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One month left to apply for an Australian Endeavour Scholarship

Thinking of applying to an Australian university but on a tight budget? Applications for the 2014 Endeavour Awards are open but will close June 30, 2014. The Endeavour Postgraduate Awards aim to enable high achieving international students to undertake a postgraduate qualification either by coursework or research in their chosen fields of study in Australia.

Endeavour Postgraduate ScholarshipDegree: Australian Master’s or PhD
Duration: Up to 2 years for a Masters; up to 4 years for a PhD
Total per semester: $15,000
Total: Up to $272,500 (PhD) and $140,500 (Master’s)
Application deadline: June 30, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. (AEST)

Applicants are encouraged to commence their applications early and submit their application as early as possible due to the large volume of users on the system on the final opening days of submission. All recipients will receive
$3,000 travel allowance;$4,000 (for scholarships) establishment allowance;$3,000 monthly stipend (paid up to the maximum program duration on…

Monash medical researchers find clue to help find better way to treat prostate cancer

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Improved screening means doctors are more likely to detect prostate cancer in time to treat it, but knowing when that treatment will be necessary is still uncertain.


Prostate cancer develops in two distinct ways. In one form, it is a slow-growing cancer that affects one in nine men overall or one in five men aged 85 or older, and which can be treated if detected early. The other form looks just like its twin, but is aggressive, becomes resistant to treatment, spreads rapidly and eventually kills the patient.

Professor Mark Frydenberg, expert in urology in the Department of Surgery at Monash University Medical School, said the difference affected decisions about treatment.

“If you diagnose a man with what appears to be low-risk prostate cancer, how certain can we be that this is not going to progress and become life-threatening and how safe is it for us to just keep an eye on it rather than immediately treat it?” Professor Frydenberg said. “If we operate on everybody, we’re …

Melbourne Physiotherapy School application deadline

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Have you applied to the Melbourne Physiotherapy School? Don’t forget that the application deadline is next week!
Melbourne DPT Early Round Applications for the 2015 Intake
Deadline for prerequisite assessment forms: May 2, 2014
Deadline for early round applicants: June 6, 2014
Offers for early round Skype MMI interviews released: June 20, 2014
Applicants not shortlisted for interview notified: June 30, 2014
Early round Skype MMI interviews conducted: June 30 – July 4, 2014
Offers for early round released: July 28 – August 1, 2014

About the Melbourne Doctor of Physiotherapy The Melbourne Doctor of Physiotherapy is Australia’s first three-year entry to practice graduate master’s-level program. Physiotherapy graduates will have the opportunity to pursue a career in a range of health settings, including hospitals, private practice, sporting and rehabilitation facilities, community organizations or as an advisor to government or industry bodies. This degree provides opportunities for…

Study in Australia Fairs this weekend!

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This is one of our favourite events of the year—and its happening this weekend!

The annual OzTREKK Study in Australia Fairs will be hosted in Toronto and Vancouver, and it is the largest specific fair of its kind in Canada. The fair is extremely popular and attracts more than 500 visitors each year!

When and Where are the OzTREKK Study in Australia Fairs? Toronto, OntarioDate: Saturday, May 31, 2014
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Venue: Hilton Toronto, 145 Richmond St. W, Toronto, ON M5H 2L2
Map: http://tiny.cc/HiltonToronto

Vancouver, British ColumbiaDate: Sunday, June 1, 2014
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Venue: UBC Robson Square, 800 Robson St., Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7
Map: http://tiny.cc/robsonsq

No RSVP required—just come along with friends and family!


Who is Coming to the Fairs?Bond UniversityJames Cook UniversityMacquarie UniversityUniversity of MelbourneMonash UniversityUniversity of NewcastleUniversity of QueenslandUniversity of Sydney Matt, Nicole, Broghan, Adam, Rachel, Sarah, Molly and Kristyn f…

Bond makes history with ‘Australian first’ postgraduate nutrition programs

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The 25th anniversary of Bond University marked a historic event for the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine, with the very first cohort of postgraduate nutrition students commencing their studies in nutrition and dietetic practice, and public health nutrition.


