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University of Exeter 

Inbound Study Abroad Team
Innovation Centre 2/03
University of Exeter
Exeter EX4 4RN
UK

Telephone: +44 1392 725739
Email: inbound@exeter.ac.uk

Information for Inbound Students

Welcome to the College of Humanities! Our areas of study include Archaeology, Art History and Visual Culture, Classics and Ancient History, Drama, English, Film Studies, the Foreign Language Centre, History, Liberal Arts, Modern Languages and Theology and Religion.

We are looking forward to you coming to study with us and we hope this page gives you some guidance on how to choose our modules and it helps you put together your study plan.

Credits

One semester students must take 60 Exeter credits. This is equivalent to 30 European credits (ECTS). Be careful not to take modules that run over both terms (highlighted in purple as Terms 1 and 2)

Full year students must take 120 Exeter credits (60 ECTS). We strongly recommend that you take 60 Exeter credits per semester as this will give you a balanced workload.

Most of our modules are either 15 or 30 Exeter credits. You would therefore usually take 2-4 modules per semester.

When choosing the modules you would like to take, please check carefully the terms of tuition, the number of credits and any pre-requisites required.

Understanding course codes

The letters at the start of each course code represent the subject area. In the College of Humanities, these are:

  • ARC– Archaeology
  • AHV – Art History and Visual Culture
  • CLA – Classics and Ancient History
  • DRA– Drama
  • EAS– English
  • EAF– Film Studies
  • FLB/FLC/FLF/FLG/FLI/FLJ/FLK/FLS - Foreign Language Centre
  • HIC - History (Penryn campus, Cornwall)
  • HIH - History
  • LIB - Liberal Arts
  • MLF/MLG/MLI/MLM/MLP/MLR/MLS/SML - Modern Languages
  • PLF/PLG/PLM/PLS - Foreign Language Centre (Penryn campus, Cornwall)
  • THE - Theology and Religion
  • TRU - English (Penryn campus, Cornwall)

The initial number indicates the level of the course unit – EAS1037 is a first year module in English, CLA3010 is a third year module in Classics and Ancient History.

Modules coded TRU and HIC are respectively English and History modules taught at the Penryn campus in Cornwall. Modules coded PLF, PLG, PLM and PLS are Foreign Language Centre modules at Penryn. Please only select these modules if you are studying at Penryn during your time here. You cannot study at both the Exeter (Streatham) and Penryn campuses.

Choosing modules

When choosing modules, we recommend you read the general information here first and also check with your home university which departments you can choose modules from.

Students should only choose modules within the departments with which their home university has an agreement.

For example, if the agreement between the College and your home university is within the department of Modern Languages (referred to as "Modern EC Languages" within the Erasmus programme), then you must choose modules from this department.

See a full list of modules taught within the College of Humanities. However, please remember that the College cannot guarantee the modules you have been allocated until you have arrived at Exeter.

Furthermore, please read the following guidance concerning modules in each department. We do ask that when you complete your Study Plan during your application, you provide us with a list of at least 6 requested modules per semester in order of preference. This will help us when we are allocating your modules.

