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Study Abroad (Internship) Program

  1. 1. Study Abroad (Internship) Program – SA(I)P as organized by The Australia China Investment Corporation (ACIC) | Brisbane | Melbourne | Singapore | Beijing |
  2. 2. <ul><li>Now, graduates with International Experience come immediately to the “front of the line” </li></ul><ul><li>81% of employers believe graduates with overseas education experience , “return to Australia with enhanced skills applicable to the workplace” </li></ul><ul><li>The same 2006 QLD Government study also found, “61% of employers view overseas studying experience as a positive on a graduate résumé” </li></ul>Internationalize!
  3. 3. “ We must foster an international outlook among Australian students, both through study abroad and through coverage of international issues in our courses” - The Hon. Julie Bishop, MP “ No one who has lived through the second half of the 20th century could possibly be blind to the enormous impact of exchange programs on the future of countries,” - Former US President, Bill Clinton
  4. 4. “ Australian Education degrees are becoming more popular , with 2009’s first-preference applications increasing by more than 7% and the number of students being offered a place up by 8.4%” - The Age, January 20, 2009 “ Teacher education institutions are finding it increasingly difficult to place all of their students in schools. Universities are required to provide practical places for their students, but there is no obligation on employing authorities or schools to offer places. ” - Sue Willis, Australian Council of Deans Association President & Monash University Dean of Education, January 2009 But …
  5. 5. Complicating matters, current levels & availability of financial support for students is causing the system to fall short of ensuring Australians from all groups in society have the opportunity to participate successfully in higher education…
  6. 6. “ I am about to go on full-time unpaid placement for three months, which is required for my degree. During this time, I will only have Centrelink payments, and therefore be spending 60% of my income on accommodation” - La Trobe University student (comments from a 2008 survey conducted by La Trobe Student’s Representative Council) “ Without Youth Allowance, I could not afford to be at uni , simple as that. Even with Youth Allowance, I could not afford to house myself were it not for my scholarships,” - Monash University student (Higher Education Review Student Survey [2008], Monash Student’s Association)
  7. 7. Mission to empower graduates with the employability skills needed to take their place in the world through a comprehensive and all-expenses-paid Work-Integrated-Learning program
  8. 8. Vision to become the 1 st choice , accredited Work-Integrated-Learning provider for graduates in the Asia-Pacific by 2013
  9. 9. Values <ul><li>Integrity </li></ul><ul><li>professional, legal & moral </li></ul><ul><li>build trust & respect through transparent processes </li></ul><ul><li>Customer-needs focused </li></ul><ul><li>quality services, highly adaptable to customer-needs without compromising our mission </li></ul><ul><li>maintain sustainable, professional relationship </li></ul><ul><li>Innovativeness </li></ul><ul><li>proactive, continuously reviewing & improving, embracing fresh ideas </li></ul><ul><li>not afraid of taking risks & learn from our mistakes </li></ul><ul><li>leaders in our field by managing change successfully </li></ul><ul><li>Sharing </li></ul><ul><li>“ we take risks together, reap the rewards together” – with staff, stakeholders, community </li></ul><ul><li>responsible corporate citizen sharing both resources & growth </li></ul>
  10. 10. We’re not here to be the biggest WIL provider , what concerns us is being the best … Financial hardship should no longer keep interested students from participating in study abroad programs
  11. 11. How? A tri-partisan co-operation that guarantees students a real 1 st class experience Australian University Chinese University ACIC Interns <ul><li>Orientation </li></ul><ul><li>Mentoring </li></ul><ul><li>Training </li></ul><ul><li>Pastoral Care </li></ul><ul><li>Real-time Management </li></ul><ul><li>Tuition </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Guidance </li></ul><ul><li>Credit Transfers </li></ul><ul><li>Course Management </li></ul><ul><li>Distance Learning </li></ul>
  12. 13. What’s our SA(I)P all about? <ul><li>A comprehensive , internship-based study abroad program tailor-made for Education-majored students, operating successfully since 2004 </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-departure Orientation | Upon-arrival Training | Ongoing Pastoral Care | Return Airfares | Travel Insurance | Visa | Accommodation | Meals | Certificate of Completion – all provided ! </li></ul><ul><li>6-month intakes take place twice/year , consisting of 25 hours/week (20 hours of prac & 5 lecture hours) </li></ul><ul><li>Placements at prestigious kindergartens & primary schools </li></ul><ul><li>Language tuition at some of China’s top-tier universities </li></ul>
