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

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      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.

      The New Colombo Plan is intended to be transformational, deepening Australia's relationships in the region, both at the individual level and through expanding university, business and other stakeholder links.

      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. This page provides information for our students interested in applying for a New Colombo Plan Scholarship.

      New Colombo Plan Scholarships are:
      • highly prestigious, and one of the highest value international study scholarships available for Australian students.
      • for study in the Indo-Pacific* region of 1-2 semesters, usually undertaken as exchange studies (study must count towards your degree).
      • an Internship or language training component is encouraged.
      • for studies commencing between 1 January 2021 and before 31 December 2021.

      * Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Hong Kong SAR, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kiribati, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nauru, Nepal, New Caledonia, Niue, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and Vietnam.

      To be eligible you must be:
      • a high achieving student (minimum 70% graded average).
      • an Australian citizen.
      • aged 18 – 28.
      • enrolled as an undergraduate student in at least second year or in Honours.
      • not be a previous recipient of a New Colombo Plan Scholarship.

      Application Information

      To apply for a New Colombo Plan Scholarship you must be nominated by the University. The University can nominate up to 10 students.

      Applications for the 2021 Scholarship round will open in May 2020, and information will be published on the Study Overseas website. If you are selected to be one of the University of Adelaide's nominees, you will be immediately required to obtain an Australian Federal Police check (the University will pay for nominated students). You will then be invited by the Australian Government to formally apply for a New Colombo Plan Scholarship.

      Please contact Emma Laurence, Manager: Strategic Student Opportunities, for further information or advice in preparing your application.

    • Funding managed outside Study Overseas

      Your Study Overseas Experience may be eligible for other scholarships which are managed by other offices of the University, or are offered through private or government organisations.

      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.

      Joseph Miller Travel Scholarship in Engineering
      Applicants must be undertaking the second or third year of a Bachelor of Engineering program at the University of Adelaide on a full-time basis in a Commonwealth Supported Place at the time of travel.
      Applicants need to demonstrate financial need and be able to provide supporting documentary evidence at the time of applying. Selection of the successful candidates will be made according to financial need and academic merit. Academic merit will be determined according to the student's cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA 5.0 or above) or equivalent scores. Please refer to the Scholarships website for more information.

      External scholarships

      CIS Australia
      CIS Australia has a variety of program-specific travel scholarships, university partner scholarships, and grants which range from $100 to $2,500. These scholarships and grants are designed for university students who are Australian citizens and non-Australian citizens. For more information about eligibility, please refer to the CIS Australia Scholarships website.

      AIM Overseas
      AIM Overseas offer $500 program-specific scholarships for university students who are Australian citizens and non-Australian citizens. For more information about the scholarships, please refer to the AIM Overseas Scholarships website

      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. For further information please visit the Nicolas Baudin Travel Grant website.

      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.

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