Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I study?

We have established links with universities worldwide. You can choose from a range of universities and countries depending on your discipline area and cultural interests.

Check out our list of exchange partners and select the institution to find out more. Please do not contact the host institutions direct, if you require information that is not listed on their website ask the study overseas team for help.

What courses can I study?

For practical tips and suggestions take a look at the returned student reports written by past exchange students. Once you have completed your research you should discuss your exchange plans with your Program Director for initial confirmation that you will receive credit for the courses you wish to study while on exchange.

How do I apply for a Travel Grant?

Your application for full semester exchange/short term study is also your application for a Travel Grant.

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.

Can I receive 2 Travel Grants?

That depends.  Each student can receive up to $2500 total in Travel Grants over their student life at the University of South Australia.

  • If you have been on full semester exchange and received a $2500 Travel Grant you will not be eligible for another.
  • If you received $1000 for a short term study experience, you can receive another $1000 for a second short term study experience.
  • If you received $1000 for a short term study experience, you can receive $1500 for a full semester exchange.

The award of Travel Grants is subject to the discretion of the Deputy Vice Chancellor International and Advancement.

Do I need to apply for a visa?

Every country has different student visa requirements and application processes. Some countries such as the US require students to travel to Melbourne for a visa interview. Find out more by reading visa information on the embassy/consulate website of the country in which you want to study.

Do I need travel insurance?

UniSA provides eligible students with Travel Insurance for study related travel. Travel Insurance cover is provided automatically and free of charge if:

  • Your trip does not exceed 180 days
  • You do not have any pre-existing medical conditions
  • You are not adding any personal travel
  • Your age while travelling does not exceed 74 years
  • You are receiving academic credit for the overseas activity

If you qualify for automatic cover you do not need to contact the Insurance Office to activate your cover as the Study Overseas team will liaise directly with the Insurance Office regarding your details.

If your circumstances are different to those above you may still be eligible for UniSA travel insurance but your individual circumstances will need to be assessed - refer to the Insurance Office for further information.

How many courses do you need to study at the partner university?

Each partner university calculates course loads and credit differently so you will need to negotiate with your Program Director to determine how many courses at the partner university are equivalent to either 13.5 or 18 of our units. Some guidelines are listed in the Credit Equivalencies document however the final course load will be at the discretion of your Program Director. You must complete the equivalent of a minimum of 13.5 units and maximum 18 of our units while on exchange.

How long can students study overseas?

You can select to study either 1 or 2 study periods (semesters) as part of your exchange program. Therefore the time of exchange will be either 6 or 12 months duration. Places at some partner universities are limited due to high interest therefore you may not always be accepted for the 12 month option.

Where can I find accommodation?

Accommodation for exchange students varies depending on the country and Partner University. There may be on campus accommodation in residence halls, home stay options or you may have to rent an apartment off campus. Each partner university has some type of housing service so your accommodation can be organised before you leave Australia. Check the partner university's website and read returned student reports to get an idea of where previous students have lived.

Got more questions?

Ask an online community of thousands of students around Australia who are preparing for overseas study or who have come back. UniSA’s partner, The Global Society, gives UniSA students access to this online forum under a limited UniSA forum membership. Create an account and get started using your student email here. (Did we mention it’s free?)

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