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Exchange programs

While you are studying in Melbourne and Victoria you may be eligible to study at an overseas institution. These exchange programs are a great way to learn about other cultures, languages and develop skills you can use anywhere in the world.

Cultural exchange can enrich your learning experience and give you a competitive edge in the global labour market.

Exchange programs are available for international students who are studying at an eligible Victorian institution. You may also be able to apply for an exchange program where an education provider in your country has an exchange partnership with a Victorian institution.

There are a wide range of student exchange programs available. Contact your chosen education provider for details or see the list below.


Victorian government schools currently have 280 agreements with overseas schools. These are managed by the International Division of the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD), Secondary Student Exchange Program.

Victorian private schools also have exchange agreements with overseas schools. These include student and teacher exchanges, curriculum collaboration and homestay programs.

Vocational Education and Training (VET)

A number of public VET providers have developed opportunities for student exchange and international learning.

Chisholm Institute of TAFE has an exchange program in Building and Design with the Vitus Bering Institute in Denmark and has transnational projects underway in China, India and Vietnam.

Box Hill Institute of TAFE is a member of the Global Education Network, an organisation providing networking and professional development opportunities for staff and students.

Swinburne TAFE offers students who are completing a two year course, such as a Diploma or Advanced Diploma, the opportunity to incorporate a semester of exchange into their studies at one of the network institutions.

Through the RMIT TAFE student exchange, you can also gain an international perspective on your studies and experience different teaching styles during a five month exchange to the USA.

Higher Education

Victorian universities have over 800 student exchange agreements with institutions in more than 40 countries.

Many overseas institutions offer higher education students the chance to attend a partner institution as part of their studies. Education providers, along with the Commonwealth Government, may also provide travel assistance and grants to help students take part in an exchange program. Contact your local education institution to find out more.

Victorian Universities - Student Exchange Information

Student Exchange in the Asia Pacific Region

University Mobility in Asia and the Pacific (UMAP) is an organisation that supports student exchange in the Asia Pacific region.

Study Tours 

Study tours of Victoria and Melbourne are available for secondary and tertiary students. They are a great way to experience student life in Victoria in a short amount of time.

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Last updated: 24 Aug 2015


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