Inbound students Study Abroad and Exchange at the University of Melbourne

NCP – Scholar Profiles

2017

 

Left to Right: Thomas Keogh , Kaih Mitchell , Julie Bishop, Sarah Braiser and University of Melbourne Strategy Adviser Colin Walters

2017 will see three University of Melbourne students travel to the Indo-Pacific region as New Colombo Plan Scholars, an initiative of the Department of the Foreign Affairs and Trade. Sarah Braiser (Bachelor of Fine Arts) and Thomas Keogh (Bachelor of Science) will travel to Japan with the grant, while Kaih Mitchell (Bachelor of Science) plans to study in Indonesia.

Read more about what Bachelor of Science students, Thomas Keogh and Kaih Mitchell plan to achieve while overseas here.

2016

Left to Right: Nicholas Modrzewski ; Emily-Rose Guarnuccio ; Laura Porter-Jacobs and Xavier Ekkel
*Absent: Sayle Johnston

On the basis of their academic performance, community leadership and a proven commitment to forging long-term relationships with the Indo-Pacific, Bachelor of Arts students Sayle Johnston (Indonesia), Emily-Rose Guarnuccio (China) and Laura Porter-Jacobs (Indonesia) as well as Bachelor of Fine Arts student Nicholas Modrzewski (Singapore) and Bachelor of Commerce student, Xavier Ekkel (Korea) were awarded the scholarships which will enable them to undertake study of up to one year, which can include internships or mentorships, as well as a flexible mobility grants program for short and longer-term study, practicums and research.

Read more about Bachelor of Commerce, Xavier Ekkel’s decision of choosing to study in Korea and his experiences on a back-to-back exchange at the University of Pennsylvania and Seoul National University here.

2015

Reflections of our 2015 NCP recipients

Left to Right: Matthew, Indah, University of Melbourne Strategy Adviser Colin Walters, Georgina, Scott

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Georgina

  • Where have you chosen to study on exchange in the Asia-Pacific region and why?

  • I'm going to be spending a semester abroad at Kyoto University in Japan. Although I am undertaking a Diploma of Languages in Chinese here at the University of Melbourne, the NCP program offers students the opportunity to study anywhere they desire in the Asia-Pacific region, and so I chose Japan because I am very interested in the culture and development of this particular nation as one of the forerunners of progress in the current times. I chose Kyoto University because they have a great selection of subjects taught in English! 

     
    • How do you hope that your experience in this region will affect your future career and life goals?

    At the moment, I'm not quite sure what my future career and life goals are! So I'm hoping my time away will help me foster a sharper sense of direction by developing my already keen interest in the Asia-Pacific region. There is no question that Asia is home to many of the world's fastest developing economies and societies, and is already asserting its influence upon the global stage. I want to be a part of the development and change occurring in Asia, helping to harness the full potential that this diverse and complex region has to offer through my future life and career path.

    • What do you hope to achieve during your time at your host institution and in your host country?

    I hope to attain some life experience, skills in resilience and adaptability, and potentially pick up some Japanese language...! I can't wait to explore Kyoto and gain some first hand insight and in depth knowledge into Japanese life and culture.

    • What do you think it was about your University and broader experiences to-date that set you apart from other applicants?

    I've got a deep personal connection with the Asia Pacific region, having previously lived in Singapore, and having studied Chinese language and culture since 2007. From studying a Geography major within the Bachelor of Arts, my own views have to come to align with those of the New Colombo Plan itself; it is a firm belief of mine that Australia's international relations with Asia and the Indo-Pacific region are of utmost importance in this era of globalisation. 

    • What advice do you have for aspiring applicants?

    Having not embarked on the actual exchange period yet, I can only share insight into (somewhat daunting) application process. My advice is to really think about why the New Colombo Plan is something you are interested in, and really try to convey that the whole way through your application. And don't be afraid to ask for help! The University and Global Mobility team are all great resources to use if and when you get stuck.

     

    Matthew

  • Where have you chosen to study on exchange in the Asia-Pacific region and why?

  • I’m going to study Chinese Language at Fudan University in Shanghai, China in the latter half of 2015. I chose Fudan because I’ve studied there before on an intensive subject and really enjoyed the experience. It’s consistently ranked in the top 5 universities in China, and Shanghai will be an exhilarating place to live.

     
    • How do you hope that your experience in this region will affect your future career and life goals?

