Study tours

Study tours run for 2-3 weeks and offer students the amazing opportunity of combining study and cultural immersion all whilst gaining credit towards their degree. Students will be guided by academics and provide opportunities otherwise out of reach for an independent traveller.

See below information about 2015 programs, costs and application details.

France study tour

2015 Programs

Past participants in the programs often claim the experience as the highlight of their course. The personal and professional benefits of engaging in an international experience are demonstrable. It challenges participants to think about, deal with, and appreciate cultural and educational knowledge and perspectives different from their own.


Each program has additional costs on top of the unit fees. 

These costs may include but are not exclusive to:

  • Flights
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Activities 
  • Transfers

Specific program costs will be included in the programs information which will be advised mid trimester 1, 2015

Please note: All study tour units attract normal tuition fees. For Commonwealth-supported students, this will appear on your HECS statement. International fee-paying students will receive an invoice for payment.

How to Apply

To be eligible for a Faculty of Arts and Education study tour you must meet the following requirements:

  • completed 8 units of credit, at time of application
  • a WAM of 50 or higher
  • any pre requisite units specified in the programs handbook information (see individual program for link through to handbook information)

2015 programs - Faculty of Arts and Education

America and the International System - USA

AIR292 - Study Tour: America and the International System

This unit provides an experiential approach to learning about America's role in the international political system and the role of International Organisations such as the UN, IMF and World Bank. Via their learning about key aspects of American history, politics and culture, students are encouraged to explore and reflect upon how American history, culture and politics informs the study of International Relations as a discipline and their own understanding of contemporary international politics.

Proposed tour dates: October 31 – November 14, 2015

Applications closing Friday 7 August 2015.

Full program description and Application Portal

Japanese Politics, Society and Culture - Japan

AIS203 - Study Tour: Japanese Politics, Society and Culture

This unit focuses of developing students' understanding of Japanese society and politics. Based at Musashi University in Tokyo, via a program of guest lectures, seminars, workshops and field trips students will both gain insights into Japan's distinctive culture and be encouraged to utilise these insights to reflect upon their own culturally-embedded understandings and consider how they can enhance their intercultural communication skills and competencies.

Asia-Bound Scholarships worth up to $2000 available for successful applicants.

Proposed tour dates: November 28 – December 14, 2015

Applications for T3 2015 have closed. 

Full program description and Application Portal

Buddhist Studies - India

ASP263 - Buddhist Studies in India

An intensive introduction to Buddhist philosophy, Tibetan Buddhist hermeneutics and Tibetan history and culture. Students study at the Central University of Tibetan Studies (CUTS) and are taught by staff of that institute. Lectures on Tibetan politics, art, music and medicine are also given; and students participate in various ancillary activities, including Indian cultural programs, tours of Varanasi and travel to important Buddhist sites in India, including Bodh Gaya, Raj Ghir and the ruins of Nalanda University. Each student is assigned a student colleague drawn from the student body of the CUTS who will help in acculturation and give a 'student's eye view' of Tibetan culture.

Proposed tour dates: December 28, 2015 – January 28, 2016

Applications for T3 2015 have closed.

Full program description and Application Portal

Middle East Studies - Israel and Palestine

AIE365 - Middle East Studies - Middle East Study Tour

A two week guided study tour to Israel and The Palestinian Territories. The focus is on developing students' understanding of the Arab-Israel conflict as well as their broader inter-cultural competence. Students will be encouraged to reflect on their experiences during the tour and compare them to their preconceptions of the region and the way that it is depicted in the Australian media. The program includes meetings with Israeli and Palestinian representatives well as visits to sites of political and cultural importance.

The unit aims at providing a tangible demonstration of the material taught throughout the Middle East Studies major sequence, particularly the dilemmas of the Arab-Israeli conflict. It will also foster intercultural and political understanding by offering students a first-hand view of life in Israel and the Palestinian Territories. With a focus on interacting with local people, including their peers at universities, the tour aims to create deeper levels of understanding and empathy amongst the participants, as well as exposing them to the general benefits of encountering new cultures and environments.

Proposed tour dates: November 11 - 25, 2015 (TBC)

Applications for T3 2015 have closed.

Full program description and Application Portal

Visual Design and Animation - Japan

ACG308 - Japan Study Tour - Visual Design and Animation Study Tour

Explore Japan's contradictions: from Harajuku pop culture to the temples and old market streets of Kyoto.

The tour highlights how traditional and emerging art practices and technologies converge within contemporary Japanese culture, with a focus on Animation and Visual Communication Design. This unit will engage with Japanese culture in a variety of different ways.

Proposed tour dates: Departing November, 2015. Dates to be confirmed.

Interested students should contact

Full program description and Application Portal

Communication Management in Asia - Malaysia

ALR311 - Public Relations Study Tour: Communication Management in Asia

Students will undertake a workshop before departure on how PR is nationally distinct in Malaysia and Singapore - in so doing they will cover an introduction to each nation's history in respect of PR. When in country students will participate in workshops with Public Relations cohorts from host universities; visit and experience Public Relations as practiced in a variety of organisations: government; Not-For-Profit; commercial.

Tour dates: November 8 – November 21, 2015

Asia-Bound Scholarships worth up to $2000 available for successful applicants.

Applications for T3 2015 have closed.

Full program description and Application Portal

Communication and Creative Arts - Borneo

ACC319 - Communication and Creative Field School - Research Project

The Kelabit Highlands Community Museum Development Project is an ongoing collaboration between the Rurum Kelabit Sarawak (RKS) and Deakin University (DU). In this program, post-graduate Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies students and undergraduate Visual Design and Communications students will work with community representatives to address the need for an interpretive scheme for the community museum that is being developed by the RKS.

Student completing this unit will be required to attend a study tour to a remote region in the Highlands of Borneo, Bario. Students will assist with the design and implementation of displays for the newly developed Kelabit Community Museum. This 2-week intensive experience will involve consultation with the Kelabit community, design of museum displays and information graphics, building and constructing the museum communication strategies.

Proposed research project dates: December 3 – 14, 2015

Applications for T3 2015 have closed.

Full program description and Application Portal

Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies - Borneo

AIM718 - Cultural Heritage and Museum Studies Field School - Research Project

This unit allows students to develop knowledge and skills of cultural heritage practice through experiential learning. The learning occurs through a study abroad program that is organised as field school. This field school is being held in Calcutta, India, and will focus on cultural heritage and museum studies issues. The program has been developed in partnership with the Department of Museology, University of Calcutta, and participants from Deakin University will work with local participants to enhance their professional understanding of cross-cultural heritage issues. The program includes seminars, site visits and group exercises organised over approximately 10 working days.

Proposed research project dates: December 3 – 14, 2015

Applications for T3 2015 have closed.

Full program description and Application Portal

International and Intercultural Studies - Indonesia

AIS202 Study Tour: International and Intercultural Studies

This unit focuses on developing students' understanding of Indonesian culture and society. It also encourages students to explore differences between Indonesia and Australia and to reflect on Indonesian perceptions of Western countries. Students are encouraged to reflect upon their own culturally-embedded understandings and to explore the issues involved in enhancing intercultural communication and competency.

Applications for the AIS202 June/July 2015 study tour in 2015 have closed.

Please note that study tour units may not run each year. Enrolment is always subject to a selection process and approval by the Unit Chair as places are limited. Therefore students should always identify another unit as an alternative to a study tour unit when planning their course or major. If you are unsure as to whether this unit fits within your course structure, please contact your faculty course advisor.

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