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  • Locations: Luzern, Switzerland
  • 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 GCP Points: 30
Program Description:


ArtsEd GEP Switzerland 2018

Dates: October-November 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 Switzerland
  • Wednesday 14 March 12:00PM in N3.11 (Burwood),  KA3.203 (Waurn Ponds), VMP 36918

The Switzerland GEP is arranged through partnerships with Zug, Schwyz and Luzern teacher institutes and is offered to primary pre-service teachers. These universities are located in central Switzerland (not far from Zurich) and are within about 30 minutes of each other. The 4-week practicum is organised by a coordinator at the host university and you will be located in a school in the university region. The university coordinator also organises host-family accommodation and weekly involvement in the university teacher education program including connecting you with 'study buddies'. Students are billeted with local host families near their school.

This program is capped at 10 participants. 
Use the tabs at the top of this page to find out more about program eligibility, costs and funding and application process.




To apply for the GEP Switzerland in 2018, you need to meet the following criteria:

  • Current Primary 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 arranged 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 $5,500 (to be confirmed)
What is included in the program price: Items not included that the students should budget for:  
  • Return flights Melbourne to Zurich
  • Homestay accommodation
  • Travel insurance for length of the program
  • University classes at your teaching institute
  • Pre-departure and induction program
  • Swiss rail pass
  • Unit enrolment fees
  • Passport and Visa fees
  • Vaccinations
  • Spending money
  • Tourist activities

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 Switzerland in 2018 is $6,665.

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 Switzerland

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
Quotes from 2017 GEP Switzerland participants:

'This has been extremely beneficial for my teaching practice.'

'My classroom teachers were all incredible. I am excited about the continued professional relationships we will enjoy.'

'My host family were terrific, and made me feel at home right away.'

'I have made lifelong friends.'


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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