At Swinburne, we offer three international exchange programs. The Freshman Abroad program is for students about to begin their first year of university. The Student Exchange program is for students currently enrolled at one of our partner universities. The Study Abroad in Melbourne program is for students enrolled at a university that isn't a Swinburne partner.

If you haven’t done so already, check that you’re eligible for one of these programs by visiting the entry requirements and fees page.

Transferring or beginning your study at Swinburne?

If you’re an international student looking to start a university degree program or transfer to Swinburne to complete your degree, you are in the wrong place, head over to our entry options for international students. This page is for students looking to take part in an exchange, freshman abroad or study abroad program.

Meet the requirements? Awesome!

Follow these steps to apply for your program:

Talk to your home university’s course adviser to make sure that your course has the flexibility to include an exchange, study abroad or freshman abroad program.

You need to enrol in a full-time course load of four units per semester (or three if you intend to choose the Study 3 Abroad option which is available to study abroad students only).

Browse all units

We recommend you list at least six units per semester on your application form, in order of preference, in case one of your units is not available or not suitable.

Browse suggested units by discipline:

Not sure what units you’d like to study? Learn more about choosing your subjects.

‌Note: Approval will need to be granted on application. You may choose units from any faculty as long as you meet the unit’s prerequisites. If you apply for a design, film and T.V unit you will need to include a portfolio of your work with your application. See portfolio guidelines. If you’re a study abroad or a freshman abroad student, you can choose to add a certificate of specialisation to your studies.

Check that your chosen units will run in the semester you are intending to study. To do this you will need to look at the Swinburne timetable planner. If the year you intend to study is not yet posted on site, use the current year to get an indication of unit availability.

Don’t forget, the Australian academic year is the opposite of that of the northern hemisphere: Semester 1 is February to June, Semester 2 is July to November.

Talk to your home university’s course adviser to make sure that the classes you are planning to take at Swinburne will count towards your degree. At the end of your studies with us, we will mail a transcript to your home institution or directly to you so that you can have your credits transferred.

Done the above steps? Great! It’s time to complete the online application form. Make sure you add supporting documentation for your application. Students from partner universities should seek advice from their home university's international office. Other students may contact Swinburne Abroad via or +61 3 9214 3866.

Application deadlines

If you're considering studying abroad in Melbourne, please note the below application deadlines. 

Note: Applications submitted after the deadline will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, pending availability.

Student exchange program application deadlines
  • Semester 1 (February – June) deadline: 1 October
  • Semester 2 (July – November) deadline: 1 April
Study abroad program application deadlines
  • Semester 1 (February – June) deadline: 27 January
  • Semester 2 (July – November) deadline: 2 July
Freshman abroad program application deadlines
  • Semester 1 (February – June) deadline: 27 January
  • Semester 2 (July – November) deadline: 2 July
Apply online

If your application is approved, Swinburne will make you an offer.

It is important that you read your offer letter carefully. To accept your offer, you will need to return the offer acceptance form, unit nomination form and make payment by the date indicated.

How to accept your offer

Semester start dates and planning your trip

Accepted your offer? Before you pack your favourite backpack, there’s a few things you need to do to prepare for your trip. As a Study Abroad in Melbourne student you are also required to arrive in Melbourne prior to the exchange/study abroad orientation.

This is a great opportunity to meet your fellow international students, the Swinburne Abroad team and your faculty.

Orientation dates 2020:

Summer Term 2020

  • 6 January 2020 – 16 February 2020

Semester 1

  • Orientation week commences: 24 February 2020
  • Classes commences: 2 March 2020
  • Classes end: 31 May 2020
  • Exam period: 5 – 21 June 2020

Winter Term 2020

  • 22 June 2020 – 2 August 2020 

Semester 2

  • Orientation week commences: 27 July 2020
  • Classes commence: 3 August 2020
  • Classes end: 1 November 2020
  • Exam period: 6 – 22 November 2020
Need help choosing your subjects?

Choosing your subjects is the fun part where you get to choose your academic adventure! If you’re finding it difficult to select your subjects, or would like more information on credit equivalency, semester dates and suggested subjects, visit the choosing your subjects page.

Want to talk to our Study Abroad team?

If you’re thinking of coming to Swinburne on a study abroad program, you will need to talk to your home university, or talk to one of our in-country representatives. Alternatively, you can contact the friendly Study Abroad team via  or call +61 3 9214 3866.

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