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Swinburne University of Technology
Melbourne, Australia (Exchange Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Spring
Restrictions: WMU applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Spring
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:
WMU
 Language of Instruction:
English
 Housing Options:
Dorm (double), Dorm (single), Family Stay, Apartment
 Minimum GPA:
3.0
 Class Standing:
Undergraduate Sophomore, Undergraduate Junior, Undergraduate Senior
 Number of Credits:
15
 Program Specialist:
Joseph Rasich
 Language experience required:
No
 Areas of Study:
Arts & Sciences, Aviation, Business, Economics, Engineering, Health and Human Services, History, Marketing, Various
Program Description:
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Program Overview

Swinburne is an excellent university that ranked in the world's top 500 in the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). Swinburne offers 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, which is in 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.

Please note that WMU students interested in this exchange program may be able to contact students from the host institution currently studying at WMU.

Read about some of the programs offered at Swinburne here: Aviation and Aerospace EngineeringEngineering, and Business.

Learn more about Swinburne:


Location

Melbourne is Australia's second largest city with 3.5 million inhabitants and has a cosmopolitan atmosphere.  The city is considered the "cultural capital" of Australia, offering a wide variety of entertainment, shops, restaurants, nightlife, and sporting events. The city also boasts a great degree of ethnic diversity among its residents. Outside of the city, outdoor activities are abundant. Students can enjoy activiites like going to the beach, canoeing, boating, fishing, sailing, and surfing. Additionally, a large number of parks surround Melbourne that are 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 suburb with dozens of shops, small restaurants, and coffee shops.  Melbourne's city center is only a 12-minute train ride from campus.

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Academics

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 academic year. Aviation students will find the best course offerings in the fall semester. 
This program also offers a wide variety of engineering and business courses. 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

Cost
*Please access the budget sheets posted near the top of this brochure page for information on expenses associated with this program*

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. Some of these expenses are estimated in the program budget for planning purposes only, but students should also plan for extra expenses, such as weekend travel, personal spending money, etc.

Please be advised that 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.
Example:
      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.

Please note: As of fall 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. WMU's nominated exchange students will have to provide documentation demonstrating their capability to pay 1 semester's worth of expenses. 

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Housing

Several forms of accommodation are available to students studying at Swinburne. A popular option is to stayin a residential college that offers single rooms with shared bath, kitchen, and TV lounge. There are also laundry facilities, a dining hall, and a landscaped BBQ area accessible to students staying at the residential college. The college's rooms are all fully furnished and bed linen is provided. Aside from the residential college, students may also live off-campus in shared apartments. See the link below for more information on housing, including a virtual tour:

Student Services

Please note that all housing fees are paid directly to the host university. Prior to making decisions regarding housing, studens should consult Swinburne's housing fees and payment plans.

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Visa Information

The application for a student visa to Australia is done electronically. Please note that you cannot apply for the visa until you have received your Confirmation of Enrollment (COE) letter from your host university and you cannot apply until, at most, 90 days prior to start of classes in Australia.

Application Process:

  • Have your Passport, Confirmation of Enrollment (COE) letter, and your credit card ready. This application process can take up to 30 minutes, so please plan ahead.
  • Visit: Australia's Department of Immigration and Border Protection website to apply for your visa
  • Under the section titled Student Visa Online Applications, click on "Start an Application" and then click the link that says "Start application for visa outside Australia"
  • You will then be prompted to create an ImmiAccount and proceed with the application.
  • Please read and follow the instructions provided throughout the application process and be sure to complete all required fields.

Note: If prompted, click on Yes next to "I believe my visa is a full fee application."

Once you have completed the application, be sure to record your Transaction Reference Number (TRN).

To confirm the status of a student visa, go to http://www.immi.gov.au/e_visa/students.htm and then click on "Track and manage your application." You will need to provide your date of birth and Transaction Reference Number (TRN) to access this feature.

You should also receive a confirmation email stating the visa has been issued and providing you with a 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

WMU Study Abroad Contact:
Joseph Rasich
Study Abroad Specialist
2510B Ellsworth Hall
joseph.rasich@wmich.edu
Phone: (269) 387-5890

CRICOS Provider Code: 00111D

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