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Studying overseas is an unforgettable experience offering a wide range of benefits.

Whether you are looking to travel solo for the first time and gain some independence, or you are wanting to develop that competitive edge in your chosen industry, choosing one of our programs can be life changing.

What you need to know about overseas study

  • Students of all ages are welcome.
  • We have a range of study options to suit your needs, from short stays to Year-long Exchange programs.
  • Funding options are available.
  • Transfer students and postgraduate students are eligible.

What students have to say about their experiences

"I feel ridiculously lucky to have had the experience I did, to have met the people I did. Living overseas definitely disrupts your idea of what your life could look like and expands the possibilities of how it could turn out."

– Sian

"In terms of study, I did not expect such fun and rewarding courses. They were amazing. Well taught, well organised, interesting and with different structure and outcomes to what I have done before."

– Watkin

"My exchange experience helped me identify some of my strengths and weaknesses that I was not aware of before. My career path became more clear."

– Aletta

"I'm a much more open and daring person now. I will try things that I probably wouldn't have even considered before I left for America. It will help because I'm no longer really afraid to put myself out there. You don't know until you try it."

– Adam

Learn what overseas study is really like with personal stories from your peers.
They’ll help put your mind at ease and answer any questions you have about the process and what it's like to experience a new country.

Read stories from your peers

Thinking about studying overseas? See the many reasons why it’s a great opportunity.

Personal growth

Challenge yourself and escape your comfort zone.

Explore your independence.

Build your confidence.

Meet new people.

Gain experience

Explore your host destination.

Immerse yourself in a different culture.

See the world and gain a new perspective.

Learn a new language.

Career development

Gain a competitive edge by developing new skills.

Build a network with international links.

Demonstrate initiative, independence and organisational skills.

Academic opportunities

Take subjects that aren’t available in Melbourne.

Experience a different academic system.

Gain an international perspective.

Need a little more convincing?

The Melbourne University Student Exchange Society (MUSEX) is a student-run society at the University that assists students who are interested in, currently undertaking or have completed an exchange program. As a member, you can meet incoming overseas students and connect with past students who have undertaken overseas study. By attending one of MUSEX's exciting events you will meet like-minded people, share information and learn about the many benefits travelling and studying overseas has to offer.

The Global Society is Australia's national society for overseas study students and offers an abundance of peer-sourced information. As a member, you can meet other students undertaking an overseas study program at the same destination as you, as well as access helpful guides, student travel discounts and advice from those who have studied overseas before you. There is also a flight layby system which allows you to book flights before being accepted by your host institution!

Membership is free – simply sign up using your university email address on the Global Society website.

It's easier than you think

In order to make things simpler, follow our easy Step-by-step guide to help you through the decision-making and application process. The guide will help you choose a destination, select a program and submit your application. While this is mostly done online, Stop 1 and your faculty can also lend a helping hand.

You can also take a look at the other information available to help you decide on and plan your overseas study experience.

Choose the right program

Read about the types of overseas study programs available, and decide which one might be best for you.

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Financing travel

Find out about the costs associated with overseas study and the assistance you may be eligible for.

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When and where to travel

Choosing a destination and dates is the exciting part! But there are some key things to think about before you decide.

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Next steps

See what the next steps are to start preparing the application for your chosen overseas study program.

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