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Each year we welcome students from Canada, and we currently have over 100 Canadian students studying at all levels with us at Exeter, with many of those students based in the Exeter Law School.

The University of Exeter is a member of the prestigious Russell Group.  It has approximately 19,000 full time students, 25 per cent of whom are International. Our thriving multi-national community of staff and students from over 130 countries ensures you will receive a warm welcome if you choose to study with us here at Exeter. 

The legal systems of England and Wales and Canada are both based on the common law.  We offer programmes that combine academic rigour with the practical aspects of legal study.  At Exeter you can take the LLBLLB European, or the Graduate LLB and all offer foundation subjects required by the legal regulators for qualifying law degrees in England and Wales.


LLB programmes:Typically between 82-90% average in year 12 across a minimum 5-6 subjects - depending on the province/territory. No LNAT required.

Graduate LLB programme:University grade scales vary within and across provinces but as a guide we typically require a GPA of 3.0/4.0 on a 4 point scale.


Typically we would expect postgraduate applicants from Canada to have completed a 4 year Bachelor's degree in a relevant subject and with a final grade equating to a UK 'upper second' (2:1). Grade scales vary within and across provinces but as a guide we typically require a GPA of 3.3/4.0 on a 4 point scale. However, applications are considered on a case by case basis and additional relevant qualifications or work experience may compensate for a weaker Bachelor's grade.

Applicants for postgraduate research programmes (MPhil, PhD, EdD) will need to demonstrate experience of research methodologies. For this reason, often, successful research applicants will have completed a Masters degree with a thesis or dissertation component.

All students must also meet our English language requirements before they can receive an unconditional offer.

Is an LSAT test required?

We do not require applicants to have completed an LSAT.

We offer law courses at our Streatham campus in Exeter. Since 2019 students have been able to study Law at our Penryn campus in Cornwall.  If you are unable to visit us in person then have a look at each campus via our virtual tours and interactive maps.

Find out more about studying at each campus and the support available to our international students below:

An international community

Our International Student Support team are dedicated to helping you adjust to life in the UK and offer advice on immigration, transition and pastoral issues. 

Exeter Campus

Our Streatham campus in Exeter is one of the most beautiful in the country with lakes, parkland, woodlands and gardens for you to enjoy throughout the year and has a vibrant and welcoming student community.

Our location

  • The campus is just a 15-minute walk away from the city centre or you can take advantage of the regular bus service that runs between the campus and the city centre. Exeter is also a bike-friendly city with traffic-free cycle routes and an electric bike hire scheme
  • With good air, rail and road links we are less than two and a half hours away from London
  • Learn more about how to get to the campus and the various travel options here

Student life

With such a large campus and student community, there is also something you can get involved with. The Students’ Guild has over 200 societies ranging from sport to Faith/Worldview to music as well as an active Canadian Law Society and so you are sure to meet like-minded people and make friends for life. Visit the Students’ Guild website to see how you can get involved.

Exeter itself is a culturally rich and welcoming city with an array of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants alongside award-winning museums, independent theatres and cinemas. You can spend your free time visiting historical sites like the cathedral, castle and the underground passages or relax with friends on the beautiful quayside, maybe even take a boat trip.  

Beyond the city, you will be spoiled for choice for places to visit and things to do. You can go fossil hunting on the Jurassic Coast, walking or cycling in Dartmoor or Exmoor National Parks or visit award-winning beaches on The English Riviera.

Penryn Campus

Made up of around 6,000 students the Penryn Campus offers intimacy and friendliness in a stunning setting close to the waterside town of Falmouth.

Our location

  • Approximately two hours’ drive from Exeter or two and a half hours by train
  • London Paddington Station is a 5-hour train journey with around 24 trains per day during the week
  • Penryn’s railway station is a 10-minute journey from Falmouth and 20 minutes from the cathedral city of Truro

Student life in Cornwall

There is a lot to get involved with at our Penryn Campus with over 150 student societies ranging from sports to gaming and music as well as the International Society you are sure to find like-minded people and make friends for life. Visit the Falmouth and Exeter Students’ Union website to find out more about the activities and events available to you.

