It’s my third year at FedUni and since my first semester I’ve wanted to study abroad. As a mature-age student majoring in Economics and Finance, I came to university later than most. Despite having significant experience working, I have always felt I missed the UniLife step.
The process to study abroad with FedUni is pretty simple:
Start Planning Really Early
This is by far the most important point. You should plan a semester or two ahead, look into your options early and determine a timeframe for things that need to be done. These include:
- organising funding/save money;
- organising visas, passport etc;
- language training;
- determining what you need to travel: luggage, clothes, accessories etc.;
- double-checking FedUni’s academic requirements; and
These need to be carefully planned and organised and if you leave it to the last minute you will scramble for time.
Visit the Study Abroad and Exchange Page on the FedUni Website
Simple, really. Just search ‘Study Abroad’ on the FedUni website to find more information on where you can travel, how to apply for funding, as well as contact details for people who can offer support and/or funding.
Decide on Where You Want to Study by Checking Out the Exchange Agreements.pdf
This document is a great resource for helping you choose where to study as some universities have a certain focus. For example, if you want to travel to France there are two universities that offer Business courses and one that offers General courses. You will need to make sure that you research the entry requirements to the country and university that you’re looking to study at. I decided to study in South Korea for a few reasons; as an Economics major, I was interested to learn first-hand about the growth of the country in the past half of the century. I also wanted to experience some time in an Asian country. This is very important to me as Australia is in the Asian region and yet I know so little about our countries, their relationships, histories, or cultures. Finally, I was able to apply for some New Colombo Plan (NCP) funding to assist with the costs of travelling and living in South Korea.
Decide on How You Will Fund It
You can be self-funded, apply for an OS-HELP Loan, or there are multiple scholarships that might be available to you. One such scholarship is the New Colombo Plan, a program run by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) that offers Higher Education students the chance to study in the Asian region, build connections with the countries and other people on exchange, as well as with the Australian Government through the newly launched New Colombo Plan Alumni program.
My trip was funded with NCP and OS Help Loan and this was essential because there have been many additional costs to study here that weren’t apparent early on or disclosed prior to departure.
Get in Touch with Emma and the Fabulous Team at the International Office
Building D | Mt Helen campus
Telephone: 5327 6661
Emma can help you like she did me. She will liaise with the other university’s international office for you and keeps everything together for you in one place… she is a real superstar.
On a personal, educational, and professional level, I strongly recommend going on exchange to everyone. It is a great opportunity that can open more doors for you than you can imagine, provide a different perspective on knowledge, and help to shine a light on parts of yourself you never knew existed. So don’t wait, jump at the chance!
Words by Catherine Elliott
Photography by Justus George