Gain an international perspective and experience a different academic system by studying overseas for one or two semesters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
Application dates and timelines
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
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
Non-partner programs during our Semester 2, 2022:
Non-partner applications are not available for Semester 2, 2022
Exchange programs during our Semester 2, 2022 (applications will open on Monday 20 September 2021):
Sunday 28 November 2021
Find out if you're eligible to undertake a semester or year-long overseas study experience.
Budget and funding
Planning your budget early and accurately can really improve your overseas study experience.
Our step-by-step guide makes the overseas study application process as simple as possible.