Frequently Asked Questions

Our student mobility team have put together some frequently asked questions that may help you in your research or deciding whether exchange is right for you.

Please read the information below carefully. If you require further assistance, contact the team at business.mobility@unisa.edu.au.

The UniSA Business Study Tour officers are available during SP2 and SP5 teaching for student drop in times - Tuesday 2-3pm and Thursday 10-11am. To make an appointment time within aforementioned times please email business.mobility@unisa.edu.au.

Full semester exchange

  • How many courses do I need available in my program to undertake a full semester exchange? 
    The minimum requirement to study while on exchange is 13.5 units (three courses) and maximum is 18.0 units (four courses).

  • How do I know which courses I can use for my exchange?
    Please speak to the Business Student Hub for a study plan to discuss which courses can be used for your exchange, including electives or substitution for business core courses. Please note that your program director will need to provide the final assessment on this. It is recommended that you meet with the Business Student hub early in your program to plan! To contact the Business Student Hub, email: businesshub@unisa.edu.au.

  • How do I know what can be substituted for a business core course?
    Browse our UniSA exchange partner website for the courses you may study. A list of UniSA exchange partners can be found on the study overseas website. Look at which courses you would like to study and find the equivalent course outline to show your program director for approval. The course should have a 70% course content match.
  • Will I receive a grade for my exchange? 
    Once you have successfully completed all assessment and the UniSA student exchange team have received your transcript from your host exchange university, you will be given either a non-graded pass (NGP) or a fail grade. Please note that the NGP grade will not increase or decrease your GPA.
  • How many preferences do I need to put on my exchange application?
    You will need to select your top three exchange partner institutions and add these to the application form. You will need to research 4-6 courses equivalent at UniSA for your top two preferences. It is important at this stage that you touch base with your program director to see if they will be viable when going on exchange; however please understand that these subject choices are not locked in until you are accepted by your host institution and officially apply to them. It is after this acceptance stage thatyou will submit your course approval form to your program director for sign-off.

  • Can I undertake a full semester exchange in my last semester at uni? 
    Yes, you most certainly can. Please ensure that you have met with your program director to discuss the courses being studied on exchange as you can enrol in minimum 13.5 units and maximum 18.0 units on exchange (this can be comprised of electives or core courses). If you are considering applying for the OS HELP loan (criteria applies), you must have 4.5 units to return to in your program at UniSA once you have completed your exchange experience. 

    Grade entry may be delayed due to receiving your transcript from the exchange partner university. If you are due to graduate after your exchange, please take this delay into consideration around the graduation dates and/or your visa requirements. 

  • How should I plan my three preferences for my exchange? 
    A popular choice for students are USA, UK and Canada. If one of these countries are in your three preferences then we suggest that you spread your preferences outside a single country, for example, if your number one preference is Buffalo State University in USA you could choose a close location such as Canada as your second preference. It is suggested that the three institutions you choose in your application are in locations you are happy to study/live in, as may not receive your number one preference. Wherever you choose, you will have a fantastic time! 


Short term exchange

  • How do the program fees work for short term exchange?
    The fees vary depending on the various types of short term exchange programs. For advice on this, contact the Business Student Mobility team or the Study Overseas team. For more information see the fee comparison here.

  • How many courses do I need available in my program to undertake short term exchange?
    The minimum requirement to study while on short term exchange is 4.5 units (1 course) and maximum is 9.0 units (2 courses).

  • Can I undertake a short term exchange in my last semester at uni? 
    Yes, you most certainly can. Please ensure that you have met with your program director to discuss the course/s being studied on exchange as you can enrol in a minimum of 4.5 units and maximum 9.0 units on exchange (for short term exchange this is usually electives). If you are thinking of applying for the OS HELP loan (criteria applies), you must have 4.5 units to return to in your program at UniSA once you have completed your exchange experience. 

    Grade entry may be delayed due to receiving your transcript from the exchange partner university. If you are due to graduate after your exchange, please take this delay into consideration around the graudation dates and/or your visa requirements. 

  • How do I apply for credit upon my return?
    If you have attended a third-party provider short term exchange program, upon successful completion of your program, please submit your additional assignment as requested by your Program Director for assesment. Once approved, please submit an application for credit form to Campus Central for the credit to be applied to your record. The credit will show on your record as external credit.

