Grants, scholarships and costs

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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.

Questions about mobility grants should be directed to

Mobility grants - 2015

Due to a significant increase in participation rates, mobility grants for 2015 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 1500
Short term programs (includes College programs, partner programs, internships, independent programs and
La Trobe Award international volunteering)
LTU - College of Science, Health and Engineering approved clinical placements 750
Postgraduate Research Overseas Activity Assessed on a case-by-case basis

*Students receiving an alternate grant (DI, 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).

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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$6362 (if you will not be studying in Asia); or A$7,635 if you will be studying in Asia for a six month period. For further information, please visit La Trobe University's OS Help website.

Other scholarships

Strategic Mobility Scholarship (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 you include supporting documentation with your application. Please refer to the application document for specific details. Note that a CV is also required as an additional part of the application documents. 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 2015 (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.

Priority institutions for Semester 1, 2016
The AmericasAsiaEurope
Chile (all partners)*Lingnan University, Hong KongFrance (all partners)
Mexico (all partners)*All Taiwan universitiesAustria (all partners)
Universite du Quebec a Montreal - School of Management - CanadaNanyang Technological University, SingaporeGermany (all partners)
University of Windsor - CanadaHallym University, South KoreaMalmo University, Sweden
University of Wisconsin, La Crosse - USATel Aviv University, IsraelLinnaeus University, Sweden
Loyola University Maryland - USASRM University, IndiaLinkoping University, Sweden
Universidad Torcuato Di Tella* Argentina ACICIS IndonesiaUniversity of St. Gallen - Switzerland
University of Calgary - CanadaCentral University of Finance and Economics, ChinaHAN University of Applied Sciences - The Netherlands

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

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

Asiabound scholarships for Hong Kong and Thailand

We have 8 scholarships for exchange to Hong Kong and 5 scholarships for exchange to Thailand, for Semester 1, 2016. The funding comes from the Australian government and it is available for one semester exchange, worth A$5000.


All students who receive Asiabound grants must be:

  • Australian citizens enrolled in an Australian university
  • undertaking a Bachelor of Bachelor Honours degree program onshore at an Australian campus.

Recipients will be determined based on the number of applicants who meet the La Trobe Abroad eligibility for exchange. If there are more applicants than grants, we may hold interviews and review based on the Selection Criteria for the Strategic Mobility Scholarship. This grant would replace the standard Mobility Grant.

How to apply

Follow our standard application steps (and fill in the relevant section regarding applying for the SMS) and submit it to La Trobe Abroad before the 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 or email

New Colombo Plan scholarships

The New Colombo Plan (NCP) Scholarship awards up to $67 000 to Australian undergraduate students for study or a work experience opportunity in Asia. Up to 100 scholarships will be awarded in 2016. La Trobe University can nominate up to 10 students to be considered by the Australian Government.


To qualify for a nomination you must:

  • be an Australian citizen under the age of 28 (you cannot apply for a scholarship to study in a country where you have or previously had dual citizenship or residence rights)
  • be enrolled in a Bachelor degree or Bachelor Honours degree when the scholarship program commences
  • have College approval to undertake an exchange program
  • have an average score of 80 per cent.

To gain College approval

  1. Print your course structure from Student Online (under the 'Enrolment' tab, 'Study Plans' menu, then 'Study Plan Details') and mark the classes you have already completed to see what remains. In some cases you may not be able to take core subjects overseas and you might need to re-organise your electives (ask your Course/Discipline Coordinator).
  2. Research host institutions, choosing the ones that interest you and that offer subjects related to your degree. Keep a record of the subject descriptions/syllabi for approval.
  3. Download and complete Part 1 of the Outbound Exchange Application form - the Study Plan and internal use College approval page.
  4. Make an appointment to speak to your Course Coordinator about the possibility of receiving a full semester's credit load for an exchange semester. If you have electives as part of your program, try to keep these for your exchange semester. Take your course structure with you to confirm whether you have electives left or to check what other subjects are available, and Part 1 of the application for signatures on the Study Plan.
  5. Submit Part 1 - Outbound Exchange Study Plan and College Approval Form to ASK La Trobe for the College Student Admin team to review.

Expressions of interest

To be nominated for the NCP Scholarship Program you must first fill in an Expression of Interest form by Thursday 9 July.

Before filling in the form, decide on a preferred location from our list of Asia Exchange partners. Please ensure that the institution you choose offers subjects relevant to your degree in English or a language you're familiar with. If you have chosen a destination country where La Trobe University does not offer a partner university, first check ISEP for potential Universities or you will be required to demonstrate why you have chosen this non-vetted country/institution and how it relates to your degree of study (example might be that your Professor already has an established relationship with this University and its course, and can assist you more easily in the internship component).

