Westpac Asian Exchange Scholarship

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Westpac Asian Exchange Scholarship


High School Leaver
Indigenous Australians
available for 1 year
Aus Citizen / Aus Permanent Resident
See below
For commencement Term 3 2022
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Westpac Bicentennial Foundation is encouraging aspiring leaders who are passionate about strengthening ties with Asia to apply for the Westpac Asian Exchange Scholarship.

The Westpac Asian Exchange Scholarship supports young Australians to become Asiacapable leaders, with a desire to strengthen ties between Australia and Asia, and actively contribute to Australia?s success in the region. Scholars undertake a university-approved exchange program, as well as immersive opportunities including internships, volunteering, intensive language courses in Asia. The Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students who are undertaking a half or full year exchange in Asia.

Students need to apply to the Westpac Bicentennial Foundation for the Scholarship and must also apply for and be accepted into the UNSW Exchange Program.

Term 3 2022 UNSW exchange applications are now open and close by the 29 October. While we are hopeful in-person exchange for the second half of 2022 can go ahead, there is no guarantee travel will be possible. Please plan for both in-person and virtual exchange.
To be eligible, applicants must:
  • Be an Australian Citizen or Australia Permanent Resident; and
  • Be enrolled in an undergraduate degree course at UNSW Australia and have completed at least 72 UOC at the start of your exchange; and
  • Be eligible for and applying/ applied to go on Exchange in the second half of 2022 to a partner university in:
    • Mainland China
    • Hong Kong
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • Taiwan
    • Singapore
  • Submit your Exchange application (https://student.unsw.edu.au/exchangetutorial ) by 29 October 2021.
  • Maintain a minimum of a credit average at the time of application and through the selection process
  • Not currently be holding or intending to hold another merit based scholarship for the purpose of tertiary study in Asia (eg New Colombo Plan).
  • Intending to commence in July/August 2022 for the start of Term at your host university in Asia

Scholarships are open to students from all walks of life, who have the passion, ideas and drive to be an advocate for Australia's relationship with Asia. Westpac Asian Exchange Scholars will demonstrate the following:
  • A clear understanding of Asia's role in Australia's future prosperity.
  • A desire to learn about a specific Asian culture, language, tradition or business through a combination of academic study and cultural immersion.
  • The potential and ambition to contribute to strengthening Australia-Asia in their future endeavours.
  • A genuine desire to be an active member of the Westpac 100 Scholars Network.


Click here to apply for this scholarship: Westpac Asian Exchange Scholarship Application.

Applications close 5pm AEDT, Monday 29 November 2021.

Key Dates

29 October 2021
UNSW Exchange Applications Close
29 November 2021
Westpac Applications Close
Scholars Summit, Sydney
Exchange begins Term 3, 2022 (Australian Semester Timing)
Leadership Development Program

Students will be initially selected by the Exchange Scholarships committee and shortlisted to Westpac.