Key information

  • Destination/s: Chennai and Chandigarh, India
  • Dates: 22 November – 10 December 2023
  • Cost: TBC + airfares
  • Funding available: New Colombo Plan travel grants valued at A$3,000 and OS HELP Loans available for eligible students
  • Eligible students: Undergraduate students
  • Applications close: 31 August 2023
  • Register your interest

Study tour overview

This program aims to increase students’ knowledge of India’s cultural, architectural and urban context and their connections with the west. By participating in this program, you will experience multiple Indian cities where modern Western architectural and urban design theories were put into practice, merged with the local context and helped to shape the great Indian cities.

Through immersion in the architectural tour and the direct engagement with leading local institutions and industry partners, you will gain a deepened understanding of the social and cultural specifics of India, and begin to understand the challenges and identify the exceptional opportunities that can eventuate out of cross-cultural collaboration.

Highlights/tentative itinerary

Through this program you will experience traditional local architecture and urban design approaches, contrasted with the legacies of three highly influential international architects through visiting the work of urban planning and architecture of Le Corbusier (France), Louis Kahn (USA), and Balkrishna Doshi, (India).

  • Work on an architecture and urban design brief based on a real project;
  • Learn about drone-based 3D photogrammetry and laser-based 3D scanning and 360 degree video capture;
  • Learn from guest speakers from local government and industry to improve your understanding of all the different aspects of the local context;
  • Work locally to develop your design proposals in situ and gain feedback from local partners;
  • Present your work to local industry and government.

Le Corbusier's Chandigar in India

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?


Program cost includes:
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfasts
  • Welcome and farewell dinner
  • Ground transport
  • Travel and medical insurance
Additional expenses to consider (not included in program cost):
  • International airfares
  • Academic unit fees
  • Visa (if required)
  • Most meals
  • Personal expenses

* Program cost is approximate at the time of being listed online and is subject to change.

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

  • OS Help Loan of up to A$8,817 (as at 2023) 
  • New Colombo Plan travel grants valued at A$3,000

Information sessions

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:

Marcus White, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design

Canhui Chen, Lecturer in Architecture

Alastair De Rozario, Mobility Adviser, Study Tours

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