The Low Down
Different global learning experiences have different eligibility requirements. No matter what overseas experience you choose, you must apply or register your program in our Global Learning Application System (GLAS). Your completion of the materials in your GLAS application lets us assess your eligibility for funding, recognition of your studies, and other support services.
Visit our Exchange page to view the eligibility requirements for students wishing to study at one of our partner universities through our exchange program.
Each Study Tour has its own set of eligibility requirements, depending on its discipline and level. Find out more about Study Tours here.
Study Abroad, Placements, Internships
Check with your program provider for their entry requirements. If you need some pointers to get started, look at some suggested options here.
Please note: Students studying at the University of Adelaide on an Australia Awards Scholarship should note that the guidelines require that they reside in Australia, and they may not use the scholarship to study in a third country.
Students travelling on Global Learning Experiences usually receive academic credit for their overseas study. It is intended that any overseas study you take through us will receive either a number of units' credit (3 or 6 for a short program, 9 or 12 for a semester program) or fulfilment of a required component of your degree program (for example, a required placement or work experience).
Some programs, such as exchange programs and study tours, require confirmation that credit will be granted in order for you to be eligible to participate.
Students may wish to self-organise programs that will not receive credit or fulfil degree requirements. In this case, you should be aware that you will need to have approval from your Head of School to participate in the overseas program in order to be covered by the University's travel insurance policy.
For students who wish to receive credit towards their degree for their overseas program, all credit approvals are made through your application in the Global Learning Application System (GLAS), through which you will communicate your overseas study plans to your Faculty adviser. 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. Your credit is never guaranteed until your Faculty Advisor has finalised their approval in GLAS.
All students participating in an overseas study program need to have an application registered in the Global Learning Application System.
Exchange applicants to all destinations must apply by the deadline to be considered for an exchange place, and are guided through the preparation and application process to their host application once accepted by Global Learning.
Deadlines fall twice a year, in June and October, for study in the following Semester 1 and Semester 2 respectively.
For detailed information, view the Exchange page.
Students apply to their chosen program by the given deadline, which may fall throughout the year depending on the departure date of the study tour. With the support of the Global Learning Application System, the Course Coordinator selects students for the study tour. Additional application forms may need to be completed after selection, depending on the tour.
For detailed information, view the Study Tours page.
Students participating in independently-organised study programs, internships and placements should have applied to, and ideally been accepted by, the program organiser before registering in the Global Learning Application System through one of our designated Self-Reporting Program portals. Registration provides you with the information and access you need for travel insurance, OS-HELP information, and credit approval.
Length of Experience
Global Learning offers different types of experiences, including semester- or year-long exchanges, two or three week study tours run by our academics, international summer schools hosted by our overseas partner universities, as well as self-reporting independent opportunities such as placements, internships, and volunteering opportunities that may range from a week to a few months. You should take into account how long you are willing and able to spend overseas, as well as how immersive an experience you are after, when considering your study options.
Tip: Many students who depart on a semester-length exchange later decide that they wish to stay for an additional semester, and extension can be a complicated process. We recommend you seriously consider applying for a year if your situation allows.
International students should be aware of the impact any offshore study may have on their post-study visa application - particularly the two year onshore study requirement. Additionally, they should ensure that the course load they intend to take will correspond with their Australian CoE duration. Seek advice from the International Student Support if you are unsure.
Overseas study with Global Learning is more affordable than you might think. Tuition fees at host universities are waived for exchange programs, including some International Summer Schools where fee-waivers are offered by our partner universities. This means that you will remain enrolled at, and paying tuition fees to, the University of Adelaide (or deferring to HECS as usual) instead of the host university. Please note that there may still be non-tuition fees which would be payable by you.
Other overseas programs may attract tuition fees that you will need to pay, though in most cases you will not be enrolled at the University of Adelaide and therefore not attracting Adelaide tuition fees. If you are receiving a Government payment, you should check that this arrangement will not cause problems for your payments before you commit to such a program.
