New program offers staff an international outlook

Maybe you need to discover what the world has to offer.

The Western Staff International Exchange Program supports international professional development opportunities for regular full-time staff at Western – offering them the opportunity to broaden their professional perspectives through global job-shadowing experiences.

During these two-to-six-week experiences, participants will develop and share professional skills with employees at participating host institutions. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to select departments within host institutions that either offer the opportunity to develop their current skill set in their current field or a new skill set in a different-but-related field.

Participants will travel to one of Western’s partner institutions outside of Canada. Host institutions are selected from a pre-determined list of partners in Australia, China/Hong Kong, France, Germany, Kenya, The Netherlands, Rwanda, South Korea, Tanzania or the United Kingdom.

Each approved participant will be supported to a maximum of $5,000 to help with costs for economy air travel, required ground transportation, accommodation, meal per diems and immigration/visa costs.

Personal funding or additional financial support may be required.

Applications for travel between Nov. 1 and April 30, 2015 are due by July 31. Applications for travel between May 1, 2015 and April 30, 2016 are due by Dec. 31.

Visit the program website,, for details.