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Swinburne University of Technology
Melbourne, Australia (Exchange Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Restrictions: WMU applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2016 09/30/2015** Rolling Admission 02/22/2016 06/30/2016
 NOTE: Dates are approx. Orientation is mandatory.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
 Program Type:
 Language of Instruction:
 Housing Options:
Dorm (double), Dorm (single), Family Stay, Apartment
 Minimum GPA:
 Class Standing:
Undergraduate Sophomore, Undergraduate Junior, Undergraduate Senior
 Number of Credits:
 Program Specialist:
Anastassia Kaml
 Language experience required:
 Areas of Study:
Arts & Sciences, Aviation, Business, Economics, Engineering, Health and Human Services, History, Marketing, Various
Program Description:
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Program Overview
World-class, world ranked. Swinburne is ranked in the top 500 universities in the world by the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU)

Swinburne is an internationally recognized university offering several degree programs in aviation, engineering, business and many other subject areas.  The university is Australia\'s premier pilot training college and the aviation courses are taught at the Hawthorn campus, a suburb of Melbourne, located four miles from the city center. The aviation program focuses on air transportation for commercial piloting and air transportation management.
WMU students interested in this exchange program may be able to contact students from the host institution currently studying at WMU.

Aviation Brochure and  Aerospace Engineering (design, manufacturing, maintenance and regulatory), Department of  Engineering and Business.

WMU students from Business College will find a variety of courses applicable towards their degree. Swinburne offers a unique portfolio of innovative, relevant and practical Business programs which are designed to promote professional business career.

WMU students from Engineering College can study courses from the following programs at Swiburne University of Technology :
Biomedical, Building, Civil engineering, Computer systems technology, Electrical, Electrical and electronic engineering, Electronics and communications engineering, Electronics and computer systems, Engineering, Engineering technology, Mechanical engineering, Product design engineering, Renewable energy technology, Robotics and mechatronics, Software engineering, Telecommunication and Network engineering.

Spring 2015 program dates:
Swinburne Semester 1-
Orientation: Monday 23 February 2015
Classes commence: Monday 2 March 2015
Classes end: 31 May 2015
Exam Period: 5 – 21 June 2015 (compulsory)

Fall 2015 program dates:
Swinburne Semester 2-
Orientation: Monday 27 July 2015
Classes commence: Monday 3 August 2015
Classes end: 1 November 2015
Exam Period: 5 – 22 November 2015(compulsory)

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Melbourne is Australia's second largest city with 3.5 million inhabitants and a cosmopolitan atmosphere.  The city is considered the "cultural capital" of Australia, offering a wide variety of entertainment, shops, restaurants, nightlife, and sports events, as well as a great degree of ethnic diversity among its residents.  Melbourne is situated on Port Phillip Bay, and the Yarra River winds through the city. Outdoor activities are abundant, such as going to the beach, canoeing, boating, fishing, and sailing.  Surf can be found on the ocean sides of Bellarine and Mornington peninsulas.  Melbourne's snowfields for alpine and cross-country skiing are all within a two- to five-hour drive from the city.  A large number of parks and forest reserves surround Melbourne, ideal for hiking and getting back to nature.  The city is located in a region of Australia that has hot summers and cool, rainy winters.  The Hawthorn campus is located in a desirable suburb with dozens of shops, small restaurants, and coffee shops.  Melbourne city center is only a 12-minute train ride from campus.

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Academic Eligibility
Good Academic Standing; At least Sophomore level; 3.0 GPA

Academic Program
Swinburne's undergraduate program in aviation focuses on training professional pilots in multi-crew operations with regional or major airlines.  The majority of the classes have been developed for Aviation and Air Transportation Management students to be relevant and industry specific.  The flying training is conducted by General Flying Services at Moorabbin Airport in Melbourne.  WMU students can study at Swinburne for a semester or an entire academic year.  Aviation students will find the best course offerings in the fall semester. 
This program  offers excellent business and engineering courses at Swinburne. Other disciplines are also available.

Academic Credit
WMU credit will be awarded for courses successfully completed on this program with prior approval of the student's academic advisor, academic advisors in departments outside of the student's major department (if the student plans to take classes outside of his/her major), and the Haenicke Institute for Global Education. This approval is obtained by completing the Course Pre-approval Form available from the HIGE. Students are urged to work closely with academic advisors and HIGE staff to plan a course of study allowing for steady progress toward their degree.

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Cost & Financial Aid

For spring semester costs and the full financial aid budget, click here , for fall semester click here.

