Dates: 4 – 22 November 2018 (exact dates TBC)
Applications open now! Closing Sunday 13 May 2018.
Unit: AIE365 Middle East Study Tour
1 credit point elective, or credit towards one of the following majors: Middle East Studies, International Relations
This study tour contributes as 1 credit point of International Experience for students completing a Bachelor of International Studies.
Participants of the Middle East Study Tour will travel to Jordan and Qatar. The study tour aims at creating intercultural and political understanding by offering you a first-hand view of life in two Arab monarchies at opposite ends of the economic spectrum. With a focus on interacting with local people, including their fellow university students, the tour aims to create deeper levels of understanding and empathy for the participants, as well as exposing them to the general benefits of encountering new cultures and environments.
- The Lost City of Petra
- The Amman Citadel and Roman Forum
- Meetings at Australian Embassies, World Vision, UNWRA, World Food Program and al-Jazeera
- Swimming in the Dead Sea
- Night of camping in the desert with the Bedouin at Wadi Rum
- State Grand Mosque, Doha
- Other places visited will include: Kerak Castle, The Museum of Islamic Art and the Falcon Souk in Doha.
Students will also have opportunities to engage with staff and students from the University of Jordan and the Department of International Affairs (DIA), Qatar University, Doha.
Please note that the itinerary of visits is fluid and can change at any time, up to and including after departure.
Faculty-led study programs will earn you 30 points towards the Global Citizenship Program.
To be eligible to apply for the Middle East Study Tour students must have:
- completed one unit from AIE153, AIE154, AIE255, AIE363 or AIE364. Students who haven't completed AIE364 are recommend to do so before departure on this study tour.
- completed at least 8 units of study. Preference will be given to students to have completed the 8 credit points at the time of application.
- And have a WAM (Weighted Average Mark) above 50 at time of application.
Students will only be able to enrol in a study tour in StudentConnect after they have been offered a place in a program. The Work Integrated Learning Team will issue students accepted into the study tour with access to enrol in AIE365.
Students should seek course advice prior to applying for this study tour, to ensure they have space for the study tour unit. Contact a Student Adviser here, or speak to the ArtsEd WIL team.
All participants depart as a group from Melbourne, and have accommodation, flights an on-ground arrangements managed through Deakin’s travel agency, Reho Study Tours.
You are welcome to undertake your own leisure travel, however this must be after your study tour – not beforehand. Students can modify their return flight once they are in contact with Reho.
Studying overseas doesn't need to break the bank. You could be eligible for financial assistance to help with the cost of travel, accommodation and program costs.
Cost: $6,000 (To be confirmed)
|What is included in the program price:
||Items not included that the students should budget for:
|• Return flights (Melbourne-Amman-Doha-Melbourne)
• Twin share accommodation
• In-country transport
• Travel insurance for length of the program
• Entry to museums and cultural activities
| Unit enrolment fees
• Passport and Visa fees
• Spending money
• Meals not specified on the itinerary
Available only for students on a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP). The maximum loan a student can borrow for this study tour in 2018 is $6,665.
To access the OS-HELP Loan students must be able to demonstrate at minimum one (1) Deakin credit point would be completed in a trimester after the study tour.
We recommend students apply for their OS-HELP Loan as soon as they are accepted and enrol into the study tour unit. Please note that the OS Help loan can take up to 4 weeks to process and payment deadlines set by Reho Study Tours are mandatory, regardless of the status of an OS-HELP Loan application.Further eligibility criteria applies. See link below.
Find out more about the OS-HELP Loan here.
Youth Allowance and Austudy
If you are currently receiving Youth Allowance or Austudy you can continue to receive payments while studying overseas as long you have a full time study load for the year. The following link will provide more information on the Youth Allowance
As a Deakin student travelling on a Deakin program, your travel insurance is free of charge for the duration of your Deakin overseas program. The insurance provided will even cover you for up to 10 days of leisure travel absolutely free!
Registration is not automatic you will need to register for your travel insurance. You will find a link to the registration form the in the DeakinAbroad Portal, once you are made an offer into an overseas program.
Find out more information about Deakin International Travel Insurance here
How to apply for the Middle East Study Tour:
Apply via the 'Apply Now' link on this page. Applications will close Sunday 13 May. In your online application in the Deakin Abroad Portal, you will need to complete:
a) Study Tour Application - Arts and Education
b) Student Agreement
Incomplete applications will be ineligible.
2. INTERVIEW (late May/early June)
Shortlisted applications will be invited to an interview with the academic program coordinators. All correspondence will be sent to your Deakin email and/or mobile number listed in your StudentConnect.
3. RECEIVE YOUR OFFER (approx. 1 week after interviews)
You will be contacted via Deakin email with your application outcome after the interview.
If you are accepted onto the study tour you will be asked to confirm your offer and register on the Deakin Abroad Portal. This is a mandatory part of studying overseas with Deakin. You will also be provided with information from Reho Study Tours, the travel agency who will manage arrangements for this program.
If you intending to apply for an OS-HELP Loan, you should submit your OS-HELP application as soon as you receive your offer and have accepted your place.
2017 Middle East Study Tour - participant video: https://youtu.be/7asgNmOqvro
Previous student testimonials:
"You should do it as it is the sort of trip you absolutely could not organise on your own. The experiences and opportunities gained from the trip are priceless and once in a lifetime."
"It is a great experience. If you do go on the study tour, make the most of it. Grab every experience with both hands"
"Why have you not already applied? Do it before I take your place and do it again."
Questions about applying, financial assistance, course planning for overseas experiences:
Work Integrated Learning
Middle East Study Tour academic leaders:
- Email: email@example.com
- Phone: 03 9246 8759
- Burwood office: N1.013/N1.015
- Waurn Ponds office: ic2.107
Mat Hardy and Sally Totman-Marshall