UNSW Engineering World Health Summer Institute

Make an impact in developing countries

Would you like to spend your summer in Cambodia or Uganda repairing much needed medical equipment that helps save lives? You can make an immediate impact in communities that need it most, by participating in the Engineering World Health Summer Institute.

Fully immersed in a different culture, you will work alongside doctors and nurses in hospitals and clinics with very few resources. Living with local families in Cambodia or with biomedical engineering students from Makerere University in Uganda, learn a new language and gain valuable hands on experience. During weekends you are free to explore your chosen country.

In 2018/2019 UNSW Engineering students repaired over $1.6 million USD of equipment across 27 hospitals.


Important information

Applications Open: 17th June 2019 - 13th October 2019

Approximate cost ($USD): EWH fees ~ $3,900 + Flights + Vaccinations, Visa etc

You must be available during the whole duration of 15 December 2019 - 16 February 2020 to qualify.

For further information, please email Dr Lauren Kark: lauren.kark@unsw.edu.au

Engineering World Health Summer Institute Program

Summer Institute opportunities

The program is split into 2 sessions during the dates of 15 December 2019 – 16 February 2020.

Cultural immersion in the capitals

15 Dec 2019 – 12 Jan 2020

In Phnom Penh (Cambodia) or Kampala (Uganda), you'll participate in local activities between classes of clinical engineering fundamentals repairing medical equipment.

Cultural immersion in the capitals

Improving rural health centres

13 Jan 2020 – 16 Feb 2020

In groups of two or three, you will travel to hospitals throughout rural Cambodia or Uganda. You'll spend five weeks repairing medical equipment, working in close collaboration with the staff in your hospital.

Improving rural health centres
What you need to know

Open to all

Open to all engineering disciplines and all year levels.


Industrial Training

Counts towards 45 days of Industrial Training.



$2000 available to domestic undergraduate students for Cambodia trip only*



Loans up to $7,500 might be available to domestic undergraduate students


International Mobility Grant

Up to $1,000 travel scholarships available for global mobility programs.
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