Education Placements


Students in the third year of their Education program can apply to undertake their professional experience (PE) placement outside of Australia.

Organising an international PE placement successfully will take time and careful research and planning.  It is a good idea to start your research and planning at least a year in advance of the PE placement.  It is also always a good idea to consult with your Program Convenor while planning for your international PE placement.  You can organise an international PE placement in one of two ways. You can work with a UON Partner University to identify an appropriate school for your PE placement OR you can contact a school independently and organise your PE placement.

In the last two years, SoE students have successfully organised placements through UON partner universities such as Dortmund University (Germany) and the University of Northern Iowa and the University of Arkansas (USA).  Please contact the UON Global UON Global for a current list of Partner Universities that may be able to assist you in organising a placement in an English-speaking school.  Please note that not all the universities that partner with UON for student exchange are in a position to facilitate appropriate Professional Experience placements for SoE students. Also in the last two years, students have independently organised their placements in schools in diverse locations including Vietnam, Sweden, New Zealand, Vanuatu, UK, USA and China.

Students should be aware that they are required to meet ALL costs incurred for the international PE placement including but not limited to transport, airfares, accommodation, living costs and travel insurance. For more information on funding support from the federal government and other sources, please contact staff from UON Global UON Global.

To start the process:

  • Email the Professional Experience Unit  (PEU) and request to be given access to the SONIA online SoE International Expression of Interest form

Important: Applicants should:
- have a minimum Grade Point Average of 4.75.
- be prepared to attend a pre-approval interview with the Director, Professional Experience Unit. Interview times  will be scheduled by the Professional Experience Unit (PEU) early April 2016.

Applicants seeking international placements at a UON Partner University should contact UON Global UON Global for specific partner university application cut off dates. Some partner universities may require applications to be received prior to the SoE 30 April 2017 submission deadline. If this is the case, please notify the Professional Experience Unit to ensure your application is processed as soon as possible.

Contact the Professional Experience Unit if you have any further questions and

How will I pay for this experience?

Students may be able to access schemes such as the OS-HELP Loan scheme and iLEAD Travel Grant.

OS-HELP: is an Australian Government Loan scheme that allows eligible Australian students to access up to $7500 to undertake some of their study overseas. OS-HELP is applied to your HECS debt and standard conditions apply. OS-HELP can be used for a range of expenses such as airfares, accommodation, and any other travel expenses.

Global Traveller Grant: available for University of Newcastle students undertaking an overseas experience. More information can be found here

For more information please contact UON Global