UTS has exchange partner agreements (opens an external site) with more than 240 universities in over 40 countries. When shortlisting universities you may like to take the below considerations into account. Feedback reports from students who have been on exchange are available on UTSOnline, which you can access once you have attended a Global Exchange Information Session.
- What kind of experience you are interested in: academic, cultural, linguistic or even travel-influenced. To find out insider information about the student experience at specific partner universities, attend an Exchange Fair to chat with UTS students who've been there, done that. You can also check out the Global Exchange blog (opens an external site) for student stories.
- Whether you meet the partner university's entry requirements. Check the 'restrictions' section of the partner university profile to see if they have a minimum GPA or require completion of a certain number of credit points.
- Which partner universities teach the subjects that you need. This will be the main factor for students needing to match direct equivalent subjects for their exchange. See below for more information about selecting subjects at partner universities.
- Finances. Some countries and locations are more expensive than others. Detailed information about costs at each location is available in the feedback reports from previous students in UTSOnline. The Global Exchange team runs an Exchange Finances Seminar each session to provide students with detailed information about costs; budget options; and scholarship and loans.
- How long you want to go on exchange: there is a one session limit for exchange to the United Kingdom, with the following exceptions for exchange at Lancaster University (UK); Cardiff University (UK) and Loughborough University (UK).
Language of instruction
You have the option to study in both English-speaking and non-English speaking countries. The majority of UTS partner universities teach in English (as well as the native language), and many run free or inexpensive intensive language programs prior to commencing your study.
Studying in a Language Other Than English (LOTE)
If you are studying subjects in a LOTE you are advised to attain UTS Level 8 language proficiency before departure. You will also need to meet your host university’s language requirements. A specific language test or certificate (eg. DAAD for Germany) may be required.
You will need to organise and pay for any translations required by the UTS Student Centre to assess the subjects for credit toward your UTS degree.
Selecting subjects at the partner university
To find subjects at the partner university you can check the following resources:
It is crucial that you check the following when selecting subjects at the partner university:
- Language of instruction (is the subject taught in English?)
- Session/semester the subject is running (remember Northern Hemisphere seasons and academic calendars are opposite to UTS!)
- Does the subject have prerequisites?
- Is the subject available for exchange students?
If you get stuck, the Global Exchange team can point you in the right direction.