FAQs

What is included in the cost of the program?

The fee for our program covers:

  • All your meals
  • All your accommodation
  • All transport for the duration of the field study (including pick-up and drop-off at Johannesburg International Airport)
  • All fees for different speakers and hosting organisations
  • All entrance Fees and visa costs where applicable.

On the middle weekend of each program we organise an additional activity for students to participate in. The cost of this activity is NOT included in the cost of the program, students will be informed at pre-trip briefings of how much it will be and you will need to make sure you bring the money with you.

What is not included in the cost of the program?

The fee for our program does not cover:

  • Your plane ticket or other travel expenses to make it to Johannesburg
  • Your university tuition Fees
  • Your travel insurance
  • The optional middle weekend activity (ie trip to Kruger National Park) which RESEED will organise for students but must be paid for on the trip to local providers. Most trips will usually cost approximately $500

Where do we stay?

All of our programs offer students excellent accommodation at all of our different stops. We have established relationships with local providers and they are specifically prepared to look after ours and all of our students’ needs.
All of our students stay in the same accommodation which is always spacious and clean with areas for group discussion and outdoor activities.

Will I get my own room?

Students on all of our programs share rooms but it is never more than four people to a room and you won’t have to mix genders. We totally assure the suitability of our accommodations but if you have any particular concerns please feel free to write to us through the enquiry form or send us an email to contact@reseed.com.au

How much spending money should I bring?

This is totally up to you and dependent on how many activities or travels you would like to do before and/or after our trip. A few key points to remember though are:

  • Make sure you have some spare money with you in case of emergency, both on a card and in local currency, USD or Euros
  • You won’t need any cash while you’re on the study with us apart from a few bucks to buy a beer, a coffee, some snacks or a new pair of sunglasses or hat
  • The cost of day to day items in SA is generally a bit less than it is in Australia but this does not mean your 4WD journey to the Okavango Delta after the trip will also be cheap. In fact, a lot of tours and expensive items are much more costly in Africa than they are in other parts of the world
  • Additionally, a lot of items that are affordable in South Africa are often fairly expensive in other nearby countries.
  • Sometimes flights between places in Africa are comparable in price to the flights you might buy to get there from Australia

Will you be able to accommodate for my dietary requirements?

Almost all of the meals on each program are provided by our local hosts. They ensure that there is always an array of vegetarian dishes for our staff and students to choose from.

When we eat out there will also be vegetarian dishes available. Through communication we can usually more than accommodate any of our participants’ needs but if you have some specific dietary concerns you would like to raise please just let us know in advance of the trip so we can let our providers be prepared.

How do I apply for Credit through my university?

We are currently finalising the procedures through which participating students will be able to get credit for taking programs.

If you would like more information about how you will be able to apply for credit please send though an enquiry to us at contact@reseed.com.au or head to our contact page to fill in an enquiry form.

It is essential that all students who are looking to take up a spot on next year’s field studies let us know as soon as possible that they are looking to apply. This way we can communicate with you to make it as easy as possible for you to join us and receive credit for the academic experience you’ll be undertaking.

Can you help me to organise volunteering or internship opportunities for after the field study?

If you are interested in volunteering after the field study we will be able to inform you if there are any opportunities available with any of our local community-based organisations and partners.
If you are considering a volunteering or internship opportunity with another organisation with whom we do not have ties you will have to organise this yourself. However, with networks that reach into different parts of Southern Africa we will if we can provide you with any advice or help you request.
 

Are the assessment tasks compulsory?

All of the assessment tasks involved in our programs as outlined in the academic information section of each of our programs are compulsory for students taking our programs.

How many students will there be on the field study?

There will be a maximum of about 20 students on each of our 2017 South Africa Programs.
 

Would I be eligible to receive OS-HELP from the Australian government for this program?

Many students who have taken our field studies before have received OS-HELP to assist them with covering the expenses of the program.There are a number of criteria to receiving an OS-HELP loan and all of these criteria are clearly outlined at the Australian Government’s Study Assist website.

Would I be eligible to receive a study abroad grant or scholarship?

There are a whole range of different scholarships and grants available to both undergraduate and postgraduate students to help them pursue overseas study opportunity. Participation in an intensive field study programs such as those offered by RESEED usually means a student is eligible for these types of financial support.

For more information about which forms of financial assistance might be available to you, head to your university's web page or make an enquiry with their study abroad office. In addition to help through your home university it is also worth checking out the Australian Government's Study assist page.

What is your cancellation policy?

If you would like to read through our full cancellation and Refund Policy please send us an email to contact@reseed.com.au or fill out an enquiry form

Are there any specific visa requirements I should be aware of?

Australian Citizens who are entering South Africa for a short stay (less than 90 days) do not generally need a visa. However, if you are planning on entering South Africa and then re-entering past your 90 days without returning to Australia you may be required to procure a visa for a longer term stay.

If you will be using a passport from another country to travel you can find out here if you will need a visa or are exempt.
Some of our programs may make a visit into other countries during the field study and if this is the case we will organise these visas for you.
 

Am I able to travel before or after each program?

All students are welcome to travel before or after any of our programs. All of our programs begin and end in the international terminal of the Johannesburg International Airport which is easily the best regional and international transport hub in the area. Many of our staff and alumni have travelled extensively in areas around Southern Africa and if you ask we may be able to give you some information about nearby worthwhile spots to visit.

Are there any unit codes or university subjects I can enrol in to take these programs?

At this time there are no specific unit codes or university subjects you can enrol in to take our programs but this is likely to change very soon. Once these subjects are in place they will include suitable unit codes for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. 

If you are interested in taking a program in the middle of this year or early next year it is essential that you fill out an enquiry form as  soon as possible.  Head to our enquiry page http://www.reseed.com.au/enquire-now to let us know which of our programs you are interested in.

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