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Here you’ll find everything you need to know about taking your studies somewhere new.

  • Studying overseas is a life-changing experience, an opportunity to expand your networks and embed a global perspective into your worldview.

    Students can enrich both their on and off campus lives and gain a different perspective from their studies. There are numerous avenues for students to explore, from a short-term program, an internship with a local company or even a semester to two studying at a partner institution.

    What doors you will open for you?

  • There are so many options when it comes to studying abroad — you might not want to stop at one. From a semester exchange in Hong Kong to a study tour in Gallipoli, a clinical placement in an Indian hospital to a business placement in Asia. You might even choose to teach English language at a Chinese school. Find an experience that best fits your passion and course.

    There are endless opportunities, but there are some limitations depending on where you are studying and the course you’re currently enrolled in — particularly if you are looking to gain credit towards your course.

    Your university or VET’s webpage may not always show all the opportunities available, so make sure you take the time to speak to your course convenors, subject tutors and international office about what’s right for you.

  • There are more than 4,500 exchange agreements between Australian and international universities — and that creates hundreds of opportunities for you. This means you can study at the best global institutions no matter what your university or course. There are even options for VET students.

    Recently, Asia has emerged as a destination of choice for students just like you, particularly for short-term programs. With increased institutional links, a deeper understanding of Australia’s place in the Asian and Oceanic regions and newly targeted Government funding opportunities, it’s a great choice for many students.

    Options to study in other countries vary depending on where and what you are currently studying, and also whether you are looking to complete one semester or more, or a short-term program. It’s best to speak to your education provider to get a scope of destinations available to you.

    While you might feel set on one particular country, try to keep your mind open. Chances are there are probably many destinations you haven’t even considered. Your institution will be able to provide you with a comprehensive list of options that best suit you.

    If you’re still unsure about where to step foot overseas, speak to other students to find out what they liked or didn’t like about the places they visited.

    Remember, this is an opportunity to have some fun with your course — you don’t have to limit yourself to just one study abroad experience.

  • Whether you’re eligible to study abroad depends on your institution and the course you’re currently enrolled in, but there are generally options for you no matter whether you’re a domestic or international student, or the level of study you’re currently at.

    Some courses are more limited due to requirements and mandatory subjects, and other providers have requirements such as academic levels you must meet.

    Financial support also depends on your level of study and the course you are completing. For example, OS-HELP is restricted to Australian citizens or permanent humanitarian visa holders enrolled in a Commonwealth Supported Place (undergraduate or postgraduate) completing part of their studies overseas (which contributes to their course requirements). Different rules apply for scholarships or grant programs.

    While this may seem confusing, a chat with your institution’s international office can help your overseas study adventure take flight with ease.

  • Study abroad might seem expensive or out of reach, but it can actually be a very affordable way to experience the world.

    The cost of studying overseas will depend on the type of program that you are enrolled in. For example, for students participating in an exchange program the primary costs will be their airfare and living/spending allowance. As exchange students remain enrolled in their Australian course while they are overseas, they continue to defer fee payments via HELP and don't have to pay upfront expensive overseas course fees. For students participating in short-term programs, such as clinical placements, study tours or internships, an upfront payment may be required to cover program fees but overall costs will generally be lower as you are spending less time overseas than on exchange

    To assist students with the costs of overseas study there’s also plenty of financial support available. Visit our dollars and sense page to find out more about the financial support options available to you, such as Government grants and scholarships.

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