SML3025 - Internship Abroad Combined with Study at a Partner University Abroad

2022/3 Module description

StaffProfessor Katharine Hodgson - Lecturer
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

You will undertake two complementary experiences abroad: taking university courses in one of the countries whose language(s) you study. You will be taught and assessed by academics working in the foreign universities and bring back their marks to Exeter.

You will also do a work placement to improve their knowledge of foreign cultures and languages and gain skills that equip you better for the international job market.

Module aims

The aim of this module is 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, working 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 work environment
  • 3. Use appropriate grammatical structures and vocabulary in the target language to analyse your experience and to respond precisely to a specific brief both 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 and self-assess independently, and draw up an action plan for development of your skills
  • 9. Identify and describe strategies for adapting to working/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

Whilst the content may vary from year to year, the standard pathway on this module is as follows:

  • Internship abroad in an Exeter-approved company
  • Attendance for 1 semester and completion of a minimum of 15 ECTS credits worth of courses relevant to students’ degree 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
Scheduled Learning and Teaching600Training and internship in a university-approved company. Hours to include all assessment and study time. Hours quoted are approximate and may differ in individual circumstances
Guided Independent Study600One semester of courses at a partner university abroad. Hours to include all assessment and study time. Hours quoted are approximate and may differ in individual circumstances

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Self-Assessment and Personal Development Plan6 Pages2, 3-11Self-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
Two reports in target language301000 words2-11Feedback sheet
Oral examination3015 minutes2-11Feedback Sheet
Transcript from host university abroad25Varied1, 3, 5-9, 11Varied
Portfolio15Tasks as prescribed on the ELE page2-11Feedback Sheet

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
ReportsReports2-113 months
Oral examOral exam2-113 months
PortfolioPortfolio2-113 months
TranscriptWritten tasks in the target language as set by the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures. 375 words if up to 25% of credits have been failed; 750 words if up to 50% of credits have ben failed; 1,500 words if up to 100% of credits have been failed.2-113 months

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 , this module will be pass/fail. Accordingly, a simplified scheme of assessment is specified on the ELE page. 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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