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Make the most out of the overseas study opportunities offered to UC Students!

Program fees vary across the options offered to University of Canberra students - this means that it is important to start considering budgets and available funding early on.

Exchange students are able to study at partner universities whilst paying UC tuition fees or utilising HECS to pay fees. The best part about exchange is that we exchange people and not money! It means that you wont be paying international tuition fees and will only have to consider costs like accommodation, food, insurance, flights and extra activities. Some partner unis also require you to pay for health insurance or orientation activities, so be aware that extra costs like these might pop up.

Faculty Led Program tuition fees are also paid as UC tuition fees (you can put this on HECS as well!) but the program fee will need to be paid to cover the cost of the international element. These fees vary and very often will attract scholarship funding to help you out with payments.

If you decide to undertake one of our fantastic independent short courses or to study abroad at a University that is not a UC partner then you will be paying the respective institutions tuition fees. Keep this in mind when you are budgeting!

Budgeting for your experience

It is important to remember that in many of the programs, living and travel costs are often not included in your fees - this means that you will need to budget and pay for them. The cost of living varies from country-to-country, and also depends on the length of time you plan to be away. Make sure you budget to have enough money to cover you for things like your return airfare, travel insurance, visas, accommodation, food, text books, sightseeing, entertainment and any extra travel you plan to do.

Through applications and pre-departure UC Study Abroad will provide all students with access to budget worksheets, which you should take seriously when completing. To make sure your experience is everything you want it to be think about the exchange rate in your host country, how much living costs are and make a plan to save money right up until you depart

Funding your trip

There are a number of scholarships and loans on offer for Study Abroad, Student Exchange and in some cases, Short Term Programs. OS-HELP is a loan scheme that allows you to study overseas for part of your degree. Information about OS-HELP eligibility, applications and deadlines can be found below.

While it is likely that you will get some support through the OS Help funding - it may not cover the full cost of your overseas study experience. The good news is that it is possible to have more than one funding scheme, scholarship or grant at any one time - so it is a good idea to begin researching all of the different types of funding available to you.


There are lots of different scholarships on offer and we strongly advise students to start researching and applying early on.
You can access many different types of scholarships - from University of Canberra specific scholarships through to Government provided. Some countries also offer scholarships to students coming in for the semester or full year. 
For information about scholarships, see the Study Abroad Funding Assistance website.

OS Help

Many students take out an OS-HELP loan to help fund their time away on exchange – it works just the same as a bank loan, but without any fees or interest, is much more affordable.

OS Help Check your eligibility and apply now!
How Much?
  • up to A$6665 per six-month study period for study not in Asia
  • up to A$7998 per six-month study period for study in Asia
  • supplementary A$1065 to assist with the cost of language study, undertaken in preparation for overseas study in Asia
How Many?

A maximum of two loans in your lifetime

Any Fees? No fees and no interest accrued on loans

Contact UC Study Abroad

UC Study Abroad Office
University of Canberra, Bruce, ACT
02 6201 5385

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