This program is for you if:


  • You have a passion to help others
  • You want to break down barriers for people with disabilities
  • You’re interested in working in health, welfare, disability, social work, psychology industries
  • Equality and diversity are important to you


Prevalence of autism (Autism Spectrum Disorder) in the United States has been on the rise since 2000. Research by The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed about 1 in 59 children in the US have autism. So, what does this mean?


Words like “autism epidemic” and “outbreak” have been used in reference to this data (mainly by mainstream media). But there is no such epidemic.


Yes, the data shows a steady increase in diagnoses of autism over the last couple of decades. But this does not necessarily mean the number of children who have autism is increasing. In fact, the reason is much simpler. Public awareness of autism is growing and we’re getting better at diagnosing it.


You have a unique opportunity to learn about an increasingly prevalent disorder that we know so little about. And with New York being one of the world’s most diverse cities, what an awesome place to study this topic!


You'll learn about theoretical explanations, treatment approaches and developments in diagnostic criteria. You'll learn about etiology beliefs, ethical and cultural issues associated with autism. And so much more. You'll approach the topic from various theoretical perspectives and methodologies from different disciplines. You'll also interact with college students and alumni on the spectrum. You'll explore programs for people with autism in NYC and be able to compare with programs back here in Australia.


Exploring such a broad range of perspectives will equip you with incomparable knowledge. You'll be able to effectively collaborate with people on the spectrum, their families and professionals.


An experience like this will make your resume shine! And equip you with invaluable skills to work in the wider disability sector as well as with people with autism.

The topics for this program are still to be confirmed.

The program will include several cultural and professional development activities in New York City to complement the classroom instruction. These are still to be confirmed and will be updated shortly.

About the College of Staten Island

The College of Staten Island offers Doctoral programs, Advanced Certificate programs, and Master’s programs, as well as Bachelor’s and Associate’s degrees. Currently, it has approximately 13,000 students Completed in 1994, the 204-acre landscaped Willowbrook campus of CSI, the largest in New York City, contains networked infrastructure to support technology-based teaching, learning, and research.

Set in a park-like landscape, the campus is centrally located on Staten Island. Mature trees and woodlands, flowering trees and ornamental plantings, fields and outdoor athletic facilities, the Great Lawn, sculptures, and seating areas create a rural oasis in an urban setting. CSI is home to a School of Business, School of Education, and School of Health Sciences, as well as The Verrazano School Honors Program, and the Teacher Education Honors Academy. CSI is also a select campus of the Macaulay Honors College University Scholars program. 

The CUNY Interdisciplinary High-Performance Computing Center, one of the most powerful supercomputers in the New York City region, conducts big-data analysis for faculty researchers and their student research teams, as well as researchers nationwide.  Built in 2013, Dolphin Cove, the College’s apartment-style luxury residential suites, has 460 beds with two four-story buildings at full occupancy, housing students from across NYC, the United States, and the world. 

You can view a virtual tour of the university campus here.

The faculty for this program is still to be confirmed.

Students will be accommodated at Dolphin Cove Housing on campus (only a couple of minutes walk to classes). Students will have a single room with linen (towels, soap, blanket, sheet and pillow, and will have access to a shared kitchen and living room as well as shared bathroom facilities with students.
There are on campus laundry facilities, Wi-Fi, air conditioning, 24-hour on-site management, 24-hour on-site fitness centre, recreation centre with billiards, and 24-hour access to computers and free printing.

It's 2011. I'm 18 years old, straight out of high school and into uni. It's a couple of weeks in and I'm sitting in the uni's International Office at lunchtime to find out more about how I can study overseas. Three minutes in and it's becoming overwhelming very, VERY quickly. The cost, the lengthy application process, the organisation of everything (from finding my own accommodation to picking my own classes that match exactly with the subjects in my current degree) forced me to realise that I definitely wasn't ready for my overseas study adventure just yet... 

3 years later, I'm in my second last semester of my communications degree and I discover that overseas short-term study experiences are possible, and it really sounded too good to be true! Spending three weeks in America studying social media and marketing from expert professors in their field, visiting and networking with companies, whilst being immersed in American college life sounded like an absolute dream to me! Thanks to AIM Overseas, it was all possible! 

