Don’t be afraid to extend yourself by studying in a non-English-speaking country. 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’re keen to learn a new language, some universities also offer introductory language lessons.


To be eligible for an overseas exchange program, 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 the 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.

Application deadlines

The application deadlines for all countries are:

31 July 2023

For a semester exchange in Semester 1 2024

31 January 2024

For a semester exchange in Semester 2 2024

Information session

We recommend all students attend or watch a recording of our information session. To attend, please register your interest here, where you can find details about upcoming information sessions. 


Want to know how you can afford it? There are a number of scholarships, grants and funding available to help with the costs of an Overseas Exchange- see our Fee Help and Scholarships page for more information.

Where can I go?

Swinburne offers both semester-length and short-term exchange programs. Explore the following options to find the program that best suits you.

Semester exchange destinations

There are many countries you can choose from for a semester exchange program. Swinburne has partner universities in all corners of the world, so whether you want to explore the cobblestone streets of Europe, experience U.S. college campus life or jump deep into the tastes and sounds of Asia, you’ll find a partner university to suit you. 

Semester exchange program at a partner university  

Partner universities are foreign institutions with which Swinburne has a student exchange agreement with. 

Students can choose to study for one or two semesters at one of our partner universities around the world.

Browse our partner universities by using our webpage or the interactive map, listed by region, to gather information about semester dates, credit equivalence, resources and courses available for exchange students.

Note: No extra tuition fees are applied when you study overseas on exchange at a partner university, you will just be required to pay your normal Swinburne semester fees. 

Our 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 A$100. 

Study abroad program at a non-partner university

Swinburne Abroad is not currently offering independent study abroad programs at universities that do not have a student exchange agreement with Swinburne.

Want to study at Swinburne's own Sarawak campus?

Swinburne has a campus in Sarawak, Malaysia, where students can enjoy an inter-campus experience or attend winter term in Borneo.

Swinburne student, Sam, on exchange at Luleå University, Sweden

Short-term exchange destinations

A select number of short-term exchange programs are available over the summer and winter breaks. Have a look below to see what programs are currently running.

  • Image of colourful houses and a red boat along a river called Nyhavn in Copenhagen, Denmark.

    Copenhagen Business School

    Apply for short-term exchange to Copenhagen Business School, growing your network in one of the best cities to live in. Earn academic credit as you experience Copenhagen’s vibrant spirit and Danish traditions.

  • Image of a bridge over a river in Paris, France.

    ESSCA School of Management

    Explore France or Budapest, Hungary for 3-4 weeks and earn academic credit when you apply for short-term exchange to our partner university, ESSCA School of Management. 

  • Image of Gardens by the bay in Singapore

    Nanyang Technological University

    Discover the beauty and heat of Singapore and earn academic credit when you apply for short-term exchange to our partner university, Nanyang Technological University.

Ready to study overseas on exchange?

Broaden your horizons, immerse yourself in a foreign culture and take the opportunity to gain unique experience, all while continuing your academic progress.

Apply now