Cultural Immersion FSOC300

FSOC300 Cultural Immersion: Reciprocal Learning ProgramNgukurr Family Image


The Faculty of Social Sciences is offering a Reciprocal Learning Program for students from Education, Geography and Sustainable Communities, Health and Society and Psychology to travel to Ngukurr, South East Arnhem Land. The aim of this experience is to increase your intercultural awareness and develop empathy and understanding of Aboriginal people, their culture, knowledge and practices to apply through your career and professional practices. During the visit, emphasis will be on an exchange of cultural knowledge and skills between Ngukurr community members and UOW students.

Ngukurr is a very remote community in the Northern Territory. Entry to these communities is restricted and this presents a once in a lifetime opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the everyday life of a remote Aboriginal community. The University of Wollongong has a 20 year relationship with Ngukurr and local people will lead the teaching and cultural immersion activities.

This experience will count as an Autumn session elective (FSOC300 Cultural Immersion: Reciprocal Learning Program).


You will need to be:

  • Concerned with Indigenous issues
  • Adventurous
  • Not afraid of camping and basic living conditions
  • Open-minded
  • Resourceful
  • Collaborative and considerate
  • Willing to work as part of a team


If you wish to apply for this program, please ensure all your vaccinations are up-to-date, particularly Tetanus and Hepatitis B.


Group One
Thursday 27 June - Saturday 6 July

Group Two
Thursday 4 July - Saturday 13 July

Each group will travel from Sydney to Darwin by plane. The group will spend two nights in Darwin, before travelling to Ngukurr by bus and spending six nights there. The group will then travel back to Darwin by bus and spend one more night there before flying back to Sydney.


The Faculty of Social Sciences has committed to the provision of scholarships for Faculty students. As a result, the cost of the program for each student will be $3000.

This will include:

  • Sydney to Darwin return airfares
  • Accompanied transfers to and from Ngukurr
  • All accommodation including motel in Darwin and basic camping facilities in Ngukurr
  • Three meals per day in Ngukurr


1. Attend an information session. The session will be held at 12.30 - 1.30pm Wednesday 17 October at 21.228. Register online for an information session.

2. Complete and submit your application form online by COB Friday 26 October.

3. If you are provisionally approved, you will be invited for an interview on campus.

4. If you are successfully accepted into the program, you will need to enrol into the subject for Autumn session. 

If you have any further questions about the program or the requirements, please contact Kate Senior via email

Last reviewed: 11 October, 2018