Study abroad

There's a world of opportunities

Our study abroad program is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live, learn and explore different cultures, all while earning your qualification from Box Hill Institute. 

You can choose from a number of study options, durations and destinations that will suit your current situation.

Need help covering expenses? We’ve got scholarship options to get you where you need to go!

Already planning on going? Check out our 2023 dates



There are many ways you can experience our programs; these include: 


Two to three weeks’ duration, offering cultural opportunities, exposure to international industry and the chance to spend time in a classroom at the host college. Short exchanges are fun, interesting and exhausting!


A study tour is an intensive international study program, giving you the opportunity to fast track your study and gain some international experience. Programs are generally two to three weeks in duration and may allow you to gain credit in one or two subjects. 


Offers you an experience that combines service with structured learning through the execution of a local community service project in local or overseas communities.


Students from our GEN partners study together and work collaboratively in a team on a project, with representatives from all visiting colleges. The training can focus on project management, sustainability, customer service or a variety of other topics that will add value to your current enrolment and resume.


If accepted into an exchange program, you will be responsible for the following expenses:

  • Passport
  • Visa (if required)
  • Accommodation and meals
  • Textbooks and course materials (if required)
  • Personal incidentals

Costs vary for each destination and depend on your personal choices and budget. You will find out more about living costs and other expenses during your pre-departure meeting.


Short exchanges usually run during or close to scheduled holiday periods to minimise the amount of class work you miss. We recognise the incredible opportunity for personal growth through exposure to international culture, college, classes and industry, and happily allow you time away from class during the exchange.

Student Eligibility

To participate in our exchange program, you need to:

  • be enrolled as a Box Hill Institute student at the time of application and the exchange period
  • be 18+ years old
  • be a citizen or permanent resident of Australia
  • participate fully in orientation activities

    How to Apply

    Here are the dates for 2023. Select the program you are most interested in:

    • Community Service Learning ‘Thailand’ – July 2023
    • Short Exchange Program, ITE, Singapore – 13 – 26 August 2023
    • Short Exchange Program, KCC, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA – 10 – 30 September 2023
    • Short Exchange to SAIT, Calgary, Canada – 10 – 30 September 2023

    Once you have selected your program of choice, follow these steps:

    1. Register your interest with the Study Abroad Office.
    2. Research your options through GEN college websites and the Study Abroad Office.
      -    ITE Singapore
      -    SAIT Canada
      -    KCC USA
    3. Complete and submit an application form (see below) by the deadline.
    4. Participate in the interview process and determine eligibility for scholarship funding.
    5. Attend a pre-departure orientation program.

    How Students are Chosen

    Your application will include:

    • A personal statement outlining your motivation for applying for the exchange
    • An official Box Hill Institute academic transcript
    • Your capacity to support yourself during the exchange
    • Information on your career, study and extracurricular achievements, goals and motivations
    • Personal skills
    • Your application must be submitted by the closing date.

    We assess this information before a selection panel interviews a shortlist of applicants.

    Before we announce the successful applicants, we contact their referees. We inform all applicants in writing of the outcome of their application/interview.

    Financial Aid

    Check with the Study Abroad Office to see if any scholarship is currently available.

    Pre-Departure Sessions

    Pre-departure sessions help you to prepare for your time overseas and support you in completing your travel arrangements. It is compulsory to attend the pre-departure sessions. For groups of students travelling together, the sessions are a great way to get to know people within the group. The sessions also offer an opportunity to develop cultural awareness and adjustment skills, negotiate course content and consider health and safety issues.

    Sessions cover a variety of information, including:

    • Costs involved
    • Scholarships
    • Working overseas
    • Visas
    • Passports
    • Your program
    • Accommodation
    • Banking
    • Your responsibilities on exchange

    Each pre-departure program is customised to suit the group of participants. You can also request an individual appointment to discuss specific details.

    Contact Us

    Building E3, Elgar Campus

    465 Elgar Road, Box Hill Institute

    Phone: (03) 9286 9601


    The Study Abroad Office assists with:

    • Scholarship funding to help with travel expenses for eligible students
    • Compulsory pre-departure orientation program for participants
    • Liaison with the exchange institution regarding enrolment, assessment and accommodation
    • Communication with the host institution about accommodation and travel arrangements
    • Ongoing contact with our administrative and academic staff for the duration of the exchange.

    Study with us


    The Global Education Network (GEN) is a partnership between Box Hill Institute, SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary (Canada), Kirkwood Community College in Iowa (USA), and ITE in Singapore.

    This partnership is your passport to international travel and study opportunities at our GEN partner colleges, where you can live, study and explore a new international environment for up to six months.

    We also host international students at Box Hill Institute for up to six months under the GEN agreement.

    GEN Partners’ priority is to provide opportunities for students based on merit, not their economic background.

    Learn more about GEN

    Global Education Network: Visit to SAIT