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  • Locations: Varanasi, India
  • Program Terms: Trimester 3
  • 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 Weighting: 1 Credit Point
OS Help Available: Yes
Program Description:
Buddhist Studies in India – Philosophy Study Tour
Unit: ASP263 (1cp)

Buddhist Studies


Tuesday 1st August, 2017

Burwood: N3.11
Waurn Ponds: ka3.203
Cloud students - please contact for video conference details.


Priority will be given to students who have completed at least one of the following: ASR100 World Religions, ASC211 Religion and Social Change, ASP227 Philosophies of Religion. Consideration will be given to other second- and third-year Deakin students if a compelling case is made.

In order to be eligible to apply you must have a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) above 50 and have completed at least 8 credit points at time of application. If you are unsure whether this unit fits within your course structure, or your WAM, please contact the Work Integrated Learning team via

Please note that 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

Program Outline:
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 University of Tibetan Studies (CUTS) 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 CUTS 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.

Student Engagement:

Pre-departure workshop/information session: Wednesday November 15, 10am-1pm, Deakin Downtown
Deakin Abroad Pre-departure session times are listed here
CloudDeakin reading module Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism and Culture
Compulsory two-hour face to face  seminar introducing Buddhist philosophy
Pre-tour assessment  1000 words (20%)

In India:
Lectures, tutorials 3 wks of 5 days, 5 hrs per day
Ongoing journal assessment and open book exam (60%)
The program concludes with  a week-long educational tour of India
Plus additional cultural programs

Post departure:
CloudDeakin reading module
Final Report: 1000 words (20%)

Dates: December 26 2017 - January 27 2018 (approx. - exact dates TBC).

Cost: $4300 (approx. cost)

Included in the program price is:
• Return flights
• Twin share accommodation
• In-country transport
• Travel insurance for length of the program
• Entry to museums and cultural activities listed on the itinerary

Items not included in the price and that students should allow for are:
• Unit enrolment fees
• Passport and Visa fees
• Vaccinations
• Spending money
• Meals not specified on the itinerary

Funding options:
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. Please note that the OS-HELP loan can take up to 4 weeks to process and payment deadlines must be met regardless of the status of your loan.

Important dates:
Applications now open!

Applications close: Sunday August 27 2017.
Interviews:  September 2017.
Program-specific pre-departure meeting: Wednesday November 15 2017, 10am-1pm, Deakin Downtown.
Deakin Abroad pre-departure meeting:  Pre depature session times

(Exact times TBC.)

Important to note:
• A minimum number of 9students is required for the program to run and places are limited to 12 students in total.
• Travel insurance is provided by Deakin for the length of the program. Students travelling beyond the program dates will need to pay for additional coverage.
• Students can only enrol once they have been offered a place in the program, after interviews have been conducted.

Cancellation policy:
Over 90 days: Loss of $500 deposit
90-60 days: 50 % cancellation penalty
60- 0 days: 100 % cancellation penalty

Buddhist Painting

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

If you have any enquiries about this program, you are welcome to contact the Arts and Education Work Integrated Learning team:

This program is currently not accepting applications.