International exchange and study tours

Global experience

La Trobe University’s Study Abroad and Exchange programs will take you where you want to go. La Trobe is one of the most generous Australian universities when it comes to assisting students financially to study abroad. We offer more than AUD$1 million in exchange grants and scholarships every year, and since 2012 have secured a further AUD$600,000 in government funding.

This money goes directly to La Trobe students who want to study in another country. You can choose from over 150 partner institutions in over 45 countries all over the world.

In addition to our direct partnerships, we are also a member of the International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP), which gives you access to over 300 universities in 50 countries. Since 2010, the number of our students undertaking an international experience as a component of their studies has increased by 73 per cent – meaning a significant number of our students are experiencing this life-changing opportunity.

You can also choose to go on short term overseas programs, which are a great way to get internationally recognised experience without disrupting course structure. These include:

  • clinical placements
  • internships
  • short term academic programs
  • volunteering opportunities.

Partnering business schools and universities

Copenhagen Business School
Copenhagen Business School (CBS) is a century-old institution and one of the largest business schools in Northern Europe with over 22,000 students in total. It is one of just a handful of business schools to be accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA), Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) Quality Improvement System (EQUIS).
Similar to La Trobe Business School, Copenhagen Business School is a Champion and Ambassador of the United Nations-backed initiative Principles for Responsible Management (PRME). Responsible management is the central theme of the Copenhagen MBA and develops skills in managing sustainable corporations. The course is divided into four broad topics: Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, the New Global Rules of the Game, Business Imperative, and Earning Trust with Stakeholders.

EBS University Business School
EBS Business School is one of Germany’s leading business schools and is at the forefront of education and business excellence. EQUIS accredited and with outstanding contacts to over 200 international organisations and partner universities worldwide, they are renowned for academic excellence, innovative strength, and an entrepreneurial spirit.

Chinese University of Hong Kong Business School
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Business School is a leading business school and a pioneer in business education in Hong Kong. It was established in Hong Kong in 1963 and was the first business school to offer MBA and Executive MBA programs in the region. CUHK Business School has over 3,800 full-time and part-time students and has the largest business school alumni network in Hong Kong, with over 24,000 members.

How to go on exchange

You will need to:

  • be enrolled in a relevant La Trobe University degree award program at the time of application, the semester prior to exchange, and also at the beginning of the exchange
  • have completed at least 120 credit points at La Trobe; or you will have completed 120 credit points by the time you do the exchange program
  • get Course Coordinator and College approval for the exchange
  • have a 65% or above grade point average (GPA); some partner universities require a higher GPA
  • have enough subjects left in your degree for your exchange (you may not complete your degree before your exchange).

For more information visit our Study Abroad and Exchange webpage.

Regional study tours

The MBA Regional Study Tour takes you out of the classroom and into the flourishing commercial domain of regional Victoria’s food, wine and arts sectors. Course content is focused on aspects of business relevant to these industries with a range of presentations and networking opportunities provided by business professionals and community leaders.

This study tour will be delivered as a 5-day intensive that explores the opportunities and challenges of a wide range of businesses in Bendigo and Shepparton. You will undertake some assessment during the study tour, with the remainder submitted after the conclusion of the intensive.

About the locations

Operating in a regional centre brings a unique set of challenges and opportunities. You will learn more about how entrepreneurs and leaders are shaping the food, wine and arts industries of Victoria and how they are steering growth in their respective organisations.

Bendigo is a vibrant city of over 100,000 people in the heart of Victoria’s goldfields district. The city has undergone a transformation in recent years to a thriving cultural centre, driven by key players including the Bendigo Art Gallery who holds world-class exhibitions and the Bendigo Bank, Australia’s only provincially headquartered retail bank.

Shepparton is the food bowl of Victoria and one of the country’s largest irrigation centres. It has developed into a modern, multicultural community boasting the innovative Shepparton Art Museum alongside important agricultural influencers such as Devondale Dairy and Turnbull Bros Orchards.

International study tours

The MBA International Study Tour is an elective subject that gives you with an opportunity to increase your international knowledge and outlook while studying overseas. Adopting a first-hand learning approach, students explore business systems and investigate current challenges facing organisations. These will include issues in international business, management, marketing, finance and/or human resources, with a focus on socially responsible decision making.

Admission will be subject to the availability of resources within the Business School and the permission of the Program Director.

Daniela Erni Ruoss

La Trobe MBA student
University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Shidler College of Business, USA

‘There were three main reasons to go on exchange and to complete my final semester. After having studied in Europe (Switzerland), Asia (Malaysia), and Australia (Perth and Melbourne), I wanted to complete my study experience with a ‘gig’ in the USA. And with the high academic standard of USA universities and colleges, I was intrigued to find out how well I would perform there. Secondly, exchanges always offer lots of opportunities and challenges, and I was ready to experience both. I wanted to find out how I would cope/manage to adjust to another foreign environment, and how I would eventually manage to overcome all odds and succeed in a new environment. Thirdly, I was looking forward to meeting new people, extending my global network, and learning from a new culture.’