MArch Term Abroad - ARCH8400

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2022 to 2023
Autumn Term 7 60 (30) Michael Richards checkmark-circle
Spring Term 7 60 (30) Michael Richards checkmark-circle


Study Abroad - the MArch curriculum allows for the opportunity for students to seek study abroad opportunities in either the spring term of Stage 4 or autumn term of Stage 5. Whether through the Erasmus system (spring term Stage 4) or individual UoK Study Abroad partner institutes (spring term Stage 4, or autumn term Stage 5 - provided host-institute's autumn term or semester concludes before the commencement of the following UoK spring term), an architecture study abroad committee will make selections and recommendations for study abroad based on the merit of the applicant following submission of an application supported by a portfolio and transcripts.
During the placement students will be enrolled on this dedicated MArch Term Abroad module.

Spending a term as full-time student at an overseas university, students will follow teaching and tuition in architecture. The curriculum will vary according to the partner institutions. Additionally, students will usually be offered to take language classes and/or courses on the culture of the host country.


Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

The Term Abroad contributes and is assessed in line with UoK Conventions for Classifications of Awards Guidance for Examiners: Classification of Awards.

For students taking a term aboard in Stage 4 the placement will be graded on a pass/fail basis as documented by the transcript from the host institution and will therefore be zero-weighted with respect to classification. Modules totally at least 60 credits (30ECTS or 600 hours) must be undertaken.

Students taking a term aboard in Stage 5 will be required to submit a portfolio of work undertaken during the placement to be marked by Kent staff on their return under the MArch 'Term Abroad' module specification. The mark achieved will be recorded and will carry such weighting towards classification as has been approved by the relevant Faculty Board.

All students are required to submit a written report on their study abroad.

Reassessment methods
If a student is unsuccessful at the first attempt and no retrieval mechanism is available at the host institute for a second attempt in the same academic year, the student may be instructed to submit a portfolio of all the academic work undertaken abroad to be marked at Kent by Kent staff on a 'Pass/Fail' basis for consideration at the next KSA Examination Board. This is to ensure that students studying abroad have the same opportunities for retrieval and Stage progression as the rest of their academic cohort.

Indicative reading

Indicative Reading List

Hejduk, John (Ed). (1988). Education of an Architect: Irwin S.Chanin School of Architecture of the Cooper Union. Rizzoli International Publications
Lawson, Bryan. (2005). How Designers Think. Architectural Press
Rasmussen, Steen Eiler. (1962). Experiencing Architecture. Cambridge, Mass: MIT
Sheil, Bob (Ed). (2005). Design through Making. John Wiley & Sons
Unwin, Simon. (2008). Analysing Architecture. Routledge

The International Study service in the University's International Development Office provides information about host countries and host universities. Students will receive course-specific information, incl. reading lists, on their enrolment at the host university.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.

1 To acquire a broader, international and interculturally informed understanding of architecture
2 To experience different cultural approaches to learning, study of architecture and academic development
3 To acquire intercultural competence, cross-cultural literacy, and to practice foreign-language skills as applicable if non-English speaking/teaching partner institutes.

The intended generic learning outcomes.

1 Enhanced, interculturally sensitive communication and interpersonal skills
2 Enhanced ability for self-management, flexibility, focus and project management


  1. Credit level 7. Undergraduate or postgraduate masters level module.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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