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  • Locations: Colombo, Sri Lanka; Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka
  • Program Terms: Trimester 3
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Deakin applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Trimester 3 2018 31/07/2018 ** Rolling Admission 10/11/2018 09/12/2018

** 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, Faculty of Business & Law, Faculty of Health, Faculty of Science, Engineering & Built Environments Program Type: Faculty Led Study Tour, Internship, Volunteer Program
Language of Instruction: English Credit Weighting: 1 Credit Point
Credit Type: Undergraduate OS Help Available: Yes
GCP Points: 30
Program Description:


Sri Lanka

Information Session 

View the video recording to find out all the information on this program

Introductory Briefing
Date: Wednesday, 25th of July
Time: 9:00am
Venue: Burwood: Burwood Corporate Centre level 2
            Waurn Ponds: Ka5.213


Global Environmental Placement - Sri Lanka - Elephant Wildlife Conservation

Sri Lanka is considered a biodiversity hotspot of the world. Sri Lanka, an island roughly the size of Ireland with Australia's human population, also has the third biggest Asian elephant population. This density of people and elephants leads to immense conservation challenges. Today, for the Sri Lankan elephant, the biggest challenge for its survival is human-elephant conflicts (HEC). HEC has become the biggest environmental and socio-economic crises of rural Sri Lanka. Annually, elephants cause over $10 million worth of crop and property damage to rural farmers and on average every year, 225 elephants and 60-80 people are killed because of this conflict. This is an alarming situation that the Sri Lankan Wildlife and Conservation Society has been working on to solve for the last 18 years.

As a student volunteer with the Sri Lankan Wildlife Conservation Society, you will assist with ongoing research and conservation efforts to address human-elephant conflicts for the conservation of the endangered Sri Lankan elephant. You will conduct direct and indirect field observations to gather information on elephants, collect data on carnivores, monitor an alternative land use program, participate in an ongoing bird survey, collect data on small mammals and assist in environmental education programs with local communities.

Required skills: No specific skills are needed for this project however, you'll be working in a fairly dynamic environment so it is important that you possess patience and flexibility. A keen interest in conservation and wildlife is a given.
Exercise level: High
Relevant for: Independent travellers
Project type: Get your hands dirty
Location: Wasgamuwa National Park, Sri Lanka
Project activities: As listed above
Working hours: Monday to Friday with hours dependent on the project
Project duration: 4 weeks
Unit of enrolment at Deakin: SLE225 Global Environmental Placement or SLE301 - Professional Practice
Partner to deliver this program: Sri Lanka Wildlife Conservation Society

Selection: Selection will be based on responses to the application questions and a group interview with the unit chair.

Compulsory content hours:

Information session: Thursday, 26 April 2018

Introductory briefing: Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Half day compulsory unit class & pre-departure session: Monday, 1 October 2018 (Burwood) / Tuesday, 2 October 2018 (Waurn Ponds)

In-country component: 10 November - 9 December 2018

Application close: Tuesday, 31 July 2018



  • For enrolment in SLE225 Global Environmental Placement - A student from any Faculty who has an elective credit is eligible to apply for this program. Enrolment will be in T3 2017. Before starting this unit in T3 2017 students must have completed at least 8 credit points of study with a minimum average of 65%.
  • For enrolment in SLE301 Professional Practice - Students must be enrolled in one of the courses S393, S394, S398, S382, S399. Enrolment will be in T1 2018. Before starting this unit in T1 2019 students must have completed at least 12 credit points of study.
  • Students in either unit must also arrange to enrol and complete the online modules for STP010 Introduction to Work Placements before leaving for their placement.

Cost and Funding

cost and funding
Cost: $4,590 AUD (TBC)

$500 deposit due before:  Monday, 16 July 2018
Final payment due date: Friday, 31 August 2018
Program fee includes: 
  • Shared accommodation on site
  • Two nights accommodation in Colombo before transport out to site
  • Transfers to and from Colombo
  • Project transportation
  • 3 meals per day on site
  • All project activities
  • 24-hour support from the onsite coordinator

The fee does not include:
  • Tuition fees
  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Visa and passport fees
  • Vaccinations
  • Weekend excursions and meals

OS-HELP loan
Overseas Student HELP loans (OS-HELP) are provided by the Commonwealth government to eligible HECS-HELP students undertaking various international experiences for credit. This loan is added to your HELP debt and can be up to $7,998.
The following link will provide more information on the OS-Help

WIL Financial Support
  • Who is eligible: domestic undergraduate students who come from low socio-economic status backgrounds to undertake a discipline specific placement as part of their degree
  • Amount: up to AU$2,500
  • Detail information, eligibility, and application: WIL Financial Support Scheme Website.

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.

Important Notes

Important Information
  • Places in this program are limited to 10 students in total. Selection will be based on those first to complete a full application.
  • Travel insurance is provided by Deakin for the length of the program, students travelling more than 10 days 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 outside of Science, Engineering and Built Environment must seek permission from their home Faculty to enrol.
  • Students are reminded to apply for Deakin Travel Insurance as soon as they have been accepted into the program to cover any unexpected withdrawals or costs that are incurred as refunds may not be available.
Cancellation Policy
  • Before deposit deadline: No cancellation fees apply
  • After deposit deadline: Loss of $500 deposit
  • After deposit deadline and before final payment: Loss of $500 deposit, along with any non-recoverable program fees are payable (i.e.: supplement accommodation deposits, transport, travel costs)
  • After final payment deadline: No refund of any program fees

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