Faculty of Science International Placements

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Students studying within the Faculty of Science have the opportunity to undertake work placement (within their area of study) outside of Australia by enrolling in SCIT3600.

SCIT3600 provides students with the chance to broaden their educational and cultural experience through participation in an organised out-of-country activity, such as an internship, work experience, period of volunteering, Faculty-authorised study tour or workshop from a recognised institute. An international placement allows students to expand the theoretical knowledge and skills developed in their undergraduate program, and apply knowledge and skills in an external and international context.

Am I eligible?

To enrol in SCIT3600, students must be in one of following programs and have successfully completed at least 100 units at 1000/2000 level:

  • Bachelor of Arts / Science
  • Bachelor of Biotechnology
  • Bachelor of Development Studies
  • Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management
  • Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science
  • Bachelor of Food Science and Human Nutrition
  • Bachelor of Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Mathematics / Science
  • Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Psychological Science
  • Bachelor of Science

Admission to this course is based on merit and the number of places available may be restricted.

When is a good time to plan my trip?

An ideal time to undertake your overseas activity is the end of semester 2 in your second year of study (Nov – Feb) or semester break in your third year (July).

Note: An Expression of Interest (EOI) should be submitted at least 3 months prior to travel (see How Do I Apply? below).

How do I organise my activity?

SCIT3600 is a student-driven course, meaning students gain access to this course via individual initiative. Students are expected to organise their own activity as well as travel plans. It is the student's responsibility to provide the Assistant Dean (International) (Course Coordinator) with a written brief of their proposed activity for formal approval, before commencing this course via an online expression of interest form.

Once approved, students will need to apply directly to the overseas provider / company and arrange all travel.

If you do not have an activity in mind, existing university-approved programs are in place and can be found here.

On commencing this course, but before starting the overseas activity, students will need to complete a health and safety and risk induction. Full information on this compulsory component will be provided in the course outline provided by the School.

Do I have to pay?

Students will be required to cover the course cost of SCIT3600, a University of Newcastle Tuition Fee (10 units).

Students will also be required to meet all costs incurred for their overseas experience including payment to an overseas provider / company if applicable.

What Financial Assistance is available?

Students may be able to access financial assistance including the OS-HELP Loan and/or Global Traveller Grant:

OS-HELP: is an Australian Government Loan  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 for Short term experiences: available for University of Newcastle students undertaking a short term experience

Examples of Overseas Activities through SCIT3600

  • Rainforest conservation in Madagascar or Peru
  • Sea Turtle and Coastal Conservation in Mexico
  • Development projects in India, Mexico, South Africa or Vietnam
  • Human Rights programs in Argentina, Cambodia, Ghana or Morocco

How do I apply?

Email your name, student number and proposed dates of travel to FSCI-Globalmobility@newcastle.edu.au to register your interest. You will then be directed to complete a brief Expression of Interest and Risk Assessment.

For more information on SCIT3600, please read the course outline.

Find out more:

When: Wednesdays and Fridays, 1:30pm - 3.30pm
UON Global Office, Hunter Building (Near the Bar-on-the-Hill), Callaghan

SCIT3600 is a great opportunity for students to gain practical experience in their chosen field overseas. It opens up a range of opportunities that you would not be able to experience in the classroom. Besides from gaining work experience and the ability to travel, you will gain a deeper understanding of the complexities of the culture and society you live, and the intricacies of your chosen work assignment. By completing my internships in the Philippines I have learned about the nature of international development, the dynamics of foreign aid, how policy reform occurs and how these changes are implemented at a local level.

Lisa in Philippines

Lisa Butson, Bachelor of Development Studies