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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.

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 and summer 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.

Scholarships are available for selected AIM Overseas programs in 2020. See the links below for more information and how to apply.

Program Destination: Various

Programs: Short courses

Website: For ECU Students

Australian Chamber of Commerce Intern Programme

Program Destination: The Australian Chamber of Commerce (AustCham) Intern Program will allow students to acquire real working experience in an entirely new and diverse culture. In addition to an intern placement, AustCham Hong Kong will assist students throughout the visa application process, source affordable accommodation, facilitate an orientation programme and hold networking events.

The program offers many exciting opportunities for both universities and students to create people-to-people connections throughout Hong Kong for a sustained engagement with Asia.

Applications are open now.

Program Destination: Hong Kong

Programs: Internships, Placements


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


Challenges Abroad

Provider Information: Challenges Abroad Australia is an Australian social enterprise which offers international, community based, transformational learning programs. While making a sustainable contribution to marginalised, developing, overseas communities, students who participate in their programs develop global citizenship, cultural competency, leadership and employability skills. Challenges Abroad programs may be eligible for academic credit and OS-HELP, Endeavour mobility grants and New Colombo funding.

Program Destination: Cambodia, India, Nepal, Peru, Romania, Tanzania, Thailand

Programs: Internships, Volunteering



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. They provide a number of grants and scholarships to support participation in CISaustralia programs. See here for those available.

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


CRCC Asia Pty Ltd

Provider Information: An extensive list of sectors including Finance, Law, Marketing and PR, Green Technology, IT etc.

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 offer project-based team internships in Jakarta. For more details, see below:

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: Indonesia, Malaysia

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



Provider Information: Not for profit, clinical nursing program.  They also offer placements for the following disciplines: Midwifery, Allied Health, Dentistry, Education and Business and Law.

Program Destination: Various

Programs: Placements


Pagoda Projects

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.  There are three main programs offered, InternVietnam, InternMexico and InternChina which offers four unique cities in China: Qingdao, Chengdu, Dalian & Zhuhai plus Taipei, the capital of Taiwan. Get off the beaten track and gain some real business insight and experience.

Program Destination: China, Taipei, Vietnam and Mexico

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.

Students from the School of Business and Law may be eligible to receive a Projects Abroad Scholarship of $500 to assist with the program fee for projects in China, South Africa or Mongolia.

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


YMCA Global Study

Provider Information: YMCA Global Study is a social enterprise that facilitates 3-4 week study abroad programs during the university break. Our programs are designed to enable you to have your experience count as credit towards your degree and to meet the requirements of the OS-HELP Loan. We offer a variety of study abroad programs that cater to a number of disciplines including Health Sciences, International Relations and Politics, Business and Marketing, Cybersecurity and Japanese Language, you can find a full list of our study abroad opportunities on our website.

Read the YMCA Global Study blog or posts from previous participants in programs, as well tips and hints about studying overseas.

Program Destination: Croatia, France, Japan, UK, USA

Programs: Study Tours


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