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Exchange students say farewell

Thursday, 15 November 2012

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ECU recently said farewell to the latest group of International Study Abroad and Exchange students who have made the campus their home for the past semester.

More than 60 students attended the event from countries around the world including Austria, Canada, China, Germany, Netherlands, Hong Kong, Japan, Norway, Sweden, the UK and the USA.

The event was also a chance to say farewell to ECU students departing for overseas exchange in 2013, as well staff and students departing over the coming months on ECU-led study tours or short term programs.

There will be 38 ECU students heading overseas for an exchange in semester 1, visiting the Netherlands, USA, Canada, Estonia, Japan and the United Kingdom to study at our partner universities.

Sixty staff and students will be involved in ECU-led study tours or short term programs, visiting India, Thailand, China, Nankai and Tanzania.

ECU Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Ron Oliver attended the event to officially farewell the students and to wish them all the best for their future travels and endeavours.

Also in attendance were ECUI Dean of International Professor Gensheng Shen and the ECU International Student Mobility Team, represented by Ms Natalie Ilott, Sara Normand and Kate Butler.

“We hope that the students take many fond memories with them from their time in here at ECU, as we know what an enriching experience studying abroad can bring,” Professor Oliver said.

Ms Butler encouraged the students to reflect on their time here at ECU.

“I encourage you to cast your minds way back to the time, before you arrived, when you first made that choice to go abroad, remembering the initial reasons, the hopes and the expectations you had,” she said.

“Compare them to where you are now and reflect on just how those hopes and expectations have been met for yourself and how far you have come in your own journey. I’m sure many of you will be pleasantly surprised.”

In 2012, 355 ECU students have undertaken an overseas study experience, with many more set to leave in 2013.

To find out more about studying overseas as part of your degree, visit the study overseas webpage.

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