Loans and Scholarships

Loans and scholarships are available to assist Australian students wanting a global study experience. Students are also encouraged to search other resources to find scholarship opportunities.



OS-HELP is a loan to assist eligible students to undertake some of their study overseas. In 2020, students may receive up to $6,913 (non-Asian destinations) or $8,295 (Asian destinations) per six-month study period to assist with a range of expenses such as airfares and accommodation. An additional $1,104 is also available if you are undertaking Asian language study in preparation for study in Asia. Students can apply for up to two loans over two overseas study periods.

Who is eligible for an OS-HELP loan?

To be eligible for an OS-HELP loan, students are subject to a number of criteria to be eligible for an OS-HELP loan which include:

  • A student must be an Australian citizen or the holder of a permanent humanitarian visa;
  • A student must be a Commonwealth supported student enrolled in an undergraduate course of study at an Australian public higher education provider; and
  • A student must be selected by their Australian higher education provider to receive an OS-HELP loan.

How to apply for an OS-HELP loan

Students should apply through SCU International for a OS-HELP loan.

For more information on OS-HELP visit: OS-HELP website or contact SCU International by emailing exchange@scu.edu.au.


SCU International administers the following scholarships. Please enquire to exchange@scu.edu.au for conditions and availability.

New Colombo Plan Mobility Plan

The New Colombo Plan Mobility Program provides funding opportunities from the Australian Government for SCU to provide grants to Australian undergraduate students to participate in School approved semester based or short term study, internships, mentorships, practicums and research in host locations across the Indo-Pacific region. The program is open to Australian undergraduates aged 18-28 at Australian universities, with capacity to include some students over 28.


AsiaBound provides support for Australian higher education to undertake semester-long or short-term study experiences in Asia. AsiaBound also provides funding for Project Facilitation and for language training. Grants are administered by Southern Cross University and are for activities that provide credit or are otherwise a mandatory component of the student's course.


Applications close 15 October 

NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences is an institutional partner of Southern Cross University, with a number of campuses across the Netherlands. They are offering two €5,000 scholarships to Southern Cross University students for either a session or year exchange in 2019. Stenden offers courses in tourism, hospitality, business, creative arts, media or IT.