Short-Term Outbound Program

Our Short-term Outbound Program allows students to study, work and volunteer overseas for a short period (usually two to four weeks). In most cases, this will be a fully credit-bearing experience although this will depend on the project you choose or are eligible for. Projects are usually embedded into your program.

Interdisciplinary projects

Interdisciplinary projects involve students from a range of disciplines travelling together on one of our international programs.

Dates: 30 November - 14 December 2019 & 1 - 15 February 2020

Over two weeks, you will attend sessions at multinationals, startups, NGOs and more. You’ll visit rural villages, urban slums and ancient cities. Along the way, you’ll consider India’s significant cultural influence and explore its innovative contributions to global challenges.
Multi-disciplinary -  BUSN12002 or BUSN19024 or Service Learning/Community Development elective in other Schools

Please visit the Indogenius website to find out more about our Reimagining India Project.

150 NCP grants available!

Dates: 7 - 30 November 2019 tbc

The CQUniversity Transformative Tourism Study Tour will connect you to the Indo-Pacific region through a practically focused, three week research and study experience. Trek the Himalayas, work with local NGOs, experience Kathmandu and Nepali cultural sites, learn some Nepali language and participate in important research!

School of Business elective (BUSN12002 or BUSN19024).

8 NCP grants available!

Dates: 7 - 20 December 2019 & 5 - 18 January 2020

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Study Tour (Vietnam) is an immersive educational program to provide students with first-hand knowledge of the SDGs in an emerging economy context. This is a multi-disciplinary program.

Find out more about Vietnam UN Sustainable Development Goals.

9 NCP grants available!

Dates: 26 December – 11 January 2020 & 31 January – 14 February 2020

Hanyang International Winter School offers students a variety of unique cultural experiences, as well as a broad range of academic concentrations to foster academic and cultural growth.This is a multi-disciplinary program.

Please visit the ISEP Study Abroad website to find out more about Scholarships for this project.

10 NCP grants available!

Dates: 28 December - 12 January 2020

The Challenging Global Perspectives: Nepal project is designed to connect CQUniversity and Deakin University students from interdisciplinary backgrounds to NGO’s and social enterprises in Nepal. Through this experience, you will learn to appreciate differences between the provision of welfare and sustainable empowerment of communities. This project is partnered with Hands-on-Development and the Seven Women NGO.

Education / Arts elective (EDED12448), or Service Learning/Community Development elective in other Schools.

Find out more about Nepal Challenges Global Perspectives.

5 NCP grants available!

Dates: 10 - 23 January 2020

The Social Enterprise and Sustainable Development Tour (Fiji) is an immersive educational program providing students with an exploration of the environmental and social complexities which have become inextricably linked across this sizeable cluster of islands in the Asia-Pacific.

Multi-disciplinary -  School of Business elective (BUSN12002 or BUSN19) or Service Learning/Community Development elective in other Schools.

Please view the Fiji Social Enterprise & Sustainable Development PDF to find out more about this project.

10 NCP grants available!

Dates: January/February 2020 tbc

The Introduction to Tropical Biodiversity Expedition Study Tour is crafted in partnership with Taxon Expeditions, an educational organisation that will guide your hands-on introduction to biodiversity in the rainforests of Malaysian Borneo.

Find out more about the Malaysia Tropical Biodiversity Expedition.

40 NCP grants available!

Apply for short-term Outbound project

Check you meet the basic eligibility criteria outlined on the project page. If you do not meet the criteria for a specific project and there are no other projects listed in your discipline area, please have a look at the interdisciplinary projects, which are open to all students.

Download, complete and submit the below forms to

Application form (Short Course, Placement, Internship)

Course Planner Form (Short Course, Placement, Internship)

Referee Report

Note the deadlines vary for each project. For further information, please contact your CQUGlobal Advisor:

Phone: +61 7 49232438

If you have been accepted into a project you will hear back from your CQUGlobal Advisor within two weeks of receipt of application. The next step is to accept your offer by paying a deposit by the deadline in the offer letter. The places on these projects are limited and are allocated on a first pay first serve basis.

If the project fills up before you accept, we will put you on the reserve list or suggest a suitable alternate project if one exists.

Once you have secured a place on the project we will provide you with documentation needed to apply for a visa.

As soon as you have documentation to support your visa application you should lodge it with the relevant Embassy, High Commission or Consulate. Note, we have no control over this process and while we will try to help where we can, this is your responsibility. Some visa processing happens in a matter of days and others can take months. If you are an international student this is likely to take longer than if you are an Australian citizen lodging an application from within Australia.

Do your research early as different countries' requirements vary. Some may require you to have a health check, show evidence of funding to cover your stay and some ask for you to purchase travel and health insurance up front.

While you are awaiting your visa, you will be asked to:

  1. Attend a pre-departure session with the Project Leader and Facilitators (this may be in person or online)
  2. Register with International SOS. Mandatory for all CQUGlobal Outbound students.

As soon as you receive your visa, you must provide your CQUGlobal Advisor with your travel documents and they will arrange a group booking so you will be travelling and housed with your colleagues.

Note, you will be covered by the University's travel insurance unless you have any underlying and undeclared health conditions. You must discuss these with the Project Leader as early as possible.

The following is not an exhaustive check-list but it should help get you on track:

  1. Read and research as much as you can about where you are travelling to
  2. Photocopy all your travel documents and leave a copy with your friends or family for safe keeping
  3. Sort out currency: have some cash on arrival and load a travel cash card to keep your money secure
  4. Book a taxi to the airport.