Application and Practical Information | The Exeter Summer Programme

Application and Practical Information

ECSP 2019 is now full.

We are operating a waiting list for current applicants but the programme is now closed to new applications.

The Exeter Summer Programme operates a rolling admissions process, so early application is strongly recommended.

To be considered for admission, you will need to complete an application form, provide the supporting documents listed on the ‘How to Apply’ page and pay a £50 administration fee. You will normally receive an admission decision within two weeks of submitting a complete application. The £50 administration fee is non-refundable but will be deducted from your Programme fee, if you are accepted.

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Entry Requirements

Exeter invites applications from students in full-time higher education with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3, or equivalent, who will be 18yrs old and have completed at least one year of undergraduate study by the start of the Programme.

How to Apply

The deadline for applying to the Exeter Summer Programme is June 1st. However, the Programme operates a rolling admissions process and is likely to be full before the deadline, so early application is strongly recommended.

To apply to the Programme, complete the online application above. You will need to provide the following documents in support of your application:

(1) A transcript. We will only accept original transcripts sent by post, or .pdf copies emailed directly from your Registrar, or scanned copies certified by your Study Abroad Office and emailed from a recognised institutional email address.

(2) An academic reference. Your referee should be someone who has taught you as part of your degree. References can be sent by post or e-mailed directly from the referee using her/his institutional e-mail address. Referees should comment on your academic ability as well as how you will benefit from and contribute to ECSP.

(3) A sample of graded written work. We will accept scanned .pdf copies uploaded with your application. The work should have been submitted and graded as part of your degree and include instructor comments. We are looking for evidence of your ability to express your ideas in written English.

(4) A photo of yourself from the shoulders up which is a .jpg file, 300dpi, and 3 ½ x 4 ½ cm. This must be uploaded with your application.

(5) Proof of English language proficiency. This is only required for non-native English speakers studying at Universities whose language of instruction is not English. Please see the ‘English Language Requirement’ page. Scanned .pdf copies can by uploaded with your application.

The Exeter Summer Programme postal address is: The Exeter Summer Programme C/O William Jensen, Exeter College, Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DP, UK

The Exeter Summer Programme e-mail address is:

By submitting your application you are confirming that you have read, understood and will abide by ECSP’s Terms and Conditions, Rules & Regulations and Codes of Conduct (see the Safety, Emergency and Codes of Conduct section for copies of these documents).

Before applying to the Programme, please make sure you have read our Terms and Conditions and that you understand the visa requirements. It is your responsibility to obtain the correct visa (see the Insurance and Visa Information section for more information).

Please keep in mind that you may also have to apply through your University.

English Language Requirements

The Exeter Summer Programme is taught in English. The Programme is intensive and a high level of English language proficiency is required.

If you are a non-native English speaker studying at a University whose language of instruction is not English you will therefore need to meet the same requirements as an Oxford undergraduate and to provide evidence of one of the following:

– IELTS: overall score of 7.0 (with at least 7.0 in each of the four components)
– TOEFL (paper-based): overall score of 600 with a Test of Written English score of 5.5
– TOEFL (internet-based): overall score of 110 with component scores of at least: Listening 22, Reading 24, Speaking 25, and Writing 24
– Cambridge English: Advanced, also known as the Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): grade A if taken before January 2015, or a score of at least 185
– Cambridge English: Proficiency, also known as the Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): grade B if taken before January 2015, or a score of at least 185
– English Language GCSE, or O-level: grade B
– International Baccalaureate Standard Level (SL): score of 5 in English (as Language A or B)
– European Baccalaureate: score of 70% in English
– Studied the International Baccalaureate programme, if it is taught in English
– Studied the Singapore Integrated Programme (SIPCAL)


Your application will only be assessed for admission once we have received:
(1) the application form; and
(2) all supporting documents; and
(3) the £50 administration fee.

You will receive an admission decision within 2 weeks of submitting a complete application.

