Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

India Rural

International Placement: India - Family, Community and Rural Nursing Clinical Practice

School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health

Proposed 2018 program

This program immerses you in experiential learning in a rural background. You'll observe ground-level realities and learn about the health issues and the ways these challenges are met by the medicos, Nurses and others. The program enables the you to understand Nursing care for individuals of all ages and cultural backgrounds with the objective of introducing the you to the Health system of India; to appraise the you to the many facets of the health care delivery in rural India and to understand the health issues and challenges faced in rural India. You'll also get to experience the ways the medical fraternity reaches out to the vast rural population especially those in interior rural areas.

In addition to the academic component of the program you'll also have the opportunity to experience the cultural aspects of India through various activities and sightseeing excursions.

Enjoy this short video to get a taste of India from past participant Kristy McManus (2016 program)

When: Approximately 17 - 30 June 2018 (exact dates to be confirmed on notification of successful application)

Number of places: 16 students
This program requires minimum numbers to proceed.

Eligibility: CSU students enrolled in the third year of the Bachelor of Nursing in 2018 and who are eligible to enrol in NRS311 for Session 1, 2018.

Academic Information: Participants may receive recognition for two weeks workplace learning in NRS311- Life-stage Considerations: Child, adolescent and Family Health related to health optimisation: family, child, adolescent, community and rural nursing. This recognition 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 this program and respective academic recognition in their course structure and should do so prior to applying for this program.

Financial Assistance: The advertised program cost is based on the provision of the $450 Vice Chancellor Travel Grant. Eligibility is restricted to CSU students receiving academic recognition for their participation in the program.  This is not paid directly to individuals but has already been deducted from the program cost.

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 OS-HELP.

Program cost: Approximately $4600 (exact costs to be advised on notification of successful application)

Costs Should Include: In-country program fee, international airfares, insurance, in-country accommodation (twin share) and most meals (vegetarian).

Costs do not include: CSU subject fees, visas, passports, immunisations, local transport (approx AUD$100), additional meals, extra sightseeing costs, 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 Time-line: continue to the bottom of this page for application link

  • Application closing date: 2 March, 2018
  • Successful students notified (email): within two weeks of application closing date
  • $1000 non-refundable deposit due: within two weeks of successful notification
    (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 due: 30 April, 2018
  • Pre-departure session: To be advised

Further enquiries regarding the application process should be directed to:

Alice Wood
CSU Global
Charles Sturt University
Building 1395
Bathurst, NSW 2795
Phone: + 61 2 6338 4068

Further enquiries regarding the content of this program should be directed to:

School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health
Charles Sturt University

Indicative Program Outline (subject to change)

What type of health settings might I observe on the program?

HIV/ AIDS Intervention: The HIV/AIDS interventions are targeted towards migrant workers, fishermen, truck drivers, and youth in colleges and high school.

Hospital Rotations: Work in the government hospitals that provide health care services to poor patients. Students shadow nurses /doctors in outpatient clinics, on hospital rounds and observe minor surgeries.

Leprosy: Day trip to nearby leprosy hospital can also be organised for those interested in infectious disease. This allows students to see a disease that is no longer present in the west. Students get a chance to see patients and understand the social and medical aspects of this once dreaded illness.

Health Camps: Work in health camps organised in the villages. Past students have conducted health camps for children and due to their help the organisation was able to see over 3000 children in 3 months! (This is available on selected tours)

Where is the program located?

The program is spread across several rural locations outside the city of Mumbai. Locations include Pen, Lonavala, Kamshet, Malvali and Karla. All these are located between Mumbai and Pune which are two major metropolitan areas.

The settings are idyllic with hills, valleys, historic sites and popular trekking routes. Most of these areas are conveniently located and well connected with Mumbai, Pune and Goa.

Who can participate?

This program is ideal for nursing students interested in rural, community, child and family public health issues. Participants must be over 18 years of age easygoing and flexible. They must be committed to working with under-served communities and be able to live in rural areas. Participants must be open minded, willing to take initiative to contribute and learn from their environment and be respectful to their surroundings. Students should be able to adjust to inconveniences caused due to disturbances in power supply and water supply in the remote areas. Students need to respect the local traditions and norms of the community they stay with and be careful not to disturb others in any manner.