Summer School Study Abroad Experience

Module description

The purpose of this module is to enable undergraduate Business School students to attend a summer school programme at one of the School’s approvedinternational partner institutions. Dependent on the credit bearing arrangements for the summer school, credits will becounted as a Business School Option and calculated by a combination of assessments taken during the summer school programme and an assessment set by the University of Exeter Business 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 .

Full module specification

Module title:Summer School Study Abroad Experience
Module code:BEP2000
Module level:2
Academic year:2019/0
Module lecturers:
  • Gabriele Vosseberg - Convenor
Module credit:15
ECTS value:



Completion of first year bachelor studies

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

2-6 dependent on chosen programme

Module aims

The aims of this module are to enable you to:

i) Critically reflect on the study of your 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 your cross-cultural awareness and communication skills

iii) Evaluate the international perspectives of your chosen field of study

iv) Reflect on your learning and develop through the module as reflective practitioner.


The distinctive features of this module are:


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

ii) An opportunity to take assessments 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 proficiencys
  • 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 changes
  • 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
You 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 Verbal and/or written institutions specified by the partner Verbal 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 verbal
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

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 of failing your Summer School module (BUS2003), you will be required to take a 15 credit Exeter module during the following academic year, which will be treated as a referred result, i.e capped at 40%.

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 convener of the summer school programme. Upon successful application to a particular programme you will receive detailed information about the summer school programme and about learning resources prior to your arrival at the partner institution.

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