India Commercial Law Study Tour

The India Commercial Law Tour will take you through the real India - you will experience one of the most diverse, culturally-rich and colourful countries in the world.

India is home to more than one billion people and is emerging as a political and economic world leader.

Program overview

Taj Mahal India Study TourThe Tour is run in conjunction with Symbiosis University in Pune, three and half hours' drive from Mumbai. All academic content will be delivered by Symbiosis, while most social and cultural visits will take place in New Delhi, Agra (home to the Taj Mahal) and Mumbai.

The Tour will run for 17 days and is open to both undergraduate and postgraduate students.


The Tour will visit the following locations:

  • 28 November - New Delhi
  • 29-30 November - Agra and the Taj Mahal
  • 1-12 Dec - Pune, Symbiosis University
  • 13-16 Dec - Mumbai.

This itinerary is subject to change. A revised itinerary, including further detail regarding the timing of activities will be made available closer to your departure date.

Units offered

The units have two principal aims:

  • introduce the current Indian legal system and,
  • study in detail some aspects of Indian commercial and corporate law.

The units introduce Indian legal history and India's law-making mechanisms and then examine in more detail some key topics in Indian commercial and corporate law.

Unit chair

Mrs Lidia Xynas.

Teaching Methodology

The teaching and learning approach adopted in this unit incorporates contemporary teaching methodologies consisting of:

  • face-to-face lecture methods
  • interactive discussion and workshop sessions
  • participation in academic and cultural activities
  • peer-to-peer learning and self-reflection.

MLL382 Assessment

Assessment for this unit consist of the following:

  • Assessment 1 (Individual) - Written Session reviews (500 words per review), class presentations and participation in cultural and social events, 20%
  • Assessment 2 (Individual) - Written Assignment (Reflective Journal) 2500 words, 30%
  • Assessment 3 (Group of 3 students) - Written Assignment 5000 words, 50%.

MLM782 Assessment

Assessment for this unit consist of the following:

  • Assessment 1 (Individual) - Written Assignment (Session review) 500 words, 10%
  • Assessment 2 (Individual) - Written Assignment (Reflective journal) 2000 words, 30%
  • Assessment 3 (Individual) - Written Assignment (Memorandum of Advice) 3000 words, 60%.


Deakin students in National Indian dress during study tourThe approximate cost of the 2014 India Commercial Law Tour will be A$3500.

Study Tour Inclusions

  • Economy class air travel with Thai Air
  • All Departure/Security/Airport taxes
  • Airline Fuel Surcharges
  • 1 x night accommodation in New Delhi, including breakfast
  • 1 x night accommodation in Agra, including breakfast and buffet lunch
  • 5 x nights accommodation in Mumbai, including breakfast
  • 11 x nights accommodation in Pune, including breakfast
  • Economy class air travel from New Delhi to Pune
  • Bus transportation to cultural and social visits in Pune
  • Full day sightseeing tour to Taj Mahal, including buffet lunch
  • Tourist visa for India including processing and courier fees
  • Assistance with check-in at Melbourne Airport by a Reho Travel representative
  • Exclusive Tour Luggage tags and ticket wallets

Items not included in the price and that students should allow for are:

  • unit tuition fees
  • passport and visa fees
  • spending money
  • meals not specified on the itinerary.

Funding available

Domestic students may be eligible to apply for an OS-Help Loan for the entire cost of the program. The purpose of OS-HELP is to assist students with a range of expenses, such as airfares and accommodation. Further information on eligibility for OS-Help.

Important to note

  • A minimum number of students is required for the program to run
  • A $1000 deposit upon acceptance into the tour is required
  • We recommend applying for a visa immediately after acceptance. Visa application processes may vary in length and complexity. Visa application processes may vary in length and complexity. Further details will be provided once you are accepted into the program.
  • Travel insurance is free during the length of the program, students travelling beyond the program dates may need to pay for additional coverage.
  • Students MUST meet all deposit and payment deadlines or they will be excluded from the program. A pending application for OS-HELP is not a relevant reason for not meeting a payment deadline. Students must ensure they have funds to meet the required deadlines.

How to apply

Agra IndiaApplications for the 2014 India Commercial Law Tour are now open.

Successful applicants will be informed on 12 September 2014 and must be ready to take up their place in the program by paying their $1000 deposit by 19 September 2014.

Applications close 5 September 2014.

Further details on inclusions of the program can be obtained by contacting the Program Coordinator.

*Please note: that the deposit is non-refundable.


Frequently asked questions

When will I find out if I have been selected?

