Grants, scholarships and costs

La Trobe students participating in an exchange program, short term program or a clinical placement, pay their normal fees to La Trobe University for the duration of their overseas experience. La Trobe students going on exchange receive a fee waiver from the host university.

La Trobe University mobility grant scheme

La Trobe University students participating in an overseas activity, may be eligible for a Mobility Grant. The mobility grant scheme is currently under review for Short Term and Clinical Placement Programs. Please note that grant amounts will change semester to semester. All grants are paid in Australian dollars or equivalent Australian dollars at the time of transfer.

Mobility grants - 2013

Mobility grants for 2013 have finished. 

Note: Semester programs for 2/2013 and pre-approved Faculty programs have been included in the 2013 funding allocation. OS Help Loans remain available. For further information on OS Help loan eligibility and application requirements, please see our loans for studying abroad page.

Questions about mobility grants should be directed to

Mobility grants - 2014

Due to a significant increase in participation rates, mobility grants for 2014 have been adjusted to ensure as many students as possible will be funded. Mobility grant availability is always conditional on University budget approval processes.

Program type
Funding amount
LTU Semester Exchange (including dual degree programs)* - all regions
Short term programs (includes Faculty programs, partner programs, internships, independent programs and
La Trobe Award international volunteering)
LTU - Faculty of Health Sciences approved clinical placements
Postgraduate Research Overseas Activity
Assessed on a case-by-case basis

*Students receiving an alternate grant (DIICCSRTE, Student Mobility Scholarships) cannot receive a mobility grant.

**Students doing an additional semester of exchange will receive a mobility grant of A$500 only.

Please refer to the Student Mobility Grant Policy (PDF 38KB)* for more information regarding your eligibility.

Successful applicants will receive their mobility grant via electronic transfer to the nominated bank account upon confirmation of enrolment at the host institution or commencement of their program. This process takes approximately three weeks following confirmation of enrolment.

Important note: La Trobe University does not award mobility grants and scholarships to students retrospectively.

All short program funding is paid to students no more than two weeks before the start of the course. Government grants must be paid directly to students, so please check carefully payment dates for your programs and make sure you have sufficient funds. Some mobility grants may be deducted from a La Trobe program cost instead of being paid to students.

Students participating in Short Term and Clinical Placement Programs must submit their applications for a mobility grant at least eight weeks before the commencement of their program overseas. No applications for grants will be considered after the commencement or completion of the program overseas. Applications for mobility grants must be submitted at the Global Lounge (Upper West Side of the Agora, behind Cafe Velocci).

Please find these forms available here:

*If you require an alternate version of this content please email

Youth allowance

Students who receive youth allowance or other government funding can usually continue to receive these benefits when overseas. Please make enquiries about your specific cases with Centrelink directly.

OS Help loans

Some students may be eligible to apply for an OS Help loan, which allows students to borrow up to approximately A$6051 for a six month period. For further information, please visit La Trobe University's OS Help website.

Other scholarships

The Hamer Scholarships Program - language study in China, Indonesia, Japan and Korea

As part of the Victorian International Engagement Strategy, the Victorian Government has established the Hamer scholarships, a language and cultural immersion program designed to build the Asia-engagement capabilities of Victorians and help strengthen cultural awareness between Victoria and Asia.

The program will provide scholarships for Victorians each year to undertake intensive language study at nominated universities or institutions in China, Indonesia, Japan and Korea.

Worth A$10 000 each for China and Indonesia, or $15 000 each for Japan and Korea, the scholarships will be a boost for Asia-focused skill sets for the State and will create business, cultural and educational representatives for Victoria in those countries.

Scholarship application rounds

Two selection rounds are held each year:

  • Round 1: March - April
  • Round 2: August - September

Upcoming round
Online applications are now open. View program information for further details and link to the online application form. Applications will close on the 22 September 2013.

Student Mobility Scholarships (SMS) 

The Student Mobility Scholarship awards high achieving students a A$7000 scholarship towards a semester/year long exchange program. Preference is given to students who apply for one of the identified priority exchange partnerships. These priority exchange partnerships are subject to change each semester. Approximately 17 scholarships will be available for each semester.


  • Undergraduate students only
  • Students need to have completed one year of study
  • Minimum WAM of 80
  • Open to domestic and international students.

Selection criteria

In assessing applications, the SMS committee will be using the following criteria:

  • Academic performance
  • University engagement
  • Community engagement
  • Personal and academic references
  • Your potential to successfully complete a full-time semester of study in an unfamiliar environment from which you will benefit both academically and personally, as well as acting as an ambassador for Australia and for La Trobe University.

It is essential that to include in your supporting documentation with your application. Please refer to the application document for specific details.  If your official transcript is not ready at the time of submission, please ensure that you print out a copy of your unofficial transcript, which you can request through your Student Online Account).

If you are shortlisted by the SMS committee, the final stage of the selection process may include an interview which will be scheduled with you around 13-15 August 2014 (subject to change). Regional campus interviews may be held at Bendigo campus or via phone interview. You must be prepared to make yourself available for the interview. Failure to attend the interview will result in your application being cancelled. Decisions of the SMS committee will be final.

See our exchange partners list for more information on  these institutions. 

To apply complete the standard Exchange Application Form (and the relevant section regarding applying for the SMS) and submit it to La Trobe Abroad before standard exchange application deadline.

If you have any further queries regarding this scholarship scheme please don’t hesitate to visit or contact the Global Lounge (open Monday through Thursday from 11am to 3pm):

Upper East Side of the Agora (behind Cafe Veloci, and next to the International Student Association office), Melbourne Campus
T: +61 3 9479 2112

2014 Prime Minister's Australia Asia Award

Applications for the 2014 program have no closed. Applications for the 2015 program will open in May 2014.