    Hopefully in ways I can’t yet foresee! I want to become as proficient as possible in Mandarin, and I think that’ll be invaluable in understanding China’s place in the world in the future. I think it’ll reorient my life goals around the importance of travel, and shape my career goals around the importance of China’s re-emergence as a superpower.

    • What do you hope to achieve during your time at your host institution and in your host country?

    Like I said above, I want to become as fluent in Mandarin as possible. I’d also love to make good friendships with local students and other international exchange students. I plan to read up on Chinese history and culture and hopefully will be able to see many of the sites China is known for.

    • What do you think it was about your University and broader experiences to-date that set you apart from other applicants?

    I’d guess that my involvement in the Australia-China Youth Association and Melbourne International Relations Societies worked in my favour because it showed that I already had an interest in Chinese and Australia’s relationship with China. That meant I could frame the NCP opportunity as complementing my goals.

    • What advice do you have for aspiring applicants?

    To those considering applying but not sure; don’t underestimate your own ability. For the applications themselves; show how you’ve already committed yourselves to the goals of the NCP. For the interview; practise as much as it takes to be relaxed and present confidently!

     

    Scott

  • Where have you chosen to study on exchange in the Asia-Pacific region and why?

  • I am currently studying on exchange at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. I began studying Mandarin in my first year at the University of Melbourne and my love for Chinese language and culture has only grown over time. The best way to learn a language is to live it, so here I am!

     

     

    • How do you hope that your experience in this region will affect your future career and life goals?

    Australia's business ties with China are growing at a rapid rate and I believe my understanding of the culture, as well as the personal relationships I am building, will be invaluable to my career. This experience will undoubtedly have a large impact on my future decisions, particularly in regards to where I wish to live. I don't want to leave!

    • What do you hope to achieve during your time at your host institution and in your host country?

    On a purely academic level, I wish to improve my Chinese language skills and experience working in a team environment on commercial projects through my planned internship. However, I believe some of the most valuable experiences will be the insights I gain into Chinese culture and the lifelong friends I make from all over the world.

  • What do you think it was about your University and broader experiences to-date that set you apart from other applicants?
  • Of course in order to succeed in any scholarship application it is necessary to have a strong academic record, but more importantly I believe I was set apart by my long history of involvement in sport and music, both within and outside of the University. I also believe that strong and clearly articulated motivations to take part in the program are an important part of the selection criteria

    • What advice do you have for aspiring applicants?

    Think about what sets you apart from the other applicants. Do extensive research into your host destination, and have a very clear set of reasons for your choice. Finally, get out there and be a part of the community; it's not too late to bulk up your resume, and it's a lot of fun!

     

    Indah

  • Where have you chosen to study on exchange in the Asia-Pacific region and why?

  • I have chosen to undertake my NCP exchange program at NUS, Singapore. From the beginning, Singapore stood out to me as a country I would love to undertake exchange, due to its cultural diversity and highly developed medical research projects and facilities. Singapore is also one of our closest neighbours and I believe it is very important that we form strong relationships in education, health, environmental conservation and research.

     
    • How do you hope that your experience in this region will affect your future career and life goals?

    Studying or working in another country creates skills and knowledge that are an asset to any career. Most importantly I hope that through my semester in Singapore, I will acquire a new perspective on my study and a deeper understanding into different societies, as well as create international networks that I can strengthen throughout my future career.

    • What do you hope to achieve during your time at your host institution and in your host country?

    I believe going on exchange to a different country is one of the most valuable things you can do during your degree. I hope during my semester in Singapore, I will acquire the skills that come will working in new and changing environments. Achieving a deeper cultural understanding and awareness, and gaining experience liaising on an international level.

    • What do you think it was about your University and broader experiences to-date that set you apart from other applicants?

    I believe that having a cultural awareness and previous experiences adapting to new, and possibly challenging environments, are key qualities/abilities that are selected for. Also I feel illustrating how you have previously engaged in various opportunities to enhance who you are as a person and give back to your community, is looked upon favourably during selection.

    • What advice do you have for aspiring applicants?

    I would highly recommend applying, for the NCP scholarship, with a passion and enthusiasm for both the potential it offers you for personal growth and the opportunity it provides to contribute in a meaningfull way to the wider community. Most of all do not be put off applying because you don’t think you will not succeed, I for one certainly never thought I would be selected. Apply with what you can achieve through the NCP, rather then what you have already accomplished.