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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

New Colombo Plan Scholarships

Torrens Australia University is committed to providing our students opportunities to gain a global study experience. 

The Australian Government New Colombo Plan Scholarship (NCP) provides a select number of high-achieving students with the opportunity to receive a scholarship of up to $20,000 to pay tuition fees to a host university, plus allowances and a monthly stipend to live, study and intern for a period of three to 19 months.

NCP Scholars will study in an approved program destination in the Indo-Pacific for up to a full academic year. In addition to this, the experience can include Internships, Mentorships and language study of up to six months. Applicants should be available to commence studying overseas between 1 January 2021 and 15 December 2021. Academic credit will be granted to successful applicants towards their degree.

Eligible Indo-Pacific Host Destinations for 2021


During 2021 a New Colombo Scholarship Program can be conducted in the following 40 eligible Indo-Pacific Host Locations:

Bangladesh, French Polynesia, Maldives, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Hong Kong, Marshall Islands, Palau, Taiwan, Brunei, Darussalam, India, Mongolia, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippines, Timor-Leste, China, Japan, Nauru, Republic of Korea, Tonga, Cook Islands, Kiribati, Nepal, Samoa, Tuvalu, Federated States of Micronesia, Laos, New Caledonia, Singapore, Vanuatu, Fiji, Malaysia, Niue, Solomon Islands, Vietnam.

NCP Scholarship Programs do not necessarily need to be taken at an exchange partner university, and you are welcome to research other university options across the range of 40 eligible Indo-Pacific Host Locations, where you could study on an NCP Scholarship Program in a 'non-exchange' capacity.



Scholarships will be awarded to successful applicants who will study overseas for one or two academic semesters, for which they must receive credit at their Australian university. Scholarship programs can also incorporate:

  • an internship of up to six months full-time before or after a study component or part-time during a study component or full-time language Training.
  • a mentorship during a full-time study component, full-time internship component or full-time language Training.
  • intensive in-country Asian language training of up to six months, being full-time or part-time during a study component or a full-time internship.
  • activities that share the scholar's experience of their program with other awardees and their community in the year following their return to Australia.



To be eligible, Torrens University Australia applicants for a New Colombo Plan Scholarship must:

  • apply directly to Torrens University Australia;
  • be selected from the pool of candidates and short-listed;
  • be nominated by Torrens University Australia to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

In addition, all candidates must:

  • be an Australian citizen (Applicants cannot undertake their Scholarship in a Host Location in which they hold dual citizenship or permanent residency).
  • be between 18 and 28 years of age (inclusive) on 1 January 2021;
  • be enrolled in and undertaking, until completion of all study components, a Bachelor Degree at an onshore campus of Torrens University Australia.
  • have achieved a minimum 70 per cent graded average or equivalent for their undergraduate course at the time of application, as determined by Torrens University Australia ;
  • not be a previous recipient of a New Colombo Plan Scholarship (Note: If you have received a NCP Mobility grant, you are still eligible to apply for a New Colombo Plan Scholarship).
  • not be an employee of the branch of DFAT that administers the NCP.

Successful applicants are not allowed to commence another Australian Government-funded off-shore scholarship program or mobility grant (including a New Colombo Plan Mobility Program grant) while undertaking their New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program.

All successful short-listed candidates will be required to undergo a police check, not dated earlier than 1 May 2020.

The above eligibility is a guide that is referenced and paraphrased from the official Australian Government New Colombo Plan Guidelines Scholarship Program 2021 Round. All interested students are strongly encouraged to read the Guidelines to gauge if the Program is suitable for them before lodging an application to Torrens University Australia. In the event of any discrepancy between this web information and the official 2021 Australian Government guidelines, the guidelines will take precedence.




  • Tuition fees to cover the cost of study for up to one Academic Year (including student service and amenities fees), where Scholars are studying as fee-paying international students, up to a maximum of $20,000 ($10,000 per semester or $6,666 per trimester). These fees are payable directly to the Host Institution. The Scholarship will only provide for international tuition fees if no current exchange agreement place is available between the Home University (Torrens University Australia) and the Host Institution.
  • tuition fees to cover the cost of Language Training, for up to six months up to a maximum of $10,000 for Scholars studying as fee-paying international students. These fees are only for in-country Language Training, and must be for an official language of the Host Country and are payable directly to the Language Training provider. Scholars undertaking less than one month of full-time Language Training or part-time Language Training concurrent with another full-time program component may have Language Training tuition fees paid up to a  maximum of $1,500.
  • a travel allowance of $2,500 to contribute to costs associated with the Scholar's travel to and from the Host Location.
  • an establishment allowance of $2,500 to contribute to the costs associated with the Scholar settling into their Host Location.
  • a monthly stipend of $2,500 to contribute to the Scholar's basic living costs in their Host Location.
  • A Mental Health Allowance of $1,000 paid to the Scholar as a reimbursement to contribute to the cost of providers of Mental Health Services.
  • health and travel insurance for the duration of their overseas Scholarship Program.
  • a dedicated Case Manager for the duration of their Scholarship Program who provides services including pre-departure briefings, advice on health and travel insurance, advice and assistance relating to accommodation, and payment of allowances.
  • New Colombo Plan Fellows (the top-ranked Scholar in each location and top-ranked Indigenous Scholar) will receive an additional benefit of $1,000 to purchase study materials for use during their Scholarship Program.
  • Scholarships may be sponsored by Private Sector Organisations for the duration of the Scholar's Scholarship Program. This may include in-kind benefits provided directly to the Scholars, such as training opportunities.

