Global Education Program (GEP)

TRAVEL UPDATE: Due to COVID-19 continuing to cause uncertainty amongst communities around the world, we have made the difficult decision to pause all GEP programs for 2021. This decision has not been made lightly - the health and wellbeing of our students and host communities is of primary importance to Deakin, however we understand that this news may be disappointing for you and we are thankful for your patience and understanding during this difficult time.

Although Deakin-led GEP programs will not be running in 2021, there may be opportunities for students to undertake an individual teaching placement outside of metropolitan Victoria, in regional and rural Victoria. If you're a student studying online from an Australian state other than Victoria, you are also able to look at the possibility of a rural placement within your state. Please note this is subject to Course Director approval, compliance with Deakin’s COVIDsafe requirements, and direction from State and Territory Department of Health requirements. Please find further information on this process under the 'Alternative GEP Options 2021' tab below.

Once again we cannot express how disappointed we are to cancel this year’s GEP programs and thank you for your patience as we navigate the potential future delivery of the GEP in 2022 and beyond. If you have any questions or concerns that have not been addressed in the below FAQ’s, please don’t hesitate to get in contact with the Work Integrated Learning (WIL) team at 9246 8759 or artsed-wil@deakin.edu.au

Alternative GEP Options - 2021

Alternative GEP options for 2021

If you are interested in completing a rural placement within your State, outside of Metropolitan areas, you may follow the below advice. Please note that placement arrangements are not guaranteed until formally approved by the university, and that COVID-19 or other factors may continue to impact placement arrangements depending on state and territory department of health requirements.

To start the process of exploring a placement outside of Metropolitan Victoria, you should:

  • Contact your course director expressing interest in a rural placement arrangement
  • Contact your Professional Experience Officer (PEO)
  • Ensure your rural placement plans comply with the University’s COVIDsafe requirements, and updated state and territory department of health requirements. Note that these can change, so you will need to regularly check these requirements as you plan your placement

Please note the University will not approve a placement to take place outside of the state that the student currently resides in.

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

The below FAQs are in response to the cancellation of the GEP in 2021 due to COVID-19.

QuestionAnswer
Will there be a program later in 2021 if COVID-19 issues are resolved?

Unfortunately there will be no GEP programs in 2021.  We have cancelled our Vietnam, Vanuatu, Switzerland and Northern Territory programs. Given the complexities and time it takes to build these programs with our host communities, a sudden improvement in the COVID-19 situation will not change our decision to cancel this year.

Can I undertake the GEP in 2022 instead?

If you would like to continue with your course progression and graduate in the timeframe you had originally planned, then unfortunately this is not possible.  The GEP program does not fit for undergraduate students heading into their fourth and final year of study.  For postgraduate students, the GEP only works in their first year placement unit.  Please reach out to the WIL team who can work with your Course Director if you would like to discuss further.

Should I intermit my course in 2021 so I can save space for GEP next year?We strongly advise against this option.  We cannot guarantee GEP will proceed as normal in 2022.
What does this mean for my course progression?

The cancellation of the GEP does not affect your course progression. You will continue your course as normal. Please connect with Student Central if you would like to check your course progression or require course advice.

Can I organise my own rural placement within Australia now the GEP isn’t going ahead this year?

There are opportunities for students to undertake an individual teaching placement outside of metropolitan Victoria. As mentioned above, we know that many students have expressed an interest in undertaking placements within rural areas of the State from where they currently live - this type of placement arrangement may still be possible subject to Course Director approval, compliance with Deakin’s COVIDsafe requirements, and direction from State and Territory Department of Health requirements. For more information on the process of receiving approval for this type of placement, please read through the 'Alternative GEP Options - 2021' section of this website page for instructions.

Contact us

If you have any questions about the 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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