Short term programs and internships

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Southern Cross Global offers short term overseas programs for currently enrolled students. Short term programs are between 2- 6 weeks in length. The relevant Faculty manages student selection and approval.

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New Colombo Plan - Short Term Programs

Expand your view of the world and learn how we can make an impact on our region through a short-term study program. These programs are all supported by the New Colombo Plan, an initiative of the Australian Government to lift the knowledge of the Indo-Pacific region by supporting Australian undergraduate students to undertake a short-term study program in the region.

Programs are approximately two weeks in duration and numbers are limited. For more information please contact the academic supervisor listed below or [email protected].

Programs available in 2024

Teaching practice and perspectives in Vietnam- Faculty of Education

This program will provide pre-service teachers with an in-depth understanding of Vietnamese history, culture, language and education. A program this year will commence in Ho Chi Minh City of Vietnam, and be hosted by a representative from the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation (SEAMEO)'s Regional Training Centre in Vietnam. The itinerary includes attending schools/or early childhood centres, events that are of cultural and historical significance such as the water puppets show; night markets; and a tour of Ho Chi Minh City. Pre-service teachers visit five schools or early childhood centres, where they observe classes and participate in the school’s/early childhood centre’s teaching and learning. Two weeks of accommodation and weekend excursions are included in this program.

  • Program dates: 18th February  to 2nd March 2024
  • Program cost: $3000 AUD
  • Financial assistance: $1500 AUD NCP grant and OS Help loan. 

Please contact [email protected] or Ms. Cathy Lembke on [email protected] for further information if you are interested in this program 

Building Healthy Communities Through Impactful Partnership - Faculty of Health

This program is designed to enhance student’s proficiency in utilizing partnership techniques for engaging with individuals, groups, families and vulnerable populations. The overarching goal of this initiative is to address healthcare and social inequities while fostering healthier communities and overall well-being. Students will explore the role of nurses as global citizens, contributing to sustainable healthcare systems through impactful partnerships.

  • Program dates: 11th March to 30th March 2024
  • Program cost: $3000 AUD
  • Financial assistance: $3000 AUD New Colombo Plan grant and OS Help Loan.

Please contact [email protected] or [email protected] for further information if you are interested in this program. 

In February 2023, the New Colombo Plan mobility program, funded by the Australian Government, provided an incredible opportunity for 13 SCU students and 2 academics from the Faculty of Education. This program not only fostered stronger connections between SCU and our Indo-Pacific partner but also deepened students' appreciation of Vietnam's history through language training, cultural immersion, and active engagement with the local community. Students also had the privilege of experiencing diverse teaching and learning methods in local schools, early childhood centres, and universities.


If you are interested in the opportunity to undertake an overseas internship as part of your studies, please feel free to initiate a discussion with the placement team in your faculty.

Faculty of Education: The Professional Experience team 

Faculty of Health: The Work Integrated Learning team  or email [email protected] 

Faculty of Business, Law and Arts: The Professional Experience Coordinator can be reached at [email protected]

Faculty of Science and Engineering: Professional Experience 

Once you receive final approval for your international placement, please email [email protected] so we can provide you with the relevant pre-departure information and requirements.