Key information

Partner Institution: Excelia (La Rochelle Academy)

Location: Multiple locations including La Rochelle, France; Paris, France and Florence, Italy; or online

Dates: Dates vary depending on the course you select

  • CSR & Event Management: 24 June - 19 July 2024
  • Fashion, Design & Luxury Industry: 17 June - 5 July 2024
  • French Culture & Gastronomy: 1 July - 12 July 2024 (2 weeks); or 1 July - 26 July 2024 (4 weeks)
  • User Experience & Web Design (online): 1 July - 19 July 2024

Costs: Accommodation, transportation + airfares (more information can be found below)


  • A$1,000 Swinburne Abroad Travel Grants available
  • $7,348 OS-HELP Loans available for eligible students

Application deadline: 17 March 2024


Immerse yourself into the culture of France (and a bit of Italy) in only 2 - 4 weeks, where you'll be studying as an exchange student at our partner university, Excelia, located in La Rochelle, France. It'll be a unique opportunity for you to fill your winter break with memories of delicious French food, historical architecture and the peaceful coastal atmosphere of La Rochelle, all whilst gaining academic credit.

All courses are taught in English (except for French Culture & Gastronomy) by teachers who are experts in their fields and include cultural excursions and company visits while you work towards gaining credit for your Swinburne degree. These programs attract students from diverse backgrounds, creating a multicultural learning environment. This global exposure will allow you to broaden your perspectives, share ideas, and collaborate with peers from various cultures and countries!

Courses offered

Students may choose one of the following programs:

CSR & Event Management (La Rochelle, France)

Courses are taught entirely in English by faculty members who are experts in their respective fields. You will have the opportunity to learn how to implement the various CSR components on a practical level, through innovative case studies related to sustainable development. You will therefore acquire the key competencies to be able to develop a sustainable and ethical project in a specific business sector.

Fashion, Design & Luxury Industry (France/Italy)

This summer course focuses on luxury and fashion brands. To fully understand the specificities of the luxury and fashion industry and its management, you will explore the main advances and developments in the various luxury sectors. You will acquire an advanced understanding of the new global dimension of this industry, as well as the socio-cultural and context-related impacts on the branding of products in this sector.

French Culture & Gastronomy (La Rochelle, France)

La Rochelle has maintained its architectural heritage, making it one of the most picturesque and historically rich cities on the Atlantic coast. It is renowned for its delicious fish and seafood cuisine, and you will discover a wealth of dishes made with sea salt from the Ile de Ré, local mussels, world-famous Cognac, and Pineau des Charentes!

Sightseeing trips will be organised to enable you to experience the extensive history and culture: a tour of La Rochelle city and its Towers, the food market with its local products, 1 entry ticket for the annual Francofolies French music festival, oenology & wine tasting workshops, cooking classes, visit to a salt producer, visit to a Cognac and Pineau des Charentes producer, etc.

Note: students studying this course will be expected to have knowledge in French. A2/B1 to C2 level (CEFRL) is expected. However, students may be able to complete this course with beginner knowledge of French.

User Experience & Web Design (online) 

Courses are online and taught entirely in English by active industry professionals who are experts in their fields, with a combination of both theory and practice. The aim is to provide essential experience and a deep understanding of the multiple aspects of Ux/SEO/Web design, Social Network, Growth Hacking, Community Management and Google Tools Certification.

In Ux/SEO/Web design course, you will learn how to make a website as well as how to work on SEO to make the website noticeable in Search Results.

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 or two of your elective units. Alternatively, you may be able to use one core unit for this program, subject to approval from your Course Director.

  • CSR & Event Management: 12 ECTS earned
  • Fashion, Design & Luxury Industry: 9 ECTS earned
  • French Culture & Gastronomy: 6 ECTS earned (2 weeks); or 12 ECTS earned (4 weeks)
  • User Experience & Web Design (online): 9 ECTS earned

Credit equivalence

6 - 9 ECTS = 12.5 CP (1 unit) at Swinburne

12 ECTS = 25 CP (1 unit) at Swinburne

Market square in the old town of La Rochelle, France


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 300€ - 1600€ (approximately A$500 - $2,600).

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 Summer program and the courses offered. Accommodation costs will be confirmed in the coming months. 

Read Excelia's brochure for in-depth information about their courses and program itineraries.


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$8,817 (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: 17 March 2024
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