In order to apply for a student exchange, you need a confirmed list of courses approved by your UNSW faculty for your host university. It is important your courses are approved before you enroll at the host university otherwise you may not receive credit for your overseas study. It is too late to get approval when you return from exchange.
To put together a list of approved courses, we recommend you follow the steps below.
Before you depart
- Research, Research, Research! Students should research a partner university’s course catalogue for subjects to be studied on exchange
- Determine what constitutes as a full time load. If you are not sure check with an exchange advisor, they will advise you how many subjects you should complete on exchange
- Fill in the green Transfer of Credit form. Note Bachelor of International Studies (Binst) students need to complete an Overseas Study Proposal form instead and seek course approval from the Binst Program Coordinator.
- On the left hand side of the Transfer of Credit form, fill in the course code and course descriptions for the partner university
- Contact your Faculty Student Centre or relevant lecturer at UNSW to seek course approval. You will need to list the UNSW course codes and descriptions on the right hand side of the form
- A lecturer will sign and initial the approved courses
- Ask an administrative officer from the Faculty Student Centre to sign off on section E
- Once all subjects have been approved (we recommend 8 per semester) return this form to the Global Education and Student Exchange Office
- Remember to photocopy this form for your own records
If you find that more courses become available, simply complete another Transfer of Credit form and return it to the Global Education and Student Exchange Office.
When you return
To complete the final steps for your transfer of credit you should complete the following on your return.
- Check that your academic transcript has arrived from the partner university. Come by the Global Education and Student Exchange office to check
- If your program of study changed while you were on exchange, complete a new green Transfer of Credit form with all updated information
- Complete a return student questionnaire
- Once these documents have been received, the Global Education and Student Exchange office will process your credit transfer.
- Check that your UNSW transcript is updated and that your course exemptions are correct so that you can graduate at the appropriate time.
- For further information on the transfer of credit process, refer to the UNSW Exchange Prospectus.