Volunteer Abroad

Would you like to go to Costa Rica and participate in Sea Turtle Conservation? Or maybe you like to contribute to Marine Conservation and Dolphin Research in Tanzania. Many degrees at Western Sydney University provide an opportunity to participate in domestic or international service learning experiences.

Suspension of International Travel due to COVID-19

Western Sydney University has suspended all international travel until a time the COVID-19 situation is resolved. The travel suspension comprises all staff and student work or study-related travel to conferences, exchange programs, site visits, research-related travel, and all student group travel.

Until further notice, the opportunities below are not available for Western students.

How do I participate?

STEP 1: Find out if you are eligible to receive academic recognition

STEP 2: Research an opportunity below and submit an application to the overseas provider

  • Submit an application directly to the overseas provider. These organisations will contact you to discuss the the processes and potential project.
  • Don't forget, you may need to apply for academic recognition (see Step 3).
  • If you require any supporting documentation such as an academic transcript, order your latest academic record/transcript here.
  • For further advice, contact the Western Sydney University Go Global team - Contact Us

STEP 3: Apply for academic approval

  • To apply for academic approval, see Overseas Academic Approval (non-exchange).
  • If you are applying for OS-HELP (STEP 4), there is direct relationship between Academic Approval and OS-HELP. For advice on how to complete the OS-HELP application and apply for credit, see Overseas Academic Approval (non-exchange)
    • This process may differ, depending on School requirements. You may wish to discuss the opportunity further and with your Academic Course Adviser (ACA) or placement coordinator - visit your School website and see 'Contact'
  • Can I use an elective for international work experience?
    • Some of the companies listed below have partnered with American universities, offering a U.S. transcript and award up to the equivalent of 20 Western academic credit points. The transcript will be awarded based on assessment tasks including the successful completion of written academic assignments, evidence of reflective learning, and an evaluation from the host organisation. These companies are:
      • The Intern Group (TIG)
      • International Studies Abroad (ISA)
  • Steps 3 and 4 can be completed concurrently (at the same time). Don't forget to submit your application to the provider by the appropriate closing date

STEP 4: Apply for OS-HELP

You may be eligible for OS-HELP, a deferred HELP debt loan for undergraduate Australian citizens - loans of $4,000, $6,791 or $8,149 are available. Academic Approval is required; have completed 80 credit points of study, and have 10 credit points remaining on return.

STEP 5: Complete the 'Before I Go' Online Checklist

Complete the Online Checklist to ensure you have completed the important tasks before heading overseas including travel insurance.

    Western Sydney University Pre-Approved Programs

    Find out about programs that have been pre-approved for academic credit by Western Sydney University - see CISaustralia (opens in a new window). To check your eligibility for academic credit, talk to your Academic Course Advisor about credit arrangements and how it fits best with your course structure - see Step 1 above.

    Opportunities Worldwide

    The following overseas opportunities are provided by international partner organisations. These companies have passed a stringent process of due diligence and have been contracted by the University to deliver a service that supports the learning abroad experience. These organisations work very closely with Western Sydney University and will provide you with further advice about the overseas program, application process, and pre-departure requirements. Please submit your application directly to the program provider.

    Need further advice?

    Academic Recognition: see your School coordinator - placement officer, Academic Course Advisor (ACA), or Director of Academic Program (DAP).

    International component: Feel free to contact the partner organisation to ask questions about your potential experience. If you would like to discuss a program with a member of staff at Western Sydney University, please email goglobal@westernsydney.edu.au or attend a face-to-face consultation available on Wednesdays and Fridays - book now through our dedicated bookings portal.