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English Department

Stay Abroad Portfolio (3 ECTS)


 Please also consult the additional guidelines for the module.


Bachelor Major (120 ECTS)

Course Type(s)

Self-Study Module

Module Group Other Curricular Modules


one-semester module, offered each semester


  • learning portfolio
  • pass/fail                                                

Language of Instruction



Students need to have passed the module "Language Skills and Culture: Introduction"

Students who have spent six or more weeks within one year and with max. one interruption (i.e. min. 42 days) in the same particular Anglophone region (region = usually not a whole country) compile a research-based portfolio consisting of four parts:

(1) a short account of their stay abroad, in the form of a report that goes beyond mere narrative (i.e. which includes some meta-level reflection on the experience);

(2) a brief presentation and discussion of one linguistic feature of the local variety of English, in a format that would be accessible to non-specialists;

(3) an encyclopedia-style entry about one literary text or author from the region;

(4) a short journalistic text on one key cultural and/or historical dimension of the Anglophone area in question.

Learning outcomes Students are able to: (a) summarize research from the fields of literary studies, linguistics, and history; (b) present their findings in different text types and for different audiences.