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Unit information: Study Abroad/ Erasmus in 2021/22

Unit name Study Abroad/ Erasmus
Unit code HUMS20002
Credit points 60
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Lesel Dawson
Open unit status Not open

Study Abroad can only be attempted after the successful completion of Year 1 of a three year single honours degree in the School of Humanities.



School/department School of Humanities
Faculty Faculty of Arts

Description including Unit Aims

This unit will constitute the single teaching block Study Abroad/ Erasmus unit for single honours degrees in the School of Humanities. Students choose units offered by Study Abroad / Erasmus partners which are compatible with those normally studied in Year 2 of single honours degrees in Classics, English, History, History of Art and Religion and Theology. A list of recommended partners and the application process will be available on the School of Humanities website. Partners will be selected from the full list of current agreements approved and maintained by the International Office. If study is taken in a language other than English, students will need to demonstrate appropriate competencies.

The Study Abroad/ Erasmus unit aims to advance knowledge in a particular field of study in the context of a different higher education system. It also aims to develop independent learning, knowledge of other cultures and complementary skills to those available to students studying on location in Bristol.

If study is taken in a language other than English, students will need to demonstrate appropriate competencies and may be permitted to take an additional 10-credit language unit in order to fulfil this requirement.

Students are normally required to achieve an overall year average of 60 or above to be permitted to study abroad.

Intended Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the Study Abroad/ Erasmus unit, students will demonstrate:

  1. Advanced knowledge of their core discipline in a wider non-UK context
  2. Experience of different teaching and study methods and styles in their own discipline
  3. Capacity for independent learning
  4. Understanding of a different higher education system
  5. Preparation for future international employment in a non-UK environment.

Teaching Information

Teaching methods will vary depending on the units chosen at the Study Abroad / Erasmus partner but may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, field work and other tasks. Students will be expected to pass assessment tasks but learning is intended to extend beyond the classroom to include an appreciation of a new culture, people and, if appropriate, language. Responsibility for delivering content and assessment will rest with providers however students will be required to maintain a reflective journal over the period of their study and attend orientation and debriefing sessions in Bristol. The debriefing session will be held early in the teaching block following their return from study abroad. This will include discussion of the formative journal and re-integration of students into the third and final year of their Bristol degree.

Assessment Information

The Study Abroad/ Erasmus unit consists of both summative and formative assessment. Summative assessment will depend on the choices made by students and the methods adopted by study abroad partners but may include essays, exams, oral presentations, group work and other equivalent tasks (assessing ILOs 1-3(. Assessment for units studied abroad should make up 25 ECTS as defined the European Credit Transfer Scheme or equivalent in other countries. In determining whether study abroad units are equivalent, some allowance will also be made for the additional burden of adjustment to a new learning environment.

The element of the mark for this unit will be derived from the translation of the marks achieved at the host University via algorithms agreed by the University of Bristol.

Reflective Journal (20%)

In addition to assessment by partner institutions (80%), students must complete a reflective journal.

  • 1 online journal of 1,500 words consisting of at least five entries relating to academic experiences while on study abroad. This assesses ILOs 2, 4 and 5.

Students undertaking HUMS20002 may, in some cases, be required to undertake alternative assessment for units in the teaching block preceding their departure on study abroad, for example if a formal exam is scheduled to take place after the beginning of teaching term in the host university. In these cases, students will be permitted to sit a timed coursework piece in place of a formal exam.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

See the Faculty workload statement relating to this unit for more information.

The Board of Examiners will consider all cases where students have failed or not completed the assessments required for credit. The Board considers each student's outcomes across all the units which contribute to each year's programme of study. If you have self-certificated your absence from an assessment, you will normally be required to complete it the next time it runs (this is usually in the next assessment period).
The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.