For further information about costs associated with semester exchange please refer to the Funding tab of the Exchange page.
Most of our partner institutions offer courses in English. Those who do not teach in English will have language requirements – which may be at least two years of University-level language study or they may require students to undertake formal language assessment.
Information specific to each exchange partner can be found on their respective partner page, accessible via the search functions on the Exchange page.
Student Experiences by Country
Read about our students' experiences in our most popular countries.
You can also read more about specific countries on our Global Learning Blog by searching by a country tag, or for specific exchange institutions you can look at the Student Experiences tab on our host institution partner pages (here's an example).
In Canada, Law is a graduate degree. So, all the students in my classes have already completed a degree prior to sitting an LSAT exam, in order to be accepted into law school. The classes also seem to be more ‘practical' here. Although there are closed book exams (eek!) and 10,000 word papers, many of the courses base assignments on visits to the courtroom, ‘field trips' arranged by the Professors to law firms as well as role-play scenarios in class. These courses will definitely make me more prepared and well-practiced for work/life when I return to Australia.
There are also soooo many clubs at the University of Alberta. At the beginning of the Semester, I joined the Outdoors Club, the Ski and Snowboard Club, the Hide and Seek Club and I also went to the Cheer Team tryouts! I was also part of the Law School Intramural Basketball team - who won the Division A Intramural Competition!! Throughout my exchange, I travelled to numerous places outside of Edmonton over long weekends, including Vancouver, Calgary, Banff, Jasper, Canmore and even a friend's farm. I went on a trip with the Outdoors Club to Jasper (which is in the Rockie Mountains). The mountains look so surreal - it was amazing!! It had snowed the week prior to the trip, which made the view from the top of our 13km hike even more beautiful. There were also plenty of wildlife (mainly squirrels, deer and elk), which was pretty cool!
The University campus is massive - almost twice the size of the University of Adelaide. The gymnasium is also huge, and even includes an iceskating rink! The University also provides classes for students at a minimal cost - so, I've been taking ice-skating lessons and core-strength pilates. Sports are a really big thing here in Canada, especially Ice Hockey and Football. The University has the Golden Bears and the Pandas teams who compete against other universities throughout the semester. I've attended many of these games throughout the semester. And, I even got to play on my housemate's ice hockey team for a game!
Read more about Brittany's experience here.
It's quite difficult to break new ground in summarizing what it is like to go on an exchange. Phrases like "best time of your life," "most incredible experience ever" and "unbelievable" are used frequently. Turns out, this is done for good reason. The opportunities to live somewhere else in the world, meet a bunch of other awesome people all while getting some study done is an opportunity that should be taken if you get the chance. Prior to exchange I was living at home, and had never really left Adelaide for any meaningful length of time so to go from that to living on a University campus on the other side of the world was an eye opening experience.
I chose UBC for a variety of reasons, for the mountains and because of the accommodation. I lived in Fairview Crescent, which is a four or six person apartment. You get your own room that's about 3x8m big and then there is a communal common room with a kitchen. There are about 200 of these flats all built on top of or next to each other. Walter Gage residence is the other accommodation that exchange students are allocated. This is more cramped, but does had better views, as Fairview looks like a French ski village and Gage is more high-rise (and arguably more central). Either way as an exchange student you find yourself hanging around in both.
Generally with courses at UBC class participation is a greater part of classes, and lectures are not recorded. The workload is spread over the semester a lot more, so lots of little assignments throughout the year. All my lecturers were very helpful, accommodating to exchange related questions and easy to talk to during their office hours. I studied the Arts section of my Law/Arts double degree, and I did a Canadian History course and an American History course. Whatever disadvantage I had from having no background knowledge at all was nothing compared to the learning about North American History in North America.
Read more about Max's experience here.
