UOW Procedures

PROCEDURE FOR UOW GLOBAL STUDENT MOBILITY TRAVEL GRANTS

Date first approved: 6 July 2007

Date of effect: January 2009

Date last amended:
(refer Version Control Table)
4 December 2015

Date of Next Review: October 2017

First Approved by:

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Global Strategy

Custodian title & e-mail address:

Manager, Student Mobility
atanks@uow.edu.au

Author:

Manager, Student Mobility
Ashley Tanks

Responsible Division & Unit:

Office of Deputy Vice-Chancellor Global Strategy

Supporting documents, procedures & forms of this policy:

International Exchange Application Form
Application for a Travel Grant for Short-Term International Programs

OS-HELP Procedures

Relevant Legislation & External Documents:

Nil

Audience:

Public – available to anyone

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Contents

1 Introduction / Background 2

2 Scope / Purpose 2

3 Definitions 2

4 Types of Grants 3

5 Conditions of Award for Each Type of Grant 4

6 Payments to students 6

7 Student obligations upon completion of the program 7

8 Roles and Responsibilities 7

9 Version Control Table 7

    Introduction / Background

    • 1. The University of Wollongong is committed to providing students with the opportunity to include international perspectives and experiences in their courses of study.
    • 2. The Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Global Strategy supports this commitment by providing Travel Grants for eligible students to undertake an international experience to count as part of their studies at the University of Wollongong.

    Scope / Purpose

    • 1. This procedure will cover UOW travel grants and external funds for outbound student mobility administered by UOW for undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students undertaking an international experience. Postgraduate research students, except any research students participating in the UOW Semester International Student Exchange Program, are not eligible to apply for a UOW International Travel Grant and should instead investigate travel funding options through the UOW Research Student Centre.
    • 2. The travel grant funding, which is determined on an annual basis, is available for the following programs where they are for credit towards a UOW degree and are approved in advance by the relevant Academic Unit/ delegated academic authority and the Office of Global Student Mobility:
          • a. Priority 1: Semester exchange placements at exchange partner universities;
          • b. Priority 2: Approved short-term programs, at least two weeks in length, as listed in section 4. These include, but are not limited to, intensive language/culture programs or other short-course at an approved partner institution, study tours led by UOW academic staff, overseas practice teaching placements or internships to count as either specified or unspecified credit towards UOW degree. Travel grants for short-term programs are subject to overall availability of funds;
          • c. Priority 3: Semester Study abroad (fee-paying) programs;
          • d. Priority 4: Short-course Study Abroad (fee-paying) programs.
    • 3. Scholarships funded from external sources and administered by UOW e.g. Department of Education funded International Exchange, Short-term Mobility, Asia Bound and New Colombo Plan mobility projects, will generally be subject to the same deadlines, procedures and conditions of award as UOW Targeted Institution Travel Grants in line with the particular external funding guidelines.

    Definitions

Word/Term

Definition (with examples if required)

 

Exchange program

A program governed by a formal agreement with a UOW exchange partner enabling UOW students to study on a non-tuition fee basis; in return, UOW waives the tuition fee for an equivalent number of students;

UOW exchange partner

An institution with whom UOW has a current signed student exchange agreement duly approved by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Global Strategy (in accordance with the Delegations of Authority Policy);

Study tours

Some UOW subjects involve a period of study overseas. The group arrangements for the in-country experience are normally made by the Coordinator from the relevant faculty. Generally the students will travel as a group with their UOW lecturer.

Short course

Refers to short term overseas study for credit, Faculty led study tours, practicum or clinical placements, internships or work placements and volunteer projects.

Study Abroad program

An overseas study program where tuition-fees are paid at the host institution.

