Applying for credit for your overseas short course

You can choose from a wide range of for-credit and not-for-credit short program opportunities overseas.

Some of the terms and procedures related to earning credit can be a bit confusing so the information below gives a simple explanation to many frequently asked questions.

If you need further clarification, please email [email protected] with your queries – just make sure you include your name, student number and program of interest in the email.

Exchange place vs Direct enrolment

Find out how these differ

Exchange place

Some winter/summer programs at partner universities may be available to UNSW students on an ‘exchange‘ basis.

To be eligible, you must be nominated for an exchange place by the UNSW Study Abroad and Exchange Office.

If you are nominated for an exchange place, you will:

  • pay UNSW tuition fees for the number of credits you have been approved to take overseas. This will normally be 6 or 12 units of credit.
  • be covered by UNSW travel insurance while overseas on an approved exchange place program, and
  • not be required to pay tuition fees to the partner university.

Direct enrolment

With a ‘direct enrolment’, you will:

  • pay tuition fees directly to the overseas university.
  • covered by UNSW travel insurance, if you are approved for credit by your Faculty (through Cross-Institutional Study) before you depart.


How do I...

Apply for credit for an exchange place

Follow the below steps:

  1. Download the CIS (Exchange) Preapproval request form
  2. Complete the form with all the courses you wish to complete at an overseas institution and their UNSW equivalents (these will likely be general education or elective subjects). 
  3. Submit the completed CIS Exchange Preapproval request form, along with the course outlines from the Host Institution via Cross Institutional Study webform  
  4. If approved, an email with your approval will be sent to your UNSW student email. Make sure to keep this in a safe place for use when you return*
  5. Forward this email along with the signed CIS Exchange Preapproval request form to [email protected]

* Upon successful completion of the approved course(s), you will need to submit your official transcript from the host institution and your approved CIS Exchange form to theStudy Abroad and Exchange office. Your overseas credit(s) will then be transferred, generally within three weeks. Once processed these will appear on your UNSW academic transcript. Check your academic statement in myUNSW to make sure it is updated.

NOTE: 

  • Approval for international study is not guaranteed
  • Approval requests are assessed for each students’ personal circumstances and study plans, in accordance with individual faculties policies
  • Approval is at the discretion of your UNSW Faculty

Apply for credit for a direct enrolment place

UNSW students apply for credit earned on a non-exchange basis as ‘Cross Institutional Study’. To apply for Cross-Institutional Study approval follow the below steps:

  1. Review the information about Cross Institutional Study
  2. Submit the online Cross Institutional Study Application webform
  3. Include the full details all of the courses you may possibly complete at an overseas institution and their UNSW equivalents (these will likely be general education or elective subjects), as well as the term dates and course outlines.
  4. Once you have pre-approval from your Program Authority, complete the enrolment/registration steps at the overseas institution.
  5. When you return from your overseas course, submit your official transcript from the host university
  6. Your overseas credit should be transferred within five weeks. Check your academic statement at myUNSW to make sure it is updated.

NOTE: 

  • Approval for international study is not guaranteed
  • Approval requests are assessed for each students’ personal circumstances and study plans, in accordance with individual faculties policies
  • Approval is at the discretion of your UNSW Faculty
  • In general UNSW does not recommend using 3rd party providers to arrange a short course or study abroad opportunity if you intend to transfer the credit, with the exception of some approved companies. UNSW approved providers are advertised on the Learning Abroad Notices or go see our list of preferred suppliers.

During COVID Travel Restrictions

Students are strongly advised to reconsider their need travel if restrictions are in place. Programs involving international travel while the restrictions are in place, will be independent of UNSW and not covered by UNSW travel insurance. Students should investigate personal travel insurance and undertake their own risk assessment before considering a program.

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