Liberal Arts: New students

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 13 September 2019 and you will not be able to access your entire timetable until your module choices are confirmed.

Freshers’ Week 2019: Monday 16 September - Sunday 22 September

All students are expected to be on campus by Monday 16 September at the latest.

If there is any reason why you may not be here by this date, please get in contact with the Amory Hub Team, who support Liberal Arts students, 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 17 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 for new students studying Liberal Arts
Date Start Finish Details Location
Monday, 16 September  15:00 16:00

Liberal Arts Initial Welcome Talk
Welcome by members of the Liberal Arts team

Washington Singer Labs 219
Wednesday, 18 September 13:00 14:00 Liberal Arts Programme Talk Amory 417
Wednesday, 18 September 14:00 16:00

Module and programme information drop-in session: an opportunity to ask any questions about your module choices.

 Amory 417
Thursday, 19 September 12:00 13:00

Introduction to Digital Humanities

Queen's LT1
Thursday, 19 September 16:00 18:00

Liberal Arts Cream Tea

Queens Senior Common Room
Thursday, 19 September 18:00 21:00

Liberal Arts Society Social

Details to be advised in due course
Friday, 20 September 10:00 11:30

Bill Douglas Museum Guided Tour: please check your individual timetable for your tour slot. 

Old Library, Bill Douglas Cinema Museum


Students are also 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 17 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

The Business School



Joining instructions

You will need to choose your modules online before you arrive at the university. You should familiarise yourself with your appropriate programme specification and modules on the College intranet. Please ensure you select Liberal Arts - level 1 in the Module category drop-down box. You will also need to choose the drop down for the subjects that you wish to major in.

We encourage you to do some preparatory reading in the weeks before term begins so that you are ready to tackle the material in your first-year modules. Please view the Liberal Arts summer reading list. 

You do not necessarily need to buy the books listed here; lecturers will advise you which books you might need to buy when you arrive.

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 28 August and Friday 13 September using the Online Module Selection System. After Friday 13 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

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
• Russian
• Spanish
• British Sign Language

We can help you get the language you study with us named on your degree title. This involves successfully completing a minimum of 60 credits in one language taken through the Foreign Language Centre. You could choose to start a new language from scratch or develop an existing one. For example, a Geography student who passes 30 credits at Spanish Beginners and a further 30 credits at Spanish Intermediate 1 could have their degree title amended to BA (Hons) Geography with proficiency in Spanish.

If you are not able to take a language as part of your programme due to timetabling constraints, or if you are interested in studying a language that is not currently available via modularity, our Foreign Language Centre also runs an Evening Language Programme with many more language options.

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