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  • Locations: Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Program Terms: Trimester 3
  • Restrictions: Deakin applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Trimester 3 2018 30/08/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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
Language of Instruction: English Credit Type: Undergraduate
OS Help Available: Yes Scholarships Available: Yes
Program Description:
GEP Nepal

Information sessions will be held in Week 1 and 2 of Trimester 1:
Week 1:  Wednesday March 8, 1pm-2pm.
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Week 2: Tuesday March 14, 2pm-3pm.
WAURN PONDS – ic1.108

Program outline
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 a day. The majority of the population are Hindu, with a small minority being Buddhist. The capital city is Kathmandu, which had a population of 700,000 in 2008. Kathmandu is a popular hub for trekking and mountaineering, with tourism being one of the mainstays of the country’s economy.

The NEPAL GEP 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 to 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.
  • Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate teaching course and be in their 3rd year of study in 2017. 
  • GEP must replace an approved placement unit, or be included as part of EEG302 Place, Culture & Teaching in a Global Context.
  • Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 50 at time of application.
Feedback and comments from prior student placement reports are considered as part of the application process.

Approved courses and units for Nepal

Bachelor of Education (Primary) E359:
  • ETP302 Curriculum Enquiry
  • EEG302 Place, Culture & Teaching in a Global Context
Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Arts D347
  • EPP304 Ways of Knowing Children and Adolescents
  • EEG302 Place, Culture & Teaching in a Global Context

Bachelor of Teaching (Science)/Bachelor of Science D351
  • EPP304 Ways of Knowing Children and Adolescents

Bachelor of Health and Physical Education E377
  • EPP305 Policy, Schooling and Society (T1 2018 enrolment)
27 October - 20 November 2017.
Costs (approx.)

What is included in the program price
  • Return flights to Kathmandu
  • Twin share accommodation (shared rooms in hotels and tents in the rural village)
  • All meals on rural tour
  • Breakfasts in Kathmandu
  • Visa arrangement and fees
  • Welcome dinner
  • Gifts for teachers and school
Items not included that the students should budget for
  • Unit enrolment fees
  • Passport fees
  • Vaccinations
  • Spending money
  • Tourist Activities
  • Transport in Kathmandu
  • 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 $7880 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.

GEP Travel Grants:
You may be eligible for a $500 travel grant from the Faculty of Arts and Education. Eligibility criteria and how to apply available at:
Academic program coordinators: Sue Bennett, Emma Rowe, Jo Raphael.
Important dates for 2017
Applications open: 6 March 2017.
Applications close: 26 March 2017.
Interviews: Week of 3-7 April 2017.
Group meeting with GEP Nepal students and staff: Thursday November 5, 9am-1pm, Deakin Downtown
Deakin Abroad Pre departure: Session times are listed here
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:
Cancellation policy
Over 90 days: Loss of $500 deposit
90-60 days: 50 % cancellation penalty
60- 0 days: 100 % cancellation penalty
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.
Deakin Global Citizenship Program
* 20 points towards Deakin's Global Citizenship Program
Any questions?
If you have any enquiries about this program, you are welcome to contact the Faculty of Arts and Education Work Integrated Learning Office:, or Phone 9246 8759.