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Funding Your Experience

Global Learning Travel Grant

The University of Adelaide has introduced the Global Learning Travel Grant, designed to help fund and support students undertaking international education as part of their degree.

Global Learning Travel Grant - Semester exchange

To receive the $2000 Global Learning Travel Grant, you need to be:

  • A student whose University of Adelaide degree is based at one of the South Australian campuses
  • Enrolled at and paying tuition fees to the University of Adelaide at the time of your overseas experience
  • Participating in a program which is at least a semester in duration
  • Participating in a program which attracts a full-time credit load
  • Not otherwise receiving a grant or scholarship intended to cover most or all of your travel/tuition costs for your program

Students participating in a semester-length exchange program will receive information about how to obtain the grant in their Global Learning Application System application. If you believe you are eligible for this grant, but are not participating in a semester exchange, please contact us directly before the semester in which you will be studying overseas to confirm eligibility. No Grant requests will be processed after the deadline given.

Please note: Eligible students must have completed all requirements in the Global Learning Application System (GLAS), with correct University of Adelaide enrolment via Access Adelaide, before the required deadline. Funds will be disbursed up until the corresponding deadline and students should allow some time before expecting to see funds in their bank account.

Global Learning Travel Grant - Short programs and study abroad

To receive the $500 Global Learning Travel Grant, you need to be:

  • A student whose University of Adelaide degree is based at one of the South Australian campuses
  • Participating in an overseas study experience that has been registered in the Global Learning Application System, and

For coursework students:

  • Approved to either receive credit or complete a required component of your degree for the global study experience, with that approval finalised in GLAS by your faculty advisor
  • Accepted by your host institution/provider with an official written acceptance uploaded to GLAS
  • Not otherwise receiving a grant or scholarship intended to cover most or all of your travel/tuition costs for your program

For Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students:

  • Approved to participate in overseas study leave by your School and the Adelaide Graduate Centre as demonstrated by the upload of your approved Study Leave application form to GLAS
  • Accepted by your host institution/provider or conference with an official written acceptance uploaded to GLAS

If you are eligible to receive the grant based on the above criteria, you will need to submit a request to receive your payment. You can do this using the "Travel Grant Request" questionnaire in your GLAS registration. Once your request has been received and your eligibility confirmed by Global Learning staff, your payment will be requested and the 'Travel Grant Payment Requested' checkbox will be ticked for you. After the checkbox has been ticked, you should receive your payment within 3-4 weeks.

Payments must be requested before you depart for your overseas program. No requests for payment will be considered for programs that have already been completed. If bank account details are not confirmed prior to departure, the payment will not be processed.

What is OS-Help?

Financial assistance for students is available through OS-HELP. This is a loan scheme administered by the Department of Education that allows students to borrow up to $6,665 (non-Asian countries in 2018) or $7,998 (Asia study in 2018) for a six month period overseas for a maximum of two study periods.

An additional $1,065 is available if you are undertaking Asian language study in preparation for study in Asia. You will not be able to receive a supplementary amount if your Asian language study is part of a course for which you are receiving Commonwealth assistance for the tuition cost. In other words, you cannot be gaining credit from the Asian language study towards any programs currently funded through HECS-HELP.

Your OS-HELP is added to your accumulated HECS-HELP debt.

For more information about OS-HELP, please visit the Australian Government's OS-HELP page.

Am I Eligible?

The primary criteria for eligibility are:

  • must be an Australian citizen, permanent humanitarian visa holder or a New Zealand Special Category Visa holder who meets the long-term residency requirements (scroll down to information box for more details).
  • must meet the following criteria in relation to a single course of study (degree program, e.g. Bachelor of Arts) towards which they will be studying overseas (including approved double and combined degrees as listed here and here):
    • successful completion of 1 EFTSL of the program (24 University of Adelaide units, which must be shown as passed with results posted before payment will be made)
    • 0.125 EFTSL (3 units) remaining in the program on return from overseas
    • receiving credit towards the program for full-time studies undertaken overseas to an equivalent of at least 9 units per semester
    • in a Commonwealth supported place
  • must not have received more than one OS-HELP loan in a previous study period (you may only receive two OS-HELP loans in your lifetime)
  • must not have received another OS-HELP loan in the same six-month study period (counted from the Commencement Date of the first loan)

One application must be completed per study period (i.e. two applications must be completed for two loans). Please note that it is not possible to apply for an OS-HELP loan after the end of your overseas study experience. Your OS-HELP application must reach us at least a week before the end date of your overseas program to ensure you remain eligible to receive the loan funds.

How Do I Apply?

OS-HELP is not automatically applied to eligible students; you must apply for the loan. OS-HELP forms are picked up from and dropped off to Ask Adelaide in Hub Central. If you study at the Roseworthy Campus, application forms are available at the Student Services desk.

Application forms can only be provided to students once they have the following in GLAS:

  • Uploaded evidence of acceptance to the overseas program (n/a for study tour students)
  • Faculty Approval for a full-time equivalent study load
  • Confirmed their bank account details are up to date

Australian citizens and Permanent Humanitarian Visa holders will need to complete a Debt Confirmation Form (carbon copy duplicate form) and a checklist. Please ensure you read through our OS-HELP pointers for guidance when completing your Debt Confirmation form. New Zealand Special Category Visa holders should check the information box below regarding their additional forms and requirements.

Payments can be made to students once they submit their OS-HELP loan application forms and meet all eligibility requirements for the loan. Payment takes approximately 3-4 weeks to process.

