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The Exeter Award

Enhance your employability


  • combine subjects not otherwise possible at Exeter
  • cross-subject degrees to suit your interests and career ambitions
  • leads to a named degree title of the subjects you study
  • study two subjects, or sometimes three
  • create your own themed pathway
  • vary the proportion of the subjects each year
  • add vocational elements to your studies
  • opportunities for study and work abroad


Journal writingWhat is the journal or learning log?

  • A reflective and analytical paper-based or web blog journal, written in English, for the period preparing for and during the time abroad.
  • Entries can be written as frequently as you want. They will probably be written more frequently in the early stages of the time abroad and then become less frequent as things settle down into a routine.
  • Length - see the appropriate module description.
    • If you wish, you can submit an appendix of more material, e.g. a full diary, which you can refer to for details of events for the tutor to read, and which the tutor may skim through. This restriction should encourage you to be reflective and analytical, rather than narrative, which will help improve your mark.
    • Include as many pictures as you want. And the more the better. Remember to caption these, so that the tutor knows what they show.
  • You may send draft entries to the module tutor (Mike Dobson) by email (e.g. as Word attachments) for feedback.
  • Submitted in completed form early in the autumn term of the academic year following the period abroad.
  • See the ELE pages for the module and the relevant module description for more information.

Why write one?

  • It encourages you to reflect on your year abroad and on the differences between the two countries/universities.
  • It helps you to track your progress over the year or term, and see how you gained from the experience.
  • It formalises a way for you to give us feedback on the places students are going to.
  • It ensures that we hear from you during your time abroad, and helps to answer questions about the quality of the experience.
  • We like to make them available to future students going abroad so that they can get an idea of what things are like. The journal gives information far beyond anything that we could hope to provide, on issues directly relevant to students.
  • By being in English and reflective in nature, it helps to mitigate the effects of studying in a foreign language and/or environment.

How do you write 'reflectively'?

There is guidance for writing critically about your experiences and expectations etc., in the handbook Reflective Writing by P. Watton et al. - available online as a PDF file.


  • The journal can be either word processed or a web blog.
  • There are no rules about the layout, margin sizes, type size of style, etc. Present things in whatever way you think communicates the best.
  • Include as many photographs as you wish
  • Submissions can be entirely electronic (e.g. Word, PDF) or on paper. An electronic version will be required, if submitting on paper.

How is it marked?

  • The journal is marked as a single piece of work, regardless of how many entries there are or how long it is.
  • The markers will be looking for critical writing and the ability for reflection. For example, if you are studying abroad, include discussion of the modules you studied, with critical comments about how you felt about them, nature of teaching, assessment, feedback, class sizes, class activities, etc.

Past learning logs

  • Sample past learning logs are available on ELE in the area for FCH3002.