Unbound Virtual Global Program – Winter Intensive Session

What is Unbound?

Unbound (formerly called Laika Academy) is an Australian-based social enterprise providing innovative educational programs. Our focus is on immersive experiences for university students. We think that the best way to learn is to dive in and explore an issue, a country and a culture.


The Unbound Global Social Impact Program is an engaging program connecting students with the Asia Pacific region on real world multidisciplinary projects.

This exciting program has strong links with innovators, social entrepreneurs and leaders across the region, and a chance to learn from and with inspiring role models. With a focus on cultural exchange and group projects, this experience isn’t you usual Zoom course – with cooking classes, global speakers and mentors and a chance to get hands-on with a real project.

This Winter program is delivered online (with the potential for some face-to-face activities, subject to COVID-19 restrictions)

ANU also has a number of New Colombo Plan (NCP) funding scholarships which will effectively provide a full subsidy for participation in the virtual Unbound program (full cost is typically $2,500AUD) for eligible students, excluding tuition fees associated with enrolling into a credit-bearing course in the Winter Session (e.g. ENGN3013/ENGN4221/ etc.)(i.e. standard course tuition fees will apply).

International students (who are not eligible for NCP funding) are also welcome to participate; however, will be required to pay for the cost of the Unbound program, in addition to their ANU Tuition Fees.


NCP Eligibility Requirements:

Students must first apply to Unbound to be accepted onto the program.  All students are then automatically considered for an NCP scholarship.  To be eligible for a scholarship students must be:

·         Domestic Student (for NCP purposes). International students and those students who are otherwise ineligible for an NCP grant are welcome to apply to participate in the Unbound Program. There are very limited number of non-NCP financial support options offered directly through Unbound. 

·         Enrolled in an ANU undergraduate program in at least their 2nd year of study.

·         Able to incorporate the Design for Social Change program for course credit (i.e. enrol into ENGN3013  - Engineering for a Humanitarian Context); into a research project (e.g. ENGN4200/ENGN4221 – Systems Engineering Project) or as a maximum of 80 hours towards Engineering Work Experience (i.e. ENGN3100).

·         Be in good academic standing with ANU and CECS.

Important Note: Standard ANU Tuition fees for credit-bearing courses will apply and are not covered by the NCP grant.


Program Duration:

2 Weeks (intensive) - 5 - 16 July, 2021
Monday, Tuesday, Friday: 10am - 3pm



Program 1: 7 December 2020 – 19 January 2021 (break for Christmas/ New Year)

Program 2: 11 January 2021 – 19 February 2021


How to apply:

Students apply directly to Unbound for a place on the program here. Check the Unbound website for program dates and details here - https://www.unbound.edu.au/virtual.html

All students will then automatically be considered for an NCP scholarship by ANU, subject to the eligibility requirements above.



Applications are open now and close 11.59pm on 25 June, 2021


Additional Questions:

Please feel free to contact Dr Jeremy Smith (Jeremy.Smith@anu.edu.au) for further information about the Unbound program, as well as information on your options for having this experience counted towards your program for academic credit.


Application closing date

25 June 2021
Applications open for this opportunity: 
28 Apr 2021
Study level: 

Updated:  10 August 2021/Responsible Officer:  Dean, CECS/Page Contact:  CECS Marketing