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One-semester exchange programme (With European Study)

Students on our MSc International Management programme have the exciting opportunity to add an extra element to their programme by spending Semester 2 at one of the following prestigious universities:

These partner institutions have the prestigious EQUIS and AMBA accreditations, with Mannheim and Bocconi also holding AACSB, making them ‘Triple-Crown’ accredited. They all offer a range of modules taught in English, though students are also encouraged to study the relevant language to increase their international resilience and cultural dexterity.

The University of Mannheim is recognised as one of the leading institutions in Europe and is accredited by EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA: the “Triple-Crown” of business school accreditations. It is ranked 14 in the FT Masters in Management rankings and 25 in the FT European Business School rankings.

Mannheim offers a wide range of Masters-level modules in English, and so an advanced level of German is not necessary, although this offers an ideal opportunity for students who wish to develop German language skills.

Centrally-located, 30 minutes from Frankfurt International Airport with easy access to popular German destinations and also France and Switzerland, Mannheim is also one of the most beautiful and unusual universities in the world, being mainly located within a baroque palace. It is the second-largest city in Baden-Württemberg, after Stuttgart, on the Rhine and Neckar rivers, and is well-known as an industrial centre.

Mannheim University website for incoming exchange students

Università Bocconi was established in Milan in 1902 and was the first Italian institution of higher education to grant a degree in economics. Since its inception, Bocconi has stood for liberalism, pluralism, and social and economic progress. For a century, Bocconi has played a leading role in Italy's social and economic modernization. It has remained true to its founding values of being a major research university, with democratic values and open to the worl‌d, as well as financially and politically independent.

Università Bocconi offers intensive Italian courses both before and during the semester to help you settle into Italian life, and there is a wide range of English taught modules to compliment your degree in Exeter.  

It is among the top universities in Italy and within the top 25 best institutions in the world, in the fields of Economics, Econometrics, Accounting and Finance in the latest QS World University Rankings

Università Bocconi website for incoming exchange students

The University of Lausanne, a key institution in the Swiss world of higher education and research, is home to around 14,000 students and 3,600 staff. The main campus is located on the banks of Lake Geneva. The closeness to the lake and mountains provides a delightful setting for study and research. HEC Lausanne, the Business and Economics Faculty of the University of Lausanne, trains the leaders and managers of tomorrow. Now over a hundred years old, it prides itself on values of excellence, responsibility and international openness.

HEC Lausanne has EQUIS and AMBA accreditation putting it in the leading group of Business Schools. It is also one of the founding members of the QTEM Network (Quantitative Techniques for Economics and Management), which brings together outstanding international students, Academic Partners and International Corporations.

HEC Lausanne is ranked #1 in Switzerland and #6 in Europe for the quality of academic publications (Shanghai Ranking) and ranked #3 in Switzerland for the performance of research in Economics (Handelsblatt ranking).

Why study abroad?

Studying abroad gives you great experience of international cultures, values and languages which can crucially enhance your professional skill set. Living and studying in a new country will naturally enhance your adaptability, cross-cultural communication, self-confidence, resilience, and will stimulate creative thinking. Having real world examples of these skills can make you stand out from the crowd. Studying abroad in a different country with students from all around the world is also a great way to build and expand your global network of friends and professional contacts.

What support is available?

To help you prepare for your semester abroad, we offer dedicated guidance and support. Each of our partner universities is well equipped to deal with incoming exchange students and there will be designated members of staff at the partner university, and at Exeter, to help and support you during your time abroad.


No further fees are payable: tuition is incorporated into your Exeter programme fee. Students are also eligible for an Erasmus grant, paid during your placement at the host university.

Programme structure

Semester 1 follows the 12-month MSc International Management structure: you will take 75 credits here in Exeter and complete assessments in early January.

In Semester 2 you will join your host university (late January / early February) where you will take a further 30 ECTS (equivalent to 60 Exeter credits) of pre-approved modules, and complete an additional 15-credit project.

To complete the programme you will return to Exeter to write your dissertation (30 Exeter credits).


Students on MSc International Management (12 month programme) in good academic standing are in principle eligible, although competition for places is normally very high. Students with some relevant language skills may be preferred, although a full range of modules are available in English.

Application process

There will be an internal application process in September each year and full details will be provide to interested students. Applicants or current students interested in this exchange opportunity should first contact to discuss their options and register their interest.