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New Colombo plan grants announced

Monday, September 5 2016

Successful applicants for grants under the 2017 New Colombo Plan mobility program have been announced.

More than 7,400 Australian undergraduate students will live, study and take up internships in countries throughout the Indo-Pacific region next year under the New Colombo Plan mobility program, bringing the total number of students funded over its first four years to more than 17,000.

The New Colombo Plan is designed to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific by supporting Australian undergraduate students to live, study and undertake internships in the region. It is intended to provide life changing opportunities for Australia’s future leaders, giving academic and career aspirations a greater regional focus.

Mobility projects were open to Australian undergraduate students from any discipline, and range from short-term to semester-based study and internships. In 2017 the New Colombo Plan mobility program will support students from 40 Australian universities to study in 31 host locations across the Indo-Pacific region in fields as diverse as education, engineering, business and geology. Expanding education links between Australia and the Indo-Pacific through these students is an important part of transformative partnerships pillar of the National Strategy for International Education 2025.

For more information on the New Colombo Plan, visit


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