Head of Program Professor Liz Isenring said both masters programs are Australian firsts, with the Master of Nutrition and Dietetic Practice being Australia’s most comprehensive postgraduate program in nutrition and dietetics (AQF extended level 9).

“We are also proud that our Master of Public Health Nutrition is the first of its kind in Australia that has been specifically designed to prepare graduates who will meet certification requirements of the World Public Health Nutrition Association,” Professor Isenring said.

The curriculum design has been informed by more than a decade of nutrition and dietetics workforce development research by Bond’s Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Roger Hughes.

“We have establishe…

Application deadline for UQ rehabilitation sciences

This is a reminder to all those interested in applying to the UQ rehabilitation sciences programs that the application deadline is Saturday, May 31, 2014. In order for your application to be submitted to UQ on time, you are encouraged to have your application and supporting documents in before Friday, May 30. UQ Occupational Therapy School The UQ Occupational Therapy School offers a two-year graduate-entry Master of Occupational Therapy Studies program designed for students who have a bachelor’s degree and wish to gain qualifications to register as an occupational therapist. This program focuses on the practice of occupational therapy, interdisciplinary clinical studies in child health, psychiatry, and pathology, and directed study courses in the first year. In second year, management, research, and advanced clinical practice is covered.

Program: Master of Occupational Therapy Studies
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Semester intake: November 2014
Duration: 2 years
Application deadlin…

Melbourne Law School walks for justice

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On May 13, 2014, a team from Melbourne Law School joined Justice Connect to support the annual Walk for Justice. More than 70 students and staff, including the Dean, Professor Carolyn Evans, met bright and early on the steps of Parliament to raise much-needed funds for the Homeless Law Program, run by Justice Connect.


The Walk for Justice is in its seventh year and is an initiative by Justice Connect, a pillar of the Victorian legal community. As a facilitator for the provision of pro bono legal services, an advocate for public interest matters and a provider of legal information to the community, Justice Connect plays a vital role in advancing access to justice in Victoria. Proceeds from the walk will help Justice Connect to continue in assisting some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people in the community.

Melbourne Law School Juris Doctor ProgramProgram: Juris Doctor
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Semester intake: February 2015
Duration: 3 years (standard course str…

JCU medical students strengthen skills in Singapore

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James Cook University continues to cement its reputation as one of Australia’s most distinctive and successful universities, securing $48,000 under the first tranche of the Federal Government’s $100 million New Colombo Plan.


The New Colombo Plan (NCP) is a Federal Government initiative whereby Australian university students are sent abroad to learn, build friendships and strengthen ties with neighbouring Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean countries.

A pilot program of the NCP was launched earlier this year. It has two elements: the Mobility Program (Tranche 1 and 2) and around 40 undergraduate scholarships for up to a year of study are being offered across the four pilot locations of Singapore, Indonesia, Japan and Hong Kong.

The students will undertake study experiences ranging from semester-based and short-term study to teaching practicums, research, field studies and clinical placements.

Many participants will also complete internships with businesses operating in their host…

New Colombo Plan in action at the University of Sydney

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Last week, Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, met the first tranche of University of Sydney students who will be travelling to Singapore under the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan.

Launched last December, the New Colombo Plan is a major initiative to enhance knowledge of the Indo-Pacific region and strengthen the university’s personal and institutional ties through scholarships and internships.

Twenty undergraduate students have been selected to travel to Singapore at the end of June to research the impact of ageing and ethnic diversity on the country’s housing policy.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said approximately 300 students are studying and undertaking work placements in the pilot destinations of Indonesia, Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong under the first tranche of mobility program funding provided earlier this year.

“A further one thousand students will have the opportunity to study in the region following the announcement of the second tranc…

Record smashed at UQ sunflower weigh-in

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It’s a bloomin’ record-breaking year for the University of Queensland’s annual sunflower competition.

First-time entrants Mueller College used a mix of manure and bananas to produce a sunflower that weighed in at a whopping 4.455kg—the heaviest sunflower in the competition’s 15-year history.


