Go Global Exchange Program
What is exchange?
The Go Global Exchange Program is one of our cornerstone Go Global opportunities, giving you the opportunity to study for a whole semester or year at one of our hundreds of overseas university exchange partners.
So if it's tapas in Spain while you're studying sociology, or feasting on kimchi in Korea while studying international business, there are literally hundreds of exchange options you can consider!
How does it work?
When participating in the Go Global Exchange Program, you:
- stay enrolled at Western Sydney University;
- continue to pay fees as per normal to Western Sydney University (you don't pay at the overseas partner);
- transfer credit from your overseas experience back into your Western Sydney University degree.
Can I study in English?
Almost all our overseas partners have a range of academic options in English, even in countries where English is not the national language. We have listed these English-medium academic disciplines against most partners listed to make it easier for you to identify where you can study your intended discipline in English. Where indicated, you might also need another language - such as certain Japanese partners require you to have a certain level of proficiency in the Japanese language.
When can I study?
Semester dates in Australia differ to those in the northern hemisphere. So while Autumn session at Western Sydney University begins in March and finishes in June, in the United States, for example, their Spring semester begins in January and finishes in May. As a general rule of thumb, the differences in academic calendar work out fine and won't throw out your semesters here at Western.
Where can I study?
We have hundreds of exchange partners on almost every continent in a huge range of countries, which we've selected to offer you the best immersive study experiences that credit back to your degree here.
Am I eligible?
You are eligible to participate in the Go Global Exchange Program if you have a passing GPA and have at least 30 credit points of either elective or core units that can be completed while on exchange. See Step 1 below.
How can I afford it?
You might think that going on exchange would be unaffordable, but you'd be wrong!
To support the participation in the Go Global Exchange Program, eligible students can receive an International Exchange Scholarship or Student Mobility Travel Grant of up to AUD $1,750 and a deferred OS-HELP loan valued up to AUD $8,295. You can learn more at the Money Matters and Scholarships page.
Steps for going on a Semester Exchange
1. Find out if you are eligible for a Semester Exchange Studies
- To participate on the Western Sydney University Go Global Exchange Program, you must meet the following eligibility criteria:
- You must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or above* over your whole academic record in your course to date.
- Whilst on exchange you must be enrolled in a minimum of 30 Western Sydney University credit points each semester.
- You must be deemed suitable to represent the University overseas by Western Sydney University Go Global and Study Abroad.
- Host university partners have the final authority on the admission of exchange students to their institution.
- International students are very much encouraged to apply. All students should preference host universities in countries in which they do not or have not held citizenship or residency. Exceptions may be made by the Manager, International Mobility.
- Part-time students are encouraged to apply, however you must be on track to be completing a minimum of 30 credits overall at the time of application.
- Final-year students can undertake an exchange during their final session of study at the University, however doing so could affect their eligibility for OS-HELP and delay graduation (due to time-lag in transcript processing for advanced standing of units taken on exchange).
- Nursing and Medicine students are not able to participate in semester-based exchange programs due to the tight academic structures of these degrees. Nursing and Medicine students wishing to incorporate an overseas study experience to their degree may wish to consult their School for any available international study tours or clinical placements.
- Undergraduate students: The earliest session in which undergraduate students can apply is during their first session of study. They must be on track to complete a minimum of 30 credits in that session. Please note students who have transferred from another university are welcome to apply for exchange during their first session at Western Sydney University. Subject to their specific degree flexibility, students enrolled in an undergraduate degree can undertake up to one year (80 credit points) on exchange during their degree. This can be taken consecutively or undertaken in different sessions.
- Postgraduate students: Due to the tight academic structure of postgraduate degrees, it is not always possible to undertake a full semester session of exchange in a postgraduate degree program. Postgraduate students thinking about exchange should discuss their intentions at the earliest opportunity with their Academic Course Advisor / Director of Academic Program and Western Sydney University Go Global ad Study Abroad. Students would need to be enrolled in at least a 1.5 or 2 year postgraduate degree program in order for a full semester session of exchange to be possible.
- The College: The earliest session in which you can apply is in your first session of undergraduate study at Western Sydney University (ie. once you have completed your pathway program at The College and articulated into your undergraduate degree). You must be on track to be completing a minimum of 30 credits in the session in which you apply at the Western Sydney University.
