Have you ever considered studying overseas? Did you know there are many overseas experiences available to students in the Faculty of Arts, Business, Law & Economics?
There are many overseas study experiences to choose from, with some offering credit towards your degree.
Arts, Business, Law and Economics students have the option to apply for an exchange program with one of our many partner universities. Exchange programs run for a semester or a year.
Looking for something shorter? Apply for a study tour or short program in the summer or winter break.
Students may also have the option to arrange their own overseas study experience by arranging an internship, conference attendance, or study abroad with a non-partner university.
Eligibility and restrictions
Students must have completed one full year of study (24 units) by the time of their departure.
If you intend to go on exchange, please keep your open electives free for the courses you intend to undertake overseas. Capstone courses, teaching placements, media production courses, and core internship courses can’t be completed on exchange as they must be completed at the University of Adelaide.
Students participating in an exchange program are required to complete a full-time load – a minimum of 9 units a semester or a minimum of 18 units for a year-long exchange.
Select programs for Arts, Business, Law and Economics students have additional eligibility and restrictions for overseas study experiences. View the programs listed below to learn more.
Only open electives can be completed on exchange. No core courses as it will cause accreditation issues for the student.
Students completing a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Corporate Finance do not have space to complete an exchange.
Further your language skills and cultural experiences in Japan.
We strongly recommend our Japanese language students to go on exchange after completing JAPN 2202 Japanese IIB.
In past experiences, our students benefit substantially more in the development of their overall language skills if they have completed Level I and Level II Japanese prior to going on exchange.
The faculty recommends only students sitting on a distinction/high distinction average prior to exchange, pursue Japanese language study on exchange. This is due to previous students finding the exchange challenging and passing the placement test at their host university. Your host university will assess your Japanese skills upon arrival in Japan, if you fail this placement test at your host institution, you will not be able to move onto the next level of Japanese and repeat the level at The University of Adelaide when you return. This means you may not receive any language credits and completion of your studies may be delayed, particularly if you are working towards a Japanese major, minor or Diploma in Languages.
Eligibility to study culture and society (non language) courses in Japan
If your main focus of Japan exchange is to deepen their knowledge of Japanese culture and society, we recommend that students go on exchange either in their 2nd year or 3rd year to study culture/society courses (i.e. non-language courses) in Japan.
Credit transfer rules and regulations
- No pre-approval for Japanese language courses prior to exchange can be given to our outbound students, as the course you will undertake will be determined by the results of the placement test at your host university.
- If you wish to be eligible for credit transfer from your Japanese language study in Japan, you must elect to study reading and writing courses as well as listening and speaking. This is because you must make sure that you have progressed in all aspects of Japanese language while on exchange.
- To have your Japanese language credits transferred back to UoA, you must obtain a PASS grade or above in your subsequent Japanese language course at UoA upon return. You can receive no more than 3 units maximum towards language courses per semester of exchange. If you fail your subsequent Japanese language course after exchange, language course credits obtained in Japan could be counted towards your non-language spaces if such spaces are available in your degree structure. This means that we will only be able to confirm exact credit transfer units when you pass your subsequent Japanese language course back at UoA.
- If you do not intend to study any subsequent Japanese language courses after exchange at UoA, you must submit to the Faculty Office upon your return, relevant course information on each Japanese language course that you studied at your host university (e.g. course content, textbooks, contact hours, assessments, and grades). Based on such information (and, if deemed appropriate, our assessment of your language skills upon your return), we will assess transferability of your language credits. You can receive no more than 3 units maximum towards language courses per semester of exchange. If your exchange language study is deemed not equivalent to any of your remaining Japanese language course spaces at UoA, language course credits obtained in Japan could be counted towards your non-language spaces if such spaces are available in your degree structure.
- If you are planning to study culture/society courses in Japan, you need to ensure that such a course does not contain more than 20% class participation/attendance assessment component, if you wish to have culture/society course credits transferred back to Adelaide towards your degree. To have your culture course credits transferred to UoA, you must submit to the Faculty Office upon your return, relevant course information on each Japanese culture course that you studied at your host university (e.g. course content, textbooks, contact hours, assessments, and grades). Based on such information submitted upon your return, we will assess transferability of your culture course credits.
- During exchange in Japan, it is strongly recommended that our students sit the (internationally recognised) Japanese language proficiency test (JLPT) in July and/or in December. Obtaining JLPT qualifications (N1-N5) may enhance your future employability as well as study opportunities, as many Japanese companies, multinational corporations and universities use the JLPT for candidate evaluation.
Finally, it is expected that you will act as an ambassador for the University of Adelaide by attending all classes and lectures and putting effort into your studies at our exchange partner university.
Students must have completed 24 units of ‘law-coded’ (eg: LAW XXXX) courses by the time of their departure.
Only closed law electives can be completed on exchange. Core courses cannot be completed overseas due to accreditation issues.
Students can only complete courses offered under a ‘Law School’, i.e. they cannot complete a law-related course run by an Arts Faculty.
Please be aware that Teaching courses are not able to be undertaken on exchange and must be completed at the University of Adelaide for students to qualify for Teaching Registration.
We recommend that students contact the Program Coordinator to talk about its implications on their degree before submitting their pre-approval.
In most cases, students will add a full year to their degree if they proceed with their exchange.