For more information about the NCP Scholarship Program including guidelines, program aims and timelines visit the Australian Government's NCP website or contact us.

Australian Government Semester Exchange Asia scholarships

For Semester 1, 2016, we have received funding under the Endeavour Cheung Kong Student Exchange Program (ECKSEP) and New Colombo Plan (NCP) Mobility from the Australian government for exchanges in the following countries:

  • South Korea
  • Indonesia
  • India
  • Singapore.

We have funding available for any discipline for one semester-long exchange worth A$5,000 for ECKSEP and $7000 for NCP (with required internship).

These are very prestigious grants that may include networking receptions where student recipients are recognised by the government and other key stakeholders.


To be eligible for ECKSEP or NCP grants you must be:

  • an Australian citizen enrolled in an Australian university
  • undertaking a Bachelor of Bachelor Honours degree program onshore at an Australian campus.

Recipients will be determined based on the number of applicants who meet the La Trobe Abroad eligibility for exchange. If there are more applicants than grants, we may hold interviews and review based on the Selection Criteria for the Strategic Mobility Scholarship. This grant would replace the standard Mobility Grant.

Browse La Trobe Abroad Institutional partners.

How 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


Sichuan Provincial Scholarships

The Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Employment has 15 new scholarships for Victorians to undertake studies in Sichuan Province (P.R. China) in 2015/2016. These scholarships were offered by the Sichuan Department of Education during an April 2015 visit to Victoria, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation in Education between Victoria and Sichuan in June 2014.


Two types of scholarships are on offer:

  • 10 Exchange Scholarships (1 year exchange program, RMB 10,000 per year).
  • 5 Undergraduate Degree Scholarships (4 years Bachelor studies, RMB 20,000 per year)

The scholarships cover tuition, accommodation, insurance and basic living expenses.


To be eligible for a Sichuan Provincial Government Scholarship you must meet the following criteria:

  • be a resident of Victoria.
  • Undergraduate studies must be undertaken at a higher education institutions in Sichuan Province which has been approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education. You can see a list of the approved institutions on the study in China website.

Please note:

  • Applicants wishing to use the exchange scholarships to undertake Chinese language study are required to do so at Xihua University. The Chinese language program at Xihua University [DOC 145KB] includes Chinese language and cultural classes and activities. For more information on this program, see the brochures below.
  • Applicants wishing to undertake studies in areas other than language studies e.g. politics, IR etc. may apply to any of the approved institutions.

How to apply

Apply for the Sichuan Provincial Government Scholarship using the documents below:

Further information 

Should you require any further information regarding these scholarship programs, please contact Elise Kavanagh, Senior Business Development Officer, at or 9651 8157.

See a list of the contact details for all the approved institutions ([DOC 15KB].

Study overseas Foundation Grants

The scholarships are intended to promote the recipients' academic development at an educational institution overseas by studying a component of an Australian course. They are designed to support students who can demonstrate leadership potential or who can clearly show how their overseas study experience will assist them to become a better leader in their field.

Students are able to apply in one of three categories:

  • Business leadership
  • Leadership in community or international development
  • Leadership in the sciences.

A total five A$1000 scholarships nationwide will be allocated across these three categories in the first funding round.

Scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit, including academic performance and demonstration of leadership potential.


In order to apply for a scholarship, a student must be:

  • an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • living in Australia
  • currently studying at an Australian university within Australia (i.e. not an offshore campus) and be enrolled in a non-research degree (i.e. undergraduate or postgraduate by coursework degree)
  • be 18 years or older at the time of their experience.

All types of international study experiences are eligible to be funded as long as the experience involves an educational institution overseas and can count as a component of an Australian course.

For information on how to apply, please visit the Study Overseas 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 Scholarships

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.

APEC scholarships and internships

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) participating economies, including Australia, have partnered with universities and companies to create new study and work opportunities. Check the APEC website to see what opportunities are available for students studying in Australian universities.

Scholarships to Mexico – Semester 1 2016

The General Direction of Technical and Scientific Cooperation of Mexico has opened applications for Mexico's Scholarship Program for Foreigners 2016. The Mexican Government offers up to two scholarships to Australian citizens to study at a Mexican Institution.

From May 20 to 31 August 2015 you can obtain the terms and conditions, the complete list of institutions and programs, along with the application forms for the 2016 scholarship at the AMEXCID website.

How to apply

Download the application forms from the AMEXCID website.

Submit your applications to the Embassy of Mexico in Australia by 15 September 2015.

Please note: to be considered for an Exchange place to a Mexican institution, you will need to also complete a La Trobe University Exchange application.

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!