International grants open doors to global community

The Kenyan service-learning immersion is just one program to benefit from Endeavour Mobility Grants funding awarded to Notre Dame in 2018.

23 November 2017

Recent Federal Government grants have opened up a world of possibilities for Notre Dame students.

In September, Notre Dame was awarded $280,500 from the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade’s New Colombo Plan to support immersion experiences in 2018 in the Indo-Pacific Region for close to 100 students.

Recently, the University secured an additional $139,000 in funding to support overseas learning opportunities in 2018 through the Department of Education & Training’s Endeavour Mobility Grants scheme, taking the total Federal Government funding for international student programs in 2018 to $419,500.

The Endeavour Mobility Grants scheme encourages Australian students to experience the academic, social and cultural life of other countries and, in turn, provides international students with learning opportunities in Australia. It also seeks to strengthen institutional relationships with overseas providers through collaboration and student exchange.

The Endeavour Mobility Grants awarded to Notre Dame will support student participation in the following projects in 2018:

  • Student Exchange placements in the USA, Canada, Ireland and Germany;
  • a clinical immersion experience for students of the School of Medicine, Sydney, with the Calauan community in the Philippines;
  • a clinical immersion experience for students of the School of Medicine, Fremantle, to complete their fourth-year medical electives in the Asia-Pacific region in countries such as the Cook Islands, India, Nepal, Thailand and Vanuatu; and
  • a service-learning immersion in Kenya for students from the Schools of Arts & Sciences, Education and Medicine on the Sydney Campus.

This funding will also provide financial support for four students from Notre Dame’s exchange partner in Indonesia, Parahyangan Catholic University, to spend a Semester studying on the Fremantle Campus.

Professor Peta Sanderson, Pro Vice Chancellor International, says Notre Dame is committed to providing a quality learning experience for all students with a curriculum grounded in hands-on practice.

“The University is delighted to be able to provide quality international learning experiences, across a range of disciplines, for our students in 2018. There is something special and humbling about developing one’s professional skills in an environment unfamiliar to their own; and, in some cases, making a significant impact on the lives of people in the global community,” Professor Sanderson said.

“Notre Dame is appreciative of the Federal Government’s ongoing commitment to cross-institutional collaboration and the provision of international immersion and mobility experiences for our students.”

For more information about Notre Dame’s the short-term mobility programs, including those supported by the Endeavour Mobility Grants and the New Colombo Plan, as well as Study Abroad options, please visit

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