Swinburne Abroad program update

Although the current climate has disrupted our normal program offerings in 2020, Swinburne Abroad is excited to be able to offer a bespoke range of virtual overseas programs running over Summer 2021 — if you are interested in virtual overseas options, please contact us via overseasinternships@swinburne.edu.au

Due to COVID-19, all in-person overseas programs for 2020 have been cancelled. We plan to resume in-person overseas study programs from June 2021. Our programs are being updated over the coming months, so keep checking back for the exciting opportunities that will be available.

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 exciting new virtual and in-person overseas programs in 2021.

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 an overseas exchange, 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 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.
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 


There are many ways you can select an overseas university for a semester abroad exchange. Whether you want to continue your Swinburne experience overseas, partake in a student exchange program at one of our partner universities or study abroad at another university, studying a semester abroad can be a great way to broaden your horizons.

Swinburne campus, Sarawak Malaysia

Swinburne Sarawak

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 June (same year)
  • 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.
  • “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

Study Abroad student, Sam, having fun in Lapland, Sweden

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 below, 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. 

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)

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