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Liberal Arts: New students

Liberal Arts

We're currently planning our Induction Week activities from 14 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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Freshers’ Week 2020: Monday 14 September - Sunday 20 September

In this unusual year, we recognise that not all students may have arrived on campus for the start of Freshers’ Week. Don’t worry if you are not able to be in Exeter for the start of term, we’ll be recording induction sessions that take place on campus and offering online alternatives so you can still join in.

If there is any reason why you may not be here for Freshers', 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, either in person or online. 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, 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 14 September 15:00 16:00

Welcome to Liberal Arts

Online (Microsoft Teams Meeting)
Tuesday 15 September 16:00 17:15 Liberal Arts Society Meet and Greet Online (Microsoft Teams Meeting)
Wednesday 16 September 13:00 14:30

Liberal Arts Programme: Majors and Modules

Online (Microsoft Teams Meeting)
Thursday 17 September 16:00 17:00

Your Guild / Meet Your Tutor Event

Online (Microsoft Teams Meeting)


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.