SML3020 - Study Abroad at a Partner University (with Assessment in the Foreign Language)

2022/3 Module description

StaffProfessor Katharine Hodgson - Convenor
Credit Value120
ECTS Value60
NQF Level6
Pre-requisites60 credits (30 ECTS) of core language in the language of the host country.
Duration of Module Term 1: 1 academic year weeks;

Module description

Students taking this module live and study abroad for an entire academic year: they follow university courses in one (or two) of the countries whose language(s) they study, they are taught and assessed by academics working in the foreign universities, and bring their marks back to Exeter. They have a unique opportunity to improve their knowledge of foreign cultures and languages and gain skills that equip them better for the international job market – Prerequisites: 60 credits (30 ECTS) of core language in the language of the host country.

Module aims

This module aims to:

  • Enhance your awareness of the process of foreign-language acquisition and to develop strategies for more effective learning
  • Develop your intercultural awareness and competence through reflection on the experience of living and studying abroad
  • Increase your employability in an increasingly competitive international market
  • Enhance your capacity for self-assessment through structured reflection on your experience

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. Undertake study and pass exams or your assessed coursework at a partner University in the language of that country
  • 2. Demonstrate knowledge and application of the attitudes and qualities that are required to function well in a foreign academic environment
  • 3. Use appropriate grammatical structures and vocabulary in the target language to analyse your experience and to respond precisely to a specific brief in writing and/or orally

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. Critically evaluate the process of independent learning by reflection on and evaluation of the experience of working and learning abroad
  • 5. Demonstrate the confident use of different language registers appropriate to different situations
  • 6. Demonstrate an increased linguistic sophistication, in terms of both expression and knowledge, that will enhance your performance in final-year written and oral language work
  • 7. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the host country and a sensitivity to its culture so as to function as an integrated member of its society

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 8. Learn independently, and draw up an action plan for development of your skills
  • 9. Identify and describe strategies for adapting to studying practices in a foreign country; compare and reflect critically on those in your own country
  • 10. Reflect on your experiences in order to prepare yourself for the workplace and therefore be better placed to obtain graduate-level employment and be an asset to a future employer
  • 11. Demonstrate a level of intercultural competence that will prepare you for employment in any foreign country

Syllabus plan

Attendance for 2 semesters and completion of a minimum of 30 ECTS credits worth of courses relevant to your degree (or an equivalent number of credits at universities outside the EU) at host partner university.

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

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Placement/study abroad1200Two semesters at university abroad. Hours to include all assessment required including any independent study. Hours are approximate and may vary in individual circumstances and institutions.

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Self-Assessment and Personal Development Plan6 pages2, 4-11Self-assessed

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Oral examination5015 minutes2-11Feedback Sheet
Transcript from host university abroad50Varied1-3, 5-9, 11Varied

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Oral examOral exam2-11Referral/Deferral period
TranscriptSee: Written tasks in the target language as set by the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures. 750 words if up to 25% of credits have been failed; 1,500 words if up to 50% of credits have ben failed; 3,000 words if up to 100% of credits have been failed.2-11Referral/Deferral period

Re-assessment notes

Progression from stage 3 (Year Abroad) to Stage 4 will be conditional on satisfying the requirements of the year abroad as specified in the relevant Handbook and passing the year aboard module(s).  Students who fail to complete the year abroad or who fail a referred re-assessment of the year abroad will be required to transfer to the BA European Culture Programme.

N.B. For 2021-22 only, this module will be pass/fail. Any resulting amendments to the assessments will be notified to students. There will be no oral examination in September 2022.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • R. Michael Paige et al., Maximizing Study Abroad, 2nd edn (University of Minnesota CARLA, 2002)
  • Holliday, A.,Kullman, J., Hyde, M.(2010) Intercultural Communication: An Advanced Resource Book for Students, Routledge Applied Linguistics

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Year abroad, Internship abroad, Study at a partner university

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