Exchange financial information and funding

Tuition and funding

Bond exchange students continue to pay their tuition fees to Bond. This means that if you study four subjects at your exchange institution then you will pay for four subjects worth of tuition to Bond. Any tuition fees at the exchange institution will be waived.

Students will be responsible for researching and paying all fees for accommodation, health insurance, visas, travel and other living expenses.

To support the costs associated with overseas travel and study, Bond International has a variety of options available to students to fund their Exchange program. Grants are funded by the Bond International Office, the Australian Government, and other generous donors and are outlined below.

Exchange grants

Once-off cash grants are available to exchange students to assist with overseas living costs.

See a list of the Exchange grants currently available for 2020 (last updated October 2019) and an explanation of each funding type below.

Students who are accepted into the Exchange program are eligible to apply for an Exchange grant of $2,000* AUD. This grant is funded by the Bond International Office and is intended to assist students with additional expenditure associated with overseas travel.

Exchange grant conditions

Students must:

  • submit a Bursary Application Form;
  • make every attempt to attend the pre-departure session;
  • complete and submit the Pre-departure Form prior to departure;
  • provide a Confirmation of Host Enrolment Form signed by the Partner Institution after arrival;
  • provide evidence that host university subjects are approved by Faculty for a credit transfer to Bond degree;
  • be enrolled full time both at Bond and at the Partner Institution;
  • complete the Exchange semester abroad (early cancellation could result in repayment of funding awarded);
  • act in a manner, both personally and professionally, which befits a representative of Bond University;
  • contribute to Bond University marketing activities to promote outbound exchange to current students and
  • make every attempt to attend the return orientation session.

* NB Grant funds are awarded at the discretion of the University and are subject to change without notice. If a student is also awarded a government mobility grant, the maximum total awarded will be $6000 AUD.

Each year, up to five Bond University undergraduate exchange students are selected for the Cowin Scholarship to study for a semester at Western University, considered to be Canada's most beautiful university. This scholarship is worth $7,500 AUD. The Cowin Scholarship Program is made possible thanks to the generous donation of Western Alumnus and Chancellor, Mr Jack Cowin.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Department of Education and Training administer programs that provide funding students to different regions in the world.

Bond University applies for funding each year to countries to promote development and diversification with partner institutions overseas. In past years, grants have been awarded to students travelling to partners in countries including China, Germany, Japan, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and the USA.

Programs in which Bond University participates:

Availability of government grants varies from year to year. Please email [email protected] for more information.

Students MUST be Australian Citizens to receive government funding. Permanent Residents may be eligible for some forms of funding. The decision of who will receive this funding is at the discretion of the Bond University Senior Management.

French Embassy Nicolas Baudin Travel Grant


  • Must be enrolled in an UG or PG program
  • Open to both Australian citizens and international students (excl. French citizens)
  • Must have approval from Bond University to participate in the Exchange program


  • Return flights from Australia to France
  • Exemption from paying French visa fees
  • Private insurance

Deadline: 2019 applications have closed. Next round will open in 2020.

Applications are submitted directly to the French Embassy.

New Colombo Plan Scholarship

The New Colombo Plan is a signature initiative of the Australian Government which aims to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia by supporting Australian undergraduates to study and undertake internships in the region.

Each year, Bond nominates 10 exceptional undergraduate students to apply for the prestigious New Colombo Plan Scholarship.

Email [email protected] with your Expression of Interest before May 30th to be invited to apply.

To be eligible, applicants for a New Colombo Plan Scholarship must:

  • be nominated by their Home University.
  • be an Australian citizen. Applicants cannot undertake their Scholarship in a Host Location in which they hold dual citizenship or permanent residency; or in which they have previously been a citizen or permanent resident.
  • be enrolled in units at an on-shore campus of an Australian University during the application process.
  • be between 18 and 28 years of age
  • be undertaking a Bachelor Degree or Bachelor Honours Degree when the  Scholarship Program commences.
  • have achieved a minimum 70 per cent graded average or equivalent for their undergraduate course at the time of application, as determined by the nominating Home University.
  • not be a previous recipient of a New Colombo Plan Scholarship.

Successful applicants are not allowed to commence another Australian Government funded off-shore Scholarship Program or mobility grant (including a New Colombo Plan Mobility Program grant) while undertaking their New Colombo Plan Scholarship Program.


The New Colombo Plan Scholarship includes:

  • tuition fees to cover the cost of study for up to one Academic Year
  • language training tuition fees
  • a travel allowance
  • an establishment allowance
  • a monthly stipend
  • health and travel insurance for the duration of their overseas Scholarship Program.
  • a dedicated Case Manager for the duration of their Scholarship Program
  • New Colombo Plan Fellows (the top-ranked Scholar in each location and top ranked Indigenous Scholar) will receive an additional benefit .

Please visit the NCP Scholarship website for more details on each of the benefits.

Bond University Internal Application Process to be Nominated to Apply for the NCP Scholarship:

1. Check the eligibility requirements, read the scholarship program guidelines and advice to applicants on the NCP website.

2. Email [email protected] to express your interest before 30 May 2019.

3. Attend the NCP information session in April.

4. Submit an application to be nominated to apply (students who submitted an EOI will be sent an application form and instructions on 3 June) before 17 June.

5. The top 10 candidates who meet the eligibility requirements will be nominated to DFAT in Jun-July 2019 to apply for the 2020 scholarship program.

NCP scholar, Jasmine Valcic and the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop MP

2019  |  Jacob Cookson (Bachelor of Laws/ Bachelor of Biomed)
Study destination: Hong Kong

2019  |  Makaela Fehlhaber (Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of International Relations)
Study destination: Malaysia

2019  |  James Rosengren (Bachelor of Commerce/ Bachelor of Laws) India Fellow
Study destination: India

2018  |  Jasmine Valcic (Bachelor of International Relations / Bachelor of Laws) Thailand Fellow
Study destination: Mahidol University, Thailand

2017  |  Holli Sargeant (Bachelor of International Relations / Bachelor of Laws)
Study destination: Singapore

2017  |  Eve Bramley (Bachelor of International Relations / Bachelor of Laws)
Study destination: Fudan University, China

2015  |  Marryum Kahloon (Bachelor of International Relations / Bachelor of Laws)
Study destination: Fudan University, China