Global Experience

The Co-op experience is truly global. Scholars have the opportunity to see the world through international exchange, international placements, international policy scholarships, as well as connecting with alumni working all over the world.


There is an opportunity in every program stream to go on an international study exchange and the Co-op Program strongly encourages our scholars to take up that opportunity if they can.

Travelling abroad for study opens our scholars’ eyes to new cultures, new networks of people, and new ideas. We believe exchange pushes our scholars to develop their leadership skills, independence, resilience, cultural awareness and broaden their minds to think about new ways of life.

Check out UNSW International for more info about exchange



The Co-op Program is developing international relationships with industry partners outside of Australian borders and where we can, we look to secure international placement opportunities for our scholars. The combined opportunity for our scholars to immerse themselves in a new work place in a new culture is invaluable.

Some of our scholars have undertaken placements in China, Norway, America and Singapore.

We can’t guarantee international placements, however any scholar accepting a scholarship in a program that has potential overseas sponsors must be prepared to travel.

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International Policy Scholarships

Each year in collaboration with Global Voices, a not for profit organisation whose mission is to provide opportunities for young Australians to engage with international policy both at home and abroad, the Co-op Program offers two fully funded opportunities to our final year scholars to receive International Policy Scholarships offering the chance to attend and contribute to some of the world’s most prestigious and significant meetings, forums and events. Selected scholars meet and engage with high level officials and government representatives and network with talented youth from around the world.

In the past Co-op scholars represented Australia at the World Health Assembly, OECD Forum, G20 Youth Summit, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and many more.

Final year Co-op scholars compete for this opportunity by submitting written applications detailing a research proposal that if selected will be written up into a paper that is submitted as a contribution to the nominated world conference.

This opportunity offers our scholars the chance of a lifetime to contribute to global policy on the world stage!

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