Scholarships and funding support

Find out how to plan your finances while you’re overseas, and check out financial support options.


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 while on an overseas study experience will vary depending on the duration of your program, 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.

Scholarship application information

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.

In accordance with student travel procedures, air travel for students receiving any of the following scholarships/grants must be booked by Curtin’s Travel Management company. They will liaise with students to book their flights and invoice them directly.

Scholarships available

  • Curtin International Mobility Scholarships – 2 x $2000 each
    Awarded to student(s) accepted at a host university that can best articulate how the experience will contribute to their employability and personal development.
    Applications for semester 1, 2021 open in late 2020.
  • Curtin International Finance Assistance Mobility Scholarships – 2 x $3000 each
    Developed to assist students who may otherwise not have an opportunity to participate in the exchange program due to financial hardship.
    Applications for semester 1, 2021 open in late 2020.
  • New Colombo Plan (NCP) Mobility Grants
    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 eligible Australian undergraduates to study and undertake internships in the region.
  • New Colombo Plan (NCP) Scholarship
    The New Colombo Plan (NCP) Scholarship Program provides eligible individual student applicants the opportunity to undertake long term study and work experience in the Indo-Pacific region. Each university nominates up to 10 students to the NCP and they will receive the invitation to apply. This is a quite prestigious scholarship. Shortlisted candidates will attend interviews at Canberra as part of the selection process. Applications for the NCP Scholarship in 2021 will open approximately in August 2020.


Other financial help


OS Help is a Commonwealth Government funded loan established to assist eligible students with expenses associated with overseas study. Learn about eligibility and the application process.


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

Centrelink will require a letter from Curtin 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 and finish dates
  • that your exchange study will be credited to your Curtin degree.

We will provide students with an exchange confirmation letter that can be submitted to Centrelink after your attendance at pre-departure session 2, and your travel documentation has been submitted. 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.