Falmouth has a wealth of bars, pubs and restaurants and a lively café culture and is the centre of Cornwall’s creative scene. With seven stunning beaches, rivers and the world-famous marina, it is also a haven for those who love sand, sailing and surf.

Surrounded by stunning coastline and beaches Cornwall is one of Britain’s favourite holiday destinations. If you venture beyond Falmouth and Truro you will find the Eden Project, home to the largest indoor rainforest in the world; Tintagel Castle, a medieval fortification often linked to the tales of King Arthur and world-famous surfing beaches in Newquay. 

Our extra-curricular activities, such as mootingpro bono work, study tours, work placements promise to offer a unique experience in, as well as outside, the classroom. Our employability events provide opportunities for students to meet with our Canadian alumni and to learn more about different career paths.

The aims of the Canadian Law Society are fashioned around one simple objective: to help students who are planning on returning or moving to Canada upon graduation with regards to postgraduate education options, NCA Equivalency exam preparation, and what can generally be expected when making the transition from UK law to Canadian law. They also will host a number of socials through out the year where Canadians and non-Canadians of any discipline are welcome to join!

Canadian Law Society page

Sport is an important part of life here at the University of Exeter. We are renowned for our sporting reputation and we pride ourselves on inclusivity – catering for all abilities from casual sports enthusiasts to high performance athletes. Our superb facilities allow us to offer a large variety of participation opportunities for all students. Whatever your ambitions, you’ll have every chance to take part in sport and fitness activities.

We believe that sport and wellness should be embedded into student life. Choose from our 52 sports clubs, our social sport programme, and various wellness initiatives offering the chance to get involved in activities throughout the region. If you’re interested in coaching, volunteering, or enhancing your CV then you can get involved in our coach education programmes too.

We are consistently in the top 5 in the British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) rankings, finishing 5th in the 2021/22 table and totalling our highest ever BUCS points and with more teams supported. We are currently the No.1 Sports University in the South of England and Wales with more teams supported in 2022/23 we expect more growth and even more points.

We continuously invest in sport, health and fitness with some exciting plans for further improvement to ensure excellence in sport for everyone.

Sports scholarships

The University of Exeter Sports Scholarship Scheme is one of the most prestigious in the UK, helping the best student athletes reach their full potential. The scheme provides a comprehensive support package and is tailored to suit the needs of each individual athlete. Many of our graduating scholars have progressed to a professional level in their chosen sport and represented their respective countries on the global stage.

Sports Scholarships are available to the most outstanding student athletes who show evidence of achievement at national or international level. They are primarily awarded to those competing in our Performance Sports including hockey, rugby, netball, golf, cricket, rowing, sailing and tennis.

Visit our dedicated pages for more information on student sport at the University of Exeter.

Canadian students who take an LLB programme at the University of Exeter can return to practice in Canada by applying for admission to a law society in a Canadian jurisdiction through taking exams through the National Committee for Accreditation (NCA). The NCA issue a Certificate of Qualification upon successful completion.

Students may have to take up to seven exams upon return to Canada (it varies depending on the programme studied and the professional experience gained), but these can usually be completed through a programme of self-study.  Exeter enjoys links with the NCA and offers a yearly seminar to students to help with module choice and applications to the NCA.

We take part in a number of events, both in person and online, so we can meet with prospective students in Canada.

Please visit our International students page for our most up-to-date information.

British Council in Canada

The British Council has two offices in Canada:


80 Elgin Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1P 5K7
Tel: +1 613 2371530
Fax: +1 613 5691478



1000 Ouest rue de la Gauchetiere, Bureau 4200, Montreal, Quebec, H3B 4W5
Tel: +1 514 8665863
Fax: +1 514 8665322


Find out what it is like coming to Exeter from Canada to study, and how the Law School supports students in their transition back to Canada

Interview with Canadian Law alumna Allison Perlman.