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  • Locations: Bhubaneswar, India; Odisha, India
  • Program Terms: Trimester 3
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Trimester 3 2018 30/08/2018 ** Rolling Admission 04/11/2018 25/11/2018

** 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
Language of Instruction: English Credit Weighting: 1 Credit Point
Credit Type: Undergraduate OS Help Available: Yes
New Colombo Plan Funded: Yes Scholarships Available: No
GCP Points: 30
Program Description:


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New Colombo Plan:
$3,000 Mobility Grants* available.

Information Session: Wednesday 23rd of May, 1:00 - 2:00pm, for further information see 'Important Information' tab.

Preference will be given to students doing the program for credit.

About:Centurion Elephant

This multi-disciplinary placement in India is for those who have an interest in wildlife, flora and biological science.
You will get the opportunity to participate in a variety of research projects at the Nandankanan Zoological Park and Botanical Gardens in Bhubaneswar, home to over 150 species, help on a water purification project in the Kargil community and join in weekend cultural excursions including temples and tribal museums. You will also enjoy a homestay with a local family in Balasore, and have the chance to really immerse yourself in Indian culture.
Did you know that the state of Odisha has 62 different indigenous groups making up 22% of the state population? Thirteen of these groups are recognised as particularly vulnerable. Join other students at Centurion University of Technology (CUT) to learn about and contribute to different projects that can make a difference to this local community.

On arrival at the Bhubaneswar (Odisha state) campus of CUT, students will have an orientation to life in India, Odisha and the operations of CUT, which includes education of the largely poor and disenfranchised indigenous tribes of Odisha. Following a weekend of cultural excursions, you will be immersed in local projects alongside local people. You will then undertake research projects at Nandankanan garden (in Bhubaneswar) for 6 days, around wildlife and flora. Students will prepare and then present the results of the above projects to school students associated with the Paralakhemundi campus of CUT and further engage with the tribal connections this campus has.
You will learn:
  • Cross-cultural engagement
  • Group project work
  • Scientific skills
  • Communication skills

Dates: November 4th - November 25th 2018Centurion cart

Program details 

Exercise level: Medium
Project Type: Undertake on campus research projects at Nandankanan forest/zoo/botanic garden and community water purification project.
Working Hours: 6 to 7 hours
Project Duration: 22 days (including arrival and departure dates)



Location Profile

Location Profile
About BhubaneshwarCenturion garden

The history of the city stretches back over 2000 years. The area first appears as the ancient capital of Kalinga. Bhubaneshwar India, the 'city of temples', named after Tribhuvaneswar, 'Lord of Three Worlds', still preserves over 500 of India's finest temples, around which the religious life of the city revolves.

About India 

India is a vast South Asian country with diverse terrain, from Himalayan peaks to Indian Ocean coastline, with a population exceeding 1.3 billion people. The capital city of India is New Delhi.
The Indian climate consist of 6 different zones; Alpine, Humid Subtropical, Tropical wet/dry, Tropical wet, Semi-arid and Arid.

Interesting facts:
  • Varanasi (Benaras), was called "the Ancient City" when Lord Buddha visited it in 500 B.C. and is the oldest, continuously inhabited city in the world today.
  • Chess originates from India. 
  • The state Odisha is very ancient & the oldest rocks (from Mayurbhanj) date back to 3 billion years (our planet is believed to be 4.5 billion years old).


Credit Information

Credit Information

Academic Credit

Participation in this programs is open to all undergraduate students. Preference will be given to students doing the program for credit.

The following level 2 elective unit is on offer to all students:
SLE225 - Global Environmental Placement

  • 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 2018.  Before starting this unit in T3 2018, students must have completed at least 8 credit points of study with a minimum average of 65%.
  • Students must also arrange to enrol and complete the online modules for STP010 Introduction to Work Placements before leaving for their placement. 
Selection: Selection will be based on responses to the application questions and if necessary, a short interview with the accompanying academic. 

You will be awarded 30 Global Citizenship Program points for completing this program.

Cost and Funding

Cost and Funding

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Total cost: $3,500

Deposit: $500 AUD (Deposit due date: 7th September 2018 / Final payment due date: 4th October 2018)

The Program fee includes:
  • Shared accommodation 
  • Local transport 
  • Airport transfers 
  • All meals including weekends
  • All project activities
  • Deakin Travel Insurance 
  • Accompanying Deakin Academic
The Program fee does not Include:
  • Flights
  • Passport & Visa fees
  • Vaccinations
  • Personal activities additional to the itinerary
  • Tuition fee
Cancellation Policy  Centurion boats
  • 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 on any program fees

• You may be eligible for an interest-free OS-HELP loan of up to $7,880.
• You may be eligible to receive a mobility grant* of $3000 through the New Colombo Plan (NCP). To be eligible for this, you need to be an Australian citizen, under 28 years old, undertaking the program for credit or as a compulsory part of your degree and not have received a previous NCP funding. *Travel grants are limited

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

Project Partner
Volunteering Project Partner

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Important Information

Important information
  • A minimum number of 10 students is required for the program to run and places are limited to 20 students in total.Centurion wildlife 1
  • 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. Payment deadlines must be met regardless of the status of your loan.
  •  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.

       Information Session
Wednesday 23rd of May, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
      Burwood: Building T, Level 5, Room 22 (T3.22)
      Waurn Ponds: Building KA. Level 5, Room 141 (KA5.141)
      Register attendance: