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Congratulations and Welcome to the School of Modern Languages and Cultures


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Congratulations on securing your place to study in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures at Durham University!  We are very much looking forward  to  welcoming you in October and working with you over the next four years.

We pride ourselves on our excellence in research and teaching; the Durham Modern Languages and Cultures community is a lively, friendly group of people, including undergraduate students, postgraduates, and staff, who are committed to learning foreign languages and discovering international cultures. Our modules cover a wide and exciting range of topics, from medieval literature to contemporary film. You will be an integral part of life in the School and we are sure that you will enjoy and benefit from your time in Durham.

Professor David Cowling

University student
Welcome to the School of Modern Languages and Cultures. As course reps and members of the Modern Languages and Cultures Staff-Student Consultative Committee (SSCC), we meet to discuss matters relating to the programme. It is a rewarding opportunity to be involved in discussion and development of the programme by gathering student feedback and presenting it to the committee. If you are interested in becoming a course rep, please contact when you arrive in Durham this October.

SSCC Student Representative
School of Modern Languages and Cultures



Department Information

Please confirm your place before the deadline and check your Durham email address regularly for all communications.

You will soon be able to access lots of useful information on our Blackboard Learn Ultra Induction site and Student SharePoint. We will let you know as soon as these are available!

Transitioning to Higher Education - support and information

Next steps

Enrol online

This information will help you prepare for your arrival in Durham.
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Registering for your programme and specific modules

Information about module registration (you will only be able to access this once you are enrolled)
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Your first week in Durham – University Induction Week Events Timetable

The Timetable has been designed so College events don’t clash with any of your academic departmental events, but offer you lots of opportunities to meet your fellow Freshers, find your way around and settle into student life.

To help you keep track of where you need to be, and what you need to do during your first busy days at university, in your College and your Department, we have created a day-by-day University Induction Planner. This should help you to plan your schedule, so you don't miss anything - from being issued with your Campus Card or meeting the staff in your Department, to trying out for a sports team or joining a student society.
Your Personal Induction Planner
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Student updates

Check out our student blogs to read more about life at Durham from our students. Don't forget to follow us on social media!


What to bring to University

Read our top recommendations to add to your packing list ready for your arrival at Durham.

Welcome to Durham – and stop worrying!

Moving to University can be a daunting prospect but there’s no need to worry, you’ll feel right at home here.
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Get in touch

If you have any queries, please feel free to get in touch!

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Durham University

Elvet Riverside

Room ERA58 

New Elvet

Durham, DH1 3JT

Tel: 0191 334 3420