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.

Austudy/Youth Allowance

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 $7,764 (as at 2016), 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 Study Assist brochure.

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 from the Swinburne Abroad Office or 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:

  1. Log in to My financials with your SIMS username and password
  2. Click on Help Forms
  3. Click the Add New button to view the list of forms available
  4. Select “OS-HELP Debt Confirmation” and click Complete Form
  5. Complete the required details including your Tax File Number
  6. 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 2018 wil be announced in early September 2017.

Scholarships offered by Swinburne for exchange in Semester 2, 2017 (now closed)

  • Australian Government Study in China: 8x $5,000 scholarships
  • Australian Government NCP Scholarship in China: 8x $6,000 scholarships
  • Australian Government Study in Korea: 3x $5,000 scholarships
  • Australian Government Study in Mexico: 3x $5,000 scholarships
  • Swinburne Abroad Liaison Award: 2x $3,000 scholarships
  • Swinburne Abroad Ambassador Award: 12x $2,000 scholarships
  • Swinburne Abroad Faculty Award: 3x (1 per faculty) $2,000 scholarships
  • Swinburne Abroad Asia Award: 3x $1,000 scholarships
  • Swinburne Abroad Europe Award (not UK and Ireland): 8x $1,000 scholarships
  • Swinburne Abroad Latin America Award: 3x $1,000 scholarships
  • Swinburne Abroad Award: 2 X $1000 scholarships

How to apply for a Swinburne Abroad scholarship

Australian Government China Scholarships
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.

Australian Government NCP China Scholarships
Submit a one-page statement on how studying abroad in China at the Beijing Institute of Technology will add value to you and why you wish to study in your selected host University. Students’ applying for this scholarship must be enrolled in a relevant Swinburne Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology coursework program.

Australian Government Korea Scholarships
Submit a one-page statement on how studying abroad in Korea will add value to you and why you wish to study in your selected host University

Australian Government Mexico Scholarships
Submit a one-page statement on how studying abroad in Mexico will add value to you and why you wish to study in your selected host University

Swinburne Abroad Europe, Asia, Sarawak, or Latin America Award
Submit a one-page statement on why you wish to study in one of these destinations.

Swinburne Abroad Ambassador Award
Submit a one-page statement on how you will contribute to promoting outbound exchange to Swinburne students. Students applying for this scholarship will need to be available to start this role at least 2 weeks before Orientation Week of the semester after their exchange semester.

Swinburne Abroad Faculty Award
Submit a one-page statement on how you will contribute to promoting outbound exchange within faculty to Swinburne students.

Swinburne Abroad Liaison Award
Write a one-page proposal on how you would connect international Study Abroad/Exchange students with the local students through activities such as organizing events and excursions. Students applying for this scholarship will need to be available for a full semester duration after completing their exchange semester.

Please send your one-page proposals to outboundapps@swin.edu.au 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 closed 19 May 2017.

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.

Jönköping, Sweden

One scholarship of SEK5000 (approximately A$1000) is offered by the Jönköping School of Education and Communication in Sweden.

Other countries

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 Program

The New Colombo Plan is a signature initiative of the Australian Government which aims to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia by supporting young Australians to study and undertake internships in the region.

The New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program provides opportunities for Australian undergraduate students, between 18 and 28 years of age (inclusive), to undertake study, participate in internship and/or mentorship opportunities and receive language training in eligible host location(s) in the Indo-Pacific. The program also encourages students to participate in community engagement and advocacy in relation to the New Colombo Plan.

The advantages of the program 

  • Gain generous financial support while away.
  • 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 and possibly gain an internship in the world’s fastest growing region leading to future career opportunities.
  • Enjoy the prestige of being a New Colombo Plan Scholar, which only a handful of Australian students are part of.


To be eligible to apply for to be nominated for this program, please see main eligibility criteria below:

  • currently studying a bachelor or bachelor (Honours) program on campus
  • an Australian citizen aged between 18 to 28 (inclusive)
  • achieving a minimum 70% average
  • involved in various community activities
  • have enough units available within your degree to take up at least one semester of exchange or study abroad – either electives or matched units.

See full eligibility criteria and list of possible host locations.

Value of the scholarship

Some of the benefits of the scholarship include:

  • language training tuition fees, where incurred, of up to $1500
  • a travel allowance of $2500
  • an establishment allowance of $2000
  • a monthly stipend of $2500
  • health and travel insurance for the duration of their overseas scholarship program.

For fee paying students (for students not going on exchange to one of Swinburne Partners) tuition fees to cover the cost of study for up to one academic up to a maximum of $20,000. These fees are payable directly to the host institution.

Application process

To apply please email the following documents to exchange@swin.edu.au by the deadline of Tuesday 18 July 2017.

  1. your curriculum vitae (resume) - please include examples of any activities that demonstrate leadership and community engagement
  2. academic results (if possible)
  3. a brief statement addressing the following: What experiences and attributes would you make you an ideal New Colombo Plan Scholar? (no less than 100 words)

Information sessions

Date: Thursday 6 July 2017
Time: 11.00am
Room: ATC321, Hawthorn campus

For information on applying for exchange visit the Swinburne Abroad Office during drop in times Tuesdays to Thursdays from 2pm to 4pm.

For the complete Scholarship Program Guidelines visit the DFAT website.