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Studying overseas allows you to expand your horizons, learn from a different culture, gain experience and make life-long friendships


Study overseas with Torrens University

The Study Abroad and Student Exchange programs are available to eligible Australian domestic students who wish to study at an overseas partner university for one trimester.

What is Study Abroad?

Study Abroad students pay tuition fees directly to the host university and defer for one trimester at Torrens University Australia. Upon their return to Torrens, study abroad students receive Advance Standing for the units studied overseas. Torrens can use Fee-Help in order to pay for host university fees and the amount will be charged back to the student’s overall debt.

What is Student Exchange?

Student Exchange students remain enrolled at Torrens University Australia during the trimester they spend studying overseas. Depending on the arrangement, exchange might require students to pay fees either at Torrens or at the exchange university.

  • The Student Exchange program is not available at all partner universities. In this case you will need to apply for a Study Abroad program.
  • There may be a limit on how many students may participate in a Student Exchange at a host university at one time. If this limit has already been reached you will need to apply for a Study Abroad program.

How do I know if I’m eligible?

To be eligible for Study Abroad or Student Exchange, you must adhere to the following criteria:

·       Completed your first year of study at one of Laureate Australia and New Zealand institutions 

·       Have a minimum credit average in your results 

·       Study Abroad and Exchange is available only for Bachelors students

·       Studying a Design, Business or Hospitality degree

·       Have an Australian passport or visa approval to travel and study offshore

Factors to consider:

·       The number of exchange places at the host institution can often be limited

·       Not all courses offer exchange or study abroad within the course

·       You must study a full-time load of on campus subjects at your host institution

We recommend you study elective subjects abroad. It is easier to gain course credit for elective subjects than core subjects.

If you have already competed your elective subjects your Program Director will need to map one for one subjects for you.

In both instances, contact the study abroad team who can assist you in your subject selections via email: study.abroad@laureate.net.au

There is no guarantee that subjects selected will be available during the semester intake at any one given time at any of our partner institutions.

Europe:

Asia:

North America:

Find out more about the courses available at our partner universities in 2018 and 2019.

Nuova Accademia Di Belle Arti (NABA)

Milan, Italy

Courses in:

  • Interior Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Communication Design

Academic Dates:

  • Dedicated Fall: August 29 2018 – December 14 2018
  • Integrated Fall: September 25 2018 – March 2 2019
  • Dedicated Spring: January 16 2019 – May 10 2019
  • Integrated Spring: March 4 2019 – July 20 2019
  • Duration: 4 months
  • Academic Application Form – All students must apply through Torrens Student Mobility Office.

Note
  • Integrated semester classes are taught with local EU students,
  • Dedicated semester classes are specifically for international students 

Cost

  • Semester Abroad € 6,990 
  • Student Exchange: Torrens fees only

Student Exchange agreement:

Up to 3 students in one calendar year between January to December are able to study at NABA without paying host institution fees. These students remain enrolled at Torrens and pay fees to Torrens for their semester abroad.

Accommodation:

NABA’s dedicated housing office assists students in finding, securing and paying for accommodation through their third-party providers. More information can be found on their dedicated housing website.

Applying for an Italian student visa:

Students are required to apply for a Long-Term Italian National Visa to stay within Italy from 91 to 365 days. Note, the Schengen visa waiver is for those remaining in Italy up until 90 days.

Students are required to book a visa appointment online via the consulate’s website and must attend the appointment in person.

Students must provide the following to the Italian Consulate in-person:

  • Official Letter of Offer from NABA in hard-copy
  • Return flight itinerary and receipt of payment both in hard-copy
  • Accommodation confirmation and receipt of payment for the duration of the stay both in hard-copy
  • Physical passport (no scan, pdf, photos of passport). Passport must have a minimum of three months validity beyond the end of the intended stay in Italy
  • Hard-copy of one passport-size photo – Torrens recommends Australia Post for accurate Passport photos
  • Hard-copy of scanned first page of passport
  • Pre-filled National Visa Application Form in hard-copy
  • Hard-copy of bank statement showing transactions for the previous 30 days, with an AUD balance of at least €10,000 equivalent for a visa of 365 days, or a proportional amount if staying less (€27.39 per day for the exact duration of the student’s intended stay as specified on the Letter of Offer) The resulting amount is required with no exceptions even when all travel expenses have already been paid for.
  • Letter from Torrens University Australia confirming the student’s enrollment in the course at NABA in hard-copy
  • Hard copy of Australian driver’s license or of other proof of address
Note
  • Students will NOT be granted an Italian student visa if they have not successfully provided the above information as specified.
  • All requirements must be fulfilled, and all documents must be submitted in hard-copy upon applying for a visa at the interview.
  • The Consulate will not accept email forwarding or electronic screenshots during the interview).

