Short term programs

Short term programs give you the opportunity to travel to incredible locations and gain credit towards your course, all in the summer or winter breaks! Popular with students who want to accelerate their studies or are unable to commit to a semester abroad, these programs are typically between 2-6 weeks and allow you to study 1 or 2 units in a range of locations.

Below you will find short term programs that are specific to your the faculty and/or study area. Students who have electives are able to be more flexible with the programs they choose. The application process may vary depending on your faculty so take a look below to find out more information.

Business and Law

Stanford International Honors Program

Students selected to participate in the Stanford International Honors Program (IHP) spend 8 weeks on campus at Stanford University in California, alongside students from 22 different universities from all over the world. This elite program combines top-notch academics with extracurricular activities, providing students the opportunity to academically excel at one of the most competitive universities in the USA. Expressions of interest for this elite program open in December of each year.

Short Term Exchange

Each break a range of short course opportunities are available through our partner universities, and are advertised during each semester. There are options for undergraduate and postgraduate students in a variety of business-related fields. Advertised programs are eligible for credit within your degree and are all taught in English.
See what opportunities are currently available and apply here.

Study Abroad with a Non-Partner Institution

Found a course at a non-partner university? See if it is eligible for credit by completing the application.

Learn more about short term programs within the Faculty of Business and Law, or contact the Student Engagement team at

Health Science

ZHAW School of Health Professions International Winter School: Winterthur, Switzerland

The ZHAW International Winter School offers a unique opportunity for Swiss and other international students to learn about interprofessional cooperation within the health and social sectors! Students will learn during role plays, study visits and interactive lectures about working together in interprofessional teams, about different health and social systems and about how to sensibly act with clients from different cultures. All of this with the magnificence of the Swiss Winter Mountains as your backdrop!

Find out more


University Scholars Leadership Symposium: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The Government of Malaysia and Humanitarian Affairs Asia is looking for Outstanding Student Leaders from Curtin University to attend the University Scholars Leadership Symposium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Join 1,500 like-minded Young Leaders from more than 100 countries. The electrifying atmosphere at the USLS will ignite your passion for humanity, drive you to step out of your comfort zone, and set your heart on greater causes. It will challenge you to live a life as a servant leader with passion, persistence, patience and purpose. More importantly, it will kindle the flame of humanity deep within you.


International Nursing Student Summer Camp: Chengdu, Sichuan, China

The International Nursing Student Summer Camp runs for two weeks in July. The camp aims at strengthening international exchanges in nursing education, bridging connections of Nursing students from different countries, providing an enriching summer experience, and broadening international perspectives of Nursing students. Sichuan University will cover economy airfare of China domestic flights, two week accommodation and other fees related to the camp.


Curtin-approved third party provider programs

CISaustralia is dedicated to providing university students with innovative, high quality, short-term overseas study, intern and volunteer experiences, while promoting global awareness, inspiring personal growth, and developing engaged world citizens. Experience different healthcare systems while learning from experts in your field of study that gives you a competitive edge!

For more information, click here

Work the World
Work the World specialise in tailoring overseas healthcare placements through Asia, Africa and Latin America. A healthcare placement abroad is a clinical placement you undertake in a fast-paced, low-resource hospital in the developing world. You’ll see a healthcare system totally different from your own, and get experience with conditions and practices you’ve never seen before.

Founded in 2005, they’ve built placements for over 13,000 students from 400+ universities worldwide. They provide a personal, end-to-end service that includes:

Placement customisation (choose your destination and areas of interest) | Comprehensive pre-trip support | 24/7 in-country support team | Private, catered accommodation

For more information, click here

Challenges Abroad
Challenges Abroad Australia provides volunteer experiences and opportunities in worthy communities throughout the world. Sending people to seven countries on projects as varied as our participants, there should be something for everybody with them. Although quite new to Australia, we have been working in the UK for a number of years, meaning they have sent thousands of students and professionals all over the world on exciting volunteering opportunities. What makes Challenges Abroad special is that their trips are designed to bring meaning to travelling and give an experience beyond a traditional tourist excursion to make a real difference in the communities abroad who need it.

