Important notice

In light of the continued risk and uncertainty around travel, all international travel on university business is suspended until further notice, unless otherwise specified. Please see the University’s COVID-19 updates page for full details.

Additionally, UniSA International Travel Grants are also unavailable and may not be reinstated by the time international travel is available again. When planning your future study overseas experience, please budget accordingly. OS-HELP and other Government grants and scholarships may still apply.

Please don’t let COVID-19 put your plans on hold. Use this time to plan for your future. The Study Overseas team remain as passionate as ever about the benefits of studying overseas and are here to assist if you have any questions. Please contact us if you’d like to discuss your future plans.

Are you interested in studying or volunteering overseas through one of our Study Overseas programs, but worried about the costs involved? Apply for funding through one of UniSA's many financial support schemes, and make your dream of having an overseas experience a reality.

Where in the world would you like to go?

Take some time to look at your options. We have agreements with over 80 overseas partner institutions, with even more study overseas options available through short term programs. Keep in mind that some funding schemes are only available for particular regions, partners or programs, so this may influence where you want to go. It’s a good idea to take these factors into account when planning your experience.

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    Minimise your out-of-pocket travel expenses with one of UniSA's international travel grants when these are available. If you are approved for one of our Study Overseas programs we will automatically assess you for a grant and inform you of the outcome.

    When these international grants are offered, to be eligible for the funding, you must receive credit, or meet a mandatory program requirement, for your overseas program, be it a short-term program or a full semester exchange. Each student can receive up to $2500 total in UniSA travel grants over their student life at the University of South Australia.

    • Full semester exchange (minimum 13.5 units of credit) or the Hawke Ambassador International Volunteer Experience Program, worth up to AUD $2500
    • Short term international study or placement (minimum 4.5 units of credit required), worth up to AUD $1000
    • International study tour (minimum 4.5 units of credit required), worth up to AUD $1000.

    The award of Travel Grants is subject to the discretion of the Pro Vice Chancellor: International.

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    You may be eligible to receive an OS-HELP loan. OS-HELP is an Australian Government loan that assists eligible students to study overseas on exchange, study tours, clinical placements and internships. Students may receive up to $8,295 (adjusted annually) per six-month study period for one or two overseas study periods.  An additional $1104 is available to undertake Asian language study.

    Your OS-HELP debts will be added to your accumulated HELP debt (including HECS or HECS-HELP debts). Please note that you do not need your letter of acceptance from the host university before applying for OS-HELP.

    To find out if you are eligible for OS-HELP, visit the Australian Government’s Study Assist website.

    Closing dates for OS-HELP applications

    Applications must be submitted before you leave for your overseas study, however no more than 6 months before the departure date.

    Apply for OS-HELP via the myScholarships link on your myUniSA student portal.

    Contact StudentFinance.Enrolment@unisa.edu.au if you have any questions.

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    If you currently receive payments from Centrelink, it may be possible to continue receiving payments while you are studying overseas. You must notify Centrelink that you will be studying overseas and submit the required paperwork. The Study Overseas team can provide you with a letter to support this. Find more information by contacting Centrelink directly.

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    UniSA International also offers scholarships/grants for specific short-term or full semester programs which are funded by the Australian Government, via programs such as the New Colombo Plan Mobility Grants.

    These opportunities are only available to Australian citizens and are advertised as they become available, via the Study Overseas website, on our Instagram, or via email announcements. Grants/scholarships are only available for specific Study Overseas programs, which differ each year.

    Each year UniSA also supports nominated students to apply for funding the prestigious New Colombo Plan Scholarship. This opportunity is for the best and brightest students. Find out more here.

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    See below for summary of currently available scholarships/grants. Standard mobility eligibility requirements apply to all. Additional eligibility requirements and application dates vary.

    Please contact student.exchange@unisa.edu.au for more information on funding opportunities.

    Scholarship/Grant Experience type/s Open to: Amount How to apply?
    Short term – New Colombo Plan Mobility Grants Various – programs vary year to year
    • UG students
    • Australian citizens only
    • Under 28 years old
    • Many opportunities are restricted to students from particular UniSA Program/s
    $1000 - $3000 Contact your Program Director for current opportunities in your Program. Or the Study Overseas team for general information.
    Full semester exchange – New Colombo Plan Mobility Grants Exchange semester in Asia
    • UG students
    • Australian citizens only
    • Under 28 years old
    $7,000 All applications for full semester exchange will be automatically assessed
    New Colombo Plan Scholarships 1 to 2 Exchange semesters, plus an internship of up to six months, in one of 40 possible destinations in Asia-Pacific region
    • UG students
    • Australian citizens only
    • Under 28 years old
    • GPA of 6.0 or above
    Up to $87,500, including a $2,500 monthly allowance and other grants Click here
    Cowan International Placement Grant Internship/placement Students who can show evidence of financial disadvantage $2,000 Click here
    Rick and Barbara Allert International Business School Travel Grant Various UniSA Business students Up to $10,000 Applications are accessed through my Scholarships (via logging on to the myUniSA student portal.
    Asia Experience Grant Overseas Internship Bachelor of Business (Property) students Up to $12,500 Click here
    Nagoya University of Foreign Studies Scholarship Semester exchange at Nagoya University of Foreign Studies (NUFS), Japan
    • Students will be invited to apply by NUFS
    • Conditions apply and limited availability
    Monthly stipend of ¥60,000 Yen Click here for more info Application by invitation from NUFS as part of exchange process
    JASSO Scholarships Semester exchange in Japan
    • Students will be invited to apply by Japanese University
    • Conditions apply and limited availability
    Monthly stipend of ¥80,000 Yen Click here for more info Application by invitation from Japanese University host as part of exchange process
    Nicholas Baudin Internships in France Research internships
    • Honours, Masters or PhD students
    • Must have support from UniSA for research supervision
    • Requirements vary dependent on specific internship
    $5000 travel grant plus monthly stipend (varied) Click here for more information. A call for applications will also go out during application period.
    Global Society Foundation Scholarships All experience types worldwide
    • Australian citizens or permanent residents
    • Living in Australia
    • Studying at an Australian University
    • Enrolled in a coursework degree
    5 awards of $1000 each Click here

Budgeting for your overseas adventure

Even with all of these funding options available, it makes sense to start saving as early as possible to ensure you get the most out of your overseas experience.

It's unlikely your visa will allow you to undertake paid employment while on exchange. Some countries are also more expensive than others. It's a good idea to plan a budget appropriate to the country and city where you plan to study. If you are on a tight budget, choose your destination wisely.

Many host institution websites provide information regarding basic costs for students studying on exchange. Remember to keep an eye on the exchange rate, as costs will vary depending on the strength of the Australian dollar. Make use of an online currency converter to help with your budget.

Some costs to consider:

  • Airfare (round-trip)
  • Accommodation
  • Meals/dining
  • Local transportation
  • Health/travel insurance
  • Entertainment costs