Istituto Marangoni

Milan, Florence, London, Paris, Shanghai, Mumbai, Miami

Courses in:

  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Multimedia
  • Product Design
  • Visual Design

Academic Dates

  • 1 October  2018– 22 March 2019
  • 7 January 2019 – 7 June 2019
  • Duration: 5-6 months
  • Academic Application Form ​All students must apply through Torrens Student Mobility Office.

Cost:

Study Abroad: € 10,500

Study Abroad Agreement:

  • Students studying at IM will defer from studies at Torrens for the duration of their studies abroad and will pay local fees to IM.

Accommodation:

Istituto Marangoni will advise accommodation options for students before enrollment.


Universidad Europea

Madrid, Spain

Courses in:

  • Foundation Health
  • Marketing
  • Journalism
  • Event Management
  • Sports Management
  • International Relation
  • Commerce
  • Architecture
  • Media Studies and Multimedia

Academic Dates

  • Semester 1: 1 September 2018 – 27 January 2019
  • Semester 2: 28 January 2019 – 20 June 2019
  • Semester 3: 21 June 2019 – 5 September 2019
  • Duration: 4 months
  • Academic Application Form – All students must apply through Torrens Student Mobility Office.

Cost

TBA

Student Exchange agreement:

Up to 6 students in one calendar year between January to December are able to study at UEM without paying host institution fees. These students remain enrolled at Torrens and pay fees to Torrens for their semester abroad.

Accommodation:

Universidad Europea de Madrid offers fully managed on-campus dorms for students. Information on student dorms can be found here.


University of Applied Sciences Europe

Berlin, Germany

Courses in:

  • Photography
  • Communication Design
  • Interior Design
  • Business
  • Management

Academic dates:

  • Winter Semester 27 September 2018 – 19 January 2019
  • Duration: 4 months
  • Academic Application Form – All students must apply through Torrens Student Mobility Office.

Cost

TBA

Student Exchange agreement:

Up to 6 design students and 3 business students in one calendar year between January to December are able to study at University of Applied Sciences Europe without paying host institution fees. These students remain enrolled at Torrens and pay fees to Torrens for their semester abroad.

Accommodation:

University of Applied Sciences Europe will advise accommodation options for students before enrollment.


Pearl Academy

Mumbai and New Delhi, India

Courses in:

  • Fashion Design
  • Communication Design
  • Interior Design
  • Marketing

Academic Dates:

  • January 2019 to March 2019
  • Duration: 3 months
  • Academic Application Form – All students must apply through Torrens Student Mobility Office.

Cost

TBA

Student Exchange agreement:

Up to 6 design and business students in one calendar year between January to December are able to study at Pearl Academy without paying host institution fees. These students remain enrolled at Torrens and pay fees to Torrens for their semester abroad.


Stamford International University,

Bangkok, Thailand

Courses in:

  • Media Design
  • Business
  • Marketing
  • Business Administration

Academic dates:

  • Term 1: July to October
  • Term 2: November to February
  • Term 3: March to June
  • Duration: 4 months
  • Academic Application Form – note, all students must apply through Torrens Student Mobility

Cost:

$250

Study Abroad Agreement:

Students studying at Stamford will defer from studies at Torrens for the duration of their studies abroad and will pay local fees to Stamford.

Accommodation:

Stamford arranges accommodation upon request through various third-party providers ranging from condominiums, apartments and townhouses. More information can be found here.


INTI University

Nilai, Malaysia

Courses in:

  • Media Design
  • Interior Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Communications
  • Business
  • Commerce
  • Marketing
  • Event Management

Academic Dates

  • Long Semester (17 weeks): January to May
  • Short Semester (10 weeks): May to July
  • Long Semester (17 weeks): August to December
  • Duration: 10 or 17 weeks
  • Academic Application Form – All students must apply through Torrens Student Mobility Office.

Cost

TBA

Student Exchange agreement:

Students studying at INTI will defer from studies at Torrens for the duration of their studies abroad and will pay local fees to INTI.

Accommodation:

INTI provides accommodation services to students through on-campus and third-party providers. More information can be accessed here.


NewSchool of Architecture and Design

San Diego, California

Courses in:

  • Architecture
  • Product Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Interactive Media

Academic Dates

  • Fall Quarter: October to December
  • Winter Quarter: January to March
  • Spring Quarter: April to June
  • Summer Quarter: July to September
  • Duration: 3 months
  • Academic Application Forms – All students must apply through the NewSchool online application form and notify the Torrens Student Mobility Office.

Cost:

Approximately USD $8,000 per quarter depending on course

Student Exchange agreement:

Up to 6 design students in one calendar year between January to December are able to study at NewSchool without paying host institution fees. These students remain enrolled at Torrens and pay fees to Torrens for their semester abroad.

Accommodation:

On-campus accommodation is organized by NewSchool at an additional cost to the student through student apartments and student housing.

