International Partner Providers
International Partner Providers (IPP) are companies that have been contracted by Western Sydney University to deliver a service that supports the learning abroad experience. These organisations are highly experienced in designing and implementing overseas programs, often using established best practice, existing administrative structures, and contacts in-country. Depending on the type of IPP, these organisations provide a wide range of services including the development of study tours, arranging work placements and site visits to overseas companies, develop cultural excursions and more. These organisations often deliver pre-departure and onsite training, and provide pastoral care and support for students (airport pickup, ground transportation, accommodation, mental health support, visa information etc.).
Organisations that do not have an International Partner Provider agreement (IPPA), and associated procurement plan, are not permitted to promote their opportunities to students or staff. University stakeholders are advised to only engage with organisations that have fulfilled Western Sydney University's due diligence process (see Section 4).
All students participating in a Learning Abroad experience must register their overseas activity via the Western Sydney University Go Global Application Portal prior to participation. If a student needs to find an opportunity, go to the Program Discovery on the Go Global Portal. These are targeted opportunities and may not include all of the programs on offer. TIP: search using terms such as "internship', "work experience", “volunteering", "Short-term Program", "Study Tour". If a program does not exist, please contact the Manager Learning Abroad (Short Programs) for further advice.
Western Sydney International (WSI) is responsible for the assessment and screening of all proposed international programs and partnerships across the University. WSI maintains ongoing partnerships with institutions and providers around the world and can help you identify prospective organisations, whilst ensuring the correct policies and processes are being followed, and the right agreements are in place.
University and Australian policies
International Partner Providers, program leaders, and all stakeholders are required to comply with a number of policies:
Student Mobility Policy | International Partner Providers | Partner Universities | Critical Incident Guidelines | Travel | Foreign Interference | Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment (SEAH) | Child Protection | Modern Slavery | Environmental and Social Safeguard | Compliance
Western Sydney University’s Go Global & Study Abroad team provides advice and support for project leaders to align their projects with above policies.
New Third Party Provider Policy (TPP)
Preferred International Partner Providers (PIPP) are not considered TPPs, unless involved in the delivery of University accredited units. The purpose of the Western Sydney University Third Party Provider policy is the delivery of Western Sydney University courses and units by Third Party Providers (TPPs), both onshore and offshore https://policies.westernsydney.edu.au/bullet-board/comments.php?id=1203. A Third Party Provider (TPP) means a legally established entity separate from the University (although it may be a controlled entity of the University) with which the University has a legal relationship for the purposes of delivering University accredited units and degrees to students.
Offshore Student Placements
For risk management and quality experiences, it is recommended that students participate in an international placement via a PIPP. If a student wishes to participate in a placement that is not organised by one of the providers listed below, they will require an Offshore Student Placement Agreement . Contact the Placement Hub for further information.
Go Global Portal
Western Sydney University has implemented a web-based platform that provides project leaders with a dedicated webpage and online application process for students. The platform is integrated with Banner and keeps a comprehensive record of all mobility projects across the university (in-country or online). The platform:
If you are implementing in-country or remote/online activity for students, the activity must be registered on the Go Global Portal. For more information, visit the Guidelines for Developing Overseas Programs for Students.
Guidelines for Developing Overseas Programs for Students
Western Sydney International has developed guidelines University staff who are planning, developing, or implementing in-country or remote/online activities for students. These include study tours, work experience (internships and clinical placements), short-term study, research, competitions, student exchange. The guidelines also consider University and Australian Government policies. See the Guidelines for Developing Overseas Programs for Students.
2. Current Partner Organisations
ABROADER was founded to help the local youth gain international exposure by bringing international students to Vietnam through internships, customized faculty-led, semester exchange, and service learning. Since 2014, we have been hosting students from more than 20 countries in the world and supported thousands of Vietnamese students in joining free seminars and international education programs. When partaking in our programs, you have the opportunity to boost your career prospects and contribute to local community development.
