Swinburne Abroad program update

Due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 situation and international travel, we are not accepting applications for our semester exchange program.

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.

If you have any questions, please contact us at exchange@swinburne.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. 

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  • “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. 

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 

Want to study at Swinburne's own Sarawak campus?

Swinburne has a campus in Sarawak Malayisa where students can enjoy an inter-campus experience or attend winter term in Borneo.

Find out more

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)

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