Study abroad program

For students enrolled at a university that is not part of our partners.


One semester or two semesters. You can begin your studies in either Semester 1 (March–June) or Semester 2 (August–November).

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.


Certificate of specialisation option

Study abroad students can choose to add a certificate of specialisation 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.


  • 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 our international student application pages for the level of English ability required: English language tests and alternative English language entry.

Tuition fees

You will be charged per unit of study, with a standard course load being four units per semester.

The study abroad fee for a full-time course load for 2020 is AUD $9,900 per semester. The Study 3 Abroad option is charged on a pro rata basis. The fee includes:

  • tuition
  • airport pickup
  • orientation program especially designed for study abroad students.

Fee help

Some scholarships are available for students to study abroad at Swinburne. Please visit our scholarships website.

Other costs

You will need to meet your own travel expenses, accommodation charges, living expenses and any additional spending money.

Travel costs

  • return airfare to Melbourne, Australia
  • travel insurance
  • visa (where applicable)
  • Australian health insurance. Health insurance is mandatory for all international students studying in Australia. Some countries have a reciprocal arrangement with the Australian government. If your country of residence is not one of these, Swinburne can arrange appropriate insurance for you. This will be explained in your letter of offer.
  • Extra excursions and social activities. Swinburne Student Life offers many sporting and cultural clubs as well as volunteer opportunities. They also organise low-cost day and weekend trips to tourist places of interest.


Cost will depend on your choice. There are on-campus and off-campus options, including homestay, shared rentals, individual rentals, bed and breakfasts, hotels and serviced apartments.

Take a look at our student accommodation pages to get an idea of costs and a downloadable guide about finding accommodation in Melbourne. You will also find contact details for Swinburne’s student accommodation adviser.

Living expenses

You will need to pay your own living expenses including food, bills, transport, books and stationery. See our estimated costs for living in Melbourne.