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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 2017 10/15/2016** Rolling Admission 02/20/2017 06/18/2017
Fall 2017 02/15/2017** Rolling Admission 07/24/2017 11/18/2017
 NOTE: Dates are approximate.

** 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:
Joseph Rasich
 Language experience required:
 Areas of Study:
Arts & Sciences, Aviation, Business, Economics, Engineering, Health and Human Services, History, Marketing, Various, Art, Biology, Communication, Criminal Justice, Film, Video, Media Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Mathematics, Public Relations, Chemistry, Environmental and Sustainability Studies, Interdisciplinary Health Services, Social Work
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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:


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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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 the major), and WMU Study Abroad. This approval is obtained by completing the Course Approval Form available from the Study Abroad office. Students are urged to work closely with academic advisors and study abroad staff to plan a course of study allowing for steady progress toward their degree.

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Cost & Financial Aid

To access the complete program budget published at the top of this page, click here for spring or here for fall. Students should bring a copy of the program budget when they meet with their financial aid advisor to discuss funding for study abroad.

WMU students applying for this program should consult external resources to identify any study abroad scholarships they may qualify for.

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, they 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 receiving financial aid disbursement for the semester, such as the program 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.

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Several forms of accommodation are available to students studying at Swinburne. A popular option is to stay in 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, students should consult Swinburne's housing fees and payment plans.

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Additional Resources

Host Institution Information (external links)
University Homepage
Swinburne Unit Search
Swinburne Timetable Planner
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
2425F Ellsworth Hall
Phone: (269) 387-5890

CRICOS Provider Code: 00111D

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