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 programs

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.

Available programs

European culture, business & entrepreneurship

Study in the Netherlands and get acquainted with Dutch and other European cultures. You'll learn about European business policies and practices and develop the skills needed to do business in Europe. The course includes several company visits and voluntary trips to cities in the Netherlands.

The unit is currently being assessed for VU credit.

Program dates: 6–25 January, 2019
Program location: Netherlands
Program host: HAN University of Applied Sciences
Program type: Exchange (tuition is paid to VU)
Cost: €1,500 (euros)
Cost inclusions: accommodation, transport (from airport, accommodation and campus), excursions and company visits, welcome and farewell meal
Application deadline: 19 October, 2018

More information about the Arnhem Business School.

Each year, ESSCA's learning centre in Budapest hosts a winter program for students from international partner universities. Two pairings are offered during the program.

Pairing 1: Money & capital markets

This course covers the financial system and its components – banks, central banks, non-financial institutions – and related concepts and theories. You will learn about:

  • debt financing and interest rates (including government debt and the term structure of interest rates)
  • capital markets
  • foreign exchange rates
  • financial risk management.

Pairing 2: Doing business & management in CEE / International marketing & logistics

This course draws on insights from fields including:

  • cross-cultural management
  • entrepreneurship
  • international human resource management
  • organisational behaviour.

You will develop an understanding of the issues faced by regional and global managers and prepare yourself for leadership or entrepreneurial roles.

Units are currently being assessed for VU credit.

Program dates: 21 January – 3 February, 2019
Program location: Budapest
Program Host: ESSCA
Program type: exchange (tuition is paid to VU)
Cost: €1,100 (euros)
Cost inclusions: housing, company and cultural visits, course materials
Application deadline: 19 October, 2018

More information about Budapest Winter Programme.

Hanyang International Winter School combines top-class education with amazing cultural experiences. Experience Korea during your winter vacation in a unique way! Multiple units are offered during the 2018/19 winter school.

Business communication

Gain a general understanding of communication as a complex phenomenon, especially the role of the audience, power and culture in it. You will learn:

  • meeting skills
  • letter writing
  • report writing
  • interpersonal and intercultural communication skills
  • oral presentation skills
  • listening skills
  • networking skills.

Principles of management

Gain an overview of management and develop the basic knowledge and skills needed to manage others. The course integrates accepted theories in the area with real-world applications to give you a practical understanding of the concepts.

Strategic management

In this course you will take the top management perspective of managing a corporation. You will learn how strategic management can give businesses a sustainable competitive advantage and bring value.

Units are currently being assessed for VU credit.

Program dates:

  • Session A: 26 December 2018 – 12 January 2019 
  • Session B: 17 January – 2 February 2019.

Program location: Korea (Seoul)
Program host: Hanyang University
Program type: study abroad (tuition is paid to host university)
Cost: 1,300,000 Korean Won for one session (both sessions: 2,300,000 Korean Won)
Cost inclusions: housing, tuition, application fee and 3 activities
Application deadline: 30 November, 2018

More information about the Hanyang International Winter School

Earn academic credit while studying in Berlin and interacting with students from all over the world. Two units are offered during the 2018 winter school.

International business strategy: the role of Europe in a changing world (IBS)

Discover the international strategies initiated by companies from a European perspective. The two-week program provides an in-depth study of international strategies combined with insights into the local culture.

Beer & the brewing industry: strategy & brand management

Discover the strategies that underpin the global brewing industry in one of the world’s most important beer markets. In this unique two-week program you will explore the competitive strategies of global market leaders and the management challenges in craft beer production and distribution. You will also learn about brand management.

Units are currently being assessed for VU credit.

Program dates: 6 – 19 January, 2019
Program location: Berlin
Program Host: Berlin School of Economics and Law
Program type: study abroad (tuition is paid to host university)
Cost: €1,200 (euros)
Cost inclusions: tuition fee, accommodation, optional culture and leisure-time program
Application deadline: 1 October, 2018

More information about the HWR Berlin Winter School

This six-week program will sharpen your awareness of the main development concerns and social challenges in Latin America. You will acquire factual, technical and theoretical knowledge and strengthen your foundation skills through first-hand experience.

The program concludes with a one-week study tour to one of the most beautiful and interesting states in southern Mexico - Chiapas. You will visit some of Mexico’s most important cultural and natural highlights, engage with the local indigenous population and visit local organisations that deal with some of the topics covered in the program.

This unit is currently being assessed for VU credit.

Program dates: 4 January - 17 February, 2019
Program location: Mexico
Program host: Universidad Iberoamericana (IBERO)
Program type: study abroad (tuition is paid to host university)
Cost: $3,350 USD
Cost inclusions: tuition, domestic airfares (Mexico City to Chiapas return), housing (homestay with a Mexican family or hotel), hotel costs during the study tour, transport to and from airport, breakfasts, dinners (weeks 1-5), free access to campus facilities (gymnasium, infirmary, computer labs), local group transportation, cultural/social activities and weekend trips
Application deadline: 21 September, 2018

More information about the Social Realities in Mexico program

This is an eight-week language and internship program in China over the 2018/2019 university summer break. The “Study Melbourne Language & Internship Program in China” is a partnership between the Victorian Government and the China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE). The program offers you an exceptional opportunity to develop cross-cultural communication skills and substantive work experience in China to jump-start your career in today’s competitive job market!

