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America and the International System - USA Study Tour
Boston MA, United States; New York City NY, United States; Philadelphia PA, United States; Washington D.C., United States (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Trimester 3
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: Deakin applicants only
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:
America and the International System - International Relations Study Tour to the USA
Unit: AIR292 Trimester 3, 2016 (1 cp)


Destinations: Boston, New York, Washington DC and Philadelphia.

  • Successful completion of AIR108 and 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 must have completed at least eight units of study upon application.
  • Students must have a WAM (Weighted Average Mark) above 50 at time of application. If you are unsure as to whether this unit fits within your course structure, or your WAM, please contact your faculty course advisor.
Please note that study tour units may not run each year. Enrolment is always subject to a selection process and approval by the Unit Chair, as places are limited. Therefore students should always identify another unit as an alternative to a study tour unit when planning their course or major.

Program Outline:
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.

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. Application and selection dates for 2016 study tours will be advised in Trimester 1 2016.

6 -  22 November, 2016.

$6,500 approx.

Included in the program price is:
• Return flights
• Twin share accommodation
• In-country transport
• Travel insurance for length of the program
• Entry to museums and cultural activities listed on the itinerary

Items not included in the price and that students should allow for are:
• Unit enrolment fees
• Passport and Visa fees
• Vaccinations
• Spending money
• Meals not specified on the itinerary

Funding and grant options:
OS-HELP Loans: (For students in Commonwealth Supported Places)

Domestic students may be eligible to apply for an OS-Help Loan of up to $6470 to help fund their participation in the program. The purpose of OS-HELP is to assist students with a range of expenses, such as airfares and accommodation. Further information on eligibility for OS-Help can be found here.
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.

Faculty of Arts and Education Travel Grants:

Important dates:
Applications now open!
Applications close Wednesday 25 May 2016.
Interviews 30 May - 3 June.
Group meeting with study tour group mid-late Trimester 2.
Deakin Abroad Pre departure TBC

Travel Insurance:
Complimentary travel insurance is provided by Deakin for the length of the program, plus up to 10 days coverage for personal travel. Students travelling beyond the program dates will need to pay for additional coverage.
More information about International Travel Insurance for Students can be found here:

Important to note:
• A minimum number of 16 students is required for the program to run and places are limited to 20 students in total.
• Travel insurance is provided by Deakin for the length of the program, students travelling beyond the program dates will 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.
• All students to seek permission from unit chair to enrol.

Cancellation policy:
Over 90 days: Loss of $500 deposit
90-60 days: 50 % cancellation penalty
60- 0 days: 100 % cancellation penalty

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

If you have any enquiries about this program, you are welcome to contact the Arts and Education Work Integrated Learning Office: or (03) 9246 8759


This program is currently not accepting applications.