Language Immersion Foreign Travel (LIFT) Scholarship (applications closed)

Are you a Year 10 or 11 High School student?

The Institute of Modern Languages is delighted to offer a scholarship for an intensive language immersion program overseas. Thanks to our generous UQ Advancement Donor, one high school student with financial need will have an immersive foreign travel experience that facilitates an exploration of language and culture.

The Language Immersion Foreign Travel (LIFT) Scholarship applications were open to High School students who:​

are Australian citizens or permanent residents undertaking senior studies in Australia; and

are currently enrolled in Year 10 or 11; and

are currently studying Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Italian, Japanese or Spanish at the high school level; and

will be at least 16 years old when they participate in the program

Eligible countries for travel are countries determined by the Institute of Modern Languages and where the primary language spoken is one of the mentioned above. Preference will be given to applicants with the greatest demonstrated financial need.

How to apply

Applications have now closed.

Applicants should submit the following three documents:

1.    Scholarship Application Form including a 200 word statement describing their current language learning experience and how the immersion program would benefit their foreign language learning.

2.    Signed Parent's/Guardian's Consent Form with attached evidence of financial need.

3.    Letter of Recommendation signed by their high school language teacher.

Applications close on Monday 18 November 2019. 

Please submit your application by email to

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the Overseas Language Immersion Program take place? 

Depending on the language, it will be either during the upcoming summer holidays or later in 2020.

Will the successful candidate be enrolled in language classes in a foreign country?

Yes, the successful candidate will be enrolled in a 2-3 week language program overseas.

Will the costs of accommodation and travel be covered?

The scholarship is valued at $5000. Travel and accommodation will be covered.