Combining overseas travel with study may be easier—and more affordable—than you imagine.

Here, we round up a few of the myriad ways to go overseas and gain credit towards your degree – if you are studying with the University of Tasmania's College of Arts, Law and Education. And you might just find you get a scholarship to fund it all.

1. Buddhist philosophy in India

Take a month’s summer school in Buddhist Philosophy at the Central University of Buddhist Studies in Sarnath, near Varanasi. Close to the ancient stupas of this sacred site, you study Buddhist philosophy, Tibetan Buddhist Hermeneutics and Tibetan History and Culture. Stay on the university campus where you’re assigned a local “buddy” to get a local view of Tibetan culture. New Colombo Plan (NCP) scholarship funding can be applied for.

2. Cool Japan: Regional Soft Power in Asia

Visit animation studios, cosplay performance spaces, fan conventions, and other notable subculture locations, in an intensive two-week exploration of Japan’s “cool” image construction. Guided by The Media School’s Dr. Craig Norris, this tour is part the Fieldtrip in Media Industries, Practices and Cultures (available as an elective unit), and runs each November. NCP scholarship funding is available.

3. Creative arts in Kansas City, USA

Take a semester’s exchange at the venerable Kansas City Art Institute. Established in 1885, the glorious, green campus of this art-dedicated institute has hosted many University of Tasmania students. Because of the two institutions’ memorandum of understanding, you only pay domestic fees, and you can also apply for Commonwealth Government OS-Help funding.

4. Chinese language and contemporary culture in Taiwan

Study at the Taiwan Normal University in Taipei and you’ll experience intensive Mandarin language training, lectures on current affairs and fascinating field trips. This eight-week program provides nuanced cultural skills, while in-country immersion boosts language ability. NCP scholarship and OS-Help funding-eligible.

5. Summer in California, anyone?

Study abroad opportunities abound with CIS Australia. This company can help you can connect you with all manner short courses in several countries. Try studying Entertainment Law just a stone’s throw from Hollywood, for example, at the renowned UCLA. California’s beaches await in your down time. OS-Help loans may be available for out-of-pocket fees.

6. Study media in Denmark

Try a semester (or two) of student exchange at one of Europe’s leading journalism schools, The Danish School of Media and Journalism, in the historic Danish city of Aarhus. Get to know the European media, and create your own media output – from investigative reporting to documentary. Funding possibilities include OS-Help and the Tasmania Overseas Travel Scholarship.

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7. Language and homestay in Indonesia

As part of the Regional Universities’ Indonesian Language Initiative (RUILI), spend 3-6 weeks in Lombok, studying Indonesian language and culture at the Mataram Lingua Franca Institute. For full language immersion, you are accommodated in homestay with a family. This short course is available not only to language students – you can study the language from scratch in a breadth unit and be eligible for this overseas study. OS-Help and NCP funding may be available.

8. Study education in Sweden

Malmo University’s department of education is regarded as being among the best – and most progressive – in Europe. Get out into the Swedish wilds as you study Outdoor Pedagogy or glean the latest thinking in Special Needs Education. Malmo university is also one of the 100+ international unis that has an exchange agreement with the University of Tasmania – meaning you only pay domestic fees if you study here (and you can also apply for government OS-Help).

9. Assistant teach – and perfect your French – in New Caledonia

Known for its palm-fringed beaches and huge, marine-life-rich lagoon, take a South Pacific sojourn of up to seven months as an English language teaching assistant in schools in New Caledonia. You get paid for your efforts, and you can also enrol in French classes at the University of Caledonia in Noumea for free.

10. Japanese literacy and global career development

Study intensive Japanese in a leading private language school in Fukuoka, then experience the Japanese business environment with a short-term internship (most programs are under a week). Homestay experiences offer students complete socio-cultural immersion. This is also a NCP-eligible study opportunity, so scholarship support can be applied for.

11. Study Music in Texas

Join the outstanding music department at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. Here, in a small-town setting, surrounded by Texas’ beautiful Piney Woods eco region, there’s an emphasis on wind and brass, and students can join one of many bands, choirs or orchestras. Music, theatre and opera are also big here. The semi-rural setting keeps living costs reasonable and Commonwealth government support can be applied for.

Want to know more? Visit Student Mobility (Facebook) in the Student Union building, Sandy Bay campus (PDF 871.7KB), call 03 6226 1805, or get in touch via email

Check out all the Overseas Study options through the College of Arts, Law and Education, and Student Mobility website or be inspired by students’ overseas study stories.