    4 Types of Grants

    SEMESTER PROGRAMS

International Exchange Travel Grant for a semester exchange to UOW partner university,

(Includes ACICIS semester program and approved Study Abroad (fee-paying) programs)

$1,000 total grant per student (for either one or two sessions of study) up to approved maximum number each session*; if the number of applicants exceeds the number of grants available the applicants will be ranked on the basis of academic performance (minimum weighted average mark-WAM- of 65)

 

Targeted Institution Travel Grant for specific UOW exchange universities for one or two semesters

$3,000 per student for study at a designated partner university up to an approved maximum number each session*

List of partner institutions approved each session by DVC(GS); allocations based on exchange balances and UOW Strategic Partner list

Tuition Grant for Semester Study Abroad (outbound) fee–paying programs

Up to $2,000 tuition-fees per student, to an approved program, up to a maximum number each session*; Tuition fee payment covered under a separate policy

SHORT-TERM PROGRAMS (minimum two weeks)

Short-term Travel Grant for short-term in-country language and culture program or Study Tour which forms part of a UOW subject;

$500 per student up to approved maximum number each session*

Short-Term Travel Grant for clinical experience or practicum placements which count for credit towards a UOW degree program; Includes Education and GSM students

$500 per student; Up to an approved number of awards per faculty*; Faculties will select and recommend grant recipients for DVC (GS) funds for processing by the Study Abroad & Exchange Office

Students must be enrolled in a UOW subject for the program or it must count as specified or unspecified credit towards UOW degree

Short-term Travel Grant for an approved short course or academic experience at a partner university

$500 per student; up to approved maximum number each year*

Short-term Travel Grant for an approved short course or academic experience at a non-partner university or an approved fee-paying program (Tuition fee payment covered under a separate policy)

$500 per student; up to approved maximum number each year*

Internships for credit at an approved organisation

$500 per student; up to approved maximum number each year*

 

Uni-Capitol Washington Internship Program (UCWIP) 8 weeks

$1,000 for the successful UOW nominees

* as determined by the DVC(GS) on an annual basis as part of the budget approval process

    5 Conditions of Award for Each Type of Grant

International Semester Exchange Program Grants

    • 1. An International Semester Exchange Travel grant provides a minimum one-off payment for students participating in an exchange program at a UOW partner institution for either one or two sessions. It is designed to assist students to meet basic travel or living costs of the exchange program. Where the number of applicants exceeds the number of travel grants available in any one year, the grants will be awarded on the basis of academic merit to students with a WAM above 65 and in accordance with the priority list in Section 2.2.
    • 2. Each session the University will offer a number of Targeted Institution Travel Grants to specific exchange partner universities. A student cannot receive an International Exchange Travel Grant if they are in receipt of a Targeted Institution Travel Grant (Refer to section 5.9 – 5.17 below).

Conditions of award

    • 3. Exchange applicants are automatically considered for an International Semester Exchange Travel Grant. No separate application is necessary. To be eligible, students must have submitted a completed Application for International Exchange Program Form (including the required supporting documentation) by the appropriate deadline date and received approval by the delegated academic authority of their home Faculty(s) and the Office of Global Student Mobility;
    • 4. Award of any travel grant is conditional upon the student participating in the International Exchange Program through the University of Wollongong, at the university approved by the Office of Global Student Mobility and during the session specified in the letter of offer. It is also conditional upon the student
          • a. being enrolled in a relevant degree program at UOW (at the time of travel and for the duration of the exchange);
          • b. confirming their enrolment at the partner institution by the due date;
          • c. successfully completing the exchange program;
          • d. finalising their exchange report and credit transfer; and,
          • e. meeting other program obligations in accordance with the International Student Exchange Application Form Authorisation Statement.
    • 5. The recipient is required to repay the travel grant to UOW if he/she withdraws prior to the commencement of the program or before the completion of the program or does not meet other program obligations; Normal UOW rules relating to failure to pay charges will apply. http://www.uow.edu.au/student/finances/index.html.
    • 6. All International Semester Exchange Travel Grant recipients are required to attend pre-departure and re-entry meetings and to commit as a volunteer for Office of Global Student Mobility promotions to future exchange students as outlined on the International Student Exchange Application Form Authorisation Statement.
    • 7. Final approval for funding is at the discretion of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Strategy).
    • 8. The University of Wollongong reserves the right to not award an International Exchange Travel Grant.

Targeted Institution Travel Grants for one or two sessions at an exchange partner institution

    • 9. The targeted institutional grants reflect the UOW commitment to have active international linkages especially with UOW Strategic Partners. The list of Targeted Institution Travel Grants may vary from session to session and is approved by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Strategy) each session for the next relevant application period. This list will be available from the Office of Global Student Mobility before the end of each session.

