Literatures, Languages & Cultures

Teaching and learning in 2021

University is a place to formulate your own goals, study independently and in groups, and reflect upon your learning throughout your degree. Here's our approach to teaching and learning in 2021.

This information is specific to the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC).

If you are a student on a joint degree programme, or are planning to take courses in other School, please ensure you refer to the latest information in that School too.

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Like all Schools at the University of Edinburgh, LLC has planned for the maximum amount of in-person teaching we are able to provide in 2021/22.

We have made these plans on the basis that students are expected to be in Edinburgh in time to commence their studies.

We do understand, however, that some of you face very real difficulties arriving in Edinburgh for the start of the semester. In recognition of these difficulties, we will allow students to join us on campus up until the end of Week 3 of Semester 1 (Friday 8th October 2021).

We also recognise that students who have a disability, learning difference or health condition that may impact on their studies may benefit from support to study on campus. We encourage you to contact the Student Disability Service as soon as possible to discuss your support needs, and we will work with you and the Disability Service to ensure you can participate.

Please note that core teaching for your programme will be delivered in-person where possible within government guidelines, and any material online will not fully compensate for activities missed. We also cannot provide additional tuition for students who join our programmes after Week 1. Please do factor these points into your decision making carefully. If it is not possible to undertake your studies in the way that you would have hoped this year, then options may include a deferral of study or an Authorised Interruption of Study.

This information was last updated on 12th August 2021.

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Are you due to study abroad in 2021/22? 

Disruptions caused by the pandemic may continue to affect study and work away activity throughout the 2021/22 academic year.  The health, safety, and wellbeing of our students remains our priority and a series of supportive measures have been put in place to ensure the University’s duty of care to our students is not compromised.

During the academic session 2021/22, students will be considered for overseas travel. Where an exchange or placement forms a mandatory part of your programme, this would be categorised as ‘essential travel’ for the purposes of the University’s travel insurance policy. Additional conditions must be met for travel to be approved - these will differ from student to student and will depend on your host institution or proposed work placement, the country you are travelling to, and your degree programme.

Details of the conditions and process applicable to overseas travel are available on the University's Study and Work Away web pages.

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If you are unable to travel abroad in semester 1, the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC) will put in place an alternative activity to support your learning. Where you are studying a joint degree, we are working with our partner subjects to ensure a contingency plan is available for both sides of your programme.  Where you are unable to travel abroad in semester 1, if the contingency plan is not delivered by the University of Edinburgh it will not be necessary for you to be on campus in Edinburgh - although you may choose to do so if preferred. See the contingency plans in detail for more information.

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