As a Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences student, you can study overseas and gain life-changing international experience while completing your degree.
There are many overseas study experiences to choose from, with some even offering credit toward your degree. One option is to join an exchange program with one of our many partner universities. These run for a semester or year, and we can help you make all necessary arrangements. Alternatively, you can arrange your own overseas study experience and self-report your experience. It could be a short study tour, internship, placement or conference, or even an exchange with a non-partner university.
Overseas study experiences
You’ll find further details on all overseas study experience options below. Whichever path you choose, you should allow 2-3 weeks for your application to be processed.
Overseas exchange with a partner institution
If you complete an exchange program at one of our partner institutions, we’ll support you in finding your placement and making all necessary arrangements, including travel insurance. You’ll continue to be enrolled at the University of Adelaide, and receive credit for all approved courses you successfully complete.
Before you apply, be sure to visit our Study Overseas website to learn more about eligibility, choosing a country and host university, and funding opportunities. It’s your responsibility to ensure any global experience you undertake is eligible to be counted towards your degree’s academic requirements. If studying electives, approval will still need to be obtained to ensure the courses are of equivalent quality to ours.
Applying for an overseas exchange is a two-step process that includes pre-approval and course approval. You’ll need to submit an application via our Study Overseas online application system. Follow the steps below and you’ll be on your way in no time.
Step 1: Pre-approval
- Review and select your preferred exchange program.
- Apply for exchange from the relevant program’s page (via the Apply for Exchange button at the bottom of the page).
- You’ll be required to provide background information regarding the placement and your interests.
- Indicate that you’re ready to receive faculty approval (at the appropriate question).
- A student advisor from the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences will review your application and, all being well, pre-approve it.
- You’ll be notified of the outcome via the Study Overseas online application system.
Step 2: Course approval
Once your pre-approval has been granted you’ll need to: identify the courses you wish to do at your host university; identify what equivalent University of Adelaide course you wish to claim credit for; and obtain approval from a course advisor within your school. To do so, you’ll need to follow our course approval process.
Study abroad at a non-partner institution
If you’d like to study at a university that isn’t a University of Adelaide partner, you can do so for a year, one semester, or even just for summer or winter.
Unlike studying with one of our partners, you: will need to make your own arrangements, including payment to the host university; won’t be enrolled with us (there is no requirement to enrol in dummy courses); and there’s no minimum number of University of Adelaide-equivalent units that you must enrol in.
You will, however, receive credit for all approved courses you successfully complete. To ensure this happens, you’ll need to self-report your study abroad experience. We’ll then be able to assist you with arranging course credit approvals, and provide you with information about our travel insurance, scholarships and updates from the Study Overseas office.
To study overseas with a non-partner institution, you’ll need to organise and submit your own application to the host university. To receive credit, you will also need to apply for course approval with us.
Go on a short study tour
If you’re seeking a global experience but can’t commit to a full-semester (or longer) exchange, a short study tour may interest you. Study tours are usually 2-4 weeks in length and take place during semester breaks—just enough time to either immerse yourself in a destination, or add multiple stops to your trip. You will receive credit for any approved course you successfully complete.
There’s no set eligibility criteria, as each program will have its own requirements, but you’ll generally need to enrol in a course that applies specifically to the Study Tour.
Course approval is not usually required if the tour’s organised by our faculty, as only students undertaking specific programs are eligible to go. If it’s organised by another faculty, however, you may need to seek approval to have it included in your study plan. If so, simply follow our course approval process.
Overseas industry placements and internships
As a Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences student, you may be able to complete an industry placement or internship overseas. Some third-party-provider programs may count towards internship requirements, such as the ‘practical experience’ requirement for engineering students. Find out more about preferred providers, and available short internship and placement programs.
If you are completing an engineering degree with us, you may be able to complete the practical experience requirement of your degree overseas. Find out more about practical experience - overseas experiences.
There are a number of New Colombo Plan grants available for ECMS students participating in a placement through Engineers Without Borders, Project Everest and Unbound throughout the year. For further information, visit the Study Overseas Funded Programs page.
You’ll need to organise your own application to the overseas organisation and self-report your internship or placement using the Student Mobility Applicant Registration Tool (SMART). For more information about the application process, see practical experience - overseas experiences.
Non-credit study abroad experiences
If you’ve arranged an overseas experience for which you won’t receive credit, such as volunteering or a conference, you should still register your non-credit study abroad experience with us. This is because you may still be eligible to apply for university travel insurance.
More on obtaining credit towards your degree
Credit for your global experience is awarded in accordance with the University’s Academic Credit Arrangements Policy.
It’s your responsibility to ensure any global experience you wish to undertake is eligible to be counted towards your degree’s academic requirements. In the case of electives, approval will still need to be obtained to ensure the courses are equivalent to your University of Adelaide courses.
For further information and advice, you can contact Ask ECMS.
Frequently asked questions
What does 'faculty approval' mean?
A program advisor from the faculty will review your application and eligibility. This includes checking that:
- you have appropriate space left in your degree
- you’re within transfer credit limits (in accordance with the University’s academic credit arrangements policy)
- you’re meeting the minimum number of required units.
Importantly, however, it remains your responsibility to ensure any global experience you wish to undertake is eligible to be counted towards your degree’s academic requirements. In the case of electives, approval will still need to be obtained to ensure the courses are equivalent to your University of Adelaide courses.
You should review both your study plan and our program rules for further information.
Advice may also be sought from Ask ECMS at level 1 of the Ingkarni Wardli building, or via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
What type of information will the academic course advisor require to approve credit for courses studied overseas?
In addition to the information you provide on the course approval sheet, you should provide the course advisor with course outlines so they can determine the match for University of Adelaide courses. Including a link to the host institution's website is often very useful.
What if I need to change my enrolment?
There could be a variety of reasons why you might need to change your enrolment upon arrival at your host institution. For example, the course you wanted to take may no longer be offered, or you may have found an alternative course that interests you more. In any case, if you need to change courses from the original approval when you arrive at your host institution, or at any point after your faculty approval has been finalised, simply re-follow the instructions for course approval set out above.
However, as your selection of courses is specifically related to the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences, there’s no reason to update your application in the Study Overseas online application system. This would only be necessary if you wished to extend your stay overseas.
What if I fail a course while I’m on an overseas exchange?
Generally, failing a course on exchange just means you won’t receive credit for it, and this will be reflected in your academic transcript. For example, your transcript might show that you were enrolled in 12 units of exchange study, but received 9 units of credit.
In most cases, it will not affect your grade point average.
Even if the effect on your Adelaide transcript appears minimal, however, future employers may ask to see the official transcript from your host institution, which will show your results more clearly.
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