Find out from our students past and present, what is like studying Geography at the University of Exeter.
Why did I choose Exeter? Like you are doing now, I looked at the prospectus. My programme was one of the best in the country and at the forefront of research, the University’s ranking was also high and I got a feel that the University was very student orientated, and welcoming. Everyone I knew who had been had loved it. So I went along to the Open Day and my decision was made. I haven’t looked back since. Exeter really has so much to offer. Aside from being a campus university, close to the city centre, it has beautiful countryside on its doorstep. Everything you need is also on campus – an excellent library, fantastic sports facilities, cafes, study rooms, SU bar and campus cinema; you name it and it’s there. Andy Morton, BA Geography, Streatham Campus
I decided to study at the University of Exeter, Cornwall Campus because it has the best combination of location, people and education that anywhere could offer. Geography here is known for the high calibre of actively researching and enthusiastic lecturers, and the Cornwall Campus has the added bonus of small teaching classes. The lower student-to-lecturer ratio gives you the chance to be fully enthused and have the best understanding of the subject. The second year field trip is a way to get to know the lecturers better, to put techniques and teaching material into practice, as well as a chance to do travelling of your own. Catrin Jones, BSc Geography, Cornwall Campus
The University of Exeter is highly ranked in the UK and the Geography programme is one of the most renowned and developed undergraduate courses here. The quality of teaching is great and the lecturers are friendly and really helpful. Exeter does not only give me the opportunity of a well designed course and high quality education but also valuable life experiences. Jessica Tsang, BA Geography, Streatham Campus
There are many valuable aspects of the programme, from the highly experienced lecturers who are at the cutting edge of research in their field to the level of flexibility in the first year which has enabled me to develop interested in particular areas. My programme also involves a wide range of fieldwork and the location of the Cornwall Campus allows easy access to many outstanding sites. One of the most enjoyable aspects is the social and laid back nature of the campus. I really enjoyed meeting a wide range of people from a diverse set of backgrounds and the small class sizes on my programme allow you to make some close friends. Daniel Venton, BA Geography, Cornwall Campus
There was never any doubt about my subject choice however I had to be sure of which university. At the Exeter Open Day, all became clear. The green campus made an instant impression on me. It’s ideal as everything is within walking distance. The Sports Park, the lecture rooms and the halls of residence are all close by and the city centre is on your doorstep too. There are a whole range of activities and sports to get involved in. I am Social Secretary on this year's Geography Committee and I organise events throughout the year. I also work in the student bar on campus and volunteer with RAG (Raising and Giving). Exeter is everything I could have hoped for and more. Chris Rainford, BSc Geography, Streatham Campus
I chose the University of Exeter to study BSc Geography because of all the available resources on the doorstep such as the Jurassic coast. The university also has great research community, with the latest information being fed to the students through lectures and tutorials. Since being here I have really valued the fact that we have the leading experts in their field teaching us as they are writing the textbook! My degree programme also allows me to meet people in various jobs in the field of Geography which has helped me think about my career after university. Emily Hargreaves, BSc Geography, Streatham Campus
I chose to study at the University of Exeter because it's good reputation will give me more opportunities to get a good job back in China. I chose the Cornwall Campus because of its rural location close to the sea. The teaching has met my expectations and it has been easy to settle in and meet people. I would recommend the University of Exeter to friends! Longwei Chen, BSc Geography with Environmental Management, Cornwall Campus
The programme provides the opportunity to have group sessions with other students, and PhD students too, to discuss various reading sand thoughts we’ve had on different modules – it really helps towards a more independent learning style. The attitudes towards teaching at the University of Exeter are great – all the staff are very approachable and we’re encouraged to visit them during their office hours with any queries we have. There are leading researchers here who feedback their own work into your lectures, so you know you are always learning from the best and feel like you are at the cutting edge of research. There is a great ‘work hard, play hard’ ethic to the University which I find very productive and rewarding. Vicky Ellaway-Bell, BA Geography, Streatham Campus
The Cornwall campus is fairly intimate and we have a much smaller year group and subsequently smaller lectures and seminars. This means there is a higher staff-to-student ratio, so students can get to know their lecturers better as they are more readily available. The most valuable aspect of my degree is its flexibility, as Geography is a much broader subject than most conventional ones – you get to study what YOU want, and effectively create your own degree. The teaching is also more personal and my fellow students are lovely – we all get along really well. Natalie Sawyers, BSc Geography, Cornwall Campus
The combination of a world class degree coupled with an unrivalled location in Cornwall was what attracted me. The course is exceptionally well structured and delivered by researching academics and, due to the smaller size of the institution; you're able to get much further in your lectures, with greater access to your lecturers. Personally, over the past three years, I can't fault my department in any way. From the friendliness and laid-back nature of the lecturers, to the fantastic equipment provision, the engaging and relevant lectures to the truly epic field trips in second year, I feel very privileged to be able to study here. Ryck Williamson, BSc Geography, Cornwall Campus
The most valuable aspect of my programme has been the chance to gain practical experience in the field alongside very diligent tutors who often go out of their way to help you. I found the teaching to be a significant step up from A Levels at first, but I have enjoyed this challenge and it has helped me to develop my work to a very high level. I have really enjoyed being situated in Cornwall for my studies and the second year trip to California was amazing! I like the fact that Falmouth is a bit different from other conventional towns/cities. Sarah Barber, BSc Geography, Cornwall Campus
One of the most interesting and valuable aspects of my programme has been the opportunity to study the many aspects of Geography, encompassing both the physical and human side of the discipline. As a human geographer I have enjoyed being able to retain some physical studies and broaden my knowledge whilst engaging in the human topics that interest me. I have found the campus to have a friendly and laid back atmosphere and combined with the challenging course material and Exeter’s growing reputation as a top academic institution it has given me a fantastic experience studying here. Ryan Gough, BA Geography, Streatham Campus
I decided the University of Exeter was the best place to study Geography when I came to visit and fell in love and didn’t want to go anywhere else; it had such a friendly feel and was such a green campus so close to the city centre. The fieldtrips learning about the southwest of England have been a really valuable experience as have the friends I have made whilst on them! So far my time at University has been really enjoyable and fulfilling. Isabel Harrison-Hall, BA Geography, Streatham Campus
Having played rugby professionally for two years before coming to university, I chose to come to Exeter because it was far and away the best place for me to combine academic studies at an excellent university with playing rugby to a high level. As part of the sports scholarship scheme, I’ve benefited from elite level support from top class strength and conditioning coaches, cookery and nutritional workshops, and mentoring throughout my time here. I’ve also had the chance to give something back through talks about sport to local school children. I hope to return to playing rugby after graduating, and Exeter has been the perfect place to springboard me into in the future. Tom Sargeant, BA Geography, Streatham Campus.
Exeter is blessed with having one of the most engaged student bodies in the country and this has certainly made my time in Exeter one I will never forget. The “Exeter Experience” can see you partake in some amazing events, and for those that want to, get really involved by running some of the best student-led organisations and societies around. Throughout my time in Exeter I have been heavily involved in RAG, the Guild’s fundraising organisation, helping raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for charity. By having one of the best Students’ Guilds in the country, the opportunities are endless. If there is something you want to do, they will have it, and if not they will help you make a way for it happen. Ben Herbert, BA Geography, Streatham Campus.