Swinburne Abroad program update

All in-person overseas programs have been cancelled until May 2022 due to COVID-19.

Although this may be disappointing news, Swinburne Abroad is excited to offer the opportunity to give you a global experience from the comfort and safety of your own home through a range of virtual overseas programs.

Our plan to resume in-person overseas study programs is pending from restrictions around international travel. We will continue to review our programs, so please register your interest. We will keep you in the loop with any news and opportunities that will be available.

Please keep in mind that the health and safety of our students is always our first priority and we will closely monitor the situation over the coming months to ensure that programs can run safely before proceeding.

We look forward to offering you a number of new virtual overseas programs, and in-person overseas programs when we can.

Swinburne Abroad are here to help

The friendly and well-travelled team members at Swinburne Abroad are here to help support you and help you plan and prepare for your overseas study. For a one-on-one chat, visit the team at the BA Building, Level 2, Atrium, Hawthorn campus during their office hours:

  • Monday to Friday: 9am–5pm 

Swinburne Abroad can also be reached via Facebook and Instagram. Follow these pages to stay informed about the latest news, information sessions and updates from current students away overseas.

Are you currently overseas and need emergency assistance?

As a Swinburne student studying abroad, you have access to 24-hour emergency support if required. In an emergency, call the 24-Hour Global Assistance Helpline on +61 2 8907 5995.

For non-emergencies, contact the Swinburne Abroad office during business hours on +61 3 9214 5926 or email the team at exchange@swinburne.edu.au.

Worried about the language barrier? 

Although knowing a bit of local lingo is always a good thing, exchange students don’t have to be able to speak the language. All our partner universities offer classes taught in English and you’ll be able to mix with other exchange students from around the globe that also don’t speak the local language.

If you’re keen to learn, introductory language lessons are offered at many of our partner universities and are a great way to fully immerse yourself in the culture of your chosen country.

  • “Studying overseas gave me a major head start in my international career and helped in terms of my own maturity. On exchange you fly your own path and make your own decisions, which is incredible for your personal growth.” 

    Josh , Exchange at the University of Limerick, Ireland

How we keep you and the communities you visit safe

Swinburne University is committed to keeping you safe while you’re overseas and there are a number of ways that we work towards ensuring this. One of these is our commitment to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) through the Prevention of Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment policy (DFAT PSEAH policy). In line with these values, Swinburne has developed the Swinburne PSEAH Statement of Practice, where we are committed to managing the risk of sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment in our activities and programs both for our students and those within the communities we engage with. 


Prior to your departure, you should have registered your travel plans on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Smart Traveller website before leaving Australia. If you’ve forgotten to do so, it’s not too late, jump on now. 

Travel insurance for overseas programs

All Swinburne students participating in overseas programs or activities (including semester exchanges, faculty-led study tours, overseas internships and overseas placements) must be covered by an adequate level of insurance for the entire duration of their time overseas.

This is the responsibility of the student.

If you’re accepted into a Swinburne Abroad program, you will receive comprehensive information on insurance as you get closer to your departure date.

This will include information covering:

  • World Travel Protection — your 24/7 contact while overseas
  • pre-existing conditions
  • high-risk activities
  • full policy information
  • how to make a claim.

Swinburne students have two options for travel insurance:

Swinburne will provide insurance to students, free of charge. The insurance will cover you for the duration of the academic program and any other personal travel either side for a maximum of 180 days (including travel days to/from Australia). The academic program duration is your program start and finish dates as specified in your official acceptance documentation provided by Swinburne Abroad, the host university or third-party provider (depending on your program). The academic program duration must not exceed 180 days.

Note: This insurance is provided by Chubb and includes an excess of A$500 (excluding medical claims where no excess is payable). If you’re overseas outside of the coverage duration (in excess of 180 days in total) you will need to organise further insurance cover through one of the two options: 

  • Additional insurance through Chubb — this must be arranged and purchased prior to departing Australia.
  • Take out your own insurance through an external provider for the entire duration of your time overseas. 

 It is not recommended that you combine insurance from both Swinburne Chubb and another provider, as there may be problems if you need to submit claims on your policies.

If you have any questions around insurance provided by Swinburne, contact Swinburne Abroad.

Students can purchase insurance from any external provider for the entire duration of their time overseas. The entire duration must include the academic program and any personal travel.

Excess will vary between policies. You will need to ensure that your policy meets minimum Swinburne requirements. Please refer to the Swinburne Travel Insurance Declaration Form for a list of requirements that your personally arranged insurance should cover.

This form must be completed and submitted to Swinburne Abroad, along with a copy of the policy purchased.

If you have any questions about insurance, contact Swinburne Abroad for help.

Not quite ready for a semester exchange but want to study overseas?

If you feel you’re not ready to spend six months on an overseas exchange, our short-term study tours (between two and six weeks in length) are a great way to build your confidence. 

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Is your overseas study program coming to an end?

It can be difficult returning from overseas and adjusting to normal student life back in Australia. At Swinburne, we organise events to help you re-adjust and to connect with other returning students.

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Need more help?

For more information about the support available to exchange students and for any non-emergency enquiries, contact Swinburne Abroad on +61 3 9214 5926 or email the team on exchange@swinburne.edu.au.

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