Kruger Outbound Study Tour January 2020

  • Dates: 20 January to 02 February 2020
  • Destination: South Africa
  • Cost: AUD $6,400 (including flights, accommodation, food, and in-country transport)
  • Eligible students can receive $500 Western Sydney University Travel Grant
  • Eligible students can receive OS-HELP up to support payments towards this tour
  • Available for variety of discipline


Western Sydney academic staff will take students on an intensive two-week study abroad unit in the Kruger National Park located in South Africa. The Kruger National Park is one of the world's great parks, with a rich array of species including elephant, lion, giraffe, hippo, rhino, leopard, cheetah, warthog, zebra, hyena, and is home to over 400 species of birds and thousands of plants. On the trip, you will study in the field. Your lectures are out in the park with game guards and in a private teaching/research centre inside the boundaries of the park.

See Video - Western Sydney @ Kruger National Park (opens in a new window).

What does the unit entail?

  • The unit focuses on the history, politics, philosophy, management, and science of the Kruger National Park. It is designed for students interested in studying environmental issues from interdisciplinary perspectives. The unit will study the evolution of the savanna ecosystem in southern Africa, examine the history of the various human groups that have called the Kruger home, look at the science and management of savanna, and explore current challenges that national parks face in the face of economic development, social change, and environmental fluctuation.


  • This opportunity is available for all Western Sydney University students but you need to have 80 credits already before you participate into this program

Will the unit count towards your course?

  • You will need space for an elective within your degree. The unit will be listed as the International Special Study (102193) and can be taken as an elective by students inside and outside of International Relations and Asian Studies major. It is a 10-credit point unit requiring a travel journal, an essay, and an oral presentation.

Are there any field excursion?

  • In addition to required readings, the unit includes daily drives in an open-topped game-viewing vehicle and field-based experiences and lectures within the actual park. Field excursions will take place with historical and scientific experts and will be guarded by SAN Parks game guides who will ensure safety.  The lectures will help to reinforce key concepts and to give students a close-up view of the Kruger.

What else should I know?

  • Kruger National Park is located within a malarial area. July is low season for malaria, but prophylactics (anti-malarial medication) will be advised for students, ensuring safety. Please see information by the Kruger National Park (opens in a new window).
  • The class involves hikes in the field with armed game-guards. There is a risk of animal, poisonous snakes and tick bites. On entering the park students must sign a waiver to SAN-Parks relating to hazards. Your safety is our #1 concern. Our provider has had no serious safety problem in over tens years of managing study abroad trips with daily excursions into the field. All field excursions are led by one or more staff and escorted by 2 or 3 official game rangers with rifles. You are required to attend field excursions so you must be able to walk up to 10 km in up to 30 degree weather.

Program Cost

  • The total cost is expected to be around $6,400 exclusive of the cost of the unit credits. Students are expected to cover this cost either using private money or drawing on OS-HELP (see below).


  • You may be eligible for OS-HELP, a deferred HELP debt loan for undergraduate Australian citizens. Academic Approval is required; have completed 80 credit points of study, and have 10 credit points remaining on return. For further information on how to apply see OS-HELP

Conditions of Participation

  • The University of 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 (WS), the prospective country, overseas provider, 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 24 November 2019

STEP 1: Register Your Interest

  • Places are limited. To be considered for this opportunity, submit an online application by 24 November 2019

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 $6,791 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 details about the program, please contact: