Modern Languages Year Abroad Module - LANG0001

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
Combined Autumn Spring Summer & Vacation 6 120 (60) checkmark-circle


Students either study at a relevant foreign university or work abroad (either as British Council language teaching assistants or in some other approved capacity).


Contact hours

Dependent on activity student pursues during year abroad (no specific Kent-based contact hours).

Method of assessment

This module is assessed on a Pass/Fail basis. For students who obtained marks from a partner institution (i.e. a foreign university), two thirds of the credits at the partner institution need to be passed in order to pass the Year Abroad. Students must register for whatever constitutes a full-time load at the partner institution and are required to pass at least 40 ECTS. For students studying at a partner institution for one semester only, students must register for 30 ECTS and pass at least 20 ECTS.

For students who work as teaching assistants or in some other approved capacity for either half or full year, the Pass/Fail element will consist of a 5,000 word report (for students who work for the full year) or a 2,500 word report (for students who work for half a year) written in the target language during the Year Abroad. This report will be assessed by Kent staff.

Indicative reading

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the relevant language, and of the culture of the relevant country;
Demonstrate understanding of the relevant civilisation and contemporary society on the basis of first-hand experience;
Utilise advanced communication skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) in the target language;
Analyse, evaluate and interpret a variety of texts and other cultural products in the target language in a critical manner;
Synthesise information from a wide range of sources in order to gain a coherent understanding of the subject.


  1. Credit level 6. Higher level module usually taken in Stage 3 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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