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University of Exeter Business School

Preparation for WYA With Year Abroad

Module titlePreparation for WYA With Year Abroad
Module codeBUS1908
Academic year2023/4
Module staff

Dr Mihaela Bishop ()

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks




Number students taking module (anticipated)


Module description

This first-year module is for all undergraduate students intending to undertake a year-long international study or work placement in their 3rd of 4 years on the WYA (With Year Abroad) programme.

It will provide you with the opportunity to develop academic, personal and employability skills needed to explore international study or work opportunities.  Delivery is through blended learning with a combination of lectures and workshops throughout the year.  Completion of all sessions is mandatory unless specified as optional. You will also meet students who have recently completed study and/or work elements of the WYA programme and will receive support from the Global Opportunities Team.

Additional Information:


This can lead to a 3rd year international study, work or study/work combination.

External Engagement:

You will engage extensively with the partner institution where you undertake your study abroad placement as part of optional events made available via the Business School and Global Opportunities Team.


You will develop your understanding of valuable skills, including adaptability, team-working, language abilities, and inter-cultural skills and competencies through the module learning activities and formative assessments.

Module aims - intentions of the module

This is a non-credit bearing module that aims to support students on WYA programme prepare for the tasks and activities related to finding and securing a suitable study or work placement for the 3rd year of their degree.

The combination of lectures and workshops focus on cross-cultural literacy, self-awareness of personal strengths, searching and applying for study or work placements.  There will also be opportunities to meet with peer mentors (students who recently completed study or work WYA placements).

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

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

  • 1. Differentiate between cultural perspectives on disciplinary content and methods
  • 2. Demonstrate learning about another society and culture
  • 3. Develop/improve foreign language proficiency

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

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

  • 4. Appraise the purpose of undertaking learning and working in unfamiliar environments and contexts, adopting appropriate behaviours and demonstrating independence and cultural understanding
  • 5. Locate and interpret information sources to identify academic and employability skills opportunities

ILO: Personal and key skills

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

  • 6. Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, in a different study environment and different cultural frame of reference
  • 7. Develop effective time management, planning skills and initiative in preparation for the period abroad

Syllabus plan


  • Introduction to WYA
  • International Study placement
  • International Work placement


  • Where can I go?
  • International academic guidelines
  • International employability
  • Intercultural communication
  • Benefits of international experience

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 hours10Lectures and workshops
Independent study10Research and preparation for study or work abroad

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Presentation of research10 minutes1-7Verbal and/or written
Action planTerm 1 & Term 21-7Verbal 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

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment

Re-assessment notes


Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

  • Please refer to the relevant ELE site for general reading and guidance

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

  • ELE –


Indicative learning resources - Other resources


Key words search

Study Abroad, Work Abroad, Employability, International.

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