Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University


International Workplace Experience Program - France

Faculty of Science

School of Community Health

Paris Podiatry Program - Ecole d'Assas

Proposed 2018 program

In this brand new program for Podiatry students you'll gain an international perspective of diabetes treatment and assessment of pain through participation in the Ecole d'Assas' Podiatry Clinics. You'll visit the CERAH gait laboratory to observe assessment and treatment of amputees, war wounded and burned clients which will enhance your knowledge of wound care, dressing choice and techniques. One afternoon will be specifically dedicated to diabetes and podiatric care which will also provide you with an opportunity to examine the latest techniques from France.

The placement will also include site visits to PodoFrance: a company specialized in podiatry devices and Computer Aided Design as well as the Leonard de Vinci podiatry school. This will give you an excellent and unique opportunity to examine the latest biomechanical and orthotic techniques from France.

Interspersed with your clinical activities you are also invited to attend a conference on "Brain and Rehabilitation" where you'll hear and learn from expert physical therapists from the USA and Europe.

When: approximately 16 - 26 March, 2018* (exact dates to be confirmed)

*Please note that this program commences during session time. Students will need to liaise with their Course Director to meet any subject/exam requirements due in this period. Alternative arrangements can be made for students who must miss lectures, tutorials and/or internal clinics.

Eligibility: Third year CSU students (in 2018) enrolled in the Bachelor of Podiatric Medicine at the time of undertaking the program.

Academic Recognition: On successful completion of the program students should receive recognition towards 35 hours of workplace learning in POD306. Students must liaise directly with their Course Director to confirm the ability to include this program in their course structure and should do so prior to applying for this program.

Financial Assistance: The advertised program cost is based on the provision of the $450 Vice Chancellor Travel Grant which is awarded to eligible students. It is not paid directly to individuals but has already been deducted from the program costings.

Students may also be eligible to receive financial assistance through the Australian Government's OS-HELP loan. OS-HELP is a loan available to eligible Commonwealth Supported students who want to undertake some of their study overseas. OS-HELP can be used for a range of expenses such as airfares, accommodation, and other travel or study expenses.

Eligibility for OS-HELP will be assessed once successful students are selected and is based on a number of criteria.  Acceptance into a CSU Global program does not guarantee eligibility for the loan. Please note, you cannot pay your program deposit through OS-HELP.

All funding associated with CSU Global programs (travel grants, scholarships, subsidies and loans) is linked to successful completion of academic and program expectations. Failure to meet these requirements may result in funding being revoked.

Refer to Global's Scholarships and Funding webpage for further information on funding options.

Available program places: 4 places
This program will require minimum numbers to proceed.

Cost: Approximately $4500 (Exact costs to be advised on notification of successful application)

Costs should include: In-country program fee, international airfares, travel insurance, in-country accommodation (twin share), some social activities, some in-country transport.

Costs do not include: CSU subject fees, visas, passports, vaccinations (if required), meals, additional transport/recreational activities, souvenirs, gratuities and incidentals.

Please note: This is a group ticketed tour.  Your program will depart from a predetermined Australian international airport and return to the same destination on dates confirmed by CSU Global.

Application timeline: Continue to the bottom of this page for application link

  • Application closing date: applications closed
  • Successful students notified: Within 2 weeks of application closing date
  • Non-refundable $1000 deposit due: Within 2 weeks of notification of successful application
    (You must have a valid passport, or be in the process of applying for one by the final program payment date. Your passport must have a minimum of six month validity from the program's return date)
  • Full and final payment date: 9 February 2018
  • Pre-departure sessions/modules: To be announced.

Further enquiries regarding the application process should be directed to:

Alice Wood
CSU Global
Charles Sturt University
Phone: +61 2 6338 4068

Further enquiries regarding the program should be directed to:

Brent Smith
Faculty of Science
Phone: + 61 2  6051 9216

Indicative Program Outline: This itinerary is subject to change and should be used as a guide only
1Depart Australia for FranceAustralia/France
2Arrive ParisParis
3Rest DayParis
4AM: Program Orientation and pairing with Ecole d'Assas students for clinic activities
PM: Surgical Management of Ingrowing Toe Nails / Bare Foot Versus Foot Wear During Gait
5AM: Assas Clinic activities and/or CERAH
PM: Clinical Reasoning and Spine

AM: Assas Clinic activities
PM: Clinical Reasoning About Food and Ankle / Clinical Reasoning About Knee / Conference on Brain and Rehabilitation (Optional)

7AM: Assas Clinic activities 
PM: In Utero Feet Developement / Positive Health Concept
8Day Trip - Brussels - Haute Ecole Léonard de VinciParis - Brussels
9Rest Day - possible rugby match Stade de France Club vs Toulouse Rugby ClubParis
10Program Concludes. Participants return to AustraliaParis
11Travel to Spain - Removed from itinerary as of 27/11/17Paris / Valencia
12University visit Valencia - Removed from itinerary as of 27/11/17Valencia
13University visit Valencia - Removed from itinerary as of 27/11/17Valencia
14Rest Day - Removed from itinerary as of 27/11/17Valencia
15Depart France for Australia - Removed from itinerary as of 27/11/17France / Australia

Possible Afternoon activities:

  • Visit of the CERAH: Gait Laboratory for quantitative and qualitative assessment of patients (amputees, war-wounded and burned patients).
  • Visit to PODOFRANCE : a French podiatry company specialized in podiatry devices and Computer Aided Design.
  • Visit to the Leonard de Vinci podiatry school in Brussels (one day). Brussels is one hour and a half from Paris by train.
  • Meeting with French podiatric surgeons (3 surgeons) in order to share practices.
  • One afternoon dedicated to diabetes and podiatric care.
  • Exchange with the academic staff on pedagogical issues. European teachers will also attend this meeting.