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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

SSI3999: Year Abroad

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Module Aims

The module aims to introduce you to the experience of academic study in a different country, and, for some of you, a different language. It aims to challenge preconceptions and assumptions about higher education teaching by exposing you to a different approach to academic study.

You will be expected to develop resilience and flexibility as you adapt to different teaching styles and different administrative procedures, and to living in a new country. Regardless of your language of study, you are expected to develop your communication skills. You will be able to gain a perspective on your experiences of study in the UK by making a comparison with your experience abroad.

The aim of the two assignments are to focus your awareness of the impact on your living and studying abroad, comparing expectations with realities and developing an awareness of the cultural and intellectual differences involved. You will be encouraged to critically engage with the academic practices and various modes of study within the host university, and to reflect on your educational development in the context of the challenges posed by everyday life in an unfamiliar social and economic environment.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. demonstrate critical awareness of different approaches to your academic discipline and the learning process between Exeter and the host University;
2. demonstrate the ability to reflect on how the experience has impacted upon your educational development in the context of a new environment
3. demonstrate module-specific skills specific to the modules taken at the host University, at an appropriate level and scope for the number of credits taken;
Discipline-Specific Skills4. demonstrate discipline-specific skills specific to the modules taken at the host University, at an appropriate level and scope for the number of credits taken;
Personal and Key Skills5. demonstrate personal and key skills specific to the modules taken at the host University, at an appropriate level and scope for the number of credits taken;
6. demonstrate an awareness of the complexities of living and working in a different culture, and
7. demonstrate an ability successfully to negotiate those complexities; and
8. identify and reflect on personal challenges and crises and to learn from your resolution.