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  • Locations: Manipal, India
  • Program Terms: Trimester 3
  • Restrictions: Deakin applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Trimester 3 2018 27/07/2018 ** Rolling Admission 07/01/2019 28/01/2019

** 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: Postgraduate, Undergraduate OS Help Available: Yes
GCP Points: 30
Program Description:


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Intercultural Dialogue through Design (iDiDe) in India

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If you’re passionate about inter cultural engagement through collaboration, then this placement is for you. Address topical challenges associated with real world problems and engage first hand within diverse contexts and cultures. iDiDe Manipal offers a structured programme of intercultural immersive learning with a multidisciplinary and integrated perspective in sustainable design, Eco-tourism, cultural preservation and rural community development. Extend and practice your discipline knowledge and skills through online and face to face engagement with class based theoretical content, inter cultural collaboration with students from partner universities and engagement with local communities.


The iDiDe program is conducted both on campus at Deakin Waterfront as well as in India on Manipal University campus. Students are expected to attend 4 x pre-travel seminars that will cover in country context study, assessment related content, project briefing and travel preparation. Manipal University is located in the south western coast near the city of Udupi in the Indian state of Karnataka.


The study tour and project will see Deakin students collaborate closely with students from Manipal University, India on a sustainable community project located in Udupi. Our objectives will be to make a meaningful contribution to community capacity building through research and design of community building infrastructure. Students can expect to take up a socially sustainable agenda and engage in authentic learning experiences through working closely with iDiDe university partners and local community stakeholders. The program itinerary will also include architectural and historical sites of significance pertaining to the appreciation and understanding of the project objectives.

Exercise level: no specific skills are needed for this project however, you’ll be working in a fairly dynamic environment with a diverse group of students as well as staff from the local host so it is important that you possess patience and flexibility to do the tasks necessary on any particular day
Location: Karnataka, India
Working hours: 
Unit of enrolment at Deakin: SRR367 (Built Environment Study Tour) SRR767 Intercultural Dialogue Through Design (pgrad).
Partner to deliver this program: Manipal University India

Selection: Selection will be based on responses to the application questions and if necessary, a short interview with the unit chair.

iDiDe India

Information session: 29 May, 2018

Introductory briefing: TBC

Half day compulsory unit class & pre-departure session: TBC

In-country component: 7 January - 28 January 2019

Application close: Friday, 27th of July



Open to students enrolled in any Faculty in both undergraduate and postgraduate courses with prior cross faculty approval. This program is highly recommended to students in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment in architecture, planning, landscape, construction management and urban design. It is well suited to participants with interests residing in areas of sustainability (social, environmental, cultural), community and infrastructure management (children’s education, empowerment of women and social issues in the built environment. Enrolment is through one credit elective units. Students will enrol in either SRR367 Built Environment Study Tour or SRR767 Intercultural Dialogue through Design.


Cost and Funding

cost and funding
Cost: $5000 AUD TBC

Deposit due before: 29 June, 2018

Final payment due date: TBC

Program fee includes: 
  • Return economy flights travelling with the group
  • Twin share Accommodation
  • Daily Breakfast and group meals scheduled during field study and group activities*
  • Meals not included will be indicated on the itinerary when available
  • Training: Pre-departure information pack, on-site orientation and project induction are provided 
  • Airport transfers
  • Study related group transport
  • Travel insurance for the duration of the program

The fee does not include:
  • Tuition fees
  • Visas & passport fees
  • Vaccinations
  • Study related excursions
  • Personal laundry service

OS-HELP loan
Overseas Student HELP loans (OS-HELP) are provided by the Commonwealth government to eligible HECS-HELP students undertaking various international experiences for credit. This loan is added to your HELP debt and can be up to $7,998.
The following link will provide more information on the OS-Help

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.

Location Profile

Location Profile

India, officially the Republic of India is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country and the most populous democracy in the world. It is bounded by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the southwest, and the Bay of Bengal on the southeast.
Manipal is a town located 5 kilometres from Udupi district in Karnataka, India and is administered by the Udupi City Municipality.

Important Notes

Important Information
  • Places in this program are limited to 16 students in total. Selection will be based on those first to complete a full application.
  • 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 Policy
  • Before date of deposit: No cancellation fees apply
  • After the date of deposit and prior to final payment: Deposit amount is forfeited
  • After final payment and prior to departure: All payments made are non-refundable
  • After final payment and after travel commenced: All payments made are non-refundable 

Global Citizenship Program
International Placements can earn you 30 points towards the Global Citizenship Program.