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  • Locations: Varanasi, India
  • Program Terms: Trimester 3
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Trimester 3 2018 19/08/2018 19/09/2018 15/06/2018 22/11/2018
Fact Sheet:
Deakin Faculty: Faculty of Arts & Education Program Type: Faculty Led Study Tour
Language of Instruction: English Credit Weighting: 1 Credit Point
OS Help Available: Yes
Program Description:

ArtsEd ASP263 India Study Tour


Dates: Late December 2018 - late January 2019 (exact dates TBC)

Applications open now!

Information session: Tuesday 24th July, 11-12pm. Burwood: N3.11.Geelong (Waurn Ponds): IC3.108
ASP263 Buddhist Studies in India - Philosophy Study Tour is an intensive experiential introduction to Buddhist philosophy, Tibetan Buddhist hermeneutics and Tibetan history and culture. Students study at the Central Institute of Highter Tibetan Studies (CIHTS) at Varanasi, India and are taught by staff of that institute and by visiting Buddhist Studies scholars. Lectures are conducted in the traditional Buddhist manner of presenting texts and philosophical issues (often through interpreters) with time for questions afterwards. There will also be regular question sessions conducted by program staff that are more informal for students to ask about any aspect of their studies.

Lectures on Tibetan politics, art, music and medicine are also given; and students participate in various ancillary activities, including Indian cultural programs, tours of Varanasi and travel to important Buddhist sites in India. Each student is assigned a student colleague (a 'buddy') drawn from the student body of the CIHTS who will help in acculturation and give a 'student's eye view' of Tibetan culture. The group is accompanied by a Deakin University staff member.

Faculty-led study programs will earn you 30 points towards the Global Citizenship Program.


To be eligible to apply for the  Buddhist Studies Philosophy Study Tour students must have:

  • Priority will be given to students who have completed one of the following: ASR100 World Religions, ASC211 Religion and Social Change, ASP227 Philosophies of Religion and ASR205 Buddhism: Religion and Philosophy 
  • completed at least 8 units of study. Preference will be given to students to have completed the 8 credit points at the time of application.
  • And have a WAM (Weighted Average Mark) above 50 at time of application. 

Acceptance into the program and access to enrol in study tour unit is subject to selection process with academic coordinators.

Unit enrolment:

Students will only be able to enrol in a study tour in StudentConnect after they have been offered a place in a program. The Work Integrated Learning Team will issue students accepted into the study tour with access to enrol in ASP263. 

Course Advice:

Students should seek course advice prior to applying for this study tour, to ensure they have space for the study tour unit. If you're unsure about course credit, please speak to the ArtsEd WIL team

Travel arrangements:

All participants depart as a group from Melbourne, and have accommodation, flights an on-ground arrangements managed through Deakin’s travel agency Reho Study Tours. 

You are welcome to undertake your own leisure travel, however this must be after your study tour – not beforehand. Students can modify their return flight once they are in contact with Reho.

Please note: 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. If you are unsure as to whether this unit fits within your course structure, please contact your faculty course advisor.

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: $4,000 (To be confirmed) 
All domestic students participating in the program could receive a $3,000 grant, as part of the Australian Government's New Colombo Plan*!

What is included in the program price:

Items not included that the students should budget for:

  •  Return flights

  •  Twin share accommodation

  •  All In-country transport

  •  Travel insurance for length of the program

  • Entry to museums and visits to cultural sites 

  •  Unit enrolment fees

  •  Passport and Visa fees

  •  Vaccinations

  •  Spending money

  • Meals not specified on the itinerary

New Colombo Plan:

This program is supported by the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan. Each student accepted onto the 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.


Available only for students on a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP). The maximum loan a student can borrow for this study tour in 2018 is $7,998.  

To access the OS-HELP Loan students must have completed minimum eight (8) credit points at the time of application and be able to demonstrate at minimum one (1) Deakin credit point would be completed in a trimester after the study tour. 

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.Further eligibility criteria applies. See link below.

Find out more about the OS-HELP Loan here.

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 Deakin overseas program. 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 an overseas program. 

Find out more information about Deakin International Travel Insurance here.
Application Process

How to apply for the Buddhist Studies in India Philosophy Study Tour: 

Apply via the 'Apply Now' link on this page once this has opened. In your online application in the Deakin Abroad Portal, you will need to complete:
a) Study Tour Application - Arts and Education
b) Student Agreement

Incomplete applications will be ineligible.
2. INTERVIEW (July/August)
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 are accepted onto the study tour you will be asked to confirm your 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 from 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


Further Enquiries


Questions about applying, financial assistance, course planning for overseas experiences: 

Work Integrated Learning 
  • Email:
  • Phone: 03 9246 8759
  • Burwood office: N1.013/N1.015
  • Waurn Ponds office: ic2.107

Buddhist Studies in India Philosophy Study Tour academic leader:
Leesa Davis: