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.


CDU has exchange agreements in the following countries:

Canada

United States

Europe

Malaysia

Indonesia

China

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Unit selection and enrolment

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.

Endeavour Student Exchange Scholarships

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.

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Tuition fees

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.

Compulsory overseas student health cover (OSHC)

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.

Student visa fee

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

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.

Living Expenses

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.

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Endeavour Student Exchange Scholarships

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.

Centrelink payments

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.

OS-Help Loan Scheme

OS-HELP Loan Scheme is a Commonwealth Department of Education, Employment, and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) initiative  to provide financial assistance to eligible students to undertake some of their undergraduate study overseas.  OS-HELP loan is intended to assist with a range of expenses such as travel and accommodation; it is not intended to cover these costs.
The maximum amount of OS-HELP assistance in 2012 for each period of 6 months is $5,824.
For more information and to apply please dowload the following documents:

- OS-Help Scheme guidelines (PDF, 50Kb)

- OS-Help Application form (PDF,35Kb)

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Eligibility criteria

To participate in the CDU exchange program you need to meet the following criteria:

  • Have completed at least one year of full-time study (or equivalent) at Charles Darwin University
  • Upon return from partner university have at least one semester of study left to complete in the current degree program
  • Be enrolled in a full one semester load at Charles Darwin University (40 credit points)
  • Be accepted by the host institution
  • Have a sound academic record (with a grade average of at least 4.5)
  • Provide two academic references
  • Language proficiency required by the host university
  • Faculty approval to obtain full credit for the overseas study towards a Charles Darwin University degree
  • You will need to undergo a criminal history check
  • Demonstrate that you have sufficient capital to cover expenses

Before you apply

  • Discuss your application with your course coordinator and the CDU Exchange Officer in the Office of International Services
  • Select the semester(s) that you wish to study abroad
  • Seek transfer credit approval for at least eight units
  • Make sure you have a current passport
  • Make financial arrangements (see How much does it cost?).

Lodging an application

The deadlines for applying are:

  • 1 April for Semester 2 (July) in the same year
  • 1 September for Semester 1 (March) the following year

Application steps

    • Undergo a criminal history check (name check)
      In section D: Please indicate employer organisation - Charles Darwin University, Office of International Services, postal address: Ellengowan Drive, Casuarina 0909. Phone contact: 08 8946 6048 , Name: Therese Fitzgerald.
      Please tick for results to be sent directly to CDU
    • Complete and submit the Application for outgoing exchange (.pdf, 42kb). Please ensure that you submit the following documents together with your application:
      • A copy of your academic transcript
      • Evidence of language proficiency if the units being undertaken are not being delivered in English
      • 2 Academic referee reports confirming your suitability for exchange
      • A plan of what units you intent to study whilst overseas, approved by your course coordinator
      • Any medical evidence required

Assessing your application

Approval is dependent upon:

      • You meeting the eligibility criteria
      • Credit transfer being approved by your faculty
      • Availability of places at the host institution

The final decision on acceptance into an exchange program rests with the host university.

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