Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Combined Autumn Spring Summer 6 120 (60) checkmark-circle


Students will spend one academic year studying in a University with whom Kent has agreements for such exchanges. The purpose of the Year Abroad is to give students an opportunity to further their experience by living in another culture, as well as studying in a new HE context. Students develop a learning agreement (i.e. list of modules to be taken) with the module convenor (Year Abroad Coordinator) before commencing the year abroad. Students are registered for this module during their Year Abroad. Students take modules equivalent to a full-time load (120 Kent credits). During the year abroad itself students will follow the modules in their learning agreements at their host universities, therefore the curriculum will vary for each student, depending on the host institution and modules chosen. All students are encouraged to take primarily anthropology modules, or closely related subjects but are allowed the equivalent of one 'wild module' per term, as well as one language module, if appropriate.


Contact hours

Total contact hours and private study hours will vary by institution
Total: 1200


Compulsory to the following courses:
• All SAC courses "with a Year Abroad"

NB: Students must have achieved at least a 60% average in Stage 1 to proceed to Stage A (and take this module)

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods:
In order to pass this module and be awarded 120 Kent credits, students must achieve a pass mark (documented by the transcript issued by the partner institution) in at least two-thirds of the credits of their agreed modules. Students who pass at least one-third of the credits but less than two-thirds will be required to retrieve the failure by undertaking a further piece (or pieces) of assessment at Kent.
Students who pass less than one-third of the credits required by the partner provider will be deemed to have failed the period abroad and will be eligible for the appropriate alternative exit award, or may transfer to an appropriate degree without a period abroad.
There will be no compensation or condonement, and no concessionary adjustment of any marks awarded by the partner institution. See Credit Framework Annex 14 for further details.

Reassessment methods:
100% coursework (Pass/Fail)

Indicative reading

The University is committed to ensuring that core reading materials are in accessible electronic format in line with the Kent Inclusive Practices.

The most up to date reading list for each module can be found on the university's reading list pages.

Learning outcomes

Subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module you will be able to:

1. Acquire an appreciation of the relevance of anthropology to understanding everyday processes and productions of people anywhere in the world, by living and studying abroad.
2. Develop, through first-hand experience of life in another culture, the ability to understand how people influence and adapt to their social, cultural and physical environments while nonetheless possessing a
capacity for individual agency which can allow them to transcend environmental constraints.
3. Acquire a systematic understanding of how social, cultural and/or biological diversity influences human relationships and organisation, in the context of living in another culture

Generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module you will be able to:

1. Demonstrate enhanced, intercultural sensitive communication and interpersonal skills
2. Demonstrate enhanced ability for self-management, flexibility, focus and project management
3. Augment their employment skills through formal and informal learning in an international context


  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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