Outbound Exchange Program

The CQUGlobal Outbound Exchange Program allows you to study for a term, an academic year or over summer/winter short term at one of our partner institutions while remaining enrolled at CQUniversity. In most cases, you will be able to combine study and travel without extending the total duration of your study.

You can also gain credit for the units you study and transfer these credits back to your CQUniversity course. Your chosen units must be approved by CQUniversity before you go.

An exchange can be a life-changing experience that will not only help you develop intercultural intelligence and communication skills, but also give you a competitive edge in the global job market when you graduate.

We recommend starting the process of choosing your overseas location, institution and units six months before you intend to depart. Set some time aside to do your research to find an institution that offers the units you need to keep on track for your award at CQUniversity. Our CQUGlobal advisers are on hand to help you; they have expert knowledge of our different exchange partners and can point you in the right direction depending on your course of study and preferred study destination. You will then need to explore that institution's handbook and find units that correspond with the ones you had planned to take at CQUniversity.

You can find a list of possible host institutions on our Outbound Exchange partners section. You are not required to pay fees to these host institutions and instead, you will pay your fees to CQUniversity as normal.

We encourage students to research destinations and host institutions thoroughly to choose the best option.There are many considerations when choosing a study destination:


Unless you are nearly fluent in a foreign language you will need to choose units delivered in English. This doesn't limit you to an English speaking country. Many of our students choose to study in Asian and European countries learning the local language around their studies.


Climate will vary greatly between countries even if they are in the same area so you need to consider whether you want to study in the snow or sun.

Regional or Metropolitan

Do you prefer the hustle and bustle of city life or would you rather the calm and quiet of a more rural environment?

Term Dates

Check the term dates of the institution you want to study in. Sometimes the term dates of institutions overseas do not line up with our Australian term dates.


Although you don't have to pay additional fees, there are still costs associated with the program such as flights, accommodation, living expenses, insurance and visas. There may also be application fees for some locations.

Our experienced CQUGlobal advisers can help you through this decision making process. Arrange a phone call by emailing with the following details:

  • Current course of study and campus
  • Student number
  • Preferred country to study
  • Phone number
  • Preferred contact times (please give several)

With exchange partners all around the world, your journey starts with one step.

Student exchange is an ideal way to combine study and travel. By participating in the student exchange program you will enhance your employability and have the experience of a lifetime.

University College Copenhagen - KP
VIA University College
New Zealand
Commencing Term 2, 2021 l Oral Health & Paramedic Science
South Korea  
Hessen State Universities
HTW Berlin University of Applied Sciences

University of Applied Sciences - Northwestern Switzerland

United Kingdom

ISEP - International Student Exchange Program

CQUniversity is a member of the International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP) network giving you access to over 300 institutions in over 50 different countries.

Australian-European Network (AEN) and the Utrecht Network (UN)

CQUniversity is a member of the AEN and UN European student exchange network offering a choice to study at more than 30 European member universities.

Exchange agreements with international universities are based on reciprocal fee-waiver arrangements which mean that our students pay their regular fees CQUniversity and do not have to pay fees to the host institution.

You will pay your regular student contribution for studying at CQUniversity whether that is up front or deferred payment (HECS), calculated according to the number of credit points you enrol in/are approved for in your exchange program.

You may be eligible for a scholarship, travel grant or student loan to assist you with the costs of participating in the exchange. Visit the Scholarships, Loans and Grants page for more information.

Costs to Consider

  • Passports and travel documents
  • Return airfare to your chosen country
  • Accommodation for the period you will study overseas
  • Living expenses (food, clothing, transport, leisure activities) for the period you will study overseas
  • Additional spending money (for example, for travelling after the exchange is over, weekend trips etc.)
  • Health and Travel Insurance

Costs will vary depending on where you wish to study and exchange rates at the time of travel. Costs could be between AUD 6,000 and AUD 10,000 a term. Some countries, including the USA and UK, require you to provide evidence that you are able to support yourself financially when you apply.

To be eligible for a place in the Outbound Exchange program for a term (semester) or academic year, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. Be a current student at any CQUniversity Australia campus.
    1. Those enrolled by online study must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident.
  2. Have completed at least one term (six months) of study at CQUniversity before embarking on an exchange. You are not required to maintain a certain grade to part in the program.
  3. Meet any entry requirements stipulated by our partner institutions including pre-requisites for chosen units.

International students are responsible for meeting all Department of Home Affairs student visa requirements and overseas institutions visa requirements. CQUniversity will not be responsible for matters related to visa applications. Some partner institutions may not accept an international student for an exchange program.

It is possible for students to go out on exchange more than once, but you may be restricted by your course of study and in some cases, external accreditation of your course. If you are able to go out on exchange more than once you must find a new host institution each time due to partner restrictions.

International students

If you are an international student studying at CQUniversity Australia on a student visa, there may be some restrictions on where you can go. The standard international student visa regulations would not allow you to remain in Australia and undertake a virtual exchange and we do not encourage students to return to their country of origin on our exchange program. Some of our partner institutions will also have restrictions, but there will be opportunities available to you. Please contact our CQUGlobal advisor by emailing or calling +61 7 4930 9671.

Not all units at our partner institutions map to the CQUniversity curriculum so we advise you to choose more units than you need to study, complete the Course Planner Form (Full-term or Year Exchange) and discuss with your CQUGlobal adviser.

When your units are finalised, contact for the below documents and submit these back to us:

  • Finalised Course Planner Form (Full-term or Year Exchange)
  • International Exchange Application form
  • Referee Report
  • Motivation Essay (only if you are applying for a scholarship)

It is very important that you adhere to the following deadlines:


Deadline date*


31 August of the previous year


1 April


1 June

Late applications will not be accepted.*

It should also be noted that some partner institutions will be working to different deadlines. For further information, please contact your CQUGlobal adviser:

Telephone: +61 7 4930 9671

You will generally receive a response from the partner institution within two to three weeks through your CQUGlobal adviser. When you have received your offer you will be asked to make a deposit payment to secure your place. You will then receive documentation to support your visa application.

As soon as you have documentation to support your visa application you should lodge it with the relevant Embassy, High Commission or Consulate. Note, we have no control over this process and while we will try to help where we can, this is your responsibility. Some visa processing happens in a matter of days and others can take months. If you are an international student this is likely to take longer than if you are an Australian citizen lodging an application from within Australia.

Do your research early as different countries' requirements vary. Some may require you to have a health check, show evidence of funding to cover your stay and some ask for you to purchase travel and health insurance up front.

The following list is a guide to help you to start your preparations to study overseas:

  1. Meet with a CQUGlobal adviser for a pre-departure briefing
  2. Book your flights – we recommend using the University's preferred supplier Travel Crew. Make sure your flights arrive in time for you to take part in the host institution orientation
  3. Book your accommodation – you will need to liaise with the host institution on this
  4. Register with InternationalSOS. This is mandatory for all CQUGlobal Outbound students
  5. Read and research as much as you can about where you are traveling
  6. Photocopy all your travel documents and leave a copy with your friends or family for safekeeping
  7. Sort out currency – Have some cash on arrival and load a travel cash card to keep your money secure
  8. Ensure your travel documents and the information you will need on arrival is easy to access
  9. Book a taxi to the airport
  10. Say goodbye to friends and family and arrive at the airport at least 2 hours before take-off.