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2024/25 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SPPO9002 Spanish/Portuguese Term Abroad

30 creditsClass Size: 90

Module manager: Dr Ines Cordeiro da Silva Dias

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2024/25

This module is mutually exclusive with

SPPO9001Year Abroad

This module is not approved as a discovery module


During this part of their degree programme, students will have the opportunity to:

-make substantial linguistic progress, over a wide range of registers, in the target language;
- face the linguistic, intellectual and psychological challenges of living in another country;
- acquire a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the target culture;
- develop the social/personal/transferable skills necessary for gaining maximum benefit from living in a different community;
- seek to enhance their future employability by familiarizing themselves, when appropriate, with the world of work within the target culture, or by reflecting on the utility of skills that they are acquiring while living abroad for their future employment.

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.

Skills outcomes
Students will have had the opportunity to develop and practice:
- interpersonal and transferable skills required to operate successfully in a Portuguese or Spanish-speaking society, in a variety of roles and situations
- resourcefulness and self-reliance.


The Term Abroad Study Placement involves attendance at a 10 or 11 week course at a Spanish or Portuguese language centre. These intensive language courses are designed to enable students to make rapid progress in the target language.

There is some variation in syllabus between the different centres and students are advised to consult the departmental Residence Abroad Booklet for more detailed information about each location.
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 Coordinator, and the student’s employer within the overall objectives outlined above.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours80.00
Total Contact hours220.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

- Students will be expected to immerse themselves in the culture of the host country.
- Regular homework tasks and continuous assessment will be set by the partner institution for Study Placements.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will stay in touch with their personal tutors and/or Year Abroad Co-ordinator by e-mail. You will be monitored by teaching staff in Spain / Portugal.

For work placements, the Work Placements Officer will hold a meeting, normally by Skype or telephone, with you and your supervisor.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Placement AssessmentStudents must satisfactorily complete the term abroad course/work placement100.00
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: • attend the language course at the partner institution and complete the relevant coursework on a regular basis • complete the language course successfully including satisfactory attendance Term Abroad Work Placement (WP) is graded on a Pass/Fail basis and you 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. This report is checked but no feedback is 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.

Reading list

There is no reading list for this module

Last updated: 29/04/2024 16:20:42


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