The application closing date is the 5th of September 2014 and students will be informed of the outcome of their application by the 12th of September 2014.

Students must be ready to pay their AUD $1,000 deposit on the 19th of September 2014.

Please be aware that you are required to pay the deposit and final balance of your Study Tour by the specified due dates, regardless of any loan, support or grants that you have applied for through your University.

How are applications assessed?

The selection criteria include:

  • Completion of student questionnaire (please complete it on Global Student Mobility if you have not done so already)
  • Weighted Average Mark
  • Assessment of personal statement
  • Faculty approval following individual course plan assessment.
  • Current course (where applicable).

What are the academic eligibility criteria?

You must have completed the prerequisite/s if you want to be accepted into the program. Prerequisites are listed on the MLL382 and MLM782 webpages.

Undergraduate students also need to have completed at least 8 units prior to Trimester 3 2014. All students need to have at least one unit left on their study plan when they return to Australia if considering applying for OS-Help.

What if the unit/s I want to study on tour doesn't fit into my study plan?

Priority will be given to students for which the units offered on tour fit into their study plan. If the study tour unit cannot be taken as an elective within your study plan, you will need to speak to a student adviser and you might be required to ask the academic coordinator for special permission.

Special permission may be given to students participating in the tour and studying the unit as a non-award unit.

What happens when I find out I have been accepted into the program?

Following acceptance into the program, students must submit the following documents located in the materials and questionnaire tabs in their personal profile on the Deakin Global Student Mobility website:

  • Completion of student agreement document
  • Completion of Medical Condition Management Plan (if applicable)
  • Authorisation of enrolment into tour unit
  • Reho Travel deposit confirmation receipt number
  • Passport details including: number, issue and expiry date
  • Emergency Contact details
  • Flight details including flight number, departure and arrival date and time
  • OS-Help application form (where applicable)
  • Completion of media consent form
  • Completion of Personal Emergency Plan document
  • Deakin Insurance registration form completion, submission and confirmation from Deakin Insurance Team.

When are the assignments due?

  • Assignment 1 is split up into two parts.  10 % on tour for participation (the academic will release this mark on the final day of the tour in India), 10% for the session review, which will be due on 5 January 2015
  • Assignment 2 – the academic Journal will be due on 12 January 2015
  • Assignment 3 – the research assignment, is due on 6 February 2015
  • No extensions will be given if students travel after the tour.

Do I need a valid passport and visa?

Your passport MUST be valid for at least 6 months from the date of your return. If you do not have a passport then please ensure that you apply for one as soon as possible.

All Australian Passport holders will require a visa to travel to India, and we will be commencing the visa application process on the 19th September 2014.

International students must contact Bianca from Reho Study Tours immediately after they are accepted into the program to discuss visa options.

You must have a valid passport by this date so that there are no delays with the visa application process.

Do you wish to extend your trip?

We encourage you to start thinking about any additional travel plans NOW.

The group flights for the study program are with Thai Airways, the itinerary is as follows;

  • TG 462, 28NOV  Melbourne to Bangkok - DEP 0030 ARR 0540
  • TG 323, 28NOV  Bangkok to Delhi - DEP 0735 ARR 1030
  • TG 318, 15DEC   Mumbai to Bangkok - DEP 2320 ARR 0505 (16DEC)
  • TG 461, 16DEC   Bangkok to Melbourne- DEP 0810 ARR 2100

TG- Thai Airways

If you don't have to rush back, then you could take the opportunity to do some additional travel after the program finishes. Thai Airways charge a $60 date change fee to return on a different date, and it is also possible for you to return from a different city in Asia (additional fare and taxes may apply).

You could explore India further, travel to Nepal or have a stopover in Thailand – however please remember the final date to make any changes to your flights will be Friday 19th September 2014.

Any changes made after this date will incur a date change fee of $200, as well as any additional taxes and fare differences that may apply.

If you are a successful applicant and are thinking of extending your stay, we strongly recommend that you make contact with Bianca from Reho Study Tours as soon as possible.

Will I be given free time while on the tour?

The tour is designed to combine academic content, social and cultural visits and also provide students with free time for sightseeing and to socialise with themselves. Students will have most evenings free, while academic content and visits will take place during the day.

Important dates

  • 5 September 2014: Application closing date
  • 19 September 2014: Deposit due
  • 19 October 2014: Final payment due
  • TBA: Compulsory Orientation day
  • 28 November 2014: Departure date
  • 16 December 2014: Final day of the program

Contact us

International Development
Program Coordinator
Deakin University
221 Burwood Highway
Burwood VIC 3125
Telephone +61 3 92445004

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