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

Faculty and Departmental Exchange Scholarships

For more information about scholarships offered by your faculty or department, please contact them directly or visit the individual faculty pages. Applications for the Marion Macaulay Bequest Scholarship and James Wolfensohn Exchange Scholarship are now closed.

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

The University of Sydney Business School

The University of Sydney Law School


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.

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:

Email:
Phone: +61 2 8627 8322
Website: sydney.edu.au/study/overseas-exchange

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.

Faculty and Departmental Exchange Scholarships

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.

Applications for the scholarship have closed

Westpac Asian Exchange Scholarships

Valued at $12,000, 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. 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.

Already the most populous region in the world, the coming decades will give rise to an increasingly wealthy and mobile Asian middle class, creating new opportunities across a range of industries. A greater understanding of Asian culture, markets and languages will be vital to build stronger business and cultural connections across the region.

Australia will need future leaders connected to those markets, and Asia-literacy will be critical to harness these opportunities in our region.

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

What are the benefits?

  • Build your own adventure with the freedom and flexibility to individualise your exchange and enhance your experience.
  • A 10-month bespoke Leadership Development Program. This will further develop your key employability skills for a globalised world.
  • Become a member of the Westpac 100 Scholars Network, growing by 100 scholars each year, forever.
  • Attend the Westpac Scholars' Summit , an annual event that brings together Westpac Scholars from across all five scholarship programs.
  • When arriving in your host city, attend a Westpac Welcome Event and meet those in the local office and your Westpac Buddies.

Eligiblity Criteria

Who can apply?

  • An Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Studying full time at a participating Australian university (all fields of study are eligible)
  • Enrolled in second year or beyond when commencing their exchange
  • Holding a minimum of a credit average
  • Intending to do a one or two semester exchange, commencing in semester 2, 2018
  • Not hold or intend to hold another merit based scholarship for the purpose of tertiary study in Asia.

How to apply

  1. You first need to apply for a place in the International Exchange Program for the equivalent of semester 2, 2018 and place up to five of the participating Asian universities as a preference on your application. Applications for the International Exchange Program for semester 2, 2018 will close in early November 2017.
  2. Applications for the Westpac Asian Exchange Scholarship are now open and close in December 2017. Apply now.
  3. For more information, including Scholarship Guidelines, visit westpac.com.au/200years.
  4. Once applications close, The University of Sydney will provide a shortlist to the Westpac Bicentennial Foundation. Then shortlisted candidates will be asked to complete a video interview. The Westpac Bicentennial Foundation will convene selection panels to determine successful candidates.

Asian Partner Universities:
Universities where you can study in Asia:

  • Beijing - Tsinghua University
  • Beijing - Peking University
  • Beijing - Renmin University
  • Beijing - Central Academy of Fine Arts
  • Hong Kong - The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong - University of Hong Kong
  • Hong Kong - Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Shanghai - Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • Shanghai - Fudan University
  • Shanghai - East China University of Politics and Law
  • Shanghai - Shanghai Normal University
  • Singapore - National University of Singapore
  • Singapore - Nanyang Technological University
  • Singapore - Singapore Management University

More Information

If you have any enquiries, please contact Sydney Abroad
Email: sydney.abroad@sydney.edu.au
Phone: +61 2 8627 8322
Website: http://sydney.edu.au/study/overseas-exchange/

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

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.

Applications for the scholarship have closed

The Emilie M. Schweitzer Exchange Scholarships

Background: The Emilie Marguerite Schweitzer Exchange Scholarships were founded in 2015 by a bequest from Emilie M Schweitzer to the Departments of French Studies and Germanic Studies for students undertaking an approved exchange place in France or Germany to be credited towards their degree.
Open to: Open to 3rd Year students currently enrolled in a French Studies or Germanic Studies major in the introductory stream, who are taking up an approved exchange place at a French/German University to be credited towards their degree.
Value: $3,000
Duration: A minimum of 3 months in either France or Germany. Tenable for 2 years.
Open Date: February
Close Date: March
Conditions: Read more

The University of Sydney Law School

Sydney Law School Exchange Scholarship
Background: The University of Sydney Law School offers a limited number of exchange scholarships for students undertaking school-specific exchanges. These scholarships are valued at A$2000 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 apply for these scholarships after they have been offered, and accepted, an exchange place.
Open to: Open to Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws of Juris Doctor degree and entering their final year of study.
  Students must have received an offer for a Law School specific exchange for the following year, and must be enrolled full time (24 credit points per semester) while on exchange.
Value: $2,000 as a one-off payment
Duration: Tenable for one semester on exchange
Open Date: Applications will commence in early 2018
Conditions: Coming early 2018

The University of Sydney Business School

Student Exchange Travel Scholarships
Background: Available to local and international, undergraduate and postgraduate students currently enrolled in a coursework program and under the administration of the University of Sydney Business School and The University of Sydney Exchange Program.
  Students participating on exchange for two semesters will automatically be considered again for the following semester.
Open to: Open to those students who have been selected by the University of Sydney for student exchange at any of the partner institutions available through the University of Sydney Exchange program
Value: $2,000
Duration: Tenable for one semester on exchange
Open Date: No application is required.
Conditions: Read more

Strategic Exchange Partner Scholarships
Background: The University of Sydney Business School Strategic Exchange Partner Scholarship was established by the Business School in 2010 to assist with the strategic direction of the School's Exchange Program
Open to: Open to local and international, undergraduate and postgraduate students currently enrolled in a degree under the administration of the University of Sydney Business School and participating in the University of Sydney Exchange Program.
  To be eligible, students must be approved by the University of Sydney for a student exchange at an institution listed as a strategic partner in the session of award. 
  A list of Strategic Partner Institutions will be available on the Business School Exchange web page.
Value: $2000
Duration: Tenable during the recipient’s approved exchange session.
Open Date: No application is required.
Conditions: Read more