Forever wishing you could be that enviable person posting beautiful landscapes on Instagram every day, when in reality you’re stuck in the library studying? Yeah me too.
The FOMO is real.
Lucky for us, La Trobe is overflowing with international study opportunities that can get students out of the library and into the world.
Imagine doing your studies or clinical placement throughout the week and then jetting off to an exciting new country every other weekend… The storage space on your phone would be seriously challenged from all the pictures, but your life would be a dream! More importantly, your resume would be bursting with international exposure, cultural experiences, and a deeper understanding of the world around you. It’s a win-win situation from every perspective!
Can I actually do this?
Even if you’re not a straight A student with buckets of money to your name, you can still make the most of this opportunity of a lifetime. As La Trobe is heavily focused on fostering international partnerships, there are a number of grants and scholarships available to all students that can help to pay for the majority of your trip (cheers to La Trobe for funding my dumpling habit in China)! For more information about all the different ways you could get some extra cash to fund your travel dreams, click here.
With financing pretty much sorted, you’ll be even more pleased to know that the tried and true student motto ‘P’s get degrees’ still works a treat when planning for international study as most programs only require a 65% or above grade to gain entry.
How do I start?
First, you need to look at your course structure, visit the La Trobe Abroad website, and then speak with your course coordinator to determine what kind of program you should take part in and how it can fit into your course. There are so many options available – from clinical placement and short programs, to full semester exchange, there is an option to suit everyone. La Trobe has agreements with so many different institutions all over the world, so take your pick. Your course coordinators may even have advice about programs or destinations that are specific to your degree! The La Trobe Abroad website has a range of resources to help guide your decision making.
Next, it’s time to start planning.
Deadlines may vary for different programs, so check out La Trobe Abroad to make sure you’re on track with your applications. Also keep in mind that some places may require visas and immunisations, so be sure to work these into your plan.
REMEMBER: the deadline for Part 1 of the application for Semester 1 exchange in 2018 is Monday July 3, with Part 2 due Friday July 28. With exams wrapping up, now is the perfect time to get yourself organised!
Catchya next time from wherever you are in the world!
Note: This blog was written by Samantha Robertson with only minimal GIF and formatting help from Veashka 🙂