College of Arts, Law and Education Short Term / Field Trip Programs

The College of Arts, Law and Education leads a range of short term/field trip programs that are designed for students who would like to undertake overseas study but prefer a shorter time period than a full exchange semester.

The short term College-led programs usually run in summer or winter break. Most of the short term programs take students to destinations in the Indo-Pacific region and many are supported by funding under the New Colombo Plan so as to provide financial support to eligible students to offset the cost of transport, accommodation and living expenses for the program.

Most short terms programs in the College are weighted up to 25cp. Since outbound mobility grant funding such as New Colombo Plan funding requires you to count the study into your undergraduate degree (or in some cases, a concurrent Diploma), an important initial question is whether you can fit the study into your current course.

In the first instance, once you have identified a program in which you wish to participate, you should consult the discipline coordinator of the equivalent units in your degree that you wish to count for credit (For example, you may wish to study Indonesian language as a beginner through the summer short term program in Lombok and count this study into your student elective/experience and engagement space). Once the discipline coordinator has in principle approved your proposed unit equivalence in the relevant discipline, you should contact Arts Student Central (either in person, or via email link) to discuss your proposed plans. Arts Student Central will then confirm what your enrolment should look like and will consult and confirm with the relevant academic for the discipline area in which you will be seeking to have the overseas study credited.

The Global Cultures & Languages program (in the School of Humanities) offers students the opportunity to participate in a short in-country language and cultural studies program in one of three languages: Chinese, Indonesian or Japanese.

Approved students are enrolled in HECS-HELP liable overseas-coded units reflecting the language discipline they will pursue in the relevant country during spring, winter or summer schools. Some programs are weighted at 12.5pts, others at 25pts.

If you are approved for a College of Arts, Law and Education Short Term program or field trip, you will either enrol in the relevant discipline’s unit code (e.g. HPA 276/376 or HEJ346) or in overseas study codes that correspond to the equivalent unit/s for which you are obtaining credit into your degree (e.g. “unspecified 100-level student elective”). In either case, if you are a domestic student, you pay HECS-HELP contribution for your overseas study enrolment at UTAS and do not have to pay tuition fees to your host institution. If you are an international student, you pay tuition fees to UTAS on your overseas study enrolment at UTAS and do not have to pay tuition fees to your host institution.

In case of field trips, you may be required to travel with the entire student group for purposes of achieving economies of scale and management of risk in relation to the travel, accommodation and field trip activities. In that case, the program coordinator will explain the details and let you know the conditions on which you will participate in the unit/s. Your assessment for the overseas study will be finalised by the overseas study program coordinator and will take into account any assessment that is undertaken by the relevant overseas host institution or organisation so as to award a graded result for the overseas study on your UTAS academic record.

As with any overseas study program, you are encouraged to plan early and start saving for your short-term program. You will be assessed for any available outbound mobility funding such as New Colombo Plan at the time of application to the program.

However, you may also need to apply for an OS-Help loan in the event of a funding shortfall. If you intend to apply for the OS Help Loan, which is funded by the Australian Government (and administered by the Fees Unit at UTAS), you must read the guidelines and eligibility criteria before making a decision to apply for a short-term program so as to avoid disappointment if your loan application is unsuccessful.The OS Help Loan Guidelines & Application are available on the Fees Unit website. Please remember that the application process can be lengthy and you may need to source alternative funding upfront to make travel arrangements in advance of OS HELP funds being made available.

Short Term Overseas Study Opportunities Available


China/Taiwan Language & Culture

China/Taiwan Language & Culture

Intensive Chinese language and cultural studies during the Australian summer break.

Program Coordinator - Dr Jayde Roberts

Enquiries: China.incountry@utas.edu.au


Indonesia Language & Culture

Indonesia Language & Culture

Intensive Indonesian language and cultural studies in Lombok during the Australian summer break or Kupang during the Australian winter break.

Program Coordinator - Dr Taufiq Tanasaldy

Enquiries: Humanities.Admin@utas.edu.au


Study in Indonesia is not limited to the Lombok and Kupang programs in Indonesian language. Note the Indonesia Field Trip: Bali & Sumatra "Environmental & Cultural Conservation as well as the diverse range of discipline areas that can be studied through the ACICIS consortium.


Japanese Language & Culture

Japan Language & Culture

Intensive Japanese language and cultural studies at Asahi Nihongo in Fukuoka, Kyushu or at Kanagawa University in Yokohama City, near Tokyo during the Australian summer break.

Program Coordinator – Dr Katsuhiko Suganuma

Administrative Coordinator – Ms Akiko Osawa

Enquiries: Humanities.Admin@utas.edu.au


Philosophy: Buddhist Studies in India Program

Philosophy: Buddhist Studies in India Program

A one-month (Dec-Jan) intensive introduction to Buddhist philosophy, Tibetan Buddhist Hermeneutics and Tibetan History and Culture at the Central University of Tibetan Studies in Sarnath, Varanasi, India.

Program Coordinator - Dr Sonam Thakchoe

Enquiries: Humanities.Admin@utas.edu.au


Indonesia Field Trip: Bali & Sumatra Environmental & Cultural Conservation

Indonesia Field Trip: Bali & Sumatra "Environmental & Cultural Conservation

Two-week field trip that examines, from an Indonesian perspective, issues such as deforestation, environmental change, urban development and displacement of marginalised communities.

Program Coordinator – Jo Ingram

Enquiries: Humanities.Admin@utas.edu.au


Asian Studies: Professional Placement in Asia

Asian Studies: Professional Placement in Asia

Consists of a 4 week placement in a non-government organisation or equivalent in Asia. (Australian based placements in NGOs working on Asian issues will also be considered).

Program Coordinator – Jo Ingram

Enquiries: Humanities.Admin@utas.edu.au


Journalism, Media & Communications Field Trip Cool Japan: Regional Soft Power in Asia

Journalism, Media & Communications Field Trip "Cool Japan: Regional Soft Power in Asia"

Consists of a 4 week placement in a non-government organisation or equivalent in Asia. (Australian based placements in NGOs working on Asian issues will also be considered).

Program Coordinator – Craig Norris

Enquiries: Humanities.Admin@utas.edu.au