The Prime Minister's Australia Asia Scholarships are prestigious awards providing financial support for Australian students to undertake study or research in Asia towards their Australian qualification in any field of study, at Bachelor, Honours, Masters or PhD level.

The Prime Minister's Australia Asia Award scholarships are a unique opportunity to undertake international study and research related to your Australian degree, as well as gain international work experience through an internship, building your professional network in Asia.

More information about the Prime Minister's Australia Asia Award and other Endeavour Awards is available on the DIICCSRTE website.

Below is an indication of the structure and requirements from the 2014 program, subject to change for 2015.

Postgraduate Award benefits
This Award provides up to A$63 500 towards travel and establishment allowances, tuition and internship contributions, and travel insurance.
Undergraduate Award benefits
This Award provides up to A$53 500 towards travel and establishment allowances, tuition and internship contributions, and travel insurance.
Award structure
There are two stages to these Awards.
Stage 1 - Full-time study/research component for up to 12 months (one semester or 6 months minimum).
Stage 2 - Internship component for up to 12 months (minimum of two months).
Eligible programs
Bachelor, Honours, Master's and PhD (by either coursework or research)
Eligible fields of study
All fields
Eligible citizenship
Australian citizens or permanent residents of Australia.
Selected destinations
Awards are available for Australian recipients to conduct their program in; China (including Hong Kong and Macau SARs), India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. (Award Holders may undertake their internships in more than one of the participating countries).
How to apply

Applications are submitted online through the Endeavour Online (EOL) IT System.

You must be nominated by your home university for your application to be eligible. We strongly encourage you to first contact your University Contact Officer before starting your application. Please contact Kim Siemensma at or (03) 9479 3223 before starting your application.

For further information on the application process and eligibility requirements refer to the Applicant Guidelines.

For more information, please go to the DIICCSRTE website.

Hallym University Accommodation and Monthly Allowance Scholarship

 What is the Hallym International Dormitory (HID)?

Hallym International Dormitory (HID) is an intensive language and culture program in Hallym University. Hallym students who are interested in developing their language and cultural understanding live and study together with visiting exchange students. The dormitory is organised into four different language sections (English, Chinese, Japanese and Russian). The dormitory itself houses approximately 160 students, 25 per cent from other countries with the majority from Korea. Exchange students in the English section are not necessarily from ‘native speaking’ countries; but have good quality English skills and are able to assist the Hallym students with their language. Exchange students receive a comprehensive immersion into Korean culture through living with students who are best suited and motivated to communicating and understanding visitors to Korea. Because all of the students work together, HID is considered to have much more of a community than the regular dormitories.

 What is the role of exchange student tutors?

 As an exchange student tutor, you will be required to:

  • Attend five hours of class/seminars per week. Classes focus on understanding current issues. The work is designed to encourage students to look at topics and issues in different ways and from a different cultural perspective. Seminars are held during the evenings in groups of six or seven. In class, exchange student tutors are required to participate and assist the Korean students. In seminars, exchange student tutors will help organise and lead the study group.
  • Attend a small number of events throughout the semester that all students are encouraged to attend.
  • Assist students with their language development and cultural understanding. This is usually done on an informal basis.

What are the benefits of living in HID?

  • Free accommodation for the whole semester.
  • A scholarship of between KRW400,000 and KRW800,000. The final amount depends on an assessment of your participation in the program.

Most students also consider the friendships, help, and memories the most rewarding aspect of their time in HID.

For more information, visit the HID website.

Application to be an exchange student tutor

We require tutors to be proficient in English and able to advise others on their language development. We also require tutors to be competent at organising and managing small study groups. In order to assess these qualities, we invite all applicants to a telephone interview with a teacher from the course.

Chinese Government Scholarship

To strengthen the relationship and develop cooperation and exchanges in fields of politics, economy, culture, education and trade between China and other countries, the Chinese government has set up a series of scholarship schemes to sponsor international students, teachers and scholars to undertake studies and research at selected Chinese universities.

The scholarship will cover:

  • Registration fees
  • Tuition fees
  • Fee for laboratory experiment
  • Fee for internship
  • Fee for basic learning materials
  • On-campus accommodation
  • Living allowance
  • One-off settlement subsidy after registration
  • Fee for outpatient medical services
  • One-off intercity travel subsidy.


  • Applicants must be non-Chinese citizens in good health.

Education background and age limit:

  • Applicants for undergraduate programs must have senior highschool diploma with a good academic performance and be under the age of 25.
  • Applicants for master degree programs must have a bachelor’s degree and be under the age of 35.
  • Applicants for doctoral degree programs must have a master’s degree and be under the age of 40.
  • Chinese language students must have senior highschool diploma and be under the age of 35; they will study a Chinese language program in China.
  • General scholar candidates must have completed at least two years of undergraduate studies and be under the age of 45; they may study all majors besides Chinese language.
  • Senior scholar candidates must have master’s degree or above, or hold academic titles of associate professor or above, and be under the age of 50.

All undergraduate courses will be taught in Chinese. At some universities, courses for scholars, senior scholars, and postgraduate students can be offered in English.

For further information

Visit us at the Global Lounge!

Students at the Melbourne campus can access more information on exchange partners at the La Trobe Global Lounge (located on the upper East side of the Agora - behind Cafe Velocci). The office is open Monday to Thursday from 11am-3pm.

Facebook -  Log into the 'La Trobe University Study Abroad and Exchange Group' to see what La Trobe students are doing on Exchange!