Study Overseas Short-term Mobility Program

​The Study Overseas Short-term Mobility Program provides funding to eligible Australian higher education providers to support their Australian students to undertake short-term international mobility experiences in eligible destinations throughout the world.
The aims of the Program are to:

  • increase the overall number of students with an international mobility experience related to their field of study by addressing some of the barriers to uptake of student mobility
  • assist institutions that are seeking to diversify their programs to include innovative options, minority groups and/or non-traditional destinations, and
  • increase collaboration between higher education institutions in Australia and participating institutions or organisations overseas.


Through the Program, the Australian Government provides funding to eligible higher education providers to provide grants to Australian students to participate in shor-term mobility experences, research and negotiate program arrangements and monitor student progress.



Funding is provided to Australian higher education providers only. For further details regarding eligibility of Australian institutions, please see the program guidelines. Funding under the program may only be used to support linkages between higher education providers and accredited higher education institutions in eligible countries. All public and private higher education institutions located in eligible countries and recognised in these countries as nationally accredited are eligible to be partner institutions.


Under this program the Australian Government will provide funding to recipient institutions to provide grants to Australian students to participate in the following overseas experiences that directly relate the students’ fields of study:
  • short-term study experiences or research trips
  • paid or unpaid internships or work placements
  • short courses
  • volunteer projects, and
  • practicum or clinical placements.
Projects may be up to six months and activities undertaken by the participating students must be for some form of credit at the students’ home institution.


Participating students must be citizens or permanent residents of Australia and reside in Australia.


Funding under student mobility programs may be used to support students to study across the world, with the exception that funding must not be used for travel to destinations that are assessed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade as an area to which Australians are advised not to travel (Level 4 – Do not travel).
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Student grants of $2,000 and project facilitation subsidies of $1,500 are available.
For details regarding the maximum number of projects and subsidies that an institution can apply for in the upcoming round, please refer to the program guidelines.


 2015 Student Mobility Program Guidelines (PDF 563KB)  (DOCX 201KB)



2015 round Study Overseas Short-Term Mobility Program

17 April 2014
Applications open.
16 June 2014
Closing date for submission of applications.
July 2014
Applicants notified of selection outcomes.
01 September 2014
Project Schedules and Invoices due.
31 July 2015
Completion date/Acquittal deadline.



Education providers lodge applications online through ISEO, the department's student mobility application and system, the Department's online application and project management system. Applications will be assessed by a panel against the program selection criteria and how closely they align with the stated aims of the program.

The Department reserves the right to seek further information or clarification from applicants on their application, in writing or verbally.

Please contact your International Liaison Officer (ILO) for application forms and details. To register as the ILO for your institution, please email the Student Mobility Team at the address given below.


Further Information

For further information relating to any aspect of the Study Overseas Short-term Mobility Program, please contact the Student Mobility Team.