  13. 14. Benefits to Students <ul><li>Highly- organized , highly- professional program (tri-part support network to rely on) </li></ul><ul><li>Immediate International Experience (graduates typically wait years before receiving overseas assignment) </li></ul><ul><li>Acquisition of highly sought-after transferable skills (communication; research & planning; human relations; organization, management & leadership; work survival) </li></ul><ul><li>Cross-cultural experience </li></ul>
  14. 15. Eligibility <ul><li>Have completed at least 2 years of a Bachelors Degree in Education (or equivalent), or graduated with a Diploma in Children Services ; </li></ul><ul><li>Native English Speakers ; </li></ul><ul><li>At least 18 years old & in good health ; </li></ul><ul><li>Committed to stay in China for at least 1 semester (6 months) ; </li></ul><ul><li>Relevant experience is preferred but not essential </li></ul>
  15. 16. Successful Candidates <ul><li>Have the ability to identify key problems & effectively resolve them </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrate lateral thinking & a flexible approach to teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Relate well to children & possess a keen desire to teach them </li></ul><ul><li>Are enthusiastic, tactful, patient & above all, have a sense of humor </li></ul><ul><li>Possess advanced planning & organizational skills </li></ul><ul><li>Possess sound literacy & numeracy skills </li></ul><ul><li>Have a willingness to learn & desire to improve upon knowledge & skills </li></ul>
  16. 17. Successful Candidates “ Watching their English improve has been so rewarding and my own confidence as a teacher has grown,” Melanie, 2008 “ ACIC has been a great, helpful company who are very supportive. If you get offered the opportunity to do this, grab it with both hands! ,” “ I would definitely recommend this experience of a lifetime,” Kim, 2007 Sarah, 2007
  17. 18. Main Responsibilities <ul><li>Teach English as a Second Language (ESL) </li></ul><ul><li>Promote the development of your students’ basic skills , co-ordination, creativity & expression </li></ul><ul><li>Organize extracurricular activities for your students & their families </li></ul><ul><li>Work alongside local teaching professionals & specialists to assist & evaluate your students in all areas of their development </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss the needs of your students with their families </li></ul><ul><li>Provide yourself as a positive role model for your students and ambassador of Australia </li></ul>
  18. 19. The Package <ul><li>Return Airfares </li></ul><ul><li>Accommodation </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-departure Orientation </li></ul><ul><li>Upon-arrival Training </li></ul><ul><li>Meals </li></ul><ul><li>Translation </li></ul><ul><li>Visa Services </li></ul><ul><li>Comprehensive Insurance </li></ul><ul><li>Ongoing Pastoral Care </li></ul><ul><li>Accreditation </li></ul><ul><li>Mentoring </li></ul><ul><li>Language Tuition </li></ul><ul><li>Performance-based Travel Allowance </li></ul>
  19. 20. The SA(I)P Process <ul><li>Upon-Arrival </li></ul><ul><li>Upon-Arrival Training </li></ul><ul><li>Placement @ Schools </li></ul><ul><li>Home-stay Arranged </li></ul><ul><li>Performance Appraisal </li></ul><ul><li>Repatriation </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-Departure </li></ul><ul><li>Visa Application </li></ul><ul><li>Travel Arrangements </li></ul><ul><li>Insurance Coverage </li></ul><ul><li>Commence Orientation </li></ul><ul><li>Recruitment </li></ul><ul><li>Visit Universities </li></ul><ul><li>Campus Presentation </li></ul><ul><li>Online Application </li></ul><ul><li>Selection & Interview </li></ul><ul><li>Placement Offer </li></ul>
  20. 21. Process Walkthrough
  21. 22. Next Intake 1. Places Available, total of 30 - EC Education: 20 - Elementary: 10 2. Location - Beijing (80%) - Yangzi Delta (Greater Shanghai) 3. Key Dates - Application cut-off: - Interview & Selection: - Offer of Placement: - Expected arrival in China:
  22. 23. Schedule Ongoing Pastoral Care Placement begins Upon-Arrival Orientation & Training Travel Insurance Travel to Beijing Air-tickets booked Pre-departure Orientation Visa Application Placement Offer Telephone Interview Interview & Selection Online Application Meet students & universities – On-campus Presentations Sept 2009 Aug 2009 July 2009 June 2009 May 2009
  23. 24. China Summer (Internship) Option <ul><li>Our Short-term CS(I)P has exactly the same inclusions as our 6-month program, except for the following: </li></ul><ul><li>Internship period of 2 and a half months instead of 6 ; </li></ul><ul><li>Students’ cost-responsible for airfares ; </li></ul><ul><li>Supply of students must be guaranteed by home institution </li></ul>
  24. 25. Teach in China (Graduate) Program <ul><li>Our TC(G)P seeks to place Education graduates into vacancies in China: </li></ul><ul><li>Teach ESL in prestigious Kindergartens & Primary Schools in Beijing & Greater Shanghai ; </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity to enhance future employability ; </li></ul><ul><li>Food | Lodging | Insurance | Return Airfares – all provided ; </li></ul><ul><li>Experience ECE in world’s most populous nation </li></ul>
  25. 26. For more info or to submit your application visit All enquiries can be sent to [email_address] | Brisbane | Melbourne | Singapore | Beijing | The Australia China Investment Co. P/L