- What should I do first?
Firstly, you should read our website thoroughly, particularly our Exchange page. If you have any unanswered questions, or if you just want to know more about the process, you should also attend one of our information sessions.
You then need to think about the following:
- Where do I want to go? Explore our partner institutions starting with the drop-down options on our Exchange page.
- Are there courses in my study area available there? Tips for finding this our are on our credit transfer page.
- Am I eligible to go? Check that you are eligible for your exchange by reading the general eligibility rules, and checking any specific requirements on the partner pages and brochure pages (find the brochure by clicking 'View Application Brochure' on the partner page or clicking the university name here).
If you are ready to apply after checking these three items, you can apply.
If you're still not sure, you can contact us.
- How do I know if I am eligible for an exchange?
View eligibility information.
- I'm an international student. Can I go on exchange?
Yes, you can. You are subject to the same eligibility as local students, with the exception that you will not be eligible for OS-HELP loans or other government grants limited to Australian Citizens.
- I have already received credit towards my degree from previous studies at another university
(in Australia or overseas). Can I still go on exchange?
Some faculties only allow students to obtain a certain amount of credit towards their degree from other institutions. If you have received credit from another institution, you should first check with your faculty adviser whether or not you can go on exchange. Please visit our contact people page to find your adviser's contact details.
- Where can I go?
Visit our partner pages. Take note of any restrictions and ensure that you are able to receive the minimum credit towards your degree.
- What does it cost?
Costs vary depending on where you go. Please visit our Funding page, and check the partner page of the host university in which you're interested for further guidance.
- I'm doing a double degree. Do I have to study both on exchange?
No. You can study just one if you prefer. Some universities may not even allow you to study both. In our application system we ask you to specify which degree(s) you wish to study on exchange. Ultimately it's up to your Faculty to approve you for credit towards either one or multiple programs and you should consult with them if you have any questions.
- How early can I apply, and how soon can I leave?
As long as you will have completed 9 units by the end of the current semester, you can apply in the current round for a partner university that has agreed to accept students with only 9 units showing on their transcript (indicated by 'Minimum Units Completed: at time of application' on the program's brochure page in the Global Learning Application System). If your desired university requires additional units, you will need to wait to apply for the round in which you'll meet that requirement.
Rounds are timed in a way that students apply to the Global Learning Office two semesters before their departure. This allows a semester in between for completion of the host institution's application process.
- How do I apply?
Visit our how to apply page.
- How can I apply for a scholarship?
Your application will ask you if you would like to be considered for a scholarship. If you are eligible to receive a scholarship, and have expressed interest in receiving one in your application questionnaire, you will automatically be considered for any of those offered through the Global Learning Office. If you wish to apply for another scholarship beyond what we offer, you will need to contact the governing body directly for application instructions. Scholarships that are known to the Global Learning Office can be seen on our funding page.
- How do I know if my preferred host university offers courses in my area?
You would find this information on the host university's website. Visit the institution page on the Global Learning website and read the information contained in your Global Learning Application System (GLAS) profile for some tips. Try searching by Study Area from the advanced search - though bear in mind that this is just an indication of which universities may offer that study area, and doesn't guarantee that you will be able to take those courses or receive credit for them, you will need to investigate further. Any specific questions you have about credit towards your degree should be directed to your Faculty Advisor.
- Why do I need to provide more than one preference?
Students should be aware that due to high demand and competition, among other things, their top preference will not always be available to them. While we will try to allocate students to one of their three preferences, they should understand that this may not be possible and all students should be prepared to consider alternative institutions. It is a requirement of the application process that students list their top three preferences for exchange institution.
It’s also a requirement that students research thoroughly all three of their preferences in regards to eligibility and suitability for exchange and be prepared to accept a place at any one of them. Students are required to choose at least one preference which has either a Moderate or High availability of places so that we have the best possible chance of successfully placing you (students should check the program brochure to see the guide to availability of places at partner institutions).
- I hold citizenship/have previously lived in the country in which I wish to study. Is this OK?
Some partners stipulate that exchange students cannot have a ‘significant connection' with the host university's country. Some are quite specific and will not allow exchange students who hold citizenship of the host country, who were born in the host country, or for whom the host country has been their domicile. Other partners are more flexible. If you have any connection to your preferred host country, you should indicate this clearly in your application so we can address any issues as early as possible.
- I really want to study at a particular overseas university, but they don't have a partnership with the University of Adelaide. Can I still study there?
Not on an exchange agreement - however, you may be able to study there as a study abroad student. Find out the difference between overseas study options.
- Can I participate in two separate exchanges in two consecutive semesters (back-to-back)?
No. Students need to return to Adelaide for at least one semester before being eligible to depart on another exchange. This is partly due to the inevitable issues this situation creates regarding visas and documentation, but also because we encourage students to truly immerse themselves in and appreciate their exchange experience. We will not nominate students for two back-to-back exchanges. If you would like to go on exchange for a full year, do your research and select preferences for which you would be able to secure a full-year of credit for each.
