The Monash Warwick Alliance offers students the opportunity to experience studying at an overseas institution with strong links to their existing university. The uncapped exchange agreement between the two institutions helps to ensure that those who want a mobility experience can have one. This UK academic year 132 predominantly undergraduate students from Warwick chose to study at Monash’s campuses in Australia and Malaysia.
When considering higher education, the ability to access a learning suite that extends well beyond the traditional expectations of the classroom is high on the agenda for most. Furthermore, the positive impact on student employability of international student mobility is well known and is of particular significance to students from groups which are under-represented in Higher Education
However, despite this, the data indicates that these groups are less likely than their peers to participate in mobility. There are multiple reasons for this, both financial and non-financial, but some of these barriers to participation fall within the capacity of universities to address. This is why the University of Warwick is now providing bursaries through the Alliance to increase participation from under-represented groups in study abroad opportunities at Monash University.
One of the ten eligible students who received a bursary said;
I arrived in Australia mid-July this year and so far the experience has opened my mind. At the University of Warwick I’m studying History and at Monash I’ve just started Indigenous studies and International Development modules, it’s a great opportunity to extend my knowledge outside of my degree.
I chose to study at the University of Warwick as I knew they had a connection with Australia through Monash University. Once I started my course I became familiar with the Monash Warwick Alliance and was eligible to receive a bursary allowance. It has meant that not only do I get to study really interesting subjects, but I can also really enjoy my time here. I’m hoping this experience will help with my future career plans to work in the Foreign Office, and to also help me with the internship I’m doing next year at the Commonwealth Office. My experience living and studying abroad is definitely helping me to become globally aware.”