Semester and year-long programs

Gain an international perspective and experience a different academic system by studying overseas for one or two semesters.

Exchange programs

By participating in an exchange program you can study at a partner institution while continuing to pay your fees to the University of Melbourne through your current arrangement.

You can choose to undertake a semester exchange or a year-long exchange, both of which can be life-changing experiences.

Through the exchange program you can:

  • Choose from more than 200 exchange partners in destinations all over the world
  • Pay tuition fees to the University of Melbourne under your existing payment arrangement (including HELP), rather than the host institution
  • Receive administrative support through the entire process from one of our Education Abroad Advisers
  • Have access to a range of university scholarships and funding options.

Explore our exchange partners

Universitas 21 (U21) exchange programs

Universitas 21 (U21) is a partnership network comprising of 25 prestigious institutions in Australia and around the world. University of Melbourne students applying for Exchange to a U21 institution are given preference for acceptance and housing at their host institution.

Non-partner programs

If you are interested in attending a program that is not one of our exchange partners, you must seek approval to study at a non-partner institution. If approved by Global Learning, you can then independently apply to the non-partner institution and will be required to pay all fees, including tuition, for this program directly to the host institution.

If you choose to participate in a non-partner program you'll need to complete the following tasks:

  • Research our exchange partner programs to see if there are suitable study opportunities available.
  • Independently research your study opportunity at the host institution of choice
  • Visit the non-partner program brochure page in our application system to check the application requirements
  • Complete your University of Melbourne application, including submission of your approved overseas study plan, by the relevant deadline. You may wish to seek advice on credit transfer from a Stop 1 adviser and/or your discipline adviser
  • Once you have received your University of Melbourne letter of approval, apply to and organise your study opportunity directly with your host institution of choice
  • Pay tuition fees directly to your host institution rather than to the University of Melbourne.

Important information

You will need to ensure that the subjects you wish to complete fit within your course structure and plans for future study. Check the University Handbook for your course requirements and book a course planning appointment with a Stop 1 adviser if you need assistance.

The process

Whether you are participating in an exchange or non-partner program, you'll need to complete the following steps. The process is similar for both types of study, although if you're planning to undertake a non-partner  program you'll need to apply to your host institution yourself.

Please note: if you submit an application and then withdraw after the last withdrawal date, you will not be permitted to apply for another overseas study program for 12 months.

1. Plan your overseas study

Plan how your overseas study will fit into your degree.

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. Submit your overseas study plan

Get approval for the subjects you wish to take at your host institution.

5. Apply to your host institution

Apply to your host institution and keep your spot at the University of Melbourne while you're awa

6. Get ready

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

7. When you arrive

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

8. While overseas

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

9. Complete the final steps

Welcome home! Transfer your credit points, settle back in and share your stories.

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Application dates and timelines

Exchange

You will need to start planning for your exchange approximately 12 months prior to when you would like your experience to commence.

Application deadlines for exchange:
Semester 1:
July of the year prior
Semester 2: November of the year prior

Non-partner

You will need to start applying for your non-partner program approximately 6 months prior to when you would like your experience to commence.

Application deadlines for non-partner programs:
Semester 1:
June-July of the year prior
Semester 2: November of the year prior

Application deadlines

Non-partner programs during our Semester 2, 2021:
Friday 27 November 2020

Exchange programs during our Semester 2, 2021:
Friday 27 November 2020

The University has updated its current travel advice to all students due to COVID-19. Overseas study will be not be possible for Semester 1, 2021 as student travel has been suspended until 30 June 2021. Read the latest travel advice or find out more about completing exchange in Semester 2, 2021.