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

Go Global Health Science clinical and community placements

This award-winning international student mobility program enables you to work alongside your peers from other health sciences disciplines, all while experiencing the unique culture of the region. Currently, you can apply to undertake your placement in Cambodia, China, India, Nepal, Thailand and Vietnam.

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Other Programs

Go Global Health Science offers short term programs which have a focus in the area of health. These international programs offer students an excellent opportunity to undertake mobility experiences outside of Australia in an area related to their field of study. The culturally rich and diverse environments allow students to gain an understanding of the issues and developments surrounding international health globally.

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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.