  • Many Level 2 and 3 Archaeology modules have pre-requisites, so please check carefully each module description.
  • ARC3611 is only available to students who have previous experience in Archaeology.
  • AHV2005 is only available to students on a specific Art History and Visual culture programme.
  • Art History and Visual Culture modules are competitive to enrol onto. Therefore, their modules cannot be guaranteed to inbound exchange students.
  • Please also look in other Humanities departments for modules related to art history and visual culture. For example, in Modern Languages there are a number of modules about European and world art and film.
  • There are pre-requisites on a number of Level 2 and 3 Language modules.
  • For Level 3 modules, some previous knowledge of the subject is required.
  • Due to the popularity of Drama modules, please read all of the information below and consider carefully the modules you request.
  • Please only choose Drama modules if you are a Drama major student and your home university has an agreement with the Drama department.
  • You must choose all your Drama modules at the same level. For example, if you are studying at Exeter for the full year, you cannot choose two modules at Level 2 and two and Level 3. 
  • It is recommended that you choose one theory (seminar) module and one studio module per term. Timetable clashes will mean that it is often not possible to take two theory or studio modules in the same term.
  • You will only be allowed to take the following modules if you have taken classes at your home university that will have given you relevant, preparatory practical skills and knowledge, and if there is space on the modules: DRA2067, DRA3009, DRA3030, DRA3012. Requests to take these modules must be approved by the module convenor in question and/or by the Director(s) of Education for Drama.
  • Please also note that we have a number of modules related to Drama in our other departments such as Modern Languages that are often popular with inbound students.
  • English modules are extremely popular so we will do our best to allocate you the modules you request but, as with other disciplines, we cannot guarantee these choices.
  • Our British Cultures modules are particularly designed for inbound students and we would encourage students to take them. EAS2033 is for 15 credits and EAS2034 is for 30 credits.
  • If English is not your first language, we strongly recommend you choose Level 1 or Level 2 modules. 
  • If English is not your first language, we suggest that you also look at the modules available in our INTO centre. These are modules in English Language and are extremely useful for improving your level of English to help you cope with the demands of contributing orally to your seminars and with your written assessments. More information can be found here.
  • If you are a European student, please check the Erasmus agreement that your home university has with Exeter. If the agreement is with Modern Languages, then we cannot guarantee you English modules. As such, you should choose your modules in the Modern Languages department.
  • Please note that the following modules are not available to inbound students: EAS1032, EAS1040, EAS2110 and EAS2111.
  • You can also choose from English modules at our Cornwall campus in Penryn, where there can often be more availability on modules. These module codes begin with TRU. However, please remember that it is not possible to take modules at both Exeter and in Cornwall.
  • Due to the popularity of Film Studies modules, please only choose their modules if you are a Film Studies major student at your home university. 
  • Film Studies modules are particularly competitive to enrol onto. Therefore, their modules cannot be guaranteed to inbound exchange students.
  • The modules in Film Studies are theory-based and there are no practical film-making modules.
  • Please also look in other Humanities departments for film-related modules. For example, in Modern Languages there are a number of modules about European film as well as world cinema.
  • There are no practical Film Studies modules but there are extra-curricular activies which students can do here at Exeter. For example, we have a number of Media societies, such as XTV. 
  • The Foreign Language Centre (FLC) offers a range of accredited and non-accredited language courses. These courses focus on the comprehension and communication skills of the language you study.
  • Although many of the modules are advertised as running for the full academic year, we can make exceptions for inbound exchange students. Therefore, you can take the majority of the FLC modules for one term, and each module is worth 15 credits.
  • If you would like to study a language in the FLC, you will need to demonstrate your ability and experience in that language. To help us with this, we ask you to complete the FLC_registration_form as part of your application.
  • If you are a complete beginner in a language, you must join the Beginners class in Term One.
  • It is not possible for beginners to join classes in Term Two.
  • If you study with us in Term Two, please note that you will be joining a class that has been studying together since September. If your level is correct, this should not be a problem and you will soon catch up with the work. However, you may be assessed on arrival at Exeter to make sure that you are of the right level for a class. 
  • Level 3 modules run across both terms. Therefore, if you are only studying with us for one term, you must choose modules at level 1 or 2.
  • If you are coming to study just for Term Two, we cannot guarantee modules (particularly at Level 2), so please could you give us a selection of choices.
  • History modules are extremely popular so we will do our best to allocate you the modules you request but, as with other disciplines, we cannot guarantee these choices. As such, please remember that we have a number of modules historically-related modules in other departments such as Archaeology, Art History and Visual Culture, Classics and Ancient History, Modern Languages and Theology and Religion that are often very popular with History students.
  • You can also choose from History modules at our Cornwall campus in Penryn, where there can often be more availability on modules. These module codes begin with HIC. However, please remember that it is not possible to take modules at both Exeter and in Cornwall.
  • Unfortunately, Liberal Arts modules are not available to Inbound students
  • If you are from a European university, you will probably need to take modules in Modern Languages. Please check the Erasmus agreement that your home university has with Exeter.
  • If you are only on exchange at Exeter for one semester, it's not possible to take one of the language modules as these run over the full year. However, you can take a language course in the Foreign Language Centre (FLC) for just one semester. Please see the FLC section above for more details.
  • The third letter in each module code refers to the language of the module. MLF = French, MLG = German, MLI = Italian, MLM = Mandarin Chinese, MLP = Portuguese, MLR = Russian, MLS = Spanish. However, SML refers to modules not connected to just one language and these modules are available to students from all language background. 
  • Within each language, there are modules on linguistics, literature and culture.
  • Please check carefully the pre-requisites for each module
  • Generally, you will need to have some understanding of the language if you would like to take a module in that language. This is necessary for Level 2 and 3 modules. However, Level 1 modules might be fine for complete beginners - please check to be sure.
  • Many of the modules in Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese and Russian do not require previous knowledge of that language.
  • Native Italian speakers cannot request MLI1055.
  • The following modules are not available to the native speakers of the respective languages: MLF3111, MLG3111, MLI3111, MLS3111. Instead, these students are strongly encouraged to take the following: MLF3101a, MLG3101a, MLI3101a, MLS3101a.
  • The following modules are unavailable: SML3010, SML3020, SML3025, SML3031
  • The following modules are considered to be particularly interesting for our inbound exchange students: HUM3001, MLF2066, MLF2068, MLF2070, MLF3046, MLF3050, MLF3069 MLF3072, MLF3075, MLF3079, MLG2034, MLG2038, MLG3037, MLG3112, MLI2207, MLI2220, MLI3029, MLM2010, MLM2012, MLM3009, MLP2002, MLP2005, MLP3002, MLP3004, MLR2019, MLR2021, MLR3026, MLS2061, MLS3057, MLS3067, MLS3068, SML2244, SML3009, SML3035 and SML3036.
  • Modern Langauges cannot offer alternative assessment, so if you are studying with us for only the first semester, you need to be sure you can remain for the first semester exams at the beginning of January. Please see the Assessment section below.
  • There may be pre-requisites on Level 2 and 3 Language modules. Please check.
  • For Level 3 modules, some previous knowledge of the subject is required.

