Program Title: 

Environmental investigation and cultural experience in a coastal city in South China

Program Location:

Zhanjiang, Guangdong Province. China

Program Overview:

This NCP project will support students to participate in a project-based study at Guangdong Ocean University (GDOU). The program is designed to enhance the cultural link and teaching and research collaboration between Flinders and GDOU. The host university is in Zhanjiang, Guangdong Province. Zhanjiang is a coastal city with a population slightly larger than Adelaide. The city has rich geological, hydrological, meteorological, ecological, historical and cultural features, for students to explore and experience. These projects will form the major part of ENVS3702 for students in BSc (Environmental Science) and relevant degree programs. Projects provided to students will include:

  • Environmental and eco-physiological comparison of mangrove ecosystems in Adelaide and Zhanjiang;
  • Volcanic and geothermal activities and features in Zhanjiang;
  • Weather and forecast practicums;
  • Hydrology of a maar lake in the Huguangyan national geological park, in addition to one-week language and cultural activities.

Earth and environmental features in Zhanjiang provide teaching resources in geology, hydrology, meteorology, and ecology and are complementary to what is offered at Flinders. Also, weather forecast practicums in GOU and Bureau of Meteorology, fill the gap in topics not currently offered at Flinders. Gum tree plantation and management in Zhanjiang provides students an opportunity to gain knowledge about gum trees outside Australia.

Students from both universities will be paired and co-supervised by academic members from each university.

Program Dates:

5 June – 10 July 2019

Places Available:

16 funded places with the New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant


Preference will be given to students enrolled in the 3rd year of the Bachelor of Environmental Science or a Bachelor of Environmental Management. Other S&E students are encouraged to apply and will require 9 units of elective space in their study plan.

  • To be awarded an NCP mobility grant you must be an Australian citizen
  • Undergraduate student or Honours student
  • Successful completion of 36 units with a GPA of 4.5 or higher, in current program
  • Students will be required to attend compulsory pre-departure workshops in Semester 1 2019 prior to departure.


On successful completion of the project, students may be eligible to receive 9.0 units
of credit.


A total of 16 x $3,000 New Colombo Plan Mobility grants is available to support eligible participants. In addition, students may also be eligible to apply for an OS Help Loan.  

Flinders University will provide students with complimentary travel insurance. Student registration is required.

How to Apply:

Students who do not have ENVS3702 as a core topic within their degree should submit an online enquiry via Ask Flinders (click “Request Support”) and have their study plan checked by College before applying. Please ask the following question in your enquiry:

  1. Do I have 9 units of elective space to participate in the NCP Environmental investigation and cultural experience in a coastal city in South China program?
  2. Once you confirm that you have elective space in your program, submit an Expression of Interest to the College WIL Team by 5pm Friday, 30 November 2018.

Your expression of interest should include the following:

  • Your full name, full degree title, Flinders student number
  • Unofficial transcript (download one from the Student Systems)
  • Why do you want to apply for this program?
  • How will participating in this program benefit you and your study?

Application Deadline:

Friday 22 February 2019, 5pm

Further Information:

College of Science & Engineering, Work Integrated Learning (WIL) Team

If you’d like to see about what we did last year. Read Hugh Verral’s blog, Bachelor of Science (Honours) student who participated in the project “Comparison study of urban heat island in two coastal cities experiencing a rapid urban development” at Fuzhou University in China in July 2017”.