Study Abroad - Short Term Study Tours
Bachelor of Arts (Majoring in Islamic Studies)
"I'm just back from an intensive course in Oman, studying Arabic language and culture. I arranged the course, which will be credited against my Arts degree (Islamic Studies major), with CIS Australia, and was able to arrange an OS-Help loan via John McKinnon at UNE. I was studying 6 hours per day, 5 days a week with students from around the world. As I was a new-comer to Arabic, I had set myself a very difficult task, but I am proud of my results, and enriched by the experience. I recommend studying abroad to all UNE students."
Rebecca Di Donato
Bachelor of Zoology (Animal Ecology)
"I was fortunate enough to be selected, along with 17 other undergraduate and postgraduate ERS and BCSS students, to travel to Bhutan with Prof Caroline Gross, A/Prof Karl Vernes, Dr Raj Rajaratnam, and Ian Simpson, to study the ecology and biogeography of the Eastern Himalayas. Our fieldwork over there included water testing and no-harm aquatic invertebrate sampling (Bhutan is predominately Buddhist and the people have a high regard for all sentient life), vegetation surveys along altitudinal gradients from 2985masl to 3790masl, and camera trapping in the Royal Botanic Park and also at the Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment (UWICE) where our group was hosted. The experience was invaluable, as it allowed me to apply much of the theoretical knowledge I have gained during my studies, and to learn about the research already being conducted in the country and the conservation challenges faced, but it also gave me the opportunity to appreciate the Bhutanese way of life, as we had the chance to visit monasteries, dzongs, meet the local people, and eat chilli-based Bhutanese cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner!"
Bachelor of Psychology with Honours
"As far as great experiences go I can solidly recommend the Positive Psychology Summer Course at the University of Maastricht. The course is promoted by AIM Overseas - who certainly provided good and useful services in preparing for the experience.
The city of Maastricht really is a little jewel with a unique culture, original ancient architecture and great food and fun opportunities. The University has a reputation for innovative teaching practices which it lives up to by delivering one of the mostly well-crafted study experiences I have had to date.
It is worth noting that the 'Summer Course' is timed for our Summer (Europe's Winter), but so long as you've plenty of clothes you'll be fine and you might enjoy the magic of a snowy day – I certainly did!
If you have the opportunity to study in Maastricht it will be an experience you will not regret and never forget."