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Modern Languages and Cultures: New students

Modern Languages and Cultures

Modern Languages and Cultures

Welcome message from Professor Fiona Cox

Many congratulations on joining Modern Languages and Cultures at Exeter! The MLC 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. Please do feel free to ask questions, and to seek out support and assistance when you need it: staff and students will be ready and willing to help. You’ll hear more about this on arrival, when you will be able to meet with your personal tutors. 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. We are really looking forward to meeting you and working with you for the next four years.

Professor Fiona Cox
Head of Languages, Cultures and Visual Studies

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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 Queen's Hub, who support Modern Languages and Cultures 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 Queen's 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. As well as the compulsory induction activities, there are optional social activities - a mixer and a quiz - for you to get to know your classmates and lecturers.

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 and Cultures
Date Start Finish Details Location
Tuesday 14 September 13:00 14:30

Modern Languages Welcome Talk

Newman Blue LT (A)
Tuesday 14 September 15:00 17:00

Modern Languages Coffee and Cake Mixer

Queens LT6.2, Queens LT6.1
Wednesday 15 September 14:00/15:00 15:00/16:00

Personal Tutor Meetings

Please check your personal timetable for location
Thursday 16 September 15:00 17:00

Languages Quiz

Queens LT4.2, Queens LT4.1

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 and Cultures summer reading list.

Modern Languages modules

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. The following instructions are complex so make sure you allow yourself time to fully understand them before embarking on making your choices via the Online Module Selection System within iExeter.

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 2021-22.

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 2021-22 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.

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.

To get the most out of your first year of study it is important to take part in the Academic Induction activities for your subject/s.

We’re looking forward to meeting you soon!

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 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 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 Language Centre also runs an Evening Language Programme with many more language options.

Please note that Modern Languages and Cultures students are not able to take three languages without DESE approval and should only take languages not offered by the department (Japanese, Korean or BSL) through the Language Centre.

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