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Experiential Overseas Learning

This is a unique opportunity to gain credit towards your degree by participating in various placements around the world. This includes engaging with issues from business to social justice, poverty, development and the environment.

This course is designed to give a broad introduction to experiential learning in the international context, allowing you to get a thorough idea of what is expected of you prior to departure, whilst abroad and the assessment process. This course is predominantly based around globalisation; cultural expectations, development and reflective practice. It will also cover risk assessment techniques and research process.

Course Aims

  • To equip participants with appropriate knowledge and skills to study or work in a different cultural, linguistic and/or social environment; enhancing ethical, cultural and intercultural awareness.
  • To enhance students understanding of the ethical issues related to living and working abroad.
  • To increase students Global Citizenship skills
  • To provide an opportunity for students to reflect critically on their experience of living and learning within an unfamiliar culture, to their 'home' culture or ethnic group.
  • To challenge students to learn about themselves as global citizens in terms of life skills, career choices and academic development outside the classroom.


  • Academic credit
  • Life changing experiences
  • Employability Enhancement
  • Personal development
  • Earn points towards 'The Chester Difference Award'

Is it for me?

Before you apply, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you enjoy the excitement of new situations?
  • Are you resilient and able to you use your initiative?
  • Are you both a leader and a team player?
  • Do you like meeting new people?
  • Do you have effective time management and organisational skills?
  • Are you culturally sensitive?
  • Are you willing and ready to learn from other people?
  • Do you have a thirst for adventure?
  • Are you excited at the thought of making a difference to someone else’s life and your own?
  • Do you want a life changing experience?

If you have answered yes to these questions then you may be eligible for an exciting and challenging opportunity to take part in a short term project/placement abroad.

* The Orientation Support programme is compulsory and students are expected to attend all sessions. Unsatisfactory attendance of the Orientation Programme and/or the overseas placement could result in the overseas placement opportunity being withdrawn. Students must complete and have a Risk Assessment approved before they are eligible for this module.

** The Learning Agreement/Action Plan must be submitted by the end of the Orientation Support programme and be agreed by the study abroad tutor and their personal academic tutor (PAT).

*** Students must have completed Level 4 successfully. Although available to all students as an alternative to WB5001 Work-based Learning, ML5004 must be applied for and participation is restricted to students who meet the criteria of interview, attendance and behaviour during Level 5.