YMCA Global Study is a social enterprise that provides Australian university students with opportunities to study overseas during their university breaks. We’ve connected with some of the world’s leading universities to offer a range short-term study abroad programs in June/July and January. Each of our programs includes tuition, accommodation and cultural and social activities in the price so all you will need to organise is your flights, travel insurance and spending money.
We want to help you take full advantage of the many funding opportunities available (such as OS-HELP) to transform your university experience by studying during the winter or winter break.
Empowering young people is our core business and we will support you every step of the way, providing you with advice on how to apply for credit and funding through your university. We will also link you in with our YMCA Global Study network where you can connect with other YMCA Global Study students and hear about career and volunteer opportunities around Australia.
YMCA Global Study is a social enterprise, any revenues we generate are reinvested into projects that support projects and events led by our alumni.
Want to know more? Read below to discover how YMCA Global Study can help you.
What makes us unique?
We’ve been doing this for a while
The YMCA is one of the oldest and well-known Not-For-Profits in the world. Since 1884 the YMCA has worked to empower young people and communities around the world. Today, the YMCA is present in 119 countries and held in high regard for the work we do to create healthier and happier communities.
We exist to support young people
YMCA Global Study a social enterprise that was created as a practical example of our belief statement: ‘The YMCA believes in the power of inspired young people.’
Whats in it for you?
There are a number of Student Mobility Grants and loan schemes like OS-HELP available to university students
Amazing Experiences & Unforgettable Memories
Remember that time you and your friends tried haggis and Scottish danced in kilts, or that time joined in a traditional tea ceremony in Japan? The parts of your trip that you love (and some even the ones that you hate) will produce unforgettable memories and stories where you ‘just had to be there’.
Immerse yourself in a foreign culture
Let yourself go as you enjoy the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of your host country. Try new foods, learn a new language, explore a new culture and interact with locals. Studying abroad with YMCA Global Study will give you a first-hand look at what is it like to live and study as a local in your host country.
Learn more about you
Studying abroad is a great opportunity for personal growth and development. While abroad you will face challenges and obstacles that you might not normally have to deal with a home. This may sound intimidating now, but remember we are always here to support you and trust us, you will return with a newfound sense of confidence and independence that you won’t be able to find in Australia.
Make lifelong friends
One of the best things about studying abroad is the people you meet. Not only will you get the opportunity to meet fellow students and share the same experiences together, you will also get to experience a completely different social life and make friends outside the program.
Become more employable
One of our main objectives at YMCA Global Study is to help young Australia develop the best possible skill set for their chosen field. Studying abroad can beef up your resume in a number of ways, making it stand out from others. Just listing that you have studied abroad on its own will be impressive to employers, however, studying abroad often leads to unique experiences that you may not have been exposed to in Australia. These are the experiences are where you will develop the communication and problem-solving skills that employers look for and give you tangible examples you can use in your interview.
Learn about your potential career opportunities
Not sure about where you’re current course can take you or are you wanting to learn more about a potential career path? Studying abroad can help you learn more about career opportunities by giving you an insight into what your career looks like overseas. You may also learn more about potential careers from your course mates who will be from all over Australia.
Get credit towards your degree
Our courses have been designed to enable students the best possible chance to obtain credit for the time abroad. Students who receive Academic Credit for studying overseas may be eligible for a range of different funding opportunities including OS-HELP Click the links to find out more.
Lighten your study load for your next semester
Rather than cramming in all those subjects for next semester and overwhelming yourself, why not do a summer/winter subject overseas? That way you can combine study with a holiday and then return to 3 subjects in your next semester.
Study at some of the top universities
All of our chosen universities are leading academic institutions that have something unique to offer, The University of Edinburgh (#19), Lancaster University (#135) and Michigan State University (#149) are all top 200 universities according to the 2017 QS World University Rankings.
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