Just take each day as it comes and never wish that something will go quicker because the end of the program comes all too soon..." - comment from a returning student this year.
Information shown here is for in-country programs in Nov-Dec 2012 and Jan-Feb 2013. All places in these programs are now filled.
Students must be 18 years old or over in order to be eligible for any of the in-country programs.
"Living the Chinese lifestyle was an eye opening experience and I just loved it."
"Indonesian people are fantastic people. Helpful and generous with their time and enthusiasm. I met many great new friends."
"I had a wonderful, and extremely accommodating home-stay family. I really enjoyed the opportunity to live with another family and experience a different lifestyle. We will definitely stay in touch."
"It was amazing - I would recommend it to anyone who is genuinely interested in learning the language and immersing themselves in the culture, and that includes Islam. That person will come away a different person."
"Be prepared for some intensive study but at the same time the teachers there are friendly and supportive. The whole point of doing the program is to experience living in Japan. So once you're there go out into the city and explore, there is so much to see and do!"
"Go for it, you'll love it."
The costs for each program differ so make sure you look carefully at the details for the program you are interested in. Some assistance is available through scholarships and OS Help. Be prepared to pay for air tickets and other costs up front as the processes can be lengthy.
There are two types of scholarship that you can apply for. You can receive one of these only. Follow the links given for the application forms. Both scholarships are for $750.00.
"Begin preparing for the main things you need to do earlier. Know that the cost will be high and make a decision on as early as possible as to whether it's possible and beneficial for you to undertake it."
Start early by reading up about the program and talking it over with your language lecturer and the program coordinator. Make sure that you familiarise yourself with the requirements of the study program and have everything you need before you leave.
Read up as much as you can about the customs and culture of the country and the area you are travelling to, and talk with students who have experienced in-country programs already. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) has a great resource of travel advice on its website, which you should start to check regularly.
Once you are there, you don't want anything to get in your way, so be cautious. At the pre-departure meeting you will receive a booklet with advice on keeping healthy and safe which is specific to the area you are travelling. It will also have contact numbers and procedures to use in an emergency. Be sure to read this cover to cover and take it with you to refer to later.
Plan your finances carefully and make sure you have access to extra for emergencies (which is separate from the money you might take shopping).
And, take some advice from others who returned from in-country programs this year:
"Go with an open heart and an open mind - but go! Have fun. Live with local families or in a kost. Use your Indonesian outside the classroom as much as possible."
"Try and speak Japanese all the time- also, be aware that staff will, generally, not be able to communicate with you well in English and this could present a problem when trying to contact them in an emergency."
"If you are interested in studying Japanese you should definitely participate, there are great opportunities to practice what you learn in class in real situations when meeting Japanese people."
"I would go again in a flash! It was worth it in every respect. Take every opportunity to practice speaking Chinese with locals, and riding on the buses (or the subway, which will probably be open by then!)"
"Just throw yourself into the whole experience... hmmm I'll have to think of practical things."
"Do some Japanese revision before you go. That way you will get more out of the experience as a whole. Enjoy every cultural experience that you can so that you can make the most out of your trip."
Authorised by the Acting Head of School, Humanities
18 December, 2012