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University of Exeter Summer Institute


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The Fulbright Commission-University of Exeter Summer Institute is a four-week academic and cultural programme for US students held at the University of Exeter in the UK.


The theme of the institute is Issues in Climate Change.

Participants in this summer school will:

• Learn about environmental change and its consequences with faculty from the University of Exeter's Geography department, which is one of the most successful in the UK and ranked in the top 25 in the world.   

• Choose an academic programme at the University of Exeter's International Summer School and receive credit which can be transfered to their home institution.

•Discover the historic city of Exeter, rated one of the best places to live in the UK, and explore the south-west of England on visits to Bath and St. Ives.

• Make friends from around the world and experience life as a real student in the UK.

• Visit London for orientation with the International Summer School, getting to know the rest of the International Summer School students and visiting the major sights.

Become an ambassador for studying in the United Kingdom and the University of Exeter, which is ranked in the top 100 univerisities in the world according to  Times Higher Education World University Rankings. 

University of Exeter city centreThe Institute will run from 25 June- 23 July 2016.

The four-week Institute includes a ‘Fulbright Week’ where students will learn about key aspects of climate change through both field work and classroom learning. Fulbright Summer Institute students will then join the University of Exeter’s International Summer School taking one of the 12 accredited courses on offer.

In 2015 Exeter’s International Summer School was attended by 209 students from 26 different countries.  These included the USA, India, China, Brazil, Spain, Switzerland and Germany. In addition, there will be a number of Exeter's own undergraduates attending the Summer School.  Students commented on how much they enjoyed getting to know people from such a wide range of countries and how much they learned from each other.  The 2016 International Summer School will welcome approximately 200 students, including four Fulbright students.

For more information on the Institute see the Programme Outline under the Additional Information tab.


2015 Exeter Fulbrighters

The majority of the participant costs will be covered. This includes: 

•    Round-trip airfare from the US to the UK

•    Tuition and other programme fees at the University of Exeter

•    Accommodation plus a breakfast and evening meal in Exeter Halls.

•    Social Programme, including three days in London and visits  to Bath, St. Ives and Shakespeare’s Globe




Participants are expected to pay for their own health and accident insurance.

Accommodation is situated on campus a short walk from the lecture rooms and campus facilities and is also close to Exeter city centre.  

Selection Criteria

To meet the minimum eligibility for this Institute you need to: Exeter campus

• be a US citizen (resident anywhere except the UK) and possess a US passport;
• be at least 18 years old by the start of the programme; 
• be able to participate in the programme in its entirety;
• have a high level of academic achievement with a minimum GPA of 3.7 (confirmed by academic marks, awards and references);
• have at least two years of undergraduate study left to complete, i.e. applicants should currently be a Freshman or Sophomore in college/university;
• be mature, responsible, independent, and open-minded;
• be willing and able to fully participate in an academically intensive programme that includes attending all sessions, completing all assignments, contributing to classroom discussions and supporting student ambassador style work as required;
• have had little or no study or travel experience in the UK or elsewhere outside of the US and expect to return to the US and continue your education.
• be adaptable to new situations and willing to live with students from a variety of countries and cultures.

Note: The programme is open to students in all courses of study
Those holding permanent residency ‘green cards’ may not apply.  Please read the Terms and Conditions for this award before making an application.

In making these awards the Commission is looking not only for academic excellence but a focused application, a range of extracurricular and community activities, an indication of ambassadorial skills, a desire to further the Fulbright Programme and a plan to give back to your home country upon returning.

Candidates will be considered without respect to race, colour, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sexual preference or gender (including gender reassignment). 


Deadline: Applications are due 23 February 2016 by 5pm (UK Time).

Before you begin the application process, please read the FAQs document and application instructions.  If you have questions or any general enquiries about the programme, you may send them to:  Be sure to follow us on twitter and receive application tips throughout the period.

