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Liberal Arts: New students

Liberal Arts

We're currently planning our Induction Week activities from 13 September to welcome you to the University of Exeter, so the information provided here will be changing as new details are released. We're also working within Government guidelines meaning information and activities may change as that guidance changes as well. Please ensure you check back here frequently for updates, as well as your personal email account, new University of Exeter email account, and your My Timetable for the most up-to date information from us. Please note you must have registered with the University and activated your IT account to access My Timetable.

 If you have any questions about your induction or starting your studies, please contact Amory Hub, who support Liberal Arts or +44 (0)1392 723301

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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Ahead of your arrival, please complete our online pre-arrival induction which is available via FutureLearn; your Exeter email will have a message with the link. The induction is full of important information and advice about your studies and life as a student here. It also contains activities and discussion boards so you can start to get to know other students even before you start your course.

We strongly recommend that you access this as soon as possible and make the most of this fantastic opportunity to learn more about us, your peers and your programme.

Freshers’ Week 2021: Monday 13 September - Sunday 19 September

During Fresher's Week you should attend the Academic Induction events and activities for your subject/s, as detailed below. If there is any reason why you may not be here for Fresher's Week, please contact the Amory Hub, who support Liberal Arts students, as soon as possible by emailing

The Student's Guild is also running welcome events throughout the week, including a Welcome Festival from September 10th-12th and regular guided tours of campus.

Please check your academic timetable during Freshers’ Week, so that you know exactly where and when you need to attend your first classes and lectures! If you have any timetable-related problems or questions, please contact the Amory Hub at

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, either in person or online as appropriate. 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 13 September 16:00 17:00

Welcome to Liberal Arts

Amory C501
Wednesday 15 September 12:00 13:00

Liberal Arts Programme: Majors and Modules

Amory C501
Wednesday 15 September 15:00 16:00

Liberal Arts Meet and Greet

Amory C501


Students are also advised to attend subject meetings for those subject they are opting for as their major, 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.

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.