Well, basically anywhere! There isn't a continent you can't go (well okay, except Antarctica), and there are long-term, short-term and complete exchange experiences available.
Where can I go on exchange?
We have the following options for you when you want to go on exchange:
One of two sessions at a partner university
UTS has exchange partner agreements (opens an external site) with more than 240 universities in over 40 countries. You can often study one, or two sessions at the partner university, depending on the partner uni and what your course allows you to do. Explore our partner database to find out more about the universities available.
Complete exchange experience through ISEP
Do you prefer to have a ‘complete’ exchange experience, including meals and accommodation? The International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) is a network of over 300 member colleges and universities in 50 countries cooperating to provide access to international exchange programs and overseas study for their students. The program is unique in that it offers a ‘complete’ exchange package that includes meals and accommodation. Attend a Global Exchange Information Session on-campus or online to find out more.
Short-term overseas partner programs
Would you like to study overseas, but is a session away too long or expensive? Many of UTS’s partner universities offer ‘for credit’ short-term academic study programs during their summer or winter periods. These programs offer great opportunities for UTS students who may find it difficult to spend an entire session of their course overseas, or who may just want to explore an interesting elective option. Check out the Global Short Programs website for more info.
Selecting units at a partner university
In case you've decided that you want to study one of two sessions at one of our partner universities, you'll need to select the subjects/units that you want to study there. To make going on exchange as convenient as possible, we advise you to use the elective part of your course for your exchange experience. That way you’ll have (far) more flexibility when it comes down to choosing the units you like at a partner university.
If you’re looking at doing core units while on exchange, you’ll need to find a direct equivalent of the subject you would else do at UTS. This can be a time-consuming process, but it’s not impossible! You need to make sure you’ve done lots of research on what’s on offer in the session you will be at the host university on exchange, and you’ll need to be reasonably sure that your UTS faculty will sign off on the overseas units as being equivalent to your UTS units.
As a guide, try to find units that offer around an 80% match to the content and leaning outcomes of your UTS unit. All direct equivalents must be approved by your UTS faculty in order to be credited back to your UTS degree.
Check out the following websites to find what subjects are available at our partner universities:
While looking for more information about the subjects on offer at our partner unis, it is crucial that you also check the following:
- 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.
Things to consider before deciding where to go
Before you decide where you want to go on exchange, there are some things you need to consider, as they can influence your decision-making.
The kind of experience
What kind of experience you are interested in? Are you drawn to a particular language or culture? Or, do you have specific academic or travel requirements? Previous exchange students feedback is a great source of inspiration that might help you decide on your preferred destination. To find out insider information about the student experience at specific partner universities, attend the Think Global 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.
Entry requirements at partner university
Different partner universities can have different requirements. Check whether you meet the partner university's entry requirements by checking the 'restrictions' section of the partner university profile. Here you can see if they have a minimum GPA, or require completion of a certain number of credit points.
The subjects on offer
Which partner university teaches the subjects that you want and need? This will be a decisive factor in choosing your partner university if you have particular thoughts about what subjects you would like to do during your exchange. See above for more information about selecting subjects at partner universities.
Duration of the exchange
There is a one session-limit for exchange to the United Kingdom, with the following exceptions for exchange at Lancaster University, Cardiff University, and Loughborough University (UK). So keep that in mind!
Language in the classroom
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 in the native language), and many run free or inexpensive intensive language programs prior to commencing your study.
If you are studying subjects in another language than English, you are advised to attain UTS Level 8 language proficiency in that language 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 also need to organise and pay for any translations required by the UTS Student Centre to assess the subjects for credit toward your UTS degree.
Scholarships and financial assistance
UTS and the Australian Government offer scholarships and grants to help cover some of the costs associated with overseas study. They can be country or university-specific, so consider them when selecting your preferred partner universities. You also may be eligible to for a loan or Centrelink payments. Attend a Global Exchange Information Sessions to find out more.
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, scholarships, and loans.
Made up your mind on where you want to go, and what subjects you would like to do there? Then it's time to apply!