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What Are My Options?

There are several different types of Global Learning opportunities available to University of Adelaide students. Explore the below tabs to learn more about your options and choose an experience that's right for you.

  • What is an Exchange program?

    An exchange program is a semester- or year-length program which involves students from the University of Adelaide attending a partner institution on a fee-waiver basis. Exchange students remain enrolled at the University of Adelaide and pay fees (or accrue HECS) as usual. They also enrol at the partner institution, but are not required to pay tuition fees to that institution. Students must enrol in a full-time study load at both the University of Adelaide and the host institution.

    It is important that the number of students exchanged between the two institutions is balanced to ensure that both institutions are receiving equivalent tuition funding. Therefore, exchange places are subject to allocation by the Global Learning Office.

    It is expected that students on an exchange program will receive full-time credit (9-12 units per semester) towards their Adelaide degree for the study they complete overseas.

  • Who should apply?
    • Students with the flexibility and independence to leave Adelaide for a semester or year.
    • Students who are on track to have completed at least one semester of full-time study at the time of application.
    • Students whose program allows them to obtain credit from an overseas institution for a full semester or year of study.
  • What is the application process?
    • Research our exchange partners and select three preferences that would accommodate your needs and are in accordance with the Preference Guidelines.
    • Apply for exchange through the Global Learning Application System by our deadline.
    • View your allocated place after the Decision Date and commit to the offer to proceed.
    • Global Learning will assist you in applying to the host institution.

    For detailed information about the application process, go to the Exchange page.

  • How do I get credit for my degree?

    Look for courses that may suit when researching your exchange partner options. As part of your application in the Global Learning Application System, you are required to request pre-approval from your faculty so that your eligibility for credit is confirmed before you are offered a place.

    Once you have received an offer of an exchange place, you will request formal approval of your courses through the Global Learning Application System, where your credit assessment will be recorded.

    If you have not received a response from your Faculty regarding your application for credit after 3 weeks, you should contact your Faculty Advisor directly. We do not recommend that you make travel arrangements in advance of receiving final confirmation of your acceptance from your host institution, and credit approval from your Faculty. Until you receive these confirmations, your acceptance and credit is not guaranteed, and you may find yourself out-of-pocket for any arrangements you have made.

    After you have returned from exchange and completed the required questionnaires in GLAS, your transcript will be passed on to your Faculty to apply your credit to your degree. Please note that transcripts sometimes arrive after the Anomalies Deadline for graduations for students in their last year of study.

  • How can I pay for my program?

    Detailed information about the costs and possible funding for exchange is available on the Funding tab of the Exchange page.

  • Whom do I ask for help?

    All communication regarding your host destination should be conducted via the Global Learning Office. The Global Learning Office website, and particularly the Exchange page, contains a lot of information about the exchange process. Additionally, your checklist in the Global Learning Application System will provide you with detailed information about the different steps in your application process. If you require further assistance with your application, please contact the Global Learning Office.

    If you require assistance with the selection of courses, credit eligibility, faculty approval and so on, you should contact your Faculty adviser rather than Global Learning.

Browse our Exchange destinations.

  • What is a Study Tour?

    A Study Tour is a short program, usually 2-4 weeks in length, co-ordinated by University of Adelaide academic staff and with pre-set academic requirements and credit arrangements. Students will enrol in an Adelaide course in Access Adelaide before departure and will be assessed by Adelaide academics. They are usually worth 3-6 University of Adelaide units (1-2 courses).

    Study Tours may include multiple stops at multiple destinations, or a more immersive experience at just one. Some are co-hosted by an overseas institution. The assessment component of a Study Tour maybe entirely contained within the Study Tour period, or may require class attendance in Adelaide in addition to the tour itself.

  • Who should apply?
    • Students who may not have the lifestyle or degree flexibility to study overseas for a full semester, or who would prefer to try a shorter program first.
    • Students who enjoy the idea of travelling together as a group with other students from the University of Adelaide.
    • Students who would like to complete an elective in an intensive overseas program.
    • Students who find the proposed course outline interesting - really, any students who are eligible to take the course!
  • What is the application process?
    • Apply for the Study Tour through the Global Learning Application System by the deadline.
    • The Course Coordinator for the Study Tour will assess your application and determine selections for the Study Tour.
    • View the result of your application after the Decision Date.
    • There maybe further application materials to complete if your Study Tour is hosted by an overseas institution. You will be advised if this is necessary for your Study Tour.
  • How do I get credit for my degree?

