We recognise the importance of providing students with international study opportunities. The benefits of this are twofold: enabling students to achieve a valuable global experience while making meaningful impacts on the individuals, communities and regions in which they serve. Here are some examples of the global study opportunities available to our students.
Law & Justice Study Tour
Since 2018, more than 20 VU students have participated in an annual study tour to gain a better understanding of the Indian justice system, including its caste system and death penalty. In 2020, the students were fortunate to meet the Commissioner of Police of Bhubaneswar and Cuttack, a jurisdiction of five million Indians.
A total of eight students from VU’s Bachelor of Human Nutrition have taken part in a study program in India, running in both 2018 and 2019. As part of the tours, students have learnt about Indian agriculture, economic empowerment and traditional medicine. Highlights included visits to an infant undernutrition clinic, rural communities, and a school lunch factory, as well as experiencing a festival in the coastal city of Puri.
Business Sustainability & Social Enterprise Internship
In June 2018, 13 VU students participated in a study tour to Indonesia, working closely with local businesses, non-government organisations and universities to develop and implement four major projects that are environmentally responsible and sustainable. Several of the group’s projects have since been operationalised and are now revenue-generating streams for local communities in Lombok and the Gili Islands.
Bali Sports Foundation Internship
A group of five VU students completed a month-long placement with the Bali Sports Foundation in 2017, supporting the Denpasar-based foundation to enrich the lives of people living with disabilities.
The students worked across a range of programs including marketing and promotions, training athletes with disabilities for wheelchair basketball and rugby, and helping with the classification of athletes from elite sports.
Collaborative Arts Project
In this study tour, held in 2018 and 2019, VU students joined forces with staff and students from University of Gajah Mada (UGM) and Institut Seni Indonesia (ISI) to plan, undertake and complete a series of creative projects. Friendships were formed as students learnt about each other’s lives, art and culture. The study tour was so successful that both UGM and ISI have agreed to continue the program with VU.
Paramedicine Study Tour
In July 2018, students from VU’s Bachelor of Paramedicine spent 10 days working Vanuatu’s emergency services departments to gain critical, hands-on experience. One group shadowed ProMedical Vanuatu, a 24-hour ambulance service, while another group worked with doctors and nurses at public and private hospitals. VU’s $1600 donation raised by the visiting students was a much-needed financial boost to Port Vila’s developing medical and emergency services.