Students requirements:

  • Complete online application https://nsad.force.com/signin  
  • Submit Torrens academic transcripts -   unofficial scanned copies are to be sent through study.abroad@laureate.net.au or uploaded electronically through NewSchool’s online application portal
  • Statement of purpose (1page)
  • Design Portfolio
  • Study Plan approved by the student’s Program Director
  • Copy of passport
  • Verification of Finances Form, upon request to study.abroad@laureate.net.au
  • Copy of *bank statement with a minimum of:
    •  $17,722 USD, or equivalent to USD for 1 quarter
    • $35, 444 USD, or equivalent to USD for 2 quarters
    • $53,166. USD or equivalent to USD for 1 academic year
Note:
  • copy of bank statement is for US visa purposes

 

 

 

Key Dates 2019

Trimester 1

Application deadline: 19 November 2018
TUA Orientation: 11-15 February 2019
Start date: 18 February 2019
End date: 12 May 2019

Trimester 2

Application deadline: 4 February 2019
TUA Orientation: 27 – 31 May 2019
Start date: 3 June 2019
​End date: 25 August 2019

Trimester 3

Application deadline: 1 April 2019
TUA Orientation: 9-13 September 2019
Start date: 16 September 2019
​End date: 8 December 2019

*Application deadline is subject to start date of Torrens trimester and start date of host university

Application Process

Step 1 – Fill out your Form:

Each host university has a different application form. Make sure you read the form correctly to ensure you meet all the requirements and have all the necessary documentation to lodge your application. 

Step 2 – Passport:

Ensure you have at least 12 months’ validity on your passport before applying to study overseas. You will need to upload a scanned copy of your passport. All personal information is kept private and confidential.

Step 3 – CV or Portfolio

Design students must upload an up to date Curriculum Vitae (CV)  and portfolio of work. Business, Hospitality and Health students are to upload a recent CV.

Step 4 – Scholarships

Torrens University Australia offers Australian domestic students scholarships to study overseas through Australian Government Grants. Depending on the region, there can be five to 20 grants available to help students have a diverse study experience.

New Colombo Plan (NCP): receive $5000 to study in Thailand and India. 20 places available in 2019. Applicable to Design, Business and Hospitality students.

Note:

Allow three to six months of planning prior to your mobility date. This includes:

  • Subject mapping
  • Approval from your Program Director
  • Receiving and accepting your Letter of Offer from the host university
  • Applying for your visa
  • Preparing for your departure.

Torrens University Australia has partnered with CISaustralia to offer additional study abroad options at universities outside of the Laureate Network.

CISAustralia

Providing semester abroad experiences in the USA, Latin America, Africa, Europe and Asia for undergraduate students studying Business, Graphic Design and Media, Fashion Design and Architecture, Journalism, Communication, Public Relations and Marketing, and Health Sciences.

Torrens works alongside CISaustralia to create a study abroad plan for individual students and we work with your Program Director to map appropriate subjects for you to gain credit towards your degree at Torrens.

CISAustralia works with a range of world-renowned universities such as The University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), University of Roehampton, London, Aix-en-Provence, France, The University of Victoria’s Gustavson School of Business, Canada, Dublin City University, Ireland, University of Economics, Czech Republic and  Universidad Veritas, Costa Rica, to name a few.

Cost

The price of study abroad programs through CISAustralia can range from $3000 to $9000, inclusive of accommodation, depending on the location and host university.

Applying for a CISAustralia program

Step 1:

Contact the Student Mobility Team at study.abroad@laureate.net.au and a Study Abroad officer will assist you in subject mappings, along with your Program Director

Step 2:

Fill out the CISaustralia Study Abroad Online Application

Step 3:

CISAustralia will assess your application and will conduct a phone interview with you. Successful applications receive a dedicated Program Officer to assist you in your study abroad journey.

An initial deposit of $500 applies to most study abroad programs; a deposit of $750 applies to applicants for US programs and a deposit of $2250 applies to multi-country program applicants. The deposit is not an extra fee; it is part of your overall study program fee. Applicants can refer to the Program Essentials document in their Portal for details on how to pay program fees.

Step 4:

When the program deposit is received, you will receive access to a Participant Portal. CISaustralia will send you an official Program Confirmation via email as well as information on what is required prior to departure.

Step 5:

When the Program Confirmation is received via email, you can make your travel arrangements. You will be required to make program payments in accordance with the CISaustralia Fees and Payment Policy and full payment of program fees is due 60 days prior to the program start date.

Imagine receiving $5000 to help you study abroad for a trimester!

Torrens University Australia has received Australian Government Grants through the New Colombo Plan, to foster and increase mobility to the Indo-Pacific Region.

This is your opportunity to experience a new culture, make life-long friends and gain industry connections all while receiving credit towards your Torrens degree.

