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Short term programs

Short term programs allow you to travel overseas for an educational experience that counts toward your degree. Short term programs incorporate a range of experiences including workplace learning, clinical placements, internships, professional practicums, school-led study tours, short courses, and language programs (2 weeks to 3 months). The projects listed here are for undergraduate students unless otherwise stated.

School Led Programs

Asia and Pacific

The overseas projects listed here do not reflect the full range of opportunities on offer. Contact your Program Coordinator to discuss other opportunities that may be available within your School or discipline.

Many of the experiences listed here are eligible for external funding, supported by the Australian Government's New Colombo Plan and loan funding through OS-Help.

Below are examples of the types of short term mobility programs available.

How Climate Change affects island communities 

Who: Environmental Science students
When: February / November - varies
Where: Brunei Darussalam
Dr Alison Shapcott

Food security, migration and climate adaptation

Who: Sustainability, Agriculture, Environment students
When: Varies
Professor Bill Carter

Explorations into Chinese society and culture

Who: Multiple disciplines, School of Social Sciences elective
Where: China
When: November
Dr Marcus Bussey

Community Planning and Social Entrepreneurship

Who:   Regional and Urban Planning Honours program students
Where: India
When: January / May - varies
Contact: Dr Nicholas Stevens

Youth Leadership: Equity, Sustainability, Resilience and the Future

Who: Social Sciences, Multidisciplinary
Where: India
When: Varies
Contact: Dr Marcus Bussey

Civil infrastructure assessment and remediation in urban and regional India

Who:  Engineering and Creative Industries students
Where: India
When: February / November - varies
Contact: Dr Adrian McCallum

Nursing Clinical Placement

Who:  Nursing students
Where: Indonesia
What: Nursing Clinical Placement
When: October / December / January / February - varies
Contact: Mr Matthew Mason

Japanese language and culture

Who: Communication/Japanese language students
Where: Japan 
When: July / November
Contact: Dr Levi Durbidge

Enhancing nutrition of coastal communities in Kiribati

Who: Nutrition students
Where: Kirabati
When: June / November
Contact: Dr Libby Swanepoel

Community planning and social entrepreneurship fellowship program

Who:  Regional and Urban Planning Honours program students
Where: Nepal
When: January / November - varies
Contact: Dr Nicholas Stevens

Community based approach to plastic waste

Who:  Science and Engineering, Business and Education students - multiple disciplines 
Where: Nepal
When: November - varies
Contact: Dr Kathy Townsend

Building capacity through partnerships with a High Performance Sport student athlete program

Who: High Performance Sport students - multiple disciplines
Where: Samoa
When: May / September - varies
Contact: Tania Stevenson

Outdoor education in an urban context  

Who: Outdoor Education students
Where: Singapore
When: September / January - varies
Contact: Mr Brendon Munge

Green Canteen Project

Who: Nutrition students
Where: Solomon Islands
When: February / June - varies
Contact: Dr Sarah Burkhart

Sustainable tourism and event policy and planning study tour of Bangkok

Who: Business students, Tourism students, Business electives
Where: Thailand
When: November
Contact: Dr Aaron Tham

Holistic healthcare through interdisciplinary clinical placements

Who: Occupational Therapy students, Nutrition students
Where: Vanuatu
When: January / July
Contact: Dr Sarah Burkhart

NCP Mobility Grant opportunities

UniSC has been awarded a range of mobility grants for specified short term mobility programs by the Australian Government under the New Colombo Plan program. Short Term Mobility Programs are usually run by an UniSC academic as part of a course and these opportunities will be promoted by the academic to students.

How to apply?

You do not need to apply for an NCP Mobility Grant.

Once you are selected by the academic to participate in the Short Term Mobility Program for which UniSC received NCP funding, you will be invited by the Global Mobility team to complete an NCP Eligibility form. This will allow us to determine your eligibility for the grant.

You will be advised if you have been successful in receiving a grant and of any conditions attached via a Letter of Offer.

Payment of your grant will be made to you prior to your departure on your Short Term Mobility Program, where you have accepted your Letter of Offer and fulfilled the conditions listed.

Eligibility Criteria

There are rules and conditions associated with the NCP Mobility Grants. These are set out in the NCP Mobility Grant guidelines applicable for the year the funding was awarded. However, in general the eligibility criteria to receive a mobility grant are:

  • Undertaking an Undergraduate program (Bachelor or Honours) at USC
  • Must be an Australian citizen
  • Age limit 18-28 yrs at commencement of mobility project (applies to 70% of participants). 30% allowance for participants over 28 yrs per project.
  • Students cannot receive a Student Grant to undertake a Mobility Project in a Host Location in which they have dual citizenship or residency rights, or in which they have previously been a citizen or permanent resident
  • Not have previously received an NCP short term grant
  • Must obtain credit for course in which overseas travel is a component

Note, where there are more students participating in a Short-Term Mobility Program than available grants, additional eligibility criteria may apply.

