Exchange and Study Abroad

We encourage all our students to take advantage of the University’s global partnerships with leading institutions and study overseas for part of their degree. Immerse yourself in new social, cultural and intellectual environments to broaden your knowledge.

Organising an exchange or study abroad program takes a lot of time. If you are interested in studying overseas, the best thing you can do is to begin the process as soon as possible.

Global Learning provides information about overseas study options including: exchange and study abroad programs, short-term opportunities including UoM overseas subjects, international internships and summer programs.

How to organise an exchange

  1. Look at Study Overseas to read about the different programs offered for studying overseas.
  2. Attend a myWorld First Step session. These general information sessions provide an overview about how to undertake part of your studies overseas, and get you thinking about where in the world you would like to go. Attending one of these sessions is compulsory  for any student wanting to participate in an exchange.
  3. Speak to a Student Advisor at Stop 1. They can tell you how many semesters you can study overseas for, and in which semesters. They will help you with your course planning and subject equivalences
  4. Follow the step by step guide to research and apply.


If you are enrolled in one of the following courses, you are not eligible for an exchange:

  • Diploma of General Studies
  • An Honours year
  • A Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma
  • A Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

It may be possible for students enrolled in diploma-length courses to undertake a short-term study abroad program for credit after completing their first 50 points. These students should first discuss this with the appropriate program coordinator.

  • Postgraduate students undertaking 150 point programs, who wish to go on exchange in semester 2 of their first year, must have completed their undergraduate studies in a cognate discipline at the University of Melbourne and must apply by the MGM deadline that precedes their first semester of postgraduate study.
  • Eligibility requirements, such as minimum points completed, required weighted average mark, and First Steps Session attendance are set by Global Learning.
  • Masters by Research and PhD students wishing to spend time abroad should first discuss this with their supervisor and the FVAS Research & Partnerships team. There is a 'Study Away' process that applies to these students and they will be instructed by the FVAS Research & Partnerships team.

Graduate research students

Graduate researchers can find information on Study Away applications and procedures on the Graduate Research Hub.

Get help

For more information, see the Study Overseas website, or contact Stop 1.