About ESE

Equal Student Exchange (ESE) is a volunteer-based student network which provides free information about student exchange and study overseas opportunities.

Focusing on providing information to students from developing countries, ESE acknowledges the financial and organisational obstacles these students must often come to face. It is the belief of ESE that both universities and students can benefit through international engagement. A more culturally diverse range of international students will contribute to the continued exchange of knowledge, ideas and culture between different universities and countries.

The volunteers of ESE recognize the importance of establishing enduring educational, cultural and professional links through student exchange.

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Saturday, 29 March 2014

Fullbright - Foreign Student Programs

As part of our series of articles on Fullbright Programs such as the Fullbright English Teaching Program for Indonesian ESL teachers, we would also like to provide more general information for students from other developing countries.

This general information will soon be followed up with an article detailing the experiences of Fullbright alumni to provide insights into the program application process and the study experience itself. 

Below we provide additional information about the Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) - for a range of different countries. 

All Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) program applicants must be nominated by a U.S. Embassy or a Fulbright Commission; independent applicants do not qualify.  You are eligible to participate in the Fulbright FLTA program if you:
  • Reside in the country of nomination at the time of application
  • Possess the equivalent of a U.S. Bachelor's degree with a good academic record; Master's degrees are highly desirable at many institutions
  • Are a young teacher of English or training to become a teacher of English, or are a young educator in a related field; prior teaching experience is preferred
  • Have a sincere interest in teaching your native language and culture to students in the U.S.
  • Are fluent in English, as demonstrated by a recent score of no less than 550 (Paper Based TOEFL), 79-80 (Internet Based TOEFL - IBT), or 6.0 (Overall Score International English Language Testing System - IELTS); test scores can be submitted to IIE by indicating the institutional code 2326 on the day of the test
  • Are able to work creatively and be self-reliant while being willing to work cooperatively as part of a team with faculty, staff and students
  • Are flexible and have a willingness to learn
  • Are adaptable to living in rural or urban areas
  • Clearly demonstrate maturity, dependability, integrity and professionalism
  • Do not hold U.S. citizenship; dual citizens are not eligible for the program participation 

Applying and Program Design
If selected for participation in the Fulbright FLTA Program, you will have the opportunity to spend one academic year sharing your culture and language with American students by supporting an existing language program or helping to establish a new one on a U.S. university or college campus. FLTA duties vary widely from institution to institution – some FLTAs are expected to teach language courses on their own with minimal in-class supervision, while others may be much more involved in extracurricular support of established language programs such as leading conversation groups, participating in community events or lectures, working in language laboratories, or contributing to language materials development.
In addition to duties as a teaching assistant, all FLTAs are required to participate in coursework. This provides an opportunity to increase your understanding of topics related to your personal and professional goals, increase your English proficiency, as well as allowing you the opportunity to benefit from the cultural exchange inherent in sharing ideas with American students within a classroom setting.
The Fulbright FLTA grant is one academic year (approximately 9-10 month) non-renewable opportunity. The program is non-degree; if you are interested in a degree-seeking program, you are encouraged to explore the Fulbright Foreign Student Program.
As a Fulbright FLTA, you would be able to engage in a meaningful cultural exchange opportunity on a U.S. university or college campus, while at the same time deepening your pedagogical skills, increasing your English proficiency, and promoting mutual understanding through engaging with American students and getting involved in local communities. At the conclusion of your program, you will be expected to return to your home community, making an immediate impact by utilizing the skills gained and sharing the experiences gleaned from your time in the U.S.
If you believe that you would be a good fit for the FLTA program, we encourage you to apply here. Prior to making an application, please be sure to notify the Fulbright FLTA Program affiliate in your home country. Here is a list of participating countries, along with contact information.

All the best for ESE followers and applicants... 
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Asia Pacific Week - Australian National University

Applications for Asia Pacific Week 2014 are now open! 
Asia Pacific Week 2014 aims to explore the theme of ‘GlobaliseAsian’ and will examine significant and controversial issues facing the region through interactive and challenging sessions.

The conference will give delegates the opportunity to experience the Australian National University’s expertise in the study of the Asia-Pacific and network with the next generation of Asia Pacific specialists.
We invite all interest applicants to submit their application. 
Applications close on April 6 2014.