    If you have attended an exchange partner short term exchange program, you will be enrolled in a 4.5 or 9.0 unit course at UniSA. Upon your return and successful completion of your short term exchange program, the receipt of your transcript will allow us to process your grades to be applied to your record. Please note the grade for exchange will be either non-graded pass or fail.

 UniSA Business Student Study Tours

  • What is the process of applying for a study tour?
    Please refer here to further information on study tour costs, application process and funding available.

  • Do I have to travel with the study tour group?
    Yes, the group must travel to and from location as a group.

  • Can I undertake a study tour in my last semester at uni? 
    Yes, you most certainly can. Please ensure that you have met with your program director to discuss the course/s being studied for the study tour as it is 4.5 units towards your program (for study tours the credit is usually an elective). If you are thinking of applying for the OS HELP loan (criteria applies) you must have 4.5 units to return to in your program at UniSA once you have completed your exchange experience and successfully completed 36 units in your current program.

  • How do I apply for funding for a study tour?
    All travel grants are applied upon your behalf by the study tour officers. You will only have to apply for OS HELP loan should you be eligible. 
  • How many courses is a study tour equivalent to? 
    Upon successful acceptance into the study tour you will be enrolled into a UniSA course in your program, which is worth 4.5 units for the two weeks.
  • Will I receive a grade for my study tour? 
    Once you have successfully completed all tour assessments, you will be given a grade towards your GPA (for example, distinction, credit or pass).
  • Do I have to do course assessments while on study tour? 
    Generally, you will participate actively on the study tour and then complete all coursework upon your return to Adelaide. However, there are some study tours that require some course assesment while in country, and this will mean managing your time effectively.

Travel grants and funding options

 UniSA offers a range of travel grants and/or loans for eligible students to support with any out of pocket expenses.

  • When am I eligible to apply for a business student grant?
    Please visit our website for more information regarding our business student grants. Our business student grants are competitive.

    Applications for UniSA business student grants close:

    • 30 August for activities taken in the first half of the following year (SP1, 2, 3)
    • 30 January for activities taken in the second half of the same year (SP4, 5, 6, 7).

      Please note: apply for your business student grant prior to your acceptance into your program. You will not be able to apply or receive the grant retrospectively. 
      The grant deadlines above are fixed timelines and we ask that you please apply for the grant prior to the deadlines.
  • How do I apply for the UniSA international travel grant?
    At the point of application for exchange you will be assessed for this grant, and advised of your grant and exchange outcome (short or full semester exchange) at the same time.

    Over the your lifetime career you can apply for up to $2,500 from UniSA International. Visit the website for more information regarding the UniSA Travel Grant. 

  • Am I eligible for both the UniSA business student grant and UniSA travel grant?
    As a business student you are essentially eligible for both grants. Please ensure that you speak to a Study Tour Officer to ask which grants are applicable to you. Email: business.mobility@unisa.edu.au. 

  • What is an OS HELP loan? 
    An OS HELP loan is a deferred HELP debt loan for undergraduate Australian citizens. Loans of $4,000 to $8,930 are available. Academic approval is required, and you must have completed 36 units of study and have 4.5 units remaining on return. 

    2020 loan amounts
    For study in Asia the loan amount is up to $8,295, plus $1,104 for Asian Language study. For study elsewhere, the loan amount is up to $6,913.

    Your OS HELP debts will be added to your accumulated HELP debt and you can apply up to the amounts listed, so you don't need to apply for the whole amount. Please note you do not need your letter of acceptance from the host university before applying for OS HELP. Applications must be submitted prior to leaving for their overseas study, however no more than six months before the departure date.

  • How many times can I apply for an OS HELP loan? 
    Eligible students are eligible to apply for an OS HELP loan up to two times for studying overseas. You must have six months in between each application. How to determine the six month period: you will be issued a Commonwealth Assistance Notice (CAN) for your loan and the program start date on your CAN is the start of your six month period, for example, if the program start date 1 September, your six month period will end 1 March before you can apply for the loan again. 

  • How do I apply for OS HELP loan and how do I know if I am eligible?
    Apply for OS HELP via the MyScholarships link on your MyUniSA student portal. For any questions please contact studentfinance.enrolment@unisa.edu.au or call 8302 1112.

    OS HELP eligibility requirements can be found on the Study Assist - Australian Government website.