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Global Learning Experiences

Have you wondered if you could travel overseas, experience other cultures, develop global networks and broaden your real world experience, all while completing requirements of your program? You can!

The Faculty of Sciences works in conjunction with the Global Learning office to enable our students to go on overseas experiences throughout the year. Whether it is a semester exchange or short study tour, we are here to help you find out how this can fit within your Sciences program of study.

Students of the Faculty of Sciences have the opportunity to:

  • Take part in a semester exchange overseas for course credit
  • Complete an industry placement overseas
  • Take part in a study tour overseas for elective credit
  • How do I arrange my overseas experience?

    Exchange Programs and Study Tours can be found in the Global Learning website.

    Some exchange programs are open to undergraduate and postgraduate students, while others are limited to specific disciplines or faculty areas. Both Domestic and International students are encouraged to apply.

    To apply for an exchange take note of the eligibility requirements and ensure you are applying within the right round for your desired study period. The current round and deadline will be shown on the Global Learning homepage, but deadlines for Semester 1 usually fall in June of the preceding year, and for Semester 2 in October of the preceding year.

    Applicants for exchange apply through the Global Learning Application System (GLAS) for three preferences of university. Faculties assist in the exchange application process by providing degree checks and credit approval, but the application process is managed by Global Learning.

    Study Tours are short programs for predetermined course credit governed by the University of Adelaide academic areas. You may hear about opportunities from your course coordinators or by finding them at Global Learning. Applicants for these programs apply through the Global Learning Application System, but the local academic area manages selection and information.

    Internships, placements and other types of independent overseas study experiences aren’t initiated through an application to the Global Learning Office, but once organised should be reported through the Global Learning Application System Self-Reporting portal for risk management and insurance purposes.

  • When can I go?

    Study Tours usually occur during university holidays, e.g. Winter School.  For exchanges you’ll need to be able to study full time for the duration of your program, and make sure you’re not missing core courses in crucial semesters if you don’t want to extend your program.  The Faculty of Sciences usually recommends students go on exchange in the Second Semester of their Second Year.  More information about planning for your exchange with an overseas university is found in the tabs below.

  • Short Programs

    AIM OverseasIf you are looking for an overseas experience to count towards your science degree and can’t commit to a full semester exchange, then there is still an opportunity for you!

    Check out Global Learning’s short programs. Aim Overseas offers several programs that are particularly exciting for our science students and you may receive credit toward your program.

    More information:


    AIM Overseas program Potential credit towards your science degree
    Conservation Marine Biology 3 units of Level 2 unspecified science
    Biodiversity in Peru 3 units of Level 2 unspecified science
    Innovations in Environmental Sustainability 3 units of Level 2 unspecified non-science
    Cambridge Sciences Summer Program – 1 Term 3 units of Level 1 unspecified science
    Cambridge Sciences Summer Program – 2 Terms 6 units of Level 1 unspecified science
  • Exchange

    The guidelines for determining whether you are eligible to apply for an overseas exchange arrangement with the Faculty of Sciences are set by both the Global Learning Office and the Faculty of Sciences. Students are required to meet the requirements of both areas in order to be made an offer.

    Global Learning eligibility requirement for exchange students

    The Global Learning eligibility requirements can be found on their webpage.

    The Faculty of Sciences eligibility requirement for exchange students

    The Faculty of Sciences determines eligibility for exchange by calculating the amount of appropriate space you have left in your degree.

    • Students must complete a minimum of 50% of their courses at the highest level relevant to their program of study at the University of Adelaide
    • Students must present a minimum of 50% of courses taken towards their program of study from the University of Adelaide
    • Students must complete at least 50% of the courses contributing to their major/s (for relevant programs) at the University of Adelaide
    • Transfer credit limits are considered as the minimum number of units students are required to study at the University of Adelaide, in accordance with the Academic Credit Arrangements Policy

    The Global Learning Application System (GLAS) manages applications for all students interested in undertaking an overseas exchange.

    Before students depart for exchange, students are required to obtain two separate approvals from the Faculty of Sciences. This is in addition to any Global Learning requirements. 

    Step 1: Pre-approval (completed before the exchange application deadline set by Global Learning)

    • Confirmation of the host university placement by the Global Learning Office
    • Confirmation of eligibility to undertake placement by the Faculty of Sciences
    • Confirmation of courses available for potential credit by way of a degree check by the Faculty of Science

    Step 2: Course approval (completed after the student has been made an offer by Global Learning and committed to that offer)

    • Confirmation of courses undertaken at the host university
    • Confirmation of the credit that will be awarded at the University of Adelaide upon successful completion of the courses

    It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the courses for their program of study are approved and that the Faculty Approval (Study Plan) Questionnaire is completed prior to commencing their exchange program. Courses studied without formal Faculty of Sciences approval in the Faculty Approval (Study Plan) Questionnaire, may not be eligible to be counted as credit towards the student’s sciences program.

