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 (Winter Block 2019)

The Hanyang International Summer School (HISS) is one of Korea's biggest and most popular summer programs. In 2018, more than 2,000 students spent 4 weeks in Hanyang University, one of Korea's leading private universities. HISS offers world-class education combined with a variety of unique cultural experiences. Every year HISS is thrilled to host an increasing number of students and faculties from around the world.

The HISS has multiple units on offer: view the complete list.

Students will need to have the units assessed for VU credit.

Program dates: 29 June – 28 July, 2019
Program location: Korea (Seoul)
Program host: Hanyang University
Program type: study abroad (tuition is paid to host university)
Cost: KRW 1,800,000 (Korean Won)
Cost inclusions: tuition, application fee and 3 cultural activities
Application deadline: 15 May, 2019

More information about the Hanyang International Summer School

Hong Kong is in the heart of Asia and a gateway to China. It is a world class cosmopolitan city where east and west blend in many ways. It is an exciting and dynamic destination. Your living and learning experiences at HKBU will be enriching and unforgettable. It is a place where we seriously promote scholarly work and engage students in international activities on campus.

Once enrolled, you will be studying and interacting alongside other international students as well as local and Mainland students in the same classrooms.

The HKBU Summer Programme has multiple units on offer: view the complete list.

Students will need to have the units assessed for VU credit.

Program dates: 2 July – 1 August, 2019
Program location: Hong Kong
Program host: Hong Kong Baptist University
Program type: Exchange (tuition is paid to VU)
Cost: HK$12,410 (Hong Kong Dollars)
Cost inclusions: on-campus accommodation, student activities (including a 3-day trip in Macao), arrival pickup and administrative fee.
Application deadline: 8 April, 2019

More information about the HKBU Summer School.

Earn academic credit while studying in Berlin and interacting with students from all over the world. Two units are offered during the 2019 summer school.

The European Union in a Global World

This program offers a unique blend of business, politics and culture, providing business and economics students the opportunity to undertake a demanding, in-depth study of the European Union and its evolving role within today’s world.

European Business & Economics Programme

This program provides business and economics students with an insight into the structures and trends that influence European business and economics today. Over the course of four modules students will explore the European Union via the themes of politics, intercultural management, marketing and economics.

Students will need to have the units assessed for VU credit.

Program dates: 23 June – 20 July, 2019
Program location: Berlin
Program Host: Berlin School of Economics and Law
Program type: study abroad (tuition is paid to host university)
Cost: €1,940 (euros)
Cost inclusions: tuition fee, accommodation, optional culture and leisure-time program
Application deadline: 15 March, 2019

More information about the HWR Berlin Summer School

Earn academic credit while studying in Berlin and interacting with students from all over the world. Two units are offered during the 2019 summer school.

Entrepreneurship & Innovation Management in Germany

The German economy ranks highly on innovation indicators such as research and development spending and patenting activity. Innovations 'made in Germany' are exported around the world. This program analyses key issues related to innovation management and entrepreneurship from a German perspective and offers students a strong grounding in how to start and grow a business in a dynamic marketplace, using Berlin’s vibrant startup scene as an example.

Markets & Management in Europe

One of our most popular programs, 'Markets and Management in Europe' explores themes such as intercultural management, marketing, and economics in order to investigate European business and its interaction with the rest of the world. To complement this multidisciplinary approach participants take part in a range of visits to institutions and an automobile company (e.g. Volkswagen in Wolfsburg) as well as completing a module on German culture & society from an intercultural perspective.

Students will need to have the units assessed for VU credit.

Program dates: 30 June – 20 July, 2019
Program location: Berlin
Program Host: Berlin School of Economics and Law
Program type: study abroad (tuition is paid to host university)
Cost: €1,650 (euros)
Cost inclusions: tuition fee, accommodation, optional culture and leisure-time program
Application deadline: 15 March, 2019

More information about the HWR Berlin Summer School

Universidad Iberoamericana is considered to be one of Mexico’s most prestigious universities, distinguished by its high academic standards and strong social commitment. The Mexico City campus is located within the Santa Fe business district (western part of town).

