Study Overseas

Study Abroad program

Keen to study internationally, but the uni you've chosen isn't one of CDU's partner institutions?

Study Abroad is an academic program for students who seek to complete one or two semesters of study at a different university.

Students need to apply to their home university for credit transfer for studies undertaken at a host university. Students are able to apply to any university in the world.

The student pays fees to their host university and does not remain enrolled at CDU.

Exchange Program

Interested in participating in the CDU Exchange Program?

The Exchange Program differs from Study Abroad in that a student may only apply to study at one of CDU's partner institutions.

During the exchange, the student stays enrolled and pays fees at CDU instead of to the visiting institution. This allows students the option of choosing the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) to cover their fees.

The student may continue to receive any government study allowances (Austudy or Youth Allowance) or payments that they would normally be entitled to. CDU has $5000 DEEWR exchange scholarships, both for incoming and CDU outgoing exchange students.

When undertaking an exchange student role, you are acting as an ambassador for Charles Darwin University. In this context, you are expected to maintain the highest standards of academic achievement and personal conduct while representing the university and the Northern Territory as an exchange student.

There is also an expectation that you will participate in exchange-related activities during, before and after the exchange program.

You can study virtually anything whilst on exchange, provided that you have had your unit choices approved by your CDU course coordinator prior to departure. This ensure that the units you have selected will count toward your CDU program when you return.

Some universities specialise in particular areas, you should research the universities that you are considering to find out which one suits your area of study. You also need to confirm whether the units that you are interested in are being taught in English in the Semester that you wish to study abroad.

As a guide, it is easier to apply for credit for elective units, rather than core or specialist units. If you do wish to equate a core or specialist unit you will need to print out all the documentation and take it to your course coordinator to prove the equivalency of the unit to the one being offered at CDU.

If you are applying for an exchange (to one of our partner instutitions then you need to remain enrolled at CDU and must submit an enrolment form with HELP and other liabilities arranged or paid before your departure.

The Endeavour Student Exchange Program is part of the Australian Government's Australian Scholarships. Under the Program, the Government provides funding to Australian higher education institutions to:

  • set up and monitor student exchanges with counterpart higher education institutions in eligible countries in the Asia-Pacific region
  • support the participation of both outgoing Australian undergraduate Bachelor degree exchange students and incoming undergraduate Bachelor degree exchange students in these exchanges.

CDU has been awarded scholarships of $5,000 each for undergraduate students' participation in eligible student exchanges. These scholarships are available to students who successfully apply for an exchange with a partner university. The number of scholarships are limited.

As an exchange student you will remain enrolled and pay your fees to CDU. If you normally access the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) to pay your fees, you can continue to do that whilst on exchange.

You may be required to have overseas student health cover to satisfy the student visa requirements of the country that you will be going to.

The student visa application fee will vary depending on which country you are going to and must be paid at the time your application is lodged. The fee is generally not refunded if your application is unsuccessful.

Accommodation costs will vary greatly depending on which country you are living in, and whether you choose to live on or off campus. Browse through the Universities websites to find out more about accommodation options that they recommend.

Like accommodation costs, living allowances will vary greatly depending on which country you are living in. In addition to living expenses many students choose to include funds for additional travel and sight seeing whilst they are abroad.

The Endeavour Student Exchange Program is part of the Australian Government's Australian Scholarships. Under the Program, the Government provides funding to Australian higher education institutions to:

  • set up and monitor student exchanges with counterpart higher education institutions in eligible countries in the Asia-Pacific region; and
  • support the participation of both outgoing Australian undergraduate Bachelor degree exchange students and incoming undergraduate Bachelor degree exchange students in these exchanges.

CDU has been awarded scholarships of $5,000 each for undergraduate students' participation in eligible student exchanges. These scholarships are available to students who successfully apply for an exchange with a partner university. The number of scholarships are limited.

If you are the recipient of a study allowance from Centrelink you are normally eligible to continue to receive that benefit even whilst you are undertaking overseas study as part of the Study Abroad & Exchange program. You should contact Centrelink for further information.