ACU encourages students to study overseas

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

International travel is a bucket list item for most young people and ACU is encouraging students to combine an overseas adventure with their education.

Students get more than just a fun time overseas from international experiences, with employers and recruiters including these more and more on their checklists, associating them with personal growth, open-mindedness, intercultural skills, and independence.

ACU Provost Professor Pauline Nugent said the ACU Rome Centre with The Catholic University of America is well-placed to offer students a rich international experience, including local community engagement activities linked to our Catholic ethos.

The newly opened ACU Rome Centre hosted its first group of students in January and second year Melbourne nursing student Eleanor Kirby was lucky enough to take part in the two-week program.

“It was one of the best experiences of my life, and I couldn’t believe how awesome it really was,” she said.

“I learned so much about myself and other people, and saw how lucky I really am in my life. You will have a ball and if you can, travel (the area) before or after you go. It costs so much to get over there, you may as well keep travelling!

“The timing was awesome because I got to travel through five other countries and still be home with plenty of time before semester started. I had so much fun and loved every single place that I went to. I would definitely go again.

“An added bonus is that you will get a whole unit done before semester starts.”

Second year Melbourne paramedicine student Huu Loc Tran also completed the Rome Centre program and said, “I studied units on Healthcare Ethics and Society, Culture and Health and as part of those units we visited elders in residential age care homes, helped organise medicines at the local pharmacy, visited gypsy camps and volunteered with the feeding of the poor.”

“Being able to share ideas and views with like-minded students and tutors helped me develop a deeper understanding of those subjects,” he said.

Executive Dean of Health Sciences Professor Michelle Campbell said the intensive unit approach was designed to allow plenty of free time for students to enjoy Rome, and its surrounds, during the evenings and weekends.

“Offshore intensive units are a powerful mode of learning for ACU students and this residential unit at our new Rome Centre offered students flexibility in their learning with ACU,” she said.

Exposure to new cultures, languages, communities and experiences means students return from overseas placements with an expanded understanding not only of the world around them, but of themselves.

Rome is just one of the amazing places where ACU students can combine travel and study. Find more about International Study Experiences in many countries across Asia, Europe, North America, South America and more.