Internships: We provide hands-on internships for students to experience a real working environment and authentic local cultural immersion. An internship in Vietnam enhances both professionalism and cross-cultural awareness for students’ future global works. We have an extensive network of more than 150 partners in the business sector, public health, non-profit organizations, and social enterprises in Vietnam. We can provide more diverse and fitting choices for your student’s desired internship abroad. Our full-service program also provides visa support, accommodation arrangement, in-country transportation, and 24/7 emergency support.
Faculty-Led: As a member of the Forum on Education Abroad, we are committed to Standards of Good Practice in all Faculty-led programs. Apart from being a legit company with liability insurance, we are proud to be ONE - STOP SHOP CENTER for faculty leaders. We care about the students' academics and support the faculty with all the logistical procedures needed for the program from Company visits, guest speakers, local culture knowledge, local immersion activities, and customized trips within the theme. Our signature component of every program is the local buddies. Your students really learn about Vietnam through students eyes! Since its establishment, we have been running successful customized Faculty-led programs with universities from the United States, Japan, and Australia.
Service-learning: It connects students from different majors to work with local people for the betterment of the local community. By doing project-based work at community development organizations at the grass-root level, social enterprises, and local or international NGOs in Vietnam, they practice and gain more cross-cultural team working skills and have a better understanding of the local issues.
ACICIS Study Indonesia
- The Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies (ACICIS – pronounced Ah-chee-chis, as an Indonesian would say it) is an innovative, non-profit, national educational consortium that was established in 1994 to overcome the substantial academic, bureaucratic, and immigration impediments that had prevented Australian students from undertaking credited semester study at Indonesian universities. Today ACICIS runs a variety of study options in Indonesia including 8 semester long programs, 5 professional practica programs and two short term programs.
- Since joining ACICIS in early 2016, over 60 WSU students have studied in Indonesia with ACICIS. ACICIS provides extensive pre-departure information to students, facilitates the in-country orientation, assists with sourcing student accommodation, and provides extensive pastoral care, risk management, and other assistance to students throughout their time studying in Indonesia.
- Western Sydney University can apply for allocations of funding for ACICIS' existing programs through the Consortium's membership consultation process and also suggest new programs for development by ACICIS. ACICIS has also developed and operated bespoke programs in Indonesia for our member universities and is open to discussing this possibility with relevant staff at WSU.
- Find out more about ACICIS
- Contact ACICIS
- Faculty-Led: Thematic in nature, faculty-led programs are a curated blend of commerce and culture. We fully manage all the logistics and work closely with the faculty leader to create content that is stimulating and relevant. These may range from business and economy to following in the footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi. Programs can be created around a given theme (e.g. Healthcare or Science and Technology) to integrate different disciplines, destinations, interactions and immersions.
- Service-Learning: Service-learning programs are focused on a project that revolves around enhancing the lives of a community. Whether it’s infrastructural or socio-entrepreneurial, the participants in the program are actively involved in helping with community-identified needs. The programs are enhanced by workshops, hands-on field work and interaction with social entrepreneurs who are working to make a difference.
- Internships: There’s no better way to gain international exposure and awareness than by interning abroad. In a world where global connectivity is the norm, what better way to experience it first-hand than by immersing yourself in a working culture abroad? We place our interns in sound, secure and inspiring working environments that expose them to local culture. These may range from hospitality to healthcare, social entrepreneurship to NGOs, and manufacturing to finance.
- Find out more
- Contact Authentica
- Request Proposal
- Countries: World-wide
- CISaustralia is dedicated to providing Australian (and International) University students with innovative, high quality short term overseas study, intern and volunteer experiences, for academic credit. CISaustralia have a formal agreement with WSU (since 2015) and support a range of different mobility programs, including Customised Faculty Led Programs (CFLP). CISaustralia will support over 30 CFLP's in 2018 - funded by OS-HELP, NCP and Endeavor. Aside from the benefits of on site staff and robust risk management, the CIS model enables a saving of approx. 4-6 full time equiv weeks for academic staff in program development, logistics and administration.
