Indo-Pacific opportunities for students

More than 150 La Trobe University students will travel overseas as part of their studies under the latest round of the New Colombo Plan (NCP).

The Federal Government today announced more than $500,000 in funding for La Trobe University under the 2017 round of the New Colombo Plan (NCP) Mobility Program, which aims to strengthen Australia’s connections with the Indo-Pacific region by supporting undergraduates to learn abroad.

Next year La Trobe students from a range of courses will receive funding to live, study and work in destinations such as Vietnam, India, Nepal, Taiwan, Philippines, Hong Kong, Fiji, Indonesia and Nepal.

Vice-Chancellor Professor John Dewar said La Trobe had been involved with the NCP since its inception in 2014.

“The New Colombo Plan is a fantastic opportunity for students to learn about their chosen field from a different perspective and broaden their professional skills. It gives them a real edge once they finish their studies and start to apply for jobs,” Professor Dewar said.

“It’s also a wonderful personal experience. Our students are able to immerse themselves in the local culture and come back with incredible stories to tell and experiences to share.”

La Trobe will also take the lead on a $60,000 project which will see several students sent to Thailand on a credited semester experience. Students can take part in the Thai Studies Program, which offers courses in Thai Language, Islam in Thailand and Thai Cuisine.

For more information about the opportunities La Trobe offers to study overseas visit: http://www.latrobe.edu.au/students/exchange.

Media contact Briena Barrett: 0432 566 014

Image Credit: Neil Tackaberry, source: Flickr

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