Our study programs run for two to four weeks, over the summer and winter semester breaks, and give you the opportunity to learn about industries in other countries and make a difference to the communities you visit.

Benefits of an overseas study tour

Faculty-led, overseas study tours offer incredible learning experiences that combine the adventure of travel as well as the opportunity to gain 12.5 one full unit) of academic credit.

Other benefits also include:

  • You’ll get the chance to travel with a group of like-minded Swinburne students and make new friends along the way.
  • Study tours are led by an experienced Swinburne academic staff member.
  • Through our partners, you’ll gain unique access to companies, industry and communities around the globe.
  • You’re given the chance to continue your academic progress towards your degree, and see the world in the process.
Study Abroad student Ben in Trolltunga, Norway

How do overseas study tours work? 

Swinburne Abroad and faculty academics work together to design our range of study tours.

When you register your interest or apply for a study tour, you’ll be invited to attend an information session to give you full details about what’s involved in that particular program. You’ll be guided through the application process by our team and kept up to date from the moment you apply until your tour departs.

Pre-departure sessions packed with helpful information about your tour will be organised and you’ll get plenty of opportunities to meet your study group before you depart. 

You’ll be led by your Swinburne academic for the full tour and get the unique experience of visiting companies, industry and the local communities of the cities you are in. The study tour will also give you the opportunity to gain 12.5 (one full unit) of academic credit through assessment pieces and reflections from your experience — which means you’ll be progressing towards your degree whilst seeing the world at the same time!

Sound like an incredible opportunity? It is! Check out our upcoming winter and summer study tours.

Winter 2020 study tours

Our Winter 2020 faculty-led study tours are now open. Explore the programs below to see where in the world you could go during your semester break in June/July 2020.

  • Manufacturing and Sustainability study tour in Germany

    Manufacturing and Sustainability study tour in Germany

    Get direct access to leading companies in the manufacturing industry as well as explore cultural sites in Germany on this study tour.
  • Tomorrow’s Global Challenge – Sustainable Mumbai study tour

    Tomorrow’s Global Challenge – Sustainable Mumbai study tour

    Explore the culture and history of Mumbai, India as well as participate in creating a sustainable future by joining this study tour.
  • Law, Governance and Culture study tour in Indonesia

    Law, Governance and Culture study tour in Indonesia

    Immerse yourself in the legal culture of Indonesia on this tour to Jakarta and Yogyakarta, which will also introduce you to Asian legal systems generally.
  • Business for Social Impact study tour in Malaysia

    Business for Social Impact study tour in Malaysia

    Experience the inner workings of a social enterprise within Malaysia on this two-week study tour, and apply your gained knowledge to real world challenges.
  • Supporting Economic Development Indigenous study tour in Australia

    Supporting Economic Development Indigenous study tour in Australia

    The Supporting Economic Development Indigenous study tour is a 14-day experience working with Aboriginal people in the Kimberley (Western Australia).
  • Indonesian Cultural Study Tour

    Indonesian Cultural Study Tour

    Embark on an immersive cultural study tour to Indonesia with a focus on economic development, ethical tourism and environmental sustainability.
  • Understanding the European Union – Residential Program

    Understanding the European Union – Residential Program

    Learn the workings and politics of the European Union with a 10-day study classroom-based tour in Italy. You'll also explore Key cities such as Venice.
  • Industry Consulting Project study tour in Vietnam

    Industry Consulting Project study tour in Vietnam

    Work and consult on a project for an industry client while also immersing yourself in the local culture of Vietnam for two weeks.

Summer 2020/2021 study tours

Want to plan ahead? Explore the programs below to see where in the world you could go over the summer semester break in January/February in 2021.

  • Berlin International Film Festival study tour

    Berlin International Film Festival study tour

    Join us as we travel to Germany for the world-renowned Berlin International Film Festival and get access to all film screenings. Register your interest, today.
  • Business innovation in Europe study tour

    Business innovation in Europe study tour

    Join us on a two-week study tour to Europe as we learn about the key business issues, practices and typical workplace culture found in European organisations.
  • Design Centred Vietnam study tour

    Design Centred Vietnam study tour

    Discover the architectural and design changes taking place in Vietnam and visit renowned heritage sites in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh on this study tour
  •   Tokyo and Kyoto games and animation study tour

    Tokyo and Kyoto games and animation study tour

    Join us we visit games and animations studios in Tokyo and Kyoto that are sure to inspire budding animators and games developers. Register your interest today.
  • Pollinate Fellowship Program study tour in India

    Pollinate Fellowship Program study tour in India

    Use your passion for leadership and improving lives to work on real-world engineering projects with Pollinate Energy's team in India.
  • Swinburne Sustainability Project study tour in Vietnam

    Swinburne Sustainability Project study tour in Vietnam

    Work collaboratively with Vietnamese students to provide insights into environment and sustainability issues, while also exploring the diversity of cultures across Vietnam.

  • Engineering in the United Arab Emirates study tour

    Engineering in the United Arab Emirates study tour

    This Study Tour is designed for Engineering students, and will see the group travel to the United Arab Emirates. You will visit industrial and government organisations, and universities. 

  • Unbound Global Challenges study tour in Nepal

    Unbound Global Challenges study tour in Nepal

    Explore this complex country while working collaboratively in small teams to apply human-centred design principles to engineering projects.
  • International Media Industries study tour in China

    International Media Industries study tour in China

    Engage with the fast-evolving media industry in China as well as see all the cultural sights on this Media and Communication study tour.
Ready for an overseas study tour?

Already know which overseas study tour you would like to attend? 

Register your interest

Funding opportunities

Planning your finances is an important part of any overseas study program. There are a number of scholarships and funding opportunities to help you as a Swinburne student participate in overseas programs. Explore the full range of fee help options and scholarships. Two of the most common options include:

Some study tour programs have Australian government funding available through the New Colombo Plan or other means of funding. These are listed on each internship program page and on our Fee Help and Scholarships page.

OS-HELP is available for credit-bearing international experiences, including exchange, study tours and overseas internships.

The OS-HELP Loan is an Australian Government scheme for Australian students that provides funding for international study experiences. This loan is added to your HECS debt, which you don’t have to repay until your income reaches the minimum repayment threshold.

The maximum loan amounts in 2020 are:

  • A$8,295 for destinations in the Asian region
  • A$6,913 for destinations in any other region

Interested in studying abroad?

Our friendly and well-travelled Swinburne Abroad team can help answer any questions about our overseas study programs.

Contact us