The information below is for Winter 2018 and is to be used as a reference only. Updated information for Winter 2019 will be available in late-2018 or early-2019. 

Challenges Abroad offer exceptional opportunities to further your life skills and to create incredible experiences, all while helping disadvantaged communities around the world. 


Your adventure starts in Delhi where you will have the chance to immerse yourself in a culture with a unique place in the Indian tradition. Memories of the glorious past rub shoulders with soaring skyscrapers, upmarket residential colonies, and bustling commercial complexes.

For the volunteer project you will travel to Palampur in the foothills of the Himalayas where you will become a part of the local community through your charitable work. Rural India faces many challenges, through our project partners your main focus will be on education supporting the local schools and children. Your work could span a wide range of contributions from redecorating and refurbishing to leading sports, drama and arts & crafts activities. This is your chance to volunteer abroad and make a real difference to the lives of those less fortunate.

You can find out more about the India Development Challenge program by visiting the Challenges Abroad website

Eligibility and application

All applicants must meet the standard UQ Abroad Student Eligibility Criteria and any eligibility criteria set by Challenges Abroad. 

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The program fee is $2,250. More information regarding program fees can be found on the Challenges Abroad website. 

Applicants may also be eligible for UQ-specific funding


Accommodation is included in the program cost. For more information regarding accommodation, please see the Challenges Abroad website.

Key Dates

Application Deadlines

UQ Abroad applications for Winter 2019 will open in December 2018.

Program Dates

Dates listed below are for Winter 2018 and are to be used as a reference only.

Start: 30 June 2018
End: 21 July 2018

Fast Facts

Type: Community-based learning​
Mode: Study abroad
Location: Delhi, India
Credit: Not-for-credit
Cohort: Undergraduate, Postgraduate

UQ Abroad Information Sessions

Students are encouraged to register and attend an information session to receive more details on the short-term application process, eligibility criteria, funding etc.​