Program dates: Early December 2018 – late January 2019
Program location: Beijing or Chengdu in China
Program content: 3 weeks of Chinese language, cultural and business classes in a reputable university/language school and 5 weeks of internship at a globally reputable company (e.g. WWF China, Manpower Group, East & Concord Partners) matched to student’s discipline of study
Funding: This internship program is funded by the state government; the final selection will be made by state goverment on merit.
Program inclusions: on-campus accommodation, certificate upon completion, pre-departure program, arrival orientation and cultural activities, peer support/mentor, emergency contact and ground support, VU Study Overseas Grant of $1,000 (provided that students can gain credit or placement hours towards their degrees and have not received the grant before), VU Overseas Health and Travel Insurance cover
Application deadline: 21 September, 2018

More information about the Study Melbourne Language and Internship Program in China

Apply now

To apply for a short program overseas:

  1. Complete the application for study overseas form
  2. Complete the short-term overseas study plan
  3. Submit both forms to educationabroad@vu.edu.au by the relevant application deadline

Joy Hanalla, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Mexico.

Study tours

Study tours are organised by VU academic staff and involve a group of students travelling overseas, usually for 2 to 4 weeks.

Study tours may travel to multiple cities – or even countries – as part of the program. Study tours provide you with an international insight into your chosen field of study that can’t be gained inside the classroom.

Your course or unit coordinator will usually advise you of upcoming opportunities. As study tours are integrated into the curriculum of VU degrees, you generally do not need to seek credit approval for them.


Many study tours may be partially funded, particularly if they are going to the Asia–Pacific region. Fees vary depending on the study tour.

Available Study Tours

As cities change, we need viable ideas to address the complex urbanisation and environmental challenges of the future. In this Singapore-based project, you will investigate global urbanisation issues and learn from a global top-five most-sustainable city how to tackle these issues. This project has three stages:

  1. Learn about the principles of sustainable community design. Through a series of site visits and case studies in Singapore you will conduct comprehensive research on sustainable neighbourhood design.
  2. Conduct research on the principles of sustainable community design and provide a report about the case studies and lessons learnt in each workshop.
  3. Develop a deep understanding of the urban design studio in the unit 'Urban Design and Development'.

Credit: the study tour fulfils a mandatory course requirement as part of 'Urban Design and Development' or 'Capstone 1'
College: Engineering & Science
Program dates: 26 October - 8 November, 2018
Program location: Singapore
Cost: $2,700
Funding: 8 x $2,500 New Colombo Plan Mobility Grants
Cost inclusion: Participants eligible for the NCP mobility grant will be given $2,500 to arrange flights and accommodation
Application deadline: 31 August, 2018

Read more about The New Colombo Plan Mobility Program.

For more information email Elmira Jamei.

This three-week study tour to northern Thailand gives pre-service teachers an opportunity to learn with students at Chiang Rai Rajabhat University (CRRU). You will create teaching opportunities for Thai P-12 classrooms. You will undertake language/culture classes each morning and activities each afternoon. This ensures successful completion of unit assessments and gives you professional practice of teaching skills.

Credit: AEB2303 / EEE3012 / EEE3013
College: Arts & Education
Program dates: 10 November - 2 December, 2018 (TBC)
Country: Thailand
Cost: $3,000
Funding: 10 x $3,000 New Colombo Plan Mobility Grants
Cost inclusions: airfare, accommodation
Application deadline: TBC

Read more about The New Colombo Plan Mobility Program.

For more information email Fiona Henderson.

Visit municipal infant-toddler centers and preschools in Reggio Emilia, Italy, on a unique early childhood education study tour. You will learn first-hand about the history and fundamental principles of the Reggio Emilia approach to education.

Tour highlights:

  • Presentations by pedagogistas, atelieristas and teachers on the history, identity and principles of the Reggio Emilia approach.
  • Theoretical talks, presentations and analysis of projects that document experiences from the schools.

Credit: ABEC course = AEB2303. EBEC & EGEC course the program is integrated into one of your existing units.
College: Arts & Education - Priority given to students enrolled in Early Childhood Courses or engaging in Early Childhood Research
Program dates: 10 November - 2 December, 2018 (TBC)
Country: Italy
Cost: approx. $2600 - $3,000
Cost inclusions: some meals (breakfast and lunch), hotel accommodation and some tour activities.
Application deadline: 5pm, 9 October 2018

For more information and to apply download the application.

Visit and complete an internship at Centurion University and its social outreach arm, Gram Tarang, in Bhubaneswar, India. You will undertake an action-learning project in one of Centurion University’s social enterprises and various businesses in the Urban Micro Business Centre (UMBC), including:

  • Gram Tarang Employability and Training Services
  • Gram Tarang Foods
  • Gram Tarang Inclusive Development Services

You will work in an operational social enterprise business and be paid a local wage for the days you 'intern' with Gram Tarang or in the law environment. You will be exposed to urban and rural environments and the social issues that exist within them.

Credit: TBC
College: Business
Program dates: 8 - 25 November, 2018
Program location: India
Cost: $2,800
Funding: 10 x $3,000 New Colombo Plan Mobility Grants
Cost inclusions: accommodation, meals, extra-curricular activities and selected cultural visits
Application deadline: 24 August, 2018 (12noon)

Read more about The New Colombo Plan Mobility Program.

For more information email Keith Thomas.

Please note: not all programs are listed here; please contact your College directly to find out if there are any study tours available in your field.

Nicole Mcinerney, Indonesia Study Tour.