- Find out more about CIS programs
CRCC Asia is the world's leading provider of internships abroad. CRCC Asia was founded 16 years ago to give students and young professionals first-hand experience in a dynamic intercultural setting to foster business relations between Asia and the rest of the world. Since our foundation, we have hosted over 9,000 students from 156 countries through 65+ university/organizational partnerships.
In conjunction with CRCC Asia, Australian universities have been successful with past NCP applications. Most notably being the University of Newcastle, University of Adelaide, University of Queensland, and many more. We have 24/7 on-the-ground support, international standards for health and safety and provide the cultural and professional experiences for your students to be successful and employability after university
- Countries: United States, Israel, Singapore
- At The Hacker Exchange, our mission is to connect the next generation of Aussie entrepreneurs with the opportunities, passion, networks and resources that can only be found in the innovation capitals of the world. Through immersive startup boot camps, university short programs and strategic connections in Silicon Valley, Tel Aviv and Singapore, our participants emerge as a generation of leaders ready to build businesses that change the world. The Student Innovation Program in Singapore has been designed to promote entrepreneurship as a career path for students, and as our future leaders, to continually develop and grow Australia’s innovation ecosystem. Students will participate in a series of workshops and speaker sessions providing an overview of the Singapore business culture and best practices, while providing practical application to the startup ideation process. Site visits to startups and major tech companies are also part of the Program to contextualise learnings. Students are also encouraged to attend networking events and establish interpersonal relationships unique to the Singapore ecosystem. This program is intended to have students enrol in an WSU course, run by HEX, and an assessment completed by a WSU academic.
- Find out more
- Contact The Hacker Exchange
International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)
International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ) is the world’s largest and only B Corp certified volunteer abroad organization - awarded the World’s Top Volunteer Abroad Provider for 4 years running based on thousands of 5 star reviews on GoOverseas.
Since 2007, IVHQ has facilitated thousands of life-enriching travel experiences - enabling volunteers to give back to causes they care about, while exploring the world in an authentic way.
International Volunteer HQ and our internships division, Intern Abroad HQ, partner with universities around the world to give both students and faculty a safe and affordable service learning program abroad. Choose from:
IVHQ’s affordable fees start from only $30AUD per day, including accommodation, meals, airport pick-up and 24/7 in-country support. This fully-hosted experience enables people from all walks of life to come together and create positive social, environmental and personal transformation through travel.
If you are seeking a hassle-free way to provide your students with a life changing experience, get in touch with our Campus Partnerships Team today.
Next Step Connections
- Next Step Connections (NSC) is a leading Global Experiential Learning Organisation and internship placement agency based in Asia. NSC is providing internship and other ‘beyond classroom’ experiential learning abroad programs to help students gain personal development, find their professional path and ultimately reach their full potential. Founded in 2007 in Shanghai, by Jerome Le Carrou and led by a passionate team, who have circled the globe seeking new experiences; NSC is recognized by global institutions, partner companies, and the international education industry as a true specialist in providing safe and quality experiential learning programs to and within Asia. With offices in Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia and Bangkok, NSC is strategically located at the heart of a region set to lead the world as It is estimated that by 2030, Asia’s economy with be larger than that of the US and EU combined.
- Find out more about Next Step Connections
- Custom Internship Program Abroad
- Faculty-Led Programs & Study Tours
- Contact Next Step
People & Friends
- Our Start-up Experiential Learning Programs are intensive short-term courses on entrepreneurship.
- In our start-up Experiential Learning Programs, your students have the chance to become entrepreneurs for 2 weeks. to work on actual problems/challenges provided by start-‐ups, learn about state-of-the-art tools in various workshops we give in order to help them with their projects, they visit internationally well-known companies (such as BMW, SAP, Google, Facebook) and meet local start-‐ ups and entrepreneurs. Furthermore, they can experience the diverse culture and neighbourhoods the two amazing start-‐up hubs (Berlin and SF) have to offer by engaging in a series of cultural activities. These include, for instance, a visit at Alcatraz island, a street art tour, the Berlin Wall Memorial, a treasure hunt, secret food tour and a lunch at the revolving restaurant on the iconic Berlin TV tower.
