Faculty-led study tours

Swinburne offers short-term overseas study tours led by an experienced faculty staff member. Our study programs run for 2 to 6 weeks, usually outside of semester, and give you the opportunity to learn about industries in other countries and make a difference to the communities you visit.

How to find a study tour

Register your interest here or explore our range of study tours below.

Benefits of a faculty-led study tour

  • Travel with a group of like-minded Swinburne students
  • Led by an experienced Swinburne academic staff member
  • Unique access to companies, industry and communities around the globe
  • Continue your academic progress towards your degree, and see the world in the process

How it works

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.

Swinburne Abroad and your academic will provide pre-departure sessions full of helpful information and there will be time to get to know your study tour group before you head off overseas.

Each program varies, but for most of our study tours you will spend time visiting companies, industry and the local communities of the cities you are in. Study tours will give you a hands-on opportunity to learn about local culture, business practices and a chance to see how projects and problems are approached in new ways. Some study tours also make sure to fit in time to visit famous landmarks and sightseeing.

You’ll be led by your Swinburne academic for the full tour, plus often one of our incredible study tour providers as well.

The study tour will give you an opportunity to gain 12.5 (one full unit) of academic credit through assessment pieces and reflections from your experience, so you’ll be progressing towards your degree and seeing the world in the process!

Funding opportunities

Government Funding

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 also on our Fee Help and Scholarship page.

OS HELP Loans

If you are undertaking an overseas internship for academic credit, you may be eligible for an OS-HELP Loan.

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 do not have to repay until your income reaches the minimum repayment threshold.

The maximum loan amounts in 2020 are:

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

For more information on funding see Fee Help and Scholarships.