Globalisation of the Student Experience
Cultural exchange enriches the learning experience for both overseas and domestic students. It provides a greater depth to global perspectives and knowledge thus providing graduates with a competitive edge in the global labour market.
Victorian education providers are active in the provision and support of student exchange programs. Students are encouraged to contact their local education provider for details.
Victorian government schools have in place 280 agreements with overseas schools.
These agreements are managed by the International Division of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD). Click here to access further information on DEECD’s Secondary Student Exchange Program.
In addition, non-government schools have been active in establishing exchange agreements with overseas schools for the purpose of student and teacher exchange, curriculum collaboration and homestay programs as part of a school’s language learning opportunities.
Vocational Education and Training (VET)
A number of public VET providers are very active in developing opportunities for student exchange and international learning. Chisholm Institute of TAFE has developed an exchange program in Building and Design with the Vitus Bering Institute in Denmark and has transnational projects underway in China, India and Vietnam.
Box Hill Institute of TAFE is a member of the Global Education Network which is a collegiate organisation providing networking and professional development opportunities for staff and students. The Network was designed by Box Hill Institute in 2001 and currently has partnerships with the Institute of Technical Education in Singapore, Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA, and the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in Calgary, Canada.
The nine Victorian universities have over 800 student exchange agreements in place with institutions in more than 40 countries. There are an increasing number of opportunities available for domestic higher education students to attend a partner institution as part of their university studies. It must be acknowledged that education providers, in conjunction with the Commonwealth Government, have provided travel assistance and grants to enable domestic students to undertake international exchange programs.
Victorian Universities – Student Exchange Partnerships 2009
- Australian Catholic University
113 Agreements – 17 Countries
- Deakin University
156 Agreements – 40 Countries
- La Trobe University
106 Agreements – 30 Countries
- Monash University
110 Agreements – 28 Countries
- RMIT University
110 Agreements – 29 Countries
- Swinburne University of Technology
66 Agreements – 30 Countries
- The University of Melbourne
100 Agreements – 36 Countries
- University of Ballarat
25 Agreements – 13 Countries
- Victoria University
78 Agreements – 23 Countries
Australian University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific (UMAP) Student Exchange Program
UMAP is a voluntary association of government and non-government representatives of the higher education (university) sector in the region.
Australia has been a member of the regional UMAP organisation since its inception in 1993 and, through that forum, works with other countries to support student mobility in the Asia Pacific region.
Through the Australian UMAP Student Exchange Program, which is part of the Endeavour Program, the Australian Government provides funding to Australian higher education institutions to:
- set up and monitor student exchanges with eligible counterpart higher education institutions in the Asia Pacific region; and
- support australian higher education students’ participation in these exchanges.
Click here to access general information on UMAP and click here to access specific information on the Australian UMAP administered by the Australian Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR).