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Experience Suite

Experience Suite

The Experience Suite is worth 100 points toward the 120 point total required to complete Global Experience.

This Suite enables you to tailor Global Experience to reflect your personal goals and motivations for participation in the program, and  includes international experiential activities that can be undertaken both within and outside of Australia.

Experience Suite activities are intended to deeply engage you in intercultural learning and will include extra-curricular activities as well as courses such as offshore exchange or language studies which are already offered as part of UniSA academic programs.

Experience Suite activities and the associated points are listed in the below table. The table also outlines the criteria for each activity which can be included in the Experience Suite. The list is by no means exhaustive. If there is an activity you have undertaken during your academic program, or there is one which you would like to attend, you can apply to have it counted toward your Experience Suite total. To apply please use the Petition for Experience Suite Activity application form in your MyUniSA student portal.

The aim of the Experience Suite is to broaden your views of the world by undertaking multiple activities. Consequently, each activity can only be counted once towards your Experience Suite.

Activities undertaken overseas 

Student Exchange or Hawke Ambassador Program (50 points)

1 study period or 1 year spent overseas studying at a partner institution OR interning/volunteering/undertaking work experience as part of the Hawke Ambassador Program. Both of these programs are taken as part of your academic program. 

Other placements or practicum's taken overseas as part of your academic program will be considered on a case by case basis.

Please note: you can only claim points for one Student Exchange or Hawke Ambassador program towards your experience suite

Student Exchange or Overseas volunteering/internship or work experience (25 points)

A second study period spent overseas at a partner institution in a different country to your first study period of exchange or a second study period undertaking a volunteer program/internship or work experience. Must be the equivalent of one full study period. Must be unpaid.

Volunteering/internship or work experience can be in the same country as your student exchange. Completing a student exchange in LOTE (languages other than English) can accrue an additional 10 points.

Short term study tour (20 points) 

Undertaking an approved short term study program or tour with a minimum length of 12 days (full-time equivalent). Credit of 4.5 units minimum granted toward your UniSA academic program. Please visit the Student Exchange website for details.

Please note: you can only claim points for one Student Exchange or Hawke Ambassador program towards your experience suite

Overseas volunteering, internship or work experience (20 points) 

Participation in a volunteer/internship/or work experience program taken outside of your academic program. Participant must undertake a minimum of 12 days (full-time equivalent). Must be unpaid.

Please note: you can only claim points for one overseas volunteering, internship or work experience towards your experience suite

Participation in a seminar, workshop, conference or symposium (20 points)

Active participation required, including presentation of a paper or poster or workshop participation. Seminar, workshop, conference or symposium must have a global focus.

Attendance in a seminar, workshop, conference or symposium (10 points) 

Seminar, workshop, conference or symposium must have a global focus.

Please note: you can only claim points for one participation at a seminar, workshop, conference or symposium and one attendance at a seminar, workshop, conference or symposium towards your experience suite

Activities undertaken in Australia

Oaktree Community Leaders (40 points)

Oaktree Community Leaders are young people leading a movement to end extreme poverty. Created to fit around work and study, the Oaktree Community Leader initiative is an interactive, action focused volunteering opportunity that gives participants the chance to be at the heart of Oaktree's campaigns.

Through training, online modules and workshops Community Leaders will have the skills and opportunities to create real change. 

Community Leaders are accepted on a rolling basis. Head to oaktree.org/leader  to apply for this leadership and volunteer opportunity or contact Alana James at a.james@oaktree.org for more information.

Please note: To be eligible for Experience Suite points, you must complete a minimum of three months as a Community Leader, attend fortnightly Meetups and take action outside of these meetings.

Volunteering in Australia (15- 30 points)

Activities undertaken whilst volunteering within Australia must have an international focus. Volunteering usually involves an agreement with the organisation about time commitments, but may not involve the same project or activity on each occasion. Volunteer work must be unpaid, and must not count towards your academic program. See Course for activities undertaken as part of your academic program.

  • 15 points awarded for 40 to 80 hours of volunteering.
  • 30 points awarded for 80 hours or more of volunteering. 
  • Students can claim a maximum of 30 points.

Work experience or internship within Australia (15-30 points)

Activities undertaken during the internship within Australia must have an international focus. Usually involves working on a specific project. Activity must be unpaid and taken outside of your academic program. See Course for activities undertaken as part of your academic program.

  • 15 points awarded for 40 to 80 hours of work experience or interning.
  • 30 points awarded for 80 hours or more of work experience or interning.
  • Students can claim a maximum of 30 points. 

English Language Discussion Group (10-20 points)

The English Language Discussion Group is held weekly throughout the Study Period and is facilitated by Global Experience students. The group is designed to assist international students with practising their English language skills while providing an intercultural experience for domestic students

  • 10 points for one Study Period of involvement plus facilitation of  3 sessions
  • 20 points for one Study Period of involvement plus facilitation of 6 sessions
  • Students can claim a maximum of 20 points

The Oaktree Foundation Make Poverty History Roadtrip (10-15 points) 

The Oaktree Foundation Make Poverty History Road Trip is running from the 9th-16th March 2013. One thousand Ambassadors will travel to Canberra to advocate for change and participate in a two day forum with politicians, community groups and institutions.
Applications to participate in the Make Poverty History Road Trip are now open.

