Year Abroad

Module description

Summary:

This module is for undergraduate Business School students to study abroad in their 3rd year of 4 year ‘With European Study’ or ‘With International Study’ programme variants. With this module you will study at one of the Business School’s European Erasmus+ partner institutions or a partner university outside of Europe. 

An important element of international business is for you to understand the political, economic, and cultural differences between countries. By studying at another university as part of your degree programme you will learn to think globally and come to understand how the world is interconnected through business. Adding an international component to your business degree will make you more competitive in today’s multicultural, global business environment. You will also have access to a range of modules, potentially in areas not offered at Exeter, taught in a different learning culture and therefore broadening your overall academic experience.      

Additional Information:   

Internationalisation
This module is specifically for the ‘With European Study’ and ‘With International Study’ programmes, and therefore you will gain an international academic experience as part of your Business School undergraduate programme. You are strongly encouraged to, and may be required, 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 undertake your study abroad placement.

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

Full module specification

Module title:

Year Abroad

Module code:

BUS3000

Module level: 3
Academic year: 2017/8
Module lecturers:
  • Professor Gabriele Vosseberg - Convenor
  • Dr Ajit Nayak
Module credit: 120
ECTS value:

60

Pre-requisites:

BSD2003 International Study  - 1st year average of 60% required
BSD2004 European Study  - 1st year average of 50% required

Co-requisites:

None

Duration of module:

Duration (weeks) - term 1:
11

Duration (weeks) - term 2:
11

Duration (weeks) - term 3:
90

Module aims

The module introduces you to the experience of academic study outside the UK, and, for some of you, a different language. It aims to challenge preconceptions and assumptions about higher education teaching by exposing you to a different approach to academic study.

You will be expected to develop resilience and flexibility as you adapt to different teaching styles, different administrative procedures, and to living in a new country. Regardless of the language of study, you are expected to develop your communication skills. Many international companies recognise the importance of employing managers able to understand and communicate across cultures.  These are referred to as cross cultural literacy skills. This module enables you to gain cross-cultural literacy skills through both living and studying in another country, whilst at the same time developing your knowledge of international business.

You will be able to gain a perspective on your experiences of study in the UK by making a comparison with your experience abroad.

If you are on the ‘With European Study’ programme variant you are also able to combine one semester of study at a partner university with one semester of an approved work placement in a participating Erasmus+ country. 

ILO: Module-specific skills

1. demonstrate a sound knowledge of a wide range of business theory and application.
2. identify new perspectives on chosen modules through exposure to teaching/coursework/assessment based in different cultural frames of reference and/or taught by local instructors.

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

3. evaluate the application of theoretical principles
4. analyse the business environment and evaluate appropriate business practices.

ILO: Personal and key skills

5. communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, in a different study environment and different cultural frame of reference.
6. develop effective time management, planning skills and initiative during the study abroad period.

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

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
0 0 1200

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Contact Hours Subject to ECTS credit weighting / international credit equivalent

As determined by partner institution. The learning activities and teaching methods will depend on the student’s module choices.

All module choices at the partner universities need to be approved by the University of Exeter Business School.

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Assignments and assessments are determined on a module basis by the host partner institution and agreed by the Programme Director. Dependent on module credit weighting ILO 1-6  

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
100 0 0

Details of summative assessment

In accordance with the University Teaching Quality Assurance Manual (http://as.exeter.ac.uk/academic-policy-standards/tqa-manual/lts/experienceabroad/#Conversion/ under 9.4), marks awarded by an institution abroad will be converted according to conversion criteria that are consistent for all students and published on the BUS3000 ELE page.

Module credits at European higher education institutions are referred to as ECTS (European Credit Transfer System). The ECTS weighting per module may vary from institution to institution and even across disciplines of the same institution. For the duration of one semester students would be expected to register for modules to the total of 30 ECTS, or agreed equivalent.  For the duration of two semesters the study load is 60 ECTS, or agreed equivalent for non-European universities.

An equivalent required study load for each of the non-European partner universities has also been determined. This information is available on the BSD2003 International Study and BUS3000 Year Abroad ELE pages. 

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method

1 ‘With European Study’ – Full Year Study

A weighted average of the results from a full study load of 60 ECTS at host university.
100% from modules Dependent on module credit weighting at partner university ILO 1-6

As outlined by partner institution

Mark conversion sheet provided by University of Exeter Business School.

2 ‘With European Study’ – Full Year Study

Weighted average of best 45 ECTS from host university, plus 15 ECTS from a reflective essay submitted at the end of the year abroad (3,500 words).

‘With European Study’ Students by default are assessed by option 1, but all full year study ‘With European Study’ students given the choice of option 2 in Feb/Mar of year abroad. Students must study a minimum of 60 ECTS

75% from 45 ECTS of modules

25% from reflective essay

Dependent on module credit weighting at partner university

 

3,500 words
ILO 1-6

As outlined by partner institution

Mark conversion & essay feedback sheet provided by University of Exeter Business School.
3 ‘With European Study’ – One Semester Study, One Semester Work Placement

50% from 30 ECTS of modules

50% from work placement report

Dependent on module credit weighting at partner university

7,500 words
ILO 1-6

As outlined by partner institution

Mark conversion & essay feedback sheet provided by University of Exeter Business School.
4 ‘With International Study’

90% from the full study load as determined by the Programme Director.

10% from reflective essay

Dependent on module credit weighting at partner university

2,000 words
ILO 1-6

As outlined by partner institution

Mark conversion & essay feedback sheet provided by University of Exeter Business School.

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 As outlined by module descriptor from partner institution ILO 1-6 As determined by partner institution.

Re-assessment notes

For modules taken at the host university, the host university’s rules on reassessment will apply. The accessibility support provided by the host institution will vary. Please contact the International Development Team if you have any queries.

In the event that you fail the year abroad due to your individual module results from the host university, the BUS3000 module mark will remain as a fail, and you will transfer from the four-year ‘‘With European Study’ or ‘With International Study’ programme variants to stage 3 of the equivalent three-year programme. The failed BUS3000 Year Abroad module will remain on your record, but will not contribute towards your degree award.

Syllabus plan

The syllabus will vary according to the options provided by the host partner institution and module choices made by the student.

You are required to maintain regular monthly contact with the University of Exeter Business School International Development Team. The International Development Team  will facilitate the approval of your module choices at the partner institution by the relevant 'With European Study' or 'With International Study' programme director. It is your responsibility to ensure up to date and accurate module information is provided and that approval is granted. You must also ensure that all relevant year abroad paperwork is completed within the deadlines.

Module has an active ELE page?

Yes

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

To be determined by the host partner institution and the relevant Programme Director.

Origin date

-

Last revision date

17/01/2017