Fee help and scholarships
Planning your finances is an important part of any overseas study program.
For those thinking of a semester or year-long exchange, if you choose to study at one of our partner universities your tuition fees will be covered. Whatever program you choose (exchange, study abroad or a study tour), you will need to pay for airfares and domestic travel expenses, health and travel insurance, accommodation and living expenses.
Living and internal travel costs will vary considerably depending on your destination and lifestyle. As a very rough guide, for those doing an exchange, you should allow AUD$2000 per month, per semester, though this depends on the average cost of living at the destination you choose.
There are a number of scholarships and funding opportunities to help Swinburne students overseas.
If you currently receive Austudy or Youth Allowance, you may still be eligible to continue receiving these benefits while on exchange.
You will need to provide Centrelink with evidence that you will be studying full time in an approved student exchange program that will be credited to your Swinburne degree.
Swinburne Abroad can provide you with a letter to meet Centrelink requirements before you depart.
OS-HELP is available for international experiences, including exchange and study tours.
This government scheme provides loans for Australian students of up to $7,998 (as at 2018), depending on your destination and study program.
This loan is added to your HECS debt, which you do not have to repay until your income reaches the minimum repayment threshold.
Before submitting an application for an OS-HELP loan, please ensure you have carefully read through information on loan details, amounts and eligibility in the StudyAssist booklet [PDF, 385KB].
If you intend to apply for an OS-HELP loan, please indicate this on your exchange or study tour application.
You cannot apply for an OS-HELP loan after you have finished you overseas experience; however, an application may still be possible whilst you are undertaking your experience.
To apply, you must complete a Debt Confirmation Form (available via My financials for current students) as well as the OS-HELP application form.
To submit your OS-HELP Debt Confirmation form via “My financials” you need to:
- Log in to My financials with your SIMS username and password
- Click on Help Forms
- Click the Add New button to view the list of forms available
- Select “OS-HELP Debt Confirmation” and click Complete Form
- Complete the required details including your Tax File Number
- Click Submit. A success message will appear.
Go to the HELP assistance page for more information submitting an application online.
Swinburne travel scholarships for exchange
Swinburne offers a number of travel scholarships each semester which are awarded based on merit and ambassadorship. Scholarships for Semester 1, 2019 will be announced in September 2018.
Scholarships offered by Swinburne for semester exchange in Semester 2, 2018
- Australian Government Study in Beijing, China (FSET only): $6,000 scholarships available
- Australian Government Study in Germany: $5,000 scholarships available
- Australian Government Study in Hong Kong: $5,000 scholarships available
- Australian Government Study in Sarawak, Malaysia (FSET only): $5,000 scholarships available
- Australian Government Study in Indonesia: $5,000 scholarships available
- Swinburne Abroad Faculty Liasion Award: 8x $1,000 scholarships
- Swinburne Abroad Film Award: 2x $1,000 scholarships
- Swinburne Abroad ‘Off The Beaten Track’ (Not Sarawak, Japan, UK, Ireland, USA and Canada) Awards: 14 X $1,000 scholarships
- Swinburne Abroad Sarawak Scholarships: 10 x $1,000 scholarships
- Swinburne Abroad Indigenous Grant: 2x $1,000 scholarships
- Swinburne Abroad Equity Grant: 2x $1,000 scholarships
How to apply for a Swinburne Abroad scholarship
Australian Government Sarawak, Malaysia Scholarship
Submit a one-page statement on how studying abroad in Sarawak, Malaysia will add value to you and why you wish to study in Swinburne Sarawak. Note: you must be enrolled in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology to apply for this scholarship.
Swinburne Abroad Sarawak Award
Submit a one-page statement on why you wish to study at Swinburne Sarawak.
Australian Government Beijing, China Scholarship
Submit a one-page statement on how studying abroad in China will add value to you and why you wish to study in your selected host University. Note: you must be enrolled in the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology to apply for this scholarship.
Australian Government Germany, Hong Kong and Indonesia Scholarships
Submit a one-page statement on how studying abroad in Germany, Hong Kong or Indonesia will add value to you and why you wish to study at your selected host university.
Swinburne Abroad ‘Off The Beaten Track’ Award
Submit a one-page statement on why you wish to study in one of these destinations that are not Sarawak, Japan, UK, Ireland, USA or Canada.
Swinburne Abroad Faculty Liaison Award
Submit a one-page statement on how you will contribute to promoting outbound exchange to Swinburne students within your faculty while you are away – blog, photos, etc.
