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Year Abroad

Module description


This module is for undergraduate Business School students to study abroad in their 3rd year of 4 year With Year Abroad WYA programme. With this module you will study at one of the Business School partner institutions.


An important element of international business is for you to understand the political, economic, and cultural differences between countries. By studying at another university and/or completing an international work placement 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:  




This module is specifically for the With Year Abroad WYA programme, 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.




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.




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:BEP3100
Module level:3
Academic year:2021/2
Module lecturers:
  • Miss Stef Foley - Convenor
Module credit:120
ECTS value:






Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 1:


Duration (weeks) - term 2:


Duration (weeks) - term 3:


Module aims

The module introduces you to the experience of academic study and/or work 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.


You are able to combine one semester of study at a partner university with one semester of an approved international work placement. You can undertake one semester study with one partner institution and one semester study with a different partner institution.  You can also complete a year-long international work placement.

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 period abroad.

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
Contact hoursSubject to ECTS credit weighting / international credit equivalentAs determined by the partner institution. The learning activities and teaching methods will depend on the student’s module choices. All module choices at the partner institution 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 weighting1-6

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
Credit transfer100Dependent on module credit weighting at partner institution 1-6As outlined by partner institution

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 institutionAs outlined by module descriptor from partner institution1-6As 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 Business Study Abroad 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 BEP3100 module mark will remain as a fail, and you will transfer from the 4-year With Year Abroad WYA programme to stage 3 of the equivalent three-year programme. The failed BEP3100 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 Study Abroad Team. The team will facilitate the approval of your module choices and/or work placement at the partner institution by the 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?


Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

University of Exeter Study Abroad site:

Websites of partner institutions


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