Swinburne Abroad program update

Due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 situation and international travel, we are currently not accepting applications for Semester 2, 2021.

Instead, we are asking students to register their interest for exchange in Semester 2, 2021 via this registration form. You do not need to complete a study plan at this stage.

As soon as we have a better idea of the situation around international travel, and if there will be certain countries open for travel, we will update you and invite students to formally apply for available programs and partners.

If you have any questions, please contact exchange@swin.edu.au.

Don’t be afraid to extend yourself by studying in a non-English-speaking country. Most of our partner universities offer classes taught in English where you will meet lots of people from across the globe who also don’t speak the local language.
If you’re keen to learn a new language, some universities also offer introductory language lessons.


To be eligible for a semester exchange program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • be enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate course at Swinburne
  • have completed 50 credit points in your current program at the time you submit the application for exchange (not including any exemptions or RPL). If you want to study at Swinburne Sarawak, you may submit your application before completing 50 credit points but must complete 50 credit points before commencing your exchange
  • have at least 50 credit points remaining in your current program at the completion of your exchange program (exemptions to this may be possible only with the approval of your Course Director) 
  • have achieved a minimum academic average of 60%. Please contact a Swinburne Abroad adviser if you fall below this
  • international students studying at Swinburne are eligible for the exchange program but you may need to comply with additional conditions of the host university.

Application Deadlines

To study a semester exchange in Semester 1:

  • Application deadline for US, UK, Japan, Hong Kong and Indonesia: 15 July 
  • Application deadline for rest of world: 15 September
  • Application deadline for Sarawak: 15 November

To study a semester exchange in Semester 2:

  • Application deadline for US, UK, Japan, Hong Kong and Indonesia: 15 January 
  • Application deadline for rest of world: 31 March 
  • Application deadline for Sarawak: 30 April – Semester 2, 2021 only


There are many ways you can select an overseas university for a semester  exchange. Swinburne has partner universities in all corners of the world so whether you want to explore the cobblestone streets of Europe, experience U.S. college campus life or jump deep into the tastes and sounds of Asia, you’ll find a partner to suit you. 

Find a partner university now
  • “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

Exchange program at a partner university  

Partner universities are foreign institutions with which Swinburne has a student exchange agreement.
Browse our partner universities around the world using the interactive map above, listed by region, to gather information about semester dates, credit arrangements, resources and courses available for exchange students.

Note: No extra tuition fees are applied when you study a semester exchange at a partner university, you will just be required to pay your normal Swinburne semester fees. 

Want to study at one of our partner universities?

Our partner universities may have additional requirements that you will need to meet, including a higher minimum academic average. We recommend that you check the website of your preferred host university to check their admissions requirements.
Upon acceptance to the Exchange Program you will need to pay a non-refundable Student Exchange Program fee of A$80.00 

Swinburne student, Sam, on exchange at Lulea Univeristy, Sweden

Study abroad program at another university

If you want to study at a university that does not have an exchange agreement with Swinburne, you may still be eligible for course credit (subject to approval) but you will need to pay tuition fees as set by that university. An independent study abroad program also means that there is much less involvement from Swinburne Abroad to assist throughout the process.  

For more information please refer to the PDF doc ‘Guidelines for Swinburne Independent Study Abroad Program’, below.

Guidelines for Swinburne Independent Study Abroad Program (PDF, 40KB)

Swinburne Sarawak

Swinburne campus, Sarawak Malaysia

If you’re looking for an international experience that offers academic, personal and professional benefits (but prefer to be at a Swinburne campus), Swinburne Sarawak located in Kuching, Malaysia could be the perfect fit for you.

Kuching has a relaxed lifestyle, affordable cost of living, clean environment, greenery and friendly people. It is only a short distance from many beautiful beaches and nature reserves. All units completed at Swinburne Sarawak will be listed on your academic transcript with a numerical grade.  

Note: Your unit selection must be approved by your course coordinator. You may not be able to undertake units offered at Sarawak campus which are not offered at Hawthorn.

Swinburne Sarawak key information:

  • New Colombo Plan Australian Government A$5,000 Scholarships are available for eligible Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology Students
  • Swinburne Abroad A$1,000 Scholarships

View more funding opportunities and fee help.

  • Semester 1: February - June
  • Semester 2: September – December
  • Semester 1: 15 November (previous year)
  • Semester 2: 30 April – Semester 2, 2021 only
  • 4 units = 50 CP
  • 3 units = 37.5 CP

Learn more about credit equivalency.

Students typically live in modern furnished apartments close to the Sarawak campus. Swinburne Abroad can provide details of off-campus accommodation in the Riverine Condominium Complex or Citadines Uplands Serviced Apartments.

Ready to study a semester abroad?

Broaden your horizons, immerse yourself in a foreign culture and take the opportunity to gain unique experience, all while continuing your academic progress.

Apply now