What destinations are grants available?

The New Colombo Plan supports study opportunities in the Indo-Pacific region.

In the past we have received grants for the following destinations and disciplines:

  • Brunei Darussalam: Environmental Science
  • Cambodia / Laos - Free the Bears: Animal Ecology, Environmental Science, PR, Tourism, Design, Engineering, Journalism
  • Cambodia: Sustainability, Agriculture, Environment
  • China: Social Sciences programs and electives
  • India: Urban Design and Planning, Social Sciences, Engineering, Creative Indistries
  • Indonesia: Nursing, Nutrition, Multidisciplinary 
  • Japan: Language and culture
  • Kiribati: Nutrition
  • Nepal: Nursing, Multidisciplinary Health, Urban Planning, Science and Engineering, Business, Education (WFE)
  • Samoa: High Performance Sport program, Multidisciplinary
  • Singapore: Outdoor Environmental Education (WFE)
  • Solomon Islands: Nutrition
  • Thailand: Business, Tourism
  • Vanuatu: Occupational Therapy, Nutrition, Heritage studies

Partner University Programs:

IDRAC Summer School

Where: IDRAC Summer School, Lyon
Who: Undergraduate students

Session 1: May 21 - June 13, 2024

Session 2: June 18 - July 11, 2024

IDRAC offers 2 options:

  • With accommodation: a studio located around 25min from the campus.
  • Without accommodation: Students organise their own accommodation or homestay.

Please find below general information about the program.

Each session (10 ECTS) includes

    • 8 hours per week of Business and International studies in English (fixed program)
    • 7 hours per week of Intensive French Language classes.

    • 3 cultural & social activities

IDRAC is offering online meetings for students to learn more about the program and to answer any questions.

Application deadline: March 8th 2023

More information? Contact

Philipps-Universität Marburg

Where: Philipps-Universität Marburg
Who: Undergraduate students
When: January 6 - 27, 2024
What: International Winter University (IWU) - In cooperation with the Natural and Life Science faculties, the 2024 IWU will focus on “Scientific Challenges in the Global Village” and aim to address major challenges posed by themes such as climate change, emerging viruses, and the global loss of biodiversity.


  • Week 1: German language and culture course
  • Week 2: Module One (in English)
  • Week 3: Module Two (in English)
  • Choice of modules from the fields of cell-biology, chemistry, infectious diseases, or molecular biology


  • Small-group, intensive German instruction for learners at all levels;
  • Up to 9 ECTS;
  • Housing, insurance, daily support and free local public transportation;
  • Two field trips

More information? Contact

Masaryk University Summer Schools

International Security: Practical Insights

Where: Masaryk University
Who: Undergraduate students
When: 16 June – 7 July 2024
What: International Security: Practical Insights - This program is designed to give students an understanding and experience of the application of key analytical approaches in international security as well as grasp their implications for the European and global security environment. Students will discuss topics including security analysis, information warfare, energy safety and cyber security.

This course costs €2600 (before the discounts for partner universities). Included in the package:

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Tuition
  • 3-day trips
  • Culture and social activities
  • 24 hour support

Please find below general information about the program.

  • 8 ECTS

Application deadline: 1 April 2024

More information? Contact

Urban Sustainability: Engage in the Future

Where: Masaryk University
Who: Undergraduate students
When: 16 June – 7 July 2024
What: Urban Sustainability: Engage in the Future - Equip yourself with knowledge and techniques that will navigate through the world of multi-level governance, participatory urban planning, vulnerability and resilience in the times of climate and other crises. Engage the public in tomorrow’s cities. Engage in the future.

This course costs €2600 (before the discounts for partner universities). Included in the package:

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Tuition
  • 3-day trips
  • Culture and social activities
  • 24 hour support

Please find below general information about the program.

  • 8 ECTS

Application deadline: 1 April 2024

More information? Contact

Hessen Exchange Program

Hessen & Queensland Program

Under the Hessen-Queensland Program, Queensland students are offered the opportunity to study at one of several universities in Hessen. The Hessen Universities are a unique opportunity to learn interactively with a group of local and international students. Students gain experience in studying and living in Germany, whilst earning credit towards their degree.

Semester dates:

Where: Germany

Find out more: Visit the Hessen website.

More information? Contact 

Virtual Programs

There are currently no virtual programs available.