In today’s globalised world, an international experience can open doors to better career opportunities and give you an international perspective to your studies. The personal, social and professional development you’ll gain while overseas will also help broaden your mind.
Combine your engineering degree with international studies
By combining your professional degree with International Studies, you can learn the language and culture of your chosen country. You also live in that country for a year so you get to properly experience the culture and language that you have learnt.
Choose a country
- Canada (Quebec)
- Costa Rica
- Latino USA
UTS has exchange agreements with more than 185 universities in over 39 countries, most of which have an agreement with us to teach engineering courses in English. You can complete a session or two abroad and receive credit towards your degree at UTS. As part of this program you continue to pay your tuition fee at UTS.
Find out more about Global Exchange and hear from returning UTS students.
Global Exchange video transcript
Montage of buildings around the world and images of students on Global Exchange
Text: Jessica La Rosa, Bachelor of Information Technology
Jessica: I chose to go on exchange because I wanted to experience a new culture and I wanted to make new friends from not just Italy but all different countries.
The thing I like the most about Italy is that it has such an interesting culture. The Italians really love family and they’re very close, very friendly. That’s great also when you’re studying there because it was really easy to make friends.
Text: Kruti Joshi, Bachelor of Arts in Communication (Journalism)
Kruti: The thing I liked the most on exchange, from being from India and then living here for twelve years, I’ve never seen snow so I thoroughly enjoyed that and I also quite liked the people I met, most of them were from Europe and it was amazing to think like its such a small place and it could have so many different cultures and languages.
Text: Chun Lam Ma ( James), Bachelor of Forensic Science in Applied Chemistry
James: The main reason I chose to go on exchange was that I really wanted to experience something that was very different from my home country, Singapore and Sydney and I’d like to experience something that is more diverse in terms of education base.
Text: Luke Fergus, Master of Architecture
Luke: the opportunity to study architecture in Denmark is quite appealing and also the chance to study in another school especially in Europe. To see their sort of teaching style and how they go about things was also attractive.
Text: Bradley Sacks, Bachelor of Business
Bradley: I think the specific skill that I developed while I was on exchange was how to manage money and I also learnt how to live by myself. I have never lived away from home before. As a matter of fact I have never actually travelled overseas before without my parents. I also learned how to be more confident and interact with different people from different cultures.
Jessica: What I loved about the university was that the teachers were very, very helpful. The subjects were exactly what I wanted. I wanted to study Italian as the language and it was so great to learn from Italians themselves.
Kruti: the best thing I gained while I was on exchange was a lot of friends and a lot of new acquaintances. If I ever go back to Europe I know I’ll have a place to go to and a person I can rely on.
James: When you go on exchange you get a global perspective. You get more culture embedded in you and what I think is that this experience is one of a kind you can’t get it else where. So I really recommend students, international students to go on exchange. Just go for it.
Jessica: It can be a bit scary at first to make the decision to move to a country at first. I think its very valuable and it could be the best six months of your life. Once you’re there, you’ll learn so much and you’ll make friends of a life time. So I really encourage you to go on it.
Pause by Jahzzar
The Big House by Jason Shaw
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If you would like to study for a semester at an institution that is not a UTS Global Exchange partner, you may be able to do so, provided the institution has a Study Abroad or Visiting Student Program. Study Abroad attracts a tuition fee in most cases, based on the number of subject credit points you study at the other institution.
Summer and winter school
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.
Find out more about the range of exciting summer and winter school options, as well as options to fund your exchange.
Develop your skills, broaden your horizons and build your leadership potential with Beyond UTS International Leadership Development (BUILD). Opportunities include overseas travel to participate in global conferences, internships, community volunteer projects and short-term study programs.
The UTS BUILD Experience
- Fantastic leadership opportunities
- International experience
- Entrepreneurial skills
- Brilliant workshops
- Leadership and communication skills
- Great short courses
- Networking skills
- My experience at UTS BUILD was actually life changing
- It just really appealed to me because it’s not just about doing international studies
- It’s also about looking at social and environmental issues
- I just thought ‘yeah’, that’s what I want to be a part of and it didn’t cost anything
- So I just signed right up.
- I think the most important thing that I've learned through BUILD
- is just that cross-cultural understanding and respect.
- I think it’s really important for in the communications industry
- to have that strong understanding of where other people are coming from
- in order to craft messages that resonate with them.
- My favourite BUILD memory is going to Virginia Tech for the
- Virgina Tech KnowledgeWorks students business concept competition
- BUILD were the ones that advertised the competition and we were given the travel grants each.
