Deciding to go on an overseas study program 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 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:
“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
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.
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 DFAT through the PSEAH policy [PDF 710KB]. In line with these values, Swinburne has developed the Swinburne PSEAH Statement of Practice [PDF 425KB], 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. Another policy adhered to is the DFAT Child Protection Policy [PDF 1061KB], to ensure protection of any child associated with university-related activity including mobility programs. Our Child Saftey Statement of Commitment and Practice [PDF 155KB] has been established as a procedural guideline for the Swinburne community.
We work closely with all of our mobility partners to ensure they work in line with the standards of the policies listed above.
Swinburne has one official contact for reporting any Prevention of Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment (PSEAH) and Child Protection-related incidents related to mobility programs. All reporting to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is handled sensitvely.
The Swinburne contact for all PSEAH reporting to DFAT is:
Stewart Collins, Associate Director Global Mobility - firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on reporting please read the PSEAH and Child Protection policies [PDF 100.9KB].
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.
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 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.