Maybe you have always written off the option of studying abroad because you don’t want to be away from your family and friends for 6 months to a year. Maybe you think it’s not financially possible. Maybe you don’t want to live overseas for so long. Maybe you like the idea of short term travel better.
Well, we have good news for you then. You can do a short course overseas.
Wait, you’re thinking… am I hearing you right? Exchange AND a unit out of the way in a few short weeks?
Yeah, you’re hearing us right!
You can do short courses through companies such as AIM OVERSEAS and CIS AUSTRALIA which offer a range of different courses in a heap of different countries. These courses usually count as an elective for your home university, and what’s more – are WAY more fun than any summer school class you could do at home!
Short term courses like this not only immerse you in the academic life of the foreign university, but usually like to show you around your host country too. That means excursions are packed into the itinerary, so your time spent doing the course is filled with adventures beyond the realm of the classroom.
What’s more is that, for Australian students, many of these courses are funded by a HECS loan. So you don’t have to pay for the course upfront!
It just keeps getting better doesn’t it?
The abundance of options means you can choose an elective that you probably wouldn’t get to do at home, meet fantastic like-minded people, and get the experience of living and studying in a different country, all jam packed into a month or so. Plus, if you’re so inclined (and many of us are), you can spend extra time in your country of choice (or countries, should you happen to find yourself in Asia/Europe/South America) exploring everything else you want to see!
Less like study abroad, and more like study holiday we say!
So if study abroad is something you want, but you can’t see yourself doing it for the long haul, make the effort to chat to your university careers councillor, do a google search, or simply email us here at firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be happy to point you in the right direction.
So go on, what are you waiting for?