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Five reasons you need to have global experience

March 5, 2018

By Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment

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Getting your university qualification is your ticket to play, but how do you separate yourself from your peers after you graduate? Here are five reasons some global experience will give you the edge you need to succeed.

Feed your inner entrepreneur

Whether you’re interested in a start-up or social entrepreneurship, a key to success is surrounding yourself with the right people. Seize opportunities that give you access to networks of potential collaborators and industry leaders, such as the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Summer School in Italy. Register now for the upcoming information session to find out more about the program which is open to all students. This video will give you a sense of what it’s like to be a part of the world’s largest entrepreneurial summer program!

Go glocal (yes you read it right!)

Learn about the problems that face your discipline in a different country by thinking ‘glocal’. Understanding the interdependencies between issues and conditions from a local and global perspective means that you’ll be better equipped to work across borders in the future. We offer Global Environmental Placements (GEP) in a variety of countries around the world, including Japan, South Africa and New Zealand. Learn more at an upcoming information session. GEPs are open to all Deakin students: hear from some who recently returned from the Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society.

Make a difference

If you’re passionate about a cause, then do something about it and become part of the solution. Doing a placement unit overseas means you can make a real difference while you’re learning and get credit for it as part of your degree. Read about how Deakin student Louise recently travelled to assist with some important community development work, particularly in the field of women’s health, rights and education in Nepal.

Geek out with like-minded people

Learning with people who are into the same thing can be rewarding and fun. Keep in mind also that these very people could end up being your peers in the future, so start building those relationships and networks now. For example, there are many study abroad programs for specialist areas or subjects, such as the Game Development program in China for School of IT undergraduate students. Register now for the upcoming information session.

Pop new neural pathways

Cool stuff happens when you’re willing to put yourself outside your comfort zone. No one evolves without embracing an element of risk. Overseas programs are the perfect vehicle for developing critical analysis skills that are transferable to any career. In 2018, there will be number of internship programs offered in Malaysia, Vietnam, India and Sri Lanka. Keep an eye on the Global Experiences and Placements page for more information.


If you want to undertake a study abroad program as part of your studies at Deakin, it’s never too early to start planning. Explore the Deakin Abroad website now, learn more about the different programs available and prepare to have a fantastic, life-changing experience.


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