Short programs

Undertaking a short program or study tour is a great way to gain credits towards your degree, experience new cultures and gain a competitive edge before you graduate.

Short program options

Study overseas for a few weeks and gain credit towards your degree.

Short programs give you the opportunity to travel and learn at universities and colleges all over the world.

You can undertake short programs at partner and non-partner institutions. Many programs run in the semester breaks, so you may even be able to fast-track your degree by completing units sooner.

Fees & costs

Most short programs have a tuition fee that you pay to the host university/program provider. If the host university waives the tuition fee, you may be required to pay the VU tuition fee for the unit(s) you complete. Some programs include accommodation as part of the program fee. Check the program’s website for the full list of inclusions and costs.

Winter block programs

Discover the programs offered during the winter block

Summer Block Programs

Below you will find a list of programs that ran the VU Summer Block 2023/24. This list will be updated in mid-2024 when new programs and dates are announced.


Apply now

To apply for a short program overseas:

  1. Complete the application for study overseas form (PDF, 257.5 KB)
  2. Complete the short-term overseas study plan (PDF, 177.99 KB)
  3. Submit both forms to [email protected] by the relevant application deadline


Both domestic and international students are able to undertake overseas short programs, subject to course requirements.

To be eligible, you must have:

  • achieved a credit average (minimum of 60%); and
  • completed one year of undergraduate study (eight units) by the time you depart; or
  • completed one semester of postgraduate study (four units) by the time you depart.