European Study

Module description

Summary:

This non-credit bearing compulsory module will help you prepare for your Year 3 study placement abroad as part of your ‘With European Study’ degree programme. You will be guided through the institution application process and be provided with general preparation for study abroad or European work placement. You will begin to develop intercultural communication skills and will be encouraged to begin to frame your experience in the wider context of employability and personal development. By the end of the module you will be allocated to your host institution, have completed all the relevant host application paperwork and understand the implications of your year abroad.

Additional Information:

Internationalisation
This module is designed to prepare you for your time studying abroad which will give you an international study experience. You are normally expected to take a language course if you intend to go to a non-English speaking country.

Sustainability
All of the information about studying abroad is on the ELE (Exeter Learning Environment).

External Engagement
You will engage extensively with the partner institution where you will undertake their study placement and if seeking a semester work placement, contact with international employers.

Employability
You will acquire a number of valuable skills including adaptability, team-working, language abilities, and intercultural skills.

Full module specification

Module title:

European Study

Module code:

BSD2004

Module level: 2
Academic year: 2017/8
Module lecturers:
  • Professor Gabriele Vosseberg - Convenor
  • Dr Ajit Nayak - Lecturer
Module credit: 0
ECTS value:

0

Pre-requisites:

Minimum overall weighted average of 50% in Level 1 (please note that this module is a pre-requisite for the Level 3 Business School Year Abroad module BUS3000). There may be some language requirements for specific host Universities. Please contact the International Development Team for more information.

Co-requisites:

None

Duration of module:

Duration (weeks) - term 1:
2

Duration (weeks) - term 2:
4

Duration (weeks) - term 3:
1

Module aims

This non-credit bearing compulsory module will help you prepare for your Year 3 study placement abroad as part of your ‘With European Study’ degree programme. You will be guided through the institution application process and be provided with general preparation for study abroad or European work placement. You will begin to develop intercultural communication skills and will be encouraged to begin to frame your experience in the wider context of employability and personal development. By the end of the module you will be allocated to your host institution, have completed all the relevant host application paperwork and understand the implications of your year abroad.

ILO: Module-specific skills

1. understand the purpose and benefits of undertaking an international study placement
2. identify a third-year placement suited to their language skills, academic and career trajectory and personal interest
3. research host country culture and academic study culture thoroughly
4. consider the implications of a year abroad – costs, adapting to new cultures, arranging own travel and accommodation
5. locate services and resources that will help them with their placement application and during their time abroad

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

6. understand the academic requirements that they are expected to fulfil during the study abroad / work placement period
7. understand how the year abroad counts toward to the Exeter degree programme and how the marks earned abroad are converted to the Exeter grading system

ILO: Personal and key skills

8. understand the contribution of their study or work placement towards their academic, career and personal development
9. identify opportunities for intercultural communication skills development

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

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
6 6 0

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Contact Hours 6 Lectures
Independant Study 6 Preparation for presentation, individual academic meeting, host institution application
Additional sessions may be offered by the Central Study Abroad Team and advertised in advance    

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Presentations / Q&A 20 minutes 1,2,3,4,5 Verbal
Provisional Learning Agreement Spreadsheet List of complete study load and minimum two reserve modules for each term 6,7 Verbal and written

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
100 0 0

Re-assessment notes

This module is not formally assessed and does not bear any credits, however it is possible to fail this module. Students are required to attend all compulsory sessions and maintain a good academic average. Those students who fail to meet the requirements of the course without due cause will be transferred back to the three year degree.

Please see BUS3000 for details regarding AccessAbility for studying abroad and for further information regarding reassessment at the host university.

Syllabus plan

You will research and apply for their preferred European host institution by a specific date in Term 1 (typically first week of November). Host institution allocation is a competitive selection process and you will do a presentation followed by Q&A (20 minutes total) in support of your choice of host institution. Host institution allocations are typically published at the end of Term 1.

In Term 2 you will formally apply to host institution and arrange a meeting with the Academic Coordinator to confirm their study plan for their year abroad. If you are seeking a semester work placement, you will need to comply with relevant School procedures. Advice will be given through the module handbook and on an individual student basis.

4 x timetabled 1 hour compulsory sessions

  • Introductory Session (information on application and selection process)
  • Academic Guidelines Briefing
  • Work Placement Briefing (compulsory for students seeking a semester work placement)
  • Intercultural Communication Session

1 x timetabled compulsory 2 hour session

  • Pre-Departure Briefing

Additional sessions may be offered by the Central Study Abroad Team and will be advertised in advance

Module has an active ELE page?

Yes

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

BSD2004 Module ELE page: http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=1856
Business School Study Abroad ELE page: http://vle.exeter.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=2121
Business School Abroad blog: http://blogs.exeter.ac.uk/gointernational/
University of Exeter Study Abroad site: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/international/studyabroad/outbound/
Websites of partner institutions
ESN Erasmus Student Network: http://www.esn.org/  

Work placements:
Global Employability: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/careers/global/countryinformation/europe/
University of Exeter Jobsurfing site: https://online.goinglobal.com 

Origin date

29/04/2011

Last revision date

28/03/2017