Designing Social Innovation

Location: South India
Dates: 30 November – 17 December 2018
Duration: Two and a half weeks
Eligible students: Undergraduate students who have completed at least 100 credit points with a 70% average
Unit code: MFP20002
Cost: Approximately $750-$1000 after New Colombo Plan scholarship
Applications: Applications close 7 May 2018


The Designing Social Innovation tour is for students with a commitment to studying social innovation and enterprise. This New Colombo Plan-funded study tour is delivered by Swinburne’s School of Design, IIT Madras Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and the Centre for Social Initiative and Management.

The tour offers an unparalleled opportunity to study and experience first-hand social enterprise and social development issues in India. Combining lectures, field visits and other activities, the program is ideal for students considering a career in related areas and with an interest in sustainable development.

The program integrates cultural events and day trips to local sites (such as Mahabalipuram and Pondicherry) and includes the opportunity for a free weekend to travel to another location (such as Kerala). The program also includes pre- and post-departure lectures and assessments, and is worth 12.5 credit points.

The New Colombo Plan Scholarship is available. Scholarship winners will be selected based on an interview. 


Payment includes:

  • accommodation
  • some meals
  • transfer to and from airport (in-country)
  • selected group visits and outings
  • travel insurance.

Payment does not include:

  • return airfares
  • unit fees
  • visa cost (if required)
  • most meals (unless indicated on the itinerary)
  • personal expenses.

You may be eligible for an OS-HELP Loan to help fund the cost of the trip.

Information sessions

Join one of our upcoming information sessions to find out more about this study tour. 

Date Time Venue
Monday 16 April 2018 1.00-2.00pm Study Abroad office, SPW ground floor, Hawthorn campus
Monday 30 April 2018


Study Abroad office, SPW ground floor, Hawthorn campus
Tuesday 1 May 2018 4.00-5.00pm Study Abroad office, SPW ground floor, Hawthorn campus