Funding and Scholarships
Support to broaden your horizons – literally as well as figuratively.
Interested in studying or volunteering overseas through one of the University's Study Overseas programs, but worried about the costs involved?
Apply for funding through one of the University of South Australia's many financial support schemes and your dreams of having an overseas experience may soon be a reality. All you’ll need to do is pack your bags and make sure your passport is valid
Where would you like to go?
We have an agreement with more than 80 overseas partner institutions, so take a look and investigate your options. Some of the funding schemes for students are offered via particular universities, so your eligibility for this support may dictate where you go.
Minimise your out-of-pocket travel expenses by applying for one of University's international travel grants. If you are approved for one of our Study Overseas programs you are eligible to apply and we will automatically assess you for eligibility. Each student can receive up to $2500 total in travel grants over their student life at the University of South Australia. The award of Travel Grants is subject to the discretion of the Deputy Vice Chancellor International and Advancement.
There are a range of different types of travel grants available, including:
- Full semester exchange (minimum 13.5 units of credit) or the Hawke Ambassador International Volunteer Experience Program, worth AUD $2500
- Full semester exchange to Nagoya University of Foreign Studies (Japan), worth AUD $1800
- Short term international study or placement (minimum 4.5 units of credit required), worth AUD $1000
- International study tour (minimum 4.5 units of credit required), worth AUD $1000.
In addition to our international travel grants there may be other scholarships for which you are eligible. Some of these are listed below. Also, check for other scholarships on the University's scholarships announcements page.
Our partner, The Global Society maintains a scholarship library to help outbound Australian students find funding for overseas exchanges, short term study programs, internships and more. Please visit globalsociety.net.au/scholarship-library to start your search.
UniSA Business School offers Student Mobility Grants for students undertaking undergraduate and postgraduate coursework business programs at the University of South Australia. Please contact us for more information.
Australian Government Scholarships
UniSA International offers additional scholarships which are funded by the Australian Government, via programs such as the New Colombo Plan Mobility Grants. These opportunities include scholarships for specific short-term or full semester programs. They are available to Australian citizens only and are advertised as they arise via the Study Overseas website, Instagram and email announcements.
Each year UniSA also supports nominated students to apply for the prestigious New Colombo Plan Scholarship. This opportunity is for the best and brightest students. Further information can be found here.
Country or program specific scholarships:
- Germany: DAAD Scholarships – (German Academic Exchange Service). Click here for more information.
- Japan: JASSO Scholarships – Find out more about our global opportunities including how to apply here.
- Japan: Nagoya University of Foreign Studies Stipends – Students selected for an exchange to Nagoya University of Foreign Studies are eligible to receive an allowance for the duration of their stay. Contact the Study Overseas team for information.
- Netherlands: Erasmus+ – Sometimes we have scholarships available for students to receive Erasmus+ scholarships if they go on a full semester exchange to University of Twente in the Netherlands. Applicants will automatically be assessed for eligibility and advised on outcome if they apply to go to this University when we have scholarships available.
- International placements: UniSA Cowan International Placement Grant – available to full-time students who are undertaking a professional experience placement in an overseas location as part of their program.
- Other UniSA scholarships: Other scholarships are available on an ad-hoc basis. Keep an eye on the Study Overseas website, Instagram and student announcements for details.
- Other external scholarships: Scholarships and awards are sometimes offered by destination countries, host institutions or other organisations to support Australian students. The Australian Government has a list of some of these opportunities.
You may be eligible to receive an OS-HELP loan. OS-HELP is an Australian Government loan that assists eligible students to study overseas on exchange, study tours, clinical placements and internships. Students may receive up to $7500 (adjusted annually) per six-month study period for one or two overseas study periods. An additional $1000 is available to undertake Asian language study.
Your OS-HELP debts will be added to your accumulated HELP debt (including HECS or HECS-HELP debts). Please note that you do not need your letter of acceptance from the host university before applying for OS-HELP.
Closing dates for OS-HELP applications
Applications must be submitted prior to the student leaving for their overseas study, however no more than 6 months before the departure date.
Apply for OS-HELP via the myScholarships link on your myUniSA student portal.
Contact StudentFinance.Enrolment@unisa.edu.au with any questions.
If you currently receive payments from Centrelink, it may be possible to continue receiving payments while you are studying overseas. You will need to notify Centrelink that you will be studying overseas and submit the required paperwork. UniSA International can provide you with a letter to support this. Find more information by contacting Centrelink directly.
Budgeting for your overseas adventure
Even with all of these funding options available, to ensure you get the most out of your overseas experience you should plan ahead and start saving as early as possible. Due to visa restrictions it is unlikely that you will be able to undertake paid employment while on exchange. Prepare a budget appropriate relevant to the country that you plan to study in. Remember that some countries are more expensive than others; if you are on a tight budget it may pay to rethink your chosen destination. Many host institution websites provide information regarding basic costs for students studying on exchange. You should also keep an eye on the exchange rate, as costs will vary depending on the strength of the Australian dollar. Make use of an online currency converter to help with your budget.
Major expenses to consider include:
- Airfare (round-trip)
- Local transportation
- Health/travel insurance
- Entertainment costs
Find out more about our global opportunities including how to apply here.