3 Church Cross Cottages

Buckfastleigh TQ11 0EZ - UK




In this section you will learn more about Exeter and Exeter College

Exeter College is a day school providing tertiary education for around 10,000 – 12,000 students, age 16 to 19.

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The college is well known as one of the best rated colleges in the UK and provides a broad range of subjects.

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The main campus and Creative Centre are in the city centre, well connected to the social and cultural life of Exeter.

Studying at Exeter College

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Exeter, a historic Capital with a young temper!


Full of character and ancient history, Exeter is a dynamic city with a “young temper“, able to offer all the amenities and comforts that would be expected of a modern day city.

Exeter is a central base for education, medicine, religion, commerce and culture.

Exeter University is one of the top 10 universities in the UK and ranks 93rd in the World University Rankings. The university provides a wide range of subjects and is praised by students with an overall satisfaction rating of almost 90% for teaching. Exeter College is one of the best rated colleges in the UK for post-16 studies and provides a wide range of opportunities for higher education.

The city is also home to the magnificent Exeter Cathedral, which dates back to Norman times and hosts to the Astronomical Clock, which inspired the popular nursery rhyme Hickory Dickory Dock hangs above the door to the North Tower with the medieval cat flap. The clock ropes were greased with fat which attracted the rodents, “Hickory dickory dock, the mouse ran up the clock…

The architecture of the houses facing on and lanes leading to the Cathedral Square create a warm, welcoming atmosphere for residents and visitors.

Very pleasant is the old Quay on river Exe and the foot-cycling path going to Topsham -a picturesque village especially loved by artists- and Exmouth on the mouth of river Exe.

The surrounding area of Devon with its sweeping countryside, its narrow hedged roads and lavished green fields are only a few miles from the city centre. And with its pivotal position within the county, Exeter is also ideally placed to base a trip to branch out visiting places such as the famous Dartmoor National Park and the unspoilt beaches of two coastlines in North-Devon and South-Devon.

Nearby location


The “Art & Language” programme

at Plymouth College of Art 

An excellent programme called “Art&Language” took place between 2016 and 2018 in partnership with Plymouth College of Art. The programme had to be unfortunately dismissed after the number of participants dropped to a too low, unsustainable level.  This programme has left wonderful memories and who knows?… could there be enough students in the future to resume the programme? … Never say never…🤞

Plymouth, the city of Mayflower and Pilgrim Fathers

Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City, is one of Europe’s most vibrant waterfront cities. Located by a stunning waterfront and harbour, Plymouth is the perfect place to visit. With dazzling views, rich history and world class events you’ll want to come back again and again. 

The Barbican and Sutton Harbour is one of Plymouth’s most popular places to visit, with quaint cobbled streets, a picturesque harbour and a wealth of independent shops, galleriesbarscafes and restaurants along the water’s edge creating a metropolitan feel.

It’s also home to the Elizabethan Gardens as well as the Mayflower Steps where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail on their voyage to the New World in 1620.

Plymouth Hoe is where Sir Francis Drake is renowned to have played his last game of bowls before his sailing voyage to engage with the Spanish Armada and also home to the iconic Smeaton’s TowerTinside LidoRoyal Citadel and the city’s war memorials. The Hoe offers a large open-space with jaw-dropping views.

Take a trip to the Royal William Yard, which was designed by Victorian architect Sir John Rennie and constructed between 1825 and 1831. The Yard is considered to be one of the most important groups of historic military buildings in Britain; it is also the largest collection of Grade 1 listed military buildings in Europe.

Stroll around the Yard and take in the atmosphere and imposing buildings as well as stop off at one of the many eateries for a spot of lunch, afternoon tea or dinner.

If you like to shop, the city centre features many independent retailers as well as national brands and high street names in its varied shopping areas. Regularly hosting outdoor markets visitors will often get to taste Devon’s fantastic local produce.

Take your time wandering around the extensive range of independent and specialist retailers in the Independent Quarter, pick up unique pieces of art from the Barbican’s Historic Quarter or enjoy shopping in Plymouth’s landmark shopping centre, Drake Circus.

With many water links to the surrounding coast of South Devon & Cornwall means you can explore a little further afield to get the most out of your trip.

General Info


A good accommodation is important for the wellbeing of our students and for the best learning outcomes. We are committed to find the most appropriate solution for each age group and individuals.

Essential information

For Teenagers (13-16) and Young People (16+) we only provide the homestay solution. Host-families are recruited within the school community or well known friends who guarantee a welcoming, enjoyable, inclusive relation with their visiting students.

Accompanied Children

For Families or Adults -either accompanying children to our ``Learn & Play`` course or attending their own course- the solutions can be tailored on the preferences and requirements of our Visitors: homestay, summer let, B&B, hotel, caravan park or campsite and others. (Subject to availability - in connection with local Agents).

Application for Hosting

If you are interested to host our Students, please complete the form below and we will keep in touch as soon as possible.
Please bear in mind that a successful application must meet standards and requirements as outlined by British Council or UKCISA and other institutions who look after the safety and wellbeing of overseas students in the UK.


You can organise the journey to our courses on your own or with your travel agency. Or you can join our accompanied groups (we can only do under specific circumstances for Teenagers and Young People – please read more in the box below).  We can arrange airport assistance and UK accompanied transfers as well as provide all the information needed to organise your journey independently.

AEL Accompanied Groups

We may organise accompanied groups from where there are at least 8 students travelling together. At the moment this occurs only from Milan (Italy). In all other cases we can arrange the airport assistance and accompanied transfers in the UK.

How To Get Here

The South-West of England is well connected with all the main cities and airports in the UK.
The following airports are the closest to the South-West:
✓ Exeter - flights from & to several EU airports - please visit Flybe website;
✓ Bristol - International services by Easyjet, KLM, Ryanair, BMI and other airlines;
✓ London - Heathrow and Gatwick are well connected to the South-West by train, coach or motorways.
For the train services, visit the National Railways.
For coaches, visit the National Express.
For car hire, check the availability and details at the airport of arrival

UK Transfers

You can reach Exeter and Plymouth by train or car. We recommend to book an airport Assistant and accompanied transfers for all minors. Please contact for details.

Travel with Children

When you travel with children, you may consider to hire a car at the airport: for a family this solution might be more convenient and also enables you to take your kids to the most unique scenarios in Devon either on the coast or in Dartmoor

Travel Insurance

We strongly recommend to sign up an insurance package for your journey to the UK, that covers that whole period of staying. There are several good offers either by Insurance Agents or online which you may consider. Should you be in doubt, please do not hesitate to contact us for more information and advice.

Useful Tips

The most FAQ from our Students are about the weather, clothing and food. The Atlantic weather requires a certain= level of flexibility and spirit of adaptation!
Please click on the link below to learn more and find some useful tips in preparation of your journey to the UK.