For more information, click here.

Please email with your expression of interest for any of the above short term programs.

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Renae B - Winter program in Berlin

Partner Programs Browse through recommended partners for programs that may interest you to complete during the summer or winter break.

If you have electives in your study plan, it may be beneficial that you save this unit to complete a summer or winter program.

AIESEC is the world's' largest youth-led network creating positive impact through personal development and shared global experience. Explore global internships, volunteer opportunities or get involved on campus
The Australian Consortium for In-Country Indonesia Studies (known as ACICIS and pronounced “Ah-chee-chis” as an Indonesian would) offers a range of study options and in-country support to help students gain invaluable first-hand experience of one of the most diverse countries in the world.
Challenges Abroad Australia

Challenges Abroad Australia, CAA, is an Australian social enterprise which offers a range of international, community based, transformational learning programs for university students. CAA offers customised programs that can include inter-disciplinary and degree specific programs; credit bearing work integrated learning placements and practicums; internships; service learning / volunteering programs; and non-credit bearing programs such as employability and leadership programs.
CISaustralia’s programs include traditional studies abroad, as well as international internships, volunteering, short term summer (January) and winter (July) programs. CISaustralia is dedicated to providing Australians (and international students) innovative, high quality short term overseas study, intern and volunteer experiences (for academic credit) while promoting global awareness, inspiring personal growth and developing engaged world
Development Together
Development Together arranges sustainable, ethical, inspiring and supported volunteering, internship and short term mobility opportunities for students and professionals with partners around the world. Their staff can help you to find a volunteer or internship opportunity that suits your skills and abilities.
Nineteen Degrees
Nineteen Degrees operate short term university group placements in Cambodia, India, Laos, Nepal,    Thailand and Vietnam. We work mainly with health faculties as a provider for their international clinical placements (for credit) but can diversify if there is a need and assist and support other faculties as well.
Student Volunteer Placements International Inc (SVPI Inc)
SVPI is a non-profit volunteer organisation based in NSW, Australia.Our aim is to provide volunteer opportunities for adventurous people of all ages, all levels of experience (from students to professionals) to participate in ethical community development projects and health promotion programs throughout Asia. Our speciality is to liaise with universities to develop placement opportunities for students to have an amazing international experience while completing academic course requirements.
The Hacker Exchange
The Hacker Exchange supports universities to help connect curious students to global innovation cities such as San Francisco, Tel Aviv, and Singapore and provides them with current, real-world education – right from the source. The Hacker Exchange flagship program is a tertiary-accredited two-week experience, where students from any academic discipline learn entrepreneurship skills from real founders, visit global tech companies and work towards validating their first startup idea.
Work the World
Work the World provides safe, structured and hassle-free healthcare placements in low-resource settings across Africa, Asia and Latin America. They’ve nurtured strong partnerships with hospitals and clinics in these destinations, which allows them to create bespoke placements taking into account your specific requirements, ambitions and skills. Food, accommodation and language lessons in the Work the World house are included, as well as airport pick-up and 24/7 in-country support throughout your stay. Disciplines include Medicine, Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Radiography/Radiotherapy, Pharmacy and Dentistry.
YMCA Global Study
The YMCA was established in Australia in 1854 and has been supporting young people in Australia ever since. YMCA Global Study was created in 2017 as a practical example of the YMCA fulfilling its belief statement; ‘The YMCA believes in the power of inspired young people.’ YMCA Global Study currently works with a number of university partners to facilitate 3-4 week study abroad programs in the USA, UK, France, Croatia and Japan. We currently offer a portfolio of 14 unique study abroad experience across 6 locations. YMCA Global Study is committed to fulfilling our belief which is why we plan to reinvesting the profits generated from our study abroad programs to support projects and initiatives lead by our alumni that aim to improve the health and wellbeing of young people in Australia.

Apply for a short term program

Application deadlines may vary between projects. Please ensure you allow enough time to lodge your application with Curtin before your chosen programs’ application deadline.