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Work experienceAs part of the module's assessment you have to give a short presentation to the others on the module.


Usually the third or fourth week of the term that follows the period abroad.


  • Study abroad - 15 minutes
  • Work abroad - 20 minutes

plus discussion, questions etc.


To help you give the exercise some focus, imagine it is part of a job interview process. The group listening is made up of potential colleagues of the employer and you are asked the question: "Tell us about your experience abroad." What would inform the listeners, what should they be told to show that you have thought about your experience and from that make a good employee for them?

Below are some guidelines for the type of contents to present. The list is not exclusive or totally inclusive - use it as a guide and adapt it etc to meet what you want to talk about.

Study Abroad

  • Brief introduction about the university/institution - e.g. where is it? what type of university (e.g. old, modern, subject-specialised)?
  • What problems did you encounter and how did you address these?
  • Accommodation - finding, problems
  • How did you cope with administrative issues (e.g. university and module registration, timetable)
  • Modules studied, with critical comments about how you felt about them, nature of teaching, assessment, feedback, class sizes, class activities, etc.
  • Interaction etc with other students
  • Involvement with local community
  • Be critical, analytical and reflective! Avoid just telling a story or presenting a 'travellers view'.

Work Abroad

  • Brief introduction about the company/firm/division - e.g. where is it? what does it do?
  • Overview of what you did.
  • Critical comments about your role and how you performed in it. These comments can be included in the overview of what you did, or placed after.
  • What problems did you encounter and how did you address these?
  • How did you cope with time management issues
  • Handling deadlines
  • Working with colleagues
  • Responsibilities given
  • How you engaged with customers
  • Did you produce anything tangible, e.g. company reports, data, presentations?
  • Involvement with local community

Delivery method

Use PowerPoint in your presentation.

Delivered in English.