Mueller College, in the Moreton Bay region, broke the 2013 record of 3.82kg held by Toowoomba’s Downlands College.

School students use scientific principles in an attempt to grow the heaviest sunflower in 12 weeks before the appointed weigh-in day at UQ’s Gatton campus.

Head of Mueller College Paul Valese said the students were surprised they had broken the record with their first entry and that their recipe for success included frozen bananas at the bottom of each pot plant.

Mr Valese also praised the school’s science staff, who used the competition as a practical way for students to apply their scientific knowledge.

“The bar has definitely been set very high and next year’s entrants from t…

Melbourne School of Engineering studies electric vehicles

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Charging up an electric car can put as much strain on the energy grid as a small family home. So how can we embrace this new technology while keeping an eye on sustainability?


Melbourne School of Engineering staff are undertaking cutting edge research into the design of electric vehicles and their likely impact on the electricity grid.

“When you run your vehicle on electricity, it is only as green as the fuel that was used to generate the electricity,” according to Dr Julian De Hoog from the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

“In Victoria, where our generation is predominantly brown coal, you have a situation where electric vehicles and petrol-powered vehicles are roughly on par in terms of environmental impact; however, the main advantage of electric vehicles is that you have flexibility regarding where your energy comes from,” he said.

While petrol-based vehicles have dominated personal transport over recent years, the electric vehicle is making a comeback. In 2014, nea…

Sydney Pharmacy researchers discover ‘bad’ cholesterol contributes to cancer spread

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In a world-first, University of Sydney researchers have discovered one of the main reasons behind why cancer spreads throughout the body—the help of ‘bad’ cholesterol.

Published in top international journal, Cell Reports, the research found ‘bad’ cholesterol (low density lipoprotein, or LDL) regulates the machinery that controls cell migration, a major finding in the search to explain why cancer spreads throughout the body.


Paper senior author, Associate Professor Thomas Grewal from the Sydney Faculty of Pharmacy, said the research had important implications for cancer research.

“One of the things that makes cancer so difficult to treat is the fact that it can spread around the body,” he said.

“Most of the cells in our bodies stick to neighbouring cells through the help of ‘Velcro-like’ molecules on their surface known as integrins. Unfortunately, integrins also help cancer cells that have broken away from a cancerous tumour to take root elsewhere in the body. 

“Our study ide…

University of Sydney Juris Doctor webinar

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We’ve got great news for future law students! Sydney Law School will be hosting an online webinar on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, for anyone interested in studying law at Sydney Law School!
During the webinar, you will find out more about
Sydney JD admissions requirements;program structure;application deadlines;Faculty of Lawaccreditation process…and much more! Event DetailsDate: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Time: 8 p.m. in Ontario; or 5 p.m. in British Columbia

Check the time in your location with the Time Zone Converter: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

To register for this upcoming online seminar, please contact OzTREKK’s Australian Law Schools Admissions Officer Sarah Bridson at sarah@oztrekk.com. About Sydney Law School
Sydney Law School is Australia’s first. Since its inception, it has been at the forefront of developments associated with both the teaching and research of law. Its strong sense of commitment to the fundamentals of law is combined with a commitment to …

International student survey ranks UQ campus number one globally

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The University of Queensland’s “campus environment” and buildings took the top spot when more than 16,000 students in four countries were surveyed on the qualities of 123 English language colleges globally.


In the same survey, UQ’s Institute of Continuing and TESOL Education (ICTE) was ranked as a top-10 Australian English language college and performed strongly in the key areas of “learning” and “living.”

More than 10,600 Australian English language college students, including 566 ICTE-UQ students, and 5504 English language students in Canada, New Zealand and the USA, took part in the 2013 i-Graduate English Language Barometer survey.

ICTE-UQ director Ms Christine Bundesen said the survey was the most comprehensive of its kind.

“Students ranked their school in four key areas—learning, living, support and arrival—and were asked questions across more than seventy individual measures,” Ms Bundesen said.

