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
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
Domestic students can receive up to $13,000 to fund overseas experiences.
Loans for most study overseas experiences are paid in cash and are added to your HECS-HELP debt:
- Up to $6791 for non-Asian destinations
- Up to $8149 for Asian destinations
Mobility grants / scholarships
Cash payments of $3,000 to $5,000 are available via the Australian Government’s New Colombo Plan and Endeavor grants.
The programs which are funded by these grants vary each year. Look for these opportunities when choosing a study overseas experience.
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
Study tours - run by the Faculty of Sciences
Theme: Animal science; agriculture
Programs run by third party providers
Summer and winter exchange programs
Complete a summer or winter course with one of our exchange partners, and receive a fee waiver as an Adelaide student. You must follow the given application process in order to be nominated as an exchange student.
Program Theme AU Summer University, Denmark Science and technology Exeter International Summer School Global climate change: Science, environment and society Nottingham International Summer School Agri-business
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
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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