NX9529 - Newcastle Business School Blended Placement Year: Study Abroad Semester

What will I learn on this module?

The Study Abroad Semester module is a semester long 60 credit module which is available on degree courses which include the option to take a blended placement year of Work and Study Abroad which is taken as an additional year of study between levels 5 and 6.

You will undertake a semester abroad at a partner university equivalent to 60 UK credits.

The study abroad placement is an important element of your course structure and gives you access to modules from your discipline taught in a different learning culture and so broadens your overall experience of learning. When taken and passed the study abroad semester will be recognised in your transcript as a 60 credit Study Abroad Module. The learning and teaching on your study abroad placement will be dependent on the partner and will be recorded in the learning agreement signed by you, the host University, and the University. Combining this with the work placement semester as part of the third year out of the University, this will be recognised on your degree certificate in the format “Degree title (with Study Abroad and Work Placement Year)”.

How will I learn on this module?

You will study the equivalent of 60 UK credits at one of our high-profile partner universities in Year 3 (Level 5). This will be in the form of approved modules considered suitable for your programme.. The learning and teaching methods will be dependent on the host University and will be recorded in the learning agreement signed by the host University, the student, and the home University.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported by host university staff and a dedicated Study Abroad team in the Faculty, including both academic and professional support staff. The nature of academic support at your international partner institution will depend on the partner as well as modules undertaken during the international exchange.

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?

Goal 1: Knowledge & Understanding:
• To take in and apply knowledge and understanding pertaining to the study abroad modules undertaken.

Goal 2: Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
• To experience different cultural approaches to learning, study and academic development..

Goal 3: Career progression:
• Develop intercultural skills.

How will I be assessed?

1. Formative Assessment process: Varies according to host University.

2. Summative Assessment process: Transcript of Results
This module is assessed on a pass/fail basis.

In order to pass the module, students have to take the equivalent of 60 Northumbria credits at the host institution, and successfully pass all these modules abroad as documented by the transcript from the host institution. This satisfies all learning outcomes. Resit opportunities will be offered, where appropriate, by the host institution or by Newcastle Business School.

3. Feedback process: Varies according to host University.




NX9528 - Newcastle Business School Blended Placement Year: Work Placement Semester

Module abstract

In an increasingly competitive graduate recruitment market you’ll need more than a good degree to get the job you want. A placement semester out studying abroad at one of our overseas partners (in Europe and beyond) enhances your employability prospects, making you more appealing to graduate employers. Participation in study abroad has been shown to significantly increase student employability and is positively linked to academic performance.

Most of our programmes now include a work or study abroad placement year as standard, but even when they don’t, we strongly recommend that you consider taking up a year-long placement. So what are you waiting for?

Course info

UCAS Code L101

Credits 60

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years Full Time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Newcastle Business School

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

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