Don’t miss the chance to experience one of the world’s most fascinating places! Previously known as the 'City of Palaces', today Mexico City is one of the largest urban communities in the world and the country’s economic and cultural centre.

Social Entrepreneurship & Global Innovation Bootcamp

Participants will come to Mexico City for an intensive four-week program to learn how to build innovation-driven enterprises, and to address current global challenges with a social perspective. Throughout the program, participants will learn and practise the latest innovation frameworks used by startups around the world. The bootcamp deepens in strategies, business methodologies and tools to create products and services for social change with innovative characteristics.

Spanish Language and Mexican Culture

Discover the cultural richness, traditions and customs of Mexico while you improve your Spanish-language skills.
The course aims at exploring the different components of the Mexican cultural identity, including art, history and traditions. The teachers involved in the program are high-profile academics from one of Latin America’s most renowned private universities.
The program includes excursions to must-see cultural and touristic places in Mexico City and complementary activities, such as Mexican cooking classes and Latin dancing lessons.

Students will need to have the units assessed for VU credit.

Program dates: 24 May - 21 June, 2019
Program location: Mexico
Program host: IBERO
Program type: study abroad (tuition is paid to host university)
Cost: USD$950
Cost inclusions: Tuition, access to campus facilities, course materials, visits and field trips
Application deadline: 24 March, 2019

More information about the program

i Summer MX is a program designed for international students who love traveling and learning about new cultures. Students will live in four vibrant cities in Mexico. The Santa Fe district in Mexico City, the colonial city Queretaro, the industrialized Leon and the modern business and industrial center in Monterrey. They will make everlasting memories exercising their intellectual curiosity and developing entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership skills, in a multicultural setting. During their stay in Mexico, students will learn about different parts of the country without ceasing their studies. Each campus has special activities, with field trips, company visits and networking events that will make their experience unforgettable.

Enterprise, Culture & Business in the World

Students will be able to identify and analyse differences in cultures, political systems, social systems and economic systems influence on businesses; and analyse how the globalisation process affects international businesses.

Students will need to have the units assessed for VU credit.

Program dates: 1 - 26 July, 2019
Program location: Mexico
Program host: Tecnológico de Monterrey
Program type: Exchange (tuition is paid to VU)
Cost: $1,600 USD
Cost inclusions: Housing, full transportation from Monday to Saturday, for all the activities in the program, and between cities, breakfast from 6 days per week, tickets for all places and events in the program.
Application deadline: 24 May, 2019

More information about the Global Business program

iSummer MX is a program designed for international students who love of travelling and learning about new cultures. Discover four of the most iconic states in Mexico, visit the capital Mexico City, enjoy the colonial city of Querétaro, go to the amazing Guadalajara, walk through historic places at Puebla, and choose to make everlasting memories in beautiful places like Puerto Vallarta and San Miguel de Allende.

During your stay in Mexico, you will have the opportunity to live for weeks on four different campuses. This will give you the chance to learn about different parts of the country without ceasing your studies. Each campus has special activities, and several trips, that will make your experience unforgettable!

Mexican Identity & Culture

This is basic humanities course in which students will understand, identity and analyse aspects of Mexico's culture so that they can assimilate and integrate themselves into the culture. No prior knowledge is required. As an outcome, students will carry out dynamics related to diverse art expressions.

Intercultural communication

This course provides an intellectual and experimental forum for developing interpersonal and intercultural communication skills. Students will learn to identify the cultural aspects of verbal and non-verbal behavior of people from different cultures and of themselves, and to recognise that differences in cultures can cause communication difficulties in organisational settings.

Students will need to have the units assessed for VU credit.

Program dates: 1 - 26 July, 2019
Program location: Mexico
Program host: Tecnológico de Monterrey
Program type: Exchange (tuition is paid to VU)
Cost: $1,600 USD
Cost inclusions: Housing, full transportation from Monday to Saturday, for all the activities in the program, and between cities, breakfast from 6 days per week, tickets for all places and events in the program.
Application deadline: 24 May, 2019

More information about the Culture and Identity program

The main goal of the summer school is to provide students with academic and applied knowledge, to experience an international environment and to provide knowledge of the Swedish culture through a rich program of cultural and social activities.

