Freshers' Week in Liberal Arts

Congratulations on getting a place at the University of Exeter. This page gives you the information you need for Freshers’ Week and what you need to do before you get here. We look forward to welcoming you to the College in September. 

Welcome message from Dr Mike Finn

Welcome to Liberal Arts at Exeter and congratulations on securing your place! I should like to offer you a very warm welcome to the Liberal Arts degree programme. My colleagues and I are delighted that you will be joining us this September. During Freshers’ Week, we’ll introduce you to your fellow students, your personal tutor, your module convenors, the director and the administrator of the programme, your peer mentor and to the various members of the College who will be teaching and advising you during your time here.

We look forward to seeing you in September.

Mike Finn
Director, Liberal Arts

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Before you get here you'll need to register with the University, activate your University IT account and select optional modules if they are available to you. You will need to have completed your module selections for both required modules and optional modules by Friday 14 September 2018 and you will not be able to access your entire timetable until your module choices are confirmed.

Freshers’ Week 2018: Monday 17 September - Sunday 23 September

All students are expected to be on campus by Monday 17 September at the latest.

If there is any reason why you may not be here by this date, please get in contact with the Humanities Education Office as soon as possible by emailing

During Freshers’ week you should attend the Academic induction events for Liberal Arts, and at least the principle welcome/information meeting for the discipline you will be taking as your major scheduled for Tuesday 19 September, please see the relevant discipline’s Freshers’ week information page for that schedule.

The purpose of Academic Induction is to introduce you to your academic programme, complete any necessary pre-registration tasks, familiarise yourself with your academic buildings, and meet fellow students and the academic staff for your subjects. These sessions form the core part of your Freshers' Week timetable and we expect all students to be present at these compulsory sessions. If you need any advice about issues or clashes within your Freshers' Week timetable please contact

Academic Induction timetable for new students studying Liberal Arts
Date Start Finish Details Location
Monday 17 September  15:00 15:45

Welcome talk from the Liberal Arts programme, to be followed by Liberal Arts Society welcome social
A brief introduction to the programme team, and the Liberal Arts Society have a social event planned after the meeting which they will take you along to

Washington Singer 219, Streatham Campus
Tuesday 18 September  Various Various

Various subject meetings available for Liberal Arts students to attend

Students are welcome to attend the subject meeting of those subjects they are considering for their major. Detailed times can be found in the Fresher's Week information for each subject.
Wednesday 19 September 11:00 13:00

Liberal Arts welcome meeting

Washington Singer 219, Streatham Campus
Wednesday 19 September 14:00 15:00

Module Registration
Further information will be provided in welcome meeting

Washington Singer 219, Streatham Campus
Wednesday 19 September 15:00 16:00

Meetings with Personal Tutors
Further information will be provided in welcome meeting

Meet in Washington Singer 219
Thursday 20 September 16:00 17:30

Liberal Arts programme welcome social
An opportunity to meet staff and students from the programme, come along for tea and cake!

Queen’s Senior Common Room
Friday 21 September 09:00 16:00

eXfactor event

Old Library 128, 129 and 130, Streatham Campus

Other events will be added, so please keep checking this website over the summer.

Joining instructions

Students are advised to attend subject meetings for those subject they are opting for as their major, these subject meetings are due to take place on Tuesday 18 September, please see the Freshers’ week pages below for the relevant discipline, or enquire with the Liberal Arts team.

College of Humanities

College of Social Sciences and International Studies
Anthropology; Arab and Islamic Studies; Philosophy, Politics and International Relations; Sociology; and Strategy and Security Institute

The Business School and

Choosing your modules using the Online Module Selection System

First you will need to register with the University and activate your University IT account. To find out how to do this use the links in the tabs below for the 'Before you arrive' section of the New Students’ website. Once you have activated your University IT account you will have access to iExeter, the student portal. You should find the Online Module Selection System by clicking on the 'Student Record' tab and then by following the instructions.

For some programmes where your first year of study includes either optional modules and/or the need to select between specific core modules, you must make your Year 1 module choice between Wednesday 29 August and Friday 14 September using the Online Module Selection System. After Friday 14 September module availability may be restricted within your discipline/s. Please contact us if, for any reason, you have not been able to make your module choices by this date.

Useful information

For your required language credits at first year you may wish to take a module with the Foreign Language Centre.

Modules are available at a range of levels from Beginners to Advanced via the Foreign Language Centre in:

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Spanish

To find out more about language modules and other languages offered by different departments see the Foreign Language Centre pages.