Conditions of award

    • 10. Exchange applicants are automatically considered for an International Semester Exchange Travel Grant. No separate application is necessary. To be eligible, students must have submitted a completed Application for International Exchange Program Form (including the required supporting documentation) by the appropriate deadline date and received approval by the delegated academic authority of their home Faculty(s) and the Office of Global Student Mobility;
    • 11. The Targeted Institution Travel Grants are approved by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Strategy) on the recommendation of the Exchange Selection Committee including the Manager, Study Mobility and Senior Coordinator, Student Mobility. Allocation of Travel Grants will take place as soon as possible after exchange placements are finalised. Travel Grants will be paid upon confirmation of enrolment and arrival at the overseas university. Travel grants for international students are paid towards the UOW tuition fees upon receipt of the confirmation of enrolment at the partner institution.
    • 12. Travel Grants will be primarily awarded on the basis of academic merit however financial need and the Exchange Interview, as outlined in the Application Form, may be taken into account. Preference will normally be given to students proceeding on exchange for two sessions or a full year.
    • 13. Award of any travel grant is conditional upon the student participating in the International Exchange Program through the University of Wollongong, at the university approved by the Office of Global Student Mobility and during the session specified in the letter of offer. It is also conditional upon the student:
          • a. being enrolled in a relevant degree program at UOW (at the time of travel and for the duration of the exchange),
          • b. confirming their enrolment at the partner institution by the due date,
          • c. successfully completing the exchange program, and
          • d. meeting other program obligations in accordance with the international Student Exchange Application form Authorisation Statement.
    • 14. The recipient is required to repay the travel grant to UOW if he/she withdraws prior to or before the completion of the program; Normal UOW rules relating to failure to pay charges will apply. http://www.uow.edu.au/student/finances/index.html
    • 15. All Travel Grant recipients are required to attend pre-departure and re-entry meetings and to commit as a volunteer for the Office of Global Student Mobility promotions to future exchange students as outlined on the Student Agreement Form.
    • 16. The University reserves the right to change the Travel Grant amount or to not award a Targeted Institution Travel Grant for a particular institution.
    • 17. Final approval for funding is at the discretion of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Strategy).

Short-Term Travel Grants

    • 18. Travel grants are also available for other eligible undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students undertaking specific international activities for credit as part of their UOW degree program. Grants are not automatic and will be considered by the Office of Global Student Mobility upon receipt of the application form. (Refer to section 5.21 – 5.31 below)
    • 19. A limited number of Short-term Travel Grants are provided for the following activities. If overall funding is limited the applications will be ranked in the following priority order:
          • a. Compulsory short-course or study tour, including in-country language and culture programs, as a UOW degree or subject requirement
          • b. UOW Study tour led by UOW academic staff member
          • c. Non-compulsory short course for credit at UOW partner institution
          • d. Overseas teaching practicum or clinical placements
          • e. Internships, for credit at an approved organisation
          • f. Courses undertaken for credit at non-partner institutions are the lowest priority and are subject to availability of funds
    • 20. All programs must be at least two weeks in length unless otherwise approved by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International).

Conditions of award

    • 21. Applicants must complete an Application Form for an International Short-Term Program, available from the Office of Global Student Mobility, to provide information about the purpose of travel, reasons for participating, length of program and expected outcomes. The form must be submitted by 15 April for programs commencing June-September and by 15 September for programs commencing November-February; Payments will not be made if the Application Form is incomplete, the student has not submitted the required supplementary documentation or if a student has a debt to UOW which is not cleared prior to departure.
    • 22. Purpose of travel must be relevant to the applicant's UOW degree and the proposed program must count as either specified credit or unspecified credit towards the UOW degree;
    • 23. Applicants seeking unspecified or specified credit for the international experience must have the short course application form signed by the relevant UOW Head of Academic Unit and approved by the relevant delegated academic authority; If applicants are undertaking the international experience as part of a UOW subject requirement, the application form must be accompanied by a copy of an Enrolment Record to verify enrolment in that subject.
    • 24. Applicants must be enrolled in the relevant UOW degree for the duration of the international program;
    • 25. Applicants must have a satisfactory level of academic achievement at UOW (WAM of 65 or above).
    • 26. The award of a travel grant does not imply approval for enrolment or credit transfer; nor does the approval of credit transfer imply approval for the award of a travel grant;
    • 27. Students are responsible for confirming enrolment and credit transfer arrangements at UOW before the commencement of travel;
    • 28. Travel grant recipients must complete a report at the completion of the program and participate in other evaluation activities as required;
    • 29. The recipient will be required to repay the travel grant to UOW if he/she withdraws prior to the program commencing or before the completion of the program; Normal UOW rules relating to failure to pay charges will apply. http://www.uow.edu.au/student/finances/index.html
    • 30. All travel grants are issued in Australian Dollars;
    • 31. Applications are approved by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Strategy) or nominee. Funding amounts may vary from year to year.

