Special Opportunities and Study Tours

Maria Rudder, Bachelor of Arts, National Central University Taiwan

Spend a few amazing weeks abroad or maybe a semester. Can’t afford to go abroad? Many of the activities on this page provide a unique opportunity to be supported by special mobility grants and scholarships.

  • See below for further information about mobility grants and scholarships available
  • Eligible students can receive a deferred OS-HELP loan valued up to $8,149
  • Many programs include cultural excursions
  • Approved study overseas can count toward your degree in Australia

How do I participate in an overseas experience?

STEP 1: Research an opportunity below and submit an application

  • Explore what experience you would like by researching the opportunities below:
    • You may be able to replace one of these activities with an elective or core unit
    • English is the medium of instruction at most of the locations

STEP 2: Apply for Academic Approval

  • Discuss your preferred option with your Academic Course Adviser (ACA) or placement coordinator - visit your School website and see 'Contact'
  • To receive recognition for your overseas experience, it is important that you seek advice from your Academic Course Advisor and apply for academic approval at least 3 months prior to commencement. Find out how to apply for Academic Approval below: 

STEP 3: Apply for OS-HELP

  • You may be eligible for OS-HELP, a deferred HELP debt loan for undergraduate Australian citizens - loans of $4,000, $6,791 or $8,149 are available. Academic Approval is required; have completed 80 credit points of study, and have 10 credit points remaining on return.
  • Note, depending on the program, some of the opportunities below provide a scholarship, tuition waivers, free or cheap accommodation etc.

STEP 4: Complete the 'Before I Go' Online Checklist

Complete the Online Checklist (opens in a new window) to ensure you have completed the important tasks before heading overseas. This includes applying for a Student Mobility Travel Grant and information about travel insurance.

Study Tours and Short Programs

Mid-Year Break (June/July 2019)

CountryRefProgramDisciplinesTravel DatesGrants/Scholarships AvailableApplications
EnglandLeedsLeeds international Summer SchoolMulti-disciplineJulyYesOpen
Germany Start-up Experiential Learning Programs in BerlinMulti-disciplineJulyNoOpen soon
Hong Kong Enterprise Innovation & Entrepreneurial Practice BusinessJulyNCP*Open 
Indonesia Public Health Study TourHealth ScienceJulyNCP*Open soon
Japan Short Study toursInternational RelationsJulyNCP*Open soon
Japan Two weeks in Japan - tuition waiver and free accommodation!Japanese StudiesJulyYesOpen soon
Malaysia Indigenous Communities Study Tour Health ScienceJulyNCP*Open soon
Singapore Enterprise Innovation & Entrepreneurial PracticeBusinessJulyNCP*Open 
South Africa Have you ever wanted to go on safari to Africa?Multi-disciplineJulyNoOpen soon
South Korea Enterprise Innovation & Entrepreneurial PracticeBusinessJulyNCP*Open
Taiwan Immersion Experience and Internship program BusinessJulyNCP*Open 
Taiwan25839A Field study: Enhancing Collaborative and Culturally Appropriate CareMulti-disciplineJuneNCP*Open
Taiwan25356A Field Study - Taiwan Inter-Professional Public Health Immersion ExperienceMulti-disciplineJulyNCP*Open
Timor-Leste25589Mobile StoriesScreen Media and CommunicationJulyNCP*Open
United States Silicon Valley Student Innovation ProgramMulti-disciplineJulyNoOpen soon
Vanuatu21882Sustainable Development in the PacificCommunicationsJulyNCP*Closed
Vietnam Students wanted for Short Program in July Business - students from other disciplines welcomeJulyNCP*Open
Vietnam Scholarship for Internship Business - students from other disciplines welcomeJulyNCP*Open

* Australian Government New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant up to $3000

End-of-Year Break (Between December 2019 and February 2020)

Region / Country




Travel Dates

Grants/Scholarships Available


China27167Forgotten Heritage

Have a keen interest in conservation, marketing, hospitality, history or similar

29 Nov – 22 Dec 2019

(4 weeks)

