There are a number of funding options available to eligible University of Adelaide students studying overseas as part of their degree.

For access to budgeting tools and advice, visit the money matters section on the support page.


    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 $6,791 (non-Asian countries in 2019) or $8,149 (Asia study in 2019) for a six month period overseas for a maximum of two study periods.
    An additional $1,085 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.

    Study Overseas has developed a video designed to assist you in determining your OS-HELP eligibility and successfully completing an OS-HELP application:

    You can use the quicklinks in the video description to jump to different sections.

    Am I eligible?

    The primary criteria (as evidenced in your GLAS application) 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 degrees and combined degrees as listed in Degree Finder):
      • 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 or recognition towards the program for full-time studies undertaken overseas (in the case of unit-bearing semester-length programs, to an equivalent of at least 9 units per semester, for other programs "full time" is determined on a case-by-case basis)
      • 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)
    • must meet all of the above criteria prior to the end date of the overseas program.

    Please note that any errors or omissions on your OS-HELP Debt Confirmation Form or in your GLAS application may delay or exclude you from receiving an OS-HELP loan.

    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.

  • Funded programs

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

    view funded semester programs view funded short-term programs

    Students will only be considered for funding if they have successfully applied for the relevant program in GLAS. Official offers for funding will be made through GLAS.

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      New Colombo Plan Mobility Grants

      Thanks to the New Colombo Plan, a signature initiative of the Australian Government, we are able to offer funding for places on selected short-term and semester programs to students who meet the eligibility requirements for New Colombo Plan Mobility Grants. Students who wish to receive these funded places first need to be selected to participate in the overseas program. Once accepted to the program, eligible students will receive grants depending on availability.

      Endeavour Leadership Program Cheung Kong Exchange Undergraduate Mobility Grants

      We are able to offer $5000 Mobility Grants for semester programs to students who meet the eligibility requirements for Mobility Grants. Students who wish to receive these funded places first need to be selected to participate in the overseas program. Once accepted to the program, eligible students will receive grants depending on availability.

    • New Colombo Plan Scholarship

      New Colombo Plan Scholarship

      The New Colombo Plan is a signature initiative of the Australian Government which aims to lift knowledge of the Indo Pacific in Australia by supporting Australian undergraduates to study and undertake internships in the region. In order to be invited by the Australian Government to apply for a New Colombo Plan Scholarship, students need to be nominated by the University of Adelaide.

      Further information about the New Colombo Plan Scholarship can be found on the New Colombo Plan Scholarships 2020 page.

    • Funding managed outside Study Overseas

      Your Study Overseas Experience may be eligible for other scholarships, governed by other offices of the University, or entirely external to the University. Study Overseas 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 and click on 'Scholarships' 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 refer to the Scholarships website for more information.

      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 2019
      The Embassy of France in Australia supports student mobility from Australia to France through the Nicolas Baudin Program, named for the French explorer and botanist who in 1802, at the same time as Matthew Flinders, charted the coast of New Holland (Australia). The Travel Grant consists in a return flight ticket between Australia and France. As recipients of a French government grant, the Laureates are also exempt from paying the associated visa fees.

      Students can apply through the following frameworks:

      1. Students seeking to undertake a research internship in a French laboratory in collaboration with a French company in the framework of the “Internship in France” initiative.
      2. Students enrolled at an Australian university taking part in an exchange program /study abroad at a French establishment.
      3. Students pursuing a full degree at a French university, including double degrees jointly offered by a French and an Australian university.


      • Students from all fields and disciplines are eligible to apply.
      • Students enrolled in Undergraduate, Honours, Masters programs are eligible to apply for the general stream.
      • PhD students are only eligible to apply for the “Internship in France” initiative scheme. Further information on mobility for PhD students.
      • Australian citizens and international students enrolled in Australian universities are eligible to apply. French citizens are not eligible.
      • A proof of proficiency in French will be required for students enrolling in programs which are taught in French.
      • Students who have already purchased tickets to France are ineligible.
      • The Nicolas Baudin Travel Grant can only be awarded once.

      Application and Further Information:

      To apply, please visit the online application platform. Applications close 15 April 2019. Please note that exchange programmes commencing in 2020 may not be eligible for the grant. For further information or questions, please consult the FAQ before contacting

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