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.

Combine the adventure and excitement of travelling to another country with continuing your studies at one of our many partner universities. To apply for a semester exchange, complete the steps below before the application deadlines.

Follow these steps to apply for a semester exchange

Read the course planner for your course to ensure you enrol in the correct units. Course planners contain information about:

  • the core units and other units that make up your course
  • the number of units you need to complete your course
  • the recommended study sequence to meet course requirements.

Enter your course title and select your course start year to download your course planner.

From our list of partner universities, research where you’d like to go and choose a suitable subject selection.

Ask yourself these three things:

  • Which universities are located in your preferred country?
  • Does the location teach courses in English?
  • Does the location have courses in your discipline?

Note: Some of our partner universities in the USA, UK, Japan and Hong Kong SAR may have very limited places. Swinburne Abroad often has more students apply than there are available places for these destinations. You are strongly encouraged to choose a 2nd and 3rd preference outside of these regions.

Different countries and universities can have very different credit systems. This table has been designed as a guide to assist prospective international exchange students and faculties when completing a Proposed Study Plan.

It should be used as a guide only. The main aim of this table is to ensure students are studying the equivalent of a Swinburne full-time credit load (50/37.5 credit points) when studying at one of our partner universities.

Note: It is on the faculty's advice as to whether the exchange is deemed 50 or 37.5 credit points.

Credit transfer table [PDF 448KB]

Submit a completed proposed exchange study plan, along with your course planner and details of the units you wish to study overseas to the Swinburne Abroad Team for pre-approval.

Send these documents to exchange@swinburne.edu.au with the subject "Study plan pre-approval required" and your Student ID (e.g. "Study plan pre-approval required Student ID 123456789") or drop by the Swinburne Abroad office at BA Building, Level 2, Atrium, Hawthorn Campus and hand over the documents there. 

Once Swinburne Abroad approves your study plan you will need to send it (along with your course planner and proposed unit information) to your faculty course director to approve.

If you need assistance determining if you can fit an exchange semester in your degree you can make an appointment to see a Course Advice Specialist. They can also approve electives in your study plan.

Find your course adviser:

Are you a Swinburne Online or sponsored student?

  • Swinburne Online students — email help@swinburneonline.com for approval and assistance with course planning.
  • Sponsored students — contact your sponsor to seek preliminary approval that indicates they do not have any objections to you applying to go on a student exchange. Send this preliminary approval to exchange@swinburne.edu.au and sponsoredstudents@swinburne.edu.au before submitting your application for the semester abroad exchange program.

Now that your study plan has been approved by your course director, you can start your online application via the Swinburne Abroad Tracking System

You will be notified once your application is received. If your application is successful, we will issue you with an offer into the Swinburne Abroad international exchange program. This is where you can accept and pay the Student Exchange Program Fee. 

Note: This does not yet secure a place for you at your host university.

Swinburne Abroad will nominate you to the host institution and will send you instructions on how to complete the host institution application. The host institution will notify you on the outcome. If your offer is rejected, we will try to place you at your second and third preference.  

Your pre-departure requirements will be outlined to you by the Swinburne Abroad team before you leave for your exchange. You will be required to provide information and complete forms relating to insurance, flights, enrolment and more. You’ll also need to attend a Pre-Departure session — this will cover lots of important information and is also a great opportunity to meet other students who might be heading to the same country as you, or even the same university!

After these stpes are complete, Swinburne Abroad will amend your Swinburne enrolment prior to departure. 

The adventure is about to begin! Pack your favourite backpack and get ready for an experience of a lifetime.

Bon voyage!

Tiger, Semester Exchange to Concordia University in Canada.

Been accepted? Apply for funding or a scholarship

Been accepted for a semester abroad? Awesome! Before you start packing your bags and checking out Lonely Planet, you should apply for government funding or a scholarship to put towards your exchange program. Remember:  you have to be accepted by the host institution before you apply for funding or a scholarship and these are not guaranteed.

Find out more

Swinburne Abroad application deadlines

An approved study plan and a completed online application (see step 6 above) are to be submitted by the below deadlines to apply for a semester exchange.

Application deadline for exchange in semester 1:

  • Hong Kong SAR, Japan, UK, USA, Canada — 15 July 
  • Asia, Europe, South America — 15 September
  • Swinburne Sarawak — 15 November

Application deadline for exchange in semester 2:

  • Hong Kong SAR, Japan, UK, USA, Canada — 15 January  
  • Asia, Europe, South America — 31 March 
  • Swinburne Sarawak — 30 June

Important information

The deadlines above are Swinburne Abroad deadlines, which can fall a few weeks to a few months prior to the actual partner deadline. This allows enough time for Swinburne Abroad to receive and assess applications, nominate students and work directly with our partner universities. 

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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