Study and Service at Curtin University
Students interested in interning at Curtin University will enter under the Study and Service Program. Each student will find themselves thrust into a busy, yet rewarding semester filled with professional development opportunities, four (1 required, 3 chosen) academic classes to count towards their degree at Mason and the opportunity to complete service work in under-served communities. Upon arrival, students participate in "O-Week!", otherwise known as orientation, before diving into their classes and internship experience. In addition to having 24/7 support from the CurtinLife Office, Study and Service students are also matched with individual advisors (Curtin seniors or graduate students) that offer weekly meetings to discuss academic and non-academic issues so as to best support the student and ensure they get the most out of their study abroad experience.
Study and Service students can look forward to weekend excursions offered through the CurtinLife office, to places such as Rottnest Island, Albany, and Margaret River. Additionally, Study and Service students participate in the campus-wide acclaimed John Curtin Weekend - a weekend devoted to community service projects where students are hosted and live with the community they are assisting. John Curtin Weekend has successfully been in operation for a number of years, providing hundreds of students the opportunity to learn and grow from minority populations located in the surrounding Perth area.
Optional: Asia Study Tour
At an additional cost, students can opt to participate in the three-week long Asia Study Tour at the end of the semester. Students that choose to participate will be required to enroll in the required course for the semester that compliments this three-country tour. The Asia Study Tour, led by a Curtin faculty member, visits three country locations and provides students a front row seat to the ever-evolving economic, political, and social state of Asian countries. Past study tours have visited Taiwan, Malaysia, China, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, and India. If you intend to opt-in for the three-week immersive experience, please be sure to tell your Program Officer in the Global Education Office as you complete this program application.
Internships and Placement
Coordinated by the Student and Community Development Officer at Curtin, students have the opportunity to intern at a site that aligns with their personal and professional aspirations. Credit towards the internship is earned by completing a required course titled "International Study Abroad - Community Service" and working at your internship over the course of the semester. Previous students have interned at sites in Parliament, WA Department of Health, and the Inspire Foundation. Mason students should anticipate being placed in internshipsites of similar caliber but should not anticipate on those sites listed abovebeing available at the time of your abroad experience.
CurtinLife works with each accepted student on their internship placement prior to departure for the semester. Students interested in this program should work on updating their Resume/CV and Personal Statement if they intend on completing the Internships at Curtin University application.
In addition to the International Study Abroad - Community Service course, students can choose up to three additional courses offered at Curtin University for the semester. Curtin's five teaching disciplines and course catalogue is listed below.
Curtin University is an accredited institution and all credits will be considered "Transfer" upon completion of the semester.
25 Curtin Credits = 3 US Credits
- Housing contract commences: 16 July
- Recommended arrival date: 19 - 20 July
- University Orientation Week (“O-Week”): 23 - 27 July
- Start date (First day of classes): 30 July
- Semester break #1: 27 - 31 August
- Semester break #2: 24 - 28 September
- Final exam dates: 12 - 23 November
- First date to leave: 25 November
- Housing contract end date: 3 December
On-campus housing is available for those students that wish to immerse themselves in campus life. Housing is not included in the program cost and students will be responsible for applying for On-Campus Housing once they are accepted into the program. On-Campus Housing accommodations provide students with furnished bedrooms and shared facilities (bathrooms, kitchenettes). Please visit the housing website to learn more about what housing options are offered.