Student exchange

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Benefits of exchange

An international exchange program can complement your studies at ANU!

Exchange can be a life changing experience. You can meet new people, discover new places, experience different cultures, learn more about international relations, and develop a well-rounded educational experience that is highly regarded by employers.


Exchange requirements

General requirements

  1.   You are required to have at least 24 units left to complete towards your ANU degree.
  2.   If you are studying a combined program, then you are required to consult both Colleges

Program specific requirements

If you are required to complete a group or individual project, you need to factor these requirements into your exchange plan. You may need to undertake an alternative study pattern to those specified in your ANU program requirements. If this is the case, you must obtain the necessary approvals.

Advanced Computing and Software Engineering students

Exchange study may prolong your program duration as you are required to undertake an annual group project in third and fourth year. Please see your convenor for advice on varying your requirements.

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) students

If you are in the single Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) program, you should avoid going on exchange in your fourth year, because you are required to undertake an annual individual research project. If this is unavoidable please make alternative arrangements with the convenor of ENGN4200 Individual Project, to vary your project requirements to enable a semester on exchange.


Exchange timeline

The timing of your exchange depends heavily on the length of your ANU degree. We recommend the following:

  • Third or fourth year in a five-year program
  • Third year in a four-year program
  • Second year in either semester 1 or 2

Remember you need to plan early and map out your degree. You should also try to save any elective courses for exchange, as this will make it easier to select courses at your host institution.


Exchange destinations

The University and the College of Engineering and Computer Science have a number of exchange partners available.

Some partners have two semester exchange opportunities, while others have restricted placements. These details vary from year to year, so it is best to check these details on the ANU Global Programs system

In the past, CECS students have gone on exchange in the UK, Switzerland, France, Sweden, USA, Canada, China, Hong Kong and Singapore.


How to apply

Application instructions are available on the ANU applying for exchange overseas page.

Remember, places are limited and competition is high. The exchange application process starts long before the application deadline, so be prepared and don't miss out.

Updated:  10 August 2021/Responsible Officer:  Dean, CECS/Page Contact:  CECS Marketing