In addition to achieving a top-10 Australian English language college ra…

About the Faculty of Education at Monash University

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The Monash Faculty of Education has an outstanding reputation, both within Australia and internationally for its contribution to cutting-edge research and discussion on educational issues. They are committed to the very highest standards of research and research training and this is reflected in the high numbers of postgraduate and research students that choose to study education at Monash University.

The Monash Faculty of Education is known for
their diverse and innovative curriculum that responds to international, national and local community needs;producing graduates who lead professional practice, public debate and policy, and community action around the world;their innovative and flexible approach to collaboration with various communities and industry partners in the public and private sectors; andtheir diverse range of relationships in support of their approach to professional education and well-regarded conceptual and practical research.
The Monash Faculty of Education…

Macquarie Library and Art Gallery recognised with national awards

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Macquarie University’s Library and Art Gallery have each received major recognition from peak industry bodies recently, highlighting their vibrant role in the broader community.


The Macquarie University Library was announced as Australia’s favourite university library, in a public poll run by the Australian Library and Information Association.

Libraries were nominated and voted on by Australia’s public, with 223,768 votes submitted online, by phone, email and text message. The announcement on Australia’s Favourite Library officially launched Library and Information Week 2014.

“We’re thrilled to receive this accolade and we’re especially pleased that it has come from the votes of our library users,” said JoAnne Sparks, University Librarian. “We’ll continue to do everything we can to stay Australia’s favourite university library.”

Also over the week of May 19 -25, Museums Australia presented a MAGNA (Museums & Galleries National Award) to the Macquarie University Art Gall…

Full scholarships for Master of Integrated Water Management candidates

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Water managers around the world are facing increasingly complex challenges. Successfully addressing these challenges will require them to collaborate and cross social, environmental and technological boundaries to provide sustainable solutions.

The Master of Integrated Water Management at the University of Queensland is one of the few courses in the world that takes a truly transdisciplinary, integrated approach to water management in both developed and developing country contexts. The degree is co-badged and co-delivered by leading industry practitioners and lecturers from International WaterCentre’s  founding member universities: University of Queensland, Monash University, Griffith University, and the University of Western Australia.


Why study the Master of Integrated Water Management? The Master of Integrated Water Management program aims to build future leaders in water management with an emphasis on working either in rural international development, in urban water pol…

Canadian medical licensing: everything you need to know

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Just a reminder to all students who have applied to an Australian Medical School via OzTREKK: On Sunday, June 1 and Sunday, June 8, 2014, OzTREKK Director Matt Miernik will travel to Vancouver and Toronto to discuss the options available to Canadian students studying medicine at a medical school in Australia.



Deciding to study medicine at an Australian Medical School is a huge decision! OzTREKK wants to ensure our Canadian student applicants have the most up-to-date knowledge about their options to practice medicine following graduation from an Australian Medical School.

Whether you would like to return to Canada or remain in Australia, those who attend our seminars learn about the avenues to practice medicine. We did our research and broke down the process for you, our applicants, (and your families) so that you can make an informed decision whether studying medicine in Australia is the best option for you.

OzTREKK Medical Licensing Seminars schedule City: Vancouver
Date: S…

About the Sydney Centre for Veterinary Education

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The Post Graduate Committee in Veterinary Science was formed in 1961 by a group of forward-thinking veterinarians—university lecturers, professional association members and those from associated industries who recognised during the 1950s the growing need for continuing veterinary education.

This led in 1965 to the formation of the Post Graduate Foundation in Veterinary Science (PGF) at the University of Sydney, which was established under the authority of the university’s Senate and governed by a Council elected by its members. Its aim of funding continuing education for the profession led to the expansion many more services.

These initiatives of 40 years ago established the world’s first and leading organisation dedicated to postgraduate veterinary education. The first activity was organizing the delivery of regular refresher courses of two to five days’ duration. In the first year, two courses were held and by 1996 there were 68. In 1997 this grew to 94, and by 1998, 102…

Melbourne Medical School application deadline

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OzTREKK would like to remind all Melbourne Medical School applicants that the application deadline is coming up on Friday, June 20!


