Most UTS students can go on exchange through the UTS Global Exchange program, but there are some restrictions, including minimum academic requirements, and when you can go in your degree.
Can I go on exchange?
In general, to participate in the UTS Global Exchange program, students must:
- Meet the academic criteria for exchange (see below).
- Be deemed suitable to represent the university overseas by UTS International.
Unfortunately, there is also a number of courses that don’t allow you to go on exchange. Students studying one of the following courses, or are in one of the following situations can’t go on exchange:
- Master of Health Services
- Master of Strategic Supply Chain Management
- Master of Business Administration in Entrepreneurship
- Master of Professional Accounting students who must complete their whole degree in Australia
- Students enrolled in a UTS course taught outside Australia.
Weighted Average Mark (WAM):
- Faculty of Law: Minimum WAM of 65
- All other Faculties: Minimum WAM of 60
- Where your subject is graded but unmarked, an average mark will be calculated.
'Pass-Not Graded' subjects are not used.
- Marks from all subjects credited toward your current course are used in the calculation of your WAM. This includes the marks from the session in which you apply for Global Exchange.
Additional academic criteria:
- No more than 10 per cent of your subjects can be recorded as 'Fail' in your current degree
- Undergraduate students must be on track to complete 48 credit points in their current UTS course prior to the start of the exchange. Students, who have completed a part of their degree at UTS Insearch or another institution, must be able to provide a copy of their previous academic transcripts in order to go on exchange.
- Students may apply during their first session at UTS provided they are enrolled in 24 credit points in that session.
- Postgraduate students must be on track to complete 24 credit points in their course at the time of application.
- If you have not yet completed one session of full-time study in your course, but you did receive automatic credit towards your current course (ie. you have recently transferred courses), the results from your previous course will be considered.
- Students in some courses are required to complete specific subjects prior to going on exchange, or are limited to completing exchange in certain sessions. See “When can I go” below for more information, and attend a Global Exchange information session and Study Plan Workshop for more details.
You can apply to go on exchange as an international student, provided you:
- continue to meet the conditions of your Australian student visa. For up-to-date advice, visit the Department of Home Affairs (opens an external site).
- comply with the visa conditions relating to your studies as an international student at UTS. If you are unsure about this, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- go on exchange to another country than your home country. The UTS Global Exchange program is designed to help UTS students experience new cultures and therefore we don’t allow international students to go on exchange to their home country.
INSEARCH students and other transfer students
Students transferring to UTS from UTS Insearch, or another institution, are eligible to submit an application for exchange during their first session of study at UTS, provided they
- are enrolled in 24 credit points and have completed a total of 48 credit points at UTS by the time they commence exchange.
When can I go?
In general, when you meet the academic criteria mentioned above, you can go on exchange in any session that suits you, and your course. Some courses though have additional criteria around when you can go on exchange.
Check out whether your course has additional criteria under your faculty below.
Arts and Social Sciences
- International Studies (combined degrees) - you must complete your In-Country Study year before you can participate in the Global Exchange Program.
- Global Studies and Bachelor of Communication - Second year, Spring Session
- Education - Third year, Autumn Session
- Bachelor of Journalism and Bachelor of Sound and Music Design - Second Year, Autumn Session
- Postgraduate Communication and Education - First Year, Second Session of Study
- Diploma of Languages – the diploma’s subjects are not available for exchange and therefore you won’t receive credits towards the diploma. If you want to go on exchange during the diploma, you’ll need to apply for a Leave of Absence for the session you’ll be on exchange.
- Bachelor of Business - you must complete 48 credit points of core subjects before commencing your exchange.
- Bachelor of Accounting - Final Session of Study
- Master of Business Administration - you must complete 42 credit points of core subjects before commencing your exchange. This excludes 21715: Strategic Management.
Design, Architecture and Building
- Visual Communication - Third Year, Autumn Session
- Bachelor of Design in Architecture - Second or Third Year, Autumn Session
- Bachelor of Landscape Architecture - Second Year, Spring Session, or, Third Year, Autumn Session. Students in this degree cannot go on exchange in the last session of their course.
- Master of Architecture - First Year, Spring Session, or, Second Year, Autumn Session
Engineering and IT
Engineering and IT - Third Year, Autumn or Spring Session
- You must complete 84 credit points before commencing your exchange
- Bachelor of Health Science - Third Year, Autumn Session
- Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Management - Third Year, Autumn Session
- Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science - exchange is only available to students with no specified major. You are advised to go on exchange in your third year.
- Undergraduate degrees and Juris Doctor (versions 1 and 2) - you can go on exchange after completing 68 credit points, and the UTS subject Equity and Trusts.
- Juris Doctor (version 3) - you can go on exchange after completing all core subjects.
Bachelor of Science - Second Year, or Third Year Autumn Session
- Bachelor of Technology and Innovation - Second Year, Spring Session
- Master of Data Science and Innovation - Autumn Session
- Bachelor of Creative Intelligence & Innovation (combined degrees) - you are advised to go on exchange in Spring session of your core degree.
When planning for exchange, keep in mind that semesters overseas can have different timings then what you’re used to at UTS. This is important to know, as it could impact your flights, accommodation, travel plans, and further studies at UTS.
In general, the following dates apply:
- Australia (UTS)
Session 1: March to June
Session 2: July to October
- North America
Semester 1: August to December
Semester 2: January to May
Semester 1: April to July
Semester 2: October to February
- Europe (varies)
Semester 1: September to January
Semester 2: January to June
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