AP2SA1-Study Abroad Year

Module Provider: School of Agriculture, Policy and Development
Number of credits: 120 [60 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring / Summer term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2020/1

Module Convenor: Ms Rebecca Jerrome

Email: r.m.jerrome@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

The module is designed for students who wish to study abroad for one year, either in Europe as part of the ERASMUS exchange scheme, or in another country where the University has an exchange agreement. It is only open to students in the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development on degrees with a Placement Year. Students must liaise with their programme director and the School Study Abroad Coordinator, in the first instance.

Students must read carefully the information on studying abroad - http://www.reading.ac.uk/studyabroad/outgoingstudents/vso-outgoingstudents.aspx  and regarding application - http://www.reading.ac.uk/studyabroad/outgoingstudents/howtoapply/vso-outgoinghowtoapply.aspx.

A place on one of these schemes is not guaranteed. The deadline to submit your application (in particular for destinations outside of Europe) is usuallyJanuary in Part 2.  


The aims of the study abroad year are to develop a knowledge of a range of subject areas relating to their course of study and to provide students with an understanding of how these subject areas are perceived and taught overseas. Students will develop an awareness of the different methodologies and will develop research and writing skills appropriate to their new learning environment.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module students are expected to have:

1. Followed a prescribed number of appropriate courses at the partner institution, as agreed by both institutions on a Learning Agreement;

2. Completed the appropriate continuous assessment and examination requirements for these courses; and

3. Ensured that, where appropriate, they have completed or terminated in the required manner any contract or agreement with the partner institution.

Additional outcomes:

The module aims to encourage the development of communication and personal development skills and the fostering of a systematic approach to self-awareness. The overall experience will enhance future career development and employability.

Outline content:

Students will follow courses relating to subject areas they have already taken - in order to extend and develop their knowledge - and/or to subject areas where they have restricted knowledge but which they wish to study for personal, academic or career reasons.

Global context:

Studying abroad as part of your degree is an exciting and stimulating way of equipping you with the skills and experiences for living and working in a globalised world. All undergraduate programmes in the School of Agriculture, Policy and Development may contain a study abroad year. This module formalises the requirements of this year.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

Depending on the course of study followed, teaching and learning may range from lecture format to small group project and team presentation work according to that delivered in the host institution.

Please note the contact hours outlined below may vary according to the semester or term arrangements in the host institution.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Year aboad 400 400 400
Total hours by term 400 400 400
Total hours for module 1200

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

This will vary for each student depending on the final choice of courses and on the institution.

Formative assessment methods:

This will vary for each student depending on the final choice of courses and on the institution

Penalties for late submission:

The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.
The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

Assessment requirements for a pass:

This will vary for each student depending on the final choice of courses and on the institution.

Reassessment arrangements:

This will vary for each student depending on the final choice of courses and on the institution.

Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
1) Required text books:
2) Specialist equipment or materials:
3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
4) Printing and binding:
5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence:

Last updated: 4 April 2020


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