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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

LUBS9001 Year Abroad

120 creditsClass Size: 120

Module manager: Maria Hussain

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

Students must have met all progression requirements for Level 2, with an average grade of at least 57 (with many exchange partner institutions requiring a higher grade average), and secured a place at a partner university via the Study Abroad Office.

This module is mutually exclusive with

LUBS8001Training in the Workplace

This module is not approved as a discovery module


This module aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop intercultural competency through immersion in a new cultural context and to develop critical skills that will enhance employability in an increasingly globalised world.

Learning outcomes
Upon completion of this module studnets will be able to:
- Better understand new cultural contexts demonstrated through critical observation and development of intercultural skills.
- Demonstrate an awareness of international cultural practices shown through greater flexibility in interpreting and being able to adapt to new and challenging contexts.
- Apply critical skills related to employability; demonstrated through greater resourcefulness and ability to problem solve more dynamically in an international context.
- Critically reflect on a range of international experiences as a result of enhanced global citizenship.

Skills outcomes
Upon completion of the module students will be able to:

- Demonstrate and further develop culturally-sensitive critical thinking skills to new contexts such as; problem solving, adaptability, reasoning and evaluative skills.
- Utilise honed foreign language skills (in exchanges where the language is not English) or a heightened ability to work/study with peers from a range of international backgrounds in a culturally-informed manner.

Subject specific
- Demonstrate a deeper knowledge of the international context of business demonstrated through modules studied at a partner institution.
- Develop a greater awareness of the complexities of interculturality and the role that culture plays in a variety of contexts.


The syllabus will vary according to the destination. In some partner institutions it will be possible to incorporate a short internship into the year abroad. In others, language acquisition will be the main emphasis. In many institutions the assessment of modules involves significant elements of international teamwork.

Specific details should be arranged with the host institution and are subject to the approval of the Study Abroad Tutor. Where students are not following a programme of study prescribed by the host institution the formal expectation is that students will study about 50% of the required total credit load in Business School subjects. The remaining required credit load should be taken in subjects which enhance the student's understanding of the culture, history, native peoples, geography, language and/or literature of the host country.

A full academic workload is defined by the host institution. Modules should normally be taken from the equivalent of levels 2 or 3 at the host institution (this is usually level 3 or 4 in the USA). If the language of instruction is English students will normally be required to pass a set of approved modules equivalent to at least 80% of the credit load of a host institution 'exchange' full-time student, where there is no specific credit load for 'exchange students' students will be expected to undertake the full credit load of a 'home' student at the partner institution. If the language of instruction is not English students will normally be required to pass a set of approved modules equivalent to at least 50% of the credit load of a host institution 'home' full-time student.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Support by Host Establishment12.002.00
Private study hours0.00
Total Contact hours1,200.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)1,200.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

During the Study Abroad year students complete a number of modules at the partner university in addition to LUBS9001. As such, students complete LUBS9001 assignments at three points in the year, based on their experience of the SA year. The three assignments build upon one another, with the final summative assignment being the culmination of your skills and professional development during the year abroad. Students are assessed on their reflections on the formative feedback received, in terms of what they have learned and achieved, and how their skills and goals have developed as a result of their year abroad. In addition to feedback opportunities from partner institution tutors, students will also receive formative feedback following each of the essay submissions.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay or DissertationPass the required number of credits of approved modules for the partner institution and evidence by a transcript from the host institution of the grades obtained in the courses/modules taken at that institution.0.00
Essay500 words (Pre-departure)10.00
Multimodal AssessmentChoose ONE from: Photograph and critical commentary (750 word critical reflective commentary of a photograph in-situ) OR Reflective podcast and blurb (100-150 word podcast blurb and a 10 minute podcast)30.00
Essay3,000 words Reflective essay (two-parts)60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

The resit for this module will be 100% by coursework (resubmission of improved reflective essay).

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:49:22


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