Exploring global opportunities
7 January 2015
The new year started with a sense of optimism and enthusiasm when over 40 students from across the School attended Healthcare Sciences' first International Student Mobility Fair on Wednesday 7 January. Over 18 students presented their varied learning experiences from 11 different countries in Europe, Africa and Asia.
The student experiences ranged from attending an international conference, a creativity course, volunteering and 1-3 month clinical placements. The students shared their motivation for studying abroad the highs they experienced and the challenges they encountered; how they overcame those challenges and the value to their personal and professional development.
The presenting students shared many tips and practical suggestions. Sarah Woolley James from the university's student support services also presented the new electronic Student Passport to Well Being; a new online resource to prepare and support students whilst they are studying abroad.
In between the presentations students were able to visit various university information stands that included Occupational Health, Languages for All and Global Opportunities. Students also had an opportunity to talk to HCARE students and staff manning country specific stands and receive guidance on culture, travel, accommodation, insurance, funding and the Healthcare Sciences' application process.
The event was kindly sponsored by the Global Opportunities Centre. The afternoon evaluated very well by those who attended; - "great afternoon"....... "Inspirational" .... "I wish we had this type of event when I was planning my trip ".. "Really motivating I want to go away again now....." . In response to the positive student evaluations, Judith Benbow, Lead for Student Mobility, said "we will definitely organise another information fair in the summer so more students can attend".
For more information on overseas placements please contact:
International and Engagement Support Officer