New Colombo Plan Travel

The New Colombo Grant Scheme facilitates programs that offer UQ students some exciting travel opportunities. The New Colombo Plan is a signature initiative of the Australian Government which aims to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia by supporting Australian Info seundergraduates to study and undertake research field trips in the region.

PLAN3200/7200: Exploring Development Complexities and Sustainability Challenges: Hands-on Experiences in Indonesia

Assoc. Prof. Sonia Roitman and Assoc. Prof. Ron Johnstone

This fieldtrip course in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, aims to provide students with hands-on experiences relating to international development challenges. Students work in collaboration with industry partners (local Non-Governmental Organisations, communities, and government organisations) and do fieldwork research on topics related to housing and environmental problems in urban areas and sustainability and disaster resilience in rural areas.

The course is unique because it offers the opportunity for UQ students (both undergraduate and postgraduate students from geography, urban planning, environmental management, social sciences and cognate disciplines) to work with Urban Planning students from UGM (Universitas Gadjah Mada) for two weeks. In addition to the interaction with industry partners and working on real-life issues such as: climate change, environmental sustainability, globalisation, poverty and inequality, the daily work with local students offers additional benefits to the learning experience of UQ students.

The course has been conducted annually since 2015 and has received two awards: The International Award on Curriculum Innovation 2019, by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (USA); and the UQ Faculty of Science Award 2019 in the category of Partnership and Collaboration to recognise the significance of the course partnerships. 

The course is offered to both undergraduate and postgraduate students, domestic and international. There is New Colombo Program (NCP) funding for eligible students (undergraduate domestic students who have not yet received NCP support).

Info Session: late April (TBC)

Fieldtrip duration is 14 days: 27 June - 11 July 2024.

Students are required to attend two compulsory workshop sessions: 17 and 18 June

Expression of Interest link here - DUE BY 31 MARCH 2024.

First information session link here


ARCH3342 - Special Topics in Architecture 
Dr Andrew Wilson and Dr Timothy O'Rourke

ARCH3342 is an intensive course designed around a field trip to Japan. Students will undertake a two-week trip to Japan, to collaborate on field work alongside activities with Japanese architecture students and researchers, investigating Aged-Care Facilities, working with Japanese architecture practice Te-Co, renowned for their innovative aged-care projects, that typically combine aged-care with child-care, and other social programs. Students will develop skills in cross-cultural exchange, modes of professional presentation, and architectural research. They will survey and record physical, social, and cultural data, and interact with architects, visit architecture schools, contemporary architectural projects and innovative aged-care case study projects in Tokyo and Yokohama. Students will be introduced to leading Japanese architects, and study vernacular, traditional, and contemporary architecture and settlement patterns. The research tasks will be concluded upon return to Australia. There will be a separate application process for this course, as those who attend the trip will receive a $2,600 scholarship. ARCH3342 will be scheduled in Teaching Period 2, with travel anticipated to be in the weeks of 27 January – 13 February 2023, and coursework completed in February. Applications for ARCH3342 have been extended until 9 October there will be 18 grants available.

ARCH3341 - Architecture Field Experience
Dr Silvia Micheli

Join us for an exciting 2-week field experience in Vietnam (Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City) as part of ARCH3341 intensive course in January/February 2024! UQ students will have the unique opportunity to investigate green design and urban farming and gain first-hand knowledge of the most advanced strategies and techniques for integrating nature into urban settings in Southeast Asia. In the age of global warming and climate change, tropical and subtropical cities in the region are committed to become environmentally focused urban centres, recasting their agendas for sustainability. By visiting and critically analysing state-of-the-art examples of nature-integrated architecture and urban environments, you will gain direct experience of innovative projects through fieldwork and immersive learning. You will at the same time develop experience applicable to Australia and other tropical regions, broadening your professional skills and reach. Our programme envisages working with industry and academic partners, who will share their design methodologies and facilitate visits to key-projects. Apply for this course and, if selected, you will receive a $3,000 scholarship to cover the costs of the field experience in Vietnam. 

ARCH3341/Vietnam is scheduled in Teaching Period 2 – anticipated dates 24 January-8 February 2024. Coursework will be completed by the end of the field trip. Applications have been extended until 15 October. We look forward to receiving your application!

Participating student requirements

It is required that each student receiving a student grant:

  1. is an Australian citizen
  2. is not a citizen or permanent resident of a host location in which they will undertake a mobility project
  3. is enrolled at UQ and undertaking the Bachelor of Architectural Design
  4. will receive credit/count towards the course requirements for the Bachelor of Architectural Design
  5. meets the age requirements (at least 70 per cent of students participating must be aged between 18 and 28 years, with the exception of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students who do not need to be aged between 18 and 28)
  6. not be an employee of the branch of DFAT that administers the NCP
  7. does not during the course of their bachelor degree or bachelor honours degree:
    - receive more than one student grant for the same mobility project OR
    - receive more than two student grants during the course of their Bachelor Degree or Bachelor Honours Degree  

NOTE: Students who do not meet the eligibility requirements may apply to attend the trip; however, they will not be able to receive the grant and will need to pay the trip costs individually.