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BA Arabic and Russian A

Year 2

Learning outcomes

Students will undertake two Years Abroad, a year studying at a partner institution in an Arabic-speaking country in Year 2 followed by a year at a partner institution in Russia in Year 3. These two periods of residence abroad may be swapped over subject to the approval of the relevant Programme Manager(s).

During this part of their degree programme, students will have the opportunity to:
- make substantial linguistic progress, over a wide range of registers, in respect of Arabic and Russian;
- face the linguistic, intellectual and psychological challenges of living in an Arabic- and Russian-speaking countries;
- acquire a deeper knowledge and appreciation of the target culture;
- develop the intercultural/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.

Overall, on completion of both periods of residence abroad students should be able to demonstrate:
- an ability to communicate confidently with native or other competent speakers of Arabic and Russian across the sometimes unpredictable and complex range of aspects of everyday life, work and/or study in a foreign culture;
- first-hand knowledge and appreciation of the target cultures;
- enhanced cultural self-awareness.

Transferable (key) skills

Students will have had the opportunity to develop and practise:
- interpersonal and transferable skills required to operate successfully in an Arabic- and Russian-speaking societies, in a variety of roles and situations;
- resourcefulness and self-reliance.


Achievement will be assessed (on a Pass/Fail basis). by:
- passing all the year abroad modules, in case of failure a resit exam will be arranged.
- regular tests and examinations set by the year abroad institution and the University of Leeds.
- successful completion of all courses taken in the year abroad institution.


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