School of Science and Health

Overseas Opportunities for Students

Amy Brown, Bachelor of Health Science, participating in the Indonesian Public Health Study Tour (ACICIS)


Have you ever thought about participating in a university experience abroad? Would you like to experience another culture and continue your studies at the same time?

  • Semester or short term experiences available
  • Apply for advanced standing and receive academic credit
  • Eligible students can receive a deferred OS-HELP loan valued up to $8,149
  • Government grants and scholarships available for some opportunities
  • All taught in English

New Colombo Plan Opportunities

The New Colombo Plan is a signature initiative of the Australian Government which aims to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia by supporting Australian undergraduates to study and undertake internships in the region.  The Australian Government wants study and work-based experiences in the Indo-Pacific to become a rite of passage for young Australian undergraduate students. Eligible students selected for an opportunity below will be supported by a $3000 New Colombo Plan Mobility grant  and may  be  eligible to receive a deferred OS-HELP loan valued up to $8,149 (conditions apply).


Dates: June 2019

This project will provide five Western Sydney University students with an opportunity to live and learn in multicultural Malaysia for three weeks under Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia's (UKM) supervision. The course introduces students to the unique cultures of indigenous communities in Malaysia, enabling students to understand the communities' history, their recent marginalisation and the process of cultural transformation.

Find out more about Indigenous Communities Study Tour


Indonesia: Public Health Study Tour - $3000 NCP Grants

Dates: July and November

The Public Health Study Tour (PHST) is a two-week intensive program for public health students to gain experience in the public health sector in Indonesia. The study tour will provide an introduction to the public health challenges currently facing Indonesia, as well as existing government, international and community-led initiatives tasked with meeting these challenges.

Find out more about Public Health Study Tour in Indonesia


Indonesia: $3,000-$7,000 New Colombo Plan Grants

Dates: January 2019

Western Sydney University is a member of the Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies (ACICIS). $3,000 - $7,000 New Colombo Plan Mobility Grants are available for eligible Western students.

Find out more about NCP Mobility Grants for Study in Indonesia

Other Opportunities


Social Enterprise Internship with Project Everest

Destination:Fiji, Malawi, Timor-Leste

Dates: 1 July - 27 July  2019

This venture  is focused on building sustainable communities with many impactful development projects across Agricultural and Food Security, Environmental Sustainability Initiatives and Health.

You will need permission from Western Sydney University to apply for this experience. Please submit an Expression of Interest (opens in a new window) to Project Everest directly.

For further advice please contact Dr Arianne Reis at a.reis@westernsydney.edu.au or (02) 4620 3136.

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Mexico: Public Health Program

Dates: 8 July - 26 July 2019

This program explores the development and maintenance of the Mexican healthcare system in the context of how developing countries manage their health systems. The Public Health in Mexico program also has a large focus on looking at community health.

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South Africa: Rural Healthcare and Education

Dates: July

Through this program you'll enjoy living and volunteering in St. Lucia, South Africa, a small coastal community surrounded by beautiful landscapes and diverse wildlife - a UNESCO World Heritage location. Surrounding the beautiful area of St. Lucia are rural villages inhabited by thousands of people with scarce healthcare resources. Working alongside community health workers, care givers, and medical professionals, you'll provide both direct treatment as well as awareness and prevention of HIV, tuberculosis, and lifestyle/social issues such as family planning and nutrition. This project gives you the opportunity to engage with people – young and old – to make a positive impact while at the same time undergoing an unforgettable, life-changing experience.

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South Africa: Study Trip to Kruger National Park

Dates: July

Western Sydney academic staff will take students on an intensive two-week study abroad unit in the Kruger National Park located in South Africa. The Kruger National Park is one of the world's great parks, with a rich array of species including elephant, lion, giraffe, hippo, rhino, leopard, cheetah, warthog, zebra, hyena, and is home to over 400 species of birds and thousands of plants. On the trip, you will study in the field. Your lectures are out in the park with game guards and in a private teaching/research centre inside the boundaries of the park.

Find out more - Study Trip to Kruger National Park


Short Term Intensive Units Overseas

Unless you have an elective, these opportunities may not be available for you. Please talk to your Academic Course Advisor (ACA). See  instructions below.


Sweden:Health Economics and Ethics

General Studies - Units at Overseas Universities


International Work Experience

Boost your resume with a hands-on experience while working and living overseas. Many degrees at Western provide an opportunity to participate in domestic or international work experience. These are offered as core units (e.g. a clinical or professional experience placement) or as an elective. Find out more (opens in a new window).


Other Volunteering Opportunities

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. Find out more (opens in a new window).


Semester Studies

Go Global Exchange Program

One of our cornerstone Go Global opportunities is the semester or year-long study opportunity, the Go Global Exchange Program. If you want to immerse yourself in another diverse culture (but getting the option to study units completely in English) then one or two sessions abroad as part of your Western degree could be perfect for you. To support the participation in overseas semester and year-long exchange, eligible students can receive an International Exchange Scholarship of AUD $1,750 and a deferred OS-HELP loan valued up to AUD $7,700. Find out more about opportunities world-wide (opens in a new window).

Agriculture Semester Program in Indonesia

ACICIS’ Agriculture Semester Program (ASP) allows students to take units in a number of internationally accredited study programs at Bogor Agricultural University (IPB), including subjects in agribusiness, agronomy and horticulture, plant protection, forestry, food science and technology, and animal production technology. Western Sydney University is a member of the Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies (ACICIS). New Colombo Plan Mobility Grants of $7,000 are available to ACICIS member university students participating in this program in 2018 and 2019. Eligible students can receive a deferred OS-HELP loan valued up to AUD $8,149. Find out more.

Development Studies Immersion Program (DSIP)

ACICIS’ Development Studies Immersion Program (DSIP) is a semester-long community development study program hosted by Gadjah Mada University (UGM) in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. This program allows participants to gain valuable ‘hands-on’ experience in the field of international development through frontline community development projects. The DSIP offers students the opportunity to undertake either an eight-week community development fieldwork module known as ‘Student Community Service (SCS)’, or an eight-week professional development placement with a local community-based organisation, as part of their semester in Yogyakarta. Western Sydney University is a member of the Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies (ACICIS). New Colombo Plan Mobility Grants of $5,000 are available to ACICIS member university students participating in this program in 2018 and 2019. Eligible students can receive a deferred OS-HELP loan valued up to AUD $8,149. Find out more.

Flexible Language Immersion (FLIP)

The Flexible Language Immersion Program is ACICIS’ largest and longest standing in-country study program. Hosted by one of Indonesia’s premier universities, Gadjah Mada University (UGM), the language immersion program offers participants great flexibility in designing a study program to meet home university equivalency requirements or to suit a student’s personal interests. Western Sydney University is a member of the Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies (ACICIS). New Colombo Plan Mobility Grants of $5,000 are available to ACICIS member university students participating in this program in 2018 and 2019. Eligible students can receive a deferred OS-HELP loan valued up to AUD $8,149. Find out more.