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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


Where: Philipps-Universität Marburg
Who: Undergraduate Business students
When: July 1 - 25, 2023
What: Business Summer School - Corporations in a Modern World: Management, Sustainability, Data Analysis
Application deadline: 15 May, 2023

Where: Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences
Who: Undergraduate students
When: 7 - 25 August, 2023
What: Sustainable Innovations and Engineering: Made in Germany - Technologies and Innovations for Environmental Protection. 'Made in Germany' is synonymous with quality products which are durable and reliable. This goes hand in hand with environmental protection and the goal of producing long lasting sustainable products. This summer school will bring together international and H-BRS students to learn about innovations and engineering technologies which contribute to environmental protection. Providing you with the chance to study in Germany with an international group of students interested in gaining skills and knowledge in sustainable innovations and technologies. The program features:

  • Interdisciplinary lectures on innovations and engineering technologies for environmental protection
  • Practical group work with student projects
  • German language and culture courses
  • Explore the world heritage Rhein Valley
  • Meet like-minded students from all over the world

Application deadline: 15 May, 2023

Where: Aachen University of Applied Sciences
Who: Undergraduate students. Applicants should have a basic knowledge of at least one programming language (i.e. Python or C++).
When: August 14 - 25, 2023
What: Robot Operating System (ROS) Summer School - ROS Summer Schools provide the right starter kit by using robotic hardware and ROS software. There will be some days of introductory courses, before tackling the main tasks of mobile robotics, i.e. perception, localisation, mapping and path planning.

The philosophy is: "Learning by doing to get hands-on experience". Besides acquiring the necessary theoretical knowledge, all topics will be taught in small groups on real mobile robots. The ROS Summer School includes some leisure activities, such as trips to Paris and Cologne (or other nearby cities).

Application deadline: TBA

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Czech Republic

Where: Masaryk University
Who: Undergraduate students 
When: 7 - 28 January, 2024
What: International Law and Human Rights

  • Develop your awareness and skills related to the issues, policy and institutional frameworks, cases and practice in international and European law with a focus on human rights.

International Relations and Threats to Global Security

  • Expand your knowledge on the different security factors that face the world today – and understand the European approach to tackling such challenges such as cyber, energy, environmental, migration, traditional warfare, information security and more!


  • Cost: €2600
    • Early bird discount: €100 – apply by July 1
    • Partner discount: €400
  • Include in fees:
    • Tuition and transcript issuance
    • Accommodation
    • travel and accommodation to Prague, Vienna, Budapest
    • daily culture and social events
    • 24/7 support.
    • Visits to organisations such as the UNHCR, Institutional courts, UN, and Radio Free Europe
  • Not included:
    • Travel and immigration costs (if necessary)
    • Meals
    • Estimated additional costs are between €500-1000 depending on the students eating and spending habits.

Application Deadline: 1 October, 2023

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South Korea

Where: Sungkyunkwan University
Who: Undergraduate students 
When: 14 June -21 July, 2023
What: Sungkyunkwan University's International Summer Semester (ISS) is a unique academic program dedicated to sharing and experiencing the fascinating story of Seoul, Korea's 600-year-old capital. The program aims to develop students' global engagement by providing opportunities to share different perspectives on global issues, make friends with various cultural backgrounds, and explore Korea's history, culture, and society.
Program options: - Business and Economics
- Social Science and Humanities
- Computer and Data Science
- Engineering
- Korean studies and Korean language
Application Deadline: 15 May, 2023

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Where: Lucerne School of Business
Who: Undergraduate and postgraduate students 
When: 26-28 June and 3-5 July, 2023
What: Management, Marketing & Sustainability of Tourism Businesses and Destinations. 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.
Application Deadline: 1 June, 2023

Where: Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts
Who: Undergraduate and postgraduate students 
When: 4 - 8 September, 2023
What: The International Summer School Lucerne is taking place over the period 4 to 8 September 2023 and this year's theme is the use of AI in a sustainable marketing campaign. Students from international partner universities gain insights into various aspects of business development and marketing communications against the backdrop of international sales. The program focuses on developing campaigns using AI in contrast to traditional tools to build international communication and marketing efforts. The aim is to understand and evaluate the values and impact of AI in this context.
Program: The five- day summer school is structured around keynote lectures, poster sessions, excursion, workshops and a concluding presentation and panel discussion involving
clients, lecturers and participants.
Application Deadline: 1 June, 2023

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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:

  • International Winter Universities (IWU) - December to January
  • International Summer Universities (ISU) - June to August

Where: Germany

Find out more: Visit the Hessen website.

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Virtual Programs

There are currently no virtual programs available.