Coalition's 'reverse Colombo Plan' to help students travel

UP TO 300 Australian students could get the chance to travel to Asia to study every year, under a Coalition higher education plan.

The "reverse Colombo Plan" policy was announced on Friday, putting more detail on the Coalition's previous promises.

It would create scholarships for applicants younger than 22 years of age enrolled in an Australian undergraduate course to study in the Asia-Pacific region.

Starting in 2015, the policy would also help students to take on internships in businesses operating across the region.

While official costings were not released, the Coalition claimed it would cost $100 million over five years, with a pilot program starting in 2014.



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