Timetable

Module timetables are not published until much later in the year so there is a potential for clashes between some of the modules you request. Once we have allocated modules to students by September (first semester) or December (second semester), we will try to avoid any clashes. If the clash is unavoidable, we will contact you to ask you to change modules. 

To help avoid any clashes, we encourage you to select modules from one department and from one level. Of course, if you would like to choose from different departments and levels, we will do our best to help you, but it will increase the chance of a timetable clash.

Assessment

When choosing modules, it's important you check how you are assessed, for example by written essays or by exams. This information can be found under the Summative Assessment section of each module description via this page

If you are on exchange at Exeter for only the first semester and you cannot attend the exam session at the beginning of January as you need to return to your home university, it's essential that you check whether you can take an alternative assessment. Most Humanities departments can organise this, but it is essential that you contact the Inbound team or the module convenor to request this as soon as possible and no later than week 8 of term. 

Please note that Modern Languages will not be able to substitute a written essay as alternative assessment for their exams as these exams have a very important pedagogical value.

If you are unsure whether you will be able to take an alternative assessment, please contact us at inbound@exeter.ac.uk and we will ask the department on your behalf.

Finally

The information on this page is intended to give you some guidance on how to request modules. However, please be aware that the availability and specifications of modules may be subject to change between now and the start of teaching. The timetable is not finalised until near the start of your semester, so it is not possible to confirm the exact timings of classes until then.

We do our very best to give you the modules you request, but we cannot guarantee them until you have arrived at Exeter. So if a module which you are planning to take is no longer available, or you have clashes on your timetable, don't worry! It is possible to change modules before and during the first two weeks of term. If you need to do this, please contact our Inbound team for more information and we will try to help you. 

For any enquiries, or for further guidance, please contact us at inbound@exeter.ac.uk or alternatively you can telephone us on +44 1392 725739