Is Exeter ethnically diverse?

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Hi there,

Like the title says I am wondering whether Exeter University is ethnically diverse, I am just asking not because I want to hang around with "my own kind" as some people may say, I just don't want to feel like im the only coloured person around, even if I am i wouldn't mind that much I would just like to know what the ethnic makeup is like - allot of people have been telling me I'll be the only Indian-Asian guy apart from a few international students. I just want to dispel this assumption. (im not an international student :P)

Sorry if some people find this question offensive it is not meant to be.

Also i have Warning levels because I talked about a level exams a few minutes before were actually allowed to -_-'
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Depends on what kind of course you're looking to do? The Business School is ethnically diverse to a degree, yet not to the level you would find in other universities business/economics departments. For other courses, I believe Exeter is quite 'poor' on this matter.
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When i went to visit, the uni was like 99% white middle/upper class and it's known for it. The city is about the same too. Come to think of it, i dont think i saw an asian person there but i did see a couple of black people
Don't worry, despite what some people on here may think, there's absolutely nothing wrong in asking if a uni is ethnically diverse or not.
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Exeter, as a city, isn't very diverse - the South West as a whole is predominantly quite rural and has very few people from ethnic minorities. The University is rather better, and the increasing numbers of international students at the University mean that the character of the city is changing gradually and the population is becoming more ethnically diverse. And, yes, there are British students from a variety of ethnic backgrounds, too - but it's fair to say that as a city, Exeter is predominantly white.

I was born in West London and I still find it odd not to see a mixture of different people, but it's much, much better than it was when I first came here. You certainly wouldn't be the only non-white person around, but you'd be in more of a minority than you would in a big city, and it's fair enough that you want to take that into account when deciding where to go.

It would be easy for me to say that people from all backgrounds should come here as that would help to make it a more diverse city - and that is what's increasingly happening - but since I'm white it would also be rather naive of me to assume that you'd be comfortable doing that. The best advice I can give is, come and see for yourself. Have a look round the city and the campus, and see whether you feel comfortable. Only you'll know what will work for you.
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The whole of Devon isn't very ethnically diverse, Exeter not being an exception. This doesn't mean you'll be getting racist slurs yelled at you left right and centre though, it's still a very accepting place.
I don't think anything like this should put you off coming to Exeter as I'm sure it'll hardly affect you at all, it'll just be very different at first if you're coming from a more diverse or urban area.
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I'm expecting my subject to be more diverse than most.
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Thanks for the input guys, im doing Mathematics, I'll probably be coming to Exeter none the less, im just use to very diverse environments, im sure I'll feel comfortable in no time - hopefully.
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As people have already said, compared to other unis it is not very diverse, however, there would be no reason to feel uncomfortable and I've never heard of any racsim etc.
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I'm Canadian and will be an international student, however I am also Caucasian.
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I see - I got an offer from Kings so hopefully I'll get to go there with hard work and a little bit of luck : )

Or I'll be coming here which is not bad either.
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exeter is not diverse like the rest of the south west in general

but it's not an issue :borat:

everyone just gets on with it and blends together mostly :awesome:
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There are lots of asian people - admittedly I'm abroad this year, but there were loads around campus in my first year! I doubt they can ALL have graduated... They did stick together a lot though. Yes, Exeter is predominantly white, but you definitely won't look out of place or stick out at all. Certain schools are more mixed than others though... I reckon a good 95% of first year English students were white, but I know that other schools are less so.
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(Original post by yoyo462001)
Yh this is also bothering me too, im black so it be nice to have other black people there but i dont really mind seeing as ive lived in a predominantly white area most of my life, problem is since its not ethnically diverse it seems like there would be no barbers to cut my hair! anyone know if theres any around exeter at all?
You could try this place: http://www.salonblackandwhite.co.uk/ - don't know whether they're any good or not, but they do at least exist!
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I'm going to Exeter for my undergrad this year.. and i'm Indian too. I did go and visit the campus in may and didnt see too many asians. However, I did speak to the guy in charge of admissions for the business school, and he said theyre expecting a lot more asians, especially Indians this year.

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Hi there,

Like the title says I am wondering whether Exeter University is ethnically diverse, I am just asking not because I want to hang around with "my own kind" as some people may say, I just don't want to feel like im the only coloured person around, even if I am i wouldn't mind that much I would just like to know what the ethnic makeup is like - allot of people have been telling me I'll be the only Indian-Asian guy apart from a few international students. I just want to dispel this assumption. (im not an international student :P)

Sorry if some people find this question offensive it is not meant to be.

Also i have Warning levels because I talked about a level exams a few minutes before were actually allowed to -_-'
Compared to the universities in the bigger cities like London, Birmingham and Manchester, Exeter is nowhere near as ethnically diverse and the South-West probably has the lowest ethnic mix in the whole country.

However there is a sizeable mix of international students (the most I tend to see around campus are Chinese) and some ethnic students but it also very much depends on the course. The largest ethnic mix is probably in the medical and dental schools where there are a sizeable number of asian students (me myself being of Indian origin) and I would assume there would be a fair few ethnic students in the Business departments.

There is an Asian society and itnernational studetns society so you'll find plenty of people.
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No and definitely noI saw recently that the institute of arab and islamic studies has ZERO (yes ZERO) scholar of arab origin !Of course they have some temporary teacher in arabic language but there is no Arab or Muslim permanent scholar ! In addition all the so called specialists in gulf or north africa or islam DO NOT speak arabic
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