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Study abroad and exchange

Costs and funding options

It’s important to plan your finances when preparing for exchange so you can get the most out of it. You’ll need to make sure you’re able to cover your living and travel costs while you’re away.

Visit host university websites or look at the cost of living in the ‘Living’ tab under each program on our brochure pages.

Semester long exchange programs can range between $4000 and $20,000, depending on destination choice and personal budgets.

Exchange scholarships

The University offers a range of scholarships to students taking part in overseas study. Unless you have already received guaranteed funding, you’ll be automatically considered when you apply for exchange. You'll be advised of your scholarship offer when you’re nominated for exchange.

See a full list of theexchange scholarships and funding options available to you.

You should check with your nominated host university to see if there are scholarships available through their university too.

Vice Chancellor’s Global Mobility Scholarship

If you're applying to semester exchange or short-term programs you will automatically be considered for a Vice Chancellor’s Global Mobility Scholarship worth up to $2000. This scholarship is allocated on the basis of academic merit (WAM) and/or exchange destination. Students are not eligible if they receive another University-funded travelling scholarship or grant.

Super Partner Scholarships

You will receive $2000 if you are accepted into the semester exchange program. You can choose from one of our Super Exchange Partners:

  • University of Copenhagen
  • National University of Singapore
  • Utrecht University
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Hong Kong
  • University of California
  • University of Toronto.

Academic Merit Scholarships

We offer scholarships of $1500 to students participating on the semester exchange program who have achieved a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) higher than 70.

Short-term scholarships

Scholarships of up to $1500 are available on a competitive basis to students who are participating in selected short-term programs.

The Vice Chancellor’s Global Mobility Award

The Vice Chancellor’s Global Mobility Award, valued at $5000, will be offered to students participating on a semester exchange program who entered the University of Sydney on an E12 or equivalent pathway. Recipients may hold this award in conjunction with another travelling scholarship or grant.

Australian mobility grants

In partnership with the Australian Government, we offer a variety of funding opportunities to students undertaking overseas credited study, through the New Colombo Plan or Endeavour grants.

OS-HELP loans

This is part of the Government’s HELP scheme and assists eligible students approved for exchange to fund a range of overseas expenses.

Find out how to apply for OS-HELP.


Eligible students can continue to receive Centrelink benefits while studying full-time overseas.

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Last updated: 21 February 2019

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