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As participation in outbound mobility experiences continues to grow, there are a number of issues faced by mobility practitioners and other professionals in ensuring that offshore programs are rewarding, engaging and beneficial to the students who participate in them. This is particularly important in the context of increased Government support and investment in overseas study initiatives, such as the New Colombo Plan, that seek to scale up existing programs and enable more students than ever before to participate in outbound mobility programs.

The nature of overseas study is also changing, reflecting both improvements in the delivery of mobility programs and the change in student demand and priorities. For example, more students are opting for short-term programs, or looking to include work experiences, internships or placements as part of their overseas experience. For some students, the WIL experience is the sole reason for travel.

The increase in demand and participation in mobility programs, as well as the changing scope of delivery, poses a number of issues for practitioners as they seek to deliver comprehensive programs with positive returns for their students.

A recurring issue among mobility practitioners is how to provide effective student support, from pre-embarkation through to reintegration. With an increased emphasis on skills development as an outcome of overseas study, how can international offices effectively prepare students for their experience and equip them with the understanding required to articulate that experience once they return?

Equally, careers staff are increasingly becoming involved in the delivery of reintegration support for returned students and are interested in issues relating to employability and student mobility, specifically the use of third-party providers, overseas internships and non-credit experiences.

To address some of these issues, UA will be working with the National Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (NAGCAS) to deliver a series of state based workshops in the early new year. Facilitated by Dr Cate Gribble and bringing together international offices with careers staff, we will discuss a range of issues, including:

  • best practice in the design and preparation of outbound experiences;
  • the impact of pre-departure training;
  • the differences between short-term, exchange and other experiences on a student’s engagement with their program;
  • the support needed for students upon their return;
  • how careers and international staff can work together to improve the student experience; and
  • how international experiences effect employability and how to articulate this link.
A draft agenda can be found here (PDF 203.2KB).
We will be hosting workshops in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane. Dates and locations are as below. Specific venue details will be added shortly. 
If you are interested in attending these workshops, or have suggestions for case studies and examples of best practice, please click on the links to workshop relevant to you. 
There is no cost to attend these workshops. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided.