Go Global News, October 2021

Western Sydney International welcomes you to the Go Global newsletter.  Here you will find information about learning abroad, current projects, upcoming events, and helpful tips.  We want this newsletter to be valuable, so please share your feedback and suggestions to help us improve the content. Contact s.mcdonald@westernsydney.edu.au.

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Returning to travel and managing overseas programs

While the Australian Government’s recent announcements have undoubtedly been positive for the eventual resumption of normal activities, there are many uncertainties which currently make it difficult to set a timeline for the return of in-country learning abroad experiences for students.

Due to the amount of lead time required to design and deliver overseas programs, it is expected the resumption of in-country activities will commence from mid-2022, depending on the host location. In addition, the Australian Government and Western Sydney University have introduced a range of policies that need to be considered, before any travel commences.

If you are currently managing or developing a Learning Abroad experience for students, remote or in-country program, please know that Western Sydney International is working on the 'Return to Student Travel Strategy' in consultation with key stakeholders and detailed information will be made available as soon as the new guidelines are approved by the appropriate channels.

International COVID-19 vaccination certificates (ICVC)

The Australian Government has provided advice about International COVID-19 vaccination certificates (ICVC). It is expected that overseas governments require evidence of COVID-19 vaccinations and tests prior to entry into a country. To find out more about getting and using an ICVC, visit Smartraveller.

Developing overseas programs for students

Western Sydney International (WSI) has developed guidelines for university staff, who are planning, developing, and implementing Learning Abroad programs for students (in-country or remote). This includes international study tours, work experience (internships and placements), short-term study, research, competitions, student exchange and more. With the return to travel being imminent, it is good idea to consider the desired features of a program at least 12 months before implementation.  Find out more.

Bula Fiji

Fiji is an excellent location for Indigenous students looking to study and travel but do not wish to be too far from home.

Experience the beautiful Fiji Islands in the South Pacific, lived on by the iTaukei people, who have lived in Fiji for approximately 3,500 years. Similar to Indigenous people in Australia, the iTaukei women learn how to weave mats and baskets from a very young age. These are often passed on as gifts, whilst the man learns how to carve spears, clubs and other hunting tools, which were also used by Indigenous people here. This is an opportunity to glimpse what life was like for Indigenous people in Australia in the past.

Sydney to Nadi is just a short four-hour flight. Grants and Scholarships are available to financially support Go Global experiences and students can talk to an Indigenous Go Global Advisor to discuss their interests and future plans. If you have any students come to you with questions, please encourage them to book an individual session on Thursday afternoons.

GoGlobal is also offering the opportunity for students to complete the following online short-course: Pacific Worlds at The University of The South Pacific in Fiji. Funding is available to support student participation in this program, making it extremely affordable. This interdisciplinary course aims to develop Pacific consciousness and sustainability thinking and it introduces students to the places, histories, cultures, arts, and politics of Oceania. Please encourage your students to apply today.

WANTED! Students required for remote internships in China

Western Sydney University currently has over 20 places available for students to participate in a remote internship on a full-time or part-time basis. Opportunities are available in a variety of professional sectors with international companies based in China. Students are individually matched with their own Cultural Mentor and have access to regular, live events and online courses linked to employability and improving their cultural fluency.

This opportunity is funded by the Australian Government's New Colombo Plan Mobility Program. A grant of AU$2,250 is available for eligible students.

'I absolutely loved the cultural mentor programme. My mentor was extremely warm and willing and she prepared before every session which made the session feel so much more meaningful. We built a really lovely bond and will definitely keep in contact even after the internship.' Shree, Western Sydney University student

If you have a group of prospective students or individuals that can participate in this opportunity, feel free to share this information.

For more information, please visit our program webpage or book a chat.  Pagoda Projects is a Western Sydney University International Partner Provider.

#GO NAM 2022 international online event

Following the success of hosting 203 students virtually this summer, Abroader is looking forward to the day they welcome international students on the ground in Vietnam. Abroader is excited to share with you a series of events, GO NAM 2022!

Abroader would like to invite you, your colleagues, and especially your students to join us at GO NAM 2022.

There are 6 events in total about Vietnamese culture, internships opportunities plus alumni sharing section about their time in Vietnam. This is a very good chance for to learn more about Abroader's programs and for the students to decide to GO NAM 2022.

The events are all free, so pick as many events to join as you wish.

Find out more about reserving a seat.

Abroader is a downstream organisation supporting Western Sydney University's International Partner Providers

Apply today for a Westpac Asian Exchange Scholarship

Up to two semesters in Asia. One experience of a lifetime. That's the promise of the Westpac Asian Exchange Scholarship, valued up to $12,250.

There are 3 components of the program, the first being a week-long Leadership Development Program in Singapore before you take off on official exchange studies in one of 6 places. Choose any of our partner Universities from mainland China, Hong Kong, South Korea, Singapore, Japan, and Taiwan. The final component is lifelong membership to the Westpac 100 Scholars Network, giving you access to be a part of a network of one of Australia's most diversified like-minded students.

Join Westpac for an online information session on Wednesday 20 October at 1pm AEDT. You'll get all the information you need about the scholarship including the funding guidelines, eligibility criteria and selection process, and learn more about the Leadership Development Program. You'll also have the opportunity to hear from previous scholarship recipients about their experience as a Westpac Scholar. The session will include a Q&A to answer any questions you may have.

To find further information, see the eligibility requirements and to submit your application, visit this webpage or book an individual advising session.

Partner of the Month: Hanyang University in South Korea

Hanyang University (HU) is a private university that offers around 1,000 courses in English per year over various departments. HU offers such a diverse offering in English that it attracts many international students from all over the world.

In addition to that, HU is located in South Korea's capital city, Seoul, a thriving metropolis of over 9.7 million people, a fantastic destination for students looking to have an exciting, and fulfilling cultural immersion.  

Students are strongly encouraged to consider South Korea and HU as an excellent option for a semester exchange program!

Please check the program brochure: Semester Exchange at Hanyang University in South Korea. For more information about Hanyang University, please contact a member of the Go Global team via email goglobal@westernsydney.edu.au

January in Auckland, New Zealand

CISaustralia is accepting applications for the January in Auckland, New Zealand study abroad program in-country!

Students will spend 6 weeks studying 1-2 courses in the heart of Auckland at New Zealand's top university “ the University of Auckland“ also ranked among the top 100 universities worldwide. A wide range of courses are available in the Arts, Business, Education, Humanities, Languages, Law, Sciences, Social Sciences and more.

Participants will have access to a comprehensive program of co-curricular social and cultural activities. Accommodation is in the largest fully-catered residence hall in NZ where each student will have their own bedroom and enjoy communal living facilities.

Note: Per the CISaustralia COVID-19 Refund Policy, students will be eligible to receive a full refund of all CISaustralia program fees paid up to and including the day of departure should CISaustralia be forced to cancel or suspend the program due to COVID-19.

CISaustralia is a Western Sydney University International Partner Provider. For more information, see January in Auckland.