Grants, scholarships and costs

Prior to departure, you need to save sufficient funds to cover all of your expenses for the duration of your semester exchange or overseas short program. This may include your Mobility Grant or other Scholarships, OS HELP loans or Centrelink (all described below).

Tuition Fees

Both domestic and international La Trobe students continue to pay their normal tuition fees to La Trobe University when they participate in an exchange semester program. La Trobe students going on exchange  receive a fee waiver from the host university.

Students applying for short program may incur additional costs associated with the program.

La Trobe University Mobility Grant scheme

La Trobe University students participating in an overseas activity, may be eligible for a Mobility Grant. 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. This grant is available to both international and domestic La Trobe University students.

2018 Mobility Grant –Semester Exchange & Overseas Short Programs

Semester Exchange Mobility Grants

Program type

Funding amount

First Semester of Exchange (including dual degree programs) - all regions

$2,000

Second Semester of Exchange (including dual degree programs) - all regions

$500

Postgraduate Research Overseas Activity

Assessed on a case-by-case basis

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

Overseas Short Term Program Mobility Grants

Program type

Funding amount

Short Term Programs directly with an Exchange Partner

$1,000

Short Term Programs – College-Led, Third Party Providers, Volunteering, Other

$500

LTU - College of Science, Health and Engineering approved clinical placements

$750

Internships with listed providers (link to website)

$1,500

Postgraduate Research Overseas Activity

Assessed on a case-by-case basis

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 all of their short program application documents 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.

PG Research Students: Please add to your Overseas Short Program (OSP) Application a one page statement explaining how the overseas program will impact your research, and list any other funding you are receiving. A letter of support from your Supervisor must also be included and they should sign your OSP form as well.  Finally, some form of evidence from the Graduate Research School (GRS) must be received by La Trobe Abroad indicating you have completed their travel process.  Applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis for $500 mobility grants and will depend on available funding.

Terms & conditions (both programs)

  • Mobility grant availability is conditional on University budget approval processes.
  • Students receiving an alternate grant through La Trobe Abroad such as the New Colombo Plan (NCP), Endeavour or Student Mobility Scholarships listed below cannot receive a mobility grant. Students only receive one kind of Australian-based funding from La Trobe University.
  • Students doing an additional exchange semester will receive a mobility grant of A$500 only during their second semester.

Please refer to the Student Mobility Grant Policy in the La Trobe Policy Library for more information regarding your eligibility.

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

OS Help (HECS) loan

Only available to domestic students. Some students may be eligible to apply for an OS Help loan, which allows students to borrow up to approximately A$6,665 (if you will not be studying in Asia); or A$7,998 if you will be studying in Asia for a six month period. Students may be able to borrow the OS Help Loan twice provided the 6 month period for the two loans do not overlap.

Students undertaking a Asian Language Study overseas may also be eligible to borrow an additional supplementary amount of up to $1065.

Please note the OS Help Loan is not looked after by La Trobe Abroad. Any further information and instructions regarding this Loan can be accessed from the OS Help website.

Application & closing dates

For study overseas on exchange programs in Semester 1 or summer break of any given year, please ensure you submit your application by 1 November in the previous semester.

For study overseas on exchange programs in Semester 2 or winter break of any given year, please ensure you submit your application by 1 May in the previous semester.

Applications for OS-Help loans for study tours, some short courses or clinical/professional placements will be accepted at any time but may not be reviewed immediately. Allow up to a minimum of 4 weeks before departure for the application to be assessed.

Apply

Please note: You must have your subjects approved for the program by the College before you can apply. To apply for subject approval, you need to follow the application instructions for the relevant program. Online application system for this is called SOMSAS.

Scholarships

Students receiving any of the LTU alternate grants and scholarships below cannot receive a mobility grant. Students only receive one kind of Australian-based funding from LTU.

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

La Trobe University Mobility Scholarships

Overseas short program scholarships

Scholarships for overseas short programs are subject to funding and the amount of payment you will receive may vary accordingly.

Students will be contacted once any opportunities become available or will be advertised next to the program details on our overseas short program website.

