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Funding Your Experience

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 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 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.

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, or be found eligible for, an OS-HELP loan after the end of your overseas study experience. Your OS-HELP application must reach us, and all eligibility criteria be met, at least a week before the end date of your overseas program to ensure you can be selected 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 Study Overseas

Australian Government Scholarships

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.

Mobility Grants

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, 2020 exchange.

NCP Mobility Grants - Semester

The University of Adelaide has been awarded NCP Grant funding for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Business (Global). Funding is available for exchange to any of our partners in Japan, Singapore, Thailand, or Hong Kong.

Endeavour Leadership Program Student Exchange Undergraduate

Endeavour Leadership Program Cheung Kong Exchange Undergraduate

To Apply (information specifically for mobility grants)

Students must lodge an application for an exchange program listing eligible partners in their preference list 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 Study Overseas 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 in GLAS, 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 GLAS.

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 Study Overseas with evidence of your acceptance before the scholarship is offered.

Scholarships offered outside of 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 can be found here.
  • 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

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 Study Overseas 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 Study Overseas, in the case of exchange programs).

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

View Funded Programs

Global Learning Travel Grant

Funding for all Global Learning Travel Grants will cease after 30 June 2019. Remaining Global Learning Travel Grants will be offered to eligible students participating in overseas programs commencing on or before 30 June 2019.

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
  • Approved to undertake a program which is at least a semester in duration
  • Approved to undertake a program which attracts a full-time credit load
  • Participating in a program that commences on or before 30 June 2019
  • Not otherwise receiving a grant or scholarship intended to cover most or all of your travel/tuition costs for your program

In order to keep the Grant, you must:

  • Complete, in its entirety, the approved program.
  • Remain enrolled at and paying tuition fees to the University of Adelaide for the duration of the program and for the minimum load requirement.

Failure to meet the requirement to keep the Grant, without any extenuating circumstances, will result in an invoice being generated by the University of Adelaide for repayment of the funds.

Students participating in a semester-length exchange program will receive information about how to obtain the grant in their Global Learning Application System (GLAS) 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, or the end date of your program, whichever is earlier.

Please note: Eligible students must have completed all requirements in 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 commences on or before 30 June 2019
  • Participating in an overseas study experience that has been registered in GLAS, and

For coursework students:

  • Approved to either receive credit or complete a required component of your degree for your Study Overseas 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. If you do not submit this questionnaire with a “YES” against the all questions before the end of your overseas study, you will be automatically assessed as not eligible to request the Grant.

Incorrect, false, or misleading responses may delay or disqualify your request. If you would like to change your responses after you have clicked submit please email immediately.

Once your request has been received and your eligibility confirmed by Study Overseas, 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.

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