So, if you're tossing up between an exchange or a short term overseas study experience, here is what I've learnt about why you should consider a short-term experience:

1. It's financially a great choice if you can't afford exchange
2. You can work it around your current commitments
3. You can still absorb a whole damn lot in 3-4 weeks
4. It still looks AMAZING on your resume
5. It's a great way to get outside of your comfort zone... but not too far out


Where is the College of Staten Island/ The City University of New York?

The only public institution of higher learning on Staten Island, the College of Staten Island is a senior college of The City University of New York. Staten Island, which has 102 square miles, is the southernmost borough of New York City and it is southwest of Manhattan sitting between New Jersey, Manhattan, and Brooklyn. The nearest airport to Staten Island is Liberty International Airport in Newark, New Jersey.


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All our programs are designed to count for credit as electives. However, it is up to your university to decide whether they will approve some credit for your participation in one of our programs. Normally it is a course convenor, Head of Department or program convenor who approves your credit.

Your course convenors will not be able to approve credit for a course unless you have a copy of the syllabus so you should not visit your course convenor until you have received a copy of the course syllabus from AIM Overseas. You will receive the syllabus upon being assessed as eligible for the program.

For more information, see our Credit and Funding pages.


You might be able to obtain the $6000+ OS-HELP loan, as well as a scholarship from your university, when participating in an AIM Overseas program.

Our programs are designed so that eligible Australian students can access the OS-HELP scheme, which can provide funding of over $6,000 for international study experiences.

We give you detailed information about OS-HELP and how to apply for it in your Initial Consultation with us, which we further outline in an email following your Initial Consultation. 

You can also find more information about OS-HELP on our Credit and Funding pages.

Many Australian universities offer scholarships for their students to take part in overseas study programs. We will provide you information on scholarships that we are aware of at your university as part of your application/acceptance for a program. You can also check your university’s international office webpage to see what might be offered.

Early bird applications for our Mid-Year  2020 programs are now closed. They will open again on 6 January 2020.  

In the meantime, you can REGISTER YOUR INTEREST for a July 2020 program, meaning you’ll receive more program info and updates.

You’ll also be notified when applications are open!


The application process for this program are as follows:

1. Apply online via the “Apply Now” button or by clicking this link.

2. You’ll be prompted to send us a copy of your full academic results from your studies at university so far after submitting your application.

3. We’ll review your university results and application and, if you are eligible for the program, we will invite you to book an initial consultation by phone with one of our Student Experience Coordinators. You will also be sent the course syllabus with more program info.

4. You’ll pay our $55 application fee and book in your phone consultation at a suitable, available time with a Student Experience Coordinator.

5. The phone consultation lasts about 20-30 minutes and we’ll cover detailed information with you about credit, funding, the program, your application and what happens next.

6. After your consultation we’ll send you a follow-up email with instructions on what to do next, an invitation to join a program specific Facebook group to connect with other students applying for the program and a process document, which we have developed in conjunction with your Australian university, to guide you on how to apply for credit and funding.

7. Once you’ve completed the next steps in that follow-up email we’ll do a final review of your application. If all is in order, you’ll be accepted onto the program.

8. Upon acceptance, you will receive three emails containing your AIM Acceptance letter, steps for applying for credit and funding at your Australian University, as well as your downpayment invoice. Note: Your downpayment is due in two weeks from the date of your acceptance and secures your place on the program.

9. Once you’ve paid your downpayment, your application will be sent to the host university for them to process and review and they’ll send us your final official host university acceptance letter which we will send to you.

10. The full program fee (as shown on the website) minus the downpayment and application fee already paid, will be due at the absolute latest by 4th May 2020.

Programs are usually over-subscribed, so it is really important that you take care of things as quickly as possible. We’re here to help and will provide you with information and reminders about what you need to do at various stages.

For more information, see our Frequently Asked Questions. Alternatively, you are welcome to submit an enquiry or register your interest. Registering your interest means you’ll receive updates (via email and phone) prior to the application deadline.