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  • Locations: Bangkok, Thailand
  • Program Terms: Summer, Winter
  • Restrictions: RMIT applicants only
  • 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.
Dates / Deadlines:

Exchange Program (Semester/Year) applicants: Scroll down to the Program Description to view exchange application deadlines.

All other programs: There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Key Experience Criteria
Key Experience Criteria
RMIT schools: Any compatible discipline Program type: Global Summer Programs
About your Experience
Laika Academy - Thailand
Program Details:
Design can be a powerful and creative tool for problem-solving – particularly processes that places the users, or people that you are designing something for, as co-designers throughout the whole project.

It is a process of co-learning, co-generating ideas and co-designing that can be used to design almost any project, from spaces, buildings and infrastructure, to technology, or workshops and curriculum. Across Asia, Thailand is a leading country in innovative design research and applications.

The Design for Social Change Study Tour (Thailand) is an immersive educational program providing students with first-hand knowledge of Human-Centred Design (HCD) processes in an emerging economy / Asian context.

With help from expert facilitators & interactive workshops, you will develop your knowledge of HCD and learn to apply its principles and tools through a practical project with a small multidisciplinary, cross-university team.

Through the exploration of design, architecture, community development and global issues with a HCD lens, you will walk away from this innovative program as a socially-minded professional, ready to effectively engage on global issues in the Asian Century.

Unbound is running three sessions for this program:
  • Program 1: 20 January - 2 February 2019
  • Program 2: 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 hotel, hostel, home-stays)
  • 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.

  • 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 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: 19 October 2018
    • Final Round: 19 November 2018
  • Students accepted in to this program will be required to register on Mobi by 1 December 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)
Summer 2018
  • There are up to 3 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.


For program information: Unbound
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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.