Short term and semester-based study overseas

[12 May 2014]

Each year the Australian Government’s Department of Education offers a funding round for institutions to apply for project funds to support their students undertaking short-term and semester-based study overseas.

The 2015 round of these Student Mobility Programs is now open.

You will be able to apply for both student mobility subsidies and a project facilitation subsidy per project under the following programs:

  • AsiaBound Grants Program (AsiaBound) - Asian destinations

  • Study Overseas Short-term Mobility Program (STMP) - Global destinations

  • International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) - Global destinations

  • Endeavour Cheung Kong Student Exchange Program (ECKSEP) - Asian destinations

Guidelines for the 2015 round of these programs are listed below and also available for download at

A comparison overview table is also listed to provide an easy reference to the key features of the suite of student mobility programs. 

The timeline for submission is as follows:

Stage Date
Submit initial Expression of Interest (EOI) to participate in this round
(ext 78319, mob: 0481 012 916; email at
14th May
Deadline for internal applications 6th June
Projects ranked 12th June (tentative)
Projects submitted to Department of Education online application system (ISEO) 16th June

Sample Asiabound and STMP application forms are listed above. The items within are required fields in the online application system (ISEO). Strict word limits apply.

Please submit completed application forms to me, by no later than close of business, 6 June 2014.  

An internal committee chaired by Professor Tyrone Carlin will rank all applications received on a program-by-program-basis primarily using selection criteria in the guidelines as the basis for ranking. These include, where applicable (project depending):

  1. Has the Faculty/Department received funding in the past?

  2. Can/Do students readily participate in traditional student mobility?

  3. Will funding be directed to low SES, Mature Aged, or Indigenous students?

  4. Will the project have institutional engagement?

  5. Will this project help to extend into an institution where the university is working hard to develop a new relationship?

  6. Does this project build on existing research collaboration or teaching partnerships?

  7. Does the project have a language component?

  8. Is the project going to a non-traditional student mobility location?

  9. Does the project outline measures to encourage ongoing collaboration and cooperation with the host country.

  10. How does the strategic focus of the project supports the international mobility strategies and sustainability measures at the University 

Outcomes of applications submitted via ISEO for all programs should be known in July 2014.


For further information or assistance with your application, you may contact:

Support for Southeast Asia projects

  • Dr Thushara Dibley, Sydney Southeast Asia Centre 

  • Ext.  9351 7797; email:

All other destinations

  • Veronica Wong, Study Abroad and Exchange

  • Ext 78319, mob: 0481 012 916 or by email at