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  • Locations: Bhaktapur, Nepal; Kathmandu, Nepal; Nagarkot, Nepal
  • Program Terms: Trimester 3
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • 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, Faculty of Health, Faculty of Science, Engineering & Built Environments Program Type: Faculty Led Study Tour
Credit Weighting: 1 Credit Point Credit Type: Undergraduate
OS Help Available: Yes
Program Description:
Hands On Nepal

Global Environmental Placement - Nepal - Developing Global Perspectives

This program aimed at broadening perspective and developing an understanding of Nepal through analyusis of different aspects of society. These tours facilitate human encounter and connection with Nepali people, enabling participants to learn, engage and grow from their experience.

Students will visit a number of world heritage sites, a range of different grass roots organizations including organizations advocating for ending Human Trafficking, the exploitation of migrant workers and woman's empowerment. We will hear from individuals across different sectors including Human Rights Law, Education and Community Development.

Up to $4000 Travel Support is available to students who, due to current circumstances, would otherwise not be able to take up this opportunity. For more information please go to the Funding Options session


Program details

Study tour objectives: The international placement is a situated learning activity that provides students with the opportunity to apply and develop their learning about globalization, international cultural issues and the role of cultural diversity in how community development solutions are approached. The integration of the placement with academic learning will allow students to help gain a greater understanding of the complexities of authentic problems issues faced by organisations operating in Nepal.

Exercise level: Medium
Relevant for: For most students. Medium level of challenge/adventure. 
Project Type: Visit local social enterprises and gain in-depth understanding of the day to day operations, visit cultural sites, teach logo students English
Location: Kathmandu, Nepal
Project Activities: view full itinerary 
Working Hours: 6 to 7 hours
Project Duration: 10 days
Unit of enrolment at Deakin: SLE225 - Global Environmental Placement
Partner to deliver this program: Hands On Development

Dates: 28 December 2017 to 7 January 2018.

Cost: AU$3,950

Deposit: AU$500 (Deposit due date: 1 August 2017 / Final payment due date: 15 September 2017)

Program fee includes:
  • International flights
  • Accommodation
  • On the ground transport in private buses
  • Site entrance fees
  • Itinerary activities
  • Breakfast and dinner
  • Some lunches
  • All guides and tipping

Program fee does not include:
  • Tuition fees
  • Visas
  • Personal expenses
  • Some lunches

  • Deposit: AU$500 by 1 August 2017 to secure your place on the program
  • Final payment: AU$3,450 by 15 September 2017 

Information Session

Video recording 


Eligibility: Students must also arrange to enrol and complete the online unit STP010 Introduction to Work Placements before leaving for their placements and must have completed at least 8 credit points of study with a minimum average of 65%. This program is open to all students across the University.

Assessment requirements: Host organisation evaluation 30%, reflective learning report 40%, placement symposium presentation 30%.

Selection process: A group interview will be held in April for all eligible students.


Funding options

OS-Help Loans:
  • Who is eligible: domestic UG students 
  • Amount: up to AU$7880
  • Purpose: to assist students with a range of expenses, such as airfares and accommodations.
  • Detail information and eligibility: OS-Help website
Travel support for low SES students 

Up to $4000 is available to students who, due to current circumstances, would otherwise not be able to take up this opportunity. The purpose of the scholarships is to provide an opportunity for students who have not traveled, and/or have worked hard to attend university (or) are the first of their families at university.
Successful recipients of a scholarship will be expected to film and blog about the experience before and during the study tour. This will assist Deakin to publicise the opportunities open to our students and will also assist in promoting the work being carried out in Nepal by the ‘Hands on Development’ team. It is hoped that this experience will be shared with others in the Deakin community on your return to Australia.

To apply for the scholarship, please first apply for this program and complete the scholarship application with in the program application. 

WIL Financial Support (Funding for 2017 has been fully allocated)
  • 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 and eligibility: WIL Financial Support Scheme Website.

Important to note

  • A minimum number of 13 students is required for the program to run and places are limited to 20 students.
  • Travel insurance is provided by Deakin for the length of the program, students who are travelling more than 10 days beyond the program dates will need to pay for additional coverage.
  • Students must 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
  • The OS Help loan can take up to four weeks to process. Program payments deadlines must be met regardless of the status of your OS Help application.

Participants on this program can gain 30 points towards Deakin's Global Citizenship Program.SaveSave