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  • Locations: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • 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
Language of Instruction: English Credit Type: Undergraduate
OS Help Available: Yes New Colombo Plan Funded: Yes
Scholarships Available: Yes GCP Points: 30
Program Description:


ArtsEd GEP Nepal 2018

Dates: 8 November - 3 December 2018 (final dates to be confirmed)
Applications open: Monday 5 March 2018 (closing Sunday 25 March)
WEEK 1: March 7 and 8 GEP 2018 Workshop - covering application process, unit options, Q&A. View a copy of the presentation here: 2018 Global Education Program Workshop.pdf

WEEK 2: GEP Nepal
  • Friday 16 March 1:00PM in N3.11 (Burwood), KA3.203 (Waurn Ponds), VMP 36918
WEEK 3: GEP Nepal
  • Tuesday 20 March 1:00PM in N3.11 (Burwood) and VMP 36918 (repeat session)

Nepal is located along the Himalayas, between China and India, and includes eight of the ten tallest mountains in the world including Mount Everest. It is a developing country and according to Wikipedia in 2010/11 almost one quarter of the population was living on less than $1.25 a day. The majority of the population are Hindu, with a small minority being Buddhist. The capital city is Kathmandu, which has a population of 1.5 million. Kathmandu is a popular hub for trekking and mountaineering, with tourism being one of the mainstays of the country’s economy.

The GEP Nepal begins with a short trip into the rural area surrounding Kathmandu, which includes visits to religious and cultural sites and a short trek to a rural village and a visit to one of the village schools. This provides an introduction to life in Nepal and an opportunity to learn some Nepali and to get to know each other. You will teach at the rural school for a day and have an opportunity to see how the students and teachers interact. You will then return to Kathmandu to prepare for your practicum in local schools – this will include orientation activities and planning time. You will teach in the Kathmandu schools for twelve days over two weeks.

The teaching program in Nepal takes place in poorly funded government schools with few resources and requires a high degree of cultural sensitivity and respect for a wide range of diverse cultural practices. There are few of the 'normal' teaching and learning resources and participants in this program need to show initiative, flexibility, adaptability and a sense of humour when working with local students and teachers. The benefit is that you will quickly develop new understandings about curriculum and pedagogies.

A challenging perspective of the schools is that only some of the teachers in the schools speak fluent English and some of the classrooms are crowded. However, on a positive note the students are very keen to learn and engage with the Australian teachers. This is a unique opportunity to not only hone your teaching and learning skills, but also grow as a person.

Accommodation is generally in a local hotel that is situated within 15-20 minutes walking distance to the schools you will be teaching in. There are opportunities to experience many cultural attractions such as temples and shrines, historical sites, local gardens, interesting food and life in a very different world.
Use the tabs at the top of this page to find out more about your program eligibility, costs and funding, and the application process.




To apply for a Global Education Program in 2018, you need to meet the following criteria:

  • Current Primary, Secondary or Health & PE undergraduate education student
  • Successfully completed your level 2/second year placement (eg: ETP201, EPP207, EPP203 etc...)
  • Enrolled in the level 3/third year core units in 2018
  • Weighted Average Mark of at least 50 (at time of application)
You will be asked to specify your preferred arrangement in your application. You have two options:


EEG302 - Place, Culture & Teaching in a Global Context. 1 credit point, Trimester 3, Cloud based unit

The elective option means you maintain ALL of your third year Victorian placement days. GEP is an additional professional experience opportunity.

The elective is a great option for Primary or Teaching/Arts students with elective space.

Experience is important – get as much as you can!

Unit in Trimester 3 means studying one less unit in another trimester! Lighten your study load in T1 or T2.
  Alternatively, GEP can take the place of an approved placement. The placements associated with each of the units below can completed with a GEP.
  • Bachelor of Education Primary E359: ETP302
  • Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Arts D347, Bachelor of Teaching (Science)/Bachelor of Science D351: EPP304
  • Bachelor of Health and Physical Education: EPP303 - for students to commenced in 2016, EPP305 (T1 2019) - for students who commenced before 2016. 

