Global Indigenous Learning Experience

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June 17-July 19, 2024

Are you an Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) student at KPU? Join a 5-week hybrid global learning experience between Indigenous students at KPU and Edith Cowan University (ECU), Australia. 

The program takes place virtually for the first 3 weeks, then in person for the remaining 2 weeks in Perth, Australia and Vancouver, Canada. Students will spend one week in each location, hosted by the two institutions.

For the first 3 weeks, you will be part of a cohort in 1.5-hour synchronous virtual sessions and hear from Elders, scholars, and other Indigenous students at KPU and on the other side of the globe. 

For the last 2 weeks of the program, you will first head to Perth to join your classmates on a 6 day cultural visit, hearing from Indigenous academics and exploring local historic sites. Then, you’ll return to Vancouver with the group, and spend another 6 days visiting key First Nations cultural offices locally as well as join in on a day trip to Squamish.

This non-credit program will be enriched by peer-to-peer engagement, which explores the similarities and differences between First Nations People in Australia and Indigenous people (First Nations, Inuit, Métis) in Canada. 

Go global: Enrich your university experience with an opportunity to enhance cross-cultural sensitivity, engage in an international experience while doing so in the comfort of your own home, and dive deeper into topics around Indigenous people around the world. 

This initiative is a collaborative project between KPU’s Indigenous Services for Students and KPU International. 


Apply by March 8th, 2024

How to apply the program:
Email for an application

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Program Details

  • Duration: 5 weeks
    • Virtual: 2-3 sessions a week, 6:00 - 7:30pm (Vancouver Time)
    • In-person: 8-6pm, Monday to Friday.
  • Credit value: Not for credit.
  • Mode: Virtual (synchronous) and in-person.
  • Student Capacity: 10 students (5 KPU and 5 ECU)  
  • Fee: The program fee for KPU students is subsidized by a scholarship.

Cost & Subsidy

  • Program Fee: $5000
  • Includes:
    • Round trip flights to Perth, Australia from Vancouver, BC
      Accommodation in Perth
    • Some meals
    • Activity costs
    • Travel insurance
  • Does not include:
    • Most meals
    • Pocket money
    • Visa/Passport Fees
    • Vaccinations
    • Other expenses not listed in the list of inclusions

Subsidy Available

This program is an eligible experience to be funded by the Access to Global Learning Award. Participating students will apply to receive direct and full subsidy towards the program fees from this needs-based award.
  • Indigenous student
  • Recommendation from Indigenous Services for Students, 1 KPU faculty, or community reference
  • Commitment to the program + alignment with personal goals
  • Participate in pre- and post-participation reporting requirements by the funder (Employment and Social Development Canada)

Email if you have questions.

Program Experience

  • 2023 Cohort

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  • 2022 Cohort

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The Access to Global Learning Award is funded by Global Skills Opportunity, the Government of Canada’s Outbound Student Mobility Pilot Program

The ECU component is delivered by Kurongkurl Katitjin, Centre for Indigenous Australian Education Research. The KPU component is delivered by the Indigenous Services for Students.

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