How to apply for an international exchange to Swinburne
Learn how to apply for the Student Exchange Program or the Study Abroad Program and take the first steps to starting a new adventure in Australia!
At Swinburne, we offer two international exchange programs:
- The Student Exchange Program is for students currently enrolled at one of our partner universities
- The Study Abroad in Melbourne Program is for students enrolled at a university that is not a Swinburne partner
If you haven’t done so already, check that you’re eligible for one of these programs by visiting the entry requirements and fees page.
Transferring or beginning your study at Swinburne?
If you’re an international student looking to start a university degree program or transfer to Swinburne to complete your degree, head over to our entry options for international students.
Meet the requirements? Awesome!
Follow these steps to apply for your program:
Talk to your home university’s course adviser to make sure that your course has the flexibility to include the Student Exchange Program or the Study Abroad Program.
You need to enrol in a full-time course load of four units per semester (or three if you intend to choose the Study 3 Abroad option which is available to Study Abroad Program students only).
We recommend you list at least six units per semester on your application form – in order of preference – in case one of your units is not available or not suitable.
Browse suggested Study Abroad units by discipline
- Undergraduate – Semester 1 2023 [PDF 367KB]
- Undergraduate – Semester 2 2023 [PDF 363KB]
- Postgraduate – Semester 1 2023 [PDF 276KB]
- Postgraduate – Semester 2 2023 [PDF 276KB]
Still not sure what units you’d like to study?
- Learn more about choosing your subjects.
- Approval will need to be granted on application. You may choose units from any study area as long as you meet the unit’s prerequisites.
- If you apply for a design or a film and TV unit, you will need to include a portfolio of your work with your application – see portfolio guidelines.
- If you’re a Study Abroad Program student, you can choose to add a certificate of specialisation to your studies.
- Check that your chosen units will run in the semester you are intending to study. To do this, you will need to look at the timetable planner. If the year you intend to study is not yet posted on the website, use the current year to get an indication of unit availability.
- Don’t forget, the Australian academic year is the opposite of the northern hemisphere's – Semester 1 is February to June, Semester 2 is July to November.
Talk to your home university’s course adviser to make sure that the classes you are planning to take at Swinburne will count towards your degree. At the end of your studies with us, we will mail a transcript to your home institution or directly to you, so that you can have your credits transferred.
Done the above steps? Great! It’s time to complete the online application form. Make sure you add supporting documentation for your application.
Students from partner universities should seek advice from their home university's international office.
Other students may contact Swinburne Abroad via email@example.com or +61 3 9214 3866.
Applications submitted after the deadline will be assessed on a case-by-case basis pending availability.
Student Exchange Program
- Semester 1 (February–June) deadline: 1 October
- Semester 2 (July–November) deadline: 1 April
Study Abroad Program
- Semester 1 (February–June) deadline: 27 January
- Semester 2 (July–November) deadline: 2 July
If your application is approved, Swinburne will make you an offer.
It is important that you read your offer letter carefully. To accept your offer, you will need to return the offer acceptance form, unit nomination form and make payment by the date indicated.
Semester start dates and planning your trip
Accepted your offer? Before you pack your favourite backpack, there’s a few things you need to do to prepare for your trip.
You are also required to arrive in Melbourne prior to the orientation for exchange and study abroad students. This is a great opportunity to meet your fellow international students, the Swinburne Abroad team, and your teaching and academic staff.
Key dates 2023:
- Orientation week commences: 20 February 2023
- Classes commences: 27 February 2023
- Classes end: 28 May 2023
- Exam period: 29 May – 12 June 2023
- Orientation week commences: 24 July 2023
- Classes commence: 31 July 2023
- Classes end: 29 October 2023
- Exam period: 30 October – 13 November 2023
Need help choosing your subjects?
Choosing your subjects is the fun part where you get to choose your academic adventure! If you’re finding it difficult to select your subjects, or would like more information on credit equivalency, semester dates and suggested subjects, visit the choosing your subjects page.
Want to talk to our Study Abroad team?
If you’re thinking of coming to Swinburne on a Study Abroad Program, you will need to talk to your home university, or talk to one of our in-country representatives. Alternatively, you can contact the friendly Study Abroad team via firstname.lastname@example.org or call +61 3 9214 3866.