French intensive study overseas subject July 2019

New Caledonia in the 21st century

New Caledonia in the 21st century

First half of July 2019 dates to be confirmed

Subject code

FREN20021 / FREN30019

  • New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant

    The French Studies program is delighted to announce that students wishing to enrol in the 2019 winter intensive study tour: New Caledonia in the 21st century are eligible to receive a $3000 New Colombo Plan mobility grant to support their travelling expense to New Caledonia. Twelve grants are available. This prestigious award will be recorded on the academic transcript of successful recipients.

    Grants will be allocated on a competitive basis based on:

    • Academic merit based on WAM (weighted average mark)
    • Academic references provided by the candidate
    • Academic merit based on aggregated results in French
    • Motivation for participating in the tour

    Special consideration will be granted to students experiencing financial hardship who would otherwise not have considered enrolling in the subject. Supporting evidence will be required. This criterion does not cancel above mentioned criteria but will be taken into consideration.

    To be eligible, students must:

    • Be enrolled in the French program at the time of application
    • Be in their second or third year of study
    • Have completed French 5 by the end of semester 1 2019
    • Have achieved H2A or higher in their French cursus (or explain why they didn’t and how the tour will help improve their skills)
    • Be a local student (international students may apply to participate in the tour but are not eligible for the New Colombo grant)

    Please see below for subject description and timeline.

    Please note: This subject is a 2nd /3rd year elective that focuses on the political and cultural challenges faced by New Caledonia in light of the referendum for independence from France. The course is entirely taught in French and requires students to have an interest in History, Political sciences, Geography, Literature, the Arts, the various people of New Caledonia and the French language.


    Monday 15 October - students to formally accept the offer and pay $500 deposit
    Global Leadership and Employability, Academic Services to be notified of outcome and student acceptance. $500 deposit due by students to secure their spot.

    Please note: Whole package, including airfares, is approximately $3200 based on 2017 data. Prices subject to slight variation. Some meals are not included.

    Students with special dietary requirements or severe medical conditions need be aware that the tour includes an extended period of time spent in tribal stay some distance away from a hospital or facilities that are taken for granted in Australia (eg gluten free product, vegetarian/vegan meal options, internet access). Please consider carefully.

    For more information, please do not hesitate to contact the subject coordinator, Diane de Saint Léger:

  • French Intensive study overseas subject

    This University of Melbourne Overseas Subject (UMOS) subject will be taught in Nouméa, New Caledonia over 14 days in the first half of July 2019.

    This course, which includes an intensive in-country component, will explore the history, politics and socio-cultural context of New Caledonia as it transitions towards independence from France.

    This will be achieved by examining the events which have led to this transition, including the independence movements in the 1970s and 80s and the Matignon and Nouméa agreements.

    The central theme of the course is the common destiny of the various peoples of New Caledonia; this theme will be examined through a series of lectures and workshops prior to departure, and a diverse program of activities on site in New Caledonia, including a visit to the Kanak Customary Senate and a stay with a Kanak community.

  • Dates and highlights


    This study abroad subject will be taught in Nouméa, New Caledonia over a two week period in the first half of July 2019, dates to be confirmed.

    Please note: Students will also be required to attend 5 pre-departure seminars during Semester 1, 2019.


    • Ample opportunities to practice your French with the local students and people
    • Stay at a Tribal village in Northern Province
    • Visit to Tjibaou centre
    • Visit to La Maison du Livre
    • Attendance to regular classes at the University of New Caledonia
    • Some meals included
  • Price
    • Whole package for approx. $3200 (airfare included) based on 2017 data

    This course is available as an elective subject for students enrolled in 2nd or 3rd year. Prices subject to slight variation. Some meals are not included.

    A quota of 16 students applies.

  • More information

    For enquiries email or contact the subject coordinator, email Diane de Saint Léger

Centre Jean-Marie Tjibaou, Nouméa, New Caledonia

Credit: Centre Tjibaou, Nouméa, New Caledonia