Deciding to go on an overseas study program and moving away from home for a few months can seem daunting. At Swinburne, we’re here to help you plan and prepare for your overseas program so you can fully enjoy your experience.
Swinburne Abroad are here to help
The friendly and well-travelled team at Swinburne Abroad are here to help you support you and will 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: 9.00am – 5.00pm
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
Travel insurance for overseas programs
All Swinburne students participating in overseas programs or activities (including semester exchanges, faculty-led study tours, short-term overseas partner programs, 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 the academic program duration plus 10 personal days (e.g. three days before and seven days after the academic program).
The academic program duration is your program start and finish dates as specified in your official acceptance documentation provided by Swinburne Abroad, host university or third-party provider (depending on your program). The academic program duration must not exceed 170 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 10 days personal travel) 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
Note: 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 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.