Cost and Scholarships

How much does it cost to go on exchange?

The exchange programs work on the basis of reciprocal agreements with overseas universities in which students only pay fees to their home institution. By remaining enrolled at the University of Sydney, you will not be required to pay tuition fees to the host (exchange) institution, although you may be required to pay an administrative fee. You are required to pay for your return airfare, visa and living expenses whilst overseas. A general estimate is AU$10,000 - $15,000 for one semester to cover living expenses, airfares, travel and health insurance, etc. Costs will vary depending on the exchange rate and the cost of living in each country. Please note that exchanges to the US may cost considerably more and employment opportunities whilst overseas may be limited. Exchange funds can be made up of:

  • Centrelink benefits (if you are already eligible)
  • Personal savings
  • Parental support
  • Scholarships

Sydney Law School Exchange Scholarships

Sydney Law School offers a limited number of exchange scholarships for students undertaking a Law School-specific exchange. These scholarships are valued at AU$2,000 each and are awarded on the basis of equity. It is intended that these scholarships will enable students to undertake an exchange who would not otherwise be in a position to do so, or to assist students who would experience serious financial hardship as a result of the exchange.

Students can apply for these scholarships after they have been offered, and accepted, an exchange place.

For further information, including the application form, please visit Sydney Law School Exchange Scholarships.

New Colombo Plan Scholarships

For students undertaking a Law School exchange in China in semester 1 2018, there are two New Colombo Plan scholarships on offer at $7000 each.

Students on a Law School exchange in China in semester 1 2018 will automatically be considered for these scholarships and do not need to apply. Further information on eligibility criteria for these scholarships will be available in due course.

The Law School has also applied for further scholarship funding for exchanges to China and Japan. Further information will be available in due course.

Sydney Abroad International Exchange Scholarships

Sydney Abroad, the University of Sydney's study abroad and exchange office, offers up to 350 International Exchange Scholarships each year. These scholarships are valued at AU$1,000 and are awarded on the basis of academic merit. Most nominated students will be automatically considered for these scholarships – there is no separate application process. For further information please visit Sydney Abroad.

As funding is extremely limited, please do not rely on anticipated scholarship funding when planning your exchange.


OS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme that assists eligible students to undertake some of their study overseas. Students must be Australian citizens, enrolled as a Commonwealth-supported student, and required to complete at least 6 credit points of their course upon their return from overseas. For further information please visit OS-HELP Loan Scheme.