Study Abroad and Exchange

Study overseas to enhance your Melbourne Degree, while making friends from around the world.

As part of your studies at the University of Melbourne, we encourage you to undertake part of your degree overseas. With the exchange or study abroad programs you can immerse yourself in a different social, cultural and intellectual milieu, with the chance to add an international perspective to your studies.

There are a number of ways you can do this. You may study overseas either as an 'exchange' student or a 'study abroad' student. With an approved study plan, either program can provide you with credit or full academic requirements. There is also a wide variety of funding available to help get you there.

What's the difference between Exchange and Study Abroad?

Exchange: The University of Melbourne has more than 200 exchange partners in countries all over the world. If you travel to one of these partner universities, you will continue paying your tuition fees to the University of Melbourne using your current arrangement (either up-front fees or HELP).

Study Abroad: For those who wish to study outside of these partner institutions, we also offer fee-paying programs where fees are paid direct to the host university.

Depending on your motivations, you may choose an institution that is world-renowned for your discipline. Alternatively, you may select a destination that will tie in well with your travel plans or a place you have always wanted to visit. Therefore, where you choose to study may influence which program you undertake.

When is the best time to undertake overseas study for a Biomedicine student?

Due to the nature of the Biomedicine course and the core subjects, most students will go on exchange during Semester 2 of their second year of study.


The University offers a wide range of scholarships to students undertaking an overseas study opportunity. Scholarships are awarded based on varying eligibility requirements and criteria, including financial need, academic merit, destination and study discipline.

Find out more, including opportunities available to current students, visit the Study Overseas webpage

Meet Naomi Sutanto

Bachelor of Biomedicine student, Naomi Sutanto, received a Melbourne Global Grant for a one semester exchange to the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands.

She says: “I learnt a lot from the management of technology subjects that I took there, but the most important lessons were to do with self-discovery and exploring the world".