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Overseas Professional Experience
The School of Education has a history of conducting Overseas Professional Experience Programs for Western Sydney University students in such countries as Thailand, Taiwan, Fiji, Cook Islands, Malaysia and China. The opportunity to live and work in another culture broadens and deepens the students' life experiences while encouraging reflection of their role as teachers in their own culture.
The tours are open to all students enrolled in the School of Education programs and the tours have included students from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Education, Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary programs. Students may join the tour to complete: a unit such as Professional Practice 3; an assessment component of a unit such as Learning Through Community Service or Classrooms Without Borders; a non-award unit; or as a career experience not associated with a unit, where the report is added to their professional teaching portfolio.
The leaders of each tour will conduct pre-departure information and intercultural sessions. Students need to complete the usual Child Protection course and if intending to teach will need to have completed at least Professional Practice unit.
The OPEP vUWS site has additional materials and tour booklet information available. All SOE students have access to the OPEP vUWS site.
All students must have a current Australian passport and be prepared to purchase travel insurance as part of the requirements after attending and being accepted to partake in any OPEP experience.
Students need to make an application via the forms on the vUWS site. Students may complete the PP3 unit and add it to their 2H results or have it as a unit in the 1H semester. (Note: it is actually conducted between semesters).
Students fully fund their own tours. Students are expected to meet their own living costs and any tourist activities outside those included within the tour.
Associate Professor Chris Johnston, Director Engagement and International