The Engineers Without Borders Humanitarian Design Summit program is an educational study tour, open to all students, designed to provide students with professional work experience while allowing them to develop a deeper understanding of the role design and technology play in creating positive change within communities.


The Humanitarian Design Summit program is an educational study tour designed to provide students with professional work experience while allowing them to develop a deeper understanding of the role Human-Centred Design and technology play in creating positive change within communities. 

You can find out more about the EWB Humanitarian Design Summit by reading the EWB website

Credit/Professional Practice

Engineering students may be eligible for Professional Practice. EWB is approved for up to 80 hours of Part A Practice.

If you are seeking recognition for professional practice, please upload a completed, Intention to Claim Professional Practice Form to your UQ Abroad Short Term Global Experience Application in lieu of the Application for Credit form.

Eligibility and application

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

Apply to UQ Abroad  Apply to host


The program fee is $3,500. More information regarding program fees can be found on the EWB website.

New Colombo Plan Mobility Grants

Several $3,000 New Colombo Plan Mobility Grants (NCP) are available to Engineering students. Students must meet the NCP eligibility criteria and must be approved to receive professional practice recognition for their experience. 


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

Jeremy - 2018

Opening my eyes to other cultures & global needs is really important, hence I decided to take part in the summit. During my time there, I learnt so much about applying my knowledge to assisting others through a Human Centered Design approach; Stepping out of my comfort zone and talking to members of the community to understand them and their problems or needs. This person focused understanding will be so beneficial moving forward in my professional and personal life.

Read more of Jeremy's story here

Strahinja - 2018

Personally the experience has made me appreciate the 'finer things' in life, as well as obtain an understanding for the diversity of cultures around our planet. Academically and professionally it has really opened my eyes to new ways of approaching issues and provided me with insight to a real working experience.

Read more of Strahinja's story here


Georgia - 2018

It is hard to summarise 2 weeks of amazing experiences down to just one memory. I think finally presenting our ideas to the community at the end was such a highlight, and just a summation of all of our learning and work throughout the trip. 

Read more of Georgia's story here



Gabrielle - 2018

By participating in EWB, I had the opportunity to live in an isolated, extremely under-developed community in a beautiful part of the world. I found that, rather than looking for engineering 'problems' to solve, I was in awe of the quality of life that the community enjoyed. They had very little access to the outside world as there was no road to their village and subsequently, their culture and way of living was so well preserved. 

Read more of Gabrielle's story here



Key Dates

Application Deadlines

UQ Abroad: Summer applications for this program have now closed
Host: Applications to the host have now closed

Program Dates

December Session:
Start: 06 December 2018
End: 19 December 2018

January Session:
Start: 07 January 2019
End: 20 January 2019

Fast Facts

Type: Community-based learning/Volunteering
Mode: Study abroad
Location: India
Credit: For-credit, Not-for-credit
Cohort: Undergraduate, Postgraduate

*Postgraduates can attend the program as not-for-credit only

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.​