By Madison Halge
Looking for a great way to mix up your degree and also want to be posting iconic images of your travels on insta on the daily? Have you considered studying abroad?
Deakin prides itself on being worldy, and this is probably one of the best times in your life to head on your biggest adventure. Why’s that, you ask? Well you get a credit point toward your degree, and you don’t have to pay a cent upfront (thank you HECS 🙏)
That’s right, take an elective unit with no exam and gain an opportunity to study overseas in world-renowned universities and colleges. It helps to mix things up on your transcript and can be a great talking point in possible interviews!
Need more convincing? Check out below the experiences of two of our committee members who just completed their first abroad!
Ethan Hosking | Bachelor of Laws/Commerce (Finance)
I had the pleasure of participating in a short-term study tour at the London School of Economics and Political Science in the recent trimester break. The unit I studied was called International Financial law and it was credited towards my degree here at Deakin.
The unit was an intensive unit, which entailed a three-hour lecture and a one hour and thirty-minute seminar every day. The rest of the day was spent studying and sight-seeing! The unit was led by an expert in the field of International Financial law and classes involved highly collaborative discussion. The class was a melting pot of different cultures and people from different stages of their life, including professional lawyers from Russia, Portugal and Brazil.
Aside from studying, there were numerous activities available to the students at discounted prices. These activities included daytrips to Stonehenge and Bath, daytrips to Oxford and Cambridge, the Thames river cruise and theatre productions such as Les Misérables and the Lion King (personal favourite). Furthermore, there were several optional seminars that worked on resume building, cover letter workshops, how to minimise stress in university/college, public speaking workshops and much more. This all added value to my time at LSE.
Regarding employability, it is important in today’s age as overseas travel experience is held in high regard amongst employers. Employers look for these study tours that throw people out of their comfort zones and to develop their worldly knowledge and understanding. I highly recommend participating in these types of study tours for this reason!
Kaitlin Coles | Bachelor of Laws/Criminology
Applications to study abroad in trimester three are now open, and as a student that just returned from studying in London, I would highly recommend studying overseas to all students.
As a third-year law student, I participated in the Deakin Study Abroad Short-Term Partner Program over the June/July holidays and studied International Human Rights Law at the London School of Economics (LSE). Studying at LSE has been the best experience of my university degree as I had the opportunity to meet students from all over the world, experience life as a student in London and be taught by leading professionals in law.
After a whirlwind of three weeks, I have come back to Australia as a more confident and knowledgeable student with many great memories of eating fish and chips with mushy peas in London pubs and sitting in LSE’s library debating human rights with students from Norway, Germany and America.
I would strongly encourage students to study overseas as it offers the amazing opportunityto meet students from diverse cultures, languages and religions and to explore another country all while gaining an academic credit. Deakin’s Study Abroad program is extremely worthwhile and has helped me gain independence and a deeper respect and understanding of other cultures which will no doubt assist me within my future career.
Trimester 3 offers heaps of overseas programs that you can enrol into, especially for law! Human Rights Law in the Czech Republic, Competition Law in Sweden or International Environmental Law in the Netherlands. The possibilities are endless! You can study for two to three weeks or stay on longer! Interested? Information for studying abroad in trimester three can be found HERE!
Struggling to find the funds for the Deakin Abroad trip? It’s also worth investigating whether there are grants available for a specific course. Some grants from the university may even cover the whole trip! Also, once you have been enrolled in the unityou may be eligible to apply for an OS-Help loan. This allows you to receive a flat amount of money towards your trip that works similarly to a HECS debt. If you are interested in gaining more info about this, check out the link HERE!
So, who’s ready to go on an adventure?
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