Key information

  • Locations: South Korea
  • Eligible students: Undergraduate
  • Cost: TBC


Spend the winter break enjoying summer in South Korea - this trip will give you the opportunity to work on a range of design and research projects while immersing yourself in Korean culture.

The trip will be run through the SPIKE program at Ulsan National Institute of Technology (UNIST).  SPIKE@UNIST is an intensive 8-week summer program featuring a 4-week design internship and 4 weeks of language training and cultural study. You will also have the opportunity to travel around Korea and take part in various weekend trips. SPIKE is a global program so while taking part you will meet students from all over the world.

Seoul, South Korea


  • Live and study in South Korea, one of the richest and most vibrant design cultures in the world

  • Immerse yourself in cutting edge design inspiration that will open your eyes as you move into your final years of study

  • Apply and hone the design skills you have learned, while picking up new skills at one of Korea’s top universities 

  • Gain work experience as a designer and researcher with staff from UNIST and Korean companies

  • Meet and work with other students from all over the world

Highlights/tentative itinerary

  • Four weeks of internship gaining hands-on work experience as a designer and researcher

  • Four weeks of learning Korean language and about Korean culture

  • Field trips to local festivals and sights during weekends

  • Industrial visits to places like Hyundai Motors factory (world's largest single plant automotive factory)

  • Stay in a Korean temple

Program cost includes:

  • Accommodation
  • Cultural visits
  • Insurance (eligibility criteria applies)

Additional expenses to consider (not included in program cost):

  • Academic unit fee
  • International airfares
  • Passport and visa costs
  • Personal expenses

*Program cost is approximate at the time of being listed online and is subject to change.

The following types of  fee help and funding are available to help eligible students with the costs towards this program:

  • A limited number of New Colombo Plan Mobility Grants of up to A$3,000 each 

  • OS HELP Loan of up to A$8,295 (as at 2020)

Eligibility/selection criteria

This study tour is aimed at students studying 3rd and 4th year Industrial Design and Product Design Engineering. Selection criteria will be based on a portfolio of your design work and GPA.

Information sessions

Register your interest to learn more about this study tour and to be kept updated on upcoming information sessions.

Still not sure?

For further details on this program please contact:

Dr Charlie Ranscombe
Senior Lecturer, Industrial Design
+61 3 9214 6059

Register your interest

Register your interest to join us on the Global Design Futures Research Project study tour in South Korea.