There are a few funding options for your program!
Students generally choose to fund their program through personal savings, working to save up, some help from friends or family members, bank loans or an OS-HELP loan.
You can read more about how to fund your overseas study here!
What is the OS-HELP loan, and how do I apply?
If you’re receiving credit for the program, you may be eligible for the OS-HELP loan!
You can apply for over $6,700, and this is added to your HECS-HELP debt.
You can find the eligibility requirements for that here if you’re not sure whether you’re eligible. You will apply for the loan through your Australian university.
We recommend that you contact your Australian university for more information about your eligibility, the application process, and expected turn around for the loan.
This is paid directly into students’ accounts, so you can use this to fund part of the program fee if you wish.
Please note that your final program fee may be due before you receive the loan. As such, we recommend that students have another option to pay if this is the case.
Are there travel grants or scholarships available for this program?
Some Australian universities also offer their students who are participating in an AIM Overseas or short-term program a travel grant or scholarship towards their overseas study. To find out more, please contact your Australian University’s Study Abroad or International Office.
How much spending money should I budget?
Depending on the program and destination, this amount will differ. To help you figure this out for your program, check out the AIM Overseas Study Overseas Live episode on the left for tips about how to budget for spending money!
How much time do I have outside the scheduled class time?
This varies between programs. Some programs offer free weekends and afternoons, while others have scheduled weekends trips and site visits after class. But don’t fret! There will be plenty of time for you to immerse yourself within the culture and sights of your new city. You can ask your coordinator for recommendations as they will offer great advice about things to do that aren’t too far.
How many students do you accept onto the program?
This also varies between programs. Programs such as those in Oxford and Cambridge may NOT fill up, but other programs have limits due to class sizes, activities and accomodation. To find the maximum number of students for a particular program, check out the program on our website for the details.
Some programs do fill up faster than others. To secure your place on one of these amazing programs, it is important to apply and proceed with your application as soon as possible.
Can I apply with a friend?
Absolutely! We encourage students to bring a friend who is also eligible. It is best to let us know if you are applying with a friend for the same program. This way we can make sure you proceed together so you can both secure a place on a program! We will also do our best to have you stay together at your accomodation if possible.
Inclusions of an AIM Overseas program will vary from program-to-program. Search your program on our website here to find out exactly what is included in your program.
All of our programs will include:
- Site and Cultural visits
- AIM Overseas pre-departure service and support
Do I need travel insurance?
Yes, it is a requirement that all students purchase their own comprehensive travel insurance for the duration of the program.
You may want to check with your Australian university to see if you are automatically covered by their travel insurance!
You may be required to purchase or obtain a visa prior to your departure for your program. This is dependant on the country you are travelling over to.
However, AIM Overseas is not an embassy or a consulate, as such all following information regarding visa should only be taken as advice.
All advice is only relevant to Australian Passport holders. Non Australian passport holders will need to seek the advice of a relevant consulate or embassy to ensure you're correctly entering your host country for your AIM Overseas program.
Make sure to also refer to the Australian Smartraveller website here.