2. Research your overseas university
When you submit the exchange application you are required to Identify three exchange institutions and rank them in order of preference.
3. Find out if a semester overseas fits your course structure
- Will I receive academic credit?
- What classes can I study overseas?
- 1. Complete an Academic Study Plan. This plan is mandatory for your preferred host University (your first preference). This worksheet helps you think about the classes you can take overseas (see further information below). Note, this is not a credit agreement, but an exercise only. If you are accepted into the program, you will be required to complete a credit agreement (Step 5).
- 2. Talk to your Academic Course Advisor about credit arrangements and how it fits best with your course structure.
- The Academic Study Plan - mandatory for your preferred host University (your first preference)
- To complete the Academic Study Plan, carefully review the exchange partner university subject outlines and consider how these align with your Western Sydney University degree requirements. You can consult your Academic Course Advisor or Director of Academic Program about appropriate host university unit options for your degree. The number of overseas units listed should be the equivalent of a full-time Western Sydney University study load – which is a minimum of 30 Western credit points and a maximum of 40 Western credit points per session. See the Comparison of Credit Points and Academic Calendars.
- The Academic Study Plan is informal and suitable to change as you may not necessarily be nominated to your preferred host university. It is important exercise for you to understand if your degree accommodates a semester or year-long exchange program.
- The Exchange Academic Approval process (which happens after you've been nominated and applied to the exchange partner university, but before you depart for overseas) is required. Keep a copy of the Academic Study Plan Worksheet for future reference, as it will help you when you are completing the formal Exchange Academic Approval later.
- If you have questions about this process or the other steps below, feel free to contact Western Sydney International Office's Go Global team. Email email@example.com or book for an Advising Session
4. Submit the Semester Exchange application
- BEFORE APPLYING FOR EXCHANGE
- Have you established your eligibility for exchange studies?
- Have you identified 3 host universities overseas that you would like to attend on exchange?
- Have you completed the Academic Study Plan for your first preference location (HOST UNIVERSITY 1)?
- Have you consulted with your Academic Course Advisor (ACA) or Director of Academic Program (DAP) about your Academic Study Plan?
- Application for exchange deadlines:
- Apply for Exchange during Autumn 2021 (applications open from 1 April 2020 - 31 July 2020)
- Apply for Exchange during Spring 2021 (applications open from 1 Sep 2020 until 31 Jan 2021)
5. After the assessment of your application
- Western Sydney University will assess your application based upon academic merit and suitability after the application deadline. This may take a few weeks to a month or so to complete. You will be notified of the outcome and, if your application is successful, you will receive an official nomination letter for the exchange partner university to which you are being nominated via your Western Sydney University email account. Successful applicants will be required to:
- 1. Attend nomination briefing session
- 2. Seek approval Academic Approval with the relevant Academic Course Advisor or Director of Academic Program.
- 3. Submit an application to the nominated exchange partner university by the exchange partner university's deadline. You will be required to complete several more documents to finalise this process, which may include an Academic Referee Report (opens in a new window). Information about this process will be provided by Western Sydney University at a dedicated Nominations briefing.
6. Wait for an Acceptance Notification
- You will need to wait for an Acceptance Notification from your nominated exchange partner university. It may take up to 12 weeks for students to hear back from an exchange partner university. You are advised not to purchase non-refundable airline tickets until this official acceptance is received. This is a normal turnaround time for partner university acceptance and you should not be alarmed if you have not received an acceptance from the exchange partner university even up to 2 months prior to the commencement of your exchange semester.
- 1. Complete the steps on the Before I Go webpage.
- 2. Attend at a compulsory Pre-Departure session. Attendance at this event is strongly encouraged, as it's the last opportunity to discuss questions and issues you have with the Go Global team before you go.
Apply for your adventure now!
Before continuing, make sure you have:
- established your eligibility for exchange studies
- Identified 3 host universities
- Completed the Academic Study Plan for your first preference location
- Consulted with your Academic Course Advisor (ACA) or Director of Academic Program (DAP) about your Academic Study Plan
Applications to attend a semester exchange during Autumn 2021 will be open on 1 April 2020.