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International placements: our students travel the world

Soaking up summer experiences

Students from a broad range of disciplines are learning outside of the classroom as they travel the world on international placements during the summer break. 

Students travelling abroad

The university has a host of programs enabling students to see the world while gaining valuable working experience that will enhance their studies.

International placements assist students in practically applying their learnt knowledge in a working environment while often simultaneously providing positive change in areas that most need it. 

These experiences immerse students in different cultures while also giving them the opportunity to meet incredible people along the way.

Find out more about the amazing adventures our students are having while on summer break by linking through to our blog. Also check out our social media channels and follow the hashtag #usydontour across Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date with each of our placements across the world. You can also get a first-hand sneak peek into their travels as they take over our Snapchat channel. Add sydney_uni

Oh the places you'll go...


Rachel Haines is a Master of Physiotherapy student. She’s on placement in Hanoi, Vietnam with the Học Mãi Foundation along with 20 other medicine and allied health students from the University of Sydney.

Hear more about Rachel’s stories from in and around the Bach Mai Hospital by keeping up-to-date with her blog posts here. 


Veterinary Science student Julia De Bruyn has just returned from an international placement where she has been working to improve food and nutrition security in Africa. In particular, Julia has been focusing on establishing vaccination programs for chickens which act as a major source of protein for poverty stricten individuals. Read about Julia's experiences first hand here, or find out more about her research team and the project here. 


Fourth year science/engineering student Joshua Critchley-Marrows is currently overseas partaking in a three-month internship at the German Aerospace Centre. Joshua recently began learning German, however he will complete his internship in English while immersing himself in the new culture and surrounds to improve his second language. He organised this opportunity himself, showing that the opportunities for international placements are endless with some dedication and perseverance. Find out more about how Joshua got involved with the space centre, internationally known as DLR (in German: Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt). 

Saudi Arabia 

Chemical and biomolecular engineering students Isaac Carney and Grace Henry are heading to Saudi Arabia for six months to work on water desalination at a chemical plant and a university. Grace is the first female student to receive a placement in Saudi Arabia. Hear more about Isaac and Grace's upcoming adventures here. 


Arts/Law student James Monaghan took a unique opportunity to travel to The Himalayan Field School in Nepal where he explored the captivating and challenging developmental and human reights problems confronting the country. To hear more about his incredible experiences read his story here. 



A number of engineering students are currently abroad making a life changing difference to disadvantaged communities through the Engineers Without Borders program.

Travelling to India for two weeks, our five student insiders will report on their once in a lifetime adventure through our blog and social media channels. We look forward to hearing about the amazing experiences shortly. In the meantime you can find out more about the project here. 

Sri Lanka

Natalie Gooneratne, a Bachelor of Music (Music Education) student, is currently travelling the Road to Rights International Summit and Peace Expo 2016 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Natalie will be presenting a paper on her experience of starting a choir in Sri Lanka and the choir project she is about to begin in Australia, working with refugees.


Natalie Kutcher, Bachelor of Commerce/Arts student from the University of Sydney Business School, will be visiting China in January to undertake a six-week internship as part of the Shanghai Business Immersion Program. Natalie is one of the first students to be involved in this new program, designed to allow students to gain experience of how business is done in China and equip them for a global career.

Stay tuned for more about Natalie’s trip and photos from her experience in Shanghai. 

Norway and Brazil

The Sydney Conservatorium of Music also has three students and nine alumni travelling to Norway and Brazil this summer for rehearsals and concerts in both countries. Look out for a blog post from Victor Avila a Master of Music (Research) student at the conclusion of his trip.   

Papua New Guinea 

Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering student, Jame Zhang, had the opportunity to visit the Oil Search Limited production faculities in the Southern Highlands of PNG to gain a better understanding of the challenges he was facing with his thesis project. He worked on-site for six days and also got to explore the countryside and absorb some of PNG's rich culture. This opportunity came about through the School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering's Major Industrial Project Placement Scholarship (MIPPS). 

student overseas

Immersion exchange experiences

We also offer students the opportunity to travel through our immersion exchange programs. We have a number of partnerships with universities across the globe which enable us to support these trips. These programs see students travel to different locations and study for a short period of time at an affiliated university. The framework for the program is developed by the relevant department in Sydney, this includes teaching material, program scheduling and set cultural activities in line with the degree curriculum to enhance studies. 


A group of Arts students studying a language as part of their degree are in China for one month enjoying an in-country immersion exchange experience. Studying at either Fudan University in Shanghai or Peking University in Beijing, the group are gaining valuable insights into Chinese culture while also improving their Mandarin skills among fluent, native speakers. To hear more about their experiences and the program they were involved in click here.

In addition, six students from the Faculty of Science have also travelled to China, visiting Nanjing University. One member of the group, Tristan Anlexark, is working on a project in astronomy and astrophysics. It's winter in China and the students have found the colder temperatures to be a bit of a wonderland with plenty of snow falling throughout their trip. Keep an eye out for photos and a blog post from Tristan about his time in Nanjing.