Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University


International Experience Program: Timor-Leste

Faculty of Arts and Education

Journalism Internship

Due to the COVID19 crisis this Program has been postponed until 2021

Timor LesteThe project will see you working as hard-copy and online reporters gathering your own stories (from the Australian Embassy and the local Dili community) and sub-editing (in English) the stories of local reporters. As well, you will be involved in skills sharing with early career Timorese journalists. Placements at local radio stations in Dili may be available for similar work.

This is a rare opportunity to gain real life experience in a range of media settings, whilst contributing to your own professional development and that of your Timorese colleagues.

This program is partially funded by the Australian Government's New Colombo Plan funding. CSU recognises the support of the Australian Government in providing targeted funds which have subsidised the cost of this program to students.

When: Proposed June / July 2021

Number of places available: Maximum 13 places
This program will require minimum numbers to proceed.

Eligibility: You must be enrolled in your third year of the Bachelor of Communication (Journalism) degree at the time of undertaking this program.  Additionally, you must be able to include the subject COM321 in your CSU degree structure. Students from other years or other School of Communication disciplines may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Academic Information: Students may be eligible to use their participation in this program to contribute towards professional placement hours in COM321. This will require payment of a subject tuition fee and satisfactory participation and completion of specified assessment items. Students must liaise directly with their Course Director for approval to include an unspecified subject in their course structure and should do so prior to applying for this program.

Timor Student Group Financial Assistance: The advertised program cost for undergraduate students is based on the provision of financial subsidies from the Australian Government's New Colombo Plan. Eligibility is restricted to Australian Citizens enrolled in a CSU undergraduate degree and receiving academic recognition at the time of participating in the program. These subsidies are limited in number and are not paid directly to students but have already been deducted from the program costs.

Students may also be eligible to receive financial assistance through the Australian Government's OS-HELP loan. OS-HELP is a loan available to eligible Commonwealth Supported students who want to undertake some of their study overseas. OS-HELP can be used for a range of expenses such as airfares, accommodation, and other travel or study expenses.

Eligibility for OS-HELP will be assessed once successful students are selected and is based on a number of criteria.  Acceptance into a CSU Global program does not guarantee eligibility for the loan. Please note, you cannot pay your program deposit through OS-HELP.

All funding associated with CSU Global programs (travel grants, scholarships, subsidies and loans) is linked to successful completion of academic and program expectations. Failure to meet these requirements may result in funding being revoked.

Refer to Global's Scholarships and Funding webpage for further information on financial assistance.

Rural SceneCost: Approximately $2600 (exact costs to be advised on notification of successful application)

Costs should include: In-country program fee, weekend mountain tour, international airfares, travel insurance, accommodation (twin share), interpreters and some meals.

Costs do not include: CSU subject fees, visas, passports, immunisations (if required), local transport (approx AUD$25 per day)/meals/sightseeing, recreational activities, souvenirs, gratuities and incidentals.

Please note: This is a group ticketed tour. Your program will depart from a predetermined Australian international airport and return to the same destination on dates confirmed by CSU Global.

Application Timeline: Continue to the bottom of this page for application link

  • Applications close: TBA
  • Successful students notified (email): within one week of application closing date
  • $1000 non-refundable payment date: within one week of notification of success
    (You MUST have obtained or be in the process of applying for your passport by this date - with a minimum of six month validity from the return date)
  • Full and final payment date: TBA
  • Compulsory pre-departure session: To be announced.

Further enquiries regarding the application process should be directed to: 

Alice Wood
CSU Global   
Charles Sturt University
Phone:  + 61 2 6338 4068

Please note: In addition to your online application you will need submit a 40 word response to the following scenario: You have been sent to interview a government official on your own in Dili and on the way learn that he does not speak English. The interview, which is crucial you undertake for your media organisation, will take place in 5 minutes and cannot be rescheduled. Explain how you will proceed.

Once the program is approved and applications are open you can attach your response as an additional document to your application or email it directly to