Social Sciences International Placement

2H 2018 (June 25  to December 23, 2018)

This unit provides third year students enrolled in the B. Anthropology, B.  Humanitarian & Development Studies, B. Social Science, B. Social Science (Advanced) or B. Tourism Management with the opportunity to apply skills and knowledge acquired during the first two years of their degree to a ‘real world’ setting. In 2018 students will spend 12-14 weeks in Nepal, where they will study at Kathmandu University and work with local NGOs on various community projects.

**  All eligible students were invited to attend an information session on 29 March, 2018.  If you have not been contacted about this but believe you are eligible to take part please contact the unit coordinators as a matter of urgency.  **


Name of Program

Social Sciences International Placement

Destination country


Destination city


Project Partner

Kathmandu University / various NGOs

Language of Instruction


Start Date

Pre-departure coursework runs from June 25, 2018 to August 10, 2018 (weeks 1-7 of 2H).

Placement runs from approx. August 13, 2018 to 16 November, 2018 (weeks 8 – 21 of 2H).

Post-travel debrief and assessment will take place between November 26 and December 7, 2018 (weeks 23 & 24 of 2H)

What can I Study?

In conjunction with the placement, students will be expected to complete pre-departure coursework, training and assessment and a post-placement debrief session and assessment.

In addition, students will also enrol in one not-for-credit unit at Kathmandu University, which will provide an introduction to Nepalese society and/or language.

The work that students undertake during placement will vary, but may include: community visits, community consultation, development of educational programs, communications, grant writing, policy evaluation, research and report writing.

Academic Recognition

This unit is worth 40CP.  Please see the Handbook description for 102174 for more information regarding where it fits in your program.

Cultural Excursions

Students will have opportunity to take part in various cultural and educational activities at Kathmandu University.  They will also have opportunity to visit local sites and attractions on weekends, including Kathmandu World Heritage Sites and Shivapuri National Park.

Type of Accommodation

Shared accommodation close to Kathmandu University and/or workplace partners will be arranged.  Students will be expected to meet the cost of this themselves.


If you require additional finance, you may be eligible for OS-HELP, a deferred HELP debt loan for undergraduate Australian citizens up to $7700. Academic recognition is required and to qualify you will need to have completed 80 credit points of study, and have 10 credit points remaining on return. See OS-HELP


This is an Exchange Program opportunity. An exchange program is based on an official agreement between two partner universities. You do not pay tuition fees to their host University but continue to pay their fees to Western Sydney University as usual (ie. upfront or through HECS).

Western Sydney University pays for the:

  • Return airfare to Nepal
  • Initial tourist visa

You pay for:

  • Student visa
  • Vaccinations
  • Accommodation and food
  • Local transport
  • Personal expenses

During the program you will be covered by Western Sydney University's student travel insurance.

Selection criteria

  • Students must be enrolled in 1667 B. Social Science; 1664 B. Tourism Management; 1733 B. Social Science Advanced; 1790 B. Anthropology or 1735 B. Humanitarian and Development Studies.
  • Students must have completed 160 credit points of study.
  • Students enrolled in 1667, 1664 and 1733 must also have achieved a minimum GPA of 5
  • Students enrolled in the B. Social Science Advanced must also have completed at least one of the Advanced core units.
  • Please see the WSU Handbook for more information.

How To Apply

All students eligible to take part in the unit this year have been contacted.  If you believe you are eligible and you haven’t been contacted please email the unit coordinators as a matter of urgency.

If you are interested in taking part in future years and meet the selection criteria above, please contact your academic course advisor to see how this unit fits within your course.


Your application will be assessed based upon academic merit and suitability. This may take a few weeks to complete. If your application is successful, you will be required to:

  1. Submit a written application to work with your preferred project partner(s) and attend an interview.  Information about this process will be provided by the unit coordinators via email.
  2. Enrol in 102174 for 2H 2018
  3. Be ready to commence study in 2H 2018 (week 1 starts on June 25)
  4. Obtain a passport and visa for travel to Nepal
  5. Undergo any necessary medical check-ups and/or treatments (e.g. vaccinations)
  6. Review the Online Checklist to ensure you have completed the important tasks before heading overseas (some areas on this page may not be relevant to you)



Kathmandu University


Unit coordinators: /

Face to Face:

An information session for eligible students was held on 29 March, 2018.