If you’re currently enrolled in a university overseas that isn’t a partner of Swinburne, you can still experience the fun and excitement of studying in Australia through the Study Abroad program.

Study Abroad Semester Program

Study Abroad in Melbourne program details


The Study Abroad in Melbourne program allows international students enrolled at a university that is not one of our partners to study for one or two semesters. You can begin your studies in either Semester 1 (March – June) or in Semester 2 (August – November).

Entry requirements and fees

Learn more about the entry requirements and tuition fees for our Study Abroad program including the English and academic requirements you must meet to be able to participate.

Choosing your subjects

The normal unit (subject) load is four units per semester.

Alternatively, you may choose to maximise your time to explore Melbourne and take only three units. We call this the ‘Study 3 Abroad’ option. If you choose this, you will enjoy all the benefits of being enrolled as a full-time student, but only take and pay for three units.

Find out what you need to know when choosing your subjects

Study Abroad Online

You can have an international education experience by joining our online program.

Study Abroad Online allows you to have a Swinburne experience, by taking one or two subjects with us, as an add-on to your regular semester at your home university. You’ll still be able to access our world-standard education while studying with other career-focused students from around the globe.

For more information, email us at studyabroad@swinburne.edu.au.

Key considerations

Study Abroad students can choose to add a Study Abroad Certificate of Sspecialisation to their studies.

To qualify for the certificate, you must complete two units from any one discipline. Or you can qualify for a dual certificate of specialisation if you complete two units from each of two disciplines.

A Certificate of Specialisation can be taken from a wide variety of the following disciplines:

To apply you will need select the Certificate of Specialisation as an option when completing your online application for your Study Abroad program.

  • Semester 1 (February – June) deadline: 27 January
  • Semester 2 (July – November) deadline: 2 July

Applications submitted after the deadline will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

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    On-campus accommodation

    Learn about the different types of accommodation on Swinburne's Hawthorn campus, including private and shared accommodation options.

How to apply for the Study Abroad program

Want to start a new adventure and study in Australia? Here’s how to apply for the Study Abroad program. 

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