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 Short Term Global Experience Application in lieu of the Application for Credit form.

Eligibility and application

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

Apply to UQ  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 Nepal 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.

Austen - 2018

On the last night we were there, the mother of the house was out in the dark and cold using two rocks and a stick as a large mortar and pestle to grind rice into flour. This was to be used as the breakfast for the next day. We went out and sat with her and convinced her to let us help her. Up until this point she was reluctant to let us help with anything. The smile on her face while we were trying to help is unforgettable. The father of the house after that sat the three of us guys down and told us that he now has 6 sons and that we always have a home here and to visit again when we are big engineers.

Read more of Austen's story here. 

Mark - 2018

I signed up for this experience offered by Engineers Without Borders Australia because it was a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience a new culture, volunteer in a real world project, meet new people, make friends, practise what I have learnt during my engineering degree, travel and also develop as a person.

Read more of Mark's story here. 


Matthew - 2018

I had a fantastic experience on the EWB Nepal Humanitarian Design Summit. Following the summit, I consider myself particularly fortunate to have been able to experience life in a remote Nepali village. Not only did it provide me with a host of amazing memories and the opportunity to learn and have fun with wonderful people, the summit allowed me to develop new skills (such as how to communicate through a translator) and (most importantly) learn about human-centred design. Learning and then applying this type of design process to develop a prototype solution to a problem we identified in our village (in my case, how might we improve the local production of honey!) was an invaluable glimpse into how we should focus upon the needs of an individual or community. It is significantly (and refreshingly) different to the design projects we receive at university.

Read more of Matthew's story here. 

Tierney - 2018

EWB's Nepal Humanitarian Design Summit was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Having the opportunity to homestay in a rural village and create connections with our host families was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that has changed my values and perception of family, poverty and the challenges faced by developing nations. The best thing about the trip was making thirty new friends and being able to keep those friendships upon returning home. I had the chance to go trekking and paragliding after the trip too, which was an awesome way to discover the wonders of Nepal beyond EWB. 

Read more of Tierney's story here. 

Charlotte - 2017

One of my favourite memories from the trip happened at the end of my group's presentation about our design opportunity. All of the community representatives listened to our proposal and at the end, two people from different villages sparked up a bit of a debate, while our translator tried to keep up! From what he could relay back to us amidst the lively conversation, there seemed to be a lot of interest and exchanging of advice. It was really rewarding to see that our idea could be taken on board by each community in their own way, and that we were able to facilitate the swapping of information between leaders.

Read more of Charlotte's story here. 

Natasha - 2017

The EWB Humanitarian Design Summit proved to be such a rewarding and humbling experience where I learnt so much about humanitarian engineering, sustainable development and appropriate technology. The connections I made with both students from the trip, facilitators and the local Nepalese would be some I would never forget. Culturally, Nepal is very different to Australia so trying to adapt to a completely different lifestyle was a wonderful and challenging experience. We stayed with a family in a rural farming village in the mountains and I will always look back at how welcoming our host family was and all the laughs we shared. I would definitely recommend this trip to anyone who is interested!

Read more of Natasha's story here. 


Key Dates

Application Deadlines

UQ: 30 April 2019
Host: 24 March 2019

Program Dates

Start: 30 June 2019
End: 14 July 2019

Fast Facts

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

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

Global Experiences 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.​