New Colombo Plan Travel

The New Colombo Grant Scheme facilitates programs that offer UQ students some exciting travel opportunities. 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 research field trips in the region.

In 2023, the school is pleased to be able to provide two experiences for third-year Bachelor of Architectural Design students. 

ARCH3342 - Special Topics in Architecture 
Dr Andrew Wilson and Dr Timothy O'Rourke

ARCH3342 is an intensive course designed around a field trip to Japan. Students will undertake a two-week trip to Japan, to collaborate on field work alongside activities with Japanese architecture students and researchers, investigating Aged-Care Facilities, working with Japanese architecture practice Te-Co, renowned for their innovative aged-care projects, that typically combine aged-care with child-care, and other social programs. Students will develop skills in cross-cultural exchange, modes of professional presentation, and architectural research. They will survey and record physical, social, and cultural data, and interact with architects, visit architecture schools, contemporary architectural projects and innovative aged-care case study projects in Tokyo and Yokohama. Students will be introduced to leading Japanese architects, and study vernacular, traditional, and contemporary architecture and settlement patterns. The research tasks will be concluded upon return to Australia. There will be a separate application process for this course, as those who attend the trip will receive a $2,600 scholarship. ARCH3342 will be scheduled in Teaching Period 2, with travel anticipated to be in the weeks of 27 January – 13 February 2023, and coursework completed in February. Applications for ARCH3342 will open on 9 September and close on 30 September; there will be 18 grants available.

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South Korea
ARCH3341 - Architecture Field Experience
Dr Silvia Micheli

ARCH3341 is an intensive course designed around a field trip to South Korea. This two week field trip is designed for students to familiarise with contemporary architecture and urbanism in South Korea, considered one of the most dynamic design laboratories of the Asia Pacific region. Students will focus on the productive aspects and typologies of the city and their relations with public space. The field experience will include site visits in Seoul and learning activities in South Korean top universities and architectural practices. Selected students will each be offered a mobility grant of $3,000 that will go towards airfares, accommodation, meals and local transports.

ARCH3341 will be scheduled in 
Teaching Period 5, with travel anticipated to be in the weeks of 27 June–14 July 2023. Applications for ARCH3341 will open on 9 September; there will be 20 grants available.

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Participating student requirements

It is required that each student receiving a student grant:

  1. is an Australian citizen
  2. is not a citizen or permanent resident of a host location in which they will undertake a mobility project
  3. is enrolled at UQ and undertaking the Bachelor of Architectural Design
  4. will receive credit/count towards the course requirements for the Bachelor of Architectural Design
  5. meets the age requirements (at least 70 per cent of students participating must be aged between 18 and 28 years, with the exception of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students who do not need to be aged between 18 and 28)
  6. not be an employee of the branch of DFAT that administers the NCP
  7. does not during the course of their bachelor degree or bachelor honours degree:
    - receive more than one student grant for the same mobility project OR
    - receive more than two student grants during the course of their Bachelor Degree or Bachelor Honours Degree  

NOTE: Students who do not meet the eligibility requirements may apply to attend the trip; however, they will not be able to receive the grant and will need to pay the trip costs individually.