Learning Modules for Global Experience
Global learning is extremely important and vital for the development of Western Sydney University, Greater Western Sydney and Australia. To succeed in a complex, interconnected and competitive world, students require an intercultural understanding and global mindset.
The following content is a collection of information that will prepare students to participate in a Global Learning experience. These modules are also mandatory requirements when submitting an application via the Go Global Portal.
Module 1: NCP Student Code of Conduct
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) places a high priority on all New Colombo Plan awardees having a safe and successful global learning experience. The New Colombo Plan is a great opportunity to deepen Indo-Pacific knowledge, understanding and connections.
Module 2: NCP Media and Publications Guidelines
Students participating in NCP programs must behave respectfully, responsibly and exercise good judgement in all communications, including social media, complying with the NCP Mobility Media and Publication Guidelines.
Module 3: Preventing Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment (SEAH)
SEAH is the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT) Preventing Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment policy. The policy sets out expectations and minimum standards of behaviour, for all DFAT staff and delivery partners, managing international programs. The policy incorporates projects that are 'in-country' and those that are delivered online. Students at Western, are required to read and comply with the SEAH policy.
Module 4: Child Protection
Participants in a Global Learning project must recognise that it is the shared responsibility of all adults to prevent child exploitation. If a learning abroad program involves working with children, all staff and students are required to comply with the WSU Working with Children (Workers and Students) Policy and Australian Government Child Protection Policy.
Module 5: Bullying and Cyber-Harassment
Bullying is repeated, unreasonable behaviour that is intimidating, degrading or humiliating. Bullying has the potential to create a risk to health, safety and well-being, including psychological, emotional and physical health. It may take place face to face on campus, via phone or email, within residential colleges, or online via ‘cyber-bullying or cyber-harassment’.
Bullying is not acceptable to anyone, anytime, anywhere. If you are bullied by a student or group of students, the matter will be dealt with under the Student Misconduct Rule. If you are bullied by a staff member, the matter will be dealt with under the Bullying Prevention Policy. To find out more about Bullying, visit the Western Sydney University Bullying webpage.
Module 6: Looking after your mental health
Almost half of Australian adults will experience a mental illness at some point during their life. Mood disorders, anxiety, substance abuse and other conditions do not discriminate, and can affect anyone. A person’s mental health affects how they feel, think, behave and relate to others. It is important that students are comfortable with their Global Learning experience.
NCP Pre-departure Cross Cultural Awareness Training
If you are participating in a Global Learning program that is funded by the New Colombo Plan, you will be contacted about participation in the online Pre-departure Cross Cultural Awareness Training. The training modules take approximately two hours to complete and participants do not have to complete all modules in one sitting. The training includes:
- Cross cultural awareness
- Pacific cross cultural awareness
- DFAT’s Preventing Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment (PSEAH) policy
- DFAT’S Child protection policy
- Security awareness
- Mental health
To find out more go to https://ncppredeparture.learnupon.com/users/sign_up
Emergencies and Critical Incidents
Students will not be confirmed in a program until their application has been assessed and they have been officially accepted into the program. Students are advised not to procure any associated costs, prior to receiving a program confirmation from the overseas provider or Western Sydney University.
Program Fee Changes
If a program is being managed by Western Sydney University, the University reserves the right to vary program fees in the event of changes in exchange rates or price rises made by partners or other suppliers. If the cost of any service increases due to exchange rate fluctuations, price increases, tax changes or any other reason, participants may be required to pay the increase when notified or may cancel a program which may result in cancellation fees.
If a program is being managed by Western Sydney University, the University reserves the right to cancel any program if there are insufficient applicants, a threat to the health and safety of participants, or the reduction in the quality of a program. Western Sydney University is not responsible for costs incurred by applicants preparing for a program. Should a program be cancelled for any reason, applicants will, where possible, be offered the option of positions in other Western Sydney University opportunities. The returning of any payments made for program is dependent on the School or Institute refund policy.
Refund of Payments
If a student cancels for any reason, they must notify Western Sydney University in writing. The cancellation will be effective upon receipt and acknowledgement of the written notification by Western Sydney University. The returning of any payments made for program is dependent on the School or Divisions refund policy.
Conditions of Participation in an Overseas Program
Western Sydney University students participating in overseas programs are expected to adhere to the following Conditions of Participation.
- I acknowledge that it is my decision to travel to a particular country or region is a personal one and that Western Sydney University (WS) does not warrant it free from harm. I acknowledge that I should review the latest travel advice for the countries I intend to travel to and that this advice may be also obtained prior to departure from the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) website at: Smartraveller.gov.au.
- I acknowledge that there are potential risks and liabilities associated with living and studying in a foreign country. I freely accept and fully assume all such risks, and the possibility of personal injury, death, violence, property damage or loss, during all the time of my participation in an overseas activity and/ or resulting from the travel arrangements and any other related or incidental activities during this program.
- I acknowledge that it is my responsibility to abide by the laws and respect the customs of the host country, and to ensure that I have adequate medical, and travel insurance coverage, as well as protection of my personal possessions.
- I acknowledge that I will be covered by the Western Sydney University corporate travel insurance policy for the official University component of the trip. The cover is limited and does not include personal travel. Any additional travel not included in the official time period of the official overseas activity will require me to purchase my own travel/health insurance for personal travel. Further advice may be obtained from the Western Sydney University Staff and Student Overseas Travel Insurance webpage.
- I acknowledge that participation in this overseas program and associated travel is the sole responsibility and assumes all financial responsibility, including debt, arising from such circumstance.
- I acknowledge that I will participate/have participated in the Pre-Departure briefing offered by Western Sydney University and agree to follow any relevant directive issued by the Australian Embassy or High Commission or other Australian Government representative in the host country.
- I will advise Western Sydney University of any changes in the arrangements of my overseas activity.
- I acknowledge, whilst abroad, that may activities could jeopardise the safety of local hosts and/or Western Sydney University’s partner organisations. I will not participate in any activity, including political activity, which might endanger either party, bring detriment to the relationship between Western Sydney University and my host institution(s) or host organisations, or undermine the effectiveness or viability of the Western Sydney University Student Mobility Program.