Returned students

If you’re a student who has returned from an overseas study program, we’re here to support you.

Stay connected

To help with your transition, you can take part in the many activities and programs that the Swinburne Abroad Office organises each semester. You can connect with other returned students who have gone through similar experiences and with incoming exchange students from your host country.

Some of the activities include:

  • Orientation for incoming exchange and Study Abroad students
  • Swinburne Abroad Study Overseas Expo
  • Return Home information session
  • Volunteer opportunities to speak about your overseas experience

For more information email

Swinburne Abroad Student Adviser Program

The Student Adviser Program is an exciting initiative that allows returned students to gain valuable experience working as part of the Swinburne Abroad Team.

The program aims to:

  • increase awareness among Swinburne students of overseas study opportunities
  • raise the profile of Swinburne Abroad among the wider university community
  • provide professional work experience to returned students in marketing and recruitment.

For details about the program and instructions on how to apply, contact us at or come past the Swinburne Abroad Office to chat to our staff.


Re-adjusting and reverse culture shock

Re-adjusting to life back home can be challenging. You probably have mixed feelings, being sad to leave all the friends that you made, but also excited to see everyone back home. You might have changed a lot in the last few months so it’s very normal to feel like you don’t fit in anymore – this is a normal part of the re-entry process.

If you feel like you’re experiencing ‘reverse culture shock’, Swinburne Abroad has a number of resources that can help you with a smoother transition. SwinCounselling can offer assistance as well.

To find out more about reverse culture shock this external resource may be helpful:


Your host institution may send your transcripts directly to you or to the Swinburne Abroad Office. It is your responsibility to find out where the transcripts will be sent. If the transcripts are sent to you, you must provide a copy to the Swinburne Abroad Office right away.

Host institutions may take up to 12 weeks after the end of your semester to send your transcripts. It’s your responsibility to find out when they will be sent and to let them know while you are on exchange if you need them by a certain date.

Once Swinburne Abroad has a copy of your transcripts, they will be cross-checked with your current study plan. If all your units have been pre-approved they will be sent to the progress team for exemptions to be processed.
If your transcript does not match your current study plan, you will be requested to get approvals for any units you need exemptions for.

Any overseas units that were approved as equivalent to Swinburne units are entered on your transcript as an exemption. The Swinburne code is listed and you are awarded an exemption/s. This means you will not receive a numerical grade for these units on your Swinburne transcript and therefore is important you retain your host university transcript for your education portfolio.

You also need to have completed the correct study load at the partner institution as per the credit equivalence table. This means you need to have completed the equivalent of at least 37.5 credit points.

Go abroad again

Did you love your exchange experience? Then why not go abroad again?

You may be able to take another exchange or go on one of our many short term programs overseas. For more information contact the Swinburne Abroad Office.