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Students set off on winter adventures

22 June 2017

As we approach the mid-year winter break students are preparing to head out to gain hands-on experiences, learn new skills and make a difference in communities in Australia and abroad.

With more than 300 global partnerships, we offer a huge range of exchange programs, field trips, internships and international placements across a wide range of study areas that combine study and travel.

Right now, our students are making the most of these opportunities by undertaking projects in countries like France, Chile, Italy, Germany, USA, Samoa, the United Kingdom and Vanuatu. We also have students taking part in an intensive unit of study in the Northern Territory.

Check out just a few of their adventures below and keep up-to-date in real-time by following #usydontour across our social media channels this winter.

Eiffel Tower, Paris

Paris in the summer

Maryam Khoury is a Master of Commerce student who is ditching our Australian winter to participate in the Business School’s Industry Placement Program in Paris. While abroad Maryam will be attending SciencesPo and interning at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

“We apply many theories, frameworks and strategies in the Master’s program, but having the opportunity to use the theoretical knowledge in a real life foreign context and actually add value to a firm will be an invaluable experience,” said Maryam.

“I’m looking forward to working with the high calibre employees of the OECD, establishing professional relationships and developing an international network.”

Look out for Maryam’s Snapchats and Instagram photos via the University of Sydney’s accounts.

Developing humanitarian engineering skills

30 students will gain a deeper understanding of the important role engineering plays in the developing world when they embark on a unique fieldwork tour to Samoa this July.

The upcoming trip is in partnership with Engineers Without Borders Australia (EWB) and part of the Global Engineering Fieldwork unit, a core component of the newly introduced Humanitarian Engineering major requiring students to be based in either a developing country or Indigenous community.

“Students will learn about the challenges of climate change in the area and gain vital hands-on experience by working directly with communities to scope engineering projects as part of a five-day village hosted stay," says Dr Jaqueline Thomas, who oversees the major.

“The diverse skills learnt undertaking this major will set our graduates apart when they enter the workplace. We know engineers with skills and experience in humanitarian work are needed throughout various industry sectors.”

Look out for the students’ photos, Snapchats and blogs from their time in Samoa.

Verona, Italy

In fair Verona

37 chamber music students from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music are heading to Verona for the fourth Estivo European Chamber Music Summer School – 12 concerts in Verona churches along with masterclasses.

Five organ scholars are also heading on a European tour of famous organs and will be undertaking masterclasses and recitals.

Keep an eye on the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s website and Facebook for students’ photos and blog posts.

Cambridge law

Students from the Sydney Law School will be completing an intensive unit of study delivered at Gonville and Caius College at the prestigious Cambridge University in the United Kingdom.

Look out for the students’ photos, Snapchats and blogs from their time in Cambridge.

Philadelphia, USA

United States of Architecture

Over a dozen Architecture students are undertaking a ten-day travel elective exploring the historical and contemporary strategies for reimagining and collecting architectural structures and cultural objects in the American city of Philadelphia.

Stay tuned for highlights from the trip on the University’s Snapchat and Instagram channels. 

Forging relationships on Indigenous land

Science student Katrina Carlino will be taking part in the University’s new Indigenous Land and Food Knowledge intensive unit of study to visit, learn from and develop relationships with Indigenous farmers, academics, and business owners and operators in Darwin, Katherine and Kununurra.

Unit of study coordinator, Dr Peter Ampt said “thousands of years of observation, monitoring and learning comes to life in the atmospheric learning spaces the students visit.”

Katrina Carlino is in her fourth year of a Food and Agribusiness degree with a keen interest in native foods and plants, and is a strong believer in learning from practical experiences. 

“I think the experience will deepen my understanding of Indigenous people, culture, landscapes, foods and practices through practical experiences and face to face learning opportunities. The inclusion of a feasibility study and funding proposal assessment will apply our previous university learnings into real life situations,” said Katrina.

Keep an eye out for photos and a blog post from Katrina about her time in the outback.

Santiago, Chile

6 weeks of Chile

Bachelor of Commerce student Annie Liang is heading to Chile to take part in the Business School’s Industry Placement Program. Based in Santiago during the program, Annie will be gaining real-world business experience interning with one of Latin America’s main financial institutions, LarrainVial.

“I wanted to participate in the Chile Industry Placement Program as it’s a great opportunity to experience work in another country and explore the Chilean landscape, while I’m still studying. I am really looking forward to living in another country for six weeks and trying out Chilean cuisine,” said Annie.

Stay tuned for photos and a blog post from Annie about her time working in Chile.

Do you Vanuatu?

16 architecture students from the Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning are participating in a design build studio in Port Vila, Vanuatu. Students will travel to Port Vila from 16-26 July to undertake research and consultation towards the development of a tangible design for a new school. This project is a joint collaboration with the South Pacific Islands Foundation and the Ohlen community.

Follow our student adventures

Follow the hashtag #usydontour across Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date with all our students around the world, and get a first-hand sneak peek into their travels as they take over our Snapchat channel.