About the Conference
Asia Pacific Week 2014 will be the fourth conference of its kind hosted by The Australian National University and will explore the theme of 'GlobaliseAsian'.
Today, there is a common assumption in the developed world that as countries modernise, they become more Westernised. However, this suggests that modernity is simply a product of ideas, systems and technology originating in the ‘West’. Instead of an era of globalisation, we are entering a time of ‘GlobaliseAsian’.
Asia and the Pacific’s remarkable rise and economic development means that it is set to make its mark on the world. But is the world ready for a world shaped by it? What this world may look like and how the world can benefit from the Asia-Pacific region is the focus of Asia Pacific Week 2014 (APW2014).
Video - 'Pushing Boundaries at Asia Pacific Week'

Conference Program
The conference program for APW2014 will be released in due time. Stay tuned to the website through this link for more information and the newest updates. 

Scholarships are provided to assist in the costs of flights to and from Canberra. This means that scholarships will provided on a geographical basis or scale dependent on distance rather than on a socio-economic scale. However, students from disadvantaged socio-economic positions should not be discouraged. 

Instead you should contact the committee at ANU. ESE recommends you email the committee in advance to explain your position and there may or may not be additional support provided. For general enquiries please contact asiapacificweek@anu.edu.au.
Alternatively follow Asia Pacific Week 2014 on Facebook or Twitter

Travel and Accomodation Details

For those interested - you can begin your application through the following Application Form

All the best to ESE followers, we hope you can represent your countries and carry the voices of peripheral areas which often go unheard. 

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Fulbright Foreign Language (Indonesian) Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program

This month Equal Student Exchange (ESE) shares information about an opportunity for English language teachers from Indonesia to teach and study in the United States for a 9 month period. Those interested must apply before 15 April.  This program is brought to you by the American Indonesia Exchange Foundation (AMINEF). 

Teach Indonesian (or Javanese) and learn in ESL and U.S. Studies classes. 
In order to study within this AMINEF program - applicants must be English language teachers or currently in training to become the English language teacher and must be able to demonstrate a commitment to language teaching upon return to Indonesia following the award.
The program is for one academic year (9 months) and requires the grantee to teach Indonesian/Javanese language and culture in the U.S. for 20 hours per week, and to Enroll in at least two U.S. Studies and / or ESL methodology classes per semester.
Applicants who are no older than 29 years of age by October 1, 2014 and will possess:
  1. a Bachelor’s (S1) degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (scale 4.00)
  2. Leadership qualities
  3. a good understanding of Indonesian and international cultures
  4. a demonstrated commitment to the chosen field of study
  5. a willingness to return to their home institution upon completion of the Fulbright program
  6. a minimum ITP TOEFL score of 550 or IELTS 6.0 or IBT TOEFL score of 79/80. Please note that TOEFL prediction or TOEFL-like score cannot be accepted.
Candidates should complete the appropriate application forms which can be downloaded below. Shall you decide to send your application by mail, please send them to the following address:
CIMB NIAGA Plaza, 3rd Floor
Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 25
Jakarta 12920
  • Completed application form. This includes clearly written and concise one page objectives.
  • Copy of your most recent, less than two year old, ITP TOEFL or IBT TOEFL or IELTS score report.
  • One letter of reference, either from your current employer or previous lecturer.
  • Copy of academic transcript (English translation).
  • Copy of identity document (KTP or passport).
Specific questions regarding the application process may be addressed via e-mail to the following address: infofulbright_ind@aminef.or.id. We do not accept email applications. Hard copies must be sent or delivered to American Indonesian Exchange Foundation.
The deadline for the submission of application materials for the program is April 15, 2014.
Note: Program requirements are subject to change without notice.
You can also find more information on our facebook community page. We hope that the information here can benefit students from developing countries.  

Please return to AMINEF your complete application package by the application deadline that includes:
To download form click here

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2014 Equal Student Exchange (ESE) Fair

On the 20th-22nd of March 2014, Eastern Indonesia hosted its first International Education and Culture Fair. This event was held in Kupang, in the province of Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT).

The first two days promoted international study and scholarship opportunities to students throughout the province. This was met with a great deal of interest; especially as information rarely reaches the more disadvantaged parts of developing countries but is more often captured by elites. 

