Where to go

As the saying goes, ‘the world is your oyster’. There are universities and employers and projects in almost every country in the world so you are limited only by your imagination, University schedule and, of course, money.

The Australian government is currently encouraging students to spend time in Asia but Europe and North America continue to be popular destinations. When you are considering which country to go to you may like to consider Asia because of the great opportunities that are available to Australians and the relatively low cost of living. Europe and North America are much more expensive and there are many more students seeking opportunities in these countries.

Interning in Indonesia (ACICIS)

RMIT University strongly encourages students in journalism to attend the  ACICIS Journalism Professional Practicum (JPP) . The ACICIS (PRON: ah-chee-chus) JPP runs for six weeks in Indonesia, including a two-week intensive Indonesian language study and industry-led seminars at Atma Jaya University, followed by a four-week supervised industry placement. The program runs from early January to mid-February each year.

For the past few years students have been supported in their internships with funding from the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan (NCP).

 

RMIT students who have done the ACICIS program have gone on to work in major news outlets in Australia and overseas.  All claim that that the ACICIS program helped them stand out to employers.

 

 


Explore the ACICIS website.

Other Program Options

Students have a number of options at RMIT where they can have international experiences

Semester-long Programs

Some students are interested in spending a semester at a university somewhere else in the world. RMIT University has agreements in place with more than 200 universities across Asia, Europe and the Americas.

To organise a semester abroad you will need to start researching the options and apply to go before the end of your first year of study.

Smart Traveller has an entire section on studying overseas.

The most difficult part, apart from choosing your country, is finding courses at the foreign university that match the courses you would be studying here in Australia if you didn’t go away. If you don’t find a good match, you could find that your studies take longer to complete.

Start by talking to Global Mobility about the countries and universities that are available.

Short-term Programs

Each year there are range of short-term programs overseas which are often electives or a part of a larger course. To find out about  opportunities, which include Global Intensives (Study Tours), Global Summer and Winter Programs and Work-based Programs, talk to your academic advisor or to RMIT Global Mobility where expert staff can explain your options and guide you on your way.

For more information contact RMIT Global Mobility.

Why intern overseas?

Many parts of the university are encouraging students to do paid or unpaid internships overseas. Talk to your course coordinator about countries and places where internship agreements already exist or if you have a contact or a new idea, you can also suggest these to your course coordinator. As international internships take some time to organise you should do this at least 6 months before your proposed internship date.

Language skills

You could enrol in a language class as an elective, or a series of electives, as part of your program. However there are many places in the world where English is widely spoken and, even throughout Asia, many University courses are conducted in English.

It is important to do your research before you go to ensure that you have enough language skills to be able to function independently in your chosen country.

Using just a few words in your host country’s language will make a huge difference in being accepted and getting around. So do some homework before you go, even if you expect English to be widely used. Simple things like ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ in the local language indicate some respect for your hosts.