Swinburne Abroad Film Award
Submit a one-page statement on a plan to deliver at least two three-minute films on the student mobility themes of ‘Resilience over culture shock’ and ‘Cultural Understanding’.
Swinburne Abroad Indigenous Grants
Students do not need to apply and will be selected by Swinburne for these grants.
Swinburne Abroad Equity Grants
Students do not need to apply and will be selected by Swinburne for these grants.
Please send your one-page proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org with the title of the scholarship, your name and student ID as the subject heading e.g. “Swinburne Abroad Asia Scholarship John SMITH 1234567”.
Note: a separate application is required for each scholarship you apply for.
Scholarship applications close 10 May 2018. *Scholarships for study at Swinburne Sarawak have an extended deadline of 15 June 2018.
Travel scholarships offered by overseas institutions
Aalborg University, Denmark
One scholarship of DKK5000 (approximately A$1300) is offered by Aalborg University in Denmark for a student to undertake exchange. When you submit your exchange application to Swinburne Abroad, you will be automatically considered for the scholarship.
Austrian Airfare Stipend, Austria
Swinburne's partner in Austria, Fachhochschule Wiener Neustadt, offers stipends of €700 towards your airfare. They are awarded to those students selected by Swinburne Abroad as being most deserving.
Butex International Scholarships, UK
This scholarship is open to all exchange students going to select UK partner institutions. To be eligible you must have been offered an exchange place at a BUTEX-affiliated UK university.
The value of each scholarship is £500 and will be paid to you once you have arrived and registered at your host university.
Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships (QES), Canada
The Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships (QES) program is managed by Universities Canada, but the projects are university based across areas from Indigenous education, to forestry, to genome mapping and beyond. Contact the Canadian university directly to see if they are taking individual applications (which is often the case) or if they are working with one or more specific partners in Australia.
One scholarship of SEK5000 (approximately A$1000) is offered by the Jönköping School of Education and Communication in Sweden.
Check with the consulate or embassy of your proposed host country to explore other scholarships that may be available.
Swinburne’s merit scholarship recipients
From 2015, all Swinburne’s merit scholarship recipients are eligible to receive a one-off payment of $2000 towards an international study experience!
For more information see the George Swinburne Merit Scholarship.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Scholarship
STEM Scholarship recipients going on a study exchange at Swinburne's Sarawak campus are eligible to receive $3000 towards their study experience.
For more information see the STEM Scholarship.
The New Colombo Plan Scholarship
The New Colombo Plan Scholarship is a prestigious Australian Government program that provides opportunities for Australian undergraduate students to undertake a semester of study or an internship or mentorship in participating Indo-Pacific locations.
Any bachelor or honours degree.
Eligibility / selection criteria
- be an Australian citizen;
- be enrolled in units at an on-shore campus of an Australian University during the application process;
- be between 18 and 28 years of age (inclusive) on 1 January 2019;
- be undertaking a bachelor degree or bachelor honours degree when the scholarship program commences;
- have achieved a minimum 70 per cent graded average or equivalent for their undergraduate course at the time of application; and
- not be a previous recipient of a New Colombo Plan Scholarship.
Full details of eligibility requirements can be found here.
The New Colombo Plan Mobility Grants
The New Colombo Plan Mobility Program provides funding to Australian universities and consortia to support Australian undergraduate students to participate in semester-based or short-term study, internships, mentorships, practicums and research in 40 host locations across the Indo-Pacific region.
The Mobility Program is open to Australian university undergraduates aged 18–28, with capacity to include some students over 28.
The advantages of the program
- Be supported by the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to give you access to high level networks and open doors to future opportunities.
- Study in the world’s fastest growing region leading to future career opportunities.
To be eligible for a short-term mobility grant, please see main eligibility criteria below:
- currently studying a bachelor or bachelor (Honours) program onshore
- an Australian citizen
- cannot have held dual citizenship or residency for the project destination
New Colombo Plan Mobility Grants are awarded at the discretion of Swinburne University of Technology.
You will be automatically considered for NCP funding when you apply for an eligible short term or exchange program. You will receive notification that you've been awarded grant funding shortly after applications close.
For information on applying for exchange visit the Swinburne Abroad Office during drop in times Tuesdays to Thursdays from 2pm to 4pm.
Learn more about New Colombo Plan Mobility Grants on the DFAT website.