HOW TO APPLY FOR EXCHANGE
Exchange applications for Semester 1, 2023 close tonight 31 May 2022. Here is a guide of the steps you need to follow to apply if you are stuck at the last minute.
1. Determine whether you have room in your degree
The first step to take before undertaking any further research is figuring whether or not you have room in your degree. ANU typically requires you to take a full course load on exchange, which is 24 ANU units. You need to make sure that you have 24 free ANU units that are able to be completed on exchange.
While applying, the various colleges will ask you to prove that you have room available in your degree. Commonly, this is done through a RAID (Room Available in Degree) form. An example for CASS is linked here.
2. Research host universities
Have a look on ANU Global Programs and search what host universities are available for the relevant Semester that correlate with your year level, academic college and GPA. Think about where you would be interested in travelling to. You can do an advanced search here, where you can filter by academic college, city, country, relevant semester, language and more.
3. Look at the Semester dates where you are going
Host universities often have Semester dates that do not align with ANU semesters. It is definitely worth checking what those dates are to see if exchange to a particular university would work for you – for example, the Freie University in Berlin Semesters runs from April to September, and October to March, which could potentially conflict with ANU Semester dates.
4. Check the language requirements at your host university
It is crucial that you check the language requirements for your host university. Even if the Global Programs link says, for example, that you can undertake courses in both French and English at a certain institution, you need to check the level of French required, and also, if you are planning on taking courses in English, that there are courses in your relevant subject area or major that are being taught in English.
5. Undertake credit conversions
When applying for Exchange, ANU Global Programs will require you to determine what the relevant credit conversions are for your host universities. This requires you to figure out how many units at your host university is equivalent to 24 ANU units. Click on the academic credit tab on any ANU Global Programs Host University to see the relevant credit units for your university. An example is linked here.
6. Create a Global Programs login and put in your preferences
Create a Global Programs login at this link here. In your application, you will need to read through various forms, and put in your preferences (and credit conversions) for five of the partner institutions that you want to attend, ranked in order of preference. Global Programs also requires a 300-400 word statement about why you want to go on exchange, why you have chosen your preferences and why you would make a good ANU ambassador.