This three week program in Bhutan will engage you in a diversity of experiences with partner organisations, including joining with existing education & research institutions in classroom & fieldwork activities, and learning of the challenges of natural & cultural heritage management in populated landscapes in the face of change. Of particular interest is the Gross National Happiness model adopted in Bhutan, that integrates the four pillars: environmental conservation; culture; socio-economics; good governance, that all institutions and projects must work within.
The project will visit the districts of Paro, Thimpu, Pobjikha, Punakha, Trongsa and Bumthang to visit partner institutions, speak with academic teachers and researchers, government agencies and community members, and learn from existing projects in community forestry, integrating community livelihoods into protected area management, community conservation areas, and wildlife research.
A great trip and subject. The host people and organisation were fantastic, couldn't fault them. 2016 Program Participant
This program is partially funded by the Australian Government's Australian Postgraduate Short Term funding. CSU recognises the support of the Australian Government in providing targeted funds to our postgraduate students which have subsidised the cost of this program to students.
Program Dates: Approximately 2 - 20 April, 2018 (exact dates advised on notification of successful application)
Please note that this program overlaps with session time. Students will need to liaise with their Course Director to meet any subject/exam requirements due in this period.
Number of places: 15 students
NB This program requires minimum of 10 participants to proceed.
Eligibility: Any undergraduate or postgraduate coursework student enrolled in a CSU degree through the School of Environmental Sciences at the time of undertaking the program.
Students should have a moderate - good level of fitness as some aspects of this program can be physically demanding.
Academic Information: Students may be eligible to receive academic recognition up to 8 points for participation in this program. This recognition will require payment of a subject tuition fee and satisfactory participation and completion of specified assessment items. Students should liaise directly with their Course Director for approval to include this program and associated academic recognition in their course structure and should do so prior to applying for this program.
Financial Assistance: The advertised program cost for undergraduate students is based on the provision of the $450 Vice Chancellor Travel Grant for Undergraduate students and Australian Government funding for Postgraduate students. Eligibility is restricted to CSU students receiving academic recognition for their participation in the program. These Grants are not paid directly to students but has already been deducted from the advertised 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 and the Vice Chancellor Travel Grant.
Cost: exact costs to be advised on notification of successful application
- Undergraduate students: approximately $5200 (CSU Vice Chancellor Travel Grant funding)
- Postgraduate students: Approx. $3650 (Australian Postgraduate Short Term funding)
Costs should include: In-country program fee, international flights, travel insurance, in-country accommodation (twin share), most in-country transport, most meals, entry fee to some tourist sights.
Costs do not include: CSU subject fees, passports, visas, passports, immunisations (if required), additional local transport/meals/sightseeing, recreational activities, souvenirs, gratuities and incidentals.
Please note all CSU Global Programs are group ticketed. Your program will depart from one designated international airport and return to the same airport as a group.
*Students failing to provide a passport within the time requested by CSU Global may fail to obtain the correct visa as required by the Bhutan government. Refund will not be available to students that are unable to provide passports at the time of program deposit.
Charles Sturt University
Bathurst, NSW 2795
Phone: + 61 2 6338 4068
Dr Alexandra Knight
School of Environmental Sciences
Phone: + 61 2 6051 9778
|0||Fly from Sydney||Bangkok|
|1||Arrive Paro, travel to Thimpu||Thimpu|
|3||Thimpu to Wagdue||Wagdue|
|4||Wagdue to Bumthang||Ugyen Wangchuck Institute for Conservation and Environment (UWICE), Jakar|
|5||Lectures from UWICE and social research||UWICE, Jakar|
|6||Lectures from UWICE and social research||UWICE, Jakar|
|7||Lectures from UWICE and social research||UWICE, Jakar|
|8||Lectures from UWICE and social research||UWICE, Jakar|
|9||Homestay in Jakar||UWICE, Jakar|
|10||Bumthang Trek||Thangbi to Chokortoe|
|11||Bumthang Trek||Chokortoe to Tang|
|12||Bumthang Trek||Tang to Ugyencholing|
|13||Return to UWICE, Jakar||UWICE, Jakar|
|14||Agricultural homestay, Bumthang to Phobjikha||Phobjikha|
|15||Phobjikha to Thimpu||Thimpu|
|16||Thimpu to Paro||Paro|
|17||Fly from Paro||Bangkok|
|18||Arrive Sydney||End of trip|