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  • Locations: Bhubaneswar, India; Odisha, India
  • Program Terms: Trimester 3
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 Business & Law, Faculty of Health, Faculty of Science, Engineering & Built Environments Program Type: Faculty Led Study Tour, Internship, Volunteer Program
Language of Instruction: English Credit Weighting: 1 Credit Point
Credit Type: Undergraduate OS Help Available: Yes
New Colombo Plan Funded: No Scholarships Available: No
Program Description:

GEP India

Global Environmental Placement - Indian Perspectives on Science

This is a multi-disciplinary people and science based placement in India. It will broaden your perspective and life experience as a STEM student and help pave the way to becoming a truly global citizen.  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 the Bhubaneswar and Paralakhemundi campuses of Centurion University of Technology (CUT) to learn about and contribute to different projects that can make a difference.

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 (temples, tribal museum), students will engage in projects either on geo-mapping/soil analysis of the campus or campus self-sufficiency (on campus dairy/garden) alongside local staff and students. Students will then undertake research projects at Nandankanan forest/zoo/botanic garden (in Bhubaneswar), for 4-5 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.

Program details 

Exercise level: Medium
Relevant for: Undergraduate Biological Science, Biomedical Science and Science students. Medium level of challenge/adventure. 
Project Type: Undertake on campus geo-mapping/soil analysis and research projects at Nandankanan forest/zoo/botanic garden
Location:  Rajaseetapuram, Odhisha, India
Working Hours: 6 to 7 hours
Project Duration: 24 days
Unit of enrolment at Deakin: SLE225 - Global Environmental Placement
Partner to deliver this program: Centurion University of Technology
Dates: 1 - 24 February 2018 
Cost: $3,500 AUD 
Deposit: $500 AUD (Deposit due date: 1 August 2017 / Final payment due date: 15 September 2017)
Program fee includes: 
  • Shared accommodation 
  • Local transport 
  • Airport transfers 
  • All meals including weekends
  • All project activities
  • Deakin Travel Insurance 

The fee does not include:

  • Flights
  • Visa and passport fees
  • Vaccinations

Information Session - come along to hear all about the program and ask questions. 

25 May 2017
Time: 11am to 12:00pm
Burwood: L1.05.01 
Waurn Ponds: KA1.141
Warrnambool: J2.19


  • 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 2017.  Before starting this unit in T3 2017 students must have completed at least 8 credit points of study with a minimum average of 65%.
  • Students in either unit 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 unit chair. 

Funding options

5 x $1000 scholarships:
Who is eligible
: domestic UG students 

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
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 10 students is required for the program to run and places are limited to 20 students in total.
  • 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 so payments deadlines must be met regardless of the status of your loan.
  • All students outside of Science, Engineering and Built Environment must seek permission from their home Faculty to enrol.
  • 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.
Cancellation Australia Cancellation Policy  
  • 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

International Placements can earn you 40 points towards the Global Citizenship Program.