Go Global News, December 2021

Western Sydney International welcomes you to the Go Global newsletter.  Here you will find information about learning abroad, current projects, upcoming events, and helpful tips.  We want this newsletter to be valuable, so please share your feedback and suggestions to help us improve the content. Contact s.mcdonald@westernsydney.edu.au.

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Return to Student Travel

If you are currently managing or developing a Learning Abroad activity for students, please know that Western Sydney International is working on the 'Return to Student Travel Strategy' in consultation with key stakeholders and detailed information will be made available as soon as the new guidelines are approved by the appropriate channels. Due to the amount of lead time required to design and deliver overseas programs, it is expected the resumption of in-country activities will commence from mid-2022, depending on the host location. In addition, the Australian Government and Western Sydney University have introduced a range of policies that need to be considered, before any travel commences.

If you wish to find out more information about managing a Learning Abroad project, see the Guidelines for Developing Projects or Schedule a Meeting with Manager, Short Term Mobility. Discussions will be held via Zoom in January. 

International COVID-19 vaccination certificates (ICVC)

The Australian Government has provided advice about International COVID-19 vaccination certificates (ICVC). It is expected that overseas governments require evidence of COVID-19 vaccinations and tests prior to entry into a country.  The easiest way to get a certificate is by using your Medicare account through myGov, or the Express Plus Medicare mobile app. Alternatively visit To find out Smartraveller for further information.

New Colombo Plan Mobility Program Update

Announcement of the outcome of the New Colombo Plan 2022 Mobility Round

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) will be communicating the outcome of the 2022 Mobility Round project applications very soon.  All project applicants will be notified, after the official announcement is made by the government.

Current New Colombo Plan projects

Due to the pandemic and restrictions on international travel, students may temporarily be unable to conduct their programs physically in Indo-Pacific locations. Until travel restrictions are lifted and the welfare of students on programs can be appropriately managed, the Australian Government is offering continued flexibility with projects and is permitting the variation of projects and development of online delivery for projects. If you are managing a project and wish to make any changes, it is advised that you submit a Project Variation as early as possible.

Person required to manage an existing NCP project!

Western Sydney University currently has a Virtual project, funded by the New Colombo Plan, for 20 undergraduate students to participate in remote internships or research in China. There is also the option to include host companies in Taiwan and Vietnam. At present this project does not have a project leader and would suit a person that could utilise this opportunity within the current curriculum. If you are interested in this opportunity, contact the Manager, Short Term Mobility, Steven McDonald or Schedule a Meeting.

Christmas and New Year closedown

Thank you to everyone at Western Sydney University, our partners, and providers. Although this has been a year full of challenges, it has also provided many achievements and innovations. We look forward to working with you again in the New Year and hope you have a joyous holiday season.

Note: the University will close down from Tuesday 21 December 2021 until Tuesday 4 January 2022 (open for business). Please be advised that several staff from the Go Global team will also be on leave from Thursday 9 December until early January.

Online Global Experiences

Although international travel has been suspended, students can still experience the benefits of Learning Abroad, funded by the University or New Colombo Plan. To find out more, go to the Program Discovery and type in 'Online'. Please note, this site is regularly updated with new experiences.

Webinar: Making Internships A Worthwhile Adventure – Insight to Virtual Work Experience

Virtual internships are fast becoming a preferred pipeline for attracting high-quality graduate talent in the post-covid world. They also effectively empower students and graduates to bridge the gap between what they’ve learned at university with real-world industry experience. Join China Higher Education's (CHE) internship webinar this Thursday 9 December 11am, hosted by leading internship providers InternMatch and Pagoda Projects. Find out more.

Expressions of interest to work with University in Dubai

A University in Dubai is interested in developing COIL with Universities in Australia for programs starting January 2022. Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) is the co-development of a shared syllabus by two or more instructors from geographically distant locations. Initial areas of interest include Automotive Control Systems, Robot Dynamics and Control, Social Psychology, Architecture, Business, Liberal Arts, Design Management, and Fashion Management. To find out more about this opportunity, contact Dr. Anitha Ramanna, the of Head Programs and Instructional Design at Authentica .

Authentica is a International Partner Provider (IPP) of Western Sydney University.

Forging Cultural Understanding


Studying abroad is more than just learning in a foreign context, students also gain a working knowledge of another country’s culture.

Kate Naidu, a PhD candidate in cultural studies at Western and a former teacher of Bahasa Indonesia investigates the process of intercultural development through study abroad, and how this improves their capacity to communicate and interact effectively with people from diverse cultural backgrounds. Naidu looked at the factors at play in building intercultural capacity during an in-country experience through in-depth interviews with Australian students that participate in a semester study abroad program in Indonesia. To learn more, see the full article.

Student Highlights

More than 200 students have participated in a Go Global International Mobility program in 2021. In this section, we would like to highlight some of of the students’ experience, feedback, and achievements from participating in Go Global International Mobility programs.

