Apply for a short overseas program

Before you apply

  • Prepare to apply at least 6 months before the program starts
  • Visit us to have your questions about the programs answered
  • Follow the steps below to complete the Overseas Short Program Application

Please note: Not all programs are approved. Please email if your program is not on our list.

Step 1 – Online Credit Approval - SOMSAS

SOMSAS applications can take several weeks to process and should be submitted at least 8-12 weeks before the program begins.

  1. Login to SOMSAS using Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome (not mobile).  If you are not on campus, type “students\” before your ID number.
    You will need:
    1. Information and weblinks on your desired program
    2. Whether you want credit approval for a core or elective subject
  2. Then, check out these handy resources to help you complete your SOMSAS application:
    1. SOMSAS Instructional Video
    2. SOMSAS Student FAQs [224KB]
    3. SOMSAS Student User Manual: Overseas Short Term Programs [PDF 923 KB]
  3. Once submitted, keep an eye on your student email account for progress updates and when approved, don’t forget to continue with the rest of your OSP application.
  4. Once approved, press ‘Generate Credit Equivalence Report’ and include the printout in your application documents in Step 4.
Please note:
  • If you require clarification about your degree structure and subject requirements, please contact ASK La Trobe.
  • You can discuss with your Course Coordinator or La Trobe Abroad about what sort of Overseas Short Programs could be credited to your degree.
  • If your program’s Host Institution is not known to La Trobe Abroad you will be prompted to complete a Non-Partner Vetting Checklist (NPVC) to accompany your SOMSAS application. Please check with La Trobe Abroad first to ensure the partner is accepted.
  • If you need to follow up on the status of your SOMSAS application, please submit an enquiry through ASK La Trobe with all the necessary details.

Step 2 - Confirmation of Participation in Short Program

Register and confirm your participation in the short program directly with the program provider. Keep a copy of your confirmation document to add to your online application in Step 4.

Please note:
  • If you are applying for an exchange place at a partner university, you will then need to contact La Trobe Abroad to be nominated.
  • If you are on a La Trobe College-Led Academic Study Tour, please ignore this step and go to Step 3.

Step 3 – Prepare OSP Supporting Documents

Complete OSP Supporting Documents Form

Please read the OSP Supporting Documents [PDF 275KB] carefully and complete the form.

Then, combine supporting documents together in one file using Adobe PDF or create a zip file to upload as part of your online application in Step 4.

Complete Online Pre-Departure Module

All students going on an overseas program for the first time need to complete the online pre-departure module via LMS.

You can access the module here - Online Pre-Departure module via LMS (use your standard La Trobe student ID login).

Once completed, download the completion postcard and attach to your OSP Supporting Documents in Step 4.

Please note: You need to access the module from the direct link above, you can’t search for it on LMS

Travel Insurance

All undergraduate and postgraduate students are covered automatically under the University's travel insurance for an Overseas Short Program approved by LTU and once all forms are completed and acknowledged by La Trobe Abroad.

Insurance cover for non-LTU approved activity is limited to a maximum combined total of 10 days before and after an approved LTU activity. You are strongly advised to purchase your own travel insurance for any additional days of non-LTU approved activity.

The summary of the insurance policy is available and if you require an insurance certificate, you will need to advise the Insurance Office by submitting a request through the insurance for students form. This request will be automatically sent to the University’s Insurance Office and you will be receiving a Certificate within two weeks of your request.

Please note:
We recommend you take the following information with you in case you need assistance overseas:

You can contact the Customer Care 24 hours a day by the reverse charge telephone no. +61 2 8907 5995 quoting Chubb Insurance Company of Australia Limited Policy No. 9313 1586 for all students.

Step 4 – Online OSP Application

Once you have received approval for your SOMSAS application, begin your La Trobe Abroad Online OSP Application

You will need to login with your La Trobe University Student Login if you are not accessing the application portal from campus.

You will need to fill in:

  • Program Details
  • Personal Details
  • Bank Details to receive funding payments

Then attach the below OSP Supporting Documents to the online application as one document or in a zip file:

  1. SOMSAS Credit Equivalence Report
  2. Online pre-departure module completion postcard
  3. Program confirmation/acceptance letter (NA for LTU study tours)

When you have completed all parts of your OSP application, please submit.

