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Planning your student exchange

Deciding when and where to go on student exchange

You’ll be spoilt for choice: our exchange partners have a huge range of study options that can be credited towards your degree.

When it comes time to pick what you want to study on student exchange, just remember: there is a lot to choose from and there is an exchange option that will suit you.

We have the largest selection of subjects offered by any university and partner with over 270 universities worldwide. By 2020 we aim to have 50 per cent of the student body (of the graduating cohort) completing an international exchange.

There are short-term (from 3 weeks, six-month, and one-year) options, for studying overseas as part of your degree.

  • You can view a full list of student exchange program options on our Global Mobility Database. By clicking on 'list all' you will pull a list of close to 400 programs in nearly 50 countries.
  • On the Global Mobility Database, you can search by location or institution name, and you can filter your search results by ranking level of study, duration, language of instruction and subject areas. We recommend researching widely, and then honing in a particular region or shortlist of partners once you decide on a few institutions that would suit a study plan that works for your degree.

Where to go

When choosing a country for student exchange, consider the following:

  • language of instruction (most non-speaking destinations do instruct in English)
  • how much it will cost and the scholarships and loans available
  • lifestyle opportunities (food, activities, weather etc.)
  • student services available
  • what you hope to get out of the experience - be it studying under the leaders in your field, professional networking opportunities, improved language proficiency, cultural immersion, travel opportunities or something else
  • where you would like to go on exchange. Take a look at our destinations page to hear from other students and to find out more about student exchange destinations.

When to go

When thinking about going on student exchange, consider when the best time is to go. You should think about:

  • availability of suitable subjects for your course and level of study (If you're in a double degree, it’s easier if you take units from one of your degrees on exchange as opposed to a combination of both). You can research faculty and subject areas the host university offers by searching the "Academic information" tab on each program page of the Global Mobility Database.
  • if you are an honours student and restrictions around this (most faculties don’t permit honours students to go on exchange)
  • student exchange is open to most students, but not all. Some faculties have rules around what can be studied overseas. You will need to check with your faculty before applying.

Seeking advice and final considerations

  • Friends and family can be the best sources of advice as they know you the best, so when considering your exchange destination – ask around!
  • Academics and tutors often have research connections in other countries, so make sure you also ask around your classroom.
  • You never know what you’re going to get out of exchange. Therefore, the most important advice we can give you when considering your exchange destination, or shortlist of preferred destinations, is to keep an open mind of where you end up going. Think broadly, explore widely!