Please note: The Roadtrip will be taking place during Study Period 2 2013. It is recommended students obtain written approval from your Program Director or Course Coordinator prior to participating in the program.

  • 10 points for participating in the Make Poverty History Roadtrip
  • 15 points for participating in the Make Poverty History Road trip and Generate 2013. 

Single course taken within your academic program - language or international studies or internship or practicum (15 points)

Enrolment and meeting the requirements (P1 minimum grade) either a language or international studies or globally focused course, e.g. LANG 1022 French 1A or LANG 1054 International Communication.

Practicum and placement courses may also count, but the placement or practicum must have an international focus. All courses must count as a minimum of 4.5 Units towards your UniSA program. BUSS 1056 can not be counted.

Please note: you can only claim points for one internal course towards your experience suite

Course taken outside your academic program (15 points)

Course must have a minimum of 20 hours face to face contact time. Course must have an international focus, e.g. Language courses offered through Professional and Continuing Education, University of Adelaide. Course can not be counted as credit towards your academic program.

Please note: you can only claim points for one external course towards your experience suite

Organisation of an off-campus event (15 points)

Principal responsibility for the organisation of a local conference or event featuring international content and held off-campus.

Please note: you can only claim points for one organisation of an off-campus event towards your experience suite

Mentoring (15 points)

Participation in an approved mentoring program for one study period or more. Current approved programs include*:

Please note: you can only claim points for only one mentoring program towards your experience suite

Global Experience Student Ambassador (15 points)

Global Experience Student Ambassadors must have attended a training session and commit to the role of Student Ambassador for the entire academic calendar year.

Involvement in two key UniSA events and one key Global Experience event required for the duration of length of service.

Please note: you can only claim points for being a Global Experience Student Ambassador and not any other discipline specific ambassador towards your experience suite

Interactive Global Experience workshops (10- 30 points)

Global Experience participants will have the opportunity to participate in a range of tailored skill dveelopment workshops designed specifically for Global Experience students. 

  • Each workshop is worth 10 points. Students can attend a maximum of 3 workshops, totalling 30 points.

Key role in a globally focused club or society (10 points)

Must hold the role of President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer or Event Coordinator for a minimum of 1 term (length of service/term may be one full calendar year or one full academic year) on a globally focused club or society.

Event Coordinators are required to organise a minimum of 2 key and 3 minor club or society events for the duration of length of service.

Roles on a club or society that are not listed below will be considered on a case by case basis. Please note that the 10 points allocated encompasses those activities undertaken as part of the role, for example, if you are attending an event as your role as President, you cannot claim an additional 5 points for attending an event. 

Current approved clubs and societies include*:
- AIESEC
- IAESTE
- UN Society
- Amnesty International   
- Exchange Society
- Bright Futures Society
- Global Experience Student Body (GESB)

Please note: you can only claim points for one key role in a globally focused club or society which will contribute to your experience suite

Participation in a off-campus community program (10 points)

Continuous involvement in a community group focused towards global issues. Program must run for a minimum of 6 weeks, with a minimum of one session per week.

Please note: you can only claim points for participation in one off-campus community program which will contribute to your experience suite

Attendance at a off-campus short course (10 points)

Attendance at a one day short course with an international focus. Students must complete an assessment as part of the course. For example, the International Humanitarian Law Course, run through the Australian Red Cross.

Please note: you can only claim points for attendance at one off-campus short course which will contribute to your experience suite

Local conference or symposium - participation (10 points)

Active participation required, including presentation of a paper/poster or workshop participation. Lecture-style attendance is non-participatory. The conference or symposium must have an international focus.

Please note: you can only claim points for participation in one local conference or symposium which will contribute to your experience suite

Organising an on-campus event (10 points)

Principal responsibility for the organisation of an on-campus event featuring international content.

Please note: you can only claim points for organising one on-campus event which will contribute to your experience suite

Local conference or symposium - attendance (5 points)

Attendance at a local conference or symposium.

Criteria for this activity:

  • minimum length 2.5 hours/activity;
  • must have an international focus and cover global issues;
  • must be an activity that aims to increase knowledge and understanding of a particular issue;
  • must have an interactive component, such as questions time/workshop/networking session

Students can attend a maximum of 3 workshops, totalling 15 points.

On-campus seminar, workshop or conference (5-15 points)

Attendance at an on-campus seminar, workshop or conference.

Criteria for this activity:

  • minimum length 2.5 hours/activity;
  • must have an international focus and cover global issues;
  • must be an activity that aims to increase knowledge and understanding of a particular issue;
  • must have an interactive component, such as questions time/workshop/networking session.

Students can attend a maximum of 3 workshops, totalling 15 points.

Writing for an online news sheet (5 points)

Submit two articles (minimum of 250 words each) to an online news sheet (including the Global Experience Bulletin) and have them published in the news sheet.

Maximum amount of points for this activity - 5 points.

Exchange blog (5 points)

Consistent postings (once per fortnight) describing your experiences and learning outcomes whilst on exchange.

 Maximum amount of points for this activity - 5 points.

 

Areas of study and research

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