Inbound students Study Abroad and Exchange at the University of Melbourne

Universitas 21 Social Entrepreneur Corps

Social Entrepreneurship is an approach that the Social Entrepreneur Corps successfully utilizes in Latin America. For the proposed U21 program, students interested in international development will work directly with SE Corps field professionals and social entrepreneurs in Ecuador to help establish new and grow existing micro-consignment supported businesses and to support other local partners that promote innovative development models.

The benefits include exposure to economic theories of social entrepreneurship and active engagement with case study analyses, Spanish language, and Ecuadorian, including indigenous cultures. The students will experience living with the local families and working intensively with community service organizations, and local social entrepreneurs. Our students will make a tangible difference in people’s lives, while also acquiring the knowledge, skills, and habits necessary to become socially aware, active global citizens

2016 U21 SEC

2016 Cost

This is a fee-paying study abroad program, students must pay fees to the University of Connecticut. Students will not pay tuition to the University of Melbourne for credit obtained on this program.

The program fee for 2016 are $3,500 USD, this includes tuition, accommodation in Ecuador, internal transfers to program destinations and some meals. It does not include airfares to Ecuador, visa costs and health insurance.

2016 U21 SEC Grants

In 2016 Melbourne Global Mobility will award up to two U21 SEC grants to UoM students to participate in the SEC program. The grant will cover the program fee and also incorporates a travel grant valued at $1000.00 AUD.

The program fee will cover: 

  • Accommodation 
  • Most meals
  • Tuition
  • Airport transfers

The travel grant will be paid directly to the student, and is intended to assist with costs associated with flights and visa. 

U21 SEC grants will be awarded on the basis of academic mertit. Students who are awarded the U21 SEC Grant will not be eligible for a Melbourne Global Scholars Award.

Academic Information

This program is a credit bearing program taught by the University of Connecticut.  By default, six University of Connecticut credits are assigned to this program. This is usually equivalent to 12.5 - 25 UoM credits.

LLAS 3293 Ecuadorian Society and Social Entrepreneurship (3 credits)
LLAS 3293 Field Work in Ecuador (3 credits)

2. In-country Orientation and Foundation Building: June 26 – July 3, 2016
Upon arrival in the country, all students spend the first segment of their time in Cuenca, attending orientation sessions, living with local families, studying Spanish intensively, participating in development discussions, visiting nearby development and relief organizations, and participating in project content and technical training.

3. Field-work: July 4 – July 17, 2016
Students travel to Loja and visit different satellite work sites, staying with additional local families, in group living settings and/or in hotels. Students will work with Peace Corps Volunteers, local community service organizations, and local businesses.

4. Conclusion, Delivery, and Presentation: July 18 – July 22, 2016
All participants return to the SECorps headquarters in Cuenca for the final days of the program. At this time the projects are completed and presented, Spanish evaluations are conducted and participants stay wit the local families one last time.

5. Assessment
Students will be assessed based on news analyses while in Ecuador, and reflections on experience and final presentation at the end of the trip. Throughout the program, students will be invited to contribute to a group blog, sharing and reflecting on their experience.

Download syllabus from here.

Application Process & Subject Timeline

Interested students must submit an internal application to Melbourne Global Mobility (see criteria below). Successful applicants will be selected by a panel of academic and professional staff based on the quality of their written application and academic history. Please note that selection is highly competitive and the selection committee's decision is final.

Successful internal applications will next be nominated by Melbourne Global Mobility to the University of Connecticut where they their application will be reviewed and assessed in accordance with an external application process.

UoM students successfully accepted by the University of Connecticut will be required to apply for participation on the SEC program as part of an approved Study Abroad program.

Internal Application

Students apply to Melbourne Global Mobility before: 5pm, 7 March, 2016
Applications assessed & UoM students notified of the outcome: 10 March, 2016
First round U21 Grant outcome (conditional on U Conn acceptance into the program): 10 March, 2016
Second round U21 Grant outcome: 29 April , 2016

External Application

Nomination deadline (to U Conn): Monday, 18 March, 2016
Online application deadline: Monday,1 April, 2016
Application review and Skype interviews: Monday, 4 April – Wednesday,13 April, 2016
Decision date: Monday, 18 April, 2016
Commitment deadline: Friday, 29 April, 2016

Please note that any students who withdraw after the commitment deadline will be required to pay the program fee in full.

Subject Dates

Online classes: Monday, May 30, 2016 – Saturday, June 25, 2016
Ecuador arrival: Sunday, June 26, 2016
Final Presentations: Monday, July 18-Tursday, July, 21, 2016
Ecuador departure: Friday, July 22, 2016

Further information is available on the U21 website.

How to Apply

Students must apply to Melbourne Global Mobility by 5pm, 7 March, 2016.

The written application must adress three key selection key questions:

  • What is your motivation for applying to participate in this program?
  • Demonstrate a proven interest in International Development work (give examples of previous work, volunteer or study experiences).
  • Describe you experience in working with individuals of diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Describe you experience working in a team, under pressure.

Total wordcount must not exceed 1200 words.

Additional documentation: A copy of your most recent academic transcript and a current resume.

Eligibility: Students must be undergraduate students who have completed at lease 100 points of study at the University of Melboune and have an academic average of at least H2B (70%).

Please email applications to: rwellam@unimelb.edu.au