Purchasing Logistics with a Global Perspective

The aim of this course is to give advanced knowledge of logistics in purchasing and supply-chain management with a global perspective. The focus is on the purchasing functions importance for the company result.

Students will need to have the units assessed for VU credit.

Program dates: 03 - 28 June, 2019
Program location: Sweden
Program host: Jonkoping University
Program type: Exchange (tuition is paid to VU)
Cost: SEK 21,900 (Swedish
Cost inclusions: Tuition, social program and application fee. Accommodation is an additional cost.
Application deadline: 1 April, 2019

More information about the Summer program

The National Chengchi University is one of the most prestigious universities in Taiwan - a university with global vision and equal emphasis to humanities and technology innovation. The NCCU International Summer School (NCCU ISS) offers intensive Mandarin Chinese learning and English-taught academic units in the fields of Management, Social Sciences and Humanities with a focus on the aspects of Taiwan, China and East Asia. In addition to academic and language studies, you will also participate in well-designed excursions to the most significant cultural and historical attractions in Taiwan. Make your 2019 winter break a fruiful one by joining NCCU ISS to enhance your knowledge in your discipline of study and Mandarin Chinese, and give yourself an opportunity to meet and interact with international students from diverse cultural and social backgrounds.

The NCCU ISS has multiple units on offer: view the complete list.

Students will need to have the units assessed for VU credit.

Program dates: 5 July - 2 August 2019
Program location: Taiwan (Taipei)
Program host: National Chengchi University
Program type: study abroad (tuition is paid to host university)
Costs: Tuition - US$300 per unit (VU has one free tuition place available on this program); excursions - US$150; registration fee - US$150
Application deadline: 3 May 2019

More information about the 2019 NCCU International Summer School.

The University of Monterrey is situated in the City of Monterrey, in Mexico's northeast. Approximately 100km from the US border, Monterrey is the third-largest city in Mexico. The city is surrounded by a diverse landscape of mountains, forests, national parks and deserts which, combined with the warm climate, is perfect for anyone who enjoys the outdoors.

Alternate Dispute Resolutions

To analyse the alternative methods for resolution of disputes, the rules applied to Law conflict and other elements of conflict resolution in which exogenous elements appear.

Public International Law

Through the analysis of real cases, students will learn how to use the theoretical aspects, normative and jurisprudential of the legal system branch that regulates international relations, such as the structure and competencies of the main international organisations, building an emphasis in those dedicated to the promotion and protection of human rights.

Each program is worth 12 VU credits. Students can elect to undertake 1or 2 units during the program; however, the cost will remain the same.

Students will need to complete a study plan to apply.

Program dates: 1 - 19 July, 2019
Program location: Mexico
Program host: Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM)
Program type: study abroad (tuition is paid to host university)
Cost: USD $1,300
Cost inclusions: Tuition, accommodation, visits and field trips
Application deadline: 30 March, 2019

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.

Fees

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

2019 Study tours

Contact your College or School to join a study tour or to find out more.

Please note: not all programs are listed here, new tours will be added throughout the year.

Study tour Location Month of travel
Municipal infant-toddler centers and preschool Italy March
The Yogyakarta Study Tour Indonesia June
Thailand Engaged Language and Literacy Thailand June
Education Hong Kong Study Tour Hong Kong October

Study tour Location Month of travel
Sustainability & Social Enterprise Indonesia (Internship) Indonesia June
VU Business School & CERES Global study tour Bali & Lombok June-July

Study tour Location Month of travel
The future of building construction with Building Information Modeling China June
Optimisation of water resource management systems in smart cities Hong Kong June
Japan's one stop solution to utility infrastructure of future Japan June
Green building design and regulation Canada July

Study tour Location Month of travel
Paramedicine UK Study Tour UK May
Paramedicine USA and Canada Study Tour USA/Canada May
Paramedicine Israel Clinical Study Tour Israel June
Paramedicine Texas Study Tour USA July

Study tour Location Month of travel
FIU - Florida Law Study Tour USA November

Study tour Location Month of travel
Sport for persons with a disability in Indonesia Indonesia June
Understanding Japan through a sports exchange tour Japan June

Nicole Mcinerney, Indonesia Study Tour.