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Support for students interested in Southeast Asia

We can help you incorporate Southeast Asia into your degree and assist you in studying abroad.

The Sydney Southeast Asia Centre works with faculties, departments and supervisors to support University of Sydney undergraduate and postgraduate students interested in Southeast Asia.

For undergraduates

The University of Sydney offers a wide range of units of study with a focus on Southeast Asia across various faculties and departments. We can help you structure your undergraduate degree to maximise your exposure to the latest thinking and knowledge about the region.

Every year, we bring together Honours students from around Australia for our Honours Bootcamp program, where they take part in a range of interdisciplinary workshops, seminars, discussions and group activities designed to help them complete their Honours research project and plan for life after Honours.

Undergraduate students at the University of Sydney can also take part in our flagship multidisciplinary field schools. Our flagship field schools bring students from different disciplines together to tackle a real-world problem specific to a country in the region. 

For postgraduates 

From finding supervisors to organising  writing retreats and seminars, we work closely with our Higher Degree Research (HDR) students to ensure they succeed in their Southeast Asia-related projects. We support structured research training through targeted workshops, and support acquisition of a Southeast Asian language for use in research.

Our staff and members also work with the convenors of several relevant master’s by coursework programs to expand and deepen their Southeast Asia content.

Online Learning Environment

We have designed the OLE unit 'Approaches to Cross-Cultural Fieldwork in Southeast Asia' (2019_ARTS_OLEO5129). This course is specifically designed for research students who will be undertaking field-based research in Southeast Asia for the first time. However, the course is open to anybody with an interest in field work, and we welcome participants from across the University.

In this course, we discuss some of the fundamental considerations that you should be making before you undertake field work. As with any project, having a good understanding of the underlying issues, processes and potential problems will help you to plan your field work project to maximise your time at your site(s). Given that every project will have deadlines, it’s important that you take the time to both plan ahead and consider the risks of your project. This will ensure that your project is not derailed by occurrences that could have been avoided or mitigated if you’d only thought about them before you left.


A scholarship or prize can give you the financial independence to concentrate on your studies. The University of Sydney offers hundreds of scholarships to help undergraduate and postgraduate students achieve their study goals. Find out more about general scholarships and prizes on offer.

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