Study overseas

Want to add a global experience to your degree? Faculty of Science students wanting to study overseas have access to many exciting international opportunities.

Study Abroad and Exchange

We encourage you to undertake part of your degree overseas. There are a number of ways you can do this.

You can study overseas either as an 'exchange' student or a 'study abroad' student. With an approved study plan, both options can provide you with credit or fulfil academic requirements.

To find out more, including opportunities available to current students, please visit Melbourne Global Mobility


There is funding available to assist you with your plans for overseas study.

The University grants over 1000 Melbourne Global Scholars Awards per year. The scholarships, with a value of up to $2500 are awarded to eligible students to support their participation in Study Abroad or Exchange programs in their second or third year of undergraduate study.

Exchange application due dates

Semester 1, 2019: Sunday 27 May 2018
Semester 2, 2019: Sunday 21 October 2018

Oliver Murray - Exchange in Semester 2, 2017 to Rutgers University, USA

"After going on exchange I certainly feel as though I have an appreciation for the different cultures and lifestyles that exist globally. I have done plenty of travelling, but living in the U.S. gave me a real insight into what it’s like over there. I feel as though this perspective is helpful for all areas of life and especially coming in the workplace dealing with colleagues & bosses. I also now feel that I have the experience to make a decision on whether I would live and work overseas after completing my degree. That sort of worldly understanding really is invaluable."

Aiken Lim - Exchange in Semester 1, 2017 to University of Tokyo, Japan

"On exchange, you can study subjects not normally taught at UniMelb, but this was not my primary motivation. Alongside my fondness of Japan’s expertise in seismic and wind-resistant structures, the culture, lifestyle, sceneries, and of course, food, served as major factors. An experience abroad sets you apart from your typical student life in Melbourne, it opens up your mind, strengthens your independence and character, and it will no doubt be an unforgettable experience."

International Subjects

SCIE30001 Science Research Project - Delhi, India (23 June – 21 July 2018)

The Faculty of Science, in conjunction with AVI and Restless Development, is offering an exciting international 12.5 credit point research opportunity for 2nd and 3rd year students to Delhi, India.

Students who apply and are accepted into this program are enrolled in SCIE30001 Science Research Project and will have the opportunity to conduct research on topics related to Sexual & Reproductive Health under the supervision of a University of Melbourne academic.

Alongside lead partner, Restless Development, students will work with staff and volunteers to address issues around sexual and reproductive health, notably menstrual health programs. Students will be involved in creating resources and tools to raise awareness of these issues, primary data collection and analysing local policy. Specifically, students will undertake one or more of the following activities:

  • research best practice methodologies and approaches;
  • review sexuality education, modules and training packages and build a comprehensive sexual and reproductive health (SRH) training package from previous and current research/findings, which can be replicated in other states;
  • reviewing and updating content on M-Sathi (SRH mobile app);
  • pilot testing modules in the field in Delhi;
  • develop and deliver workshops with young people at 3 locations in Delhi;
  • reviewing and building the menstrual health and hygiene management training sessions;
  • build a comprehensive package on WASH training;
  • take pilot WASH workshops/sessions on the field with the communities;

Information sessions

Thursday 8 March 12.00 – 1.00pm – Room 101, 1st Floor, Old Geology Building

Tuesday 13 March 12.00 – 1.00pm – Room 101, 1st Floor, Old Geology Building

Program costs

Program Fee: $2422 inclusive of:

  • Accommodation at a local guest house (single or twin share depending on gender balance)
  • Buffet breakfast and some bottled water
  • Any travel required while on project and related activities
  • Travel insurance is provided through the university

Additionally, students will need to organise and pay for:

  • Flights to and from the placement
  • Visas
  • Vaccinations
  • Medical and police check
  • Additional meals

Students should note that enrolment in SCIE30001 Science Research Project incurs tuition fees. CSP students can defer costs to their HELP loan as per standard enrolment process.


Australian Government New Colombo Funding of $2000 is available to eligible students. To be considered, students should meet the following eligibility criterion:

  • be Australian citizens (Australian Permanent Residents are also eligible for ISEP and ECKSEP funding);
  • be full time students;
  • be studying at the partner institution for at least 12 weeks; and
  • start their exchange between the listed study period above
  • Students must not have received a NCP or Endeavor grant previously
  • Students awarded a NCP or Endeavour grant are not eligible to receive a Melbourne Global Scholars Award (MGSA), U21 Funding, Westpac Bicentennial Foundation Asian Exchange Scholarship, Alan Gilbert Mobility grant or other university funding, for the same overseas study program.

Following acceptance into the program, students will be notified of their eligibility for New Colombo Funding. Students who are ineligible for New Colombo Funding may apply for alternative scholarships, such as the Melbourne Mobility Awards of between $1,000 - $2,500


  1. Go to the Melbourne University page of the AVI website and download the application form:
  2. Send your completed application form and up-to-date CV to Christina Leahy, Student Program Coordinator at AVI:

Applications close at Midnight, Friday 16 March 2018

Key Dates

Application Deadline:16 March 2018 (Midnight)
Interviews: 19 – 23 March 2018
Orientation Session & Welcome Dinner: TBC
Pre-departure Briefing: 10 May 2018
Travel Dates: 23 June – 21 July 2018
Re-entry Session: 24 July 2018
Class Presentation: TBC

Key Contacts

For queries, please contact:

Casey Hollway Academic Programs and Enrichment Coordinator – Faculty of Science

Christina Leahy
Student Programs Coordinator – AVI