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.

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 typeFunding amount
LTU Semester Exchange (including dual degree programs)* - all regions1500
Short term programs (includes Faculty programs, partner programs, internships, independent programs and
La Trobe Award international volunteering)
LTU - Faculty of Health Sciences approved clinical placements750
Postgraduate Research Overseas ActivityAssessed 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).

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

Asiabound China Exchange Scholarships

We have five Australia government scholarships for Semester 1, 2015, for an exchange to China at one of our exchange partners:

  • Beijing University of Technology
  • Central University of Finance and Economics
  • East China Normal University
  • Groupe ESSCA Shanghai [part of the French group]
  • Tongji University

These scholarships are worth $5000 each and have the option of an additional $1000 to study Mandarin with a fee-paying program (non-HECS).


All students who receive Asiabound grants must be:

  • Australian citizens enrolled in an Australian university
  • undertaking a 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.

To apply complete the standard Exchange Application Form 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 or email

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 at 11pm on the 21 September 2014.

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 you submit your supporting documentation with your application. Please refer to the application document for specific details. Please note that a CV is also required for the application. 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.

Priority institutions for Semester 1, 2015
The AmericasEuropeAsia
University of Windsor, CanadaUniversidad Potsdam, GermanyLingnan University, Hong Kong
Loyola University, USABonn University, GermanyForeign Trade University, Vietnam
University Mayor ChileUniversity of Bremen, GermanyTaiwan (all partners)
Universidad Autonoma de MexicoAustria (all partners)BUS, Singapore (Science, Technology and Engineering students only)
 Lund University, SwedenSRM, India
 Malmo University, SwedenUniversity  of Nizwa, Oman
  Hallym University, South Korea

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

ACICIS - New Colombo Plan tranche two scholarships

For Semester 1, 2015, La Trobe University has received 5 scholarships for the ACICIS programs in Indonesia.  At this stage, the funding is only available for their Development Studies Immersion Program and the International Relations Programs as follows:

  • 1 semester long Exchange for 2 students funded at $5000 each for Development Studies Immersion Program
  • 1 semester long Exchange for 3 students funded at $5000 each for International Relations.
Eligibility criteria

All New Colombo Plan (NCP) grant recipients must be:

  • Australian citizens enrolled in an Australian university
  • undertaking a Bachelors or Bachelors Honours degree level program onshore at an Australian campus
  • between the ages of 18 and 28 at the commencement of their NCP funded experience.

If there are more applicants than grants, we may hold interviews and review based on the selection criteria for the Strategic Mobility Scholarship. 

Please note: ACICIS charges a program fee for all programs (in addition to your regular HECS payments for semester exchanges).  The faculty is working on a solution for this extra charge but as of yet it is not finalised. This fee is usually A$3000.

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

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

Absolute internship 2014/2015 scholarships

The scholarships ranging between A$1000 to A$3000 are offered by Absolute Internship to help supplement the cost of the program fee, which includes:

  • a guaranteed internship
  • housing
  • visa processing
  • weekend events and overnight trips
  • transportation to and from work
  • career speaker series with industry experts
  • 24-hour onsite support.

To get an inside view of how it's like to be intern abroad, check out the Intern Blog by Absolute Internship.

How to apply

Submit a CV and a statement of maximum 500 words describing your academic interests and your proposed internship industry and program location to by August 30, 2014 with the subject title: La Trobe Scholarship Application – First and Last Name.

The CV and statement of interests should include:

  1. Why you want to go on an internship abroad and in which city.
  2. Which type of internship you are interested in and for what period of time.
  3. Plans for subsequent career.

You must be gaining credit or approval from your faculty at La Trobe University by submitting the Short Program Application Form (PDF 256KB) to La Trobe Abroad.

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.

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