive this information well in advance so they can book these flights.You must provide the program coordinator with your final flight itinerary.

Traveling to Exeter

Getting to the summer school couldn't be easier!

We will provide coach transport to and from central London at the start and end of the summer school. We will also provide coach pick up from Heathrow airport to the hotel in London (further information to follow). London has several international airports and you can fly direct from a wide range of countries.

At the end of the course, students can either make their own arrangements for onward travel, or take a coach to London Victoria station provided by the University (departing Exeter on Saturday 6th August).

For comprehensive information on travelling to and from Exeter please view the visiting us pages.

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Medical Insurance and Travel Documentation

USF provides program participants with sickness/accident and emergency medical evacuation insurance for the dates of the program. Those who will travel independently, either in advance of the program or after the program ends, must ensure that they have insurance coverage that is valid outside the U.S. If not provided through your domestic health insurance carrier, this can be purchased separately through CISI or through another agency. The USF Card Center sells the International Student ID Card (ISIC), which has a health insurance benefit in addition to providing student discounts overseas. For information, call the Card Center at (813) 974-2357 or visit the office located in the Marshall Center on the USF Tampa campus.

U.S. citizens must have a valid U.S. passport with at least one year of validity remaining on the passport. Non-U.S. citizens should check with the Italian consulate in Miami and with their own country's consulate regarding visa requirements.

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Financial Aid and Scholarship Funding

Students who are eligible for loans and grants to take classes at USF may be able to use their assistance to study abroad. USF students should contact the University of South Florida Office of Financial Aid (813) 974-4700 or visit for further information. Students attending other universities should apply to their home institutions for financial aid. Please inform the Education Abroad Office early if you expect to receive financial aid. Note that students are responsible for meeting program payment deadlines regardless of financial aid disbursement time-frame.

The Education Abroad Office offers Compass Study Abroad Scholarships for study abroad. These are partial scholarships awarded on a competitive basis. Please visit: for application information and deadlines.

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Safety & Health

Participant's safety and well-being are paramount to USF. Please click here for detailed country-specific safety and health information given in our Country Study Report. Make sure to read up on country-specific information on the U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention websites. Because of the added stresses associated with operating in a foreign culture and language, even the safest foreign locations are likely to carry more risk to your safety and health. For this reason it is vital that you learn as much about the places you will be traveling to as possible; the more you are familiar with the host country's geography, culture and language, the safer you will be. All participants will be required to attend a general study abroad orientation as well as program-specific orientations. In addition to these sessions, you should consult the USF Safety website as well as the websites listed below that provide useful information regarding your host country, and preparation for your international travel.

Personal Safety

As indicated in the US State department website, the UK "benefit[s] from generally low crime rates. Overall crime rates have decreased over the past decade." While difficult to compare, crime rates, particularly homicides, in the UK are well below those of the US.

However, as with any large metropolitan area, students should be particularly alert of their surroundings in London. As with New York and other major international cities, the threat of terrorist attack is present and students should regularly monitor local news as well as the US State Department website for updates. We encourage you to consult the following websites as soon as possible.

USF Education Abroad Safety website: Safety While Abroad

US Department of State:

Country Specific Information:

Preparing for your trip:

To gain a different perspective on safety, you may want to visit other countries Foreign Travel websites. As a point of comparison, we encourage you to see what these sites say about safety in U.S. cities:

Australian Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada:

Travel Alerts

As of October third, 2010 the State Department has issued travel alerts for all visitors to Europe. Current information suggests that al-Qa'ida and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks. European governments have taken action to guard against a terrorist attack and some have spoken publicly about the heightened threat conditions. For more information on this, please visit the State Department website at


In London, you should use only licensed Black Cabs or car services recommended by hotels or tour operators. Unlicensed taxis or private cars posing as taxis may offer low fares, but are often uninsured and may have unlicensed drivers. In some instances, travelers have been robbed and/or raped while using these cars. ATM fraud in the United Kingdom is becoming more sophisticated, incorporating technologies that surreptitiously record customer ATM card and PIN information. Avoid using ATMs that look in any way temporary in structure or location, or are located in isolated areas. Be aware that in busy public areas, thieves use distraction techniques, such as waiting until the PIN has been entered and then pointing to money on the ground or attempting to hand out a free newspaper. When the ATM user is distracted, a colleague will quickly withdraw cash and leave. Don't buy counterfeit and pirated goods, even if they are widely available. Not only are the bootlegs illegal in the United States, you may be breaking local law too.

Health and Fitness Requirements

The majority of USF's study abroad programs involve a great deal of walking, and in some cases hiking and trekking. The USF's Exeter exchange program is a largely resident-based program. Nevertheless, students will be required to climb stairs, and walk a great deal, even if taking public transportation. If you have any concerns regarding your health (mental or physical), please consult your doctor, and the staff of Education Abroad prior to the program!

Information on vaccinations and other health precautions, such as safe food and water precautions and insect bite protection, may be obtained from the Centers for Disease Control and Preventions hotline for international travelers at 1-877-FYI-TRIP (1-877-394-8747) or via the CDC's Internet site at For information about outbreaks of infectious diseases abroad, consult the World Health Organization (WHO) web site at Further health information for travelers is available at

Travel & Health Links:
• Travel Health Information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
• Travel Health Information from the Food and Drug Administration
• Travel Health Information from the World Health Organization

Hillsborough County Health Department Travel Clinic Website:

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Special Terms

As part of their program application, all participants will be required to carefully review and sign the Education Abroad Participant Contract that describes students' responsibilities with regard to study abroad, including insurance and cancellation and refund policies. Students will be required to sign this document. You may access the document at:

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Contacts for More Information

Mr. James Pulos, Associate Director
Education Abroad
USF World
4202 East Fowler Avenue, CGS 101
Tampa, Florida 33620-5550
Phone: (813) 974-4043
Fax: (813) 974-4613

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This program is currently not accepting applications.