How WIL works

What is WIL?

WIL is known by many names across the University and Australia. You may have heard of WIL as practicum, clinical placement, internship or fieldwork, to name a few.

WIL also occurs in various types. While placement is the most known form, WIL can also be project-based learning, simulation activities, clinic-based, fieldwork and even virtual.

WIL opportunities are aligned with the curriculum of hundreds of courses offered by the University of Newcastle and are delivered at different times of the year.

  • WIL can be real or simulated, provided on or off campus, a compulsory or optional part of a program.
  • WIL can be designed to meet the needs of an industry, business or community partner to achieve real-world outcomes.
  • WIL students are expected to exemplify the skills, attitudes and attributes of a professional in their field of expertise.
  • WIL involves clearly stated outcomes and assessment, and should be consistent with quality teaching and learning.

How WIL works

WIL courses and industry experience are available to domestic and international students enrolled in most undergraduate, postgraduate or research higher degrees.

The majority of the undergraduate degree programs offered by the University of Newcastle include an opportunity for students to take part in some type of WIL. Tens of thousands of students from across the University take part in a diverse range of core, compulsory, elective, and directed WIL courses opportunities each year.

It is not just teachers, nurses, doctors and engineers that can take part in these meaningful workplace learning opportunities, with WIL courses being offered as part of degree programs in diverse fields such as Information Technology, Communications and Design, Humanities, Business, Commerce and Marketing.

As WIL is predominantly part of courses within degrees, WIL opportunities are delivered at different times of the year, depending on the course and semester timetable and annual course structures.

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