Short Courses and Study Tours

UNSW Global Short Courses and Study Tours

During your study break, why not take advantage of the short courses and study tours on offer?

As a UNSW student there are a number of short courses, studio, study tour, field trips and summer and winter school opportunities available that are offered by UNSW schools and faculties, or by overseas partner institutions.

What opportunities are available?

Short study opportunities are promoted regularly on our Learning Abroad Notices.

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You should also consult your faculty website for International courses on offer.

Transfer of credit

Before you apply, we recommend you also talk to your Faculty Office about how to transfer credit units from a short course to your degree. These courses may be able to be counted towards your degree program as credit transfer or as part of your general education requirements. You will need to seek approval of this from your Faculty.

For more information see Applying for credit for your overseas short course.

Costs and financial assistance

Most short courses require full fees for the courses taken and generally are around $2,000 - $3,000 for 4-6 weeks. However, some of our partner universities offer discounts on the tuition fees for UNSW students participating in their programs.

UNSW Scholarships

UNSW International Mobility Grants (IMG)

Students can apply for an International Mobility Grants (IMG) for $1000 to selected UNSW students wishing to undertake learning abroad programs. This competitive selection process has funding rounds twice per year. For more information please Search the UNSW Scholarships

New Colombo Mobility Grants

New Colombo Plan (NCP) Mobility funding is an Australian Government initiative that aims to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia and strengthen our people-to-people and institutional relationships. UNSW has successfully secured funding through this program for some faculty led study tours. Students do not apply for these grants. If participating on a faculty study tour, you will be advised if funding is available. Eligibility is assessed for students selected for a specific NCP Mobility Grant funded program.


UNSW students receiving credit for their short course may be eligible to apply for the Australian Government OS Help Loan. OS-HELP provides Commonwealth Government financial assistance to eligible students, to help pay a range of overseas study expenses. Students may receive loans from AUD$1000, indexed annually, for up to two non-overlapping six month study periods.

German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

The DAAD is Germany’s largest scholarship awarding organisation and runs several programs to support academic exchange between Germany and other countries.

Centrelink payments

If you receive Youth Allowance, you can usually arrange to have your payments continue while overseas. You must notify Centrelink before leaving Australia otherwise payments may be stopped.

How to apply

The application process varies from program to program. You will need to check each individual program for deadlines. UNSW will have an internal application period as outlined below:

Program dateApprox. deadline
UNSW Winter Programs (June/July)March
UNSW Summer Programs (Dec/Feb)October

All students should register their travel with UNSW. You should also undertake a risk assessment before heading overseas. For more information see How to prepare for departure.

Contact us

UNSW Study Abroad and Exchange Office:

    Third Party Providers

    In addition to programs at our exchange partners, UNSW has selected some 3rd party providers which can assist to arrange a short course or study abroad opportunities. If you intend to transfer the credit, approval is not guaranteed and remains at the discretion of the Faculty. UNSW Preferred 3rd Party Providers include:

    All programs involve some degree of risk to participants. If you choose to use a provider, please do some research and ensure that the product they offer will meet your requirements. If you choose to source your own, please ensure that they are a legitimate organisation. Students are therefore advised to undertake their own risk assessment before departure and any participation in these programs is at their own risk.