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  • Locations: Kuching, Malaysia
  • Program Terms: Trimester 3
  • Restrictions: Deakin applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Trimester 3 2018 30/08/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Deakin Faculty: Faculty of Science, Engineering & Built Environments Program Type: Faculty Led Program, Faculty Led Study Tour
Language of Instruction: English Credit Weighting: 1 Credit Point
Credit Type: Undergraduate OS Help Available: Yes
Program Description:

 Borneo Malaysia

SLE353 - Asian Conservation and Environment Sustainability International Study Tour

Are you ready for the Adventure of a lifetime?  Ever dreamed about seeing the amazing wildlife and indigenous cultures of Borneo? Yes? Well this is the unit for you!

Imagine almost 3 weeks immersed in the culture and environment of this amazing global biodiversity hotspot.  Spend time living with the indigenous peoples of Borneo, see amazing wildlife, develop an understanding of the issues associated with a modernising economy and how these impact upon conservation and sustainability.

This unit is designed for environmentally orientated science students to compare and contrast approaches to conservation and environmental sustainability between Australia and a comparative Asian country.  This year the tour will once again visit the state of Sarawak in Malaysian Borneo. Whilst on the tour you will meet with academics, researchers, government agencies and community groups, including local indigenous communities. 


Program details

Required Skills: You should have an adventurous spirit and a can do attitude! On this program you will be living and travelling in close quarters with the group so you must be able to enjoy the company of others.
Exercise Level: You must have a good level of fitness to participate in this program. Borneo is a very hilly environment and we will be walking into a number of national parks and indigenous communities. Also Borneo can be hot and humid, so fitness can help you deal with these conditions.
Relevant for: This program introduces you to very different people and ways of life so you must be excited by and respectful of other cultures to get the most of this wonderful, life changing experience.

Applications close 1 May 2017
Applicants will be shortlisted and contacted for interviews in late April
Students will need to accept their place, pay a deposit and be enrolled in late May.
Indicative travel dates for the program are 20 November 2017 - 8 December 2017.
$4900AUD (approx.)
Final cost will be confirmed with accepted students after selection is complete. 

Program fee includes:
  • International flights to Malaysia and internal transport in Malaysia
  • Accommodation for the length of the program
  • All program activities
  • Most meals
  • All transport
Program fee does not include:
  • Tuition fees
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Some meals
  • Vaccinations

Eligibility and Enrolment

Open to applicants in the following courses at Deakin:
S382 - Bachelor of Environmental Science (Freshwater Biology and Management)
S393 - Bachelor of Environmental Science (Wildlife and Conservation Biology)
S394 - Bachelor of Fisheries and Aquaculture
S398 - Bachelor of Environmental Science (Environmental Management and Sustainability)
S399 - Bachelor of Environmental Science (Marine Biology)
S369 - Bachelor of Zoology and Animal Science
S321 - Bachelor of Biological Science
S320 - Bachelor of Science

Students will enrol in SLE353 - Asian Conservation and Environment Sustainability: International Study Tour.

Selection will be based on applicants fulfilling the following criteria:

  • completed at least 12 credit points when the tour departs in T3 2016
  • a weighted average mark (WAM) of at least 70
  • elective space in your course to take this unit as a T3 enrolment
  • completed units in your course which give you background on issues associated with conservation and environmental sustainability

Funding options

OS-Help Loans:
  • Who is eligible: domestic UG students 
  • Amount: up to AU$7880
  • Purpose: to assist students with a range of expenses, such as airfares and accommodations.
  • Detail information and eligibility: OS-Help website

Important to note

• A minimum number of students is required for the program to run and places are limited to 18 students.
• Travel insurance is provided by Deakin for the length of the program plus 10 leisure days, students travelling beyond the program dates may need to pay for additional coverage.
• The OS Help loan can take up to 4 weeks to process so payments deadlines must be met regardless of the status of your loan.
• Once accepted on the program students must pay a non-refundable deposit to confirm their spot.
• Students are reminded to apply for Deakin Travel Insurance as soon as they have been accepted into the program to cover any unexpected withdrawals or costs that are incurred as refunds may not be available. 

Reho Travel Cancellation Policy
If you cancel your position on this Study Tour, cancellation fees will apply. A cancellation will only be effective when we receive written confirmation of the cancellation.
Where written notification of the cancellation is received, the cancellation charges are as follows:

More than 89 days prior to departure: Deposit is non-refundable
Between 90 and 56 days prior to departure: Deposit and interim payment is non-refundable
Between 55 and 0 days prior to departure: Deposit, interim payment and final payment is non-refundable
After departure: Deposit, interim and final payment is non-refundable

Your travel insurance may cover cancellation fees. Please contact your Deakin study tour coordinator for further details about insurance claims based on program cancellations. 
Faculty-led international programs will earn you 30 points towards the Global Citizenship Program