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America and the International System - USA Study Tour
Boston MA, United States; New York City NY, United States; Washington D.C., United States
Program Terms: Trimester 3
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Trimester 3 2015 07/08/2015** Rolling Admission 01/11/2015 16/11/2015

** 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 Arts & Education Program Type: Faculty Led Study Tour
Credit Weighting: 1 Credit Point Credit Type: Undergraduate
OS Help Avaliable: Yes Scholarships Avaliable: Yes
Program Description:
International Relations Study Tour to the USA
Unit: America and the International System - USA Study Tour (1 cp)


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Eligibility:
Successful completion of AIR108 and AIR120 plus completion of at least 2 level 2 Internationl Relations or Middle East Studies units. 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 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.

The tour will begin in Boston and later move to New York 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.


Dates: October 31 - November 14, 2015 (TBC).

Cost: $7500 (approx. cost)

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 options:

Domestic students may be eligible to apply for an OS-Help Loan of up to $6362 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. Please note that the OS Help loan can take up to 4 weeks to process and payment deadlines must be met regardless of the status of your loan.

Important dates:
Applications open: Monday 18 May 2015
Applications close: Friday 26 June 2015
Interviews:  mid-July (exact dates TBC)
Faculty Student Mobility pre-departure: September 2015 (exact dates TBC)
Global Mobility pre-departure: TBC


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
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* 20 points towards Deakin's Global Citizenship Program - www.deakin.edu.au/gcp


If you have any enquiries about this program, you are welcome to contact the Arts and Education Student Mobility Office: artsed-el@deakin.edu.au
http://www.deakin.edu.au/arts-ed/enhance-study