What is Exchange?

The outbound exchange program allows students to study overseas at a partner institution. SCU has over 40 partner institutions across 13 countries. Students remain enrolled in SCU units and study under the exchange program for either 2 to 4 terms. Australian government financial assistance may be available. Students are required to study a full-time load while they are on exchange and earn academic credit towards their degree at SCU.


To be eligible for an international exchange program, you must be a current Southern Cross University student who has successfully completed eight units of study before commencing exchange.

 *  Please note that there are restrictions for students studying Law and allied health degrees.

  1. Begin by exploring our list of Exchange Partner Institutions to find the one that best aligns with your current study plan.
  2. Complete the International Exchange Enquiry form, or email [email protected] to register your interest. 
  3. Contact your faculty's Client Service Team. This team manages all school enquiries and will work with you to complete the International Exchange Unit Request form via the eForms tab in MyEnrolment

It is essential you follow these steps above before moving to the next stage.


  1. Before starting the application, it is important to read the Applying for International Exchange guidelines so you are familiar with the process.
  2. Please be aware that the application will not be saved unless you select 'YES I will submit a physical copy', in case you don't have the required documents to upload at the time you submit your application. Question 10 is compulsory as this will trigger your enrolment.
  3. Apply using the online application via My Enrolment.
  4. Compile all necessary documents required to complete the Southern Cross Exchange application and submit through My Enrolment.

Your application is assessed, and if it is successful, it will be nominated to the partner institution. Turnaround time will depend on the partner institution, sometimes there are extended delays.


  1. You will be contacted by Southern Cross Global exchange team, once we have received advice from the partner institution.
  2. Only after acceptance is received can you apply for your visa, book your flights and source travel insurance. SCU International is prohibited to provide advice about visa requirements. Refer to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for more information about visa and travel advice.
  3. IMPORTANT: Please make sure you are enrolled in Southern Cross University units. Contact your school's client service team member to confirm.
  4. Complete a mandatory pre-departure session and quiz in preparing to go.