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).


You must satisfy the following requirement to be eligible for the Study Abroad in Melbourne program:

  • currently enrolled at university
  • completed a year of university study
  • US students need a GPA of 2.6 or higher
  • Mexican students need a minimum GPA of 70%
  • if you choose design or film and television units you are required to submit a portfolio with your application showcasing work of an appropriate standard
  • Certified English proficiency (for students enrolled at an institution teaching in languages other than English). Refer to the entry requirements and fees page for further detail on English requirements for this program.

Course load

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.

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.

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.

  • 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.

  • 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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