Short-term programs - Section contents

Short-term programs give you a chance to study overseas in your summer or winter breaks.

Available programs

Short-term programs give you the opportunity to experience new cultures, develop critical employability skills and prepare for a global future – all without the long-term commitment of a Semester or Year-long program.

There are several benefits to undertaking a Short-term program:

  • Get a 3–6 week taste of overseas study.
  • Travel overseas during one of the University's official holiday periods.
  • Receive 12.5 (1 subject) or 25 (2 subjects) credit points, transferred to your university degree.
  • Have access to a range of university scholarships and funding options.

There are two types of Short-term programs:

  • Exchange: Pay tuition fees to the University of Melbourne rather than your host institution
  • Fee-paying: Pay tuition fees directly to your host institution.

All available programs, and tuition fees for each program, are listed in the Programs Database. Additionally, any special opportunities that become available to students will be listed below.

Unlisted programs

You may wish to complete a program that is not listed in our Programs Database. If you decide to do so, you will not receive academic credit. This is because the Short-term programs listed in our Programs Database have been reviewed and approved for the academic and student experience they offer.

Important information

Short-term programs:

  • are 3-6 weeks in duration
  • are completed during one of the University of Melbourne's official holiday periods
  • offer credit transfer of 12.5 (1 subject) or 25 (2 subjects) credit points.

Don't pay any short-term overseas study fees (including tuition) until you have received University of Melbourne approval. If you are refused credit or decide to withdraw from the program, any fees you've paid may be forfeited.

The process

To apply for a Short-term program, you'll need to complete the following steps.

Please note: if you submit an application and withdraw from the program more than two weeks after the application due date, you will not be permitted to apply for another overseas study program for 12 months.

1. Plan your subjects
Ensure your overseas subjects fit within your course structure and future study plans.

2. Complete your application
Formally apply for overseas study through the University before the application close date.

3. University of Melbourne approval
Understand our approval process and how to get nominated to your host institution.

4. Apply to your host institution
Apply to your host insitution and keep your spot at the University of Melbourne while you're away.

5. Get ready
Complete a checklist of must-do activities to complete before setting off on your overseas study program.

6. When you arrive
Complete a number of important admin tasks once you have arrived at your host institution.

7. While overseas
Ensure you re-enrol at the University of Melbourne for the semester you plan on returning, and keep in touch.

8. Complete the final steps
Welcome home! Transfer your credit points, settle back in and share your stories.

Ready to start your application?

Visit our full step-by-step guide

Application dates and timelines

You need to start applying for a Short-term program the semester prior to when you would like your experience to take place.

Application deadlines for Short-term programs:
Winter break:
Around April the same year.
Summer break: Around September the same year

Upcoming application deadlines

Short-term programs during our winter break:
Rolling deadlines from Sunday 3 March – Sunday 21 April 2019. Visit the Programs Database for specific application deadlines.

Additional information

Eligibility details

Find out if you're eligible to undertake a short-term overseas study experience.

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Budget and funding

Planning your budget early and accurately can really improve your overseas study experience.

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Step-by-step guide

Our step-by-step guide makes the overseas study application process as simple as possible.

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