It's important to consider the financial costs of studying overseas. These costs vary depending on the destination and your lifestyle.
Study costs on exchange
You will continue to pay tuition to VU while on exchange. If you are a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) student, fees are added to your HECS-HELP loan and charged at the domestic-student tuition-fee rate. You do not pay any tuition fees to your host university.
When undertaking a study tour you will be enrolled into a VU unit and will incur the usual tuition fee (whether through a loan or paying upfront). Most study tours also have a fee for travel costs, accommodation and additional activities. This fee will need to be paid upfront before departure.
Tuition fees for short programs vary. For those that are offered on a fee-paying basis by another institution, all fees are paid directly to that institution. If the program falls within an exchange agreement with VU, you will incur fees as you would when studying at VU (deferred or paid upfront). In both cases, there may also be fees for accommodation and non-academic program activities. Short programs generally do not provide group-flight options.
International student fees are paid to VU, charged at the VU international student fee rate.
Personal costs vary according to your destination, but you will need to budget for:
- travel costs: airfares and surface travel to and from your study destination
- accommodation: whether you stay on-campus, in a homestay, or in private accommodation, you will usually need to pay for it
- living costs: your daily expenses
- visa and passport fees: you will need a passport and for many study destinations you will require a visa, particularly if you are enrolling as an exchange student
- study costs: you may require textbooks, online materials, or other study equipment
- insurance: the University provides some coverage, but you may require additional insurance coverage, particularly if you plan to travel before or after your study.
There are a number of ways you can fund your overseas study experience including grants, loans and government scholarships.
This loan scheme offers a cash payment loan from the Australian Government that is added to your HECS-HELP debt. To be eligible you must meet the following criteria:
- Commonwealth-supported Australian citizen, or permanent humanitarian visa holder
- have completed eight units in your degree prior to studying overseas
- have at least one unit remaining in your degree upon returning from overseas.
Full eligibility criteria are outlined on the OS-HELP website.
The 2020 OS-HELP loan amounts were:
- non-Asian destinations: up to $7037
- Asian destinations: up to $8444
- a supplementary loan of up to $1123 for language study undertaken in preparation for your overseas study in Asia.
Students may receive one loan per six-month study period and can access a total of two OS‑HELP loans over their lifetime. A student's overseas study must take place within the relevant six-month study period of the OS-HELP loan.
If you currently receive Youth Allowance or Austudy you may be eligible to continue receiving payments while you study overseas.
You will need to provide evidence that you will be studying full-time on an approved overseas program that will be credited towards your degree. Victoria Abroad will provide a letter to assist.
VU Study Overseas grants are available for students participating in exchanges, study tours and short programs. Grants are available on the condition that:
- your overseas study experience counts towards your degree
- you complete the scheduled pre-departure sessions before you leave
- you complete the re-entry program when you return.
- semester/year exchanges or study abroad programs: $2,000
- short programs: $1,000
- placements and study tours: $1,000.
If you receive funding from external sources such as the Department of Education for your studies, you will not be eligible to receive the VU Study Overseas grant for that program.
You may also be eligible for a Victoria University scholarship.
Victoria Abroad receives additional funding from the Australian Government to support overseas study. If you apply for the following exchange study opportunities, you will be automatically considered for the funding:
Semester 1, 2022 exchange
- Indonesia: 2 x $5,000 New Colombo Plan semester grant
- Japan: 2 x $5,000 New Colombo Plan semester grant
- South Korea: 3 x $6,500 + 2 x $5,000 New Colombo Plan semester grant
- Fiji: 1 x $5,000 New Colombo Plan semester grant (TBC)
- Taiwan/Hong Kong: 2 x $5,000 New Colombo Plan semester grant (TBC)
Other than the above funding, the Australian Government also runs the New Colombo Plan (NCP) Scholarship Program to give Australian undergraduate students the opportunity to live, work and study in the Indo-Pacific region for up to 19 months. The program provides students with funding to undertake semester-based study, language training and internship or mentorship in one of 40 participating Indo-Pacific locations. Internal expressions of interest open in March every year for overseas study in the subsequent year.
A number of partner universities have additional funding on offer for semester exchange experiences. If you apply to any of the following partner universities for exchange, you will be automatically considered for this funding.
University of Bamberg, Germany
The University of Bamberg is offering all VU students a €2,000 scholarship to assist with university housing accommodation throughout the semester and living costs.
Soonchunhyang University, South Korea
Exchange students from VU can apply for the SCH Cultural Internship Scholarship Program. Successful students will be offered a scholarship of KRW2,875,000 including:
- free on-campus accommodation in Global Village (dorm fees of KRW793,000 waived)
- airfare reimbursement of up to KRW800,000
- weekly stipend of KRW120,000 for 11 weeks (KRW1,320,000 in total).
Students will need to participate in one-on-one English-language exchange with Korean students for up to 15 hours a week and some cultural events, and will have a Korean roommate.