    6 Payments to students

    • 1. In signing the International Student Exchange Application Form and/or the Application Form for an International Short-term Program, the student agrees to the conditions of award as outlined above.

Short-Term Grants

    • 2. Each applicant for a Short-term grant must complete an Application Form for an International Short-term Program and have it approved by the head of the Academic Unit and the delegated academic authority. This form must be submitted along with the required supporting documents to the Office of Global Student Mobility by 15 April for programs commencing June-September and by 15 September for programs commencing November-February.
    • 3. The payments are coordinated by the Office of Global Student Mobility and will only be paid in Australian dollars by Electronic Funds Transfer direct to the student’s Australian bank account.
    • 4. Short-term Travel Grants may be paid in advance of the program. It is not always possible to process the travel grants before the intended travel dates and therefore the funds may only be available during or after the program has commenced.
    • 5. Payments will not be made if the Application Form is incomplete; the student has not submitted the required documentation or if a student has a debt to UOW which is not cleared prior to departure.

International Exchange Travel Grants for Session programs and Targeted Institution Travel Grants

    • 6. International Exchange Travel Grants for session programs are normally paid when the student confirms their arrival and enrolment at the host university. This system ensures that students notify the Office of Global Student Mobility of their arrival, enrolment and contact details. Travel grants for international students participating in semester exchange programs will normally be paid into their UOW tuition fee account upon receipt of their arrival, enrolment and contact details. All students must confirm their enrolment at the host university by submitting the Confirmation of Enrolment form signed by the appropriate staff member at the host university. Payments to students are normally processed within 10 working days of the receipt of the completed Confirmation of Enrolment form.

    7 Student obligations upon completion of the program

    • 1. All students must submit the following documents within 30 days of returning to UOW. In addition, students participating in the semester International Exchange Program are required to attend a re-entry meeting organized by the Office of Global Student Mobility:
        • 1.1. An A4 report including the following details or a specific evaluation report upon request:
          • a. Date the program was undertaken
          • b. Location of program
          • c. Details e.g. highlights, academic, accommodation, travel experiences
          • d. Outcomes
        • 1.2. Evidence of successful completion:
          • a. International Exchange Program: transcript from host university
          • b. Short-term Language program: transcript or certificate of attendance
          • c. Internship: letter of confirmation of successful completion
          • d. Short course: transcript or completion certificate

    8 Roles and Responsibilities

Office of Global Student Mobility

    • 1. The role of the Office of Global Student Mobility is to:
          • a. Provide advice on Exchange destinations and programs
          • b. Manage the application process, enrolment, credit transfer, travel grant payments and insurance.
          • c. Senior Coordinator, Student Mobility will approve individual travel grant applications

Manager, Student Mobility

    • 2. The role of the Manager, Student Mobility is to recommend annual travel grant budget and final allocation of funds on behalf of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global Strategy) Version Control Table

Version Control

Date Released

Approved By

Amendment

1

6 July 2007

DVC (A&I)

Original document

2

4 September 2008

DVC (A&I)

Formatting into UOW Procedure document.

3

28 January 2009

PVC(I)

Update to reflect new role of PVC(I) and updated conditions of award

4

November 2010

DVC(I)

Updated types of grants and conditions of award

5

December 2011

DVC(I)

Update conditions of award and nomenclature

6

November 2014

DVC(I)

Updated to reflect new titles, new Government funding schemes and changes to processes.

7

January 2015

DVC(GS)

Updated to reflect new title DVC (Global Strategy) and minor administrative amendments.

8

4 December 2015

University Council

Consequential amendment to remove reference to rescinded Graduate Qualities Policy. Update to latest Procedure Template.

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