As a 6-credit point unit, FHS Abroad qualifies for the Australian Government OS-HELP Loan Scheme which provides loans to assist eligible students to undertake studies overseas that will contribute to their Australian courses.
An overview of the criteria are listed below and more detail can be found in the application kit, available by contacting FHS Abroad


Go to the Student Exchange OS-Help Loan Scheme page to review eligibility criteria


  • FHS Aboard is considered a short-term overseas placement and so you might be able to loan in $2,500 or $5,000 for travel to an Asian destination.
  • You may be eligible for an additional $1,000 if you will be undertaking a relevant and endorsed Asian language study in preparation for your placement (this course is not to count for credit).

The loan amount is added to your existing HECS debt, indexed accordingly, and will have the same repayment conditions as that debt. The loan rate normally increases annually with the CPI. There is no loan fee.

Application process and deadline

Contact the FHS Abroad administration to obtain an application kit and to check deadlines

  • For students travelling December/January, and enrolled in first semester – Application due 31 October previous year
  • For students travelling June/July and enrolled in second semester – Application due 30 April of current year

Further Information Sources

Australian Government
Study Assist - OS-HELP Loans and Study Overseas Website

International Exchange Program

Level 4, Jane Foss Russell Building G02
University of Sydney NSW 2006, Australia
Tel: 02 8627 8322
Fax: 02 8267 8390