Here you’ll find everything you need to know about taking your studies somewhere new.
What can I study?
There are so many options when it comes to studying abroad — you might not want to stop at one. From a semester exchange in Hong Kong to a study tour in Gallipoli, a clinical placement in an Indian hospital to a business placement in Asia. You might even choose to teach English language at a Chinese school. Find an experience that best fits your passion and course.
There are endless opportunities, but there are some limitations depending on where you are studying and the course you’re currently enrolled in — particularly if you are looking to gain credit towards your course.
Your university or TAFE’s webpage may not always show all the opportunities available, so make sure you take the time to speak to your course convenors, subject tutors and international office about what’s right for you.
Where can I study?
There are more than 4,500 exchange agreements between Australian and international universities — and that creates hundreds of opportunities for you. This means you can study at the best global institutions no matter what your university or course. There are even options for TAFE and VET students.
Recently, Asia has emerged as a destination of choice for students just like you, particularly for short-term programs. With increased institutional links, a deeper understanding of Australia’s place in the Asian and Oceanic regions and newly targeted government funding opportunities, it’s a great choice for many students.
Options to study in other countries vary depending on where and what you are currently studying, and also whether you are looking to complete one semester or more, or a short-term program. It’s best to speak to your education provider to get a scope of destinations available to you.
While you might feel set on one particular country, try to keep your mind open. Chances are there are probably many destinations you haven’t even considered. Your institution will be able to provide you with a comprehensive list of options that best suit you.
If you’re still unsure about where to step foot overseas, speak to other students to find out what they liked or didn’t like about the places they visited.
We’re currently in the process of building a database that will allow you to search for programs by country and institution, so sign up to our mailing list and stay tuned.
Remember, this is an opportunity to have some fun with your course — you don’t have to limit yourself to just one study abroad experience.
Isn’t overseas study expensive?
Study abroad might seem expensive or out of reach, but with World Class there’s plenty of support available. Often you will hardly pay anything for what might be the opportunity of a lifetime.
Financial support can come from the Australian Government, from your course provider or other organisations such as overseas Governments.
Government support options
The Australian Government is committed to creating greater opportunities for you to study overseas — through various grants and awards, as well as through the continued growth of OS-HELP.
Let’s start with grants and scholarships
There are a number of existing and new grant programs available from the Australian Government for your institution. Take a look and start planning your journey.
The New Colombo Plan
The New Colombo Plan initiative, recently announced by the Australian Government, will provide significant new opportunities for undergraduate study and internships in the Asia Pacific region. The Government has announced $100 million dollars of funding over 5 years, so make sure you stay in touch with your university about the scholarship and grant opportunities available starting from 2014.
Through programs like this, the Australian Government provides millions of dollars each year to help students, just like you, gain overseas study experience. You can find more information about other programs that support study in the Asia Pacific region at the Study Overseas website.
Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships
These internationally competitive, merit-based scholarships provide a range of opportunities for Australian applicants to undertake study, research and professional development overseas.
Through these programs, the Australian Government provides millions of dollars each year to help students, just like you, experience study from the other side of the world.
More information about Government scholarships can be found at the Study Overseas website.
Another form of financial assistance is OS‑HELP, which allows you to borrow money from the Australian Government to complete part of your course overseas.
Like other HELP loans, you repay your loan once you are earning over the minimum threshold for repayments ($51,309 in 2013‑14).
From 2014, you will be able to apply through your provider for a loan of up to $6,250 to study overseas for up to six months.
If you’re interested in study in Asia, you can apply to borrow up to $7,500 ($1,250 more than other destinations), plus an additional $1,000 if you decide to take up an Asian language study to prepare you for your journey.
You can find more information about OS-HELP at the Government’s Study Assist website.
Other financial support
In addition to Government support, scholarships and OS-HELP, most educational providers like yours also offer their own scholarships or award scholarships from host institutions, foreign Governments or private organisations or businesses.
Whether you’re eligible, and the value of each scholarship will depend on where you’re currently studying, but it’s worth looking into these options as well.
Some scholarships can be taken in combination with OS-HELP loans to ensure you’ve got every expense for your big trip covered, while others may only cover tuition fees or provide a living allowance.
Have a chat with your international office about the scholarships and grants on offer.
Am I eligible?
Whether you’re eligible to study abroad depends on your institution and the course you’re currently enrolled in, but there are generally options for you no matter whether you’re a domestic or international student, or the level of study you’re currently at.
Some courses are more limited due to requirements and mandatory subjects, and other providers have requirements such as academic levels you must meet.
Financial support also depends on your level of study and the course you are completing. For example, OS-HELP is restricted to Australian citizens or permanent humanitarian visa holders enrolled in a Commonwealth Supported Place (undergraduate or postgraduate) completing part of their studies overseas (which contributes to their course requirements). Different rules apply for scholarships or grant programs.
While this may seem confusing, a chat with your institution’s international office can help your overseas study adventure take flight with ease.