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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Submit your complete 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 that your preference/s have the right subjects available
- Speak to returned students about their experiences
- Look at the Programs Database entry for your host institution and their website
- Confirm your second and third preferences; you may not get your first.
Non-partner programs during our Semester 1, 2021: Friday 3 July 2020
Exchange programs during our Semester 1, 2021: Friday 3 July 2020
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.
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 complete your online application form by clicking on 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.
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.
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.
As part of your application, you will need to provide a copy of the photo page of your passport. It should have at least six months of validity after the end of your overseas study period. If not, you will need to renew your passport.
If you do not have a current passport or the expiration date is within six months of your return date, you should apply for a new one through Australia Post. Please make sure you note this in the passport section on the application form.
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.
Good to do
If you are having trouble with your overseas study application, you can come to an Application Lab to troubleshoot any issues with an adviser. Register for an Application Lab through the student services appointment booking system.