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English: New undergraduate students

New undergraduates

New undergraduates

Welcome message from Professor Vike Martina Plock

Many congratulations on securing your place in the English Department at the University of Exeter. We all look forward to welcoming you in September. During Welcome Week, we’ll introduce you to your fellow students, your personal tutor and to the various members of the department who will be teaching and advising you during your time here. You will attend introductory lectures for your term one modules, and you will also have the opportunity to work in small teams on a range of activities designed to help you to get to know each other, the department, the library, the campus and the city.

See you in September!

Professor Vike Martina Plock

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 2022: Monday 19 September - Sunday 25 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 English students, as soon as possible by emailing

The Student's Guild is also running welcome events throughout the week, including a Welcome Festival 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, 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 timetable for new undergraduate students studying English*

Date Start Finish Details Location
Wednesday 21 September 09:00 11:00

English Welcome Talk

Forum LT 

Wednesday 21 September 13.30 16.30pm

English Sample Seminar

Please check your personal timetable for time and location

Thursday 22 September 09:30 11:30

Introductory talks by module convenors

Forum Alumni Auditorium LT

Friday 23 September 10:30 16:30

English, Communications, and Film Studies Team Skills

Washington Singer 129. Please check your personal timetable for time

* For all undergraduate students studying English programmes as Single Honours (SH) and Combined Honours (CH) (including BA English with Study in North America)

Please also be aware that an optional Humanities and Social Sciences Information Fair will be held in Amory C501 from 15:00 to 16:30 on Wednesday 21st September.

Joining instructions

You will shortly receive a welcome email and reading lists, please also see the English summer reading list.

Please note that these reading lists are only here as guidance and for those interested, you are not expected to purchase these books. 

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.

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