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University of Exeter Summer Institute
The Fulbright Commission-University of Exeter Summer Institute is a four-week cultural and academic programme for US students held in London and at the University of Exeter in the UK.
The theme of the institute is Leadership, Sustainability and the South West.
Participants in this summer school will:
• Experience a rigorous academic programme at a top ten ranked UK University, in a city set in the beautiful South West of England
• 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, be taught by world leaders in their field and receive credit they can transfer to their US University.
• Explore the culture, heritage and history of the UK on visits to Bath, St. Ives, Stonehendge and the Eden Project.
• Make friends and experience life as a real student in the UK.
• Stay in London for three nights and visit the Houses of Parliament, the Tower of London and Buckingham Palace.
The Institute will run from 28 June- 26 July 2014
The four-week Institute includes a ‘Fulbright Week’ where students will explore the themes of leadership, sustainability and the environment 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. Fulbright Summer Institute students will join one of eight accredited pathways.
In 2013 Exeter’s International Summer School was attended by 129 from 29 different countries. These included the USA, India, China, Brazil, and Denmark. The resulting diversity gave students and faculty an array of perspectives on opportunities and challenges which face humanity in the 21st Century. Many of the 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 2014 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.
The majority of the participant costs will be covered. This includes:
• round-trip airfare from the US to the UK
• tuition and fees at the University of Exeter
• Accommodation plus a breakfast and evening meal in Holland Hall
• Social Programme, including three days in London and visits to Stonehenge, Bath, 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 near the lecture rooms, campus shops and cafés. It is also close enough to Exeter city centre to give students ready access to facilities and attractions.
To meet the minimum eligibility for this Institute you need to:
• 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). Individuals from a broad range of ethnic, religious, geographic, and socio-economic backgrounds are encouraged to apply.
Applications are due February 27, 2014 by 5pm (UK Time).
To apply please download an application form
If you have a query about applying please read the FAQs and application instructions before contacting the Commission. Follow us on twitter to receive application tips throughout the application period.
Please note: Applications must arrive at the Commission by email to
SummerInstitutes@fulbright.org.uk by 5pm (UK time) on the day of the deadline.
References should be sent to the Commission by email to:
SummerInstitutes@fulbright.org.uk and 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 this email address is for applications and references only. Any general enquiries about the programme should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications and references sent in by post, fax or to any email address other than SummerInstitutes@fulbright.org.uk 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.
Applications will be short-listed and successful applicants will be invited to telephone interview sometime between the dates of March 31 and April 11, 2014. 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 a relevant field, academics, US Embassy and/or Consulate representatives.
Important note: The US-UK Fulbright Commission is unable to give feedback on individual applications or to provide reasons for their refusal.
TimelineLate November: Competition opens
27 February: Application deadline
Late March: Short-listed candidates invited to Interview
31 March-11 April: Telephone Interviews
Late April: Notification for successful applicants
May: Preparation and Pre-Departure Information
27 June: Departure for UK
28 June: Arrival in the UK
26 July: Return to USA
Programme Outline (please note that this is subject to change)
The first week will consist of a Fulbright Week where students will explore issues of sustainability, the environment and leadership 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 eight credit-rated pathways:
- Britain and the Making of the Modern World
- Global Climate Change: Environment, Technology and Society
- Global Enterprise
- International Relations: Security, Conflict and Peace
- English Law and the Era of Globalisation
- Preventative Medicine: Exercise and the Environment
- Shakespeare and His World
- King Arthur: Investigating the Myth and the Legend
Pathways are based around a combination of lectures, seminars, visits and workshops. Group sizes (between 15 and 25) mean that there is plenty of opportunity for students to engage with each other and with members of faculty. Lectures and seminars are delivered by some of the University of Exeter's most acclaimed faculty.
View a sample timetable for the Institute
The second week of the Fulbright Summer Institute will be split between London and Exeter. Students will stay in London for three nights on 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 and see the capital, with visits to the major sites including Westminster, the Tower of London and the Globe Theatre. University of Exeter staff and student ambassadors will lead the London programme. Students will arrive in Exeter on the Tuesday of week two to commence the academic programme.
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.
During their stay there are trips to iconic British attractions such as Stonehenge and the Eden Project and historic towns and cities 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 events and day trips throughout the students’ stay. 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, so as to deal with any queries or problems whether pastoral or academic.
University of Exeter student mentors (or ‘buddies’) will support students during their time in the UK, leading groups during orientation, staying in the same accommodation and attending social events.
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