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Modern Languages and Cultures: New students

Modern Languages and Cultures

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 Queen's Hub, who support Modern Languages and Cultures students: or +44 (0)1392 723570

Welcome message from Professor Adam Watt

Many congratulations on joining Modern Languages and Cultures 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 and Cultures

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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 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, either in person or online.

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 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 15 September 13:30 14:30

Welcome Event

Online (Microsoft Teams Meeting)
Wednesday 16 September N/A N/A

Personal Tutor sessions

Online (Microsoft Teams Meeting); Please check your personal timetable for time

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.

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.