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STT | Unbound: Global Challenges and Community Rebuilding in Nepal
Kathmandu, Nepal (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Summer,
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RMIT College (AUS)/School (VTN): Any compatible discipline RMIT School: Any compatible discipline
Study level: Undergraduate Program type: Global Summer Programs
About your Experience
About your Experience
Laika Nepal
Program Details:
Located between the mountainous Himalayas and the plains of northern Nepal is Nepal, a beautiful land-locked country that has experienced significant challenges. Ranked 145th in the Human Development Index, the country faces a range of challenges related to poverty, infrastructure and economic development. As an additional challenge, in 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake devastated the country, with thousands of lost lives, and billions of dollars in damage across the country. This was the largest natural disaster in over 70 years, and also comes at a time of socio-political change and transition for the country.

The Global Challenges Study Tour (Nepal) is a unique opportunity to explore this complex country and dive deep into building strong and resilient communities. With partners, the focus of this program explores the built environment – the architecture, design and engineering required to build a strong community, as well as understanding the effect of the recent earthquake. The program then looks to the bigger community and social aspects to forge strong societies, including education, livelihoods and equality. Participating students will become part of this journey of transition in Nepal, and make real connections as they explore the local innovations and programs that are building a brighter future in this remarkable country.

The partner projects that students will get the opportunity to be involved with are redesigning buildings using natural and locally sourced materials, notably bamboo and rammed earth. This approach is one that empowers individuals to create high quality, earthquake resistant structures. Working in multi-disciplinary teams, students will have the opportunity to explore what lasting community development is like, while building their skills as they bring their own passion and ideas in partnership with local communities and leaders

Unbound is running three sessions for this program:
  • Program 1: 2 December - 15 December 2018
  • Program 2: 20 January - 2 February 2019
  • Program 3: 4 February - 17 February 2019
For a detailed itinerary of the program, please click here.

Program Cost:
The approximate cost of this program is AU$3,000 (Payable as $250 deposit + $2,750 balance).

This cost includes the following:
  • Accommodation (including hotels, hostels, home-stays, overnight transport
  • Meals for the duration of the program
  • 100+ contact hours of educational content and cultural experiences
  • Expert program facilitators
  • Coursework and educational content
  • Translators and local guides
  • Cultural and social activities
  • Transport within the country (including airport pickup / drop-off)
  • Pre-departure support
  • Safety and security monitoring and planning
Additional Costs to Consider:
  • RMIT Tuition Fees
  • Flights
  • Host Country Visa (if applicable)
  • Additional travel insurance
Travel Insurance:
Students on approved overseas activities receive complimentary travel insurance (policy number: 41443), although you may require additional cover depending on your circumstances.
For more detailed information, please refer here.


Eligibility:
  • Any RMIT student, subject to academic approval are invited to apply. No previous travel experience or academic pre-requisites are required.
Academic Credit:
Participants can earn academic credit towards their program through the following options:
  • GUSS students can gain credit towards an elective by enrolling into:
    • Undergraduate: HUSO1301 - International Perspective on Community Development (12 credit points)
  • Engineering students can gain credit by enrolling into:
    • Undergraduate: OENG1164 - Humanitarian Experiential Learning Project (12 credit points)
  • Other students can confirm alternative enrolment with your school/program coordinator.
If you would like to gain credits towards an elective, please contact guss.wil@rmit.edu.au for information about the course offering and enrolment. 

Application/Registration process:
  • Apply first to Unbound for a place on a study tour by:
    • Main Round: 30 October 2018
    • Final Round (January and February Programs): 19 November 2018
  • Students accepted into this program will be required to register on Mobi by 19 November 2018 by completing the following questionnaires:
    • Outbound Student Mobility: General Information
    • Short Term Mobility: General Information
      • Under Section 5. Additional Supporting Info and/or Documents, please list the Unbound Program you applied for (and when it is taking place)
Funding:
Summer 2018
  • There are up to 10 x $2,000 Endeavour Mobility Grants available to eligible Australian citizens/Permanent Residents enrolled in a postgraduate program.
  • There are up to 11 x $3,000 New Colombo Plan Mobility Grants available to eligible Australian citizens enrolled in a bachelor/bachelor honours program.
There may be alternative ways to fund your trip. Please check the Scholarships website and Global Experience website for funding options.

Contacts: 

For program information: Unbound
For course information and enrolment: guss.wil@rmit.edu.au
For general Mobi enquiries: global.work@rmit.edu.au


 

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Exchange Program (Semester/Year): scroll to the Program Description to apply.

All Other Programs: once application cycle opens, use the "Apply Now" button that will appear in this section.