Step 5 – Application Outcome

La Trobe Abroad will inform you whether your application has been successfully received and processed or there are missing parts that need completion.

Please note:

  • If you are participating in a program with a partner institution on the exchange basis and are not required to pay for program fees, to be eligible to receive the program credits into your La Trobe degree, you must be enrolled at La Trobe for an exchange subject or cluster and pay your subject fees to La Trobe.
  • If you miss any of the steps above and don't submit all the required documentation, you will not be eligible to receive a mobility grant or scholarship or receive credit towards your La Trobe degree.
Ensure that you keep a copy of all documents submitted for your own record

Step 6 – Mobility Grants and Funding

Mobility Grants

When you have a successful application outcome, you will be considered for a mobility grant or scholarship. Payments will be made into the bank detailed in your online application.

Please note: as payments can take a few weeks to be processed, late applications may not receive any grant/scholarship funds in time for the program.

Additional Funding

If eligible, apply for the OS-Help Loan and continuing Centrelink payments.

For more information on the OS-Help Loan and other funding options, please visit our Program Funding and Costs page.


To answer frequently asked questions about overseas short programs, please read our Overseas Short Program FAQs.

When you return

Welcome back! Now you need to request credit back into your La Trobe degree (essential!) and there also opportunities to share your experiences with other students.

Apply for credit transfer

When you have finished your overseas short program, the host institution will usually send an official academic transcript or completion certificate to you. If you have received an unofficial copy of your transcript, you will need it signed and stamped by La Trobe Abroad staff as genuine.

Upload either your original official transcript copy or your unofficial transcript (must be signed and stamped as genuine by La Trobe Abroad) as you fill in the Application for Advanced Standing form and that will go through to the College for credit transfer.

Your feedback

La Trobe Abroad would love to receive your feedback about the program. This feedback will help identify what students look for in an overseas short program and how La Trobe Abroad can improve services in the hope of providing more opportunities, to more students.

The basic Feedback Survey should only take a couple of minutes to complete, however if you would like to provide some more detailed responses within the survey, it would be very much appreciated.

Become an LTA Ambassador

Every semester LTA are on the hunt for returned students to become LTA Ambassadors. As an ambassador you will:

  • Take over our Instagram for one week to share your experience
  • Write or contribute to a MyLaTrobe article relating to your experience. It could be a solo article or a contribution to a listicle. We are open to suggestions!
  • Participate in one of our events:
    - Info sessions
    - Exchange fair
    - Orientation
    - Pre-departure sessions
    - Open Day

You are also welcome to contribute more than once to any of the above! Plus, it will look great on a resume and you can build a portfolio of work to show prospective employers.

Before you go on your program and while you are there, keep this in the back of your mind when taking photos or think an experience is worth sharing. Take notes and it will make it easier to remember when you return.

If you are interested in becoming an LTA Ambassador, email us at for more information.

Promote exchange as a one off

Not quite willing to commit to be an ambassador? You can still help us promote exchange by sharing your stories. There are many opportunities to do this:

  • Tell other students. Word of mouth is a powerful motivator.
  • Write an article for LTA to be published through MyLaTrobe
  • Provide us photos and captions from your program for us to share on our socials
  • Tag your Instagram and Facebook posts with #ltaoverseas
  • Help us out at of one of our events:
    - Info sessions
    - Exchange fair
    - Orientation
    - Pre-departure sessions
    - Open Day

If you are interested in promoting exchange as a one off, email us at for more information.

Get the Career Ready Advantage

Now that you’re back from your overseas experience, you can use your experience to gain credit as part of the Career Ready Advantage Award.

The program is designed to help you actively prepare for your life beyond La Trobe. It is structured to make it easy to record and build on your experiences – through part-time work, internships, and participation in volunteering, international exchanges, and other extra-curricular activities. By recording your activities and reflecting on your learning, you will build up a portfolio of experiences and evidence of skills, which you’ll be able to present to employers when the time comes to apply for graduate jobs.