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  • Locations: Melbourne, Australia
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Minimum Language Requirement: No Requirement Language of Instruction: English
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0 Class Eligibility: Junior, Pre-Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Type of Program: Exchange Program Advisor: Lauren Steinberg
Academic Focus: All Academic Focuses, Art and Design, Business and Entrepreneurship, Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Computing and Informatics, Formal and Natural Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, No or Minimal Language Requirement
Program Description:
Program Overview  Eligibility  Academics  Program Calendar  Housing  Visa  Cost & Financial Aid  More Information

Drexel in Australia: Swinburne University

Swinburne Campus

Program Overview

Students have the opportunity to spend a semester -- 18 weeks -- studying at Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia. Swinburne University has several campuses but Hawthorne is the main campus and where all classes are held. This program fully immerses students into Australian education and culture, as students take classes with local Australian and international students.

Melbourne is the second largest city in Australia and capital of the state of Victoria. Located in the south of Australia, Melbourne experiences all four seasons. In 2016, Melbourne was again named the world's most livable city by The Economist and is known as Australia's cultural, culinary, and sporting capital.


  • 3.0 minimum GPA
  • Open to all majors, great option for Film and Video, Design and Merchandising students


Course Availability
Course Catalog: Called the "Unit Search" in Australia. Drexel students will take 4 classes (called units) at Swinburne.

Course Equivalencies
Course Equivalencies: This spreadsheet is a historical list of pre-approved courses Drexel students have taken at Swinburne before. Students can choose to take courses from this list, but there is no guarantee that these courses will be offered in the future.

Students are taught and graded by Australian faculty at Swinburne University. Grades are noted as "CR/NCR" on their transcript and will NOT affect their GPA. In order to receive CR students must earn a "C" or above at the host institution.

Course Approvals
Students will need to get courses approved by the appropriate department for each course they plan to take at Swinburne. For example, if you want to take a sociology course at Swinburne for Drexel credit, its equivalent must be pre-approved by the Sociology Department at Drexel.

Program Calendar

Fall Term Dates (Australia’s spring term, also called “Semester 2”)
Program Start Date Late July
Program End Date Late November
Students will need to leave their spring/summer co-op 6-8 weeks early to arrive in Melbourne in time for Swinburne's Semester 2.

Spring Term Dates  (Australia’s fall semester, also known as “Semester 1”)
Program Start Date Mid February
Program End Date Mid June

Students must be scheduled for fall/winter co-op and leave their co-op about a month early in order to participate.

Drexel students will need to work closely with the Study Abroad office, their academic advisor and the co-op office to determine how best plan their study abroad experience.  The study abroad office urges you to begin planning 12-18 months in advance. 


Students may choose to either live in a student residence hall, an apartment or with a host family. Swinburne on-campus options are available to student abroad students on a first come, first serve basis. It's important that students who want to live on campus apply as soon as housing applications open. Students who are not awarded on-campus housing may have to look elsewhere for apartment or homestay accommodations.


U.S. Students will have to apply for a visa Subclass 500 to go to Australia. Students cannot apply for a visa until they have been formally accepted by Swinburne.

Cost and Financial Aid

Estimated Program Costs

Review the Estimated Study Abroad Costs page for a list of approximated program expenses.

Tuition & Financial Aid

This is a Drexel sponsored program, thus your Drexel tuition and financial aid remain the same during the term abroad. Students may also want to submit a revised budget to Drexel Central to see if additional funding may be available.

Students who receive Federal Work Study should consider applying for the Study Abroad Online Journalist work study position (only available to students after acceptance).

Those interested in seeking additional funding should review Scholarship & Funding Opportunities. Remember that scholarship deadlines may be much earlier than study abroad deadlines, so plan accordingly.

For more information on these and many other scholarship opportunities, visit our Scholarships page.

More Information

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 09/04/2018
10/01/2018 TBA TBA
Fall 2019 02/15/2019 03/15/2019 TBA TBA

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