Exchange scholarships for current undergraduates

There are various exchange or travel scholarships available to students at The University of Sydney, depending on how, why and where you are travelling.

There are different organisations around campus who offer opportunities to current students to study, travel, research or intern overseas.

There are also opportunities offered by external organisations such as community based (e.g. Rotary), university based (e.g. the university to which you are applying), country based (e.g. the country to which you are travelling) or Government based (e.g. from the Australian Government).

Australian Government OS-HELP Loan Scheme
OS-HELP is a loan available to eligible Australian students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place who have been approved to undertake some of their study overseas for credit. For more information, please visit the OS-HELP Loan Scheme page.

You should research the country, region and school you are considering to find out more about these opportunities. Talk to the consulates/embassies; look for exchange fairs; talk to university admissions etc.

Study Abroad & Exchange Programs

The University offers a range of exchange travelling scholarships. Some are awarded by Sydney Abroad, and others are offered by faculties. It is rare that an exchange scholarship will cover the entire cost of your exchange. You are advised not to rely on scholarships as a source of exchange funding. Click here for the scholarship summary sheet.

Sydney Abroad International Exchange Scholarships

Sydney Abroad offers up to 350 International Exchange Scholarships each year – valued at $1000 each. Eligible exchange students are automatically considered. The awards are allocated on the basis of academic merit, with students ranked by their AAM (Annual Average Mark).

Students may only receive one scholarship per exchange experience and are not eligible for a second scholarship if they extend their one-semester exchange into a two-semester exchange (back-to-back).

Students who have received guaranteed funding support for their overseas exchange period are not eligible. For example, students enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts (Languages), or master’s/PhD research programs while on exchange.

Selection for Sydney Abroad International Exchange Scholarships occurs during:

  • May/June for exchanges commencing in the second half of the year
  • October/November for exchanges commencing in the first half of the following year

Recipients of Sydney Abroad International Exchange Scholarships are expected to submit Exchange Evaluation Reports during their exchange semester/year and attend information sessions at the University of Sydney to promote the program.

For more information, contact our Sydney Abroad office:

Phone: +61 2 8627 8322

Faculty and Departmental Exchange Scholarships

For more information about scholarships offered by your faculty or department, please contact them directly or visit the websites below.

Exchange partner and foreign government scholarships

Some exchange partners and foreign governments offer scholarships for visiting exchange students. Application forms for these scholarships are normally supplied (unless otherwise indicated) once the University of Sydney has nominated you to the host university. These are subject to change and may not be available every semester. Examples include:

  • Denmark – KĂžbenhavn Universitet, Crown Princess Mary Scholarship
  • France – Nicolas Baudin Grants, from the Embassy of France to encourage Australian students to study for a semester or a full academic year in France.
  • Germany – Albert-Ludwigs Universität, Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg Exchange Scholarship.
  • Germany – Universität Konstanz, Baden-Württemberg Exchange Scholarship.
  • Germany – Studies in Germany for Australians, DAAD German Academic Exchange Service funding and scholarships.
  • Israel – Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Sir Zelman Cowen Universities Fund Student Fellowship.
  • Japan – All Japanese Partners, JASSO Short-Term Student Exchange Promotion Program (Inbound) Scholarship.
  • South Korea – Korea University, Global KU Study Abroad Scholarships. A range of scholarships are available, including an Admission Scholarships for KRW300,000 (approximately $250 AUD) per month for the first semester (four months).
  • Switzerland – Université de Genève. Scholarships for CHF800 per month for four months are available. No application required. Students will automatically be considered by Geneva's International Office and scholarships awarded to the students with the highest WAM.
  • UK – University of Exeter Student Exchange Scholarships. Two scholarships are available, each worth £500. No application required. Students will automatically be considered by the Exeter's International Office and scholarships awarded to the students with the highest WAM.

Marion Macaulay Bequest Scholarship

For: Students enrolled in either the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences or Faculty of Education and Social Work who will be undertaking studies or professional experience overseas. The proposed studies or professional experience must be approved by the Faculty concerned and count towards the applicant's degree.
How much: Dependent upon university investment funding but usually $5,000 if the student holds a primary scholarship for the same scholarship period and $7,500 otherwise. The value is regardless of destination or duration of the period of travel.
How long: One year.