Publishing Articles to The Jakarta Post

Shayma Abdellatif, a Bachelor of Communication/Bachelor of International Studies student at Western had the opportunity to intern at The Jakarta Post, a daily English-language newspaper in Indonesia. During the internship, Shayma published two articles with The Jakarta Post highlighting a small regional town of Scotts Head and its growing relationship with Indonesian culture and, another highlighting a group of Indonesian women in Australia during Covid-19. See here to read Shayma’s articles, Australian regional town becomes ‘Kampung Indonesia’ and Indonesian women in Australia hold on to faith, community amid COVID-19.

Shayma participated in the Virtual Journalism Professional Practicum provided by ACICIS. ACICIS is a International Partner Provider (PIPP).

Cultural Journey in Vietnam

Heather Tleige is a Bachelor of Arts student who has completed an internship in Vietnam. A key component of the internship is a cultural mentorship program where student is matched with a cultural mentor from the host country where they are able to have weekly discussions surrounding various aspects of the culture which the students find interesting.

Here is a snippet of Heather and her Cultural Mentor, Kate, sharing their discussion on how their countries tackle mental health support.

“Vietnamese people rarely seek mental health services, and are often expected to “get on” with life. In contrast to Australia, where we have ample mental health’s services run by governments, workplaces, schools, and universities, Vietnam has few mental health services, and few people reach out to them” …. “Our discussion on stress management evoked many fascinating contrasts between Australia and Vietnam, and made me reflect on how lucky I was to have supportive networks and systems to help me when I was stressed, especially during Covid-19 lockdowns.”

See the full journal to read more of Heather’s Cultural Journey notes.

Heather participated in the Internship in Vietnam provided by Pagoda Projects. Pagoda Projects is a International Partner Provider (PIPP).

Go Global Program of Interest to Indigenous Students

Kia Ora New Zealand

New Zealand is home to the Māori people who have lived on their land that they call Aotearoa. Māorii culture is an integral part of life in New Zealand, influencing everything from cuisine to customs, and language. Māori are the indigenous people of New Zealand. They went there more than 1000 years ago from their mythical Polynesian homeland of Hawaiki.

Much like First Nation Australians, the Māori people have an oral culture used to pass down legends and detailed history.

We understand it is hard for some First Nations students to be away from their mob for long a period of time. This is why New Zealand would be the ideal location to a Go Global program for those who wish to study overseas but are not willing to be too far from home.

Grants and Scholarships are available to financially support your student's Go Global experiences and they can also talk to an Indigenous Go Global Advisor to discuss their interests and future plans. Please encourage any students with enquiries to book your individual session on Thursday afternoons.

For more information about Go Global programs available in New Zealand and check out the option to complete a Virtual Internship in New Zealand (with CIS Australia) or an Online Summer Internship in New Zealand (with Pagoda Projects).

Exchange Partner of the Month: Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology (STUST)

STUST is our valued exchange partner university in Taiwan, who offers subjects taught in in the fields of Business, Finance, Chinese Language and Engineering.

A buddy program is available at STUST so you will have Taiwanese student volunteers to show you around and help you to get adjusted. Life in Taiwan will be both challenging and exciting, and once you know where to turn for assistance, you will find that settling into a new culture is easier than you thought.

Taiwan is a modern, free, democratic society whose people are hardworking, fun-loving, and friendly. While eagerly embracing the future, the people of Taiwan hold onto traditional values and ideals centered on the importance of family and education. In Taiwan, the ancient and the modern, the traditional and the new are seamlessly woven together, creating a unique, fascinating and dynamic society.
Taiwan is also the origin of the expansion of Austronesian people, retaining the most diverse varieties of Austronesian languages and cultures.
To find out more visit STUST's online brochure on our webpage. Applications for semester exchange for Spring 2022 are open until 31 January 2022.

Virtual Internships in Japan

A virtual internship in Japan is a valuable professional development opportunity for students to work on their career goals and specific interests while learning about Japanese culture. A wide range of placements are available for 4 to 12 weeks in areas of Business, Technology, Computer Science, NGOs, English Teaching (TESOL/TEFL) and more.

The CISaustralia Virtual TESOL/TEFL Internship Program in Japan is open to Australian University students or recent graduates of all academic disciplines. English teaching interns gain real world experience in a virtual environment by spending 15+ hours per week learning and experiencing lesson planning and assessment creation, lesson delivery, classroom management tools, fielding student questions, motivational strategies, professionalism and Japanese work and culture. Teaching interns will work alongside trained and experienced teachers in a Junior and Senior High School in central Tokyo. As part of the program, virtual interns will also be enrolled in an accredited 120-hour TESOL/TEFL course to learn everything they need to know to start teaching English either overseas or online.

CISaustralia is a Western Sydney University International Partner Provider (PIPP). For more information, visit Internship in Japan.