AP0550 - Academic Exchange Semester Study Abroad

What will I learn on this module?

The Study Abroad module is a semester based 60 credit module. You will undertake a semester abroad at a partner university equivalent to 60 UK credits on a negotiated programme of study related to the award subject. This gives you access to modules from your discipline taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning. The course of study abroad will be constructed to meet the learning outcomes for the programme for the semester in question, dependent on suitable modules from the partner and will be recorded for an individual student on the learning agreement signed by the host University, the student, and the home University (Northumbria). The module will be assessed by conversion of graded marks from the host University.

How will I learn on this module?

In accordance with partner University/programme of study.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Pre-departure: students attend relevant presentations and meet with Study Abroad Tutor to satisfy specific requirements.
On Study Abroad placement: Support will be provided by the host University. Additionally the Placement Tutor will maintain contact with the student throughout the study abroad placement.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
• MLO1: To acquire a broader, international and interculturally informed understanding of your subject discipline

Intellectual/Professional skills & abilities:
• MLO2: To experience different cultural approaches to learning, study and academic development

• MLO3: To acquire intercultural competence, cross-cultural literacy, and (where relevant) to practice foreign-language skills

Personal Values Attributes:
• MLO4: To develop enhanced, culturally sensitive communication and interpersonal skills

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment: This will vary according to host University

Summative assessment:

Transcript of Results
The module assesses your academic performance on modules studied at the host University and is graded on a pass/fail basis. In order to pass the module, you have pass the equivalent of 60 Northumbria credits at the host institution (as documented by the transcript).

Feedback: This will vary according to host University





Module abstract

The study abroad module provides the opportunity to you to the experience of academic study in a different country, and you will be expected to develop resilience and flexibility as you adapt to different teaching styles and different administrative procedures, and to living in a new country. Regardless of the language of study, you are expected to develop your communication skills and gain a perspective by comparing your experiences.

The aim of the presentation assessment is to focus awareness of the impact of the time spent studying abroad, comparing expectations with realities and developing an awareness of the cultural and intellectual differences involved. You will be encouraged to critically engage with the academic practices and various modes of study within the host university, and to reflect on their educational development in the context of the challenges posed by everyday life in an unfamiliar social and economic environment.

Note: this is a competitive process and a place on the module cannot be guaranteed.

Course info

UCAS Code MF94

Credits 60

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time or 4 years full-time with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Applied Sciences

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

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