Thursday, 31 October 2013

New UTAS unit offers students credit towards a degree when travelling overseas

Contact: University of Tasmania
P: 6226 7581 E:

Location: Statewide and Overseas
Available from: November 2013

Intended Audience: College Career Advisors, Year 12 teachers and students

Bringing the World Back Home offers students a unique opportunity to combine overseas travel with study while developing a deeper understanding of foreign cultures and developing intercultural awareness skills.

Bringing the World Back Home is a new Faculty of Arts unit designed to capture the intercultural learning acquired by students while on overseas programs such as study abroad or in-country intensive language programs. It comprises three modules: Pre-departure, In-country and Re-entry. 

Delivered online, in every semester, with a face-to-face shared learning day 'back home' after the end of the overseas travel, this 12.5% unit is open to year 12 students who may be planning to undertake overseas travel over the summer or as part of a gap year.

The Faculty of Arts is pleased to be able to offer this unit to Domestic students with a 100% tuition fee scholarship*, meaning no unit fees!

*All domestic students will be offered a 100% tuition fee scholarship to cover the unit fees for enrolments completed in 2013, however the Student Services and Amenities Fee still applies.


Eligibility criteria for year 12 students interested in enrolling

Who can apply?
  • Students planning to travel outside Australia either in the summer break or during a gap year in 2014.
  • To be eligible to enrol in this unit, students must have turned 18 before embarking on their travel.
What sort of travel is acceptable?
  • Travel that includes an educational or cultural enrichment component of at least 3 weeks in duration.
What constitutes a cultural enrichment tour?
  • Paid or volunteer work with an established organisation (e.g. an environmental or social justice NGO) OR
  • An itinerary that clearly specifies sustained cultural engagement (e.g. living with a local family, visits to designated cultural sites such as museums, galleries or places of worship)
  • Educational activities (e.g. intensive language study).
Note: Students enrolled in a program through AIM Overseas will be automatically eligible.

What documentation needs to be provided prior to departure?
  • Students will need to complete an Expression of Interest (EOI) detailing how their travel constitutes a cultural enrichment tour.
For further information and to be sent an EOI form:
Phone: 03 6226 7581
Post: Private Bag 41 Hobart Tasmania 7001 Australia
Web: UTas Bringing the World Back Home web page