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  • Locations: Santiago, Chile
  • Program Terms: Trimester 3
  • 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.
Program Description:
GEP Chile
An information session will be held in Week 2 of Trimester 1:
Wednesday March 15, 2pm-3pm.
  • BURWOOD – N3.11
  • WAURN PONDS – ic3.108

Program outline
The Chile Global Education Program (GEP) is a teaching practicum experience that is embedded in, and assessed as part of, a credit point unit in the participant’s Education degree. Students will undertake three weeks of teaching practice in schools in the capital of Chile, Santiago. The school placements, primary and secondary, will be facilitated by a local partner, an academic (Mauricio Veliz) in a teacher education institution (Universidad Católica Cardenal Raúl Silva Henríquez) that has an existing relationship (MoU) with Deakin. Students will teach in state schools including bilingual schools, their methods being accommodated as far as possible. As in other GEPs, English may be a default subject.
A pre-departure program would be provided in Melbourne with cultural orientation and workshops on teaching English to non-native speakers.

The GEP challenges participants to think about, deal with, and appreciate different cultural and educational knowledge, practices and perspectives. The result is the development of a broader range of teaching and learning approaches, a more international perspective on education, and the skills, understandings, and dispositions that will enable them to develop the competences required for respectful intercultural understandings, engagement and dialogue. An outcome therefore is the development of globally connected educators who are prepared for the jobs and skills of the future. An aim of the Chile GEP is to provide an opportunity for future teachers to engage in teaching while simultaneously gaining a deeper understanding of, and engagement with, Chilean culture and Latin America more broadly. During the three-week stay, participants will be provided with opportunities to increase their experiential knowledge of Chile through direct engagement with the local community through after school programs and visits to sights of cultural and historical importance. Successful teaching in the GEP requires the ability to negotiate different teaching styles, approaches and resources and to manage the interaction of students with differing cultural backgrounds in different settings. Participation will therefore enhance pre-service teachers’ ability to enter educational practice with the competencies expected of graduate teachers, such as: ‘knowledge of teaching strategies that are responsive to the learning strengths and needs of students from diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds’ (AITSL), and pedagogies that are responsive to the language learning needs of students whose first language is not English (ACARA). There is the added opportunity for Language students to develop Spanish language skills.

  • Students must be enrolled in an undergraduate teaching course and be in their 3rd or 4th year of study in 2017. 
  • GEP must replace an approved placement unit, or be included as part of EEG302 Place, Culture & Teaching in a Global Context.
  • Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 50 at time of application.
  • Feedback and comments from prior student placement reports are considered as part of the application process.

Approved courses and units for Chile

Bachelor of Education (Primary) E359
  • ETP302 Curriculum Enquiry
  • EEG302 Place, Culture & Teaching in a Global Context
Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Arts D347
  • EPP304 Ways of Knowing Children and Adolescents
  • EEG302 Place, Culture & Teaching in a Global Context

Bachelor of Teaching (Science)/Bachelor of Science D351
  • EPP304 Ways of Knowing Children and Adolescents

Bachelor of Health and Physical Education E377
  • EPP305 Policy, Schooling and Society (T1 2018 enrolment)

November 10 - December 5 2017.

Costs (approx.)

What is included in the program price
  • Return flights to Santiago
  • Twin share accommodation
  • Visa arrangement and fees
  • Welcome and farewell meals
  • Gifts for teachers and school
Items not included that the students should budget for
  • Unit enrolment fees
  • Passport fees
  • Vaccinations
  • Spending money, tourist activities
  • Transport in Santiago
  • Meals not specified on the itinerary

Funding and grant options
OS-HELP Loans: (For students in Commonwealth Supported Places)
Domestic students may be eligible to apply for an OS-Help Loan of up to $6567 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.
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.

GEP Travel Grants:
You may be eligible for a $500 travel grant from the Faculty of Arts and Education. Eligibility criteria and how to apply available at:

Academic program coordinators
Rod Neilsen, Michiko Weinmann

Important dates for 2017
  • Applications open: 6 March 2017.
  • Applications close: 26 March 2017.
  • Interviews: Week of 3-7 April 2017.
  • Group meeting with GEP Chile students and staff: Thursday October 5 2017, 1.30pm-5pm, Deakin Downtown.
  • Deakin Abroad Pre departure: A list of available sessions can be found here.

Travel Insurance
Complimentary travel insurance is provided by Deakin for the length of the program, plus up to 10 days coverage for personal travel. Students travelling beyond the program dates will need to pay for additional coverage.
More information about International Travel Insurance for Students can be found here:

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

Important to note
• A minimum number of 16 students is required for the program to run and places are limited to 16 students in total.

Deakin Global Citizenship Program
* 20 points towards Deakin's Global Citizenship Program

Any questions?
If you have any enquiries about this program, you are welcome to contact the Faculty of Arts and Education Work Integrated Learning Office:, or Phone 9246 8759.