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Meet the CDU students seeing the world while they study

This article appears in: Learning abroad
CDU student Erica Smith smiling at the camera in Brazil

Exciting adventures aside, research has shown that taking part in a learning abroad program could improve your career prospects, too. So, make like these four CDU students and tick off your travel bucket list while you study. And remember that you may be able to access generous funding opportunities, making studying abroad more affordable than you might think.

Erica protected turtles in the Amazon

Erica - Environmental Sciences student in the Amazon river

As part of her science degree, Erica crossed Brazil off her travel bucket list with a two-week field intensive. 

“The trip was a means to learn and work in an environment that was of interest to me, while gaining valuable field experience that would help me find employment in the future,” she says.

The trip took her to an “incredibly beautiful corner of the world, where few people have the opportunity to travel.”

Read more: Erica’s study abroad story

Dion travelled to rural India on a scholarship

CDU student Dion Morrow with two peers in India

Thanks to a scholarship, Dion received financial support to attend the Design Summit delivered by Engineers Without Borders in rural India.

“The highlight of my experience in India was to learn and understand that the way some things are achieved in Australia isn’t necessarily the way it’s done abroad,” says the engineering student. “It’s okay if things are done differently.

“If I had one piece of advice to offer anyone considering studying overseas, it would be: just do it.”

Read more: Dion’s study abroad story

William made friends for life all over the world

Image of William and his exchange friends on a bus

“Studying overseas was something I always wanted to do,” says William, who studied teaching at CDU. “The CDU team was willing to jump through all manner of hoops to make my dreams a reality. Before I knew it, I was on a plane to Germany to spend four weeks at Philipps-Universität of Marburg.

“I made some of the best friends I could ever have, even though we are now separated by the entire planet. Every night we would pile into someone’s room and just enjoy each other’s company.”

Read more: William’s study abroad story  

Paul interned at Harvard Law School

CDU student Paul Larder in a courtroom at Harvard Law School

“The prospect of interning at Harvard Law School was too good to ignore,” says Paul, who’s studying law at CDU.

“To be able to develop a solid understanding of US immigration law, to work firsthand within a clinic which does such good work for the most vulnerable people – it was the chance of a lifetime!

But, he says, “It’s not all work, no play, and while there you make the most of it.”

Read more: Paul’s study abroad story

CDU offers a wide range of opportunities to travel while you study, including options to spend a whole semester overseas or take a shorter two to four week trip. Explore CDU’s learning abroad programs.

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