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.

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A Swinburne bachelor degree is more than a piece of paper. Commencing 2021, it's a career-starting résumé with guaranteed Work Integrated Learning.

Our study tour programs run for two to four weeks, over the summer and winter semester breaks, and give you the opportunity to learn about industries in other countries and make a difference to the communities you visit.

Benefits of an overseas study tour

Faculty-led, overseas study tours offer incredible learning experiences that combine the adventure of travel as well as the opportunity to gain 12.5 credit points (one full unit) of academic credit.

Other benefits also include:

  • You’ll get the chance to travel with a group of like-minded Swinburne students and make new friends along the way.
  • Study tours are led by an experienced Swinburne academic staff member.
  • Through our partners, you’ll gain unique access to companies, industry and communities around the globe.
  • You’re given the chance to continue your academic progress towards your degree and see the world in the process.

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How do overseas study tours work? 

Swinburne Abroad and faculty academics work together to design our range of study tours.

When you register your interest or apply for a study tour, you’ll be invited to attend an information session to give you full details about what’s involved in that particular program. You’ll be guided through the application process by our team and kept up to date from the moment you apply until your tour departs.

Pre-departure sessions packed with helpful information about your tour will be organised and you’ll get plenty of opportunities to meet the other students in your study group before you depart. 

You’ll be led by your Swinburne academic for the full tour and get the unique experience of visiting companies, industry and the local communities of the cities you are in. The study tour will also give you the opportunity to gain 12.5 credit points (one full unit) of academic credit through assessment pieces and reflections from your experience — which means you’ll be progressing towards your degree whilst seeing the world at the same time!

Sound like an incredible opportunity? It is! Check out our upcoming winter and summer study tours.

Winter study tours

Our winter in-person study tours are currently cancelled due to COVID-19. You can see the programs we generally run during the winter break to give you an idea of what we may run in the future when international travel becomes possible again. For now, you can check out our range of virtual study tours and internships on offer for the opportunity to gain some global experience from the comfort of your own home.

Summer study tours

Planning ahead? Explore these programs to see where in the world you could go over the summer break when travel resumes. This will help give you a general idea of what summer overseas study tours may run again in the future, as well as important information to consider.

You can also check out our range of virtual study tours and internships on offer for the opportunity to gain some global experience from the comfort of your own home.

Funding opportunities

Planning your finances is an important part of any overseas study program. There are a number of scholarships and funding opportunities to help you as a Swinburne student participate in overseas programs. Explore the full range of fee help options and scholarships. Two of the most common options include:

Some study tour programs have Australian government mobility grant funding available. These are listed on the study tour program pages and on our Fee Help and Scholarships page.

OS-HELP is available for credit-bearing international experiences, including exchange, study tours and overseas internships.

The OS-HELP Loan is an Australian Government scheme for Australian students that provides funding for international study experiences. This loan is added to your HECS debt, which you don’t have to repay until your income reaches the minimum repayment threshold.

The maximum loan amounts in 2020 are:

  • A$8,295 for destinations in the Asian region
  • A$6,913 for destinations in any other region

Interested in studying abroad?

Our friendly and well-travelled Swinburne Abroad team can help answer any questions about our overseas study programs.

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