    As Study Tours are University of Adelaide courses, you do not need to apply for course approval as you do for external overseas programs like Exchange or Study Abroad. As part of the application process, your eligibility to participate in the Study Tour will be assessed by Faculty staff as a matter of course.

    If you are selected to take part in the Study Tour, you will need to enrol in the relevant University of Adelaide course in Access Adelaide to ensure the Study Tour counts towards your degree. You should wait to enrol in the course until your attendance on the tour is confirmed.

  • How can I pay for my program?

    Study Tour students may be eligible for the following funding:

    Please note that in most cases, the Government funding for study tours is restricted to a limited number and only for selected study tours, and usually has eligibility requirements attached. If you would like to be considered for any applicable Government scholarships or grants, please indicate this in your Scholarship Expression of Interest questionnaire in your application. There is no separate application process for Government scholarship funding.

    Study Tour students usually pay a set fee for their program upfront. Inclusions can vary; please read the details on the program brochure before you apply. Depending on the program, you may be required to pay for your flights, meals and so on in addition to the program fee. Study Tours require enrolment in an appropriate University of Adelaide course, and tuition fees apply to these courses as normal.

    In most cases, you will be invoiced for the program cost by your School's financial department.

  • Whom do I ask for help?

    The Course Coordinator listed on the program brochure is your main contact for any questions about the Study Tour, including course content, itinerary and so on.

    The Global Learning Office can assist you with any questions around the application system and obtaining OS-HELP funding.

Find available Study Tours.

  • What is an International Summer or Winter School?

    An International Summer (or Winter) School (ISS) is a short program offered by one of our exchange institutions, where University of Adelaide students may receive a tuition waiver or discount in return for part of an exchange place. Students usually take one or two Summer or Winter courses for credit within the host institution's Summer or Winter semester.

    Some ISS programs are quite structured with set courses, timetables and pre-arranged excursions. Others are more independent with a range of course choices and an otherwise unrestricted schedule.

    Please note that you will need endorsement from the Global Learning Office to receive an applicable fee-waiver or discount. Please take careful note of the application process.

  • Who should apply?
    • Students who may not have the lifestyle or degree flexibility to study overseas for a full semester, or who would prefer to try a shorter program first.
    • Students who would like to complete an elective in an intensive overseas program.
    • Students who are happy to travel without an organised group and accompanying University of Adelaide academic.
  • What is the application process?
    • Apply for the ISS through the Global Learning Application System by the deadline.
    • The Global Learning Office will indicate if you have been endorsed by the University of Adelaide to attend as an exchange student, and will provide any supporting documentation you will need for your application to the host institution.
    • You will be expected to apply to the host institution independently, and upload a copy of your acceptance to the Global Learning Application System once received.
  • How do I get credit for my degree?

    You should be able to tell from the ISS program information if there is a course that would suit your University of Adelaide degree program. As part of your application in the Global Learning Application System, you are required to request pre-approval from your faculty so that your eligibility for credit is confirmed before you are offered a place.

    Once you have received an offer of an exchange place, you will request formal approval of your course(s) through the Global Learning Application System, where your credit assessment will be recorded.

    At the conclusion of your ISS program, you should receive a transcript or certificate of completion. You should bring this to the Global Learning Office to be added to your student file, and advise your faculty that it has been received so that they can apply your credit to your transcript

  • How can I pay for my program?

    International Summer School students may be eligible for the following funding:

    Please note that in most cases, the Government funding for is restricted to a limited number of grants and only for selected destinations, and usually has eligibility requirements attached. If you would like to be considered for any applicable Government scholarships or grants, please indicate this in your Scholarship Expression of Interest questionnaire in your application. There is no separate application process for Government scholarship funding.

    Exchange students going on ISS programs do not usually pay full tuition fees to their host institution, but are responsible for all other associated costs including flights, visas (if applicable), accommodation, local health insurance (in some cases, this may be waived by the host if the University of Adelaide travel insurance is considered adequate), general living costs, textbooks, and so on.

