Agriculture, Forestry and Livestock Education in Timor-Leste

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This New Colombo Plan funded program will take you to Timor-Leste for a 2 week immersive experience.

You’ll gain unique insights into agricultural production and sustainable livelihoods in the Asia-Pacific region. You’ll engage with various industries and livelihood activities such as cropping, forestry, fisheries, and livestock. The program includes collaborations with local agricultural students and provides access to key research projects and stakeholders unavailable to the average tourist.

You will be accompanied on this program by Charles Sturt's Senior Lecturer in Human Geography, Jennifer Bond. Jen has been a lecturer with the university for over six years, with particular a focus on the socio-political dimensions of natural resource management and rural development and agriculture.   Also supporting the group will be experienced staff from CISaustralia.  Their expertise in delivering international programs will ensure you have 24/7 assistance whilst away.

If you'd like to find out more before applying please join our online info session on Wednesday 26th April - 6pm (AEST) for to learn about this program in more detail.

Program itinerary

Program overview

Led by: School of Agricultural, Environmental and Veterinary Sciences

Cost: 5300 (funded) - $8300 (unfunded)

For further details see the financial information tab.

Dates: 19 Aug 2023 - 3 Sep 2023

Places: 10-12

This program will require minimum numbers to proceed.




This program is offered by the Faculty of Science and Health and the School of Agricultural, Environmental and Veterinary Sciences.

  • Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management
  • Bachelor of Agricultural Science
  • Bachelor of Agriculture
  • Bachelor of Animal Science
  • Bachelor of Environmental Science
  • Bachelor of Environmental Science and Management (with specialisations)
  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Geospatial Science
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Biology/ Bachelor of Veterinary Science
  • Graduate Certificate in Ornithology
  • Master of Environmental Management
  • Master of GIS and Remote Sensing

Applications from students in an agriculture related degree will be preferenced. Any undergraduate or postgraduate coursework student enrolled in other Charles Sturt University degrees at the time of undertaking the program, whose degree allows for inclusion of an elective subject may also be considered where vacancies exist.

All travellers must also be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. They must present proof of full vaccination (2 doses) at check-in and on arrival. Those who provide a medical exemption may be granted entry, but this is not guaranteed. See Smartraveller for other travel related information

Academic Recognition

Students may be eligible to receive academic recognition upon successful completion of the program. This should be through SCI302. Postgraduate students may be approved to use an alternative subject in recognition of their participation.

This will require enrolment in, payment of and successful completion of relevant subject.

Financial Information

Program cost

5300 (funded) - $8300 (unfunded)

Additional details

Exact costs to be advised on notification of successful application.

The advertised program cost is approximately $5300 for undergraduate students and 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 Charles Sturt University 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.

The program cost for other Charles Sturt students is approximately $8300.

Program costs include

  • Program fee
  • Overnight accommodation in Darwin prior to and post international flight
  • International flight – Darwin-Dili return
  • In-country accommodation
  • In-country transport – during program activities
  • Some meals
  • Some social/cultural/tourist activities – as per itinerary

Program costs exclude

  • Charles Sturt University subject fees
  • Other Airfares
  • Visas (if applicable)
  • Passports
  • Immunisations and vaccinations
  • Travel insurance
  • Local transport
  • Additional meals
  • Sightseeing activities
  • Incidentals
  • Gratuities and souvenirs


A pre-departure session will be mandatory for all students attending this program.  Pre-departure information will be made available to successful applicants approximately 5 weeks prior to departure.

Learning about so many different cultures and meeting such a different group of people is something you can’t experience in classrooms here. Everyone was there for the same reasons; a love of learning, love of travel and curiosity. These things bound us all together.

Michael Jago, Program Participant


Further enquiries regarding the application process should be directed to:

Alice Wood

Charles Sturt University Learning Abroad and Exchange Office
Charles Sturt University
Phone: +61 2 6338 4021