International sustainability experience subject

The subject will explore the interconnection of place, society and the environment, and culminate in a two-week overseas field trip. Whatever your financial situation, from January 2021 you could be one of the La Trobe students travelling to locations across China and Vietnam.

Key features

  • Undertake a pre-trip preparation module comprising a mix of face-to-face and online learning
  • A two-week international study trip where La Trobe covers the cost of airfares (with an open-ended return date), accommodation, food, transport, visa fees and insurance.2
  • Spend a week working on sustainability projects, helping find solutions to real-world problems.
  • Develop cultural awareness, problem solving, teamwork and communication skills.
  • Expand your social and professional network during the study tour.

About the experience

Are you passionate about making a difference to our environment? Do you want to add valuable international experience to your degree? With travel costs funded, our new International Sustainability Experience (ISE) subject will expose you to new cultures and industries while helping tackle the global issues of sustainability and environmental impact.

Available across a broad range of La Trobe business and humanities degrees, the ISE elective subject can be taken during the summer semester at the end of the first year of your degree.1

The subject will explore the interconnection of place, society and the environment, and culminate in a two-week overseas field trip. Whatever your financial situation, from January 2021 you could be one of the La Trobe students travelling to locations across China and Vietnam.

Watch Professor Nick Bisley, Head of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, talk about the International Sustainability Experience.

Who is eligible?

Students enrolled in the following courses are entitled to enrol in the ISE subject provided the following criteria are met:

Humanities and Social Science students

Students enrolled in the following degrees are entitled to enrol in the ISE subject provided the following criteria are met:

  • Students taking the subject as a second-year elective will need to have completed or received advanced standing for at least 60 credit points (equivalent to one semester full time) of their studies in an eligible degree prior to enrolling in the subject.
  • Students taking the subject as a third-year elective will need to be in good academic standing and have 30 credit points of third year elective space available in their degree.
  • Students must be granted a Visa for travel to China or Vietnam.
  • For students with particular needs, the La Trobe Student Mobility unit will work with students on an individual basis to assess whether these needs are able to be accommodated within the subject. While in many cases we will be able to make appropriate adjustments, due to the nature of the trips, which will generally include time based in rural locations, we may not be able to accommodate all cases.

These criteria apply to all students, irrespective of when they commenced their studies and whether they are full-time or part-time students.

Course codeCourseLocation
ABARCBachelor of ArchaeologyBundoora
RBABachelor of ArtsBendigo
ABABUBachelor of Arts Bundoora
HUSBAWBachelor of Arts Albury Wodonga
HUSBAMBachelor of Arts Mildura
BEBAPBachelor of Arts Shepparton
AZAHTSBachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Health ScienceBundoora
SZASBachelor of Arts/Bachelor of ScienceBundoora
LZBABBachelor of Business/Bachelor of ArtsBendigo
LZBAMBachelor of Business/Bachelor of ArtsMildura
LZBAPBachelor of Business/Bachelor of ArtsShepparton
LZBAWBachelor of Business/Bachelor of ArtsAlbury-Wodonga
LZCABachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of ArtsBundoora
ABHITBachelor of Humanities, Innovation and TechnologyBundoora
ABIRBachelor of International RelationsBundoora
ABLLBachelor of Language and LinguisticsBundoora
LWLWABachelor of Laws/Bachelor of ArtsBundoora
ABMCBachelor of Media and CommunicationBundoora

La Trobe Business School students

Acceptance into the subject is subject to availability and students satisfying the following criteria:

  • Students enrolled in an LBS degree at a metro campus are eligible to apply to enrol. Regional campus students who meet the required criteria will be entitled to a place in ISE.
  • Students taking the subject as a second-year elective will need to have completed or received advanced standing for at least 60 credit points (equivalent to one semester full time) of their studies in an eligible degree.
  • Students taking the subject as a third-year elective will need to be in good academic standing and have 30 credit points of third year elective space available in their degree.
  • Students must be granted a Visa for travel to China or Vietnam.
  • For students with particular needs, the La Trobe Student Mobility unit will work with students on an individual basis to assess whether these needs are able to be accommodated within the subject.
  • Based on student demand, La Trobe reserves the right to cap the number of places available to metro campus students.

The above criteria apply to all students, irrespective of when they commenced their studies and whether they are full-time or part-time students.