Studying: Dip. Languages
My classes have been well organised with excellent professors passionate about student learning. A wide range of subjects are offered in English, particularly for those students studying in Law, Economics, Management, Engineering or Sciences. The library facilities and online learning tools have been designed to greatly benefit students and the campus Wi-Fi is strong in most places. There is also a myriad of sporting facilities which students are encouraged to make use of in their free time including multiple courts, fields, pools and the gymnasium. The local students and staff have also been helpful in pointing me in the right direction the numerous times I have been lost and the students seem to take pleasure in the chance to practice their English.
For prospective exchange students I feel obliged to provide some advice that will make your time at China's equal highest ranked university even more enjoyable. Prior to arriving one should enrol in one of the student-buddy programs that can be found online as having a local student to help you settle in and find your way around is priceless in the early weeks. Downloading a Virtual Private Network is also advisable as you may not be able to access essential websites due to the government firewall, including Adelaide University Gmail accounts.
Whether you are a student of Chinese or not, making an effort to learn basic parts of the language and culture can only aid your experience, with cheap classes being available in the nearby suburbs. I highly encourage you to live in one of the student apartments on campus. Though far smaller than you are likely used to at home, living on campus will make mixing with other international students far easier as you will be in close proximity to each other. Forming friendships makes settling into the Tsinghua lifestyle much easier as you all will need to find similar offices and buildings across the massive campus as well as necessities such as the supermarkets and cafeterias.
Read more about James's experience here.
A lot of people I know have a fairly good understanding of what it would be like to go on Exchange - either because they've been on one themselves or because they've had the pleasure of listening to an ex-exchange student go on about their experience. So I won't bore you with the basics. In summary, my 6-month law exchange to Copenhagen University was definitely one of the best things I've ever done, but everyone says that. 6 months traveling in Europe is always going to be fun with the right attitude. So let me tell you a bit about what was unique to Copenhagen and the unexpected things that I got out of my experience.
I didn't realize that almost everyone would speak English just as fluently as the average Australian. A Language barrier was almost never an issue and when it was the Danes were more than happy to help. Although to me Copenhagen didn't seem like the prettiest city in the middle of winter when I arrived, with only a couple hours of daylight (most places aren't in winter), by spring it was absolutely beautiful and it's hard to imagine leaving. You get used to riding a bike everywhere and don't really want to go back to driving a car. At first you can be prepared to get lost a few times, but after a few months the roads become strangely familiar and getting lost becomes harder. By the end, Danes visiting the city from other parts of Denmark would stop and ask me for directions and I could actually help!
Read more about Natasha's experience here.
By choosing Denmark (Danish Technical University), I was heading for a land that posed many changes, both positive and negative as compared to Australia. From the moment I arrived it was apparent that the culture was different; from the crazy language to the efficient public transport. Aided by the information that had already been given by the program and both universities, it wasn't long before I had found my way and was making new friends.
The host university was very experienced at welcoming and including its exchange students, and made it very easy to get used to the new surroundings. In order to help us get comfortable they had organised small groups of exchange students paired with a senior student at the university, such that any questions we had could be answered by someone right away. As well as this, an "orientation week" was compulsory for the first week, ensuring that each student knew their way around the university well before their first class, and also had some friends and peers in the country before study had started. During this week the emphasis was purely on gaining familiarity and to get a fun start to our time in the country. They helped organise city tours and various activities, making it a great way to begin the exchange.
Once study had begun it was still very much a different experience to back home. While my courses were in similar fields to what I undertook in Adelaide, the method of teaching, assessment tasks, work partners and much more all varied to what I had been used to. By choosing to embrace these differences (and not be afraid of them!), I found it a hugely enlightening period of study. By working with people from various European countries, and learning from their various working methods and standards, I found I was able to grow as a student and a communicator.
Read more about Alex's experience here.
I think it's most important to just relax with the whole process. I know a lot of people in France were getting very flustered by the apparent lack of efficiency and communication in dealing with French bureaucracy. It definitely could be a painful process at times, but I preferred to look at it as a great point of discussion between fellow exchange students, rather than letting it get to me. Secondly, I think you just have to say yes. Although you risk a couple of awkward evenings, that's what the whole process is about and the rewards can be enormous. - Ashleigh, University of Grenoble.