If you have been successful, we will send an offer letter via e-mail. Please note that an offer letter does not guarantee your place on the Programme. Once you have received a formal offer letter the Programme fee should be paid in full: only once the Programme fee is paid is your place on the Programme secure.

If you have not paid your Programme fee within 30 days of receiving an offer letter, Exeter reserves the right to withdraw your application.

Insurance and Visa Information

We strongly advise you to take out adequate insurance prior to travelling to Oxford. The main purpose of travel insurance is to cover you for the potentially high cost of medical treatment and repatriation if you are injured or become ill abroad.

Only emergency medical treatment is provided to non-UK nationals free of charge through the UK National Health Service. Students on the Programme are therefore strongly advised to obtain their own insurance to adequately cover all international medical and emergency expenses.

Exeter College is a safe and secure environment and both Turl Street and the Cohen Quadrangle are staffed 24/7 for security. However, Turl Street is open to the public at certain times, and Oxford receives large number of tourists in the summer. We therefore recommend your travel insurance also includes cover against loss or damage to your personal belongings while you are traveling to/from the UK and during your stay in the UK.

Visa Information:
Your nationality will determine if you require a short term study visa to attend ECSP. Please check whether you need a visa on the UK Government website;

Visa requirements for a short-term study visa:
(i) ‘Non-Visa Nationals’ do not need to apply for this visa before entering the UK. You can obtain this visa upon entry to the UK at border control. If you are a Non-Visa National you must request a short term study visa stamp in your passport. You must ensure you are given a short term study visa stamp and not a standard visitor stamp.
(ii) ‘Visa Nationals’ must apply for a short term study visa before entering the UK.

Whether you are a Non-Visa National or a Visa-National, you will need to provide a short term study letter (Visa Letter) and other documents in support of your application. Please check what documents are required on the UK Government website:

You should indicate that you require a visa in your application to ECSP. If required, we will provide you with a Visa Letter. However, to comply with UK law, we can only issue your Visa Letter after you have paid your Programme fee. Because immigration officials may not accept copies of Visa Letters, we will send your Visa Letter by post. Please ensure you allow sufficient time for the Visa Letter to arrive and, if required, to apply for your visa before travelling.

We strongly advise you to make copies of your passport, Visa Letter and insurance policies prior to travelling and keep these separate from the originals.

If you arrive in Oxford without the correct immigration clearance for short term study, Exeter will not permit you to start the Programme. It is your responsibly to ensure you have the correct visa clearance to participate in the Exeter College Summer Programme.

Safety, Emergency and Codes of Conduct

A copy of our handbook is available here; Safety, Emergency and Codes of Conduct Handbook

A copy of our IT Acceptable Use Guide is available here; IT Acceptable Use Policy

Arriving in Oxford

Most international flights arrive at either London Heathrow or London Gatwick airports. It is possible to travel from these airports to Oxford by either train or coach. Coach travel is cheaper and is a direct service, whereas train travel requires routing via and changing trains in London.

London Heathrow and Gatwick airports are linked to Oxford by ‘The Airline’ coaches This is a direct, 24hr service with journey times of 90 and 120mins, respectively. Oxford Coach Station is conveniently located within 5mins walk of the Cohen Quadrangle.

The ‘Heathrow Express’ connects Heathrow airport and London Paddington train station. There are 4 trains an hour with journey time of 15mins. The Gatwick Express connects Gatwick airport to London Victoria train station. There are 4 trains an hour with journey time of 30mins. If arriving into London Victoria you will need to travel across London to either London Paddington or Marylebone by underground, bus or taxi. See the Transport for London website for more information

There are direct train service from London Paddington and Marylebone to Oxford. Trains run approximately every 30mins with journey time of 60-75mins from Paddington and Marylebone.

If arriving at other UK airports, or for more information, please contact National Express Coaches or National Rail Enquiries

Oxford Train Station is located roughly 10mins walk from the Cohen Quadrangle.

It is often cheaper to buy coach and train tickets in advance of travel. If you buy tickets on the day of travel, we recommend that you buy your ticket(s) before boarding the train or coach.