Stay Abroad: Research-Based Report Additional Guidelines

Deadlines and Submission

Fall semester: November 1 / Spring semester: May 1.

The portfolio must be handed in no later than 6 months after the end of the stay abroad (except for Fall 2019, where we will accept up to 12 months). The portfolio must be sent as a Word and PDF file to studyabroad@es.uzh.ch (subject line: Stay Abroad Research-Based Report: Your Name).

Students are expected to submit proof of their stay abroad in the form of supporting documents (e.g. flight tickets, certificates of employment, etc.). Please fill out and sign the form Stay_Abroad_Portfolio_Proof (PDF, 53 KB) and hand it in, together with a single PDF file containing your supporting documents scanned and arranged in chronological order.

If you have already received credit points in English for a stay abroad or studying abroad (e.g. exchange semester, credited summer school, credited internship, regular studies in another country, etc.), it does NOT count as a possible stay abroad for the portfolio.

Before you book the module you should send an outline to the study abroad coordinator (studyabroad@es.uzh.ch) and discuss your idea for the portfolio.

Format

  • Title Page: Title “Stay Abroad Research-Based Report: insert name of the Anglophone region”, length of stay (including start and end date(s) with max. one interruption), author’s name, student ID number, email, postal address, word count
  • Length: 3,000 words (including examples, figures, and tables, but excluding references and appendices)
  • Font: Arial 11 pt. or Times New Roman 12 pt.
  • Spacing: 1.5-line spacing
  • Margin: Leave left, top and bottom margins of 2.5 cm, and a right margin of 3.5 cm
  • References: Make sure to add a bibliography and to reference all your sources (i.e. avoid plagiarism)

Follow one of the two English Department guidelines:

  • Tottie, Gunnel. 1999/2008/2012/2017. Manual for Writers of Papers in English Linguistics. Universität Zürich, Englisches Seminar.
  • Kavka, Misha, and Bernard Schweizer. 2000/2006/2015. Literature Guide. Universität Zürich, Englisches Seminar.

Both of these documents are available in the Downloads section.

Accepted Stay Abroad Areas (Different from Lehrdiplom!)

There are two possibilities:

  1. English is a de facto (sometimes also de jure) official language and is the first language of the majority of inhabitants in the region in question.*
  2. English is not the first language of the majority of inhabitants in the region in question, but it is a de jure official language (not only a recognized one).**

Special requirements for the portfolio if your stay abroad area belongs to possibility number 2 (see list):

  • Regarding part (2) of the portfolio, the literary work must be originally written in English. This part of the portfolio should also reflect on both the historical context and current role of English in the particular region, especially, but not exclusively, regarding the chosen linguistic feature or literary work.

*Accepted areas for possibility 1.:

Antigua and Barbuda

Australia

Bahamas

Barbados

Belize

Bermuda

Canada (English-speaking part)

Gibraltar

Grenada

Guyana

Ireland

Jamaica

New Zealand

Saint Helena

Saint Kitts and Nevis

Saint Vincent & Grenadines

Singapore

Trinidad and Tobago

United Kingdom

United States of America

 

**Accepted areas for possibility 2.:

Cameroon

Hong Kong

Cook Islands

Fiji

Guam

India

Kenya

Lesotho

Malta

Namibia

Northern Mariana Islands

Pakistan

Palau

Puerto Rico

Rwanda

Samoa

Seychelles

Sint Maarten (not Saint Martin!)

South Africa

Tonga

Uganda

U.S. Virgin Islands

Vanuatu

Zambia