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Durham University

School of Modern Languages & Cultures


 School of Modern Languages & Cultures  :   Welcome


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.

Head of School

Enrol Online

Enrolment opens eight weeks before the start of your programme. After your acceptance has been processed you will receive two email messages from which provide:

  • Your Computing and Information Services (CIS) username
  • How to derive your CIS password and guidance on how to access the system

The messages are sent 24 hours apart and are sent to the email address you provided when you applied so it’s important to let us know of any changes to this information by contacting the Student Records Team at You may also need to monitor your spam folders to see if the messages have arrived there.

After you have received both emails you will need to:

  • Change your password
  • Log into Durham University Online – duo
  • Choose the “Banner Self Service” link in duo under “External Tools”
  • Choose Registration and Enrolment
  • Enrol with the University
  • Upload a photograph for your campus card

You will receive information from your department about registering for your programme and modules. You should follow the advice given about whether to complete registration for programmes and modules before you come to Durham, or whether to wait until you arrive before making final choices, so that your department can give you further advice and information.

Module Registration

Module registration is a two stage process which includes:

• Selection of modules
• Approval of modules

The first stage is where you confirm your programme of study and choose your optional modules. The second stage of the process is where department(s) approve your choice of modules. Any modules you choose at this stage will be provisional and not approved until you have submitted your online registration form. This needs to be done by 12 noon on Tuesday 2 October.

More information on module registration can be found at:

Pre-Arrival Checklist

You should have received the following information prior to your arrival:

  • IT log-in details for DUO, so that you can regularly keep up to date with staff communication and select modules.
  • Freshers welcome pack: Welcome letter
  • Information from the Student Registry on the enrolment and module selection processes
  • School Handbook and Study Skills Booklet (to be made available in duo in October)

Your first week in Durham – University Induction Online Planner

We have put together a comprehensive package of induction activities which will take place between Monday 1st and Friday 5th October .

Attendance of all of department-based activities is compulsory and we have tried to plan the week’s activities so that wherever possible they do not clash with any other college, university or sport commitment, many of which are repeated to allow you several opportunities to take part. View the timetable here

All members of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures are looking forward to meeting you in October. Should you have any questions on any of the above please contact:

Further guidance is available here

The enthusiasm and dedication of the teachers and lecturers in imparting their knowledge and improving your proficiency in both beginners and advanced languages is one of the many reasons it's so great to be a MLAC student at Durham. A country is much more than its language, and studying literature, history and film in the cultural modules helps put all the grammar exercises and vocab tests into context! Attending the induction talks allows you to navigate your way around all the different modules, how the system works, and sets you up to make the best choices. Not going means you may lose out on modules you would have preferred, or be slightly clueless for the majority of the first term. Miss them at your peril!

Sophie Allen, 2nd year student 2013-14