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One Year Study Abroad

Module titleOne Year Study Abroad
Module codeBIO3137
Academic year2020/1
Module staff

Dr Sarah Hodge (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks




Number students taking module (anticipated)


Description - summary of the module content

Module description

This module offers you the opportunity to spend one year studying abroad in one of the University of Exeter’s international exchange partners. The list of exchange partners is growing steadily and includes universities in Europe, North America, Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia. You will choose appropriate modules at your host university in agreement with your Study Abroad Tutor. These are likely to be biologically-based modules for which your host university has particular expertise, but you should also consider other non-biological subjects with wider cultural significance such as local history or literature. The host institution will provide assessments and these grades will be converted to Exeter grades on your return (study abroad year comprises 1/7 of your final degree results). The study year abroad will provide you with new and exciting cultural experiences and friends in addition to enhancing your learning experience.

You will have been admitted to the University specifically to study this module or made special arrangements with your Tutor to switch to it.

Module aims - intentions of the module

This module provides an alternative method of study to the standard degree programme. You can choose to study abroad at an institution with links to Biosciences, for your third year of a four year degree programme. The module aims to provide a different learning experience, ensuring the quality of education as offered at Exeter University, but providing the chance to experience learning in a different institution and interact with people from different cultural backgrounds to those at Exeter in a different environment.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Describe different learning environments and cultures

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 2. Compare and contrast new scientific and non-scientific disciplines and illustrate new skills and knowledge

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 3. Describe international study
  • 4. Evaluate new cultural experiences
  • 5. Account for your personal development

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

This is specific to the Host University concerned. The programme of modules studied overseas will be chosen to ensure that an equivalent workload of 120 Exeter credits can be gained.

How does it work? Study abroad is in the third year of four and is full-time. You make your choice of host institution in the spring term of your second year (February). Host institution places are allocated based on the number available and your grades during first year and the first term of second year and personal statements/academic references. Modules at the host institutions are agreed beforehand with the study abroad tutor in a learning agreement. You apply for visas, book flights and organise accommodation once you have received a letter of acceptance from your host institution (April/May).

Student preparation and support. You are given help and advice on the customs and culture of the country in question, costs involved, how and where to apply for accommodation and visas. Named link persons at the host institution who provide pastoral/tutorial support are also identified before you start your year abroad.

Assessment. The assessment of the placement may use a variety of methods appropriate to the programme of study in the host institution, which will have agreed learning outcomes.

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Study Abroad12001200 hours (as required by host university)


Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
As required by the host University

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Assignments will vary according to the programme of study and the Host University. However, you will be expected to complete and write up a variety of coursework, as well as outside reading to enable you to contribute during seminars. This will form part of the independent study time.100AllWritten and oral


Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
No re-assessment

Re-assessment notes

No re-assessments – failure will judged by the host institution and will be assessed by the University of Exeter Board of Examiners.


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Study abroad, Erasmus, America, Canada, Australia, Europe, Singapore, Hong Kong

Credit value120
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