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Outbound students

Study Tours

Study Tours are a type of program that can involve customised academic and cultural activities and are led by an Academic staff member. Study tours normally run from two to four weeks.

The School of Business and Law have organised study tours to Bhutan, Borneo, Japan and China partnering with Royal Thimphu College, Tokyo City University, Kyoto Sangyo University, Universiti Malaysia Sabah and Ocean University.

Students will have the opportunity to collaborate with students and professionals in their area of study as well as participating in a range of cultural and social activities. Students may receive Government or University funding to participate in these study tours.


School of Business and Law


Business & Sustainability Study Tour to Bhutan

Undergraduate students from the School of Science or the School of Business and Law are invited to apply for this study tour, based at Royal Thimpu College in Thimpu, Bhutan. Bhutan is a small kingdom located in the Himalayas where gross national happiness is highest in the world!

Students will undertake collaborative project work relevant to a sustainability or business discipline associated with their course of study. They will gain first-hand experience of cultural, social, political and economic factors influencing the way sustainability and business issues are managed in the region. Students will be able to attract 15 credit points towards their degree. The study tour units are Business Study Tour BUS3700 or International Science Project ISS3101. 16 funded places are available. Click here to see one of Dave Blake's previous Environmental Science Study Tours.

Tour Leaders: Ashlee Morgan & Dave Blake

Destination: Bhutan
Duration: 2 weeks
Dates: 15 - 29 April 2019
Applications closing: 01 Mar 2019

Funding available: This Project is supported by the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan.

Application process

Further information

Student Exchange

As an ECU student you have the opportunity to study for one or two semesters at an overseas ECU Exchange Partner and gain credit towards your ECU degree. Likewise, our partners' students can undertake an exchange at ECU and receive credit at their home institution. We have around 90 exchange partners in 35 countries.

Study Abroad

You can also undertake study at an overseas University which is not an ECU Exchange Partner, as a "Study Abroad" student, rather than an "Exchange" student. See the Study abroad webpage for more information.

Partner Schools

We have partnerships with about 90 institutions in 35 countries around the world; and if you go on exchange for two semesters, you can even choose to study in two different countries.

Funding Opportunities

Did you know, as a Domestic student you could be eligible for a $3000 grant to travel overseas on a study tour? This can be used towards flights, accommodation and more. There are a range of funding sources that ECU students may be eligible for, to assist in undertaking some study overseas. See the Financial assistance webpage for more information.

Government Funding

The Australian Government, through the Department of Education and Training and Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), administers different funding programs to encourage the outbound mobility of Australian students. The Department of Education and Training also has programs to support international students having an inbound experience and coming to ECU. The International Office is responsible for coordinating the University's applications, acceptance and acquittal of Australian Government mobility funding as well as the allocation and distribution of awarded Australian Government mobility grants to ECU students.

There are currently 8 different funding programs offered by the Australian Government:

New Colombo Plan (NCP):

  • NCP Mobility Program
  • NCP Scholarship Program

For further information see the New Colombo Plan Scholarship webpage.

Endeavor Mobility Grants:

  • AsiaBound Postgraduate Program (Asia Postgrad)
  • Asia Vocational Education and Training Program (Asia VET)
  • Study Overseas Short Term Mobility Program (STMP)
  • Vocational Education & Training Outbound Mobility Program (VET)
  • International Student Exchange Program (ISEP)
  • Endeavour Cheung Kong Student Exchange Program (ECKSEP)
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