Selection Process and Criteria


Round One - TUA selection process

Torrens University Australia will nominate up to 10 eligible short-listed students who may be further short-listed by the Australian Government to apply for the 2021 New Colombo Plan Scholarship.

  1. Send your expression of interest to until 21 June 2020
  2. Students must consider study abroad studies at the same time as completing an NCP scholarship application. The proposed undergraduate studies must be credit bearing studies, which must be approved by the student's Program Director.
  3. Applications will be assessed and shortlisted by a panel of TUA staff. See the application guidelines below for information on putting together your application.

Round Two – DFAT Selection process

The Australian Government will select successful applicants from the nominated pool forwarded by Australian universities. If you are shortlisted you must be prepared to attend an online interview in September.


Application Guidelines


Choose a country - See the list of eligible Indo-Pacific Host Destinations. You can create your own study plan in a non-partner university from the list and arrange to go as an independent study abroad student.

Choose a program - Choose a study program (courses) at the host institution, for which you will receive academic credit from your TUA academic degree. Students must seek approval from their Program Director for their proposed undergraduate overseas studies. The study period must commence as per DFAT guidelines between 1 January 2021 and 15 December 2021.

Consider language training - Students are strongly encouraged to include within their proposal language training at the host country. It is encouraged students to seek academic credit but it is not mandatory for language training.

Internship Component - Explore taking up an internship work experience. Look into ways to arrange an internship by reaching out to potential organisations to see what may be possible at host destination.

Put together your application and selection criteria
Demonstrate how you would benefit from the NCP scholarship program, and how you would establish an internship/mentorship if you were selected for consideration for the scholarship.

In your application, you must address each of the following selection criteria, limiting responses to 300 words per criterion. Use the notes under each criterion as guidance for drafting your responses.

Academic excellence at the tertiary level (25 per cent weighting)

Assessment of this criterion will relate to a) the applicant's graded average achieved in tertiary studies, and b) to ungraded academic achievements, such as academic awards and commendations, publications, or other examples of academic excellence at the tertiary level. The applicant's communication skills, higher-order cognitive and critical thinking skills, and engagement in learning will also be assessed. High School academic achievements will not be considered.

Leadership in the community (30 per cent weighting)

Assessment of this criterion will relate to the applicant's demonstrated leadership in the community, including volunteer and not-for-profit roles and/or activities they have undertaken in their local community, nationally, overseas and/or in their university.

Adaptability and Resilience (20 per cent weighting)

Assessment of this criterion will relate to the applicant's potential to adapt to change, thrive in a different environment, and demonstrate resilience in the face of challenges.

Ability to contribute to New Colombo Plan Strategic objective and outcomes (25 per cent weighting)

Assessment of this criterion will relate to the Applicant’s demonstrated understanding of the Strategic Objective and outcomes, and how the Applicant and their proposed Scholarship Program would contribute to the Strategic Objective and outcomes, including on return to Australia.



Applications are closing on 21 June 2020. To apply, email

If you are selected by Torrens University Australia, you will be required to complete an application form to the Australian Government.

For more information contact the Torrens University Australia Study Abroad team:



Broad Timeline


4 May 2020

Application opens

21 June 2020

Application closes

22 June 2020 – 3 July 2020

Torrens University Australia conducts first shortlisting, interviews and selects up to 10 nominees for the second shortlist

24 June 2020 – 21 July 2020

Australian Universities nominate students

22 July 2020 – 18 August 2020

Nominated students receive an invitation to complete an online Application. Applicants complete and submit their application and supporting documentation 

23 July 2020 at 2pm AEST

Facebook Live session for nominated students

September 2020

Applications are shortlisted again and final shortlisted applicants are notified

15 September 2020 – 1 October 2020

Shortlisted applicants are interviewed

Late October 2020

Selections are finalised. All successful and unsuccessful applicants are notified of the outcome of their applications

November 2020

Scholars are announced and their details published on the New Colombo Plan Website

22-24 November 2020

Pre-departure training

1 January 2021 – 15 December 2021

Scholars commence their scholarship (subject to travel restrictions at the time of travel)

Information Webinar


Coming soon!

Meanwhile, contact




New Colombo Plan Mobility Program

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Department of Education and Training administer programs that provide funding students to different regions in the world.
The NCP Mobility Program provides grants to Australian universities to support Australian undergraduates to participate in short-term or semester-based study programs, internships, mentorships, practicums and research activities.

Torrens University Australia has received Australian Government Grants 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.

Government funding (grants are limited; varies year to year). 


How do I know if I’m eligible?