Be open to all opportuities. Don't stress too much about what is going on at home and soak up as much as you possibly can to have the most authentic experience. Nothing is more rewarding than feeling like a local with a whole bunch of locals. - Lena, University of Tubingen.
Spending a year at the Technical University of Munich was one of the most daunting experiences of my life, but also one of the most rewarding. Adelaide life didn't prepare me for living at the top of the tallest building in the "Student City", an entire suburb of student housing that is home to three thousand students. Living out of home, dealing with the infamous German bureaucracy, studying in my second language and the sun setting at 4pm during winter were just some of the differences to adjust to.
It's amazing how easy it is to travel from Munich to anywhere in Germany or Europe. I spent weekends at music camps in picturesque Bavarian towns, visited my former host family who lived just three hours away by train, and visited Doctor Who and Top Gear locations in the UK in the semester break. Some other highlights were New Years Eve in Berlin, seeing a German musical on the Reeperbahn in Hamburg, the Distortion nightlife festival in Copenhagen and travelling to Slovenia on a bus for a music tour.
The local students I met were welcoming and enthusiastic about teaching me the finer points of Munich culture, like how to pour the perfect weissbier! I joined an orchestra and a choir in which every rehearsal ended with a visit to the pub, which was a great opportunity to practice my German. It was difficult at first to keep up with conversations, because they all spoke so fast! But after a while my language skills improved and I even ended up with a Bavarian accent.
Read more about Cathryn's experience here.
- New Zealand
Exchange: University of Canterbury
Studying: B. Engineering
Studying abroad in New Zealand has made this year the best of my life thus far. A long arduousprocess was undertaken to make this exchange happen, with a lot of paperwork involved but anyone aspiring to go away overseas must know that the good by far outweighs the bad. It's not just the things that I have done and the places I've been to, it's the way studying abroad has enabled me togrow as a person and have a whole new perspective on life. I've met people from all around the world; I've had flatmates from France, Austria, America and New Zealand it has broadened my horizons.
The university here has also been incredible. Because Canterbury is one of two engineering schools in New Zealand, there are students from all over the country. Almost everyone lives in student flatting which creates a different atmosphere to the place.
Read more about Tom's experience here.
Exchange: University of Pompeu Fabra
Studying: B. Arts
Unlike some student exchanges, accommodation on campus was not available and private student colleges were extremely expensive. As a result, most students lived in flat shares. Finding and changing such accommodation was one of the major stresses of the experience, but ultimately led to us seeing many corners of this city for late dinners and cava drinking.
Living in Barcelona provided many travel opportunities, as it is a travel hub with many cheap flights available. I was able to travel to Sweden, the UK, Morocco and Tunisia, but there were many who were jetting abroad every weekend.
We were blessed with an excellent exchange group at UPF. There were only a handful of native English speakers, with the majority from Continental Europe or Quebec. As a result, when not feeling guilty about being monolingual, I feel I learned more about International Studies & Politics (my major), through my friendship with these people than in any class I took. Travel certainly broadens the mind, and I have travelled before and met many amazing people, yet the exchange provided a context for more meaningful personal exchanges that can only arise when spending time with people for long periods.
Read more about Tom's experience here.
Exchange: University of Pompeu Fabra
Studying: B. Media with B. Arts
It's kind of impossible to sum up this kind of experience in 500 or so words, but I'll do my best. Icame to the start of my exchange terrified of finding out that I didn't know who I was without the constants of family and friends and work and study, the kind of routine that is just naturally adopted. This time away has been valuable to me greatly because it informed me that I in fact did have a grip on who I was as a person, I just hadn't given myself the chance to extend him into the unknown.