The WMU program fee includes: undergraduate tuition, administrative fees, international health and emergency assistance insurance, airport pick up and orientation.
The program fee does not include: airfare, housing, meals, books, local transportation, Australia National Health Insurance for Overseas students, passport, visa, and miscellaneous expenses. For students who prepare their own meals, food costs are inexpensive. Students should plan for extra expenses, such as weekend travel, personal spending money, etc.
Program fees are subject to adjustment due to changes in actual exchange rates or other factors. In addition, programs may be modified or cancelled in the event of insufficient enrollment. Program dates are subject to slight adjustment by the home/host university.

Note: For tax purposes, the university requires the program fee billing to be divided into qualified fees (tuition) and non-qualified fees (non-tuition costs). The total program fee equals the study abroad commitment fee plus qualified fees and non-qualified fees added together.
      Commitment fee
      + Qualified fees (tuition)
      + Non-qualified fees (other costs)
      = Total program fee

Commitment fee: The study abroad commitment fee is billed in advance, after the student submits the commitment form. The remainder of the program fee will be billed to the WMU student account for the semester of enrollment.

Financial Aid
Students eligible for federal or state financial aid may use their awards for studying abroad.  After a student has been accepted to the program, he/she must complete required paperwork with WMU Financial Aid to apply financial aid to the program costs.  It is the student's responsibility to complete the paperwork prior to departure and to maintain compliance with financial aid regulations while studying abroad (i.e., remain enrolled full-time).  Non-WMU students must apply for financial aid through their home university.

Please note: Disbursement of financial aid may not coincide with the start date of the program abroad so plan ahead. Some out-of-pocket costs may occur prior to financial aid disbursement for the semester, such as the commitment fee, passport, airfare, immunizations, visa or residence permit fees (if applicable). These costs vary by program and WMU Study Abroad Specialists are available to answer questions about the program budget.

Starting fall semester 2012, Swinburne University requires students to produce evidence of financial capability for payment of living expenses, travel and health insurance. A copy of financial documents is now mandatory at the time of application. Western Michigan University nominated exchange students will provide Financial Capability document details the financial requirements for  1 semester or 1 year of study

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Accommodation is available in a residential college offering single rooms with shared bath, kitchen, and TV lounge. There are laundry facilities, a dining hall, and a landscaped BBQ area.  Rooms are all fully furnished. Bed linen is provided.  Students can also live off-campus in shared apartments.  See the links below for more information on housing, including a virtual tour.
Student Services

Housing fees range from approx. $4,768 (apartments) to $5,111 (Residential College, incl. daily continental breakfast). Housing fees are paid directly to the host university. Students should consult housing fees and payment plans.

UniLodge and Swinburne Place offers studios (from approx.$5,603 per semester), 2 bedroom apartments and multishare units and university apartments.

Note: please verify payment dates and plan before making your choice of accommodation.

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Visa Information

Application for visa to Australia is done electronically


  • You cannot apply for your visa until 90 days prior to the start of classes in Australia and you have received your CoE.
  • Log onto Have your Passport, Confirmation of Enrollment (CoE) letter, and your credit card ready, then proceed to complete all of the required information. This application process can take up to 30 minutes, so please plan ahead.
  • From the main page, click on the Visas and Immigration link on the left hand side.
  • On the Visas and Immigration page, click on Applications and Forms. Then click on Online

  • You will be on the Online Applications page. Click on Students
  • Under the section titled Student Visa Services, click on Start an application and then New student visa (ensure that you select the link for applications OUTSIDE Australia, non-award type)
  • Please read and note the important information on this page before continuing with your visa application. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on Start your Application.
  • Now you will start your application process on the Electronic Visa Application page. Complete the online form as requested and follow the instructions.

Note: Click on Yes next to "I believe my visa is a full fee application."

Be sure to record your Transaction Reference Number (TRN) at the end of the application.

To confirm the status of a student visa, go to and then click on check the progress of an application. You will need to provide your date of birth and Transaction Reference Number (TRN).

You should receive a confirmation email stating the visa has been issued and providing you with Visa Grant Notification Number. If you do no receive this email, yet the on-line system indicates the visa has been granted, then you are cleared to travel. The email is not vital for travel purposes but we recommend you have it with you. You can travel with the TRN and Confirmation of Enrollment form should you wish, but again as the visa is electronic, the information is linked to your passport number so that is all you really need.

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Additional Resources

Host Institution Information (external links)
University Homepage
Aviation Programs
Course Information
Housing fees and payment plans
Overseas Student Health Cover
General Information

Country Information (external links)
Australia - Lonely Planet
Department of State Information
Country Specific Information - Australia
Culturegram - Australia
Students Abroad

CRICOS Provider Code: 00111D

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