To Apply: 

1. Complete our online application form (including Equal Opportunities survey). We recommend you use a copy word version of the application form to draft your responses before submitting the online application form.

2. Request two reference letters: Request letters from two (2) references and supply them with the following online reference letter form.  Reference letters should come directly from the referee via the online  form.   References must be received at the Commission by 5pm (UK time) on the day of the deadline or the application will not be considered even if other pieces have been received on time. Students should not submit letters on their referees' behalf; we will be checking references. 

3. Send a copy of your transcripts: Transcripts should be sent to the Commission by email to in the form of a PDF.  Please do not send links to transcript access sites, as we have not always been able to access transcripts from these sites and your application may be considered incomplete. We recommend you request a transcript be sent to you, and you send a copy to the address above. We will accept these transcripts.  Please note that we request official transcripts, however, if for financial or similar reasons it is difficult to obtain an official transcript, we will accept an unofficial transcript in its place.  

The 'Summer Institutes' email address is for transcript attachments only. Applications not submitted by the online system will not be accepted. Transcripts or reference letters sent in by post, fax or to any email address other than will not be accepted. 


Applications will be short-listed and successful applicants will be invited to telephone interview sometime between the dates of 5 -15 April (subject to change). Interviews will only be held selected days and may not be rescheduled.

If you are making an application, please save these dates as an invitation to interview may come within a few days of the interview date. The selection committee will be comprised of Fulbright Commission staff and on occasion representatives from partner universities, US Embassy representatives, or Fulbright alumni.

Important note: The US-UK Fulbright Commission is unable to give feedback on individual applications or to provide reasons for their refusal.

Individuals from a broad range of ethnic, religious, geographic, and socio-economic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.


25 November: Competition opens
February:  Application deadline
Late March:  Short-listed candidates invited to Interview
5-15 April:  Telephone Interviews 
Late April:  Notification for successful applicants
May: Preparation and Pre-Departure Information
24 June:  Departure for UK
25 June:  Arrival in the UK
23 July:  Return to USA

Additional Information

Programme Outline (please note that this is subject to change)

Academic Programme

The first week will consist of a Fulbright Week where students will explore issues of climate change in the stunning south west of England.

The following three weeks students will join a larger cohort on the University of Exeter's Interntational Summer School.  They will choose to study one of 12 courses:

  • Britain and the Making of the Modern World
  • Global Climate Change: Environment, Technology and Society
  • Global Enterprise
  • International Relations: Security, Conflict and Peace
  • Introduction to Accounting
  • Introduction to English Law 
  • Improving Access to Psychological Therapy
  • Preventative Medicine: Excercise and the Environment
  • Rethinking Shakespeare: Beyond the Bard
  • King Arthur: Investigating the Myth and the Legend
  • Translation: A Global Business
  • Victorian Revolutions and Evolutions: Literature and Visual Culture

Some course titles subject to change.


Exeter viewCourses are based around a combination of lectures, seminars, and workshops. Exeter's teaching methodology encourages participation in classes and there is plenty of opportunity for students to engage with members of faculty and each other. 

View a sample timetable for the Institute

Cultural Activities

Students will explore the South-West of England including Dartmoor National Park during the 'Fulbright Week' and spend three days in London for an orientation programme, where they will integrate with the other students attending the International Summer School.  This is a chance for students to get to know each other as well as see the major sites including Westminster, the Tower of London and Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.  University of Exeter staff will lead the London orientation.  

There are a number of social events organised throughout the programme, including a welcome barbeque and a pub quiz.   At the end of the programme, a leaving party enables the students to celebrate their time in the UK.  

There are also daytrips to iconic British attractions, St Ives and Bath.  Students will take home with them a sense of the wider world and this increased cultural awareness will benefit their local communities and their future careers.


The University of Exeter will provide pastoral support to the students.  University of Exeter staff will attend social events and day trips.  Staff will be on-site at the University campus throughout and will be contactable either at the office or on the telephone 24 hours a day to deal with any pastoral issues.