The Student Employability Centre, in collaboration with the Faculty of Science, coordinates the UQ Extended Experimental Investigations (EEIs) Project in Nanning, China. 

The four-week program is based at a P to 12 school in Nanning City, China. Participants can engage in practical research experience, improve their communication skills (including planning, designing, analysing and presenting), develop a global view in their area of interest, and grow a deeper understanding of the Chinese language and culture.


    The EEI focus areas are:

    1. Agriculture and food sciences
    2. Biodiversity (e.g., insect population counts)
    3. Environmental study (e.g., forest plant condition, or soil studies)
    4. Urban geography (e.g., how is human activity affecting the environment)

    Successful candidates will:

    • work with the students and staff in a local school on Extended Experimental Investigation (EEI) Projects that you devise in collaboration with the teachers.
    • participate in Science Dialogue with students and staff in a local school and University students in the region.
    • take Chinese language lessons including Chinese communication for scientists.
    • conduct classroom observation (including science classes in China).
    • take part in a range of field trips.
    • experience a range of organised cultural activities and tours.

    Credit Equivalent

    Satisfactory completion of program = 2 UQ units (SCIE3050) pending UQ faculty approval. 
    Students seeking credit must be enrolled in SCIE3050 in Teaching period 5 (Winter) at UQ. 

    Visa Information

    It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences Team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

    Contact the Chinese Embassy in Australia for visa and immigration information.

    Eligibility and application

    All applicants must:

    1. meet the basic short-term experience eligibility criteria
    2. have a minimum cumulative GPA of 5.0, as shown on your UQ studies report.
    3. have some experience of research in the focus areas listed above (high-school level research is appropriate).
    4. be studying in a Faculty of Science program that addresses one of these areas of interest.

    Note: participants will need to plan the activity in collaboration with the teachers at the school in China before going to China. This may be a time-consuming activity.

    Chinese citizens are welcome to apply, as well as non-Chinese-speaking students.

    This is a competitive program. Five (5) students will be selected by an internal selection committee from the Science Faculty and the host in China.

    All students must complete the Short Term Global Experience online application and upload the following documents as part of that application:

    • A Curriculum Vitae (2 pages maximum) that details your program of study and your prior experience with and ability in conducting Extended Experimental Investigations in Science.
    • An Expression of Interest that addresses the question “Why do you want to participate in the UQ Extended Experimental Investigations (EEIs) Project in Nanning, China?” (1 page maximum).

    Successful candidates will be notified by 17th May 2019.

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    Students who are receiving credit and are enrolled in SCIE3050 will pay tuition to UQ. 

    The following costs will be covered for all successful applicants:

    • Airport pick-up and drop-off in China
    • Accommodation & meals (three per day) in China
    • Local ground transportation for organised local travel and activities
    • Costs associated with field trips and excursion activities (including tour guide fees, admission to sites etc.)

    Participants will need to cover the following costs:

    • Round trip Flights
    • Visa
    • Personal spending money (e.g. shopping, transportation cost for personal travel…etc.

    Applicants may also be eligible for UQ-specific funding.


    Accommodation is included in the program.


    UQ students participating in a Global Experience through UQ are automatically covered by UQ's travel insurance in the country of the Global Experience. Chinese citizens returning to China for their Global Experience, please note that “Benefits payable under UQ’s travel insurance policy may be reduced if travellers are covered by their home country’s medical benefits/scheme due to residence requirements.”

    Key Dates

    Application Deadlines

    Winter applications for this program have now closed.

    Program Dates

    Start: 23 June 2019
    End: 20 July 2019

    Fast Facts

    Type: Work Integrated Learning
    Mode: Internship
    Location: Nanning, China
    Credit: For-credit or not-for-credit
    Cohort: Undergraduate and postgraduate Science students only*
    *Postgraduates can attend the program as not-for-credit only

    OS-HELP Loan

    If you participate in a short-term program you may also be eligible to submit an application for an OS-HELP loan if your program is for-credit and you are enrolled as a Commonwealth supported student. 

    Application Deadlines

    15 January for overseas study commencing March to August
    15 March for overseas study commencing May to October
    15 June for overseas study commencing August to January
    15 September for overseas study commencing November to April

    Refer to the funding page for more information on eligibility requirements and loan amounts. 

    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.​