I only speak English. Does that mean I can only go to an English-speaking country?
No. Many of our partners in traditionally non-English speaking countries teach some or most of their classes in English. The Exchange program is a great chance to live in a completely different culture without being proficient in the local language.
However, if you are interested, most partner institutions in non-English speaking countries offer introductory courses in the host language.
How do I know what a full-time study load is at my host institution?
This information should be available at the host institution website. As a general rule, in Europe, a full-time load is 30 ECTS and in North America students are required to do 12-16 hours a week.
For student enrolled in a double degree program, you do not have to take subjects from both areas.
You can take the opportunity to specialise in one of your subject areas while on Exchange. Alternatively, you could do one Exchange semester focusing on one area and then a second Exchange semester concentrating on the other major – you could even do this at two different partner institutions. Double degrees are not always common overseas so it can be easier to plan your Exchange around just one part of your double degree.
I’ve missed the deadline for Exchange application. What should I do?
If you have missed the deadline for applications but are keen to go on Exchange, you should contact the Marketing & Study Abroad Executive immediately. It is sometimes possible to submit a late application, but late applications will always be given second preference to timely applications.
What happens at the International Exchange selection interview?
At the selection interview, you will meet with the Marketing & Study Abroad Executive to discuss your application. You will be expected to answer questions about yourself, your studies and your life experiences. Interviews are informal and are also an opportunity for you to ask any questions you might have. You will be assessed on your communication skill and how familiar you are with your host institution.
What are my chances of having my Exchange application accepted?
Students have a good chance of receiving an offer for the Outgoing Exchange Program. We have a high demand from our partner institutions to send students here to Swinburne Sarawak. Therefore, Swinburne Sarawak also needs to send students on Exchange.
It is important to keep in mind that some destinations are more competitive than others.
Personal statement and extra-curricular activity
It is up to you what you include in your personal statement but we recommend you include your motivation for applying for Exchange, your reasons for choosing your host institution/country and what you expect to achieve while on Exchange.
All personal statements are carefully considered so it’s important that you take time to put together a well thought out statement that reflects you and your goals.
Can I obtain any assistance in applying for my student visa?
Yes, the Marketing and Study Abroad Executive will advise students regarding their visa application but it is the students’ responsibility to do their own research with the appropriate Embassy/Consulate to gain accurate information. Swinburne Sarawak is not an authorized visa agent, hence, the information provided by the Marketing and Study Abroad Executive might not be up-to date. The actual visa application process will be undertaken by the student.