Strategic Mobility Scholarship (SMS) - Semester Exchange

The Strategic Mobility Scholarship awards A$5000 towards a semester/full year exchange program to students who apply for one of the identified priority exchange partnerships. These priority exchange partnerships are subject to change each semester. Approximately 14 scholarships will be available for each semester.  Students can only receive this scholarship on their first semester of exchange (not on subsequent semesters, even if spaced apart).

Eligibility

  • Open to both undergraduate and postgraduate students
  • Minimum WAM of 70
  • Open to domestic and international students
  • Must include a CV with application

Selection criteria

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

  • Academic Performance
  • Academic references
  • Area of study
  • 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. 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. The decisions of the SMS committee will be final.

Priority institutions for Semester 1, 2019
The AmericasAsiaEurope
Appalachian State University, USAMalaysia (all partners)

Aalborg University, Denmark

East Carolina University, USA

Singapore (all partners)

Austria (all partners)

Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia

Thailand (all partners)

France (all partners)
Texas Tech University, USAUniversity of Colombo, Sri LankaGermany (all partners)
Universidad de Montevideo, UruguayUniversity of Pelita Harapan, IndonesiaItaly (all partners)
Universite du Quebec at Montreal (School of Management), Canada 

Jonkoping Business school, Sweden

Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico Linneaus University, Sweden
University of North Carolina, Charlotte, USA Lund University, Sweden
University of Prince Edward Island, Canada Sheffield Hallam University, UK 
Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Argentina Umea University, Sweden
  University of Sunderland, UK

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 us.

Academic Mobility Scholarship (AMS) - Semester Exchange

The Academic Mobility Scholarship awards high achieving students a A$7000 scholarship towards a semester/full year exchange program. Approximately 8 scholarships will be available for each semester. Students can only receive this scholarship on their first semester of exchange (not on subsequent semesters, even if spaced apart).

Eligibility

  • Minimum WAM of 85
  • Open to both undergraduate and postgraduate students
  • Open to domestic and international students
  • Must include a CV with application

Selection criteria

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

  • Academic performance
  • University engagement
  • Community engagement
  • 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 AMS committee, the final stage of the selection process may include an interview. 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 AMS committee will be final.

If you have any further queries regarding this scholarship scheme, please don't hesitate to visit or contact us.

Student Mobility Assistance Scholarship (SMAS) - Semester Exchange

The Student Mobility Assistance Scholarship is a one off payment for students who are facing financial difficulties which may impact on their Exchange experience. The amount of payment may vary and you will be contacted with an invitation to apply if any funding becomes available.

Please note, this scholarship will be paid in addition to the mobility grant or other La Trobe University mobility scholarships. This scholarship is open to domestic students only.

Australian Government Semester Exchange Asia scholarships

For Semester 2, 2018 & Semester 1, 2019 we have received funding from the Australian government for semester exchanges under New Colombo Plan (NCP) and Endeavour Cheung Kong (ECKSEP) funding schemes for the following countries and partner universities:

CountryPartner UniversityScholarship & amount
China- East China Normal University
- Tongji University
- Beijing University of Foreign Studies
NCP: AUD 7,000 per award
India- Lady Sri Ram University
- OP Jindal University
- Amity University
NCP: AUD 7,000 per award
Hong Kong- Chinese University of Hong Kong
- City University of Hong Kong
- Hong Kong Baptist University
NCP: AUD 7,000 per award

ECKSEP: AUD 5,000 per award
Japan- Kumamoto Gakuen University
- Kyushu University
- Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University
- Saga University

NCP: AUD 7,000 per award

IndonesiaACICIS programs:
- International Relations program
- Agriculture Semester Program

NCP: AUD 5,000 per award

South KoreaAll PartnersECKSEP: AUD 5,000 per award

These are very prestigious grants that may include networking receptions where student recipients are recognized by the government and other key stakeholders. You will also receive a special certification once you have finished your program which will add much weightage to your future career.

Eligibility

To be eligible for these federal Government Grants you must be:

  • an Australian citizen enrolled at La Trobe University.
  • undertaking a Bachelor or 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 under the NCP Program.

Students who apply for the Countries and destinations mentioned above and have a 70% weighted average mark will be prioritized.

