Edith Cowan University and Tokyo City University Study Abroad – lesson learnt through leading the way in large-scale student mobility


In 2015 Edith Cowan University (ECU) and Tokyo City University (TCU) signed a five-year contract for a tailor-made study abroad program. This is the largest Japan–Australia mobility program and enables TCU students to complete one study abroad semester at ECU that is credited to their Japanese award. The program consists of two elements: an academic component and an ‘award-winning’ social integration component. Now in its fourth year, more than 600 students have successfully completed the program. This session will highlight lessons learnt through sending and hosting such large groups of students. It will discuss program enhancements, student performance indicators and longer-term student outcomes.

Learning objectives

Attending this session will benefit institutions looking for a step-change in their mobility activities through massification. Learning outcomes will include:

*how to develop a for-credit study abroad program for diverse learners

*why a well-designed social and cultural engagement component is important, plus strategies to manage recruitment,

*training and retention of student volunteers who support integration opportunities *how program success can be measured and what the students say

*how to build a quality-cycle of program improvements over time

*how to measure impact and long-term student outcomes. With the first TCU student cohorts now having graduated,

*how has this unique Australian study abroad experience affected their career choice, employment outcomes and further study opportunities?

Simon Davies Burrows, Edith Cowan University; Prof. Mark McMahon, Edith Cowan University

Manager, Internationalisation

Edith Cowan University

Simon Davies Burrows has worked in education in Australia and overseas for nearly 20 years. Since 2005 he has held leadership roles in all areas of international education at Edith Cowan University including recruitment, admissions, compliance and quality assurance, learning abroad (global student mobility), and international relations and academic partnerships. In 2011, in recognition of his contributions to international education, Simon was awarded the inaugural Australian Universities International Directors Forum Tracey McCabe Fellowship. In 2012, Simon received the Vice-Chancellor’s staff award for sustained contributions to internationalisation at ECU. He has led international education discussions and industry improvements through the delivery of more than 25 conference papers, presentations and workshops on international compliance, quality assurance and best practice to colleagues across all sectors. He is Vice-President of the Council for International Students of Western Australia, a position he has held since 2009.