An Exchange Program is where the University of Tasmania has a formal agreement with an overseas partner university to exchange or 'swap' selected students for 1 or 2 semesters on a reciprocal basis.
All units completed whilst on exchange overseas are approved for credit before your departure and are recognised as a formal part of your current degree. You will remain enrolled at the University of Tasmania in special overseas exchange codes and continue to pay normal tuition fees or accumulate HECS debt. You will also be enrolled at your host university for the period of exchange overseas, and will be expected to study full time. In addition you are covered by the University of Tasmania’s comprehensive travel insurance cover (with some exceptions).
The exchange program is a fantastic opportunity with many of our 100+ partner Universities being ranked within the top 150 universities in the world.
Exchange students are able to access a range of financial assistance. If you are a domestic student you may be eligible to apply for the OS-HELP loan and for your Centrelink payments to continue whilst overseas. Both domestic and international students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships available through the University of Tasmania’s Scholarship Office to assist with costs associated with flights and living expenses whilst studying overseas.
Study Abroad is where you choose to study at a university with which there is no formal exchange agreement with the University of Tasmania, or there are no exchange places currently available. In this case your enrolment at the University of Tasmania is suspended for 1 to 2 semesters covering the study overseas period and you will be required to pay the tuition fees to the host university. However, we encourage you to consider the University’s exchange program as a first option.
If you who wish to participate in a study abroad program you will be required to do the majority of research and application process yourself, however financial assistance can be sought through the OS-HELP loan to assist with tuition payment. You can still apply for scholarships through the Scholarship Office.
You are required to seek course approval from your college following the same process as exchange students go through. Whilst overseas the college will hold your place in your course by placing you in special overseas codes weighted at 0%. This is so that when you return from your overseas experience you are not required to reapply for your position.
Things to be aware of when applying for a study abroad:
- You are responsible for paying all tuition and additional fees to the host university directly
- Domestic students can apply for an OS-HELP loan to financially support a study abroad semester or two
- International and domestic students can apply for scholarships through the main Scholarship Office
Being a current student at the University of Tasmania you will have the opportunity to participate in a number of different types of short term programs as follows:
- through an external provider for a cost (such as CISaustralia and ACICIS)
- through one of the universities partner Institutes (sometimes there are fee discounts or waivers available)
- University of Tasmania Faculty led Programs ('Study Tours')
Short term programs usually have a duration of between 2 to 6 weeks; they are for credit towards your University degree; and, they usually take place during the winter/summer semester breaks.
Students participating in short term programs are eligible to apply for scholarships as well as the OS-HELP loan.
For a full list of Short Term Programs available through our external partners as well as a list of current faculty led programs please visit our Short term program page.
Virtual online programs provide students with the opportunity to obtain an international experience from the comfort of their own home and during this period of no travel.
Programs available range from a 2 to 4 week intensive program over the summer and winter semesters, to a full semester studying one or two units at one of our partner universities overseas. This is an excellent opportunity for those students wishing to go on exchange in 2022 to study a unit online at their chosen host university in advance of applying
Virtual opportunities provide student with an alternative option to traditional face-to-face programs while still allowing students to gain a new perspective and skills that can further enhance their personal development, increase their cultural understanding, global competencies and employability.