Future students

International Exchange

The following information is for overseas students wishing to undertake a study exchange at the Academy of Design Australia. Academy students wishing to undertake a study exchange overseas can find the relevant application form here.



Who can apply?

Students currently enrolled in design courses at institutions with a formal exchange agreement in place with the Academy. (The full list is available on our Affiliations page.) Applicants should be above average students who will be mid-way through their degree program at the time of the exchange.

How do I apply?

  • First check with your home institution that they will support your application.
  • Next complete the Academy of Design Exchange Application for Overseas Students (available at the bottom of this page) and submit this via your home institution’s study abroad office, together with:
  • Letter of recommendation from your home institution
  • Transcript of your Academic results
  • Your portfolio (under 10MB for emailed version)
  • Photocopy of personal details section of your passport.

(Please note that the Academy requires international students to have an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent, in line with Australian visa regulations.)

Deadline for applications

  • Semester 1 - apply by mid-December (commence mid-February) 
  • Semester 2 - apply by mid-June (commence end of July).

What happens next?

Once approved by both your home institution and the Academy, you will:

  • Be enrolled in agreed units and complete enrolment forms
  • Be required to submit evidence of student health care cover
  • Apply for a Student Visa - click here for further information. The Academy will supply you with an ECoE to facilitate your application
  • Begin your adventure!