There are many reasons for making the decision to study abroad, both personally and academically, and professionally, probably as many as there are people who decide to do so. Below, we present those that we consider most representative and that you should take into account.
1. Live an adventure. They say that life begins where our comfort zone ends. The unknown stimulates the brain, broadens horizons, and provides you with new resources to face reality.
2. Learn to be self-sufficient. Enrolling in the resident census, opening a checking account, or signing a rental contract are some of the steps you must take as a foreign student. The scope of family protection is reduced and, therefore, you are responsible for complying with the obligations you assume and for understanding the regulations to which you are subject.
3. Learn another language. Communicating in another language in daily interactions or studying in another language are experiences that catalyze learning. In addition to acquiring a better accent and greater fluency, learning a language on the spot is the best way to feel it as your own.
4. Get to know another culture. Crossing the old Berlin wall by bicycle, toasting with mezcal on the day of the dead in Mexico, or celebrating the new year in China are unique and unforgettable ways to broaden horizons. But getting to know another culture also implies understanding and respecting its rules: not recycling in Germany or cheating in an exam in the United States have much more serious consequences than in Spain.
5. Make your CV stand out. An architect studying for a semester in Chicago, an economist doing summer internships in London, or a hotelier trained in Switzerland stands out in a selection process for having studied in the cradle of their discipline. But the one who learns Swedish during his Erasmus in Linköping and the one who organizes events during his master’s degree in Los Angeles also stand out, as they demonstrate their willingness to integrate into foreign cultures and make their own known.
6. Acquire new skills and develop competencies. People who have studied abroad develop the skills and competencies necessary to succeed in the 21st-century job market: flexibility, ability to adapt, and manage uncertainty.
7. Establish an international network of contacts. From professionally relevant contacts to strong and lasting friendships, the bonds that are created abroad cross all kinds of borders. In addition, technology makes it much easier to stay in touch (whether through Skype, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, or email).
8. Travel. Discovering the volcanoes of Hawaii or the beaches of the Philippines requires a colossal investment of time and money for someone who lives in Barcelona. However, an exchange in San Francisco or Singapore turns exotic luxury into a close getaway.
9. Learn about yourself. Studying abroad is an experience of personal growth. By making decisions in a new environment, you test yourself and learn from both your successes and your mistakes.
10. Learn about other ways of living. Proust already said it: the true experience abroad is not to discover new landscapes but to acquire a new look at the world we already knew.
La Trobe University is offering a fully funded 3-year Ph.D. position in the Department of Engineering in the field of Advanced Materials.
A Materials Science and Engineering Ph.D. Research Fellowship aimed at enhancing the advanced manufacturing capability of Australian companies.
La Trobe University is a multi-campus public research university in Australia with its main campus located in the Melbourne suburb of Bundoora.
Applicants whose first language is not English are generally required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the highest level required by the University.
Course Level: The scholarship is available to pursue a Ph.D. Program.
Study Subject: The scholarship is awarded in materials science and engineering.
Scholarship Award: The benefits of the scholarship include:
- A three-year La Trobe fellowship, worth $26,689 per year, to support your costs of living [2022 rate]
- A Four-Year Relief Scholarship (LTUFFRS) to Pursue a Ph.D. at La Trobe University (International Applicants Only)
- Opportunities to work with leading La Trobe researchers and access our suite of professional development programs
- The program is based on a research partner, which means that the applicant must be practical and able to adapt to this environment.
The scholarship can be taken in Australia
Applicants must hold a first-class honors degree or master’s degree in a related science or engineering discipline and be eligible to work in Australia. Experience with non-destructive testing as well as advanced CAD and CAE packages would be desirable.
Nationality: International students can apply for these scholarships.
University Admission Requirement
English Language Requirement: Applicants whose first language is not English are generally required to provide evidence of proficiency in English at the higher level required by the University.
How to Apply: If students wish to apply for this scholarship, please follow these steps:
- Please review details on how to apply at latrobe.edu.au/research/
- To apply, please submit an inquiry using our online inquiry system, indicating that you wish to be considered for the scholarship. We will direct this to the appropriate La Trobe staff member
- When you have received a supervisory principle agreement, complete and submit your application to La Trobe Graduate Research School by March 3, 2022, for admission to the La Trobe doctoral program, indicating that you wish to be considered for this Scholarship.
Application Deadline: The application deadline is March 3, 2023.