    While on exchange students must be enrolled at the University of Adelaide in the relevant EXCHANGE course. If you are unsure which course to enrol into, please contact the Faculty of Sciences. 

    If you are thinking about an exchange, we recommend you come into the Faculty Office and talk to a Student Adviser.

    Please contact the Faculty of Sciences Office to make an appointment on 8313 5673 or (Subject: Appointment with Student Advisor – Pre-Approval).

    Student Responsibilities

    • Go to the Global Learning website to find out about the host university. 

    It is your responsibility to understand the eligibility criteria, costs, visas, academic calendar, and workload requirements for the host university.

    • Click ‘View Application Brochure’.
    • Read and understand the brochure and click ‘Apply for Exchange’.
    • This will take you to the Global Learning Application System (GLAS) portal, where you can submit your application for pre-approval.

    Faculty Responsibilities

    Once your pre-approval questionnaire has been submitted, a Student Services Adviser will assess the application and the outcome will be recorded in GLAS. You will receive an email notification via GLAS.

    Once pre-approval has been obtained (see Step 1: Pre-Approval in the tab above) and your placement has been confirmed by the Global Learning Office, you must gain course approval to undertake an overseas exchange.

    Student Responsibilities
    Once your pre-approval application has been approved, you need to choose the courses from the host university that you will enrol in.

    • Talk to your Program Coordinator and Course Coordinator or make an appointment with a Student Advisor (Subject: Appointment with Student Advisor – Course Approval)
    • If your course at the University of Adelaide has a practical component, you must ensure that there is a practical component to the overseas university’s course – e.g. Biochemistry, Genetics etc.
    • Courses selected will need to be identified as either Specified Credit or Unspecified Credit.
      Note: Courses contributing towards a major will normally require Specified Credit.
    • Make sure you have all the information for all the courses you wish to enrol into so you can correctly complete the information below:
      • Name of overseas course (subject)
      • Value of overseas course (in ECTS, credits, units, etc): (e.g. 5 ECTS)
      • Equivalent value of overseas course in University of Adelaide units: (e.g. 2 units)
      • Match to University of Adelaide core course? (Respond: Yes/No)
      • If yes, which course(s)? (Include name of course or year level for Unspecified Credit) 
      • URL of course descriptions on partner university/host institution website (Include a link to syllabus information and unit value on the host university’s website)
    • Request your courses for approval via the Faculty Approval (Study Plan) Questionnaire on your GLAS Application, question 4, using the above template. Please make sure you ‘save’ the questionnaire when you are ready for your courses to be assessed. Never ‘submit’ this questionnaire.
      • Students must complete a minimum of 50% of the courses contributing towards their major (where appropriate) at the University of Adelaide.
      • Elective courses must be approved at the same time as core courses or courses contributing towards a major – the proposed study plan will be approved as a package.
      • If for any reason you need to change your pre-approved study plan while overseas you must seek approval from the Faculty of Sciences. Do not enrol into a course overseas and assume that you will be granted credit for it – all courses must be pre-approved.
      • Request courses for approval early! Not all courses you choose may be suitable matches. You don’t want to be panicking to get courses approved at the last minute before you go, or before a scholarship deadline, or even worse during the exam period!

    Faculty Responsibilities

    • The Faculty Office will confirm your course matches and credit arrangements via GLAS.
    • The Faculty Office will submit the Faculty Approval (Study Plan) once your credit arrangements have been finalised.
    • You will be automatically notified via email by GLAS once your Faculty Approval (Study Plan) has been submitted. It is your responsibility then to check your application and ensure everything is approved.

    Once you return from exchange your host university will provide your completed transcript to the Global Learning Office. Please ensure you provide a copy to the Faculty of Sciences' office for processing your credit.

    Exchange study does NOT count towards your Grade Point Average (GPA). The grade for each course will be recorded as ‘Transfer Credit’.

    Please note: If you go on exchange in your final semester of study, your graduation ceremony may be delayed. Transcripts can take months to be received, and it is often too late for graduation deadlines.

  • Further Information

    For further information, please refer to the Global Learning website or contact the Faculty of Sciences on 8313 5673 or

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