Selecting your preferences

Please access our online application system to apply for semester exchange, study abroad, and short course programs.

How to select your preferences

When you apply to the UOW Exchange Program, you will need to identify and rank in order of preference three universities where you would like to go on exchange. Your application will not be considered if you nominate less than three preferences.

NOTE: Students submit one application for either the USA/Canada/Asia/UAE region deadline OR the Europe/UK/Latin America region deadline. Students cannot combine preferences from the two different regions.

UOW has exchange partnerships with over 200 universities across 45 countries worldwide. You will be required to conduct your own research of UOW's partner universities to identify those that will best suit your academic and personal needs. You should begin this process well in advance of the application deadline, as you may need to thoroughly investigate at least 5-10 universities. 


Key considerations

Although there are many factors that determine which host university preferences are right for you, here are some key things to consider when doing your research. 


Goals and destination

You should first consider your own goals for your exchange program and any preferences you may have in relation to your destination. Are you only considering universities within a particular region or have you always wanted to experience a certain culture? Or maybe you're open to studying anywhere in the world! With 200 partner institutions across 45 countries worldwide, considering your goals and destination will help narrow down your choices.

Language skills

You should then evaluate your language skills. Is the purpose of your exchange to learn another language or would you prefer to take classes taught entirely in English? Classes are taught in English at many of UOW's partner institutions around the world, including non-English speaking destinations like the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden (to name just a few!). Also, students who can demonstrate fluency in another language may be permitted to study academic subjects taught entirely in that language.

University reputation and culture

It's important to consider the reputation and offering of each university to determine if it's suitable for the experience you are looking for. 

For example, some things to consider:

  • What is the reputation of the university?
  • What is the size and location of the campus?
  • What is the campus culture like?
  • Is student accommodation available to exchange students?
  • What opportunities are there to get involved in student life and meet new people?


You will be required to submit a Study Plan Proposal as part of your online application to show you have researched your three preferences and that they are relevant to your studies. Find out more about preparing your overseas subjects to assist you in finding a university that's right for your degree. 

Some important things to consider:

  • Does the university offer subjects that are appropriate to your UOW degree?
  • Are the subjects you want to take available in the session you plan to be there?

    Students will need to allow for some flexibility with their subject selections. UOW does not have influence over host university timetabling. Host university subject availability can change up to the semester commencement and students must be prepared to adapt their study plans accordingly.

  • Will you meet the pre-requisites to take those subjects?
  • Is the university known for excellence in your particular field of study?


Remember that research is the key to making an informed decision about where to go on exchange!