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. 

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

Students who are interested in finding out more about the Humanitarian Design Summit are encouraged to come to the EWB Humanitarian Design Summit Information Session with Alumni Q&A. The session will be held on 27 February 2018, 10 am - 11 am in room 2016 of the Sir Llew Edwards Building (#14)


Engineering students may be eligible for professional practice. If you are seeking recognition for professional practice, please upload a completed, Professional Practice Letter 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 who participate in the Malaysian Session. 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.

Jarod - 2018

Personally I gained a great number of connections and friends, many of which I continue to keep in contact with. I was also able to travel for the first time without family, so that was a personal achievement for me in terms of growth. Professionally I believe the experience helped me to understand looking at something in a different light, as sometimes there are sides to a story we don't understand, which in my line of work is a very beneficial skill to avoid incidents.

Read more of Jarod's story here

Codi - 2018

Personally I think I've developed confidence with working in a diverse group of people. I have gained humanitarian engineering knowledge such as the EWB roadmap when looking into issue. Professionally I have expanded my network to an Australia wide group of peers and mentors.

Read more of Codi's story here


Sanjay - 2018

I decided to complete the design summit as it was a new experience. Throughout my degree I never experienced the holistic design process that is a part of the EWB design summit. I also wanted to learn more about Humanitarian design, and EWB had the bonus of a very culturally immersive experience.

Read more of Sanjay's story here


Praveen - 2018

My fondest memory of the experience is our last day with our group, where we simply ate traditional Malay food and reflected on our time as a team expressing our opinions on what we truly took from the summit and each other.

Read more of Praveen's story here



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: Varies - 25 June 2018
End: Varies - 07 July 2018

Fast Facts

Type: Community-based learning
Mode: Study abroad
Location: Malaysia
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.