Year Abroad (SSI3999)

StaffMiss Isabel Hatfield - Convenor
Credit Value120
Academic Year2018/9
ECTS Value60
NQF Level6
Pre-requisitesAcceptance onto Erasmus or International Student Exchange programmes. Only applicable for students on an appropriate degree programme involving study abroad
Co-requisites
Duration of Module Term 1: 11 weeks; Term 2: 11 weeks;

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.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. 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;

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. 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;

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 5. 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.

Syllabus plan

Placements for students opting for this module will be secured by the SSIS Erasmus & Study Abroad co-ordinator.  You will be provided with suitable preparatory materials and appropriate guidance during the final term of your second year.  You will join your host Universities direct without returning to Exeter at the start of the third year and will re-join your Exeter degree programmes at the start of the fourth year.  Whilst abroad you will follow the syllabuses as provided by the host University.  You will in addition be asked to monitor the newspapers of your host countries in respect of coverage of British news

You will be required to submit applications for your selected universities (by Easter of the preceding year) and to ensure that all necessary paperwork is completed in due time, and to attend preparatory meetings during the second year (from December onwards). You will be provided with contact details for both the host institution and for Exeter University. You will be asked to maintain regular contact (at least termly) with the SSIS Erasmus co-ordinator at Exeter, who will approve your programme of studies at the host institution.You will be provided with suitable preparatory materials and appropriate guidance during the final term of their second year.

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
02001000

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Study Abroad Placement1000As provided by the host institution
Evaluative Essay and Reflective Assignment200Independent research and preparation of tasks

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
All students are required to submit an internal application in order to be selected for a placement at a partner university.
Students also have the opportunity to submit a reflective piece1,0001-8formative feedback, in the first semester
Other formative assessments are as determined by the host university.

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
10000

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
As per modules at host university 75
1st Evaluative Essay 102500 word essay to be submitted during the time of the placement.1-8Written feedback
2nd Reflective Assignment 154500 word essay to be submitted having completed the placement.1-8Written feedback
0
0
0

Re-assessment notes

For modules taken at the host university, the host university’s rules on reassessment shall apply.

In the event that the student fails the year abroad due to their modules from the host university, and they have not been able to retake those modules, the module mark shall remain as a fail, and the student will transfer from the four-year ‘with Study Abroad’ programme to stage 3 of the equivalent three-year programme. The failed Year Abroad module will remain on the student’s record, but will not contribute towards their degree award.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Kolb, D.A. (1984) Experiential learning: experience as the source of learning and development Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Schön, D. (1991) The Reflective Practitioner. Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing Ltd.

 

 

Module has an active ELE page?

Yes

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

01/10/2012

Last revision date

10/07/2013

Key words search

Study Abroad, Erasmus, Year Abroad, placement, European Study, International Study, exchange