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Humanitarian Engineering Design Summit Short-term Fieldwork
Gujarat, India (Outgoing Program)
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Program Terms: Summer (Dec - Feb)
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Non-Exchange Short-Term
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Engineering and Information Technologies
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Field School
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1-2 weeks
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Humanitarian Engineering Design Summit 

Location: Gujarat, India
Program dates: TBA in August
Application deadline: TBA in August
Duration: 2 weeks

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In 2017, The University of Sydney introduced a new major in Humanitarian Engineering. This major is the first of its kind in Australia and includes an elective fieldwork unit of study - CIVL5330 - that consists of a two-week educational study tour designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the role design and technology plays in creating positive change within disadvantaged communities.

The Design Summit program in India held by the School of Civil Engineering and contributes to the Humanitarian Major. The Design Summit will examine circumstances of the local community and then design commensurate engineering solutions. During fieldwork, students will gain hands-on experience to develop their humanitarian engineering, while interacting with local communities. Students will also attend workshops and activities run by local community leaders during the course of the two weeks.

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Academic Information

Language: Classes are instructed in English.
Relevant subject areas: Civil Engineering
Academic credit: Students undertaking the unit will be enrolled in the course code CIVL5330

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Useful Information 

Location overview
Gujarat, India's westernmost state, has varied terrain and numerous sacred sites. In its urban center of Ahmedabad is the Calico Museum of Textiles, displaying antique and modern Indian fabrics. Spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi's base from 1917–1930 was Sabarmati Ashram, where his living quarters remain on view. The Jama Masjid (Friday Mosque) is another architectural curiosity, built in the 15th century, has a large courtyard and a columned design that attracts many foreign visitors.


Read about February 2018’s Humanitarian Engineering Design Summit

Contact for more information
Emmeline Yeo
School Administration Officer
Phone: 02 9351 5438


Program fee: TBA (August)
Program fee inclusions: TBA (August)

Scholarships: Forty (40) New Colombo Plan (NCP) mobility grants will be available to eligible undergraduate University of Sydney students who satisfy the NCP criteria (value $3000). There are also scholarships available for international students.

Travel insurance: If you are approved by the University of Sydney to participate in this program you will be covered by the University's Student Travel Insurance Policy. This is a complementary policy to cover you for the duration of your University of Sydney mobility experience. Please refer to the Audit and Risk Management website for all travel insurance queries.
Other costs: Flights, visa, accommodation, meals, other travel expenses.

Cost of living: Follow this link to find out more about the cost of living in Gujarat.

OS-HELP loans may be available to eligible students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place where the program is approved for credit prior to departure. Application required.  

How to Apply

Applications for the Humanitarian Engineering Design Summit have not yet opened for 2018, but more information will be available in August. Continue checking this page for updates or see 'Useful Information' for more contact information.

If you have any questions about this program, please feel free to contact us at

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