University Placements

Described by past students as life-changing, we promise this is one uni subject you won’t sleep through.

Life changing for you and the community

An Antipodeans placement is your chance to live and work in a developing community, applying classroom knowledge in a hands-on setting that’s vastly different to home. Supported by our team, your university and fellow students, you’ll overcome language, social and cultural barriers for a learning experience with real, tangible impact.

Designed to complement your coursework and count for credit towards your degree, an Antipodeans placement is a sustainable international experience that will change your perspective of the world, your degree, and yourself.

Are you a university educator? From the bottom of our heart, thank you. We understand you will have specific questions around our programs that this page can’t answer, so we’ve worked with your peers to create a page just for you. Head over there now →

“I saw a pregnant woman hear her baby’s heartbeat for the first time. I saw students grow and university supervisors selflessly educate and support, all while respecting local staff and patients. An incredible experience.”

Rachel Finch, Program Manager (Laos University Placement)

Good to know

WHO ARE UNI PLACEMENTS AVAILABLE TO?

University students at participating institutions.

TRIP DEPARTURE DATES

Chosen by the university.

HOW LONG DO PLACEMENTS GO FOR?

The average trip length is 2 to 4 weeks.

OTHER HANDY TIDBITS
  • Students travel with a supervising lecturer.
  • Students can gain credit towards their degree.
  • Weekends are for free time and exploring.
  • Funding is available to students.
  • Placements available in Nepal, India, Thailand, Vanuatu, Maldives, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia and Timor-Leste.
  • Students gain practical skills, professional experience and new, global networks.

Your itinerary

Designed for you, every placement is different. However, there are two core elements all students can expect:

A rewarding group placement

A hands-on international experience that might just change your perspective on the world, and yourself. Tailored to your university course, your Placement will give you the opportunity to work with fellow students and local staff, honing professional and personal skills as you are immersed in an entirely new culture. Keen to make a rewarding contribution to a community abroad, while gaining credit towards your degree? Travel Antipodeans.

Exploration and travel

Dive in and use your free time to travel and explore. Most students will choose to maximise their weekends by travelling to see the sites and squeezing the most out of their time abroad. Visit ancient temples and ruins, go snorkelling in crystal clear tropical waters or grab your mates for a hike to a hidden waterfall. This is your chance to make the most of it.

“Words cannot do it justice, nor can photos. It’s a feeling of amazement you had to be there to experience. I’m thankful I was.”

Connie Wong, Student at RMIT University (Nepal University Placement)

We’re different and because of that, you can be too

You may be considering, what am I going to get out of this? What can this give me my current uni classes can’t? Outside of: Improved communication skills, resourcefulness and cultural understanding; practical and professional experience in your field of study; new global networks and increased employment opportunities?

There's this:

Humility. Understanding.

We started Antipodeans because we believe travel makes you a better citizen of the world. Why? As Mark Twain once wrote, “travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” Can you imagine how different the world would be if everyone travelled? We can.

Perspective. Fearlessness. Independence.

Reed Hastings, founder of Netflix, was once asked how he was able to push past the fear of risking everything to build his ground-breaking startup. He reflected on his time abroad with the Peace Corps, saying “once you’ve hitchhiked across Africa with ten bucks in your pocket, starting a business doesn’t seem too intimidating.” We couldn’t have said it better.

Confidence. Purpose. Perseverance.

Travel gives you time to step out of life and look at it in new ways, to experience how people do things differently—often with less—and to learn from new cultures and customs. What you take away from those moments stay with you forever. Steve Jobs once said of his time in India, “I didn’t have a dorm room so I slept on the floor in friends’ rooms, returned coke bottles for 5¢ deposits to buy food with and I’d walk across town every Sunday to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple. I loved it. Much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on.”

Get inspired. Read about some of the amazing places where you can contribute: Cambodia, India, and Vietnam.