If you’re one of our domestic students and are conducting some of your studies overseas, you may be eligible for OS-HELP assistance.
Going abroad for part of your degree can be a life-changing experience, which is why OS-HELP loans are available to help remove the financial barrier.
You are eligible to apply if you are participating in:
You also need to satisfy the following criteria.
Successful applicants can borrow up to the following amounts per six-month study period:
The language course must be in preparation for your primary study in Asia and cannot be credited to your degree.
The loan will be added to your HECS debt, and will have the same repayment conditions as that debt. You won’t be charged any additional loan fees.
You will be able to access the OS-HELP Loan application via Sydney Student. Under the 'My Finance' tab click 'Scholarship, Prize and Bursary Applications' > 'Available Applications' > 'Apply for OS-HELP Loan for Overseas Study'.
Before your application for an OS-HELP loan can be assessed, you will need to:
For more detailed information on completing the online application and supporting documentation, please visit our OS-HELP Loan webpage.
You need to apply for your loan in the six-month period before heading overseas. Allocation of OS-HELP loans normally takes place each semester. Please submit your application by:
We may consider late applications if funding is still available.
If your overseas study extends beyond 6 months or you are participating in a second overseas study experience, you may apply for a second OS-HELP loan. The six-month study period starts on the commencement date of the overseas study. A second loan will be assessed no earlier than 4 weeks prior to the end of your first six-month study period. Payment for an approved second loan will be made close to the start of the second six-month study period.
If you are successful we will let you know via your University email. Please accept your offer and confirm your bank details straight away.
The money will be paid into the bank account you nominate and will take about 10 working days from the time you accept the offer.
If your plans or circumstances change before you receive the funds, we may withdraw the offer. If you have already received money from us, the debt has already been incurred and can only be repaid through the Australian Taxation Office, in the same way that you repay your student contribution through the Higher Education Contribution Scheme.