Before you apply for the Bond International Exchange program

Going on exchange is an amazing experience that will change your world view, but it does take some work and research in order to get there. Following steps 1 to 4 below will help you prepare for Exchange, even if you are in your first semester or are yet to start at Bond.

Students enrolled in undergraduate and postgraduate programs at Bond have the opportunity to diversify their academic and cultural experience by participating in an exchange program.

Eligibility requirements

  • Applicants must be officially enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate degree program at Bond.
  • Undergraduate students must have successfully completed at least one semester at Bond before applying. Postgraduate students in accelerated programs may apply from their first semester.
  • Applicants must have achieved a Cumulative Percentage Average (CPA) of at least 65%*. Students are expected to maintain this average until they depart.
  • All students must have completed at last two semesters of study before departure.
  • International students are welcome to apply, but may not be considered for exchange programs in their country of residence.
  • Students are required to maintain full time enrolment at Bond and at the host institution while on Exchange.

* Students applying to study at a Law partner must have achieved a minimum CPA of at least 70% overall for Law subjects. Student applying to study at the Ivey Business School must have achieved an overall CPA of 70%.

Students on Bond Scholarships

Students on a Bond scholarship must maintain full time enrolment (40 credit points) for the duration of their exchange program. Students seeking to enrol in 30 credit points, must be approved by the Student Business Centre prior to departure. Please refer to the Student Handbook, "Division 10 - Scholarships".

International Students

International students planning to apply for a Temporary Graduate visa (subclass 485) at the completion of their Bond degree, should check the visa eligibility requirements before applying for Exchange.

Exchange restrictions

Students in the following degree programs are currently not eligible for exchange:

  • Medicine - Speak to your Clinical Placements Officer in HSM Faculty for International Placements
  • Bachelor of Architecture - Speak to your Head of Program regarding Internships and International Work placement opportunities. Faculty are currently exploring options for Exchange for B Architecture students.
  • Master of Construction Practice - Students enrolled into this program are generally not eligible for Exchange. They must be aware that studying part of their Bond degree abroad would result in not be able to receive Accreditation or apply for the Post Study Work Visa.

Most students will need to deviate from the recommended sequence of study in order to fit an exchange semester into their degree program, so it is important to plan ahead to make sure you stay on track for graduation.

You can find your program study plans here for each Faculty - FSD, HSM, BBS, Law

We recommend saving any electives for Exchange to give you flexibility when enrolling at the host university. Because your Core, Foundation and Major subjects can be hard to match, and subject availability at the host university is not guaranteed.

What are elective subjects?

General elective – A subject that may be chosen from any faculty provided requisites, enrolment restrictions and any other faculty requirements have been met.

Faculty elective – A subject that can only be chosen from your faculty.  i.e. Bachelor of Laws students can only choose faculty electives from subjects that are within the Faculty of Law.

What if my degree has limited or no elective subjects?

Some degrees have no electives, such as the Bachelor of Biomedical Science and the Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science. Others only have one or two electives, such as the Bachelor of Sustainable Environments and Planning.

Students with little or no electives in their degree program will need to plan their enrolment very carefully and do thorough research of the host university and available subjects, and make sure that enrolment can be confirmed before departure.

In order to get approval from faculty to take a required Bond subject on exchange, you will need to find a corresponding subject at the host university that is at least 80% equivalent. You can check this by looking at the outline of the host university subject and comparing it to the Bond outline. The final assessment will be made by your faculty.

When can I go on exchange?

Students can go on exchange from their fourth semester, with the exception of postgraduate students in an accelerated degree, who may go on exchange from their third semester. Students may go on exchange in their final semester, however, this could delay graduation. Please note: Applications for exchange must be submitted two semesters in advance.

Exchanges between Bond University and our partners generally take place during the January and September semesters, though there are a few options available for May:

  • Freie University, Germany (Law only)
  • Goethe University, Germany
  • Aichi Gakuin University, Japan (Japanese Language studies, limited subjects in English)
  • Hosei University, Japan (Japanese Language studies, limited subjects in English)
  • Mahidol University, Thailand (Law Excluded)
  • University of Waterloo, Canada (Law Excluded)

Preparing your study plan

Use the below template to list all your remaining subjects and determine which subjects you have available to take on Exchange. The template is a Word document so you may easily fill it in using a computer, and then email it to [email protected] to be checked and approved. Please allow 1-2 weeks for a response.

You will need to submit a copy of your approved study plan with your application for Exchange. Failure to do so will result in your exchange application being denied.

Study plan template and guide.

Information sessions

Students are encouraged to attend an Outbound Exchange Information Session, where we will discuss in detail the application process and the exchange program. When possible, Faculty members and past exchange students will attend to give specialised advice.

Information Sessions are generally held from weeks four to six of each semester.

Find the dates and times for the next information sessions here.

Personal consultation

If you are unable to attend an information session or if you still have more questions, you are welcome to schedule an appointment with our office. Please email [email protected] with your availability to set up an appointment.

With 80+ institutions to choose from, it is important to do your research to find a university that is the best fit for your degree and your exchange aspirations.

Look at our list of Participating institutions

  • You will find links to host university academic calendars, course catalogues and Fact Sheets.
  • Be sure to check the agreement type (University wide, UG/PG, Law only, etc), semester dates and subjects available. Always refer to the host university Fact Sheet for lots of helpful information.
  • If the overseas semester dates do not align with Bond’s, you may need to apply for a Leave of Absence (which would postpone your expected graduation date) or defer your exams.
  • Use this quick reference list to see where we have faculty-specific exchange agreements (for example, the best universities to study Law subjects abroad).
  • Most students will participate in an exchange in the January or September semesters because university partners that offer a May semester are limited.

May semester options:

  • Freie University, Germany (Law only)
  • Goethe University, Germany
  • Aichi Gakuin University, Japan (Japanese Language studies, limited subjects in English)
  • Hosei University, Japan (Japanese Language studies, limited subjects in English)
  • Mahidol University, Thailand (Law excluded)
  • University of Waterloo, Canada (Law Excluded)

Search the course catalogue of the host university

  • You will need to identify at least 8-10 subjects that you could take (at least twice the number of subjects to make up a full-time study load)
  • Look for detailed subject outlines. If not available, email the Exchange Office at [email protected] to help you source them from the institution.
  • Make sure the subjects you select are:
    • Not restricted for Exchange students and that you meet any pre-requisite requirements
    • Available in the semester you will be overseas
    • In English, or in a language in which you have suitable proficiency

Consider your budget and look at our Exchange financial information and funding

  • All students are eligible for the Bond Exchange Grant
  • Government funding varies year to year and is limited


Reach out to other Bondies who are overseas or who have been on Exchange via the Bondies Abroad & Exchange Alumni Facebook Group

Visa requirements

Research the visa requirements for the host country on their Australian consulate/embassy website. Foreign embassies and consulates in Australia.

Student testimonials

Read what past exchange students have to say about the exchange program and their host university.