- When will I know if my application is successful?
You will receive an outcome of your application after the 'Decision Date' for that program (shown in the Global Learning Application System). You will receive an email advising you that a decision has been reached for your application, and you can log in to GLAS to view it. If your application requires further information, the Global Learning office will contact you via email.
- Can I receive an offer to more than one university in case one doesn't accept me?
You may not hold two offers to two universities. The Global Learning office would not usually provide an offer to a student if it was anticipated that the student wouldn't be acceptable to the host university. In the rare case that a student isn't accepted, they may need to wait until the next round to apply again. If you receive an offer for a partner which is no longer suitable, you are welcome to contact the Global Learning Office to discuss alternative options.
- I've received an offer from Global Learning. Am I now accepted to the host university?
No. You still need to apply to, and be accepted by, the host university. The Global Learning office will assist you with this. You need you commit to your offer in GLAS and await further instruction from the Global Learning Office before you can apply to the host university. Until you receive an acceptance from your host institution and final credit approval from your Adelaide Faculty, your exchange place is not confirmed.
- I've committed to my offer from Global Learning. What's next?
Once you have accepted your offer, new information for you to read will appear in your GLAS application checklist. You should read this carefully to ensure you know what to expect. Students generally start looking more seriously at their course choices in preparation for their application to the host university. The Global Learning office will advise you when you need to start your host application.
- How do I choose my courses/complete my Faculty Approval?
See our credit transfer page. Detailed information is also provided to you in your GLAS profile.
- I can't find clear enough information about courses. Should I contact the host university?
No. Students should not contact the host university unless the university has contacted them first. Contact the Global Learning office if you need assistance.
- How do I apply to my host university?
You may need to apply online or with a manual form. Each university is different. The Global Learning office will advise you accordingly. Your application must be completed in accordance with the exchange agreement and the instructions provided to you. When you have completed your host application, you will need to upload a copy of your finalised application to your GLAS checklist in the appropriate questionnaire, as well as submit as instructed.
- How will I know that I have been accepted by my host university?
Some host universities will contact students directly to inform them that they have been accepted. If your acceptance is sent directly to you, please upload a copy to your GLAS checklist to notify our office of your acceptance. Other universities will send acceptances to the Global Learning Office. We will advise you as soon as it is received, via the relevant GLAS questionnaire, and if there is a hard copy to collect, we will let you know.
- How do I apply for a visa?
The Global Learning office is not legally permitted to provide advice relating to visas. Your acceptance package from your host university should include information about visas. If you require further information, you are encouraged to contact the relevant embassy or consulate. Please do not ask the Global Learning office to assist with your visa application. We recommend that you go to the Smart Traveller website for links to your appropriate Consulate or Embassy.
- How do I enrol in courses at my host university?
Each university manages enrolment differently. Some expect you to enrol online before departure from Australia, and some will enrol you when you arrive. Your acceptance package should specify any enrolment details.
- How do I remain enrolled at the University of Adelaide if I am not studying here?
All exchange students need to enrol in ‘dummy' courses while on exchange. See Step 5 - credit transfer.
- How do I apply for OS-HELP?
See our OS-HELP page.
- How do I make sure my Centrelink payments continue while I am on exchange?
If you are receiving Centrelink payments it is your responsibility to check how this overseas travel might affect those payments. Please see the Department of Human Services website for tailored information about how travelling outside of Australia may affect you. If you have any questions please check with Centrelink directly.
The following resources may assist:
- Enrolment List from Access Adelaide
- Unofficial Transcript from Access Adelaide
- Letter from Ask Adelaide
- PDF copy of your Faculty Approval questionnaire from GLAS (Press Print and then save as PDF)
- Host acceptance from the overseas institution/provider or your study tour acceptance email.
It is recommended that you scan all of the documents above and provide them to Centrelink in one PDF document.
Please note: Global Learning has no affiliation with Centrelink and are unable to advise on Centrelink matters. Students may seek further advice regarding student payments from Student Care.
- I need a letter, to support my exchange application to my host, that states I have permission to go on exchange/will be receiving OS-HELP funds. How do I get that?
Please email Global Learning with your request stating exactly what you require the letter for and what it needs to contain.
- I am going overseas early in order to travel before my exchange starts. Can I obtain my documents early so that I can get my visa arranged early?
No. You should not make firm travel plans before you have received your acceptance and your visa, if applicable, and final credit approval via the Faculty Approval questionnaire in GLAS. The Global Learning office will not request expedited documents from host universities in order to accommodate your personal travel. Most universities will expect you to arrive in their country a few days before orientation and will send out the visa documents with this time frame in mind.
- How do I know if the University's travel insurance policy is enough cover for me?
You should read the insurance booklet, which is available for your to read in your GLAS checklist, and if you have any further questions contact the University's Legal and Risk Branch.
- What health cover do I need to study overseas?
Host universities have varying levels of insurance requirements. Your acceptance package should outline whether a particular insurance policy is required. Please read this documentation carefully as some universities may require specific inoculations.