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University of Exeter Business School

Year Abroad (Study)

Module titleYear Abroad (Study)
Module codeBEP3100B
Academic year2023/4
Module staff

Dr Susan Kinsey ()

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks



Number students taking module (anticipated)


Module description

This module is for undergraduate Business School students to study abroad in their 3rd of 4 years on the ‘With Year Abroad’ programme. With this module you can spend an academic year at one of the Business School’s European partner institutions, a partner institution outside of Europe, or combine one semester study at a European and one semester at a non-European partner institution.


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, which may or may not include learning of a foreign language, 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.  

Module aims - intentions of the module

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 learning 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 graduates 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. 

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 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

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

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

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 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

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 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.

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
From 45 ECTS of modules (or equivalent at non-European partner institutions)75Dependent on module credit weighting at partner institution1-6As outlined by partner institution
Reflective essay252000 words1-6Mark 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 institutionAs outlined by module descriptor from partner institution1-6As determined by partner institution

Re-assessment notes

For modules taken at the partner institution, the partner institution’s rules on reassessment will apply. The accessibility support provided by the partner institution will vary. Please contact the 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 partner institution, the BEP3100B module mark will remain as a fail, and you will transfer from the four-year ‘With Year Abroad’ programme to stage 3 of the equivalent three-year programme. The failed BEP3100B Year Abroad module will remain on your record, but will not contribute towards your degree award.

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Key words search

Study abroad, international, employability

Credit value120
Module ECTS


Module pre-requisites

BEP2130 1st year average of 60% required for International destinations (non-European) and 1st year average of 50% required for European destinations

NQF level (module)


Available as distance learning?


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