Meiji Study Tour 2020

$3000 New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant Available

  • Dates: 27 June to 18 July 2020 (3 weeks)
  • Cost: AUD$ 6,700 (not including personal expenses)
  • Destination: Tokyo, Japan
  • Eligible students participating in this program will receive a $3000 New Colombo Plan (NCP) Mobility Grant towards cost
  • The Japanese   Government offers a scholarship for students with a high GPA worth 80,000 Yen (around $860) to assist with living expenses in Tokyo
  • Eligible students can receive OS-HELP, a deferred HECS loan valued up to $8,295


Dr David Walton will lead a delegation of 15 students to Japan in July 2020 to participate in a short course program at Meiji University. This is an exciting opportunity to engage with leading Japanese professors at a time when Japan is going through profound changes.

The study is tailored for students who have completed 80 credit points in the BA and consists of lectures and visits to key sites in Tokyo as well as some travel to other parts of Japan. The program will focus on current and topical political and economic issues affecting Japan.

Tuition will be in English and no Japanese language expertise is required. Naturally, participation will be valuable for students studying Japanese. To find out visit the Meiji University homepage.



  • In addition to the grant you will need to pay $3700 prior to ticketing deadline to cover the following:
    • International Airfares
    • All accommodation for the duration of the tour including breakfast
    • Language lessons
    • All lectures and classes
    • Site visits
    • Weekend camp
    • Return rail fares to Kyoto
    • Airport transfers overseas
  • The University’s Travel Insurance will cover students who are correctly enrolled into the unit assigned for this study tour.
  • All other expenses such as independent trips, shopping, and meals must be self-funded.Typically, living costs are lower in Tokyo than Sydney. Please ensure you have at least $2000 to cover costs.
  • The costs listed above are in addition to the HECS charges for the 10 credit point Unit of study.


Successful students will enrol in 102193 (2H) International Special Study and will be required to complete the usual assessment for this unit. Alternate arrangements for academic credit will be made for students who already have completed 102193.  Please note that the usual HECS charges of a Commonwealth-supported student in a 10-credit point subject will apply.


  • The detailed course schedule will be available by the end of March 2020.  As listed in the unit description of 102193 (2H), there will be three assessment items:
    • 1. A paper to be presented   in Tokyo;
    • 2. A video journal to   be prepared in Tokyo and submitted on return to Sydney; and
    • 3. An essay, due after   return from Tokyo

Academic Recognition

  • Upon successful completion of the unit, students will receive ten credit points towards their International Relations and Asian Studies or History and Political Thought major or, if they are not enrolled in an IRAS or HPT specialisation, as unspecified credit towards their BA or B International Studies.
  • Please consult with your Course Adviser to ensure you have available space in your degree or major.

Eligibility for Program

Completion of 80 credit points towards the BA or B (International Studies).

Eligibility for the New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant

  • The New Colombo Plan is a signature initiative of the Australian Government which aims to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia by supporting Australian undergraduates to study and undertake internships in the region.
  • Each eligible student selected for this opportunity will be supported by a $3000 New Colombo Plan Mobility grant
  • To be eligible you must be:
    • an Australian citizen
    • enrolled in an undergraduate degree at Western Sydney University
    • be aged 18-28 years
    • must not have received a New Colombo Plan Mobility grant on a previous occasion
    • receive academic recognition for the experience
  • Note: The Government requires that 70% of participants in the program must be between the ages of 18 and 28. Therefore 30% of participants can be 29 and over. If you are over the age of 28, you are still encouraged to submit an Expression of Interest

Eligibility for OS-HELP

You may be eligible for OS-HELP, a deferred HELP debt loan for undergraduate Australian citizens - loans of $4,000 or $8,295 are available. Academic Approval is required; have completed 80 credit points of study, and have 10 credit points remaining on return.

Conditions of Participation

  • Meiji short course runs from June 27 to July 18. The airline tickets have already been booked to secure a cheap ticket. You are required to travel as a group. No additional travel will be approved as you return to Sydney two days before the Spring semester begins.
  • The Western Sydney University is committed to demonstrating high standards of personal and professional conduct at all times. When participating in an overseas program, students must assume certain obligations to Western Sydney University, the prospective country and other participants in a program. See Conditions of Participation in an Overseas Program.
  • The University reserves the right to vary program fees in the event of changes in exchange rates or price rises made by partners or other suppliers. If the cost of any service increases due to exchange rate fluctuations, price increases, tax changes or any other reason, participants are required to pay the increase when notified or may cancel a program which may result in cancellation fees.

How to Apply - Deadline 15 March 2020

STEP 1: Register Your Interest

  • To be considered for this opportunity, you will be required to provide a statement (no more than one paragraph) on why you wish to participate in the program and please submit your Expression of Interest by 15 March 2020.
  • Please note that a panel of Western Sydney University academics candidates will assess applications. Selection is based on academic performance and the capacity to be a good ambassador.  There is no need to provide your academic record.

STEP 2: Apply for Academic Approval

  • Discuss your preferred option with your Academic Course Adviser (ACA) or placement coordinator - visit your School website and see 'Contact'
  • To receive recognition for your overseas experience, it is important that you seek advice from your Academic Course Advisor and apply for academic approval at least 3 months prior to commencement. Find out how to apply for Academic Approval below: 

STEP 3: Apply for OS-HELP

  • You may be eligible for OS-HELP, a deferred HELP debt loan for undergraduate Australian citizens - loans of $4,000 or $8,295 are available. Academic Approval is required; have completed 80 credit points of study, and have 10 credit points remaining on return.
  • Note, depending on the program, some of the opportunities below provide a scholarship, tuition waivers, free or cheap accommodation etc.

STEP 4: Complete the 'Before I Go' Online Checklist

Complete the Online Checklist (opens in a new window) to ensure you have completed the important tasks before heading overseas. This includes applying for a Student Mobility Travel Grant and information about travel insurance.

Further Advice

For more information about the program, please contact

New Colombo Plan Government Reference 30139