Freshers' Week in Modern Languages

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 Professor Adam Watt

Many congratulations on joining Modern Languages at Exeter! The ML community is welcoming, diverse, ambitious, successful and a lot of fun. I hope that you will feel relaxed and at home here for the duration of your degree. You are now part of one of the most dynamic and high-achieving Modern Languages departments in the UK. You must feel free to ask questions, seek out support and assistance when you need it: staff and students will be ready and willing to help. We all look forward to meeting you in Freshers’ Week, when you’ll have a chance to learn all about the opportunities (academic and extra-curricular) that are open to you. In the meantime, please follow our ‘Joining Instructions’ to make your initial choice of modules.

Professor Adam Watt
Head of Modern Languages

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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 chosen your modules by Friday 14 September 2018 and you will not be able to access your entire timetable until your module choices are confirmed. For more information about the above please use the links at the bottom of this webpage.

For more information about this, see ‘Joining Instructions’ and the other links below.

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 cannot 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 and activities for your subject/s.

The purpose of Academic Induction is to introduce you to your academic programme, complete any necessary pre-registration tasks, familiarize 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 If you have a clash between talks you should attend the talk for your first named subject e.g. English and Modern Languages, you should attend English as it is named first, or Modern Languages and Arabic, you would attend ML. Your Academic Tutor for the other department will be able to advise you on what information you missed.

Academic Induction for new undergraduate students studying Modern Languages
Date Start Finish Details Location
Tuesday 18 September 13:00 14:30

Modern Languages Academic Induction Welcome Talk

For all Undergraduate students studying Modern Languages as single and combined honours programmes

Newman Blue
Wednesday 19 September TBC TBC 

Meetings with your academic (personal) tutors

Your personal tutor will be touch by email to let you know the time and place for the meeting.

Thursday 20 September 12:00 14:00

Welcome Event

An informal session for all Undergraduate students studying Modern Languages. Feel free to drop in anytime between 12 and 2pm

LT4.1 and LT4.2, Queen's Building, Streatham Campus

If you are a Combined Honours or Flexible Combined Honours student please ensure you view the Freshers' Week information for all your subjects since each will have its own Academic Induction information and timetable. 

College of Humanities

Flexible Combined Honours

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

College of Life and Environmental Sciences

BiosciencesGeographyPsychologySport and Health Sciences

College of Engineering, Mathematics and Physical Sciences
Computer Science; Engineering; Geology; Mathematics; Medical Imaging; Natural Sciences; Physics and Astronomy; and  Renewable Energy

The Business School and
Accounting and Finance; Economics; Business; Management; Leadership; Marketing; and Tourism

The University of Exeter Medical School
Medical Sciences; Medicine

Joining instructions

Modern Languages modules

The module choices you make for the forthcoming academic year are paramount to your studies so you must allow yourself sufficient time to read, understand and consider your choices to ensure you make the right decisions for you and align them with your long term goals. Please ensure you allow yourself time to fully understand the instructions below before embarking on making your choices via the Online Module Selection System within iExeter.

Details on how you make your choices will depend on your chosen degree programme.

If you are studying on BA Modern Languages programme please read the instructions within the Modern Languages Student Letter 2018-19.

If you are studying on a Combined Honours programme (eg. History and "a Language" or "a Language" and Arabic) you will need to read the instructions from the Combined Honours Modern Languages Student Letter 2018-19  bearing in mind that these will only cover the Modern Languages side of the programme so you will also need to read information from the other subject.

Online Module Selection is confirmation to your College of the modules that you wish to study during this academic year. It is not formal confirmation of University registration and you are still required on an annual basis to complete the formal registration process. Until the formal registration process is completed you cannot be classified as an enrolled student of the University.

The University of Exeter values the ability for students to have the opportunity for open module choice where academically feasible. However, it may be the case that some module choices may not be compatible for scheduling purposes and students will be asked to re-choose to avoid clashes.

In readiness for this process you should familiarise yourself with your appropriate programme specification and modules which can be found on our College intranet. Please select Modern Languages - level 1 from the Module category drop-down box.

To get the most out of your first year of study it is important to take part in the Academic Induction activities for your subject/s.

We’re looking forward to meeting you soon!

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.

Modules for Combined Honours programmes

For students on Combined Honours programmes, module choice information will be released and co-ordinated by the lead College for the programme, that is the first named subject in the degree title.  For example, Combined Honours History and Politics is led by the College of Humanities; Combined Honours Politics and Modern Languages is led by the College of Social Sciences and International Studies.

Useful information

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.