A New Way To Study Overseas
Benjamin travelled overseas to Japan for a great experience that benefited his current degree. All thanks to the new initiative for Australian universities, the New Colombo Plan Mobility Program.
My name is Ben McPhillips, and I am studying a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Japanese with the purpose of being involved in translation and teaching. I studied for 5 months in Japan at Daito Bunka University near Tokyo and this was a great experience and was of great benefit both in terms of my language proficiency but also for the experience of living overseas.
I received a Mobility grant under the New Colombo Plan from the Australian government. This assisted me greatly in financial terms and therefore enabled me to fully experience Japan through travel and a different lifestyle. It also gave me an opportunity to meet new people and build connections that will help with future employment.
The New Colombo Plan Mobility Program involves both Mobility Grants and Scholarships for students studying in the Indo-Pacific region with around 40 different host locations being covered by the program. The program is very broad and is catered to students from a variety of facilities.
The Program not only covers study trips, but also internships and mentorships, giving students first hand experience in their field of study overseas. This can give students who have never travelled overseas before or who don't plan to travel overseas a great opportunity to experience a new culture whilst gaining valuable experience towards their future careers.
Examples of short term study trips include trips involving water testing and Aquatic invertabrate sampling in Bhutan for students in a Bachelor of science and study tours in Japan around various elementary schools for students in a Bachelor of Education. Even though some of these trips are only short term, they provide students with a life changing experience.
This year alone, the University of New England has funding available for up to 162 students from a range of departments and the host countries include Bhutan, China, Japan, Nauru, The Philippines, Samao, Thailand, Tuvula and Vietnam. These include degrees such as nursing, education, social work, ecology and asian languages.
If you have any queries please contact John Mckinnon the UNE Study Abroad Supervisor through his email firstname.lastname@example.org or myself via email, email@example.com .
Written by: Benjamin McPhillips
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