Starting out

Thinking about studying overseas? Here are our top 5 tips to get you started.

 

 

1. Talk to your institution

Your educational institution is a great place to start asking questions about studying overseas. Many institutions have an international office with staff who are trained to provide you with information about studying overseas that is appropriate to your qualification and field of study.

2. Investigate the different types of overseas study experience

Studying overseas can be for a few weeks or a year or more. You may want to to do an internship with a company in your field of study, a volunteer experience with an NGO, immerse yourself in the language and culture of a country or conduct research. Read about what other students have done when travelling overseas to study.

3. Research where you may want to study

Discover more about the opportunities open to you in other countries.

4. Draw up a budget

The costs associated with going overseas as part of your academic program vary greatly and depend on the nature of the program, the length of your stay and the distance you travel. See Money matters for options to make the cost of studying overseas more affordable. Your home institution may also have financial assistance programs to offer.

5. Travel smart

A little preparation will avoid headaches down the track. See our Travel advice for information about travel insurance, vaccinations and smarttraveller registration.

An overseas study experience might be a week, a semester, a year, or longer.
Find the experience that suits your situation and aims. Options include:

​Considering a full degree overseas?

Don't forget about qualifications recognition. Education systems and standards differ between countries. Qualifications gained in one country are not necessarily recognised as valid for employment or further study in another country. See Who can assess my overseas qualification for more information.