Year Abroad 2 - BUSN7630

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Combined Autumn Spring Summer 5 60 (30) Nicola Urquhart checkmark-circle


Students will spend two terms studying in another European University (i.e. those with links via the ERASMUS exchange programme) and/or overseas Universities who teach in English, such as in North America, Australasia, Hong Kong and Malaysia who have equivalent module coverage in equivalent cognate areas.
This module will enable students to gain cross-cultural skills through both living and studying in another country, whilst at the same time developing their knowledge of business and management, accounting and finance, international business and marketing.


Contact hours

A combination of lectures, seminars and group session as determined by partner institution, and subject to ECTS or equivalent credit weighting as determined by the partner institution. The ECTS weighting per module may vary from institution to institution and even across disciplines of the same institution.
The learning activities and teaching methods will therefore depend on the students' module choices and will vary depending on the partner institution chosen. Inclusive of independent study, it will require a total of 600 hours of study. The different learning and teaching methods will collectively enable students to achieve learning outcomes.
There will be three x 1 hour pre-development workshops to assist students with transition to the study abroad option. One workshop will address the documentation needed to complete the study abroad, FCO advice and guidance, personal security, registering with a doctor, setting up a bank account, dealing with home sickness, etc.; the second workshop will cover international business, cultural differences and sensitivities, educational systems, etc. The third workshop would be for outgoing students to listen to the experiences of returning students as to the experience and their reflections.
It is envisaged that either a face to face visit or a Skype based meeting would happen between the student and a staff member of KBS at least once a term to ensure all is well and that the student is gaining appropriate learning from the experience.

Method of assessment

The assessment methods are set by the partner institution and will vary depending on which institution and which modules are chosen. Students take modules equivalent to 60 Kent credits. The composition of these will be as agreed with the appropriate Programme Convener and, as set out in the Learning Agreement. The curriculum will vary depending on the partner institution and the modules chosen.
Achievement will be documented by the transcript issued by the partner institution as agreed in their Learning Agreement. Kent will assess on a pass/fail basis.

Indicative reading

To be determined by the host partner institution and the Programme Director (or delegate).

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Demonstrate a detailed knowledge contemporary issues in a relevant business discipline i.e. Management, International Business, Marketing, Accounting & Finance
- Demonstrate cross-cultural skills from living and studying abroad in a different higher education environment
- Demonstrate acquisition of an ability to perform effectively in a different cultural and, in some cases, linguistic environment

The intended generic learning outcomes.
On successfully completing the module students will be able to:
- Have gained the skills and abilities needed to study in a new learning environment, including demonstrating the communication skills and confidence necessary to access learning resources and successfully complete assessments.
- Have enhanced the breadth of their subject understanding by positively interacting with an alternative learning and research culture and environment.
- Have augmented their employment skills through formal and informal learning in an international context.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  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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