Fancy a funded field study in India for course credit?

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Yep, you read that right.

The Department of Tourism, Sport and Hotel Management have an upcoming opportunity for students to go on a fully funded field studies course to India in Trimester 3.

This is offered as a free-choice elective, understanding and implementing the balance between sustainability, ethics and community-based ecotourism. While it is offered through the Department of Tourism, Sport and Hotel Management, students from any discipline are eligible to apply.

In fact, last year’s cohort included students from business, psychology, public relations, environment, education and human services, who described the trip as ‘life changing’. You can read Josie’s student blog for an account of her experience last year.


  • Duration: 3 weeks in country.
  • Date: Trimester 3, 2018 (dates to be confirmed, but most likely 18 Nov to 10 December).
  • Eligibility criteria: Open to undergraduate domestic students, 18 – 26 years old.
  • Credit: 10CP. The subject is ungraded, which means it’s a pass/fail and doesn’t affect overall GPA.

Students will spend three weeks in northern India at the Wildlife Institute of India in Dehradun, Jim Corbett National Park in Ramnagar, Ganga Aarti in Rishikesh and Jabarkhet Nature Reserve in Mussoorie. The field trip will be centered around short placements at different community-based ecotourism sites.

The field trip is designed to provide the students with a hands-on and very authentic learning experience. Students can expect to be astonished and inspired, but also challenged and, at times, to be uncomfortable.

The field trip is funded by the New Colombo Plan Mobility Program. The New Colombo Plan initiative aims to increase knowledge of the Indo Pacific in Australia by supporting Australian undergraduates to study and undertake internships in the region.

For further details, check the course’s PebblePad site. The course convener is Associate Professor Coghlan (