Semester abroad

Studying overseas is an opportunity like no other. You get to explore a new culture, live like a local and make new friends, all while continuing your academic progress towards your degree back home.

Don’t be afraid to extend yourself by studying in a non-English-speaking culture. Most of our partner universities offer classes taught in English where you will meet lots of people from across the globe who also don’t speak the local language. If you are keen to learn a new language, some universities offer introductory language lessons.


To be eligible for an overseas exchange, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate course at Swinburne.
  • Have completed 50 credit points in your current program at the time you submit an application for exchange (not including any exemptions or RPL). If you want to study at Swinburne Sarawak you may submit your application before completing 50 credit points but must complete 50 credit points before commencing your exchange.
  • Have achieved a minimum academic average of 60%. Please contact a Swinburne Abroad adviser if you fall below this.
  • International students studying at Swinburne are eligible for the exchange program but you may need to comply with additional conditions of the host university.
Please note that partner universities may have additional requirements that you will need to meet, including a higher minimum academic average. We recommend that you check the website of your preferred host university to check their admissions requirements.

Upon acceptance to the Exchange Program you will need to pay a non-refundable Student Exchange Program Fee of $80.00 that will go towards your Global Society Membership.


There are three ways you can select an overseas university to do an exchange:

1. Swinburne Sarawak

You’ll still be studying at Swinburne but with a Malaysian flavour.

Swinburne Sarawak is the destination of choice if you want an international experience that offers academic, personal and professional benefits, but still close to home. You have the security of being at a Swinburne campus while benefiting from the cultural enrichment that living in Malaysia offers. You can choose to study for one or two semesters or take a couple of units over the winter term. All units completed at Swinburne Sarawak will be listed on your academic transcript with a numerical grade.

Please note that your unit selection must be approved by your course coordinator. You may not be able to undertake units offered at Sarawak campus which are not offered at Hawthorn.

2. Student exchange program at a partner university

Partner universities are foreign institutions with which Swinburne has a student exchange agreement. You continue to pay your academic fees to Swinburne and are not charged by your host university.

3. Study abroad program at another university

If you want to study at a university that does not have an exchange agreement with Swinburne, you will still get course credit (subject to approval) but you will need to pay tuition fees as set by that university. For more information please refer to the Guidelines for Swinburne Independent Study Abroad Program.