Why is Exeter the best city to study English in?

There are many reasons why Exeter is the best city in the United Kingdom to study English. It is the capital city of Devon in the South West of the United Kingdom.  It is one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in England. It is close to the sea and the beautiful coasts and moors of Devon.

Exeter is the regional capital of Devon and the cultural centre of the South-West of England. There are many festivals and activities for you to enjoy and you can read about them on our blog page.

Over 9,000 university students come here to study in Exeter. Exeter University has a reputation for educational excellence. There is a vibrant student feeling to our city and there is a lot to see and do to help our students improve their language skills.

Exeter from above with a sign showing where the Isca School of English is located near the city centre

Is Exeter a big city?

If you are looking for a small city with the feel of a big city then Exeter is the place for you! Exeter is the regional capital of Devon but has a population of only 120,000. It is a safe city with a small city centre and parents can feel confident about sending their children here. Our students become more independent travelling to and from their English home.

The city centre is small. You can feel confident about sending your children here to learn English knowing that they won’t get lost!

Quayside from above with pedestrians walking along the river in Exeter

What is the city of Exeter like?

Exeter is a city of old and new and it is a wonderful place to come to learn English. It is known as ‘the city in the country’ because the surrounding green hills can be seen from all parts of the city.

There are many beautiful ancient buildings in Exeter. The small city centre is still surrounded by partial Roman Walls and we have a spectacular 13th century Cathedral that has the longest roof in Europe!  Exeter has many parks and gardens, and has won the ‘European City of Flowers’ competition. It also has the smallest street in the United Kingdom – can you find it?

View of Exeter Cathedral's North Tower and part of the Cathedral Green taken from a window

Exeter is also a modern city with a shopping centre that the young people who come to study here can enjoy visiting in their free time. There are many shops including Hollister, Zara, and John Lewis as well as small independent shops to explore during your free time. Exeter is a “green” city and Exeter city council wants to encourage us to travel around the city using public transport or by bike!

The City of Exeter was founded by the Romans and their name for their new town was Isca Dumnoriorum, The “Isca” part of the name was the Celtic name for our river (it is now called the river Exe). It is the reason why my grandparents called our school the Isca School of English. Over the last thousand years or so, the Roman name for our city changed from Isca to Excester and finally to Exeter.

What can our Juniors, teenagers and young adults on English language courses or school groups on mini-stays do in Exeter in their free time?

Exeter has excellent museums, theatres, arts centres and sports facilities: swimming pools, dance centres and a ten pin bowling alley.

Our students enjoy spending time in our city centre where they can not only shop but also visit the Underground passages, museums and art gallery. At the Isca School of English we have a wide sports and activities programme that you can read about on our Sports and activities page.

Princessshay shopping Centre in Exeter, Uk. Fatface and Newlook are visible in this photo and people are walking between shops

Why choose the Isca School of English in Exeter instead of a different British Council Accredited School in Exeter?

Our English language school offers English courses for teenagers and is located in the St Leonards district of Exeter. It is one of the most beautiful parts of the city and we are very happy to have our school here.

There are many educational institutions in Exeter  who offer high quality English courses. The Isca School of English is the best language school in Exeter for teenagers! We are also ranked joint 9th out of all of the accredited centres in the United Kingdom by the EL Gazette and are the best family-run summer school in the United Kingdom. You can read more about this in our blog about British Council Accreditation.

Princesshay shopping Centre in Exeter, a modern shopping centre with flower baskets hanging from the glass overhang

Our English courses are for teenagers in the summer but we also offer mini-stays for groups and an intensive English Cambridge Exam Course to help students pass the FCE.

There are lots of activities for our students to enjoy here in Exeter. There are also many educational opportunities for them as they study English in our beautiful city.


Exeter high street in the Autumn time

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I’d like to thank you once again for the wonderful experience and the opportunity your school and the families you choose, offered to my children. They are always so happy when they are in Exeter and regret the moment they have to leave. You are doing an excellent job but most of all you put your heart
Mrs N, Spain
I would like to thank you for three wonderful weeks our son spent in your school. He says that everything was great: lessons, sport programme, excursions, teachers, students etc. etc. etc. He dreams about coming back to Exeter next year. Special thanks to your wife for the home family she found for him. He really felt at home with them. Thank you for your great job!
Mrs K, Switzerland
I would like to thank you for the good time our children have had in Exeter this summer. They were all delighted, and so are we with the excellent organisation.
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