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MBA International Experiences

Module description

The purpose of this module is to enable you to broaden your knowledge and experience by studying one or more elective modules at approved international partner institutions (Audencia in Nantes, Kedge in Marseilles) as part of your MBA study, live, study and interact with like-minded MBA participants in a cross-cultural environment overseas. Dependent on the credit bearing arrangements for the electives, credits will be counted as an MBA option and assessed by a combination of assessment set by the partner institute and assessment set by the Business School.

Expectations about prior knowledge and pre-requisites will depend on the individual modules offered by the partner institute.                                                       

Internationalisation: internationalisation of your experience is embedded in the module.

External Engagement: external engagement takes place through interaction with lecturers, professionals and like-minded MBA participants at local partner institutions.

Employability: you will acquire a number of skills, including adaptability and team working skills in a cross-cultural setting.

Ethics and Corporate Responsibility: The partner institutes’ MBA directly links with CSR and the module content directly addresses issues of ethics, CSR and sustainability in an international context.

Research in Teaching:  All modules offered within the International Experiences build on the latest research and scholarship in the individual fields.

Full module specification

Module title:MBA International Experiences
Module code:MBAM936B
Module level:M
Academic year:2022/3
Module lecturers:
  • Ms Jackie Bagnall - Convenor
Module credit:15
ECTS value:






Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 3:

4-5 days

Module aims

The International Experiences module on the MBA enables you to

  • broaden your knowledge of business in an international context
  • broaden your experience
  • network with like minded MBA participants, experts and corporate organisations overseas
  • promote the acquisition and application of team working in a cross cultural environment overseas
  • reflect on your skills development and experiences

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. adapt to life and learning in a foreign environment;
  • 2. appreciate the challenges different environments generate to business, individuals and societies;
  • 3. develop a global mindset;
  • 4. network with like-minded MBA participants, experts and corporate organisations in a cross-cultural setting overseas.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 5. acquire specialist knowledge that complements that transferred on the Exeter MBA;
  • 6. reflect on your experiences while living and studying overseas.

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 7. take a global outlook: apply creative intelligence and ethical imagination to complex problems to ensure that environmental and social governance is taken into account;
  • 8. apply critical thinking: present and defend strategic analyses in multiple forms (written, verbal, digital) based on case material, desk based and empirical research;
  • 9. work with a collaborative mind-set: give and receive feedback at all levels in a confident and respectful manner. Work inclusively across multi-cultural groups to research, explore and prepare a persuasive argument against an assignment or client brief;
  • 10. develop an ethical perspective: improve personal effectiveness through consciously and diligently making decisions on behalf of all stakeholders, environmental, social and financial;
  • 11. demonstrate technological and digital literacy: identify and apply relevant technologies to source, process and communicate accurate information.

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 Teaching Activity24The learning activities and teaching methods will depend on the student’s module choices.
Guided Independent Study76

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
As determined by partner institutionAs determined by partner institutionAs outlined by partner institutionAs outlined by partner institution

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
A combination of lectures, seminars and group work – as determined by partner institution 70N/AAs outlined by partner institutionAs outlined by partner institution
Reflective assignment (assessed by home institute)301,500 words1-7Written feedback

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
As outlined by partner institution (70%)As outlined by partner institution (70%)As outlined by partner institutionAs outlined by partner institution
Reflective assignment 1500 words (30%)Reflective assignment 1500 words (30%)1-76 weeks after briefing

Re-assessment notes

As determined by partner institution

Syllabus plan

The modules on offer will each consist of four consecutive days (28 hours) of classroom-based teaching and learning that will introduce issues formally and through critical debate. 

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

To be determined by the host partner institute.

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