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Exchange in Australia

Aussies never looked so good!

The Waikato OE Team is so excited to be able to offer exchanges in Australia from A Trimester 2022.

Australia may have not originally been on your bucket list but the desire to get on a plane and the opportunity to immerse yourself in another culture will be hard to resist! No, australian culture may not be as diverse as you'd like but we are definitely not cut from the same cloth either! G'day mate vs sweet as bro! Sheep vs. kangaroos. Endless red dirt vs. green rolling hills. Never underestimate how unique both countries are.

Expand your education and boost your career options while being one of the first to travel through Australia's most alluring locations.

Learn more below.

Our Australian exchange partners

University of Newcastle

The University of Newcastle stands as a global leader distinguished by their commitment to equity and excellence. Newcastle itself is one of the most liveable cities in the world. Its thriving harbour is the economic hub of Newcastle and the Hunter Valley region. Newcastle is around around two hours from Sydney, one hour from the Hunter Valley vineyards, and just off the main coastal highway for exploring Australia's many picturesque seaside towns.

Watch this video.

University of Wollongong

Wollongong has worked hard to become one of the world’s most respected young universities. Studying at Wollongong means learning from some of the brightest minds on the planet – recognised globally for their academic excellence. Being Australia’s 9th largest city and just over an hour from Sydney, Wollongong is a vibrant city that offers the perfect Australian lifestyle.

Watch this video.

University of Tasmania

Become an exchange student at the University of Tasmania and take advantage of Tasmania's unique and stunning environment. With 45% of our island State being National Park or World Heritage listed, it is no wonder that some of Tasmania's most breathtaking destinations, including Cradle Mountain and Tasman National Park, feature prominently in the Lonely Planet's 1000 Ultimate Adventures Guide.

Watch this video.

ISEP Australian Programmes 

Disclaimer: we had previously advertised three options available through our exchange partner ISEP: Central Queensland University, La Trobe and Western Sydney University. Unfortunately, these universities are no longer options.

We are looking into alternative Australian university options so that we can offer an option for those students interested specifically in Melbourne. If you have any questions please email [email protected]

Information Sessions

Exchange in Australia Info Session

Watch the recording of the information session the Waikato OE team ran here.

University of Newcastle Info Session (Zoom)

Watch the recording of the information session that was hosted by staff at the University of Newcastle here.

How to Apply

Applications for A Trimester 2022 exchanges to Australia are now open!! The application deadline for A trimester is Wednesday 15 September, 2021. 

You must first apply to Waikato OE for this opportunity, as per the instructions below. (Please do not apply to the Australian univeristies directly).

Ensure you read the important information above before starting an application.


  1. Book an appointment with us before you start your application. Here we can answer any questions about the application process and provide you with further information about your options in Australia. Both in-person and zoom session are available.

  2. Review your academic plan. Make sure you have researched our Australian exchange options (linked below) and picked univeristies that work for you academically.
    Please note: We require you to pick 2 Australian partner universities that interest you. You may be placed at either one of these universities.

  3. Click on the Apply Now button on the exchange programme page of interest.

  4. Login using your Waikato login details and start working through your application. The Waikato OE application is made up of a number of sections. There are some sections that will take more time to complete. A detailed overview is provided in the Waikato OE application itself. You can start your application at anytime and save it in draft until you wish to submit. 

    IMPORTANT: Our Waikato OE application form requires you to select 3 univiersities instead of 2, so just select your second choice as your third as well. This is also the case for the course preference section of the application form - in the text box for the third university choice just write 'NA' (for not applicable).

  5. Submit your application - Waikato OE Exchange applications are reviewed after the relevant application deadline date. An advisor will get in touch with you about what to do next, once you applicaton has been reviewed and processed.