Example for Bachelor of Education (Primary) student who nominates GEP to replace their ETP302 placement:ETP301 T1 2018 – 10 day placement in Victoria (GEP does not impact this placement.)
ETP302 T2 2018 – Instead of going on a 10 day placement in Victoria, your placement is completed on your GEP. You will mean not going on the ETP302 placement a the same time as your classmates.
This option means you won't complete as many placement days in Victoria, but a fantastic way to embed GEP in your course.
The GEP unit you list in your application will impact your local placements in 2018, so it's important you consider your options carefully. The Arts and Education Work Integrated Learning team and the Professional Experience Office are available to answer your questions about choosing the right option for you.

Cost and Funding

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: Up to $4200 (To be confirmed)
All domestic students participating in the program will receive a $3,000 grant, as part of the Australian Government's New Colombo Plan*!
This means your out of pocket expenses for GEP Nepal could be as little as $1200 or less.
What is included in the program price: Items not included that the students should budget for:  
  • Return flights Melbourne to Kathmandu
  • Twin share accommodation
    (shared rooms in hotels, and tents in the rural village)
  • All meals on the rural tour
  • Breakfasts in Kathmandu
  • Travel insurance for length of the program
  • Visa arrangement and fees
  • Welcome dinner
  • Gifts for teachers and schools
  • Unit enrolment fees
  • Passport and Visa fees
  • Vaccinations
  • Spending money
  • Tourist Activities
  • Transport in Kathmandu
  • Meals not specified on the itinerary.

New Colombo Plan grants

GEP Nepal is supported by the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan. Each student accepted onto the November 2018 program will receive a grant of $3,000, provided eligibility criteria is met. Students must be enrolled as a domestic student and have not receive a New Colombo Plan grant for any previous experiences. Age limitations apply for students over 28 years. Speak to the ArtsEd WIL team is you have any questions or concerns.

WIL Financial Support Scheme

The 2018 WIL Support Scheme is a Commonwealth Government funded initiative under the Higher Education Participation Programme (HEPP). They support the Government's objective of ensuring that undergraduate domestic students from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the ability to study at university get the opportunity to do so and succeed.

Tell me more about the WIL Financial Support Scheme


Available only for students on a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP). The maximum loan a student can borrow for Asian destinations in 2018 is $7,998. Students can also access a supplementary amount of $1,065 if they will be undertaking Asian language study in preparation for study in Asia.

Students should apply for an OS-HELP Loan as soon as they receive an offer into a program and have enrolled. Further eligibility criteria applies. See link below.

Tell me more about the OS-HELP Loan

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 GEP. 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 a GEP.

Find out more information about Deakin International Travel Insurance

Application Process

Application Process

How to apply for the GEP Nepal

Attend a GEP Information Session in early Trimester 1 2018. See the 'Program' tab of this site to see dates, times and locations.
Plan your course. Talk to a the Work Integrated Learning team and Professional Experience if you have any questions about the best unit for you to nominate for GEP.

Apply via the 'Apply Now' link from Monday 5 March, 2018. Applications will close Sunday 25 March. In your online application in the Deakin Abroad Portal, you will need to complete:
a) GEP Application questionnaire
b) Student Agreement
Incomplete applications will be ineligible.

Your application will be reviewed upon submission. In addition to your application, your pre-service teaching placement reports will be taken into consideration.
2. INTERVIEW (Scheduled for 9 - 13 April) 
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 have accepted onto the GEP you will be asked to confirm you 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 about 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

Student Experiences
Photos from the 2017 GEP Nepal:


Further Enquiries

Further Enquiries

Contact Arts & Education Work Integrated Learning

Phone: 03 9246 8759
Burwood office: N1.013/N1.015
Waurn Ponds office: ic2.107

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