For All Government Funding students MUST:

  • Be an Australian Citizen

  • Be enrolled in a Bachelor Degree for the duration of the mobility program

  • Be willing to assist in promoting TUA abroad and the Exchange program


What grants are available?


Study abroad in China

Where: Suzhou Tourism and Finance Institute (STFI)
Funds: $5,000
Length of study: 3 months, 6 months or 12 months
Specialisation: Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Business (International Hotel and Resort Management)
Year 2 Hospitality students can undertake 6 months’ study at Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School in Suzhou + additional 6 months’ internship in Suzhou. Business students can undertake a trimester abroad in Suzhou if subjects are approved by faculty.
When: April, August, November 2020 or February 2021


Study abroad in Taiwan

Where: Taipei Tzu Chi Hospital, Buddhist Tzu Chi Medical Foundation
Funds: $5,000
Length of study: 8 weeks
Specialisation: Bachelor of Health Science (Chinese Medicine)
Bachelor of Health Science (Chinese Medicine) students are required to enrol into CHM301A Internal Medicine 1 and complete the online material and associated assessments for the subject, combined with supplementary material delivered by the TzuChi hospital staff, designed to meet the subject's Learning outcomes and enhance the students' learning.
Students must have successfully completed Pharmacology 1, Pharmacology 2 and CM Formulas. 
Not yet completed the CHM301A Internal Medicine 1 subject.
When: T3 2020 (Exact dates TBC)


Study abroad in Thailand

Where: Stamford International University in Bangkok
Funds: $3,000 to $5,000
Length of study: 2 weeks to 12 weeks
Specialisation: Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Communication Design and Bachelor of Media Design students.
When: July, November 2020 or March 2021


Study abroad in India

Where: Pearl Academy
Funds: $5,000
Length of study: 2 to 4 weeks
Specialisation: Design (Common core SEN301 Social Enterprise; 301A Work Integrated Learning);
When: 2021 (Exact dates TBC)


How do I apply for a grant?

  • Email with your name, course and student ID.

  • Academic transcript

  • Statement of purpose 

    • Outline which Mobility Project you wish to undertake 
    • Explain why you believe you should be awarded the Grant and what you aim to achieve
    • Explain why you will be a good ambassador for the University and the Australian Government 
    • Outline your future ambitions and goals 
    • Outline what you aim to achieve while you undertake your Mobility Project

The decision of who will receive this funding is at the discretion of the Student Mobility team.

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

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:

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.



North America:

Find out more about the courses available at our partner universities in 2020 and 2021

Nuova Accademia Di Belle Arti (NABA)

Milan, Italy

Courses in:

  • Interior Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Communication Design

Academic Dates:

  • Dedicated Fall 2020: August 28  – December 13 2020
  • Dedicated Spring 2020: January 15 2020 – May 8 2021
  • Duration: 4 months
  • All students must apply through Torrens Student Mobility Office. 

  • Dedicated semester classes are specifically for international students 


  • Student Exchange: Torrens fees only

Student Exchange agreement:

Up to 5 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.


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
  • 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).

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
  • Duration: 4 months
  • Academic Application Form – All students must apply through Torrens Student Mobility Office.



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.


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 15 September 2020 – 16 January 2021
  • Duration: 4 months
  • Nomination Deadline: 15 May
  • Application Deadline: 01 June
  • Academic Application Form – All students must apply through Torrens Student Mobility Office.



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.


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



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



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.


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.



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.


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.


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.


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  
  • Submit Torrens academic transcripts -   unofficial scanned copies are to be sent through 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
  • 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
  • copy of bank statement is for US visa purposes




Istituto Marangoni

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

Courses in:

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


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.


Istituto Marangoni will advise accommodation options for students before enrollment.


Key Dates 2020

Trimester 1

Application deadline: 19 November 2019
TUA Orientation: 11-15 February 2020
Start date: 18 February 2020
End date: 12 May 2020

Trimester 2

Application deadline: 4 February 2020
TUA Orientation: 27 – 31 May 2020
Start date: 3 June 2020
​End date: 25 August 2020

Trimester 3

Application deadline: 1 April 2020
TUA Orientation: 9-13 September 2020
Start date: 16 September 2020
​End date: 8 December 2020

*Application deadline is subject to start date of Torrens trimester and start date of the 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. Please see  2020 grants and scholarships.


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.


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.


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 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.

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.


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



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".



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".



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".


Sarah Bagala:

Explore the cultural, culinary and design richness that India has to offer.

Hear from Sarah who studied part of her Bachelor of Communication Design course abroad at our partner university, Pearl Academy in Mumbai, India.

Chloe Vanderwal:

Experience studying at one of Asia’s most multicultural and international campuses, Stamford International University in Bangkok, Thailand.

Hear from Chloe, Bachelor of Business (Event Management) student who had the chance to organise a major ticketed student event on campus as part of her assessment!

Maddie Browne:

Challenge yourself personally, professionally and academically through a study abroad experience in Bangkok, Thailand.

Hear from Maddie who realised her potential having spent four months abroad learning about a new culture and making long-lasting friendships

Contact us

Contact the Study Abroad office