Exchange: How to Apply!

Going on exchange is probably one of the most exciting things you can do at university! Getting to travel to a new country, engaging in their culture, making friends from other parts of the world, eating new and delicious food, what’s not to love? Moving unis for a semester or a year can be an enriching experience that will definitely enhance your skills, and it’s also a lot of fun!

The application process for exchange at La Trobe is divided into two parts, and it’s relatively easy. Here’s a summary to give you an idea on how to apply.

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Part 1A: Research

The first thing you need to do is check if you are eligible to apply for exchange. After you have done that, print a copy of your Study Plan from Student Online and check what subjects you have left to finish your degree. Note that you may not be able to take your core subjects while on exchange, so you might want to rearrange your study plan a little bit to take electives instead. Then, research the universities you would like to go to, check if they have your degree available, and research subjects you want to take there. I made a short list of the unis that have SHE courses available, so check it out! You can also find the full list of La Trobe’s exchange partners in their website.

Keep a copy of the subjects you have selected and their descriptions/syllabus, you’ll need them to request the college’s approval. Also make sure you have 8-10 subjects for each institutions you would like to attend, just in case!

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Part 1B: Approval

After you have done your research, it’s time to request the college’s approval for the subjects you have selected. For this, you need to create a new Study Plan application in SOMSAS. The system allows you to add subjects to the host institutions you want to attend, and the SHE College will evaluate your request. After that, you will receive an email detailing the outcome of your application. A quick guide on how to do this can be found here.

If you want to go on exchange for Semester 1, 2018, the application deadline for part 1 is 3rd of July, 2017, so get in quick!

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Part 2: Submit documentation

Now it’s time for part 2. Here, you need to submit an Exchange Application form. You also need to submit an Academic Reference form, a copy of your student ID, a personal statement saying why you want to go on exchange, and an academic transcript. You may also need to submit a resume if applying for a scholarship, and a proof of language proficiency if you’re going to study in a language other than English.

Once you gather all of these documents, you need to submit them to one of the Coordinators at the Global Lounge on campus. If you are in the Bundoora Campus, the lounge is located on the Upper East side of the Agora. Bendigo students can visit the La Trobe Abroad Coordinator in Room 2.13, Education Building. Other regional students can post their documents to the Bendigo Office. The deadline for part 2 is Friday, 28th of July, 2017.

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You can find all of the information on exchange here, and you can¬†contact the Study Abroad office with any questions you have. So get keen guys! Exchange is really the experience of a lifetime and you don’t want to miss it. See you in another post!

Alejandro