Modern Languages: New students

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 13 September 2019 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 please see our 'Joining instructions'. 

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 Queen's Hub Team, who support Modern Languages students, 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, 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 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 17 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 18 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 19 September 12:00 14:00

Welcome Event

An informal buffet lunch 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 New Students 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

Arab and Islamic Studies; Law; Politics; Sociology; Philosophy and/or Anthropology

College of Life and Environmental Sciences

Biosciences; Geography; Psychology; Sport 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

College of Medicine and Health

Medical Sciences; Medicine

The Business School

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

Joining instructions

If you wish to start with some reading before you arrive in Exeter, please view the Modern Languages summer reading list.

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.

Choosing Modern Languages modules is easier with our helpful instructions below. Please make sure you allow yourself time to fully understand them before embarking on making your choices via the Online Module Selection System within iExeter (more details below).

Instructions for choosing your Modern Languages modules

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 2019-20.

If you are studying on a Combined Honours programme (e.g. History and "a Language" or "a Language" and Arabic) you will need to read the instructions from the Combined Honours Modern Languages Student Letter 2019-20,  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 of Exeter.

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.

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.

Modules for Combined Honours programmes

For students on Combined Honours programmes, module choice information will be released and co-ordinated by the lead discipline for the programme, that is the first named subject in the degree title. For example, BA Archaeology and Anthropology is led by the Archaeology department; BA Philosophy and Theology is led by the Philosophy department. (Please see the ‘Combined Honours or Flexible Combined Honours Students’ link above for more information).

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.