Inbound students Study Abroad and Exchange at the University of Melbourne

Short-term Overseas Study

Short term overseas study programs give you a chance to study overseas in summer or winter breaks. They are usually worth between 12.5 and 25 credits, depending on the duration of the program.


Conditions for Participation

  1. You must meet the Melbourne eligibility criteria to be approved to participate in a short-term overseas program.
  2. Programs must be recommended for credit for you in advance through Stop 1. Credit transfer for overseas study will be completed when a transcript has been submitted to Stop 1, provided any conditions set at the time of approval have been met.
  3. Applications must be submitted by the published due date for the relevant study period.
  4. Students must be accepted by the overseas host institution or provider.
  5. Registration for the University's free travel insurance must be submitted (once your application has been approved) at least a week before leaving the country.
  6. Funding including OS-Help and other scholarships and grants are available for some types of short-term programs. Information is available on the Funding web page.

Due Dates

Below are the application deadlines for approved short-term programs. Always check the brochure pages for the due date in case individual program due dates differ.

Program Period Calendar Period Due Date

January - pre-approved programs


November – February 2017-18

Sunday 3 September 2017
(most programs)
Sunday 1 October 2017
(only where specified)

January - all other programs

November – February 2017-18

Sunday 22 October 2017

July - pre-approved programs

June-July 2017

Sunday, 1 April 2018 tbc


Program Costs

Programs may be offered as part of the University exchange with a partner institution (tuition fees payable to UoM) or may be offered as fee-paying programs (tuition fees payable to the host institution). Information is provided on the brochure for the program. If you are offered an exchange place for the program, you will be notified upon approval of your application to participate by Melbourne.


Pre-approved Short-term Programs

The University has pre-approved a list of options over summer (November-February) and winter break (June-July) to make it easier for you to choose and apply for a program. They have been selected based on the following criteria:

Academic content

The program is substantial in duration, content and assessment in order to provide at least 12.5 credits at a similar level expected at Melbourne


Credit is awarded on the provision of a transcript upon completion of the study

Host institution/Provider type

The program is provided by an institution that is either:

  1. A UoM institutional partner;
  2. An approved provider;
  3. An institution that is highly regarded in the host country context; or
  4. An affiliate organisation of an academic institution that would normally provide academic programs to students of the host institution, taught by academic staff of that institution.


Program dates fit within University breaks. Students are approved to return in week 2 of semester with special conditions (see the brochure pages on the MGM website for those conditions)

High risk destinations

Programs will not be offered in high-risk locations as designated by DFAT as Reconsider need to travel or Do not travel.


All Other Short-term Programs

Students wanting to participate in a short-term program which has not been pre-approved above should follow the instructions on the How to apply for your short-term program page.


NOTE - Late Start in Semester 2

As some short-term programs running over the winter break (June-July) do not finish until the first week of semester two, students will not be back in time to start classes until the second week.  This means that in addition to the standard eligibility requirements for Melbourne Global Mobility programs, you will need to meet the following additional requirements where you choose late finishing programs:

You must:

  1. prior to departure, attend a compulsory appointment/information session with a Melbourne Global Mobility or Course Planning Officer (this will be arranged after your application has been approved);
  2. prior to departure, sign a declaration stating that you understand your obligations and responsibilities with regard to special consideration, and the class attendance, assessment tasks and hurdle requirements for each subject in which you are enrolled for the subsequent semester;
  3. be in Australia and able to attend classes no later than the beginning of Week 2*;
  4. check assessment and attendance requirements for your Semester 2 enrolment with the relevant teaching department/s and determine that no items of assessment will be missed, including hurdle requirements;
  5. understand that special consideration will not be granted by the enrolling faculty because of late commencement due to participation in an international mobility program, e.g. assignment extensions or deferred exams; and
  6. complete all Semester 2 enrolment requirements by the due date. 

*In semester 2, 2018 this is Monday, 30 July.



A number of short-term research opportunities exist for both undergraduate and graduate students, with some of these opportunities specifically focused on capstone research project requirements. As those become available they are listed here. If nothing suitable for you appears here you can speak to your Faculty about opportunities they could arrange with Melbourne Global Mobility.



Some programs do have hurdle requirements in place in order to graduate (such as Medicine, Veterinary Science and Teaching), and it may be possible for you to undertake part of your placement abroad. For additional information on undertaking an overseas placement, you should speak with Stop 1.


U21 Summer School and Undergraduate Research Conference

Through the University's participation in the Universitas21 (U21) network, a Summer School and Undergraduate Research Conference are held each year. The University of Melbourne sends a small group of student and staff representatives to both programs which are coordinated each year by different U21 member institutions. Themes for both programs change from year to year, and participation in these opportunities is selective. Please refer to the U21 webpages for more information on the U21 Summer School and the U21 Undergraduate Research conference.