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Explore: your options for overseas study

Costs and scholarships

To get the most out of your global experience, it’s important to plan your finances and make sure you’re able to cover any program costs , fees for virtual programs as well as your living and travel costs if you're overseas. Visit your host university's website or look at the cost of living and finances information under each program on the Global Mobility Database.

Exchange scholarships

The University offers a range of scholarships to students taking part in overseas study. You’ll automatically be considered for scholarships when you apply for exchange. You’ll be advised of any scholarship offer at the time you are nominated for exchange.

See a full list of the exchange scholarships available and funding options available to you.

You should check with your nominated host university to see if there are scholarships available through their university too.

Vice Chancellor’s Global Mobility Scholarship

If you're applying for semester exchange or short-term programs you will automatically be considered for a Vice Chancellor’s Global Mobility Scholarship worth from $1000 to $2000. This scholarship is allocated on the basis of academic merit (WAM) and exchange destination. You are not eligible if you receive another University-administered exchange or travelling scholarship or grant.

Vice Chancellor’s Global Mobility Scholarships for Super Exchange Partners

If you’re nominated to a Super Exchange Partner, you will receive a Vice Chancellor’s Global Mobility Scholarship to the value of $2000. Where the number of students nominated to these destinations exceeds the existing funding, academic merit will be used to determine scholarship recipients.

‘Super Exhange Partner’ universities are:

  • National University of Singapore
  • University of California
  • University of Copenhagen
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Hong Kong
  • University of Toronto

Vice Chancellor’s Global Mobility Scholarships based on Academic Merit

We offer scholarships of $1500 to students who have achieved a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 75 or higher, participating in a semester exchange program in the host country.

Please note that you may not be able to hold multiple scholarships for the same global mobility program even if you have met the eligibility criteria.

The Vice Chancellor’s Global Mobility Award

The Vice Chancellor’s Global Mobility Award, is offered to students participating on a University approved overseas program who entered the University of Sydney on low socio-economic and/or diverse backgrounds equivalent pathway. This award is valued at $5000 for a semester exchange or $2500 for a short-term program. You may hold this award in conjunction with another mobility scholarship or grant.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scholarships

The University of Sydney Indigenous International Exchange Scholarship is valued at $5000 for eligible students accepted into the semester exchange program. Short-term scholarships are also available and cover the total external program fee for virtual programs and internships.

Australian mobility grants

In partnership with the Australian Government, we offer a variety of funding opportunities to students undertaking overseas credited study, through the New Colombo Plan Mobility grants.

Other mobility scholarships

There are many other mobility scholarships offered by University of Sydney faculties/schools, host universities, foreign governments and external organisations. View currently available funding options.

See a full list of the exchange scholarships available and funding options available to you.

Financial requirements

You're expected to have enough funding for the duration of your stay. Some countries will only issue a student visa if you provide evidence of this funding. Refer to your host country’s government immigration website for more information.

You will be asked to provide your estimated available funds and estimated expenditure during your application.

OS-HELP loans

OS-HELP loans are part of the Government’s HELP scheme and assist eligible students approved for exchange to fund a range of overseas expenses.

Find out how to apply for OS-HELP.

Centrelink assistance

If eligible, you can continue to receive Centrelink benefits while studying full-time overseas.

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Last updated: 16 May 2023

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