Key information

Partner Institution: Excelia (La Rochelle Academy)

Location: La Rochelle, France

Dates: January - February 2025 (exact dates TBC)

Costs: Accommodation and transportation (more information can be found below)


  • A$1,000 Swinburne Abroad Travel Grants available
  • $7,921 OS-HELP Loans available for eligible students

Application deadline: 31 October 2024


Spend two weeks during your Summer break studying in the picturesque city of La Rochelle, France. You'll have the unique opportunity to fill your summer break with memories of delicious French food, historical architecture and the peaceful coastal atmosphere of La Rochelle, all whilst gaining academic credit towards your Swinburne degree.

Dive into the multifaceted world of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and environmental issues as you engage in a dynamic learning experience through case studies, individual and group work, brainstorming sessions, and company visits. 

Courses offered

Corporate Social Responsibility & Environmental Issues
  • Introduction, context and history of human development & CSR
  • Current approach of CSR & issues
  • Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) : social, environmental and economical issues; worldwide initiatives and innovations
  • United Nation Global Compact
  • CSR & environmental issues: Challenges & Benefits for organizations
  • Different establishments of CSR strategies
  • International criteria, norms & labels : ISO 14000, ISO 26000, ESG, BCorp
  • CSR policy in the core business: Circular Economy, Fair trade, Social & Solidarity Economy Case

Eligibility criteria

To apply for this program, students must:

  • be enrolled into an Undergraduate or Postgraduate degree
  • meet the overseas exchange program eligibility requirements
  • meet any pre-requisites listed by the host institution and for the courses you choose
  • have studied at least 1 year in your degree

Academic credit

You are able to take this program as credit for one of your elective units. Alternatively, you may be able to use one core unit for this program, subject to approval from your Course Director.

Credit equivalence

7.5 ECTS = 12.5 CP (1 unit) at Swinburne.


Program cost: You will be expected to pay for your accommodation and transportation costs for the duration of the program

You will have your choice of accommodation offered by the host university, Excelia. Accommodation costs may range from 500€ - 900€ (approximately A$800 - $1500).

The host university will provide further information regarding costs and accommodation upon application or closer to the program dates.

Note: Tuition fees to the host university are waived for students completing a short-term exchange program at one of our partner universities. You will continue to pay your regular tuition fees to Swinburne while you are on the program.

There may be other program costs incurred outside of tuition fees, including living expenses, airfares, and visas (if applicable). 

More information about Excelia

Visit Excelia's website for more information on their short-term Winter program and the courses offered.

Accommodation options and costs can be found in their brochure. The 2024 brochure will be updated in September/October.


Funding your overseas journey may be easier than you think

Swinburne Abroad Travel Grants

This program has A$1,000 Swinburne Abroad Travel Grants available.

This grant can help offset travel and living expenses for your overseas internship and are available to both Domestic and International UG or PG students. Students can apply for a grant as part of the application process.


Eligible Australian students can also apply for an Australian Government OS-HELP Loan of up to A$7,921 (depending on your program destination) to help cover costs associated with your overseas program.

For more information on funding and eligibility, see Fee Help and Scholarships.


Students must first apply to Swinburne Abroad following the short-term exchange application process. Applications will be assessed on a rolling basis.

Final application deadline: 31 October 2024
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A view of the harbour at Vieux port de La Rochelle

Has this program sparked your interest?

If you’d like to learn more, contact Swinburne Abroad for more information and to get help with your application. Contact us on or +61 3 9214 5926

Alternatively you can visit the Excelia website for further information.