Application TimelineApplication deadline: June 23, 2014 (Melbourne time). NOTE: All Melbourne MD application documents must be at the OzTREKK office by Friday, June 20, 2014 in order for your complete Melbourne Medical School application to be submitted on time.Last date to sit MCAT for 2015 intake: May 31, 2014Last date to submit MCAT results: July 7, 2014Interview offers released: August 1, 2014Applicants not shortlisted for interview notified: August 11 – 12, 2014Deadline to accept interview: August 7, 2014Interviews (via Skype): August 18 – 22, 2014Offers of admission begin to be issued: October 20 – 21, 2014Deadline to accept offer of admission and pay deposit: November 5, 2014Deadline to meet any conditions of offer: November 10, 2014Enrollment deadline: January 23, 2015First day of class: February 2, 2015 University of Melbourne Doctor of Medicine …

JCU medical students run for cystic fibrosis

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A team of second-year JCU Medical School will be breathing deeply for those who can’t by running in the 65 Roses Challenge for cystic fibrosis in Townsville this Sunday, May 25.


The students learned about cystic fibrosis in their respiratory medicine classes and were inspired to take up the cause.

Mallory Van Wensveen, Renee Guesnon, Eliza Billington, Madeleine Grace Storey and Elicia Tyerman will run 65 km (relay style) on treadmills at Zoo Health and Fitness, to raise not only funds, but also much-needed awareness of this debilitating condition.

Cystic fibrosis, or CF, is a serious genetic condition affecting the respiratory, digestive, and reproductive systems.

People with CF develop an abnormally large amount of excessively thick and sticky mucus within the lungs, the airways, and the digestive system. The mucus decreases the release and production of digestive enzymes from the pancreas and traps bacteria in the lungs resulting in recurrent infections which lead to irreversibl…

Bond University scholarships up for grabs!

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Did you know that 2014 marks Bond University’s 25th Anniversary? To celebrate this momentous milestone, Bond is offering additional scholarships worth up to 50% of tuition fees for the September 2014 semester! These scholarships will be open to international students applying for a single undergraduate degree or a postgraduate master’s coursework study.

Applications for Bond University’s 25th Anniversary Scholarships are currently being accepted and will and close Monday, June 16. Students wishing to apply should have their application submitted by this date in order to be considered. Please note that applications for students not wishing to apply for a scholarship will remain open up until the commencement of university’s September semester.


Scholarships will be awarded to students who have exhibited academic excellence in their secondary or post-secondary studies. Here’s the rundown:

About the Scholarship
The Bond University 25th Anniversary Scholarships have been created as …

UQ Global Change Institute building awarded prestigious green rating

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The accolades continue for the University of Queensland’s newest building, following its prestigious green star rating award from the Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA) last week.


The Global Change Institute (GCI) building is one of three sustainable educational facilities in Queensland to receive the 6 Star Green Star – Education Design v1 rating, signifying “World Leadership.”

GCI Director Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg said the $32 million “Living Building” was a net zero-energy carbon-neutral workplace with natural ventilation, on-site solar panels and rainwater storage to service amenities.

“Many of the building’s features are unique but, equally, there are attributes that could be easily implemented into any new structure,” he said. “The use of rainwater in the building is a practical example of how we are having a positive impact on the environment and moving from a focus on consumption to contribution.”

GBCA Chief Executive Romilly Madew congratulated UQ on its a…

Melbourne DDS student shares his story

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Wondering what it’s like to study at the popular Melbourne Dental School?
Well, wonder no longer! Here is a student testimony regarding the Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) program—and oh, by the way, he’s an OzTREKK student!


Vancouver-based Scott Buckley first contacted OzTREKK in January 2011, and while the application and pre-departure processes are sometimes nerve-wracking for students, he made it through with flying colours and is now fulfilling his dream of studying dentistry in Australia.

Scott began his Melbourne Dental School journey in February 2012. Now in his third year, he is more relaxed and confident in his studies, and is enjoying life in Melbourne!

When asked why he considered Australian dental schools, Scott said it was because they are accredited in Canada. Since 2010, there has been a reciprocal agreement between Canada and Australia allowing international graduates of accredited dentistry programs from both countries to be considered the same as domestic gradua…