 

How do I know if I’m eligible?

  • You must be 18-28 years of age
  • You must be willing to travel for one trimester in 2019
  • You must be an Australian citizen

 

What grants are available?

Study a trimester abroad in Taiwan!

Ten $5000 grants available for Chinese Medicine students to undertake Work Integrated Learning at Tzu Chi Teaching Hospital in Taiwan.

Study a trimester abroad in Thailand!

Ten $5000 grants available for Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Communication Design and Bachelor of Media Design students to study a trimester abroad at Stamford International University in Bangkok, Thailand.

 

How do I apply for a grant?

Step 1:

Students need to apply in writing, with a one page letter to study.abroad@laureate.net.au , addressing the following criteria:

  • Why do you want to undertake the Study Abroad?
  • Why did you choose the destination campus?
  • What do you wish to achieve during this time?
  • What extra steps will you take to ensure that you achieve your goals?
  • How will you apply your experience to your future studies and career?
Step 2:

Your application will be assessed by the academic and student mobility team and if you are successful you will be notified via email. To accept the grant, you must respond to the email.

Step 3:

The grant will be paid into a nominated Australian bank account after a completed refund form has been sent to refunds@laureate.edu.au

 

Grant requirements

  • Successful applicants will be required to provide a written report upon completion of their Study Abroad describing their experience and if their goals were achieved
  • be ambassadors of the University during their time overseas;
  • Participate in activities as a condition of the mobility program, including, but not limited to, activities at the host campus and assisting in the promotion of the University programs.

Pre - departure

Studying overseas allows you to expand your horizons, learn from a different culture, gain experience and make life-long friendships. While this is a life-changing experience it can also be a little daunting to begin with and Torrens wants to make sure you are prepared, ready and excited before you embark on your new adventure.

Checklist

Here are a few things to help you organize your overseas study experience

  • Passport with up to 12 months’ validity
  • Create a savings bank account to support yourself financially while overseas 
  • Subject mapping approved by your Program Director: what you will study at the host university and which Torrens subjects you will gain credit for
  • Ensure to check student visa requirements through the Consulate of the host country in Australia before applying for your visa and adhere to the visa requirements
  • Organize accommodation, flights and health insurance
  • Save (and print) all important documents on your laptop, email and mobile. These documents include a copy of your passport, Letter of Offer from host university, flight itinerary, health insurance and payment proof of accommodation
  • Use google maps to make yourself familiar with the location of the host university, your accommodation and the city center
  • Pack mobile and laptop chargers, charger adaptors, summer and winter clothing and essential medication such as Panadol
  • Download Skype to your mobile and apply $5 credit in case you need to make a 1800 or 1300 call to Australia in an emergency
  • Download WhatsApp messenger app on your mobile to call and text friends and family back home
  • Make yourself familiar with local telecommunication providers to purchase a local sim card
  • Organize a taxi, train ticket or pick up from the airport upon arrival to your destination
  • Practice greetings and basic phrases in the language of the country you are travelling to
  • Check the currency and exchange rate of the country you are travelling to and purchase some local currency
  • Ensure to bring two cash cards or visa debit cards attached to two separate accounts

Student Testimonials

Live the dream, study overseas

 

GERMANY, BERLIN

University of Applied Sciences Europe

Ruben East, Bachelor of Communication Design

Mobility Date: March to July 2018

 

 

 

"Countries outside of Australia are so different from anything here! You learn so much just by leaving the country and you learn so much more by living there! The opportunity is to learn things you cannot learn from google".

 

THAILAND, BANGKOK

Stamford International University

Madison Browne, Bachelor of Business (Event Management)

Mobility Date: March to July 2018

 

 

 

 

"The best part about my experience has been the people I have met. Not only the local Thai people but also the other exchange students. I have met people from all over Europe and Asia and it has been so amazing! I now can say I have friends all over the world".

 

MALAYSIA, NILAI

INTI University

Stella Gan, Bachelor of Commerce

Mobility Date: May to August 2017

 

 

 

"I wanted to add another level to my university experience. I wanted to gain a new perspective of the world and step out of my comfort zone and to be more independent, bold and mature. I believe overall, it's been a huge opportunity for personal growth and development".

 

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Contact us

Contact the Study Abroad office study.abroad@laureate.net.au

Key dates 2019

Trimester 1

Application deadline: 19 November 2018
TUA Orientation: 11-15 February 2019
Start date: 18 February 2019
End date: 12 May 2019

Trimester 2

Application deadline: 4 February 2019
TUA Orientation: 27 – 31 May 2019
Start date: 3 June 2019
​End date: 25 August 2019

Trimester 3

Application deadline: 1 April 2019
TUA Orientation: 9-13 September 2019
Start date: 16 September 2019
​End date: 8 December 2019

*Application deadline is subject to start date of Torrens trimester and start date of host university