Ready to start a new adventure? Explore a foreign country, experience a whole new culture and make new friends while advancing your studies by studying a semester abroad.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
- Faculty of Health, Arts and Design (FHAD) course directors
- Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology (FSET) course directors
- Faculty of Business and Law (FBL) course directors
Are you a Swinburne Online or sponsored student?
- Swinburne Online students — email email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com 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.
Tiger, Semester Exchange to Concordia University in Canada.