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IB390-60 Year Abroad Portfolio

Warwick Business School
Undergraduate Level 3
Module leader
Manuela Galetto
Credit value
Module duration
1 week
100% coursework
Study location
Introductory description


Module aims

The purpose of the portfolio is to provide a record of how students' time was spent during their year abroad, and to conduct a critical evaluation of their own personal experiences. It should also demonstrate an awareness, appreciation and understanding of the wider cultural and business-related issues in the relevant countries.

Outline syllabus

This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.

The syllabus is student-led, requiring reflection on personal experiences and reference to research in relevant areas such as expatriate training, learning styles and inter-cultural issues.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • Place your experiences of a business degree in the context of another country.
  • Develop your awareness of issues inherent in living abroad for a period of time.
Indicative reading list

R. Meredith Belbin, Team Roles at Work (second edition) Routledge, 2010

K Fatehi, Managing Internationally, Succeeding in a Culturally Diverse World, Sage, 2007.

GP Ferraro, The cultural dimension of international business (fifth edition), Pearson, 2005.

LA Samovar, RE Porter, ER McDaniel, CS Roy, Communication between cultures (eighth edition), Cengage Learning, 2012.

Subject specific skills

Demonstrate an awareness, appreciation and understanding of the wider cultural and/or business-related issues relevant to the country in which you have spent your year.

Where appropriate, reflect on your increased linguistic competence in another language.

Transferable skills
  • reflective writing
  • critical thinking

Study time

Type Required
Private study 510 hours (100%)
Total 510 hours
Private study description

Private study, engagement with study or work overseas, online seminars


No further costs have been identified for this module.

You do not need to pass all assessment components to pass the module.

Assessment group A1
Weighting Study time
Individual Assignment 100% 90 hours
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Post-requisite modules

If you pass this module, you can take:

  • IB3M9-15 International Perspectives in Business, Management and Society


This module is Core for:

  • UIBA-N203 BSc in International Management
    • Year 3 of N203 International Management
    • Year 3 of N203 International Management
  • Year 3 of UIBA-N140 Undergraduate International Business
  • Year 3 of UIBA-N1R1 Undergraduate International Business with French
  • Year 3 of UIBA-N1R2 Undergraduate International Business with German
  • Year 3 of UIBA-N1R3 Undergraduate International Business with Italian
  • Year 3 of UIBA-N1R4 Undergraduate International Business with Spanish