Thousands of international students choose to study in Australia every year because of the excellent reputation of its education programs and the great lifestyle and travel opportunities. Those already studying overseas who would like to experience study in Australia can choose between a study abroad program and a student exchange.
Study abroad programs are offered by Australian universities and other tertiary institutions. If you are considering a study abroad program, you can choose any Australian institution that offers study abroad. You can complete an exchange program at an Australian secondary school or tertiary institution, but the Australian institution must have an exchange partnership with your home institution.
Study abroad and exchange programs usually involve completing one or two semesters of study overseas. Credit from this study may count towards your course back home. The amount of credit transferred for studies completed in Australia varies depending on the academic system at your home institution. Students are usually allowed to enrol in any subject offered by their Australian institution, although entry to some subjects may be dependent on the student having fulfilled certain prerequisite subject requirements, so it is important to check with academic advisers at both your home and Australian institution.
Before you commit to a study abroad or exchange program, you should consider the following questions:
You are strongly advised to speak to your home institution’s academic adviser or exchange coordinator for answers to any questions you may have.
In an exchange program:
In a study abroad program:
Students taking part in a student exchange program pay their normal fees to their home institution. Students taking part in a study abroad program will need to pay fees, usually upfront, to their Australian institution.
Fees vary depending on the course and institution. It is important to discuss fees with an academic adviser at your home institution and your prospective Australian institution.
You can generally apply for study abroad programs in Australia either through your home institution or directly through the Australian institution. Students taking part in an exchange program will need to get approval from their home institution before applying.
To be eligible for study abroad and student exchange programs, students usually need to:
Students may be required to fulfil a number of other application requirements, such as providing academic and character references, a financial statement and a copy of their academic results. Entry requirements differ between Australian institutions, so it is important to check specific details with individual institutions before applying. To obtain a student visa, study abroad and exchange students must be enrolled full time at their Australian institution. The minimum commitment of one semester of study is generally 12 to 14 weeks.