Applying for credit and funding for your overseas short course

Applying for credit and funding for your overseas short course

You can choose from a wide range of for-credit and not-for-credit short program opportunities overseas.

Some of the terms and procedures related to earning credit and applying for funding can be a bit confusing so the information below gives a simple explanation to many frequently asked questions.

If you need further clarification, please email advisor4globaled@unsw.edu.au with your queries – just make sure you include your name, student number and program of interest in the email.

Exchange place vs Direct enrolment

Find out how these differ

Exchange place

Some winter/summer programs at UNSW partner universities may be available to students on an ‘exchange‘ basis. (*Please note that many partner universities do not offer short course enrolment on an ‘exchange’ basis, particularly in North America). If you are nominated for an exchange place, you will not pay tuition fees to the partner university; you will pay UNSW for the amount of credits you have been approved to take. (This will normally be 6 or 12 units of credit). You will be covered by UNSW travel insurance while overseas if approved for an exchange place.

Direct enrolment

With a ‘direct enrolment’, you will pay tuition fees directly to the overseas university. If you are approved for credit by your Faculty (through Cross-Institutional Study) before you depart for your short course you will be covered by UNSW travel insurance.

How to apply for

Apply for credit for an exchange place

In order to be eligible for an exchange place, you must be nominated for an exchange place by the UNSW Study Abroad and Exchange Office. Follow the below steps:

  1. Download the CIS (Exchange) Preapproval request form
  2. Complete the form with all the courses you wish to complete at an overseas institution and their UNSW equivalents (these will likely be general education or elective subjects). 
  3. Submit the completed CIS Exchange Preapproval request form, along with the course outlines from the Host Institution via Cross Institutional Study webform  
  4. If approved, an email with your approval will be sent to your UNSW student email. Make sure to keep this in a safe place for use when you return*
  5. Forward this email along with the signed CIS Exchange Preapproval request form to advisor4globaled@unsw.edu.au

* Upon successful completion of the approved course(s), you will need to submit your official transcript from the host institution and your approved CIS Exchange form to the Study Abroad and Exchange office. Your overseas credit(s) will then be transferred, generally within three weeks. Once processed these will appear on your UNSW academic transcript. Check your academic statement in myUNSW to make sure it is updated.

 

NOTE: 

  • Approval for international study is not guaranteed
  • Approval requests are assessed for each students’ personal circumstances and study plans, in accordance with individual faculties policies
  • Approval is at the discretion of your UNSW Faculty

Apply for credit for a direct enrolment place

UNSW students apply for credit earned on a non-exchange basis as ‘Cross Institutional Study’. To apply for Cross-Institutional Study approval follow the below steps:

  1. Review the information about Cross Institutional Study
  2. Submit the online Cross Institutional Study Application webform
  3. Include the full details all of the courses you may possibly complete at an overseas institution and their UNSW equivalents (these will likely be general education or elective subjects), as well as the term dates and course outlines.
  4. Once you have pre-approval from your Program Authority, complete the enrolment/registration steps at the overseas institution.
  5. When you return from your overseas course, submit your official transcript from the host university
  6. Your overseas credit should be transferred within five weeks. Check your academic statement at myUNSW to make sure it is updated.

NOTE: 

  • Approval for international study is not guaranteed
  • Approval requests are assessed for each students’ personal circumstances and study plans, in accordance with individual faculties policies
  • Approval is at the discretion of your UNSW Faculty
  • In general UNSW does not recommend using 3rd party providers to arrange a short course or study abroad opportunity if you intend to transfer the credit, with the exception of some approved companies. UNSW approved providers are advertised on the Learning Abroad Notices or go see our list of preferred suppliers.

Apply for funding for your overseas course

OS-HELP is a loan available to eligible students enrolled in a Commonwealth Supported Place who want to undertake some of their study overseas. OS-HELP can be used for a range of expenses such as airfares, accommodation and other travel or study expenses. Students may receive one loan per six month study period and can access a total of two OS-HELP loans over their lifetime. Student may also receive a supplementary loan amount to undertake language study, in preparation for overseas study in Asia.

For more information on eligibility requirements and application see OS-HELP.