SCI302 International Practical Experience 2 (8)

This subject provides an opportunity for students to apply aspects of their learning through a period of study abroad or equivalent international experience. As such it encourages students to develop as professionals and further expand on their understanding of the range of ethical and moral responsibilities underpinning their future careers in global terms. This experience will provide students with the opportunity to become more culturally aware. It will provide an opportunity to discover new strengths and abilities, conquer new challenges and solve new problems, thus enhancing generic communication and problem solving skills and allowing them to develop new ideas and perspectives and a deeper understanding with respect to themselves and their chosen profession.

Employers are reported to view students who have studied abroad as more self-motivated, independent, willing to embrace challenges, and more able to cope with diverse problems and situations. Completion of this subject may thus enhance employment opportunities upon graduation, both in Australia's increasingly ethnically diverse workplace and abroad.


Session 2 (60)
Albury-Wodonga Campus
Session 3 (90)
Albury-Wodonga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: SCI302. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



1 session (minimum of 60 hours practical experience)


Faculty of Science

Enrolment Restrictions

Students must be enrolled in a course offered by the Faculty of Science.

Not available to students who have completed SCI301.

Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • have an understanding of the nature and characteristics of the community in which they were based and how important a cross-cultural experience is to education
  • have an understanding of how an international experience can influence a student's professional development
  • recognise a range of opportunities for professional learning that international experience can provide
  • be able to exercise appropriate initiative, judgement , and decision making in a range of contexts
  • be able to act in the role of goodwill ambassadors for Australia, for their course, and the University around the world
  • feel empowered to better understand themselves and others through a comparison of cultural values and ways of life
  • value professionalism, citizenship, and science.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The syllabus is dependent upon the area of specialisation and will be negotiated between the student and their Program Leader or Course Director and the Subject Coordinator. Each student will however:
  • - select an international experience that falls within one of the specialist areas offered in their undergraduate degrees or a closely related area. The international placement must be approved by the Subject Coordinator (or their delegate) prior to departure;
  • - critically evaluate the concerns, strategies and processes of their international experience;
  • - employ appropriate research, documentation, evaluation and reporting processes;
  • - undertake analysis in the preparation for, and planning and implementation of the visit; and
  • - undertake analysis of the goals and achievements of the international visit.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of SCI302 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Intention to complete study abroad form
Learning portfolio

Special Resources

Students are required to travel overseas and undertake a special project that integrates elements of what they have learned in other subjects.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.