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 OS-HELP to the value of $4,000, $6,791 or $8,149
  • Government grants and scholarships available for some opportunities
  • All taught in English

Study Tours and Volunteering

End-of-Year Break (Between December and February)


Cambodia: Social Enterprise Internship with Project Everest

Fiji: Social Enterprise Internship with Project Everest

Indonesia: Public Health Study Tour - $3000 NCP Grants

  • Public Health Study Tour in Indonesia (opens in a new window)
  • 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.
  • Dates: July and November

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

  • 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 (opens in a new window).

Malawi: Social Enterprise Internship with Project Everest

Mexico: Public Health Program

  • Public Health in Mexico Program (opens in a new window)
  • 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.
  • Dates: January

Philippines: Community Development - $3000 NCP Grants

  • Community Development in the Philippines (opens in a new window)
  • On the island of Leyte, a one hour flight southeast of Manila, a community development project has been established just outside the capital city of Tacloban. At the very heart of the program volunteers are needed to help staff at the local community centre based in a housing project outside Tacloban. The centre is the lifeblood of the community and provides vital support for the local people. Many locals rely on its resources, and generous volunteers, for help in supporting and bringing up their families.
  • Benefits: 10 x $3000 New Colombo Plan Travel grants available
  • Dates: January and February

South Africa: Have you ever wanted to go on safari to Africa?

  • 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

Timor - Leste: Social Enterprise Internship with Project Everest

Vietnam: Scholarship for Internship - $3000 NCP Grants

  • The Vietnam Immersion Experience offers students the opportunity to gain exposure to life as an expatriate by working and living in Vietnam for a period of six to eight weeks. Students will receive mentorship from senior management within their host organisation as they participate in a structured work placement program that will highlight the accessibility of working in the Indo-Pacific region
  • Dates: End of June 2018
  • Benefits include a $3000 New Colombo Plan Travel Grant
  • Find out more

Mid-Year Break (July)


Indonesia: Public Health Study Tour - $3000 NCP Grants

  • Public Health Study Tour in Indonesia (opens in a new window)
  • 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.
  • Dates: July and November

Indonesia: Exploring the Biodiversity of Coastal Ecosystem

  • Continuing the success of 2012 to 2017 Community and Technological (CommTECH) Camp, ITS International Office is introducing a new innovative program, CommTECH Camp Insight 2018. By compiling and building upon the testimonies of former participants, we decided to extend the program to 13 days in order to provide more interaction among participants and also enhance the learning experience. This program will be conducted on 9 – 21 July 2018. Furthermore, the upcoming CommTECH Camp Highlight 2018 will be presented as a Project based Learning (PbL) program. Groups will be formed among participants as a platform to help solve real life problems faced by the community. With an increased engagement between participants, facilitators, and the community, a more impactful experience will be achieved. It becomes even more attractive because at the end of the program, all participants will have an opportunity to present their project and ideas which were developed during the course of the program in front of a wider audience.
  • Find out more - Indonesia: CommTECH Camp -  Exploring the Biodiversity of Coastal Ecosystem*
  • Indigenous Communities Study Tour (opens in a new window)
  • This project will provide ten 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.
  • Benefits: 10 x $3000 New Colombo Plan Travel grants available

Mexico: Public Health Program

    • Public Health in Mexico Program (opens in a new window)
    • 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.
    • Dates: July

South Africa: Rural Healthcare and Education

  • Rural Healthcare and Education in South Africa (opens in a new window)
  • 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.
  • Dates: July

South Africa: Have you ever wanted to go on safari to Africa?

  • 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

Vietnam: Scholarship for Internship - $3000 NCP Grants

  • The Vietnam Immersion Experience offers students the opportunity to gain exposure to life as an expatriate by working and living in Vietnam for a period of six to eight weeks. Students will receive mentorship from senior management within their host organisation as they participate in a structured work placement program that will highlight the accessibility of working in the Indo-Pacific region
  • Dates: End of June 2018
  • Benefits include a $3000 New Colombo Plan Travel Grant
  • Find out more

Short Term Intensive Units Overseas


How do I participate in an overseas experience?

