Bénédicte Chamaillard, a graduate management student from Grenoble EM, talks about her experience at University of Exeter.

The first thing you might realize when looking at the campus area is that it is HUGE! When you’ll be there you’ll realize something else: it is quite GREEN. I think it is probably one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK. 

Text and photos by Bénédicte Chamaillard


The first thing you might realize when looking at the campus area is that it is HUGE! When you’ll be there you’ll realize something else: it is quite GREEN. I think it is probably one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK. Yes, there are buildings everywhere, but there are mini fountains, paths hidden under the trees, a pretty clock. Don’t be worried about the campus itself. You might be a little bit lost in the beginning, but you’ll quickly find your way. Search for people the pink T-shirts  – at least it was that colour last year- they’ll help you out with directions and any other question. There are some old buildings and some new ones. The business school building is almost brand new.


As Exeter is an international school, you’ll find “quite a few” Brits but also a lot of foreign students, especially in the business school. For my sustainable tourism module there were French people, Brits, a girl from Brunei, a Portuguese, a New-Zealander, some Chinese students, a Slovak (I think) … Although we were a really small class. We are all quite mixed up, especially thanks to modules and societies!

For your modules, the lectures shouldn’t clash (in theory) although the most important thing is the tutorial. Tutorials are compulsory (and extremely helpful). You have about 8 to 10 hours of class per week, depending on which weeks your tutorials happen. Be aware of how you‘ll be graded though for each module. Some are 100% essay based, others are split between homework/essays/reports and exams and others are 100% exam.

Student Life

There is NO student life before October. After that, basically, you can party every day. Students have a sort of schedule: Monday in one club, Tuesday in another … Pre-lashes depend on the societies you join and on your friends. There are a lot of bars, pubs and all. The main night clubs are: Timepiece, Mosaic and Arena. That’s basically where everyone goes (with the Lemy on campus). There can be a huge queue if you don’t come early enough.


Brits are ADORABLE! That is the first thing that comes to my mind. Seriously, awesome! They love teasing the French so don’t take it bad if they say that we show our white flag if an issue arises. Moreover, they might even tell you that one of the definitions associated to the word “Frenchy” in the urban dictionary is: “person who avoids conflicts of any kind at all costs”. Like we often say it, it’s a love/hate relationship. We pretend to hate each other through jokes and all but in the end, we love each other 🙂  Ok, I’m getting kind of cheesy here but, really, most of them are adorable. You have to find the ones with who you get along best and trust me, it’ll be funny and you’ll remember your exchange semester for the rest of your life!


Exeter is kind of like a teeny tiny city. First thing that will strike you is the weather. It is SUPER windy! Yes, sometimes, you can stay in T-shirt … but only for a little while, don’t plan on tanning over there, it is way too cold and cloudy! There is sun (unlike legends say it) but it doesn’t last for long.

Words most commonly used:

massive, bloody hell, reckon, blimey, shall/shan’t, lovely, awkward, oh my days, oh god, ……. and many more to discover!

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See also:

January 15: Westminster and Greenwich

Samantha’s London Travels: “After walking around Kensington the first couple of days, I was happy to discover some of the landmarks of London, including the famous Westminster Abbey and the London Eye, and was quite pleased BU had sent us on this excursion.”

Higher education facts and figures 2012

Universities UK Blog: “Every year, Universities UK produces an annual collection of facts and figures on UK higher education institutions. This publication always proves very popular, as it presents a vast range of information in bite size chunks, providing readers with an overview of higher education in the UK, covering the student population, staff population and finances.”

Are home students being rejected in place of wealthy international students?

Universities UK Blog: “It is true that higher education is becoming increasingly global; there are growing numbers of overseas students who choose to study in the UK. This is hardly surprising given the UK’s leading reputation for higher education and the global rise in the numbers of tertiary students wanting to study outside of their home nation.”

Lost Luggage

The Vintage Postcard: “The only memories I have of England are a) airline losing my luggage, b) walking to my hotel on a cobblestone street, and c) riding the tube, (which I actually enjoyed greatly).  But of course, this won’t do. England makes it to the top of places I must revisit. And I must visit it right.”

Cause for concern? The Bologna Process and the UK’s international student market

GlobalHigherEd: “A report by the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) questioning the implications of the Bologna Process on the UK’s international student market set of alarm bells in the UK media last week. For example, the Guardian (May 22) declared, “UK universities at risk of losing foreign students as a result of the Bologna process.”

UK student Leanne Dickinson on living and studying in France

Textbooks and Passports: “In France, says Leanne, “there is a lot of contact time and note-taking.” The university system “seems to tie you a lot more”. This contrasts with the British system.”

German Intrusions of the English Language!

Worlds Fusion: “‘Shlep’ is one word from the German language that has been adopted into mainstream English. Although this is a more popular term in America than it is in Britain, many in the country still use it to express the arduous task of lugging things around.”

British student Hugo Scheckter talks about studying in the US

Textbooks and Passports: “The 21-year-old from Laverstoke, Hampshire, explains why he decided to pursue his studies in the States: “I was looking for a new experience after having grown a bit bored of the UK education system. I’d always loved visiting America so I thought it was a natural choice.”

A comparison of higher education spending around the world

Textbooks and Passports: “The UK spends far less on higher education as a percentage of GDP than most OECD countries.”


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