School of Architecture



The School of Architecture is a successful recipient of a New Colombo Plan (NCP) Mobility Program grant. This funding will support 20 Bachelor of Architectural Design (BArchDes) students who are enrolled in the School of Architecture at The University of Queensland (UQ) to participate in a two-week program based in South Korea.

Dates of Course: 21 June 2020 - 11 July 2020

Dates of Field Trip: 28 June 2020 - 11 July 2020

Applications to participate in this short-term study opportunity are now open!

Find out how to apply below.


Learning from Korea: K-Architecture and leisure urbanism in Seoul and Daejeon

Course Coordinators: Silvia Micheli and Sandra Kaji-O'Grady

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. This field trip is designed for students to familiarise with the production of contemporary architecture and urbanism in South Korea, considered one of the most dynamic design laboratories of the Asia Pacific region. By experiencing the rapid densification, technological changes and leisure urbanism of Korean cities – Seoul, the capital city of South Korea, and Daejeon, the Silicon Valley of Asia – students will learn a set of urban design strategies that will prepare them professionally at regional level. The field trip will include site visits in Seoul and Daejeon, and their urban regions, and learning activities in South Korean top universities. Selected students will each be offered a mobility grant of $3,000 that will go towards airfares, accommodation, meals and local transports.

This project is supported by the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan.

Selected students will receive credit for this project under ARCH3341 Architecture Field Experience in Teaching Period 5 2020 (attached to Semester 2 2020).  ARCH3341 counts as a Part B elective towards the Bachelor of Architectural Design (BArchDes) Program Rules and Course List requirements -- this experience is not offered as an addition to the BArchDes requirements.

Who is eligible?

To be eligible to participate in this Mobility Program, you must:

  • be an Australian citizen, aged 18-28*. Students cannot receive a student grant to undertake a mobility project in a Host location in which they have dual citizenship or residency rights;
  • be undertaking a Bachelor of Architectural Design (BArchDes) program in the semester of application;
  • be able to enrol in ARCH3341 in Teaching Period 5 2020 (Semester 2 2020). The NCP grant is only available to students who have an elective still available in their program of study. By applying for this program, you agree that you are eligible to enrol in ARCH3341 as an elective towards your BArchDes program. It is an NCP requirement that ARCH3341 be credited towards your program. 
  • be able to attend all activities including pre-departure seminars, travel to South Korea (28 June 2020 - 11 July 2020, during Inter-Semester recess), and attend post-travel assessment seminars;
  • hold (or be eligible for) a valid Australian passport with more than 6 months validity after 11 July 2020. Permanent residents of Australia, or students with current South Korean citizenship or permanent residency are not eligible to apply; and
  • not have previously received a New Colombo Plan (NCP) short-term mobility grant.

Korean language proficiency is not required but may be favourable in selection considerations.

*Per Section 4.3.4 Age Requirement of the New Colombo Plan Mobility Program Guidelines, at least 70 per cent of the total number of students receiving the grant must be aged 18 to 28 inclusive at the commencement of the mobility project. 30 per cent of student recipients do not need to be aged between 18 and 28.

Grant Contributions

The $3,000 mobility grant will be used to contribute to your trip costs including,

  • Airfare;
  • Accommodation;
  • Meals; and
  • Local transport costs during the program.

All decisions regarding group bookings/activities will be made in the best interest of the student-group.

Important Dates

Applications Open: Wednesday 12 February 2020
Applications Close: 10:00AM Thursday 27 February 2020
Outcome Notifications: from Monday 2 March 2020
Acceptance Due*: Friday 6 March 2020
 *Semester 1 2020 enrolment needs to be finalised accordingly to allow for ARCH3341 credit for Semester 2 2020.

Selection Criteria

The following are the selection criteria against which applicants will be assessed.  Applicants should use the guidance in the square brackets to assist with their responses.

  • Demonstrated academic excellence
    [This criterion relates to academic excellence as demonstrated through the applicant's graded average achieved in tertiary studies and to academic awards and commendations at the tertiary level.]

Applicants should address the following criterion and limit their responses to 100 words per criterion

  • Demonstrated leadership in the community
    [Applicants may consider including volunteer and not-for-profit roles and/or activities they have undertaken in their local community, overseas or in their university.]
  • Professional development
    [Applicants describe how this experience enhances their cultural awareness, employment potential and their ability to operate in new and changing environments. The applicant also demonstrates an understanding of the overarching goals of the New Colombo Plan.]​
  • Describe your main motivation for travelling to South Korea.  100 words maximum.

Other considerations

In addition to the selection criteria, where applicants have similarly meritorious claims, preference may be given to applicants whose inclusion will promote:

  • balance and diversity in: fields of study and across the genders;
  • opportunities for students who have not previously received any Australia Government funded off-shore scholarship; and
  • representation from diverse student groups (including but not limited to: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students; students from regional/remote areas; students with disabilities, students from low socio-economic status (SES) backgrounds, or students from a non-English speaking background).

A selection panel consisting of representatives from the School of Architecture will consider all applications.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted through the online application form, open from Wednesday 12 February 2020 to 10:00AM Thursday 27 February 2020.

The following details will be requested in the online application form:

  • Name;
  • UQ Student ID Number;
  • UQ Student Email Address;
  • Phone Number;
  • Date of Birth;
  • Degree Program in which the applicant is enrolled;
  • Current Cumulative Grade Point Average;
  • Diversity Group status;
  • South Korean Citizenship or Residency status;
  • Previous short-term NCP Mobility Grant recipient status; and
  • Responses to the Selection Criteria.


Applications Closed

Further Information

If you have any questions or would like to know more about the program, please contact:

School of Architecture