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  • Locations: Boston MA, United States; New York City NY, United States; Philadelphia PA, United States; Washington D.C., United States
  • Program Terms: Trimester 3
  • Restrictions: Deakin applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Deakin Faculty: Faculty of Arts & Education Program Type: Faculty Led Study Tour
Credit Weighting: 1 Credit Point Credit Type: Undergraduate
OS Help Available: Yes
Program Description:

ArtsEd AIR292 USA Study Tour


Dates: 4 – 20 November 2018 (final dates TBC)

Applications close Sunday 27 May 2018. 

Unit: AIR292 America and the International System 
1 credit point elective, or credit towards one of the following majors: Politics, International Politics, International Relations
This study tour contributes as 1 credit point of International Experience for students completing a Bachelor of International Studies. 

The tour will begin in Boston and later move to New York, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. The focus in Boston will be to explore the origins of American politics and the inter-connections between local, national, and international levels through guest lectures and seminars with local students in Boston area colleges, visits to a range of historical sites and museums including Bunker Hill, USS Constitution, the Tea Party Museum and JFK Museum.
The New York and Washington D.C focus will be on exploring the role of Diplomacy and International Organisations (for example, the United Nations, World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund) in International Relations and especially their involvement with social justice. This part of the study tour will include a visit to the Australian Embassy to the United States (Washington) and/or the Australian Diplomatic Mission to the United Nations (New York) and visits to the United Nations headquarters and the Ellis Island Immigration Museum in New York, as well as tours of US Congress and the monuments of the National Mall.
The central aims of the study tour is to facilitate students' practical engagement with International Relations, which all too often remains abstract when studied solely in the classroom, enable them to relate their studies clearly and coherently to the world around them and be able to see how the disciplinary knowledge that they acquire during their degree can be applied to a range of professional contexts.

Faculty-led study programs will earn you 30 points towards the Global Citizenship Program.


To be eligible to apply for the USA Study Tour students must have:

  • successfully completed AIR101/AIR108 and AIR102/AIR120 plus completion of at least 2 level 2 International Relations or Middle East Studies units (ie: unit codes commencing with AIR or AIE). Students completing this pre-requisite in T1/T2 2018 may still apply, but preference will be given to students who meet to the pre-requisite units at the time of application. 
  • 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. Students may not apply if T1 2018 is their first trimester of study. 
  • And have a WAM (Weighted Average Mark) above 50 at time of application. 

Unit enrolment:

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 AIR292. 

Course Advice:

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. 

Travel arrangements:

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.

Cost and Funding 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: $6,600 (To be confirmed)
What is included in the program price: Items not included that the students should budget for:
• Return flights (Melbourne-Boston-DC-Melbourne)
• Twin share accommodation
• In-country transport
• Travel insurance for length of the program
• Entry to museums and cultural activities listed on the itinerary.
 Unit enrolment fees
• Passport and Visa fees
• Vaccinations
• 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 or Austudy.

Travel Insurance

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.
Application Process

How to apply for the America and the International System 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.

Student Experiences


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  Further Enquiries


Questions about applying, financial assistance, course planning for overseas experiences: 

Work Integrated Learning 
  • Email:
  • Phone: 03 9246 8759
  • Burwood office: N1.013/N1.015
  • Waurn Ponds office: ic2.107

America and the International System Study Tour academic leaders:
Dean Coldicott and Cai Wilkinson


This program is currently not accepting applications.