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The future of exchange and study abroad

1 October 2020
From virtual to in-person, there’s an overseas experience for you
While international travel might not be possible right now, it's the perfect time to find out more about overseas study opportunities and start planning an experience of a lifetime.

Sydney Abroad Fair 2.0

This year, the annual Sydney Abroad Fair is going virtual. On Wednesday 14 October, the Quadrangle and Great Hall will come to you from 4pm to 6.30pm. Register for the online event and explore its features, including:

  • Virtual Student Zones: online booths run by students, for students, will give you the chance to chat and ask questions to Sydney students who studied at partner universities across Asia, Europe, North America and the UK
  • Live webinars and FAQs: four live and engaging Zoom webinars will explore the destinations and present a student panel who will discuss their experiences, the COVID-19 impact and answer your FAQs
  • Plan for the future: the Sydney Abroad Virtual Fair is the perfect opportunity to find out more about overseas study opportunities, including affordable, virtual and in-person international experiences, and meet the team who will help make it possible

Amelia studied a virtual OLE Italian unit through the School of Languages and Cultures (SLC)

Amelia Byrne
Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications)

"Despite the travel ban, I got to experience Italy with the intensive virtual OLE in-country unit with a partner university. It was exciting to learn from Italian teachers through online workshops and live city tours via Zoom. We gained fundamental language skills, had daily chats with local students and cooked along with Italian chefs. Engaging with real-life content was very rewarding!”

Summer break virtual programs

The summer break is a great opportunity for students to undertake a short-term virtual overseas experience including internships and study programs. These provide the valuable skills that you usually develop through international experiences without some of the costs associated with travelling overseas.

There are some short-term programs over the summer break that are available for in-person study for students in their country of citizenship/permanent residence, where they are currently residing in that country.

It’s so much more rewarding being able to engage with content that’s real-life. You also get the taste of travel without the jet-lag and damage to your bank account.
Amelia Byrne, Bachelor of Arts (Media and Communications)

Planning for 2021 exchange 

Did you know that planning and applications for semester exchange programs start up to 12 months before you depart? Applications for Semester 2, 2021 exchange programs are currently open so you can start the process now.

The Sydney Abroad Virtual Fair will help you explore your international options and inspire you to choose a program best suited for your studies. In the meantime, there are a number of info sessions run by Sydney Abroad advisers that will provide guidance around the application process.

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