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


STEP 1: Research an opportunity below and submit an application

  • Explore what experience you would like by researching 'Overseas Opportunities' below:
    • You may be able to replace one of these activities with an Elective unit
    • English is the medium of instruction at most of the locations
  • Submit your application to the preferred institution or provider
    • Note: If you are applying for an Exchange location, you may need approval from Western Sydney International. Further instructions will be provided when you apply for the opportunity
  • It is advised that you discuss your preferred option with your Academic Course Adviser (ACA) or placement coordinator prior to application - visit your School website and see 'Contact'
  • Occupational therapy students will have the opportunity to take part in practice education placements at a number of locations overseas in the fourth year of the program. Currently there are no other opportunities to travel as part of the program. Students will be advised by the Mobility champion and Placement coordinator, Bronwyn Gill (Bronwyn.gill@westernsydney.edu.au) of any new opportunities that may become available in the future.
  • Note: If you are applying for an Exchange location, you may need approval from Western Sydney International. Further instructions will be provided when you apply for the opportunity

STEP 2: Apply for Academic Approval

  • To receive recognition for your overseas experience, it is important that you seek advice from your Academic Course Advisor and apply for academic approval at least 3 months prior to commencement. Find out how to apply for Academic Approval below: 
  • Many of the experiences available on this page are Study Abroad / Non-Exchange
  • Occupational therapy students will have the opportunity to take part in practice education placements at a number of locations overseas in the fourth year of the program. Currently there are no other opportunities to travel as part of the program. Students will be advised by the Mobility champion and Placement coordinator, Bronwyn Gill (Bronwyn.gill@westernsydney.edu.au) of any new opportunities that may become available in the future.

STEP 3: 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 4: Complete the 'Before I Go' Online Checklist

Complete the Online Checklist (opens in a new window) to ensure you have completed the important tasks before heading overseas. This includes applying for a Student Mobility Travel Grant and information about travel insurance.

What is the difference between 'Study Abroad' and 'Exchange'?

  • STUDY ABROAD*
    • Students pay a PROGRAM FEE to the host organisation or university. Depending on the program, the fee may cover tuition fees (1-2 units), accommodation, meals, excursions, airport pick up, local travel (please check with the individual program to see what it covers).
    • The cost of a program may be offset by OS-HELP, a deferred HELP debt loan for undergraduate Australian citizens up to $7,700.
    • Many of the experiences available on this page are Study Abroad, where you submit an application directly to the provider.
  • EXCHANGE**
    • Students do not pay TUITION FEES to their host University but continue to pay their fees to Western Sydney University as usual (ie. upfront or through HECS 1-2 units).
    • Exchange students pay an ADMIN FEE to the host university. Depending on the program, the fee may cover accommodation, meals, excursions, airport pick up, local travel (please check with the individual program to see what it covers).
    • The cost of a program may be offset by OS-HELP, a deferred HELP debt loan for undergraduate Australian citizens up to $7,700.
    • If you are applying for an Exchange Partner opportunity, you need to submit an Expression of Interest to Western Sydney University first - apply here

Find an Opportunity in Your Area of Study

Partner Organisations provide opportunities to study at universities all over the world during Australian university holidays. These universities teach intensive academic units to a very high standard and are usually equivalent to 10 credit points. Eligible students can receive a deferred OS-HELP loan valued up to $7700 and a $500 Travel Grant.

Submit your application directly to the partner organisation and follow all of the STEPS above. Click on the image below and Search by Discipline.





Short Term Exchange at Partner Universities


Denmark: Aarhus Summer University Health, Science, and Technology

  • AU Summer University is Aarhus University’s summer school which takes place on our beautiful campus every year in July and August. The programme consist of a broad variety of courses, taught in English at Bachelor’s or Master’s level, within the fields of: Arts, Business and Economics, Media and Communication, Social Science and Law, Health, Science and Technology.
  • Find out more - Aarhus Summer University - Health, Science, and Technology**
  • To apply for this opportunity, complete the following steps:

Hong Kong: You and Your Health

  • Founded in 1956, Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), has established its position in Hong Kong's tertiary education sector by emphasising academic excellence and whole-person education. HKBU is committed to creating a cosmopolitan learning environment by offering an array of activities that promotes internationalisation on campus to expose students to more international experience.
  • You and Your Health is an introductory course to student on the basics of human body and how factors from the living environment may affect our health. Topics chosen are closely related to health and diseases. Specific health problems and issues of interest will be selected for discussion.
  • See other units available.
  • To apply for this opportunity, complete the following steps:

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 $7,700. 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 $7,700. 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 $7,700. Find out more.


Scholarships, Grants, and Special Opportunities

Find out about opportunities available for students across the University - see Scholarships, Grants and Special Opportunities


Need further advice?

If you have any questions, please see Contacts.