Study tours

Study tours run for 2-3 weeks and offer you the opportunity to combine study and cultural immersion, while gaining credit towards your degree. You will be guided by academics and have access to opportunities otherwise out of reach for an independent traveller.

Criteria and applications for 2016 programs will be available in early Trimester 1, 2016.

France study tour

How to Apply

Applications for 2016 programs will become available in early Trimester 1, 2016. Applications will be submitted online through the Deakin Abroad Portal (Studio Abroad).

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)


Each program has additional costs in addition to standard unit tuition fees. 

These costs may include but are not exclusive to:

  • Flights
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Activities 
  • Transfers

Specific program costs, inclusions/exclusions will be detailed in the full program descriptions. 2016 costs to be advised early Trimester 1 2016.

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.

For more information on options to assist with the costs of course-related travel, please see 'Financial Assistance'.

Enrolling in a study tour unit:

You will only be able to enrol in your study tour in StudentConnect after you have been offered a place in a program. Application and selection dates for 2016 study tours will be advised in early 2016.

Do you have room in your course for the study tour unit? Where will it fit? If you're not sure, or haven't spoken to course adviser in a while, it's important you contact Student Services to check you will have space for a study tour unit in the remainder of your course. Contact a Course Adviser

Exploring Village, Nation and the Kokoda Track (AIH203)

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

This study tour will develop your understanding of Papua New Guinean history, society and politics. Based at the Pacific Adventist University in Port Moresby, the unit will, via a program of guest lectures, seminars, workshops and field trips, enable you to gain insights into Papua New Guinea’s distinctive cultures and histories.

You will be encouraged to reflect upon your own culturally-embedded understandings and consider how you can enhance your  intercultural communication skills and competencies.

The unit will also cover the history of Australian involvement in Papua New Guinea, including the history of the Kokoda Campaign of 1942.

Trimester 1: 27 June to 8 July 2016 (Inter trimester break)  

Pre-requisites: See AIH203 handbook.

Full program description

America and the International System (AIR292)

Boston, New York and Washington DC.

Learn about America's role in the international political system and the role of UN, IMF and World Bank. You will be explore and reflect how American history, culture and politics inform the study of International Relations and your enhance your own understanding of contemporary international politics.

Visit historical sites and museums, including JFK Museum, Australian Embassy to the United States, US Congress and monuments of the National mall.

Trimester 3: October/November 2016.

Pre-requisites: See AIR292 handbook.

Full program description (2015)

Japanese Politics, Society and Culture (AIS203)

Musashi University, Tokyo.

This study tour will develop your understanding of Japanese society and politics, through a combination of workshops, field trips, guest lectures and seminars. You will gain insights into Japan's distinctive culture an utilise these insights to reflect upon your own culturally-embedded understandings. This program is designed to enhance your intercultural communication skills and competencies.

Trimester 3: November/December 2016

Pre-requisites: See AIS203 handbook.

Full program description (2015).

Buddhist Studies in India - Philosophy Study Tour (ASP263)

Varanasi, India. 

Experience an intensive introduction to Buddhist philosophy, Tibetan Buddhist hermeneutics and Tibetan history and culture. You will study at the Central University of Tibetan Studies (CUTS) in Varanasi. Lectures are conducted in the traditional Buddhist manner of presenting texts and philosophical issues (often through interpreters) with time for questions afterwards.

You will participate in lectures on Tibetan politics, art, music and medicine and you will 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.

Trimester 3: December 2016 - January 2017.

Pre-requisites: See ASP263 handbook.

Full program description (2015)

Middle East Study Tour (AIE365)

Israel and Palestinian Territories

Two-week guided study tour to Israel and The Palestinian Territories. The focus is on developing your understanding of the Arab-Israel conflict as well as your broader inter-cultural competence. You will be encouraged to reflect on your own experiences during the tour and compare them to your 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.

This tour will offer you 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.

Trimester 3: October/November

Pre-requisites: See AIE365 handbook.

Full program description (2015)

Communication Management in Asia - Public Relations Study Tour (ALR311) 

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Take yourself out of the classroom and see public relations in action in Malaysia! You will gain a strong understanding of the professional, political and economic landscape for communicators in Malaysia through visits with, and presentations from, a range of public relations-oriented organisations.

You will participate in workshops with other students studying Public Relations in Malaysia and work collaboratively on a major project with students from Taylor's University.

There are networking opportunities throughout this busy tour and opportunities to explore and get to know this fascinating pocket of Asia.

Trimester 3: November 2016

Pre-requisites: See ALR311 handbook.

Full program description (2015)

Visual Design and Animation (ACG308)

Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, Japan.

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 engages with divergent Japanese cultures - from high concept art & design to anime, manga and game culture - through visits to key places of interest including Akihabara, Ginza design precinct, and the temples and shrines of Kyoto.

Trimester 3: November/December 2016

Pre-requisites: See ACG308 handbook.

Full program description (2015)

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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