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 abroad, complete the steps below before the application deadlines.

Follow these steps to apply for a semester abroad.

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 planer. 

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 than places for these destinations. You are strongly encouraged to choose a 2nd and 3rd preference outside of these regions. 

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 309.6KB]


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

Semester Abroad Proposed Study Plan

Guidelines for completing your study plan

Send these documents to 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 co-ordinator 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:

Note: are you a Swinburne Online or sponsored student?

  • Swinburne Online students: contact for approval and assistance with course planning.
  • Sponsored students: contact your sponsor to seek their preliminary approval to indicate that they do not have any objections for you to apply to go on a student exchange. Send this preliminary approval to and before submitting your application for the semester abroad exchange program.

Now that your study plan has been approved by your faculty co-ordinator, you can start your online application via the Swinburne Abroad Tracking System

Note: if you’re a design, film and television, or animation student you also need to submit a portfolio with your study plan. 

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

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 you 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. 

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

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

Bon voyage!

Tiger, a Study Abroad student. 
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 for your destination country's do's and don'ts, 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.

Swinburne Abroad application deadlines

An approved study plan, a completed online application (step 6.) and a portfolio (if required) are to be submitted by the below deadlines to apply for a semester abroadexchange.

Exchange semester 1 deadline:

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

Exchange semester 2 deadline:

  • 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 typically fall a few weeks prior to the actual partner deadline to allow for Swinburne Abroad assessment times. There are exceptions where some countries have earlier deadlines, so we strongly advise that you check the host institution’s website and our partner university information. 

Interested in studying abroad?

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

Contact us