FHS Abroad

Senior students across all undergraduate and graduate entry master's programs (except Master of Exercise Physiology and Master of Diagnostic Radiography students) have the opportunity to participate 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 a minimum of four weeks and up to six weeks in a range of Faculty-elected locations including Vietnam, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and the Philippines.

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

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
Credit average minimum

Semester 1/2
HSBH5001
FHS Abroad (Postgraduate)
6 Successful completion of an undergraduate health sciences degree or equivalent
Credit average minimum
Semester 1/2

The unit of study assessment consists of:

  1. Research on the health and development of your host country which must be submitted online before you travel.
  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 consist 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 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 as the unit of study requires permission from the unit of study coordinator. The FHS Abroad Co-ordinator will enrol you after you attend the compulsory pre-departure workshop in week 14 in the semester before you travel, (and have provided a receipt from Antipodeans/Projects Abroad for payment of your deposit).

Week

Deadline

Week 2

Attend the Information Session

By Week 5

Submit the online Expression of Interest form:

Winter (Jun/Jul) 2018

Summer 2018/2019

Winter (Jun/Jul) 2019

Week 6-8

FHS Abrod will seek permission from your Course Director. You will need to consider:

  • your course requirements and your clinical placement requirements within the time frame of this unit,
  • which Projects Abroad placement and destination is of interest and suitable for you
  • If you are eligible to apply for scholarships; and
  • OS Help Loan funding; (if applicable).
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 LMS 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 assessment

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, Projects Abroad placements cost between $3000 to more than $4000 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 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.

There are a limited number of scholarships available to students enrolling in FHS Abroad and commencing travel in 2018. These scholarships are funded by Sydney Global Mobility at the University of Sydney and each scholarship is to the value of $1,000.

Undergraduate students who have a commonwealth supported place may be eligible to apply for a OS Help Loan of $2,500, $5,000 or $7,880 (to be added to your HECS debt).

For more information about funding your trip, please contact fhsabroad@sydney.edu.au

INTERESTED? WHAT TO DO NEXT



For professional Degrees

Bachelor of Health Sciences

STEP 1: Complete the relevant Expression of Interest form below. FHS Abroad will seek Course Director approval on your behalf and we will inform you about upcoming information sessions, scholarship opportunities or any other important events. Before you submit your expression of interest, please ensure you have successfully completed your first year units and have a credit average minimum.

 

Expression of Interest forms:

Winter (Jun/Jul) 2018

Summer 2018/2019

Winter (Jun/Jul) 2019

STEP 1: FHS Abroad is a senior elective in the Bachelor of Health Sciences. Complete the relevant Expression of Interest form below. FHS Abroad will seek Course Director approval on your behalf and we will inform you about upcoming information sessions, scholarship opportunities or any other important events. Before you submit your expression of interest, please ensure you have successfully completed your first year units and have a credit average minimum.

 

Expression of Interest forms:

Winter (Jun/Jul) 2018

Summer 2018/2019

Winter (Jun/Jul) 2019

STEP 2: The FHS Abroad team will then advise yo on whether you have received course director approval, and what you need to do next.

STEP 2:The FHS Abroad team will then advise you on whether you have rreceived course director approval, and what you need to do next.

Then...

Contact our industry partner, Projects Abroad to see what placement opportunities are available when you want to travel, and to find out more information about program fees and confirmation.

Projects Abroad Australia & NZ

Will Pashley

Tel: 1300 132 831 or 08 8410 8881

Mobile: 0404 712 638

Email: fhsabroad@projects-abroad.com.au

Projects Abroad expression of interest application