Study Overseas

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Gain real-world experiences and increase your employability by including overseas study in your science degree.

The Faculty of Sciences work with the University’s Study Overseas team to facilitate opportunities for you to travel the world, experience other cultures, and develop global networks, all while gaining credit toward your program.

  • Get credit to study overseas

    Get credit

    Study tours run by the University of Adelaide and linked to your degree automatically provide you with 3 units of credit.

    For exchanges and short programs organised through the University, the amount of credit depends on the number and type of subjects you study. Get pre-approval from the faculty to ensure it will fit within your study plan and degree requirements.

    If your study overseas experience is self-initiated and not organised through the University, make sure you get pre-approval from the faculty. We can provide advice on the amount of credit you can earn and how it can fit within your study plan.

  • Get paid to travel

    Get paid

    Domestic students can receive up to $7,000 to fund overseas experiences.


    Loans for most study overseas experiences are paid in cash and are added to your HECS-HELP debt.

    Mobility grants / scholarships

    Cash payments of up to $7,000 are available via the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan.

    The programs which are funded by these grants vary each year. Look for these opportunities when choosing a study overseas experience.

    Study overseas funding

    The above study overseas funding is not available to international students.


Compare types of overseas experiences

Domestic students - look for the ‘NCP funded’ tag for opportunities which attract a New Colombo Plan grant of $3,000.

Short intensive experiences, including study tours and summer or winter exchange programs.

  • Duration: Generally 2-4 weeks
  • Credit: Yes, subject to pre-approval

Full description

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Semester or whole year exchange where you live and study in another country.

Both domestic and international students are encouraged to apply for a semester or whole year exchange at our partner universities. Exchange programs are generally open to both undergraduate and postgraduate coursework students.

  • Duration: 1 or 2 semesters
  • Credit: Yes, subject to pre-approval

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Find your own program.

‘Self-reporting programs’ include internships, placements, volunteering, and exchanges or courses at institutions that don’t have an exchange relationship with the University of Adelaide.

These programs are initiated by you. If you find an opportunity you are interested in, visit the Sciences Service Hub to talk with a student advisor about how it can fit into your study plan and how to get pre-approval for credit.

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Study overseas information sessions

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Need help?

The Sciences Service Hub at the faculty office is the place to go for most questions relating to your study.

Book an appointment Email us Call: 08 8313 5673