Key information

  • Destination/s: Mumbai and Pal, India
  • Dates: November - December 2023 (exact dates TBC)
  • Cost: TBC + airfares
  • Funding available: A$3,000 NCP Mobility Grants and OS HELP Loans available for eligible students
  • Eligible students: Undergraduate
  • Applications close: 31 August, 2023
  • Register your interest

Study tour overview

Visit incredible India on this International Award-Winning Study Tour and put theory into practice, practice into service & service into life! The program travels to the remote Satpuda Ranges of Maharashtra State where we are hosted by a 3rd generation Gandhian-philosophy NGO to work with indigenous communities on projects focused on digital literacy, gender equality and community development. The project has been travelling to this region and our home village of Pal since 2014 to realise real long-lasting benefits for those communities.

Use your knowledge, skill sets and passion to make a real difference in collaboration with our Indian partners.

This is a real-life authentic experience that will accelerate your personal growth, interpersonal skills, and exposure to the challenges of the global community. 

Highlights / tentative itinerary

  • Cultural experiences including: Ride a bicycle through the very early morning streets of Colaba, Mumbai and Old Delhi, street food tour, experience authentic Indian railway journeys and wander through markets
  • Participate in basic Hindi & Marathi lessons
  • Visit famous sites including: Gandhi’s house (Mani Bhavan) in Mumbai, Chowpatty Beach, Hindu temples, Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, the vast Agra Fort and the Taj Mahal, Sheroes Hangout Café (a social enterprise for acid attack victims), Gandhi Smriti (Mahatma Gandhi's home while in Delhi and the site of his assassination) and more
  • Be guided through Dharavi, one of Asia’s largest slums, and see a thriving, industrious community – home of Slumdog Millionaire
  • Have your very own sari, sherwani or kurta tailored
  • Hike Pal Mountain at sunrise and plant a tree in the Swinburne-Pal Friendship Forest
  • Participate in the end-of-tour celebration: Taste Sutra Cooking School


Academic information

Which unit/s can this program be taken for as credit?


Can this unit be taken as an elective by students in any Swinburne degree?


Eligibility and selection criteria

Completion of 100 credit points and subject to interview. This program is not restricted to technology units or degrees.

Program cost includes:

  • Accommodation 
  • Meals
  • In-country transport (where practical)
  • Entry into sites and activities mentioned in itinerary
  • Travel and medical insurance

Additional expenses to consider (not included in program cost):

  • International airfares
  • Academic unit fees
  • Visa (if required)
  • Sari, Sherwani and Kurta (if applicable)

*Program cost is approximate at the time of being listed online. 

The following types of funding are available to help eligible students with the costs towards this program:

  • OS Help Loan of up to $8,817 (as at 2023)
  • Limited New Colombo Plan scholarships valued at $3,000 AUD

Information session(s)

Information sessions will be scheduled in the coming months. In the mean time, please register your interest to find out more. 

Still not sure?

For further details on this program please contact:

Dr Jason Sargent
+61 9214 5287

Get more information

Register your interest to learn more about this study tour and to be kept updated on upcoming information sessions.