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Organising finances, scholarships and available funding

Whether you're planning finances for your trip, or looking for some financial support while on exchange, this is a great place to start.

Tuition fees and costs


If you’re studying with one of our partner institutions through the Curtin Exchange Program, you will continue to pay your tuition to Curtin. You won't be required to pay tuition fees to your host university.

Other costs

The amount of money you will need whilst on exchange will vary depending on the current exchange rate, where you go and your personal spending habits and expectations.

Some costs to consider when preparing a budget are: 

  • your travel
  • passport and visa expenses
  • travel and medical insurance
  • accommodation and food
  • Transport such as cars or public transport
  • living costs such as mobile phones and personal items
  • course-related incidental costs such as lab fees or excursions, and
  • recreation money for further travel, gifts and eating out.

Proof of funds

To make sure that you are able to support yourself, many host institutions and countries will require proof of funds (usually a bank statement) before they will issue visa documents.


Think exchange is out of your reach? Think again! There are a range of scholarships available to assist you studying overseas.

Curtin International Mobility Scholarships

Awarded to student(s) accepted at a host university that can best articulate how the experience will contribute to their employability and personal development.

Semester 1, 2018 - applications close 12/8/2017

Curtin International Financial Assistance Mobility Scholarships

Developed to assist students who may otherwise not have an opportunity to participate in the exchange program due to financial hardship.

Semester 1, 2018 - applications close 12/8/2017

Curtin International Destination Scholarships

Awarded to student(s) accepted at a host university in the specified destinations:

Semester 1, 2018 - applications close 10/11/18

Australian Government Endeavour Mobility Grants

Awarded to support Australian undergraduate and post-graduate students to have an overseas study experience that contributes to their Australian qualification.

Semester 1, 2018

Scholarship application information

2018 scholarship applications will open 1 July 2017. Make sure you visit the application advice page for tips on how to apply. We suggest that you subscribe to the Scholarship Email Alert so you don’t miss out on any scholarship opportunities.

The New Colombo Plan (NCP)

The New Colombo Plan (NCP) is a signature initiative of the Australian Government which aims to lift the knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia by supporting Australian undergraduates to study and undertake internships in the region. Apply for the NCP Scholarship program through Scholarships, or read more on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website.

Hear about the New Colombo Plan from Curtin recipient Pratul in the video below.

Other financial help


OS Help is a Commonwealth Government funded loan established to assist eligible students with expenses associated with overseas study.

Detailed information on eligibility and the application process can be obtained from the Scholarships website.


If you currently receive Centrelink payments, you may still be eligible to receive your payments whilst on exchange.

Centrelink will require a letter from Curtin University confirming that you are participating in an exchange program and will need to confirm:

  • that you will be enrolled as a full time Curtin student during the exchange period
  • your exchange start & finish dates
  • your exchange study will be credited to your Curtin degree.

We will provide students with this letter at the pre-departure session. It is your responsibility to submit this letter to Centrelink to ensure your payments are not cancelled.  

Check the Centrelink website or contact them directly for more information on how your Centrelink payments may be affected by your overseas study.