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Recognition of Study Abroad

Recognition of Study Abroad

Recognition of study abroad

You can study abroad in Year Two (level 5) in some programmes, that is a ‘Replacement Year’. In all programmes offering study abroad, you can take an additional year (‘an Intercalated Year’) between Years Two and Three (levels 5 and 6), or in Creative Arts also between Years One and Two (levels 4 and 5).

Replacement Year

If you study abroad at level 5 for one or two semesters, you will receive academic credit for the period, and you will receive a Pass or Fail grade for the modules taken at the partner institution not a grade equivalent to the partner institution. This will be recorded on an enhanced transcript from UH which will show the partner institution, the individual modules taken at the partner, the credit achieved for each module and whether a Pass or Fail. You will need to pass 60 UK (30 ECTS) credits at the partner institution for each semester.

You will also receive a transcript from the partner institution which will detail your programme of study and academic performance.
If you elect to study abroad at level 5 for one or two semesters, your degree classification will be solely based on your level of achievement at level 6. To be clear, it will not include any grades obtained at level 5 at UH or the partner institution. However, you will need to successfully complete the period of study abroad in order to graduate as outlined in the previous paragraph.


Intercalated Year

If you study abroad in an additional year, you will receive academic credit as a total for the period, that is, the semester or whole year, and as a Pass or Fail grade. So, for example, the achievable credit will be 60 UK (30 ECTS) credits for a semester or 120 UK (60 ECTS) credits for the whole year. To gain recognition of this study in your degree title, you will need to pass 45 UK (22.5 ECTS) credits per semester or 90 UK (45 ECTS) credits for the whole year. This will be recorded on an enhanced transcript from UH which will show the partner institution, total credit achieved and whether Pass or Fail. Credit achieved whilst studying abroad in an Intercalated Year will not contribute to your degree classification.

You will also receive a transcript from the partner institution which will detail your programme of study and academic performance.

Degree award title:


If you successfully complete a period of study abroad, it will be reflected in your degree title as follows:


‘With a Year Abroad’, where at least two semesters of study have been completed and at least 90 UK (45 ECTS) credits have been passed. One semester can be a work placement abroad (a minimum of 18 weeks), in which case at least 45 UK (22.5 ECTS) credits have to be passed.

‘With Study Abroad’, where at least one semester of study has been completed and at least 45 UK (22.5 ECTS) credits have been passed.


Students on BA Honours International Business, who successfully complete two years abroad, can receive an award title ‘with Extended Study Abroad’. Further details can be found in the programme specification.

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