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GERM9002 German Term Abroad

30 creditsClass Size: 40

Module manager: Hilary Potter

Taught: Semester 2 View Timetable

Year running 2018/19

This module is mutually exclusive with

GERM9001German Year Abroad

This module is not approved as a discovery module


The term abroad will take one of two forms

- Study at partner institution
- Work placement

During this part of their degree programme, students will have the opportunity to:
- make substantial linguistic progress, over a wide range of registers, in German;
- face the linguistic, intellectual and psychological challenges of living in another country;
- acquire a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the target culture and an insight into University life in Germany;
- develop the social/personal/transferable skills necessary for gaining maximum benefit from living in a different community;
- seek to enhance their future employability by laying solid foundations for the work in their Final Year and reflecting on their personal, academic and career aims and goals.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the term abroad, students should have:
- improved their language fluency and proficiency
- improved their knowledge and appreciation of the target culture.
- developed and practiced interpersonal and transferable skills required to operate successfully in a German-speaking society, in a variety of roles and situations
- developed and improved self-reliance and self-reflection

Skills outcomes
Students will have had the opportunity to develop and practice:
- interpersonal and transferable skills required to operate successfully in a German-speaking society, in a variety of roles and situations
- resourcefulness and self-reliance
Self-knowledge and identification and realisation of personal goals.


Term Abroad study involves a study placement for one semester at a German University. This is undertaken at one of our Erasmus partners under Erasmus funding arrangements. Students are required to choose an equivalent number of modules at the partner University to those studied during a Semester at Leeds (guide 20 ECTS or equivalent), with at least one third of the timetable devoted to making rapid progress in the German language.
The Term Abroad work placement involves a placement of at least twelve weeks in duration. The content is to be agreed by arrangement with the student, Work Placement Tutor and the student's employer within the overall objectives outlined above.

Teaching methods

Private study hours300.00
Total Contact hours0.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

- Students will be expected to immerse themselves in the culture of the host country and undertake those activities necessary for successful completion of the term abroad.
- Regular homework tasks and continuous assessment will be set by the partner institution.
- It is expected that students should take on a broadly equivalent workload to that undertaken at Leeds and that they should make full use of extra-curricular cultural opportunities.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Students will stay in touch with their personal tutors and/or Year Abroad Co-ordinator by email.
- They will be monitored by teaching staff in Germany (study placements) or a supervisor/mentor (work placements).
- Students are required to agree their programme of study with the Year/Term Abroad tutor.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentEnd of term report employer100.00
In-course AssessmentStudents spending their Term Abroad at University have to take all exams specified and return their marksheet and/or transcript to Leeds.0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The Term Abroad is graded on a pass / fail basis. In other words, students will not receive a numerical grade for their Term Abroad as they do for modules taken at the University of Leeds and the Term Abroad will not normally affect students’ degree classifications. Term Abroad study at a partner institution is graded on a pass/fail basis and students are expected to meet the following requirements: • You must take and pass a minimum of 20 ECTS credits per semester, a maximum of 5 ECTS credits can be taken by attendance only (Teilnahmescheine), for all remaining credits, you need to complete the coursework and/or sit exams Term Abroad work placement is graded on a pass/fail basis and the students are expected to meet the following requirements: • be resident in the country and town of work for a minimum of three months (excluding the usual holiday periods of the particular country concerned which fall within those months); • complete the placement as agreed by the School prior to departure; • Achieve at least a satisfactory end-of-placement report from the placement provider. One document to be received from the placement provider, i.e. end of placement report (to be checked, no feedback provided) If parts of the Term Abroad requirements are not completed, students may be required (at the discretion of the Module Leader) to undertake a re-sit essay of either 1000 or 2000 words depending upon the level of fail (see Residence Abroad On-Placement Handbook). If students do not fulfill the residency requirement, or there is evidence of no serious attempt to fulfill the requirements of the work or study placement, students may be required to resit the term abroad at their own expense.

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Last updated: 24/04/2018


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