Course codeCourseLocation
ECBBWBachelor of BusinessAlbury-Wodonga
RBBBachelor of BusinessBendigo
RBBMBachelor of BusinessMildura
LMBBPBachelor of BusinessShepparton
LBBCWBachelor of Business (Accounting)Albury-Wodonga
LBBCBBachelor of Business (Accounting)Bendigo
LBBCMBachelor of Business (Accounting)Mildura
LBBCSBachelor of Business (Accounting)Shepparton
LBBABBachelor of Business (Agribusiness)Albury-Wodonga
LBBABBachelor of Business (Agribusiness)Bendigo
LBBABBachelor of Business (Agribusiness)Mildura
LBBABBachelor of Business (Agribusiness)Shepparton
LBBSBBachelor of Business (Sport Development and Management)Bendigo
LBBSWBachelor of Business (Sport Management)Albury-Wodonga
LZCABachelor of Commerce/Bachelor of ArtsBundoora

For students enrolled in the following degrees, in addition to the eligibility criteria detailed above, acceptance into the ISE is subject to availability.

Course codeCourseLocation
LBCBachelor of AccountingBundoora
LBBBachelor of BusinessBundoora
LBBANBachelor of Business AnalyticsBundoora
LBBCBachelor of Business (Accounting)Bundoora
LBBABBachelor of Business (Agribusiness)Bundoora
LBBEMBachelor of Business (Event Management)Bundoora
LBBHRBachelor of Business (Human Resource Management)Bundoora
LBBMKBachelor of Business (Marketing)Bundoora
LBBSBachelor of Business (Sport Management)Bundoora
LBBTHBachelor of Business (Tourism & Hospitality)Bundoora
LBCOMBachelor of CommerceBundoora
LBDBBachelor of Digital BusinessBundoora
LBFBachelor of FinanceBundoora
LBIBBachelor of International BusinessBundoora

How to apply

Expression of interest forms for students interested in enrolling in the ISE subject will be able to be submitted between March and June 2020. These forms will be assessed during July 2020 and provisional (pending issue of Visas) enrolments will be confirmed in August 2020.

Enrolments will be finalised upon the issuing of Visas to provisionally enrolled students.

FAQs

Subject costs

While the travel costs for the international trip component of the ISE will be covered by La Trobe and will not require additional financial contribution from students, it should be noted that the subject itself is not ‘free’. Standard subject fees for a 30 Credit Point environmental studies subject will apply to the ISE subject.

Subject timing and key dates

Expressions of interest forms for those wishing to enrol in the subject will be available for submission from March 2020 to June 2020. During July 2020, students who have submitted an expression of interest will be advised of available trip dates and locations and will be able to submit their preferences regarding dates and locations. Provisional enrolments (with final confirmation of enrolment subject to the issuing of Visas) and trip allocations will be advised to students in August 2020.

The pre-trip component of the ISE subject will occur during December 2020. The pre-trip module will include completion of an online module and attendance at a one-day workshop to be held in Bundoora. The international trips will be held during January 2021. The post trip component – which is an assessment task – will be completed during the first half of February 2021.

International trip locations and travel dates

There will be multiple trip locations across Vietnam and China. Most trip will include a mixture of time spent across urban and rural locations. Students who have registered an expression of interest in enrolling in the ISE subject will be advised of available locations and travel dates by 1 July 2020.  Students will then be able to submit their preference list for the available trip locations and dates. While every effort will be made to accommodate student preferences, it is not possible to guarantee that all students will receive their top preferences.

While the exact travel dates will depend on which travelling group and destination you are allocated to, all travel will be occurring during January 2021.

Travel arrangements

Students in the ISE subject will travel in groups of up to 30 students to their allocated location. Students will be accompanied by 2 academic staff for the duration of the two weeks they spend in Vietnam or China.

Students will be referred to a travel specialist who will assist them with obtaining appropriate Visas and will also work with the students to book their preferred return flight arrangements.

Outbound flights, in country accommodation, in country transportation and meals will be organised for each travelling group.

How the subject fits within the structure of eligible degrees

The ISE subject is a 30 credit point elective subject. As such, it is not compulsory and is not linked to any specific majors within the eligible degrees. In 2020/21 the subject will be available as both a second-year elective subject and a third-year elective subject. From 2021/22 onwards, the subject will only be available as a second-year elective subject.

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1. For the first year of delivery, the subject will also be offered as a third-year elective so students entering second year in 2020 can participate before their third year. After this time, the subject will revert to a second-year elective only.
2. A key feature of the International Sustainability Experience is that the costs of airfares, accommodation, food, transport, visa fees and insurance are covered, with students facing no additional charges beyond the standard subject fees that apply to any 30 credit point environmental studies subject.
Please note: While every effort will be made to accommodate all students, it may not be possible to accommodate the needs of every student.