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Am I eligible?

Study Overseas is conditionally open to:

  • Enrolled domestic students over 18 before the commencement of the program
  • International students enrolled in a full USC degree
  • Students who are enrolled at a campus managed by USC and not a third party provider

Visit the Study Overseas application steps to check if you qualify.

Students wishing to apply for Study Overseas must schedule a consultation first with the Study Overseas team via email (

Where can I study?

USC has partner institutions and organisations in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe offering hundreds of programs.

Visit USC Study Overseas Program partner institutions to browse the many destinations and institutions available.

What can I study?

There are full semester and short-term programs available, including Work Place Learning (WPL), study tours, in-country language and culture studies, and research program participation.

  • Semester program: When you undertake a semester program you are enrolled as a full-time USC student. The semester program in the partner institution is equivalent to USC’s requirements for being a full-time student. Every host institution has different semester duration but they are usually around 6 months.
  • Short-term program: A short-term program can range from 3 weeks to 2 months. Some examples of the types of short-term program include: intensive courses, field trips, hands-on work, project-driven activities, research projects, and in-country language and culture studies.
Can I participate in Study Overseas if I am studying a Postgraduate coursework degree or Honours degree?

Yes, but this is subject to change, so please check availability with the Study Overseas team.

Can I complete the last semester of my degree with Study Overseas?

Yes, however final approval is to the discretion of Study Overseas staff.

If I am a first-year student, can I apply to undertake Study Overseas in my second year?

Yes, but because we require your GPA, the window of opportunity in which to apply is small, so the following conditions may be difficult, but not impossible, to meet:

  • you must have successfully completed 8 courses at USC before submitting an application, and
  • you must lodge your application before the deadline
Are courses I complete on Study Overseas counted towards my GPA?
  • Semester Program: In most cases you will receive a Pass, Ungraded or a Fail, which does not count towards your GPA. In some in-country language programs grades are applied. Contact your USC Language Course Co-ordinator for further information.
  • Short-Term Program: In most cases, yes. You enrol in USC courses, but study them overseas; therefore you are graded equivalently to USC grading. Speak with your USC Course Co-ordinator to confirm.
Who approves my course choices and can help me with a study plan?

The Program Advice team in Student Central assess your course choices. The Study Overseas team will request a program review for you from Student Central to assist with your course choices. This will be requested after the initial consultation with the Study Overseas team. Email the Study Overseas team for further information.

I’m doing a double degree so do I have to choose courses from both component programs?

Not necessarily, it will depend on your study plan. You should speak with the Program Advice team in Student Central before choosing courses as they will be able to tell you if choosing courses from only one program will extend your time at USC.

How do I know what a full-time study load is, in other words, how many courses to choose?

Visit Semester programs and view the full-time study load details located under each country heading.

Can I study under Study Overseas at an institution that is not a USC partner institution?


If I am an international student can I study in my home country?


Can I apply to undertake multiple Study Overseas opportunities within one year?

Yes. Speak to the Study Overseas team for more information.

Can I extend if I’m overseas and after one semester I decide I want to stay longer?

Yes, but this is based on:

  • approval from the Program Advice team in Student Central for the additional courses,

  • approval from the Partner Institution, and

  • approval from the Study Overseas team.

Are there study programs available over the summer?

Yes. Check Short-Term programs for summer programs.

Do I have to speak the local language to participate in Study Overseas?
  • Semester Program: It varies. All of USC’s partner institutions except those in Indonesia, Italy and Japan, offer courses in English. Nonetheless, some language skills may be advantageous.
  • Short-term Program: It varies. To participate in the intensive in-country language and culture courses for Indonesian, Italian and Japanese you must have a certain level of language proficiency. Speak to your USC Course Co-ordinator for the level of proficiency required. For other short-term programs local language skills are not necessary, but some skills may be advantageous in certain cases.

Note: To undertake in-country language studies you must be enrolled in the target language at USC.

Do I have to pay tuition fees to my host institution?

No. As you remain enrolled at USC, your tuition fees are paid under the same arrangements as for your current USC degree.

What expenses should I be prepared for?
  • housing / accommodation
  • health / travel insurance — USC has a travel policy which covers currently enrolled USC students for approved overseas travel however some countries require additional insurance. Visit Blackboard > Financial Services > Insurance for policy details.
  • airfare
  • visa
  • transport
  • study materials
  • living costs (eg food, internet, telephone, etc.)
  • spending money (eg extra travel, entertainment, shopping, etc.)

If you are currently receiving Centrelink payments you may be eligible to keep receiving those while you’re studying overseas.

Although we recommend that students have up to A$10,000 per semester to cover these costs, living costs vary between countries. For example, the cost of living in South Korea is lower than Sweden.

Can I travel before or after I start at my host institution?

Yes, you are able to travel at any time providing:

  • you fulfill all compulsory attendance at your host institution, and

  • your visa conditions allow it.

Are there scholarships available?

Yes. USC and the Australian Government have scholarships and loans available to support your study overseas.

Eligible students are able to apply for the following:

  • Overseas Study Grants—application is through Study Overseas. For information speak to a Study Overseas Advisor.
  • OS-HELP—Australian Government loan for financial assistance to eligible students, application is through USC Student Administration. For information visit Study Assist.
  • Endeavour Award scholarships— funded by the Australian Government (for specific countries), application is through Study Overseas. For information visit Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships.
When is the deadline for my application?

To find out the exact current deadline dates visit Study Overseas application steps

Essentially, the deadline is the semester prior to the commencement of the Study Overseas semester. The only variation to this is some short-term programs which have specific deadlines.

Note: Allocation of institutions and programs is not assessed on the order of receipt of applications by USC; therefore early submission of your application does not guarantee your first preference.

How do I apply and who do I submit my application to?

Visit Study Overseas application steps for a step-by-step guide to the application process.

How long does it take until I find out if my application is approved?

You will be notified by a Study Overseas Advisor within two weeks after the application deadline closes.

What should I do if I don’t get my first preference for destination / institution?

If you are not given your first preference, USC will always try to offer you your second preference. This is why it is important to have a second preference and to have the course approval application form ready to submit for assessment.

Can I read about experiences other students have had on their Study Overseas?

Yes. Visit USC International and Study Overseas blog to read about other students’ experiences.

Can I attend an information session to learn more about Study Overseas?

Yes. Information sessions are held on a regular basis throughout the semester. The sessions will be advertised on Study Overseas events, Blackboard and via email.


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