Borneo and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) — Cultural Experience Opportunity

UNE School of Education

Cultural Experience Opportunity

Borneo and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Apply for one of 12 subsidies from DFAT’s New Colombo Project Mobility Plan for UNE undergraduate pre-service teacher education students, valued at $3000 each.

Expressions of Interest for the 2019 program are now open.

Approximate tour dates: September 2019. To be advised.

If you are a student enrolled in T1 2019 in a UNE undergraduate pre-service teacher education course (Primary or Secondary), in your second or third year of study, you are invited to submit an Expression of Interest in the 2019 New Colombo Project Mobility Plan subsidy round. Please note that the subsidy is not offered to students enrolled in a postgraduate award, eg. MTCH Primary/Secondary.

Eligibility requirements

Students who receive a DFAT subsidy for the Borneo/Kuala Lumpur program must be:

  • an Australian citizen or permanent resident;
  • be between 18 and 28 years of age (inclusive) on 1 January 2019.
  • have a valid current enrolment in a nominated T1 2019 UNE School of Education unit at the time of application;
  • undertaking the second or third year of a pre-service primary or secondary degree through UNE.

Fine Print…….

  • Air fares, accommodation and travel insurance will be booked as a group by UNE Travel using the subsidy money.
  • The group will travel together to all arranged schools and cultural visits.
  • A face-to-face interview is part of the subsidy selection process.
  • Your application does not guarantee you a place in the program.
  • All applicants will be contacted by July 2019.
  • Students need to be enrolled and concurrently complete ONE of the following listed T1 units towards their degree:
    • Recommended units: EDCX346; EDCX560; EDEC321; EDME369; EDPE346; EDSP300/500; EDSP505; EDUC303; EDUC503; (if these units don’t suit, please contact Dr Ingrid Harrington).
    • Students will complete the assessments in this unit, but it will be listed under the ‘OSSE’ code on their transcript.
    • Students cannot nominate a unit that has a practicum component as part of its assessment.
  • Students will be responsible for concurrently managing their study and assessment requirements for any other T1 units whilst away.
  • A condition of the UNE Insurance Travel, all participants must travel from Armidale to Sydney, and return.
  • No part of the $3000 can be used for any other activity not associated with the proposed travel.
  • Students need to meet the requirements of the proposed travel commitments, or re-pay the subisidy money.

Approximate costs

Successful UNE education students will receive a $3000 New Colombo Project Mobility Plan subsidy. All of the subsidy money can only be spent on costs associated with the scheduled trip as per the draft itinerary (see below).

Good news! Living and getting around Malaysia is cheap! Please check out this link:

The Malaysian currency is the Malaysian Ringgit: $1AU = 2.97RM (

Return travel from Armidale to KL (ex-Sydney) $1000.00 (approx.)

ALL COSTS e.g. accommodation, food, consumables, cultural visits, transport and transfers will be taken from the remaining $2000.

EXAMPLE ONLY - Travel Arrangements

An example of the proposed travel arrangements FROM SYDNEY









SYD - Kuala Lumpur


Air Asia


Kuala Lumpur - Kuching


Air Asia


Kuching - Kuala Lumpur


Malindo Air

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Kuala Lumpur - SYD


Air Asia

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   Total ACTUAL




*Fares as of 4 October 2018 ex Sydney; **Return fare already paid.

Submit your Expression of Interest