Scholarships offered through the Global Learning Office

Government Scholarships

Eligibility requirements for the New Colombo Plan and Endeavour schemes are summarised on the Funded Programs tab.

A number of $5,000 grants are available for students participating in a Semester 1, 2019 exchange. These grants are offered to students within select study areas at the host institutions/countries below.

NCP Mobility Grants- Semester-length Exchange programs:

ECKSEP Mobility Grants- Semester-length Exchange programs:

ISEP Mobility Grants- Semester-length Exchange programs:

To apply, students must lodge an application for an exchange program, list the particular host university as their first preference and complete the Scholarship Expression of Interest questionnaire. Students will be notified of the outcome of their scholarship application before they are required to commit to the program.

Please Note: On occasion the Global Learning Office will receive notification of other Government scholarships after the application deadline for the relevant round. In this case, students will need to have applied for and committed to their overseas experience and completed the Scholarship Expression of Interest questionnaire in order to be considered. We can't advise on the potential availability of future scholarships.

What Happens Next?

You will only be selected for a scholarship if your program is registered with the Global Learning Application System, and you have expressed interest in receiving a scholarship through the online questionnaire. If you have been selected to receive a scholarship, you will receive an official offer of scholarship through the Global Learning Application System.

You will need to return the paperwork received with your offer. Scholarships are only processed once you have been accepted by the host university and your faculty approval has been completed. Once processed, the funds will be deposited directly into your bank account. Students will usually receive funds several weeks before their exchange commences, however this is subject to timely receipt of all paperwork.

If your acceptance is sent directly to you by the host university, you may need to provide the Global Learning office with evidence of your acceptance before the scholarship is offered.

Scholarships offered outside of the Global Learning Office

Your Global Learning Experience may be eligible for other scholarships, governed by other offices of the University, or entirely external to the University. The Global Learning Office does not have any expertise in the eligibility or application requirements of these scholarships.

University of Adelaide Scholarships

University Scholarships
The University offers scholarships to undergraduate and postgraduate students. Students will need to review the University Scholarships website for information about individual scholarships, eligibility and relevance to overseas study.

Confucius Institute
Confucius Institute Scholarships are available for students who want to study Chinese language, at selected institutions, in China for one or two semesters. Please refer to the Confucius Institute website for further information.

Westpac Asian Exchange Scholarship
The Westpac Asian Exchange Scholarship supports students who are interested in Asia, and want to actively contribute to Australia's success in Asia in their chosen field. Valued at up to $12,000, it presents young Australians with the exciting opportunity to spend up to two semesters studying at a leading Asian university and develop global leadership skills.
For more information and to apply visit the Westpac Asian Exchange Scholarship site.

The J.J. Bray Law Exchange Scholarship
Applicants must be Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia who have been accepted for one or two semesters to one of the University of Adelaide's official exchange programs, and are enrolled full-time in an undergraduate law degree at the University of Adelaide. Applicants must also be able to demonstrate financial need as recipients will be required to produce evidence of their financial status. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of financial and academic merit. Please contact the Law School for more information about this scholarship.

External Scholarships

Global Society Scholarships Database
The Global Society Foundation keeps a database of study overseas scholarships available to Australian students. While it is not an exhaustive list, it is a good resource for externally managed scholarships. You can access the database from the Global Society Foundation Scholarships page. For internally managed scholarships please refer to the section above.

John Monash Scholarships
The General Sir John Monash Foundation offers up to twenty scholarships per year for postgraduate study at leading overseas universities. The scholarships support any postgraduate degree and each scholarship is valued at AUD $65,000 per year for a maximum of three years. These scholarships are not limited by academic field or choice of overseas university. Please see the John Monash website for further eligibility details.

Nicolas Baudin Travel Grant 2017-18
The Nicolas Baudin Travel Grant is designed to encourage students to undertake study, research or professional development in France. The grant consists in a return flight ticket between Australia and France. For students undertaking an internship in a French laboratory or company, social insurance is also provided for a period of up to six months.

Students are eligible to apply through the following frameworks:

  1. Students seeking to undertake a research internship in a French laboratory or undertake an internship within a French company.
  2. Students seeking to undertake research in a France as part of a cotutelle joint-PhD established between an Australian university and a French university. The student will obtain an Australian degree and a French degree at the end of their studies.
  3. Students enrolled at an Australian university seeking to take part in a study abroad/ exchange program at a French establishment.
  4. Student seeking to pursue a full degree at a French university (students will obtain a French degree at the end of their studies), including double degrees jointly offered by a French and an Australian university.
  5. Students seeking to undertake a short term program at a French establishment. This includes summer and winter school programs.

Applications from research, internship and cotutelle students will be given special consideration.

To apply for the grant, students will need to visit the Embassy’s Grants and Opportunities page and follow the dedicated link to the online application platform.

For more information, students can visit the Grants and Opportunities page or contact the Higher Education team at

Thanks to funding schemes such as Endeavour and the New Colombo Plan offered by the Federal Government, we are able to offer subsidised places on selected short-term and semester programs to students who meet the eligibility requirements for Mobility Grants. In some cases the funding may cover the whole program cost. In other cases it will reduce the program cost, but you will still need to fund the difference.

Students who wish to receive these funded places first need to successfully apply to participate in the overseas program. Once accepted to the program, the Course Coordinator (in the case of study tours, or Global Learning in the case of exchange programs) will select the students who will receive grants. In some cases, all eligible students will receive grants. In other cases, there may be more eligible students than grants available, so a selection process will be employed by the Course Coordinator (or Global Learning, in the case of exchange programs).

To view all programs offering (fully or partially) funded places, click the button below.

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