Swinburne Abroad program update

Although the current climate has disrupted our normal program offerings in 2020, Swinburne Abroad is excited to be able to offer a bespoke range of virtual overseas programs running over Summer 2021 — if you are interested in virtual overseas options, please contact us via overseasinternships@swinburne.edu.au

Due to COVID-19, all in-person overseas programs for 2020 have been cancelled. We plan to resume in-person overseas study programs from June 2021. Our programs are being updated over the coming months, so keep checking back for the exciting opportunities that will be available.

The health and safety of our students is always our first priority and we will closely monitor the situation over the coming months to ensure that programs can run safely before proceeding.

We look forward to offering you exciting new virtual and in-person overseas programs in 2021.

Swinburne Abroad are here to help

The friendly and well-travelled team at Swinburne Abroad are here to help you support you and will help you plan and prepare for your overseas study. For a one-on-one chat, visit the team at the BA Building, Level 2, Atrium, Hawthorn campus during their office hours:

  • Monday to Friday: 9.00am – 5.00pm 

Swinburne Abroad can also be reached via Facebook and Instagram, follow these pages to stay up to date on the latest news, information sessions and updates from current students away overseas.

Worried about the language barrier? 

Although knowing a bit of local lingo is always a good thing, exchange students don’t have to be able to speak the language. All our partner universities offer classes taught in English and you’ll be able to mix with other exchange students from around the globe that also don’t speak the local language.

If you’re keen to learn, introductory language lessons are offered at many of our partner universities and are a great way to fully immerse yourself in the culture of your chosen country.

  • “Studying overseas gave me a major head start in my international career and helped in terms of my own maturity. On exchange you fly your own path and make your own decisions, which is incredible for your personal growth” 

    Josh , Exchange at the University of Limerick, Ireland

Travel insurance for overseas programs


All Swinburne students participating in overseas programs or activities (including semester exchanges, faculty-led study tours, short-term overseas partner programs, overseas internships and overseas placements) must be covered by an adequate level of insurance for the entire duration of their time overseas.

This is the responsibility of the student.

If you’re accepted into a Swinburne Abroad program, you will receive comprehensive information on insurance as you get closer to your departure date.

This will include information covering:

  • World Travel Protection – your 24/7 contact while overseas
  • pre-existing conditions
  • high risk activities
  • full policy information
  • how to make a claim.

Swinburne students have two options for travel insurance:

Swinburne will provide insurance to students, free of charge. The insurance will cover the academic program duration plus 10 personal days (e.g. three days before and seven days after the academic program).

The academic program duration is your program start and finish dates as specified in your official acceptance documentation provided by Swinburne Abroad, host university or third-party provider (depending on your program). The academic program duration must not exceed 170 days.

Note: This insurance is provided by Chubb and includes an excess of A$500 (excluding medical claims where no excess is payable). If you’re overseas outside of the coverage duration (in excess of 10 days personal travel) you will need to organise further insurance cover through one of the two options: 

  • additional insurance through Chubb. This must be arranged and purchased prior to departing Australia
  • take out your own insurance through an external provider for the entire duration of your time overseas

Note: It is not recommended that you combine insurance from both Swinburne Chubb and another provider, as there may be problems if you need to submit claims on your policies.

If you have any questions around insurance provided by Swinburne, contact Swinburne Abroad.

Students purchase insurance from any external provider for the entire duration of their time overseas. The entire duration must include the academic program and any personal travel.

Excess will vary between policies. You will need to ensure that your policy meets minimum Swinburne requirements. Please refer to the Swinburne Travel Insurance Declaration Form for a list of requirements that your personally arranged insurance should cover.

This form must be completed and submitted to Swinburne Abroad, along with a copy of the policy purchased.

If you have any questions about insurance, contact Swinburne Abroad for help.


Not quite ready for a semester exchange but want to study overseas?

If you feel you’re not ready to spend six months on an overseas exchange, our short-term study tours (two to six weeks) are a great way to start and build your confidence. 

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Swinburne University is committed to keeping you safe while you’re overseas, with a number of ways that we work towards ensuring this. One of these is our commitment to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) through the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment policy (DFAT PSEAH policy). In line with these values, Swinburne has developed the Swinburne PSEAH Statement of Practice, where we are committed to managing the risk of sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment in our activities and programs both for our students and those within the communities we engage with. 

Need more help?

For more general information on the support available to exchange students and for non-emergency enquiries, contact Swinburne Abroad on 03 9214 5926 or email the team below.

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