- We customise our programs for universities who wish for certain topics to be focused on, e.g. social innovation, sustainability, the engineering industry.
- Find out more about People and Friends
- Contact People and Friends
Pagoda Projects go beyond work experience in the International Higher Education sector. We employ our own teams of professional & approachable people, across incredible worldwide locations. We are ethical, ambitious, and passionate about the provision of inclusive employability opportunities for all. We offer internships, thematic programmes, study tours and more, both online and in-person, across a range of sectors to accommodate the practical needs for almost all fields of study. We combine valuable work-based learning with cultural integration via mentorships, activities, trips and unbeatable partner and student support, delivering successfully to established employability competencies and the tracking of your graduate outcomes in line with GOS. We are transparent and are always happy to discuss various co-design options with no obligation to commit until 100% satisfied with what we can offer. We are happy to adjust our programmes to suit your course needs and ensure that you are working with a partner who can help you achieve your internationalisation and work integrated learning goals.
The Intern Group
The Intern Group (TIG) was founded in 2011 to organise international internship programmes for students and graduates. We organise programs supported by our own local staff in 8 countries, and we also organise independent in-person and virtual internships, supported remotely by our staff, in 30 other countries. TIG has collaborated with more than 120 higher education institutions worldwide in order to deliver internship programmes for their students, including more than a dozen Australian universities.
Think Pacific is a registered Fijian charity, that specialises in the development of study tours and internship programs in Fiji (in-country and remote). Think Pacific has unrivalled local knowledge, extensive local network and depth of understanding for creating credit bearing programs that expands on students’ international experience and brings them closer to Fiji.
A virtual internship is a remote work experience period that can fit flexibly round a student’s existing commitments (e.g: study, family commitments) or can make work experience more accessible (e.g: for someone with a disability or mobility issues). Since no relocation is required, the cost is much less than a regular overseas internship. Alongside better access, students build specific skills increasingly valued by employers - remote working, online communication and many more. Virtual Internships provide a free employability course (CareerBridge) which helps students articulate the skills they’re gaining more precisely. Find out more at virtualinternships.com.
3. Partners by Country
Provided below are organisations endorsed by the University that have opportunities available in a range of disciplines and types of experiences.
*Currently suspended due to visa constraints
- International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)
- Next Step Connections
- Pagoda Projects
- The Intern Group (TIG)
- Hacker Exchange
- The Intern Group (TIG)
- International Volunteer HQ (IVHQ)
- Next Step Connections
- People and Friends
4. Becoming an International Partner Provider
- APPLICATION TO BECOME AN INTERNATIONAL PARTNER PROVIDER (External Application)
- RECOMMENDATION FOR WESTERN TO WORK WITH AN INTERNATIONAL PARTNER PROVIDER (Western Staff Only)
The process below describes the steps for an external organisation, requesting to become a preferred International Partner Provider of Western Sydney University
During this process prospective IPPs are required to:
- Provide information about the history of business, mission, legal status, quality assurance, internal structure, insurance, emergency/safety procedures, Child Protection policy, Preventing Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment (PSEAH) policy, pre-departure and onsite training, pastoral care and support of students (airport pickup, ground transportation, accommodation, mental health, laws, visas etc.).
- Provide a recommendation from a Western Sydney University Academic Unit (School/Institute) that supports and justifies the capacity for a new partnership:
- it will deliver a service that no other existing partner organisation can
- the activity is integrated into the curriculum
After approval the new IPP will be required to sign an International Partner Provider agreement (IPPA). In addition a procurement plan will be submitted for the International Partner Provider to become a vendor.
5. Information for Approved Providers
For organisations that have completed the due diligence process and have been invited to work with Western Sydney University, see Information for Partner Organisations.