Learn how to apply for the Student Exchange program, Study Abroad program or Freshman Abroad program and take the first steps to starting a new adventure in Australia!
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, you are in the wrong place, head over to our entry options for international students. This page is for students looking to take part in an exchange, freshman abroad or study abroad program.
Talk to your home university’s course adviser to make sure that your course has the flexibility to include an exchange, study abroad or freshman 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 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 units by discipline:
- Study Abroad Units: Undergraduate – Semester 1, 2020
- Study Abroad Units: Undergraduate – Semester 2, 2020
- Study Abroad Units: Postgraduate – Semester 1, 2020
- Study Abroad Units: Postgraduate – Semester 2, 2020
Not sure what units you’d like to study? Learn more about choosing your subjects.
Note: Approval will need to be granted on application. You may choose units from any faculty as long as you meet the unit’s prerequisites. If you apply for a design, film and T.V unit you will need to include a portfolio of your work with your application. See portfolio guidelines. If you’re a study abroad or a freshman abroad 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 Swinburne timetable planner. If the year you intend to study is not yet posted on site, use the current year to get an indication of unit availability.
Don’t forget, the Australian academic year is the opposite of that of the northern hemisphere: 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or +61 3 9214 3866.
If you're considering studying abroad in Melbourne, please note the below application deadlines.
Note: Applications submitted after the deadline will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, pending availability.
- Semester 1 (February – June) deadline: 1 October
- Semester 2 (July – Novemeber) deadline: 1 April
- Semester 1 (February – June) deadline: 27 January
- Semester 2 (July – Novemeber) deadline: 2 July
- Semester 1 (February – June) deadline: not available
- Semester 2 (July – November) deadline: 30 April