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Student Exchange

Want to travel overseas, experience other cultures, develop global networks and broaden your real world experience?

The Global Learning program is open to current students of the University of Adelaide who wish to study overseas as part of their degree. For information about student exchange, study tours and short programs, visit Global Learning.

Applying for a Global Learning Experience

Ranging from a few weeks to a full academic year, studying overseas is possible for almost every field of study offered by the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences (ECMS).

Some exchange programs are open to undergraduate and postgraduate students, while others are limited to specific disciplines or faculty areas. International students are encouraged to apply.

For detailed information about the application process, including eligibility criteria and important forms, please see the tabs below.

  • Eligibility For Exchange

    The guidelines for determining whether you are eligible to pursue an overseas exchange arrangement are as follows:

    • Students must be in good academic standing (4.0 GPA and above) for the degree(s) for which they want to go on exchange. Some partner institutions require a higher average.
    • In order to apply, students must be on track to complete 9 units of study by the end of the semester in which they are applying, and 18 units must be completed by the time you depart for exchange.
    • Students interested in an OS-Help loan must be able to complete at least 3 units upon return.
    • Students must have received faculty pre-approval for an exchange (obtained as a part of the application process). Students needs to receive pre-approval for a minimum of 9 units credit per semester.
    • If a student has already participated in an exchange, they must complete at least one semester of study back at Adelaide before departing on this exchange.
    • Undergraduate results from a University of Adelaide degree may be considered when determining exchange eligibility for postgraduate students.

    Please refer to Global Learning for further details.

    The Faculty of ECMS determines your eligibility for exchange by calculating how much appropriate space you have left in your degree. Transfer credit limits are considered as are the minimum number of units students are required to study at the University of Adelaide, in accordance with the Academic Credit Arrangements Policy.

    The following limits apply to ECMS students:

    Undergraduate Engineering Programs

    (a) In keeping with 5(i) of the credit policy, the 9 units comprising the Research Project component will not be available for credit. The following courses are therefore quarantined:

    School Courses
    Chemical CHEM ENG 4056 Research Project (3 units)

    CHEM ENG 4055 Advanced Unit Operations Laboratory (3 units)

    CHEM ENG 4054 Research Project (3 units)

    CHEM ENG 4014 Plant Design Project (6 units)
    Civil C&ENVENG 4222 Research Project (3 units)

    C&ENVENG 4223 Research Project (3 units)

    MINING 4222 Research Project (3 units)

    MINING 4223 Research Project (3 units)
    Electrical ELEC ENG 4068A Honours Project Part 1 (6 units)

    ELEC ENG 4068B Honours Project Part 2 (3 units)
    Mechanical MECH ENG 4143A Honours Project Part A (3 units)

    MECH ENG 4143B Honours Project Part B (6 units)
    Petroleum PETROENG 4004A Petroleum Engineering Honours Project Part A (3 units)

    PETROENG 4004B Petroleum Engineering Honours Project Part B (3 units)

    (b) No credit limit will be imposed at levels 1 and 2
    (c) The maximum number of engineering units available for credit across levels 3 and 4 is 24 units
    (d) For the purpose of credit the Faculty will apply the principle that courses beginning with 1xxx will be considered level 1, those beginning with 4xxx will be considered level 4 etc.
    (e) Students will be entitled to claim a maximum of 50% credit in keeping with the above guidelines

    Undergraduate Double and Combined Degree Programs

    (a) Credit towards double and combined degrees must not exceed 50% maximum credit overall nor should the credit exceed more than 50% of courses presented towards each component. See table below for guidance:

    Degree Engineering component Other component Total units
    BE (Honours) Mechanical with B. Finance double 42 / 84 units max credit 18 / 36 units max credit 60 / 120 units
    BE (Honours) Mechanical with B. Science double 39 / 78 units max credit 21 / 42 units max credit 60 / 120 units
    BE (Honours) Electrical & Electronic and B. Science combined 45 / 93 units max credit 15 / 27 units max credit 60 / 120 units
    BE (Honours) with B. Maths & Comp Sci double 48 / 96 units max credit 12 / 24 max credit 60 / 120 units
    BE (Honours) Mech & Aero with B. Science double 51 / 102 max credit 21 / 42 max credit 72 / 144 units
    B. Teaching with B. Maths & Comp Sci B. Maths & Comp Sci component: 18 / 36 units max credit Faculty of Arts are responsible for the Teaching component 48 / 96 units

    (b) The credit guidelines set out for the single Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) degrees still apply.

