Apply to study overseas

Find out how to apply to study overseas as part of your Victoria University (VU) degree. Prepare your application documentation, organise health and travel insurance or contact the Victoria Abroad team for assistance with your application.

Overseas study options

Study exchange program

Choose an exchange partner

Search for an institution from our list of over 100 exchange partners. Once you have found an institution you like, visit the website of your chosen institution to find out if the subject or unit options for your specific degree match those offered by that institution.

Please note that whilst you will be credited with the appropriate credit points for the units that you study on exchange, the grades that you receive overseas will not be recorded on your VU transcript. You will, however, receive a copy of your academic transcript from your host university which will list the grades for your studies overseas.

Make sure you check the language requirements for selected subjects or units. For non-English speaking countries it is often possible to study your subjects in English while taking the opportunity to learn another language.

Costs and financial assistance

Exchange students are not required to pay tuition fees to the overseas institution, but continue to pay Victoria University fees as normal.
You may also be eligible for a variety of funding schemes for students going overseas either on exchange or a short term overseas study program.

Find out more about our exchange grants, loans and scholarships.

Study abroad program

Select a university or institution

Before you start the application process, you will need to select an institution to study with.

You will need to:

  • Find an institution that interests you.
  • Make sure that institution accepts study abroad students
  • Find units (or subjects) that align with your area of study (usually on the institutions website)
  • Prepare information for your course coordinator. Unit content will need to be matched to units within your course, you will need to provide information such as assessment requirements and learning outcomes for each unit.
  • Make sure you check the language requirements for selected subjects or units. For non-English speaking countries it is often possible to study your subjects in English while taking the opportunity to learn another language.

Please note that whilst you will be credited with the appropriate credit points for the units that you study on exchange, the grades that you receive overseas will not be recorded on your VU transcript. You will, however, receive a copy of your academic transcript from your host university which will list the grades for your studies overseas.

You will need to complete a study plan with your unit coordinator as part of your application.

Costs and financial assistance

  • Tuition will need to be paid directly to the institution.
  • You may also be eligible for a variety of funding schemes to current students going overseas either on exchange or a short term overseas study program.

Find out more about our exchange grants, loans and scholarships.

Apply for student exchange or study abroad

To study on student exchange you need to submit your completed Application for Outgoing Student Exchange and Study Abroad including:

You must also include a short statement no longer than one A4 page listing:

  • the program in which you would like to participate
  • your reasons for wanting to go on exchange
  • why you think you would be a good ambassador for Victoria University.

For guidance, download the Personal Statement Guide.

Application closing dates

  • For Semester 1 study abroad: applications due by 31 July of prior year
  • For Semester 2 study abroad: applications due by 30 November of prior year

Organise health and travel insurance

Overseas travel insurance cover is compulsory. To be covered you must contact Victoria Abroad to fill out the necessary forms. Some host institutions will also require you to take out their own health insurance.

Travel insurance (subject to the policy terms and conditions) covers a range of items such as:

  • Personal Accident and Sickness Cover
  • Medical and Additional Expenses
  • Cancellation and Baggage/Business Property
  • Electronic Equipment
  • Deprivation of Baggage
  • Money/Travel Documents.

VU Overseas Travel Insurance Policy

The VU Overseas Travel Insurance Policy is free and is valid for up to 12 months including a maximum of 30 days leisure travel, subject to certain conditions including limits and exclusions. This policy covers limited private (ie. non-study related) travel only.

Detailed insurance information (including conditions, length of cover, extending cover, and purchasing additional cover) will be emailed to students once their host institution has accepted their application. 

All travellers requesting cover should read and familiarise themselves with the Travel Insurance Policy.

Travel advisories

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) supports Australians travelling overseas and to help avoid difficulties, they maintain travel advisories for approximately 160 countries/destinations. These are graded according to DFAT's overall assessment of the security situation and are designed to help the traveller assess the level of risk they may face in a particular country.

There are five different levels of advice:

  • be alert to your own security
  • exercise caution and monitor developments that might affect your safety
  • exercise a high degree of caution
  • reconsider your need to travel
  • advised not to travel.

Prior to travelling, we recommend that you access Smart Traveller to determine the level of advice assigned to your destination(s). It is also important that you read the Victoria University's Travel Policy.

Contact us

If you have any questions about your application to study overseas, contact Victoria Abroad.