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Other Learning Abroad Opportunities

Studying overseas as part of your degree can be academically and personally rewarding whilst adding value to your ECU degree.  In addition to the many ECU short term programs and student exchange partnerships, there are a number of other learning abroad opportunities available to students by other providers.

A large number of the programs are short term (between 2-6 weeks long) and are offered during the semester breaks.  Some providers also have Internships and Work Integrated Learning programs. These organisations have onsite staff providing a great source of advice, support, and information for students abroad.

If you are considering studying overseas, you are encouraged to speak to your Course Coordinator to see how an activity may complement your studies and whether you can obtain credit towards your degree.  You will then be required to complete a Credit Transfer Form: Credit Transfer Form.

Should your activity receive credit, you may be able to receive an OS-HELP loan to fund your learning abroad journey. “OS-HELP” is an Australian Government loan scheme to cover some of the expenses associated with the overseas study, such as airfares, accommodation and other travel or study expenses. For further information, please visit ECU’s intranet website: OS-HELP Loan or contact Student Central.

You are encouraged to review your insurance carefully if you are travelling overseas. Many learning abroad providers will offer travel insurance to students participating in their programs. If you are travelling as part of your degree, you may be entitled to ECU’s Travel insurance. For further information of ECU’s travel insurance please visit: ECU's Travel Insurance.  You will then be required to complete a Student Travel Form and submit to Student Central.

The following providers offer a range of learning abroad activities.

Before embarking on any external program, you should ensure the activity is right for you and meets your academic and personal learning outcomes.

Australian Consortium for In-Country Indonesian Studies (ACICIS)

Provider Information: The Australian Consortium for 'In-Country' Indonesian Studies (ACICIS) is a non-profit consortium of universities that develops and coordinates high quality, in-country study options in Indonesia. ACICIS programs enhance the student’s educational experience, and produce graduates with the ability to understand the world from a global perspective. ECU is a member university where ECU students can apply for a learning abroad experience in Indonesia. Some programs have government grants attached reducing the cost of your activity.

Program Destination: Indonesia

Programs: Internships, Placements, Semester abroad, Study Tours


AIM Overseas

Provider Information: AIM Overseas is an Australian Institution which offers Australian students short courses overseas. These are academic short courses taught during the winter holidays by some of the world's leading universities, designed to count for credit and meet the requirements for the OS-HELP Loan. These programs make the most of their location, frequently including lots of site visits and field trips to places that increase learning and provide an experience that simply could not be replicated in a classroom in Australia.

Program Destination: Various

Programs: Short courses

Website: Website for ECU Students General Website:

CIS Australia

Provider Information: CISaustralia is dedicated to providing Australians innovative, high quality overseas study, intern and volunteer experiences while promoting global awareness, inspiring personal growth and developing engaged world citizens

Program Destination: Various

Programs: Internships, Volunteering, Semester abroad, Summer/Winter Abroad


Connect 123

Provider Information: Customised opportunities where internships and volunteer experience can be tailored to students’ goals and schedule

Program Destination: Various

Programs: Internships, Volunteering



Provider Information: Internship and language class programs are student focused and tailored. Students can choose their timeframe, sector, accommodation and internship company before signing up! InternChina is based in four unique cities in China: Qingdao, Chengdu, Dalian & Zhuhai. Get off the beaten track and gain some real business insight and experience.

Program Destination: China

Programs: Internships


International Internships

Provider Information: Tailored programs to meet academic requirements, or develop completely new ones, in conversation with lecturers, study abroad and other relevant institutional staff. We will work together to create a unique program for a specific set of learning outcomes and content requirements. This extends to Work Integrated Learning or general internships and study intensives or tours in a wide range of fields, from Business to Architecture to Fashion to Environmental Science to International Studies.

International Internships also run individual or team internship programs twice or three times each year. Interns from any higher education institution and any country can apply for these programs. Entry is competitive, based on a statement of intent, CV and phone interview.

Program Destination: Various

Programs: Internships


Next Step Connections

Provider Information: Next Step Connections (NSC) is a leading internship placement agency and social development initiative based in Asia. NSC is providing internship and other experiential learning abroad programs to help students gain personal development, find their professional path and ultimately reach their full potential.

Program Destination: Various

Programs: Internships


Projects Abroad

Provider Information: Founded in 1992 Projects Abroad operates in 30 developing countries providing support to over 1000 local initiatives through the people-power of our volunteers. Each year thousands of volunteers from all walks of life to take the opportunity to make a contribution to a community and foster cultural exchange and understanding. In each community Projects Abroad employ full time local staff to ensure that our volunteers work on worthwhile local programs and that they are well supported and safe.

Program Destination: Various locations

Programs: Internships, Placements and Volunteering


The Global Student

Provider Information: Let TGS take the guesswork out of developing and delivering your off-shore mobility program. They manage the risk, admin and logistics, and inter-cultural communications, ensuring your all-inclusive package includes costs you haven’t even thought of! Program delivery makes certain all in-country service providers, partners or hosts are reputable, organised and committed to ensuring an exciting and stimulating educational experience.

Program Destination: Internships in Malaysia.  Volunteering in Vietnam, Cambodia, Borneo & Myanmar

Programs: Internships, Study Tours (customised programs), Volunteering


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