FHS Abroad

Senior students across all undergraduate and graduate entry master's programs have the opportunity to take part in an international experience as part of their study program.

The 6 credit point elective unit of study involves working with a community-based organisation in a health services field for up to six weeks in a range of Faculty-elected locations in Vietnam, Cambodia, India and Nepal.

The Faculty works with two companies, Antipodeans Abroad and Projects Abroad to organise student placements. The role of these companies is to ensure that placements are suitable and safe for students, and beneficial to the host organisation and wider community.

Interested... here are the deadlines and here is what to do next

Unit of Study Information

Unit of Study Credit Points Prerequisites Session
HSBH3012 FHS Abroad (Undergraduate) 6

Successful completion of all 1st year units in an undergraduate FHS degree
Note: Department permission required for enrolment

Semester 1/2
HSBH5001
FHS Abroad (Postgraduate)
6 Successful completion of an undergraduate health sciences degree or equivalent
Note: Department permission required for enrolment
Semester 1/2

The unit of study assessment consists of:

  1. Pre-departure research on the health and development of your host country. You must submit a draft for peer review at the pre-departure workshop, and you must submit the final paper online before you leave.
  2. A field journal that you keep while you are overseas.
  3. A report on the experiences you had during your trip.
  4. A presentation once you return.

The face-to-face hours associated with this unit are minimal consisting of two compulsory workshops, one before you depart and one when you return.

FHS Abroad enrolment and study cycle is different

Most units of study begin in week 1 and end in week 14, FHS Abroad is different. The FHS Abroad unit of study begins in week 9, overseas travel is undertaken during the semester break, and the unit's final assignment is due in week 5 or 6 of the following semester. Because of this, enrolment is unique for this unit.

FHS Abroad enrolment appears as Semester 1 (where travel during the previous December/January break) or in Semester 2 (for travel during the previous June/July break).

You cannot enrol in the unit of study yourself. The unit of study requires permission from the unit of study coordinators before your enrolment can be processed. Enrolment cannot be approved until you have attended the compulsory pre-departure workshop on Friday of week 14 in the semester before you travel, and have provided a receipt from Antipodeans Abroad/Projects Abroad for payment of your deposit.

Week

Deadline

Week 4

Attend the Information Session

By Week 5

Submit the online Expression of Interest form

Week 6-8

Complete these pre-enrolment steps to: seek approval from your discipline, consider your course requirements and your clinical placement requirements within the time frame of this unit, seek advice from FHS Abroad Unit Coordinators, speak to the agencies about suitable placement opportunities

Prepare your scholarship applications, if you are travelling to Vietnam or would consider an OS Help Loan.

 

Week 9 Deadline for securing your placement with an agency and providing copy of your receipt of your payment to an agency to FHS Abroad administration.
Week 10 First week of the unit of study. Access to unit of study outline and elearning site
Week 14 Pre-departure workshop (compulsory workshop)
Semester Break Undertake your overseas placement
Week 1 Attend debriefing workshop (compulsory workshop)
Week 4-5 Presentations
Week 5-6 Submission of final assignments
Week 8 Grades released to students

Approximate Costs

The financial cost of participating in FHS Abroad is significant, and you are strongly encouraged to plan ahead and set savings goals. As a guide, to help you with planning your participation, Antipodeans Abroad and Projects Abroad placements cost between $2000 to more than $3000 for 4 weeks. Please note that costs may vary depending on your individual itinerary and you must verify actual costs with the agency.

Additional costs to consider

You are also required to pay unit of study fees, as with any other 6 credit point unit. The other costs you will incur are your flights, travel insurance, and any fees for your visa and vaccinations. Food and accommodation whilst on placement is included in the fee paid to Antipodeans Abroad and Projects Abroad for the placement. You will also need spending money for any excursions or extra travel you wish to do, as well as food and drink on weekends.

Financial Assistance

The Faculty of Health Sciences is committed to widening participation in FHS Abroad by identifying and providing access to scholarships and other forms of financial assistance.

  • Six Asiabound scholarships of $2,000 are available to eligible students (undergraduate and postgraduate) undertaking their placement in Vietnam in November/December 2014, January/February 2015.
  • Five scholarships of $3,500 funded by the University of Sydney's Social Inclusion Unit are available to UNDERGRADUATE students undertaking placement in November/December 2014, January/February 2015.
  • Local students may be eligible to apply for a OS Help Loan of $2,500 or $5,000 (to be added to your HECS debt).

INTERESTED? WHAT TO DO NEXT

MRS, OT, EXSS, EP, PHTY, REHAB, SPEECH Bachelor of Health Sciences

STEP 1: Contact your Course Director to discuss FHS Abroad and where you can fit FHS Abroad (which is a faculty elective unit) in your course of study.

FHS Abroad can be taken in any semester (in second year for undergraduate students) - see above for the unique study cycle .

If your course does not have the option of a Faculty elective, then your Course Director will able to advise which unit of study can be substituted for FHS Abroad.
 

STEP 1: Contact your Year Coordinator to discuss your wish to participate in FHS Abroad.

FHS Abroad is a senior elective in the Bachelor of Health Sciences. You must have successfully completed all your junior units, and have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 4.5 over 7 to participate (approximately equivalent to credit average or better).

Ask your Year Coordinator to verify your GPA by providing a copy of your transcript which you should submit to FHS Abroad administrators, along with your Expression of Interest.

STEP 2: Complete the Expression of Interest so we can inform you about upcoming information sessions, scholarship opportunities or any other important events.

STEP 3: Contact your Clinical Coordinator to ascertain if you are on a clinical placement during the semester break you wish to travel. Some courses will put you in an early clinical block so that you can participate in FHS Abroad. - see above for the unique study cycle.

STEP 2: Complete the Expression of Interest so we can inform you about upcoming information sessions, scholarship opportunities or any other important events

Then...

A: Contact an FHS Abroad Unit of Study Coordinator, Elaine Ryan or Charlotte Scarf (fhs.abroad@sydney.edu.au) if you intend to enrol in FHS Abroad. They can also advise you about suitable placement opportunities based on your disciplinary background, skills and interests.

B: Contact our industry partners, Antipodeans Abroad and Projects Abroad to see what placement opportunities are available when you want to travel. They have a different approach to the services they offer, and we recommend you contact both companies and find out what suits you.

Antipodeans Abroad

Lucy Carpenter

Tel: (02) 9413 1522,

Fax: (02) 9410 0751

Email: fhsabroad@antipodeans.com.au

Projects Abroad Australia & NZ

Will Pashley

Tel: 1300 132 831 or 08 8410 8881

Mobile: 0404 712 638

Email: fhsabroad@projects-abroad.com.au