    ISS programs require enrolment in an appropriate University of Adelaide placeholder course, and tuition fees apply to these courses as normal.

  • Whom do I ask for help?

    For program information, you may contact the host institution directly.

    The Global Learning Office can assist you with any questions around the application system and obtaining OS-HELP funding.

    If you require assistance with the selection of courses, credit eligibility, faculty approval and so on, you should contact your Faculty adviser rather than Global Learning.

Find International Summer Schools on offer.

  • What is a Self-Reporting Program?

    A Self-Reporting Program is any type of overseas study experience including study abroad, internships, placements, third party provider programs and so on, where a student organises their program independently of the Global Learning Office.

    Study Abroad is any overseas study program where you attend an overseas institution that is not part of an exchange relationship with the University of Adelaide. It may involve directly enrolling at an overseas university for a semester, or participating in a Summer or Winter program, or setting up a program through an external agency or third party provider.

    Internships and placements are industry experiences that take place overseas and ideally attract credit or fulfil a required part of your degree.

    Third party programs can be any of these programs, but are arranged through a business (usually in Australia) to which you pay fees, and which makes the arrangements for your program for you.

    In all cases, you are required to self-report your program through the Global Learning Application System for credit approval, reporting and risk-management purposes. There are additional benefits to you - for example, where scholarships and grants may be available to support you, these funds are only distributed to students who have registered their intentions through the Global Learning Application System.

  • Who should apply?
    • Students who are interested in an overseas experience that is not offered via the University of Adelaide (i.e., is not an exchange or study tour).
    • Students who are happy to travel without an organised group and accompanying University of Adelaide academic.
    • Students who are willing to make their own arrangements and pay fees for their overseas program.
  • What is the application process?
    • Apply for your program to the relevant body (third party provider or direct to the host)
    • Once you have applied and been accepted to the host, register your program through one of the Self-Reporting Program portals
    • Ensure you 'commit' to your registration to confirm that you will be departing on the program.
  • How do I get credit for my degree?

    You may wish to discuss your plans with your academic area before making arrangements with your host, as there is no pre-approval via the Global Learning Application System for Self-Reporting programs.

    When registering your program in the system, you and your faculty will jointly complete a Faculty Approval questionnaire to confirm the credit you will receive after completing the program. If you have not received a response from your Faculty regarding your application for credit after 3 weeks, you should contact your Faculty Advisor directly. We do not recommend that you make travel arrangements in advance of receiving final confirmation of your acceptance from your host institution or provider, and credit approval from your Faculty. Until you receive these confirmations, your acceptance and credit is not guaranteed, and you may find yourself out-of-pocket for any arrangements you have made.

    If you don't intend to receive credit for your program, and the program will not fulfil a required part of your degree, you may still register through our non-credit portal and upload program approval from your Head of School to qualify for University travel insurance.

    At the conclusion of your self-reporting program, you should receive a transcript or certificate of completion. You should bring this to your Faculty or School to be added to your student file, so that they can apply any relevant credit to your transcript.

  • How can I pay for my program?

    Self-Reporting students may be eligible for the following funding:

    Please note that in most cases, the Government funding for is restricted to a limited number of grants and only for selected destinations, and usually has eligibility requirements attached. If you would like to be considered for any applicable Government scholarships or grants, please indicate this in your Scholarship Expression of Interest questionnaire in your application. There is no separate application process for Government scholarship funding.

    Students undertaking independent programs usually pay fees directly to their host or third party provider, which cannot be deferred to HECS. In some cases students will also be required to enrol in a University of Adelaide course through Access Adelaide in order to obtain credit. You should check with your academic area to see if there is an enrolment requirement for your program. If so, you will be liable for the appropriate tuition fees/HECS payments in addition to your overseas program fees.

  • Whom do I ask for help?

    For program information, you may contact the host institution directly.

    The Global Learning Office can assist you with any questions around registering in the application system and obtaining OS-HELP funding.

    If you require assistance with the selection of courses, credit eligibility, faculty approval and so on, you should contact your Faculty adviser rather than Global Learning.

Get started on our Short Programs page.

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