For a prospective psychology or public health student, the options of where to study within your home country can be overwhelming. For those considering studying overseas, the choice is even broader. So where on Earth are you meant to start?!
There’s no need to point out the obvious benefits of a move to Australia – the climate, laidback lifestyle and beautiful landscapes are all world-renowned. But how does a psychology or public health degree from an Australian University measure up on a global scale? Could you really live a Home and Away lifestyle and still come out the other end with impressive credentials? Incredibly, it appears that the answer is yes.
La Trobe University, with its seven campuses across the Victoria region, is in the top two percent of universities worldwide, according to the 2017 Academic Ranking of World Universities. La Trobe’s slogan is ‘find your clever’, and it stays true to this slogan by offering a myriad of study options across seven different study areas.
La Trobe boasts a thriving community of international students who are well catered for with a range of accommodation options and social events – including cultural diversity week which is celebrated across the campuses each year. A comprehensive brochure for international students addresses the logistics of life at La Trobe as a person studying overseas; from visas to living costs to where the location of the closest supermarket. Each of the seven campuses offers a range of amenities and facilities onsite, from medical clinics to centres of faith.
The School of Psychology and Public Health offers a variety of courses at both the undergraduate and postgraduate level, from pure psychology to art therapy to intricate health policy. The fields of psychology and public health are broad and encompass innumerable potential career paths – a fact that’s reflected in the variety of programme choice at La Trobe.
Study resources and learning support services are available at any stage of your studies through the achieve@uni programme, offering practical help on topics such as writing, presentation skills and mathematics, so no student has to suffer in silence throughout their university career. The programme also offers tuition in English; very useful for international students who may not speak English as their mother tongue.
La Trobe prides itself on its strong links with the working world and leveraging the eventual employability of its graduates. Courses offered at the School of Psychology and Public Health incorporate practical clinical placements, enabling the student not only to develop a taste of what type of career they would like to pursue upon completion of their degree, but also allowing them to build up contacts and experience in the industry that will enable them to stand out from their graduate peers. Furthermore, La Trobe invites all of its students to take part in their Career Ready Advantage programme, which provides everything from online mock interviews to the chance to build a career portfolio. La Trobe’s career development services are available to all La Trobe alumni at any stage- meaning the support in honing your career path goes far beyond your graduation day.
La Trobe lies at the cutting-edge of some very exciting research, with centres specialising in a number of topical fields including sexuality, family, alcohol and autism. For those with a particular interest in these fields, La Trobe should be high on the list of prospective universities, as the opportunity to be proximal to such ground-breaking research is invaluable. Staff foster personal research interests across a broad spectrum of fields, while many hold leadership roles across a range of National Executives, from the Academy of Eating Disorders to the Butterfly Foundation. The Department of Public Health partners with a number of specialised units, including Victoria’s Palliative Care Unit. Between the research centres, staff experience and specialised units, the opportunities La Trobe students have to immerse themselves in such a wide range of fields within Psychology and Public Health is truly remarkable.
But life at La Trobe is so much more than just books and research. Anyone emigrating from their home country to study internationally is likely to be nervous about integrating with their peers and adjusting to life in a new community. La Trobe offers over 80 clubs and societies open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students, making it easy to fill your evenings and meet people with similar interests right away.
From its variety of campus locations, the choice of courses offered, the resounding global standard and reputation of the university itself, and the support social life and societies offered right on-campus – the real question is: when are you submitting your application to the School of Psychology and Public Health at La Trobe?