Global Education Program (GEP)

The Global Education Program (GEP) is a teaching practicum experience that offers pre-service teachers a diverse range of experiences in educational settings beyond Victoria, Australia. In 2017, the GEP will travel to the Northern Territory, Vanuatu, Nepal and Switzerland.

Past participants in the program often claim the experience as the highlight of their pre-service teaching course. The personal and professional benefits of engaging in an international or remote community experience are demonstrable. It challenges pre-service teachers to think about, deal with, and appreciate cultural and educational knowledge and/or practices and perspectives different from their own. And the result is the development of a broader range of teaching and learning approaches and a more global perspective on education.

GEP Canada student teaching class


Information sessions for all 2017 programs will be running in Week 1 and 2 of Trimester 1. Dates, times and locations will be published on this page by late February.

Please note: destinations, program dates, eligibility and unit availability can change each year.


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Available for





Primary E359 and Secondary D347/D351/E377 June/July 2017

John Cripps-Clark

Peta White


Northern Territory

Primary E359, Secondary D347/D351/E377 and Master of Teaching. August 2017 (MTeach students)
October 2017 (Bachelor students)

Julie Dyer

Glenn Auld

Applications open Monday 6 March.


Primary E359 and Secondary D347/D351/E377 October/November 2017

Sue Bennett

Applications open Monday 6 March.


Primary E359 only 

October/November 2017

Heather Wallace

Applications open Monday 6 March.

Applying for the Global Education Program


Eligibility for GEP participation is restricted to students who have successfully completed a local practicum and are in at least the third year of their undergraduate education course, or have successfully completed EPR701 in the Master of Teaching. 

To be eligible, students must be currently enrolled one of these courses:

  • Bachelor of Education (Primary)
  • Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Teaching (Science)/Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Health and Physical Education
  • Master of Teaching

And have a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of at least 50 at time of application*.

*exception can be made for Master of Teaching students applying for GEP NT during their first trimester of study.

The GEP can be undertaken either as:

See below 'Approved units for the GEP'  for detail on approved units for each destination.

Costs and funding your GEP

Studying overseas or interstate doesn't need to break the bank!

You may eligible for assistance from an OS-HELP Loan, WIL Student Support Scheme or a Faculty Travel Grant, to help with the cost of travel, accommodation and program costs.

See Funding your WIL experience for more information.

Travel Insurance

As a Deakin student travelling on a Deakin program, your travel insurance is free of charge for the duration of your GEP. The insurance provided will even cover you for up to 10 days of leisure travel absolutely free!

If you have leisure travel of more than 10 days, you can purchase an extended insurance plan through QBE.

Registration is not automatic you will need to register for your travel insurance. Exception for GEP Northern Territory students, who are automatically insured for the duration of their Australian placement.

For all international GEP programs, you will find a link to the registration form the in the DeakinAbroad Portal, once you are made an offer into a GEP.

Find out more information at:

How to apply for GEP

Applications for 2017 will open in early Trimester 1. Now is the time to get planning and organised.

  1. Come along to an GEP Information Session in early Trimester 1 2017.  Dates, times and locations to be advised in February.
  2. Plan your course. Talk to a Course Adviser for course planning advise and Professional Experience about which practicum unit/s you will have available in 2017.
Contact a Course AdviserContact Professional Experience Office 

Once applications for 2017 open in March:

  1. Prepare your application. Take note of application deadlines, they may vary for some destinations. Your application will need to include:
    • Online application through the Deakin Abroad Application Portal. (Except for Northern Territory. NT applications will be via separate form.) Online application portal will be available after the information sessions in early Trimester 1 2016.
    • In your online application, you will be asked to nominate whether you intend to take your GEP as an elective with EEG302 Place, Culture & Teaching in a Global Context, or which professional experience unit your GEP will replace. Please refer below to 'Approved units for the GEP'
  2. Your application will be assessed after the closing date. Professional Experience will review your listed unit and determine suitability.
    If you are short-listed you will be invited to an interview with the academic program co-ordinators.
  3. You will be contacted via email with your application outcome after your interview. If you are accepted into a GEP, congratulations! The Arts & Education Work Integrated Learning team will advise how and where to accept your place.
    All GEPs taking place outside of Australia will be asked to register their travel on the Deakin Abroad Portal. This is a mandatory part of studying overseas with Deakin. 
  4. If you intending to apply for an OS-HELP Loan, you should submit your OS-HELP application as soon as you receive your offer and have accepted your place.

Approved units for the GEP

In your online application you will be asked to nominate whether you intend to take your GEP as an elective with EEG302 Place, Culture & Teaching in a Global World, or which professional experience unit your GEP will replace.

Refer to the information below for listing of approved units for each course and GEP destination.

Students should speak with a course adviser in Student Services, to determine if their course will allow inclusion of a Global Education Program in 2017.

Primary undergraduate units

Bachelor of Education (Primary) E359





Vanuatu June/July




Northern Territory Oct



ETP401 (B)*

Switzerland Oct/Nov




Nepal Oct/Nov




* ETP401 for GEP Northern Territory must be negotiated with the Professional Experience Office before submitting an application.

Secondary undergraduate units

Bachelor of Teaching (Secondary)/Bachelor of Arts D347

Bachelor of Health and Physical Education E377

Bachelor of Teaching (Science)/Bachelor of Science D351




Vanuatu June/July



Northern Territory October



Nepal Nov/Oct



Master of Teaching unit

Master of Teaching


Northern Territory August (5 weeks)


Single strands: Primary, Secondary
Dual strands: Primary/Secondary

EPR703Single strands: Primary, Secondary

Contact us

If you have any questions about applying for a Global Education Program, you are welcome to contact the Faculty of Arts and Education Work Integrated Learning (WIL) team.

Contact Work Integrated Learning

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