Selecting Students in Learning Abroad
There are many different methods used to evaluate students for an overseas experience. This may include assessing academic achievement, Grade Point Average, a statement of purpose, knowledge about a country or program etc.
Talk to the Manager Short Term Mobility for further advice and support. Western Sydney International's Go Global team is highly experienced in student recruitment and can provide project leaders with tailored online brochures and applications to assess students.
Confirming Selected Students
Program leaders, or associated staff, must send a list of selected students to Western Sydney International (WSI), as early as possible, prior to departure.
WSI will request students to:
- ☐ Accept their place in the program and acknowledge the WSU Conditions for Participation
- ☐ Complete an Online Pre-Departure Tutorial & Quiz
- ☐ Register their Travel via the Confirmation of Overseas Travel (COT) form
- ☐ Participate in a university-wide Pre-Departure Session
- The above requirements are not country specific and do not replace the project-specific pre-departure sessions provided by program leaders or the Academic Unit.
Working with Children
Western Sydney University and the Australian Government has a zero tolerance approach to child exploitation or abuse. In Australia, there is recognition that organisations that work with children also have a role in protecting them, and need policies and procedures to enable them to do so. If your project involves working with children, or engaging with an organisation that is child focused, project leaders are required to list the child protection controls in place, when completing a Learning Abroad Risk Assessment.
Working with Children Check: Students studying courses/units at Western Sydney University that involve working or contact with people under the age of 18 are required to complete and lodge a Working with Children Check Verification Number (WCC) in accordance with the Commission for Children and Young People Act 1998. An online application can be made with the Office of the Children's Guardian (opens in a new window).
Reporting: In the instance, suspicion or allegation of child exploitation and/or abuse, report the incident to key staff – see WSU Critical Incident Guidelines
DFAT Child Protection Policy: The DFAT Child Protection policy sets out expectations and requirements for all delivery partners to act in accordance with the policy principles outlined in the document, and abide by their own relevant policies, international declarations, conventions, agreements and domestic legal frameworks, which seek to protect children.
Reporting: Child exploitation and abuse is not tolerated by DFAT and attracts criminal penalties under Australian legislation. To report an incident, see the Child Protection Policy for further information.
National Police Check
Some opportunities may require that students have a criminal history check. The NSW Police Force provides an opportunity for NSW residents aged 14 years and above to apply for a National Police Check for visa, adoption, employment (including authorisation as an authorised carer), approval as a household member of an authorised carer, some occupational licensing purposes, student placements and for volunteers working in Commonwealth supported aged-care facilities. To find out more, go to NSW Police Force Criminal History Check.
If you require any assistance, contact the Manager Short Term Mobility.