And it was one hella fun extension into unknown. We don't really grasp that humans have quite wonderful adaptation instincts when we don't often flex those muscles, but despite the initial shock you quickly rise to the differences and challenges of the situation. Going to Barcelona, I had to work with an indifferent (sometimes liberating, other times frustrating) style of organisation in university and general formalities, and an exchange student cohort with priorities of partying and not much else. I guess that doesn't sound like that much of a challenge, but it was a jolt to the system that can only be for the better from now on; not everything has to be so serious all the time. And parties are fun. Really fun.
So is travelling, and upon arriving in the other side of the world I quickly understood the need to dip my toes into as many countries as I could afford. Aside from every corner of Spain and Catalonia, I've hopped to Italy, France and Britain, skied in Andorra, road tripped through Portugal and even had a night in the Sahara..
Read more about Robert's experience here.
Lund is the absolute best place if you're looking to be involved with student life! Also, Swedes are amazing people. - Lara, Lund University.
People often ask me "Do you even study on your exchange? All you seem to be doing is partying and travelling!" The answer is YES I do study. Here is a photo of my class to prove. In fact, I got nealy all VG (HD's) for my 4 subjects. My favourite class was the Swedish Language class. It feels like you're back in a primary school class; repeating Swedish phrases after the teacher, getting homework and playing games. The University teaching system is very different to Australia. The lecturer does not teach. He makes the student read a chapter from the textbook and teach it to the class. Maybe this is because in Sweden, the students don't have to pay to study in University. And they also don't have to pay to see doctors! Sweden is surely has to be one of best country to live in and to do exchange in.
There are many things that I'll miss, but most of all, I will miss all the friends that I made from all corners of the globe. No matter where or what you do with your time, it is always the people that you're with that makes the time good. It was sad to think that you will never see some of these awesome people again. But then, if you really want something, you will do anything to make it happen.
Read more about Aaron's experience here.
The only way to conquer a fear is to face it head on. Throwing yourself in the deep end by going on exchange challenges you in so many ways. When you go on exchange, you don't know anyone else going to the same University as you (for the most part). You say goodbye to your friends and family and the familiarity of your hometown, hop on the plane and land in a new place with butterflies in your stomach, heavy bags and an uncertainty of what's the come. It's scary. But at the same time, it's a rush like no other. You're in a new place with new possibilities. You are forced to rely on yourself, figure things out and ask questions to everyone or anyone when stuck (trust me, this will happen... a lot!). There might be a language barrier, a cultural barrier, different names for different things, but you find a way to communicate what you mean or what you need. It's a skill you build over time and something you can't learn from your degree.
The plus side of going on exchange to a university town, like in Lund, Sweden, is that there are hundreds of new exchange students in the same position. All are open to meeting new people. And of course there are ‘the locals' who are just as open to making new friends and to hear about your home country. You learn so much about so many different people- their backgrounds, cultures, lifestyles and more. Without even realizing they enrich your life and make you a better you. Not to mention you now have friends across the globe to visit on your next adventure!
Travel is an investment. Money can buy you physical things, but over time they become less important. Experiences create memories that last a lifetime. Memories that you will look back on and smile no matter how long down the track. And when on exchange, there will be plenty of memories to look back on! The group of people you met on your second day of orientation that are now your close friends, the trip you took to see the Northern Lights in -25 degree weather and countless cheap nation meals and club nights are things you will never forget.
Read more about Catrin's experience here.
Make the most of travelling to other places around the country. Talk to absolutely everyone. Know who to go to at your host university if you have issues back home. Don't be scared of going to visit places by yourself! - Gemma, Newcastle University.
Enjoy every minute of it. You might never get a chance like this again. - Natalie, Newcastle University.
Be brave and smile no matter how cold the weather. Be open to the environment you are in. Join as many clubs as you can because that way you will actually meet locals rather than staying in an international student bubble. Travel with new people and push your comfort zone. - Erin, University of Glasgow.
If you want on campus accommodation, make sure that it is your first preference. Save as much as you can and do as much as possible! - Louisa, University of Leeds.