Miss Marion Macaulay was a graduate of the University of Sydney in both the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Faculty Education and Social Work who spent many years in the teaching profession and was closely associated with women's and educational professional associations. She bequeathed her estate to the University of Sydney to be applied in the area of Humanities.

The Marion Macaulay Bequest Scholarships are offered for undergraduate or postgraduate coursework students currently enrolled in the Faculty of Arts and Social Science or the Faculty of Education and Social Work who will be travelling overseas the following year for the purpose of:

  • approved exchange to be credited towards their degree
  • approved professional experience (e.g. internship or practicum) to be credited towards their degree.

Applications are assessed on the basis of academic merit.

James Wolfensohn Travelling Scholarship

For: Full time students who are Australian citizens who are enrolled in their later years of an undergraduate degree (excluding Honours). The proposed studies must be approved by the Faculty concerned and count towards the applicant's degree. Preference will be given to students who wish to undertake their studies at an institution in Asia.
How much: $5000
How long: One semester.

This scholarship was established by donations received to mark the occasion when James Wolfensohn, one of the University’s most distinguished alumni, was conferred an honorary degree of Doctor of Science in Economics in September 1997. This scholarship aims to promote international understanding and advance the academic development of students by enabling them to spend part of their degree in an approved overseas institution where they will undertake studies.

One scholarship is awarded each year.

Applications are assessed on the basis of academic merit, purpose/appropriateness of the applicant's intended study at the overseas institution and contribution of the overseas experience to the applicant's personal and professional development.

Westpac Asian Exchange Scholarships

In 2015, Westpac launched an Asian Exchange Scholarship program, of which the University of Sydney is a founding partner.

The Foundation welcomes applications from students in any academic discipline. The scholarship encourages recipients to “build their own adventure” while on exchange, enhancing their experience by taking up opportunities beyond the classroom.

The vision is to have 200 Westpac Asian Exchange Scholars as alumni by 2017, when Westpac celebrates its bicentenary. These scholars will help build a cohort of Asia-literate future leaders.

Watch this video to learn more, or visit Westpac’s website.

What are the benefits?

  • $10,000 per student to undertake one semester of formal study at a participating Asian university.
  • The opportunity to individualise the exchange experience, through a local internship, volunteering or work experience
  • Recipients become members of the Westpac Scholars Alumni program and gain access to ongoing networking, learning and development opportunities.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible to apply for the scholarship, you need to:

  • be enrolled as an undergraduate in second year or beyond at a participating Australian university in any course of study
  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • have a strong academic performance demonstrated by a credit average at the time of application and throughout the selection process;
  • be seeking a semester long exchange at one of our participating Asian universities
  • have a desire to learn about a specific Asian culture, language and/or business through a combination of academic study and cultural immersion, and
  • have a commitment to be an active Westpac Scholars alumni member and to advocate for shared understanding between Australia and Asia.

Who are we looking for?

In conjunction with the eligibility criteria above, we are looking for candidates who not only demonstrate outstanding academic potential but the drive to build a better future for Australia. Scholarships are open to students from all walks of life who have:

  1. Passion for Asia: including a clear understanding of Asia’s role in Australia’s future prosperity, and a desire to learn about a specific Asian culture, language, tradition or business through a combination of academic study and cultural immersion.
  2. Focus on personal growth and development: seeking new and challenging experiences, ambition to build a future career connected to the Asia region.
  3. Commitment: to being an active Westpac Scholars Alumni member and to advocate for the value of shared understanding between Australia and Asia.
  4. Diversity: bringing a variety of skills, beliefs, backgrounds and experiences.
  5. Academic excellence: maintain a minimum credit average (65%).

Participating universities:

  • Tsinghua University, Beijing
  • Peking University, Beijing
  • University of Hong Kong
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Fudan University, Shanghai
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • National University of Singapore
  • Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.

How to apply

You first need to apply for a place in the International Exchange Program by preferencing up to five of the eight participating Asian universities on your application.

Friday 2 October 2015 is the last date to register to access the application for exchanges in 2016 Second (July) semester.

If you are nominated to one of the institutions listed above, you may then be invited to apply for the Asian Exchange Scholarship.

The University of Sydney will conduct an initial shortlisting process to select the top candidates, who will be asked to apply directly to the Westpac Bicentennial Foundation. A final selection process will follow, with representatives from the Foundation.

More information

If you have any enquiries, please contact the International Exchange Program team at Sydney Abroad:

Phone: +61 2 8627 8322