This grant would replace the standard Mobility Grant.

Browse La Trobe Abroad Institutional partners.

How to apply

Complete the 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 us.

External grants and scholarships

Hallym University accommodation and monthly allowance scholarship - Semester Exchange

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.

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.

Walter Mangold Lanugage Scholarships - Semester Exchange

Walter Mangold Lanugage Scholarships award up to $20,000 to students who are studying a Language and plan to go on Exchange in 2018. Please refer to the Walter Mangold Flyer [PDF 384KB] or the Walter Mangold Trust Fund website for more information.

Erasmus+ Scholarship, Europe - Semester Exchange

Scholarship availability and amounts can vary according to the funds granted to the host institution by the European Commission. This scholarship is currently available for the following universities:

  • Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain

If you decide to apply for one of the above partner universities, the Coordinator at La Trobe Abroad will check with the host university if any scholarships are available at that time. If your application gets approved, your Coordinator will inform you about the possibilities of getting a scholarship. Due to limited availability, if necessary a selection process may take place based on overall grade average (WAM). Please come speak to the Coordinator for Europe during Global Lounge open hours or send an email to studyabroad@latrobe.edu.au if you have any questions.

IRU Scholars in Asia: AIC Mumbai Internship

For the Innovative Research Universities (IRU) Scholars in Asia, Mumbai Internship Program from January-February 2018.

Visit the website or see the poster [5MB].  Contact La Trobe Abroad for more details on studyabroad@latrobe.edu.au and visit the Overseas Short Programs webpage for application process.

Global Society - Semester Exchange

As a La Trobe University student, your membership has already been arranged with Global Society. They may get in touch with scholarships depending on the funding available.

To learn more about the Global Society and access their forums, check out their website here.

Other funding

Youth allowance

Students who receive youth allowance or other government funding can usually continue to receive these benefits when overseas. You will be able to apply for the Centrelink Letter after you have been approved by the host institution for your overseas program.

Please make enquiries about your specific cases with Centrelink directly.

Working while overseas

If you choose to work while you are away, it is important to investigate and understand that work rights for international students vary from country to country. For further information about your visa please contact the consulate or embassy of your host country.

Complimentary La Trobe University travel & health insurance

All students (both domestic and international) are covered by La Trobe University’s insurance from 10 days before overseas program commencement until 10 days after the program ends.

You will still need to purchase insurance if you are traveling for more than 10 business days either side of the program on personal travel.

Please note, limited cover applies to students travelling to their country of residence see Travel to Country of Residence Policy [371 KB].

The summary of the insurance policy is available.

Calculate your budget

Your budget for the overseas program will vary depending on the cost of living in your destination and the currency exchange rate. You may be able to find some estimates on the Host institution website or the Government websites for your destination country. Please refer to any information you receive from your host institution upon your acceptance. A cost estimation table is included in the application forms for both exchange and short programs to help you consider all costs and funding you can receive. You may want to check out the following links for approximate livings costs around the world:

Expatistan: https://www.expatistan.com/cost-of-living

Numbeo: https://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/

Some costs to consider:

  • Airfares
  • Student visa (if required) – review Embassy/consular websites
  • Travel/health insurance – All students are covered by La Trobe University’s insurance from 10 days before overseas program commencement until 10 days after the program ends. Please note that arranging your own additional insurance can vary in price and make sure you check if you have pre-existing conditions.
  • Accommodation – will you be sharing a flat or living in a residential college? Are you going to a large city or a small town?
  • Meals – will you be living on-campus with a meal plan? Are you willing to cook for yourself? Do you like to eat out at restaurants a lot?
  • Other living expenses including utilities – will you be sharing a flat with other students? Will utilities be included in the rent?
  • Additional travel during or after semester
  • Entertainment
  • Textbooks
  • Incidental expense
  • Any additional activities fees (e.g. science lab costs, class field trips)


For further information

We have drop-in offices at both the Melbourne (Bundoora) campus and the Bendigo campus - no appointments necessary. Be sure to visit or contact us.

Facebook -  Log into the La Trobe Abroad Overseas Group to see what La Trobe students are doing on Exchange!