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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:

• Experience a bespoke, accredited academic programme at one of the best ranked Universities in the UK. 

• Become an ambassador for studying in the United Kingdom, and for the prestigious internationally renowned University of Exeter.

• Develop their knowledge in the academic programme of their choice on the University's prestigious International Summer School and receive transfer credit to their home institution.

•Discover the historic city of Exeter, which is consistently ranked as one of the best places to live in the UK, and explore the culture, heritage and history of the UK on visits to Bath and St. Ives.

• Make friends 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.

University of Exeter campusThe Institute will run from 27 June- 25 July 2015.

The four-week Institute includes a ‘Fulbright Week’ where students will explore the themes of issues of climate change through experiential and classroom learning with Exeter's leading academics.  It will be followed by three weeks where Fulbright Summer Institutes students will integrate with the others on the University of Exeter’s International Summer School by joining one of the 12 accredited pathways.

In 2014 Exeter’s International Summer School was attended by 131 from 20 different countries.  These included the USA, India, China, Brazil, Spain, Switzerland and Germany.  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 2015 International Summer School will welcome approximately 175 students, including four Fulbright students.

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


2014 Exeter Fulbrigthers selfie

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

•    A per diem of £20 per day for lunch and other items. 



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 3.5 (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). 


Applications are due 26 February  by 5pm (UK Time).

To Apply: To apply fill in our online application form. Download a copy word version of the application form if you would like to draft your responses first (strongly recommended) before submitting the online application form.

If you have a query about applying please read the FAQs document and application instructions before contacting the Commission. Follow us on twitter to receive application tips throughout the application period.

References  and transcripts should be sent to the Commission by email  to Reference letters should come directly from the referee. Students should not submit references on their referees' behalf. 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 the application itself has been received on time.

Please note that the 'Summer Institutes' email address is for supplemental application materials only. Any general enquiries about the programme should be sent to

Applications not submitted via the online system will not be accepted.  Transcripts and references sent in by post, fax or to any email address other than will not be accepted. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Commission staff will not confirm receipt of individual applications or references by email or phone.

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


Applications will be short-listed and successful applicants will be invited to telephone interview sometime between the dates of 1- 15 April, 2015 (subject to change). Interviews will only be held these 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, Fulbright alumni, and/or US Embassy representatives.

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


Late November: Competition opens
26 February: Application deadline
Late March: Short-listed candidates invited to Interview
1-15 April: Telephone Interviews (subject to change)
Late April: Notification for successful applicants
May: Preparation and Pre-Departure Information
26 June:  Departure for UK
27 June:  Arrival in the UK
25 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 from 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.


Students work hard and relax at the University of ExeterPathways are based around a combination of lectures, seminars, visits and workshops.  Exeter's teaching methodology encourages active learning and maximum class sizes means that there is plenty of opportunity for students to engage with each other and members of faculty. 

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 others on the International Summer School.  This is a chance for students to get to know each other as well as see London, with visits to 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 gala dinner enables the students to celebrate and reflect on their time in the United Kingdom.  

There are also daytrips to iconic British attractions such as 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. 

In addition, University of Exeter student ambassadors (or ‘buddies’) will provide further support students staying in the same accommodation and give you a flavour of student life in the UK.