The third day was all about international culture. This featured a number of cultural performances showcasing traditional culture from NTT. There were also performances from bands who had come from overseas such as B2M (an indeigenous Australian band).  

MITRA + ESE team and organising committee for the event -  Photo courtesy of Prof Geoff Dews

Equal Student Exchange (ESE) Fair 2014 in Eastern Indonesia
Through the efforts of the working teams and committee - the 2014 ESE Fair was a great success. This was the first time an event like this has ever been held in Eastern Indonesia. Furthermore, due to the success it will now become an annual event. We hope that this initiative supported with information from ESE will make a positive contribution to the lives of communities in Eastern Indonesia. 

We would like to thank a number of partners:
The international office of Nusa Cendana University as head of the event. 
Our venue partner Subasuka Paradise.

The event also hosted a number of other guests such as: 
  • The New Zealand Embassy and NZ Government Scholarships
  • Australian Embassy and Australia Asia Awards
  • IDP
  • DAAD (Germany) 
  • Nuffic (Netherlands)
  • Fullbright
  • Various universities
And many others...

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Robert Walters - Specialist Professional Recruiter

This month, Equal Student Exchange (ESE) provides a different kind of article related to career and work opportunities for students from developing countries in Asia. We have been asked to share information about a new opportunity related to work opportunities for graduates from a wide range of disciplines and sectors. 

Listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1985, Robert Walters Plc is one of the world's largest professional recruitment consultancies with 53 offices spanning 24 countries. We take pride in sourcing the highest quality professionals from across the globe for our clients and for our candidates we are able to find appointments worldwide that best match their personal skills and aspirations. With further development and expansion in Asia, we are currently seeking graduates hires/associates for our following offices: China, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

As a Graduate Hire / Associate, you will benefit from an intensive structured training programme which will provide you with continual career development into the role of a recruitment consultant. You will work on challenging and interesting assignments with some of the most prestigious corporations across all industry sectors.
Priority will be given to graduates who have the right to work to those locations.
The objective of a recruitment consultant is to meet the needs of both the client and the candidate to ensure the best mutual fit. This is not simply a case of skills matching but one of truly understanding a client's business and its culture, as well as the career aspirations and expectations of a candidate. 
Key responsibilities include: 

Working with Clients 
•You will understand your clients' business and culture, as well as successfully interpret their unique resourcing requirements
•You will build long-term and trusted relationships with new and existing clients
•Consult, develop and implement short and long-term recruitment campaigns as well as deliver service, quality and results

Working with Candidates
•Develop and consult to a large network of candidates with both immediate and long-term career needs
•Manage candidates' aspirations to ensure that they secure the career they aspire and in an environment they fit
•Assess their skills and experience, their career goals and their suitability for different roles
•Manage the interview process and negotiate with clients on remuneration packages

The ideal candidate will possess a degree (across the fields of banking, accountancy, sales & marketing), an entrepreneurial spirit and a strong appreciation of market dynamics and macroeconomic development, as well as the maturity to work with senior management. Working in a team environment, the financial rewards are highly promising made up of a strong base and a team bonus structure.

This is an exciting sales-driven role. If you are results oriented, with an entrepreneurial personality, a team player, and have a desire to succeed, Robert Walters is the ideal organisation to develop your career.

For a confidential discussion, please send your updated resume indicating country of preference(as listed above), right to work, to Tricia Tan, Regional Talent Acquisition Manager at tricia.tan@robertwalters.com.sg

We regret only shortlisted applicants will be notified.

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"Equal Student Exchange" (ESE) - non-profit/grassroots community, is a student network made up of students who want to help make international student exchange a more equal process. We hope to do this by assisting students from developing countries gain access to information and opportunities about studying/vocational experience overseas. Our audience is primarily students who want to study/travel overseas. The information we provide may include advice about: *International Universities, *Costs and fees (travel/living/study), *Procedures for obtaining Visas, *Possible support through scholarships and grants, *General tourism information, *Other study overseas opportunities Programs and conferences overseas. *international conferences Benefits and Opportunities: This is an opportunity to bring local and international students together, make new friends and give students from developing countries the same opportunities that are enjoyed by students from advanced developed countries. The group also encourages international students to contribute back to the university and community which is hosting them.