Summer School Study Abroad Experience

Module description

The purpose of this module is to enable students to attend a summer school programme at one of the School’s approved international partner institutions. Dependent on the credit bearing arrangements for the summer school, credits will be counted as a Business School Option and assessed by a combination of assessment taken during the summer school programme, and assessment set by the Business School following the summer school.

Expectations about prior knowledge and pre-requisites will depend on the respective summer school programmes operated by partner institutions, and student eligibility will be determined as part of the application process.

Please Note: If you require any further information about this module then please contact the International Development Team based in Streatham Court 0.27.

Full module specification

Module title:Summer School Study Abroad Experience
Module code:BUS2003
Module level:2
Academic year:2017/8
Module lecturers:
  • Professor Gabriele Vosseberg - Convenor
Module credit:15
ECTS value:



Completion of first year bachelor studies



Duration of module:

Module aims

The aims of this module are to enable students to: i) Critically reflect on the study of their summer school topic (normally business or language & culture oriented

but may also cover other academic areas, subject to approval of the module leader)

ii) Critically evaluate their cross-cultural awareness and communication skills

iii) Evaluate the international perspectives of their chosen field of study iv) Reflect on their learning and develop through the module as reflective practitioners.

The distinctive features of this module are:

i) An opportunity to select and explore a topic that is of interest to students and also relevant to their workplace or employment aspirations

ii) An opportunity to take assessment outside the normal study period in a variety of formats (e.g. exams, assignments, business games, reports, website, video, reflective learning journal)

iii) An opportunity to engage with other students from across the globe in an intensive study period

iv) An opportunity to develop and practice language skills and develop cross-cultural awareness during periods of study and socialisation.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. differentiate between different (cultural) perspectives on disciplinary content and methods; and/or
  • 2. demonstrate learning about another society and culture; and /or
  • 3. develop/improve foreign language proficiency; and/or
  • 4. demonstrate discipline-specific learning that supplements University of Exeter programme curriculum

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 5. these will be dependent on the focus of the programme

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 6. undertake learning in unfamiliar environments and contexts, adopting appropriate behaviours and demonstrating independence and co-operative attitudes towards meeting challenges and change
  • 7. reflect constructively on own learning and personal development, evaluating achievements and identifying ways of improving performance.

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
Guided independent study150Learning activities and teaching methods will depend on the arrangement of the respective summer school programme: This module is run as a summer school provision by international partner institutions of the business school, and students will be studying this programme at the campus of the partner institution. The number of formal contact hours may vary; and Learning activities will include a variety of different forms (e.g. lectures, seminars, business simulations, company visits)

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Students will participate in the activities of the summer school programme and receive formative feedback during the programmeVaries according to programme offering and can include examination, presentation, group work and oral examinationsAccording to the ILO’s specified by the partner institutionsVerbal and/or written

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
Assessment package as advertised in the Summer school programme and undertaken by partner institution80VariedDependent on summer school programmeWritten and/or verbally
An individual report reflecting on the cross-cultural experience of the summer school programme (set and marked by University of Exeter Business School)20Minimum of 1,000 words (20%); maximum of 4,000 words (100%) – decided by the Exeter Module Convener and dependent on the credit weighting of the summer school programmeDependent on summer school programmeWritten

Re-assessment notes

No reassessment possible as part of the summer school programme

Syllabus plan

This will be dependent on the focus of the programme.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

An indication of learning resources will be provided by the respective convener of the summer school programme. Upon successful application to a particular programme students will receive detailed information about the summer school programme and about learning resources prior to their arrival at the partner institution.


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