- If it wasn’t for the travel grants we would not have been able to go over there.
- It was a week in America with students from all around the world.
- It was the most amazing experience.
- I travelled to Cambodia. I participated in a fundraising challenge for charity.
- The idea was that as a team we'd cycle around 200km across the countryside and also trek about 60km.
- And so we raised around $50 000 for the Oaktree Foundation.
- I was always passionate about and completely against the unfair treatment of women.
- And issues relating to human trafficking in general
- And also wanted to get involved in programs that targeted these issues, but never really knew where to begin.
- This was mainly through the activities I participated in, like the Ideas Hubs
- and the overseas trips focusing in education, social enterprise and change.
- We want to show people that you can use the power of business to change the world.
- I wish when I was at uni, there was stuff like this.
- So that’s what made me get involved with BUILD.
- There was one moment in the Leader’s project,
- we were pitching to each other, so there was a room full of maybe 14 young UTS students
- who all had ideas about social change.
- And it was the first time that I’d taken an idea from inside my head
- and out into the real world
- Not just ‘oh, yeah, that’s kind of okay’ but have a bunch of
- peers say ‘hey this could be something, this is really cool’.
- Through UTS BUILD I got equipped with a lot of entrepreneurial skills and entrepreneurial mindsets.
- And so that’s been really instrumental in not only setting up my own social enterprise
- but getting a job even before I graduated.
- So I’m working on a social enterprise called ‘Bloodless'
- and we are a fashion label that uses t-shirts to start conversations and raise funds for causes.
- 40K is dedicated to tackling real-world issues
- in a global context. So to do that,
- we are providing educational opportunities and innovative technologies
- to children in rural India.
- I think 40K and the UTS BUILD program coming together has been an incredible alignment of values.
- Its all about developing young Australians and fostering their skills in a context that they normally wouldn’t be in
- as well as getting overseas experience.
- When I first came to UTS, I was just this naive, a bit lost, high school kid.
- Through BUILD I’ve been given these fantastic opportunities to really step up.
- Allowed me to think laterally about my career opportunities.
- Has definitely made my university degree a lot more fun.
- And on the way I’ve met some amazing friends, met some amazing people and had some amazing experiences
- And now I’m working in a job that I really, really enjoy and working on my own enterprise.
- I would trade any of it for the world and I couldn’t have done it without BUILD.
UTS BUILD – As Wilson Tells It
- Hi, I'm Wilson and I'm a part of UTS BUILD.
- BUILD is an exciting and dynamic leadership program at UTS,
- that helps you gain experiences outside of the classroom that you never normally would have the chance to do.
- BUILD is open to students of all faculties.
- So if you'd like to learn about communicating across cultures,
- expand your networks,
- and develop yourself as a leader,
- get involved.
- (BLOOPERS) ...expand your networks...oh, I said learn twice, sorry.
- BUILD is open to students of all faculties!
- What was the next thing that I keep forgetting?
- Wait...I need to get into the zone.
UTS BUILD – As Philomine Tells It
- Hi, I'm Philomine. I'm an engineering and business student.
- and I've been part BUILD for the past few years of my engineering degree.
- BUILD has given me countless opportunities to learn outside the classroom,
- both at home and overseas.
- I've had opportunities to teach English overseas,
- go on study tours to Vietnam,
- and participate in numerous activities around the university.
- and also meet a lot of people while I was at it.
- If you join BUILD, you can do this too.
- (BLOOPERS) If you'd like to do this, you need to join BUILD (laughs)
- You can do this too, if you join BUILD (laughs)
- Sorry, that just failed! I'll try that again (laughs)
UTS BUILD – As Alice Tells It
- My hands are shaking right now.
- Hmm...should I just start?
- I do a lot of this and I get in trouble for it.
- I just need to have a minute...(deep breath)
- This is why I could never be in showbiz.
- My name is Alice. I'm a business student at UTS.
- I've been part of the BUILD program for 2 years.
- BUILD is free for all students post-graduate and undergraduate
- and it's really flexible throughout your degree.
- For me its opened a lot of doors, opportunities, life experiences and international travel.
- and I've made some awesome lifelong friends.
- If you are a student at UTS you should come and check it out.
- (BLOOPERS) I...I just pull stupid faces...
- I said 'um', I'm really sorry about that.
- I have to start again don't I?
- What's the word?
- So just do it. It's free!
Thinking about coming to UTS on exchange?
As a student coming to UTS from one of the exchange partner universities, you can study at UTS for one or two sessions and receive credit for your study towards your degree in your home university.
Find out more about Study Abroad and Exchange.