You've made the decision to study overseas - it's time to make it official and formally apply. There are a few parts to the application process, which we've outlined below to make it easier.
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Prepare your application
Before submitting your application, make sure you:
- Give yourself at least six months of planning
- Read through all the necessary information on programs – especially eligibility criteria
- Complete the myWorld First Step online program (compulsory for exchange applicants)
- Plan how overseas study will fit into your degree and ensure all your host university choices have the right subjects available
- Speak to returned students about their experiences
- Look at the Programs Database entry for your host institution choices and their websites
- Confirm all three of your host university choices, as you could be placed at any of these institutions.
- Non-partner programs during our Semester 1, 2022: Non-partner applications are not available for Semester 2, 2022
- Exchange programs during our Semester 1, 2022: Sunday 28 November 2021
There are a few things you need to submit with your application. Take a look at each of these in more detail below so you know what is required.
Notify us of your intended studies overseas
You do not yet need to submit a full subject plan for the specific subjects you intend to study overseas. However, you will need to provide your major/s or specialisation and the subject discipline areas you intend to study overseas within your University of Melbourne degree.
This information is used when nominating you to a host institution, and will ensure that you are able to take the subjects you need at your host institution and get credit for them when you return to the University of Melbourne.
Use the Overseas Exchange Credit Planning Checklist (PDF 220.4 KB) to assist in choosing the right subject areas and host institutions for your degree. You can also schedule a chat with a Stop 1 adviser.
Create a financial plan
Financial planning is critical to ensuring you have a successful and financially stress-free experience when abroad.
While completing your application, you will be required to confirm that you have sufficient funds for your intended overseas study program.
To support your planning, the financial planning questionnaire on our Plan your budget page provides information and resources on how to plan a budget, and on funding available for your overseas program. It will help you to make sure you're on the right track in saving up for overseas study.
Provide your passport details
You are required to upload a scanned copy of your passport in your exchange application. If you do not have a current passport, you will need to have a new passport by the date of the close of applications.
If your passport details change between the time you submit your application and your departure date, please let the Global Learning team know by submitting an online enquiry and attaching a copy of your passport. If you have more than one passport, please upload a copy of each.
Submit your complete application
When the application form is available for the program you want to apply to, you will see an 'apply now' button on the relevant Programs Database entry. You can navigate to the online application form by clicking this button.
The application form is pre-populated with your enrolment details as listed in my.unimelb. When filling in the application, you don't have to answer questions chronologically or in the one session. Simply save your answers and come back to finish them when you're ready. When you have finished a question, click 'submit'. You will need to do this for each individual question. Once you have answered everything, the final question will have a tick next to it.
When will I receive an outcome?
Once you have submitted your application form, it can take up to six weeks to receive an outcome from us with your allocated host institution. See our Exchange application processing FAQ for expected outcome dates.
During this time, we will be reviewing your semester results and allocating you to a host institution. Receiving an outcome on your application can take some time, so don't worry if you haven't heard back from us in a while. More information can be found in the next step.
Keep in mind
If you intend to incorporate personal travel, we recommend you do this after your overseas study rather than before it. You may need a student visa to enter your host country and it is often not possible to apply for a visa if you're already overseas.