I went in semester one which was the peak of their winter – it was freezing! I was lucky enough to go with a friend from university and we were placed in the same university accommodation. At first we were disappointed with our residency placement as it was not technically ‘on campus,’ however we came to love it.
Leeds University hosted many events for the international students which was great as this was where we met so many people. We found that the International students hang out a lot so we ended up making a lot of friends from Australia.Leeds itself is purely a student town. It had great cafes, shopping and especially nightlife. The students in Leeds are very social and tend to go out most nights during the week, and the University itself has a club. The University itself was great and the campus was beautiful. It has a big union where lots of students could hang out. The teaching style was different to Adelaide University however, as it was much more self-directed. The work load however was not very different from Adelaide. I met many other psychology students and was able to do subjects such as Human Pain, which I could not have done in Adelaide.
Read more about Ursula's experience here.
Studying: B. Arts & B. LawRead more about Candice's experience here.
My time on exchange at the University of Nottingham in 2014 was nothing short of excellent. Not only did it force me to break out of my comfort zone in an academic sense, but also on a personal level.
Upon arrival at the University, I was confronted by freezing temperatures and a campus that appeared to go on forever. It was daunting knowing that I wouldn't see any familiar faces for the next six months, nor would I be able to stroll into Ligertwood and know exactly what was expected of me. However the fear of the unknown was not enough to dampen the overwhelming feelings of excitement. Knowing that I was finally in Nottingham, after more than a year of planning and saving for this experience was extremely rewarding.
I was lucky enough to have three fantastic lecturers, who also happened to be my tutors. Not only who were they wildly passionate about their fields, but were willing to assist international students in anyway they could. I found it comforting to know that although I was on the other side of the world, my teachers were of as high a calibre as what I had experienced back home, and were just as invested in each students educational journey. British Party Politics, which started off being my most loathed and challenging subject, quickly became my favourite, which was due, in large part, to the fantastic teaching of Mark Stuart and the dynamic classes which he ran.
In terms of the University itself, my experiences were nothing but positive. If I had any concerns, administrative or otherwise, they were dealt with in a prompt and professional manner.
It was a great experience, but be prepared for some surprises. - David, Pitzer College.
The social life there is almost entirely in clubs and associations (e.g. sports teams and sororities/fraternities). Different groups have parties every weekend and functions or events, so you pretty much always hang out with these people. Get involved with as much as you can! - Georgina, College of William & Mary.
The first week at William and Mary College was an amazing and crazy busy time for everyone involved. They expect you to hit the ground running and participate in everything that the college has to offer in which I quickly found out quickly was what the college was all about. The first week was the official orientation week, which was full of fun-filled get to know each other games and introductory welcoming speeches explaining why you decided to choose the college and what you hope to get out of your experience. As much as we all complained about it at the time (as it was compulsory and took all day everyday), we all learned to appreciate it in the long run as it forced you out of comfort zones and into the realm of making new friends in a very short period of time.
The College itself is located in the middle of a forest right next to Lake Matoaka which offers various activities for students to enjoy such as canoeing and taking deep hikes into the beautiful forest in which I enjoyed plenty of times, especially in my initial few weeks when school work was minimal.
The dining halls on campus are definitely a highlighted experience as well, having so many options to choose from including Italian, Asian, Vegan and various other desert and salad bars which definitely make the experience equally exciting and overwhelming among the bustling social dining halls.
I have found the professors at this college like no other, being so passionate and honoured to be teaching at such a historical place makes them truly an inspiration for students to aspire to making it easy to form very special bonds. As my major here is business related I also had the privilege of studying in the Mason Business School in which I was extremely lucky to witness a guess speaker in my first couple of weeks called Strauss Zelnick who is the chairman of a multi billion dollar corporation called Take-Two Interactive Software Inc who gave a very inspiring speech about leadership and how to make it successfully in the business world.
Read more about Teagan's experience here.