Exchange Application Fee
Why are we instituting an application fee?
Processing student applications takes a considerable amount of time and resources. Staff spend a lot of time running information sessions, holding one-on-one interviews, negotiating with host universities and preparing applications in order to ensure that our students are well prepared and successful in their overseas study venture. As the number of students applying for exchange increases, so too does our need to deliver high quality customer service.
Charging an application fee will allow the Global Learning office to invest in our student-based interests, providing more student events and greater support for the Exchange Student Network. We know how important it is for students to be able to reach out to us and each other before and after their exchange takes place. Your contribution by way of an application fee will go towards events and investments that will benefit you and your cohort of exchange students.
Why will I be charged $100 if I apply after the application deadline?
Our statistics show that students who apply late for exchange are more likely to withdraw, for a variety of reasons. We ask for a higher application fee for late applications in order to encourage students to think carefully about whether or not they are able to commit to their exchange plans. Also, late applications are generally more resource-intensive than timely applications.
How is the application fee charged to me? Do I have to pay it at the time of application?
Once we have received your application, the Student Finance office will apply the relevant charge to your student account (which can be accessed through Access Adelaide). As with any other charge on this account, you will have 21 days to pay the charge before you receive an NSI (Negative Service Indicator). You will not be able to enrol, graduate or obtain an official transcript until the NSI is paid. You can pay at the University Contact Centre or online through Access Adelaide - you do not need to make any payment directly to the Global Learning office.
Can I have the application fee refunded?
We will only refund the fee under the following circumstances:
1) We are not able to offer you a place at any of your three preferred institutions, or find a suitable alternative institution with places available, and you are otherwise fully eligible for exchange,
2) Your faculty approval is denied (and you can demonstrate that you took all necessary steps before your application, as outlined here, to ensure your eligibility to receive faculty approval),
3) Unexpected and compelling reasons such as family emergencies, illness, and so on. You will be required to write a letter of withdrawal justifying the return of the application fee, and may be required to provide evidence.
Please note: Only the $50 application fee will be refunded. Under no circumstances will a $50 late fee, if applicable, be refunded.