NCP*Opens Soon
China Internship - 360° View of Chinese Business and CultureMulti-disciplineAny time between November 2019 and February 2020NCP*Closed
China17887Work-Integrated Learning ExperienceBusinessDecNCP*Closed
China21882Market Research Study TourBusinessDecNCP*Closed
ChinaSoBAustralia-China Bridging Culture Program in BeijingBusinessDecYesClosed
EuropeCISJanuary in Barcelona, Naples, Rome and FlorenceMulti-disciplineJanYesClosed
EuropeCISJanuary in France, Italy and GreeceMulti-disciplineJanYesClosed
EuropeCISJanuary in Italy, France, the Netherlands and Czech RepublicMulti-disciplineJanYesClosed
Hong Kong Enterprise Innovation & Entrepreneurial PracticeBusinessJanNCP*Closed
India West Bengal Study TourCommunicationsNovNCP*Closed
India TATA Consultancy Services Engagement Information and Communication TechnologyNovNCP*Closed
India Promoting Gender Justice Social Science, PsychologyNovNCP*Closed
India Professional Development and IndustryInformation and Communication TechnologyJanNCP*Closed
Indonesia ACICIS Study IndonesiaMulti-disciplineJanNCP*Open
Indonesia The Journalism Professional Practicum (JPP)CommunicationsJanNCP*Closed
Indonesia  Language Short Course (ILSC)LanguagesJanNCP*Closed
Indonesia CommTECH Camp Sociopreneurship in ActionMulti-disciplineJanYesClosed
IsraelHACKLearn why Israel is known as ‘The Startup Nation’ Multi-disciplineJanNoClosed
JapanMEFAll expenses paid study tour Japanese studiesJanYesClosed
Malaysia Internship and Study TourMulti-disciplineJanNCP*Closed
Philippines Community DevelopmentHealth ScienceJanNCP*Closed
Singapore Enterprise Innovation & Entrepreneurial PracticeBusinessJanNCP*Closed
South AfricaSoHCAHave you ever wanted to go on safari to Africa? Multi-disciplineJanNoClosed
South Korea Overseas IHRM Study TourHuman Resource ManagementJanNCP*Closed
Taiwan Immersion Experience and Internship programBusinessJanNCP*Closed
United StatesHACKSilicon Valley Student Innovation ProgramMulti-disciplineJanNoClosed
Vietnam Urban and Regional DevelopmentMulti-disciplineJanNCP*Closed
Vietnam Scholarship for InternshipMulti-disciplineJan-FebNCP*Closed

*Australian Government New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant up to $3000

Other Short Term Scholarships and Grants

CountryRefProgramDisciplinesGrants/Scholarships Available
WorldwideAIMAIM OverseasMulti-disciplineYes
WorldwideCISCISaustralia - study, intern, volunteerMulti-disciplineYes
WorldwideISAISA International Studies AbroadMulti-disciplineYes
AsiaCRCCCRCC AsiaMulti-disciplineYes
GermanyDAADDAAD German Academic Exchange ServiceMulti-disciplineYes

Semester Opportunities

Indonesia: $3,000-$7,000 New Colombo Plan Grants

Western Sydney University is a member of the Australian Consortium for ‘In-Country’ Indonesian Studies (ACICIS). $3,000 - $7,000 New Colombo Plan Mobility Grants are available for eligible Western students. Find out more.

  • Receive up to $7000 to study Information Technology units in India as part of your Western Sydney University degree from January to May 2019 at one of our partner universities in India.
  • Complete an intensive study program that is equivalent of 30 cps in in the fields of Computer Science, Information and Communications Technology or Information Systems.
  • Internship options are also available for interested students.
  • Spend time in this incredible country exploring one of the best tourist destinations of the world as it holds diversity of culture, food, language and attractions!
  • Find out more (PDF, 614.84 KB) (opens in a new window).

Singapore: Up to $7000 grant to study at TOP UNI IN ASIA

Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is a leading institution of higher education in the Asia-Pacific region. Ranked 13th in the world and 1st in Asia, NTU places you in an academically stimulating environment that is both culturally enriching and socially fulfilling. The many extracurricular activities offered on and off campus will also compliment your formal studies and help you build lasting friendships from the moment you set foot on campus. This is also the perfect ‘soft landing’ in the heart of a booming Asia-Pacific region and a great jumping-off point to explore the many cultures, languages and societies surrounding Singapore, which include China, Vietnam, Thailand and India. Find out more.

Nepal - Social Science International Placement (102174) Unit

The Social Sciences International Placement (102174) unit provides third year students enrolled in the B. Anthropology, B. Humanitarian and Development Studies, B. Social Science, B. Social Science (Advanced) or B. Tourism Management with the opportunity to apply skills and knowledge acquired during the first two years of their degree to a 'real world' setting. In 2017 students will spend 12-14 weeks in Nepal, where they will study at Kathmandu University and work with local NGO Clean Up Nepal on various community projects.

Thailand: $7000 New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant

Would you like to receive a $7000 New Colombo Plan (NCP) Mobility Grant to study at the Thammasat University in Thailand? Founded in 1934, Thammasat University has educated many prominent members of the Thai civil administration. Over the years, Thammasat students have been known for their activism and have played a major role in Thai politics. Most classrooms are air-conditioned. A large performing arts hall hosts plays, concerts, lectures and guest performers. A newly-built second campus, Rangsit, houses science-related faculties and modern facilities such as a hospital, dormitories, swimming pools, a soccer field, tennis and basketball courts. The Asian Games have equipped the campus with state-of-the-art sports facilities. Find out more.

Go Global Exchange Program

One of our cornerstone Go Global opportunities is the semester or year-long study opportunity, the Go Global Exchange Program. If you want to immerse yourself in another diverse culture (but getting the option to study units completely in English) then one or two sessions abroad as part of your Western degree could be perfect for you. Find out more.