Common Myths about Student Exchange
Myth: "I can't study overseas because I don't speak another language"
Fact: Although the Exchange Program does provide opportunities for students to learn a new language or improve their existing language skills, you can study in English at many of UOW's partner universities around the world. There are programs taught in English in both English-speaking and non-English speaking countries, including: Canada, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the UK and USA (to name just a few!).
Myth: "I can't afford to go on exchange"
Fact: Going on exchange is affordable! You will continue to pay tuition to UOW (upfront or deferred via HECS) rather than to your host university. Eligible undergraduate students may also borrow more than $5,000 per session of overseas study (max. two sessions) through the Australian Government's OS-HELP loan scheme. The University of Wollongong also offers scholarships of up to $5,000 to eligible students, and all students not receiving a scholarship are eligible to apply for a $1,000 travel grant.
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Myth: "I won't be able to graduate on time if I go on exchange"
Fact: With careful planning, studying overseas should not delay your graduation from UOW. Part of the exchange application process involves meeting with academic advisors to ensure that you will receive credit towards your UOW degree for subjects completed overseas. Almost all fields can be studied while on exchange and students can complete courses to fulfil both major requirements and electives.
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Myth: "Studying overseas sounds like a luxury that isn't going to help me find a job after graduation"
Fact: International study and experience is highly valued by employers as it demonstrates your ability to take initiative, work independently and function in a cross-cultural environment. While you are on exchange, you will also have the opportunity to establish professional and career opportunities by networking with people from around the world. A successful exchange gives your resumé an added dimension and will give you a competitive edge in the employment market.
"I honestly thought that it was a bit of a myth when people said that I would meet friends for life but I truly did. With over 100 fellow exchange students there were so many great opportunities to make new friends and to get to know other students who had come from so many places all over the world."
Exchange to Uppsala University (Sweden)
APPLICATIONS FOR EXCHANGE IN Autumn 2014 NOW OPEN
Asia, Dubai, USA*, Canada**, Brazil - 7th June 2013
Europe, UK*, Mexico - 9th August 2013
*Limited places at the University of California and all UK universities
**Alberta, UBC, Concordia, McMaster, Victoria and Toronto have 1 deadline per year. Students wishing to study in either Spring 2014 or Autumn 2015 must apply by the Spring 2014 deadline.
NOTE: ALL applicants must submit 3 preference universities