    Postgraduate Engineering Programs

    (a) The 50% credit limit will apply
    (b) In keeping with 5(i) of the credit policy, credit will not be granted towards the Research component in the following programs:

    • Master of Engineering
    • Master of Geostatistics
    • Master of Marine Engineering
    • Master of Petroleum Engineering
    • Master of Science (Petroleum Geoscience)
    • Master of Sciences (Defence)
    • Master of Sciences (Defence SIP)

    Undergraduate Computer Science and Mathematical Sciences Programs

    (a) No credit limit will be imposed at levels 1 and 2
    (b) The maximum number of units available for credit at level 3 is 12 units
    (c) Specified credit may be presented in lieu of courses which constitute a computer science major
    (d) In keeping with 5(i) of the academic credit policy, credit will not be granted towards the Honours degree of Computer Science
    (e) For the purpose of credit the Faculty will apply the principle that courses beginning with 1xxx will be considered level 1, those beginning with 3xxx will be considered level 3, etc
    (f) Students will be entitled to claim a maximum of 50% credit in keeping with the above guidelines

    Postgraduate Computer Science and Mathematical Sciences Programs

    (a) The 50% credit limit will apply
    (b) In keeping with 5(i) of the credit policy, credit will not be granted towards the Research component in the following programs:

    • Master of Computer Science
    • Master of Computing and Innovation
    • Master of Mathematical Sciences
    • Master of Software Engineering
  • Application Process - Overview

    The Global Learning online application system manages applications for students interested in undertaking an overseas exchange. The website allows you to search potential host universities, lodge your application for pre-approval, gain approval for the placement and confirm your credit arrangement.

    Applying for exchange is a two-step process that includes pre-approval and course approval.

    Step 1: Pre-approval involves:

    • confirmation of the host university placement by the Global Learning office
    • confirmation of eligibility to undertake placement by the Faculty of ECMS
    • confirmation of courses available for potential credit by way of a degree check by the Faculty of ECMS.

    Step 2: Course approval involves:

    • confirmation of courses undertaken at the host university
    • confirmation of the credit that will be awarded upon successful completion of the courses.
  • Application Process - Step 1: Pre-Approval

    The following information is for ECMS students looking to gain pre-approval to undertake an overseas exchange.

    Student Responsiblities

    1. In the first instance, access the exchange information on the Global Learning website.
    2. Use the tabs to navigate the site, reading the instructions on eligibility, choosing a country and host university, funding opportunities, etc.
    3. Once you have chosen a university, click 'Apply Online'.
    4. This will take you to the Global Learning Application System (GLAS) portal, where you will be required to provide background information regarding the placement and your interests.
    5. Submit your application for pre-approval.

    Faculty Responsibilities

    1. Once the application has been submitted, a program advisor will assess the application and respond to the student via email advising of next steps.
  • Application Process - Step 2: Course Approval

    The following information is for ECMS students looking to gain course approval to undertake an overseas exchange, once pre-approval has been obtained (see Step 1: Pre-Approval in the tab above) and your placement has been confirmed by the Global Learning Office.

    Student Responsiblities

    1. Once your pre-approval application has been approved, download the Student Exchange Course Approval Form. Please note: This form is for use by ECMS students only.
    2. Fill out the form in its entirety, including the courses that you intend to study overseas and the equivalent subjects that you will be obtaining credit for upon your return.
    3. Print the completed form and sign.
    4. Make an appointment with an academic course advisor in your school to discuss course content and equivalencies. To make an appointment, please contact your school office:

      School Name Telephone Email
      Australian School of Petroleum 8313 4299 admin@asp.adelaide.edu.au
      School of Chemical Engineering 8313 5446 enquiries@chemeng.adelaide.edu.au
      School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering 8313 5451 enquiries@civeng.adelaide.edu.au
      School of Computer Science 8313 5586 receptioncs@adelaide.edu.au
      School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering 8313 5277 enquiries@eleceng.adelaide.edu.au
      School of Mathematical Sciences 8313 5407 admin.maths@list.adelaide.edu.au
      School of Mechanical Engineering 8313 5460 info@mecheng.adelaide.edu.au
    5. Take your pre-approval degree check, all host university course syllabus and Student Exchange Course Approval Form to your appointment with the academic course advisor to assist them in their decision.
    6. Once the courses have been approved for credit, have the academic course advisor sign the Student Exchange Course Approval Form, taking into account the number of units you are required to undertake in order to match the University's unit weighting for courses.
    7. Lodge a Course Approval (post decision) application through the Global Learning Application System (GLAS) portal.
    8. Upload the signed Student Exchange Course Approval Form with the application.

    Faculty Responsibilities

    1. A program advisor confirms the credit arrangements in the Faculty Approval section of the GLAS portal.
    2. Approve student and submits online.
    3. Student is automatically notified via email by GLAS to check their application and ensure everything is approved.

    Note: Once you return from exchange your overseas institution will provide your completed transcript to the Global Learning Office. Once you are in receipt of your overseas transcript, please ensure you provide a copy to the ECMS Faculty Office for processing.

  • Further Information

    For further information, please refer to the Global Learning website or contact the Faculty of ECMS on 8313 4148 or askecms@adelaide.edu.au.

Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences
Level 1, Ingkarni Wardli

THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE
SA 5005 AUSTRALIA

Contact

T: +61 8 8313 4148
F: +61 8 8313 6492
E: askecms@adelaide.edu.au

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