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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.

Partner University Programs

France: Paris School of Business Summer School

Where: Paris School of Business (PSB), Paris
Who: Undergraduate Students
When: 24/06/2024 - 05/07/2024

For this Summer session, PSB will be offering two different tracks

  • Luxury Brand Management
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Business

Please find below general information about the program.

  • 32 hours of lectures and workshops
  • 18 hours of activities, cultural visits in and around Paris
  • 7.5 ECTS
  • Program 100% in English
  • English B2 level required
  • Students should have studied for at least one year in any program

For more information on courses, fees, and housing, please refer to the International Summer School page.

Application deadline: May 1st 2024

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South Korea: Sungkyunkawn University International Summer Semester

Where: Sungkyunkawn University, Seoul, South Korea
Who: Undergraduate Students
When: 28/06/2024 - 26/07/2024

Program: Students have the option to select between 1-3 courses, each worth 3 credits, from the following areas of study:

  • Business and Economics
  • Social Science and Humanities
  • Engineering
  • Computer/Data Science
  • Korean Studies & Korean Language

For more information on courses, fees, and housing, please refer to the International Summer Semester page.

Application deadline: May 1st 2024

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Japan: Toyo University Summer Program

Where: Toyo University: Tokyo, Japan
Who: Undergraduate Students
When: 19/08/2024 - 31/08/2024

Program: The program includes intensive Japanese language for beginners, and culture classes . Participants will have the chance to learn with Toyo University Japanese students in interactive classes. In addition to this, students embark on a field trip to Mt. Fuji with Toyo students to understand its environmental issues and SDGs better.

Application deadline: June 15, 2024

For more information on the program, please refer to the Summer Program Brochure.

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South Korea: Dankook University International Summer School

Where: Dankook University, South Korea
Who: Undergraduate students
When: July, August


Dankook University is hosting the International Summer School 2024. Students are eligible to attend 2 programs:

1. Academic Program

  • July 10 - August 8
  • A four-week program in which participants enroll in academic courses taught by international and DKU faculty and can earn credits.
  • Beyond classes, participants engage in all kinds of fun after-class activities like K-pop dance, Taekwondo, Temple Stay, Everland Amusement Park and many more

Application deadline: April 12, 2024

2. Korean Immersion Program

  • August 5 - August 22
  • A three-week immersion in Korean language and culture.
  • Intensive Korean classes and various fun after-class cultural activities.
  • Students earn 3 credits

Application deadline: May 31, 2024

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Virtual Programs

Germany: MarburgOnline: Virtual Exchange - MO:VE

MO:VE is a great opportunity to take courses at Philipps-Universität Marburg and improve intercultural competences.

Where: Online 
Who: Undergraduate students
When: April - June

Participants can:

  • Take online-classes in various subjects
  • Attend our virtual Orientation Program for international students
  • Take online German language classes
  • Get credits and a Transcript of Records
  • Work with German and international students

For further information on the program, please refer to the schools website here.

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Switzerland: Online Summer School in Business and Tourism

The Lucerne School of Business, Switzerland offers an exciting series of presentations and interactive sessions during a 6-day online programme with partners and tourism experts from Switzerland's most successfully developed destinations

Where: Online 
Who: Undergraduate students
When: 24/06/2024 - 05/07/2024

In this program, you will:

  • Be introduced to the management and marketing of tourism businesses in Switzerland through academic and applied course content.
  • Become familiar with the various forms of tourism management in both destination and tourism businesses.
  • Gain knowledge in tourism-destination management, stakeholder management, service management, and in developing new markets.
  • Further develop your intercultural awareness.
  • Meet students online from Switzerland and other countries while broadening your professional
  • Earn credits

For further information on the program, please refer to the schools website here.

Application deadline: 1 June 2024

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Germany: Hochschule Bremen - Virtual International Summer School 2024

Hochschule Bremen is hosting the HSB-International Summer School 2024. The program will be delivered online.

Where: Online 
Who: Undergraduate students
When: 8/07/2024 - 18/07/2024

The programme offer comprises 4 innovative and interactive virtual modules.

Range of Modules:

  • Digital Currencies and Blockchain Technology
  • International Business: Engaging in Commerce Accross the Globe
  • Digital and Social Marketing Strategies
  • International Project Management

For further information on the program, please refer to the schools website here.

Application deadline: 19th April

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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.

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Hochschule Darmstadt

Where: Hochschule Darmstadt
Who: Undergraduate students
When: June 27 - July 20, 2024
What: Hochschule Darmstadt is offering students the choice between one of the following modules:

Module 1: Sustainable and Climate-Friendly Societies: Energy Policy, Management and

Overview: The course focuses on fostering climate-friendly transitions by exploring the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly the role of energy in driving societal changes. It delves into the interconnectedness of energy, water, food, and climate change, emphasizing technical solutions and knowledge about power systems.

Module 2: Logistics Module: Sustainable Supply Chains

Overview: The course explores the environmental impact of exploiting natural resources for economic growth, leading to scarcity and higher costs. It focuses on implementing circular design in products and systems to develop sustainable global supply chains. Participants will learn about environmental governance, carbon accounting, and innovative technology solutions to manage and lead sustainable supply chains, considering various industries like automotive, retail, pharmaceuticals, and chemicals. While primarily for supply chain, logistics, or economics students, individuals from other academic backgrounds can check eligibility with the program coordinator


  • 4-day academic excursion to Berlin
  • 9 ECTS
  • Variety of social & cultural activities 
  • Option for additional German language course

For further information on the program, please refer to the schools website here.

Application Deadline: March 24, 2024

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Technical University Darmstadt

Where: Technical University Darmstadt
Who: Undergraduate students
When: June 3 - July 13, 2024
What: The International Summer University at Technical University of Darmstadt is offering the German Engineering and Language program. The unique programme is designed to provide insights into cutting-edge German engineering technology, to improve international language skills as well as to discover and learn more about the German culture. It combines engineering courses, company visits, intensive German language courses, cross-cultural competencies training for engineers and social and cultural activities in and around Darmstadt.


  • 12 ECTS
  • Variety of social & cultural activities 
  • Company visits

Cost: 2,500 Euros

    • Costs include language & engineering courses, intercultural training, company visits and social activities.

For further information on the program, please refer to the schools website here.

Application Deadline: March 30, 2024

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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.

Borneo Tropical Rainforest Ecology Field Studies 

Who: Environmental Science students
When: January/February
Where: Brunei Darussalam
Dr Alison Shapcott and Dr Catherine Yule

Cross-Cultural Social Media Internship within Indian Industry and Non-profit sector

Who: Social Media students
When: TBA
Where: India
Dr Karen Sutherland

Green Infrastructure in Vanuatu

Who: Urban Design and Town Planning students
When: November/December
Where: Vanuatu
Dr Gregor Mews

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