Studying in Asia and elsewhere

Extra OS-HELP assistance for study in Asia

Students undertaking overseas study in Asia may also be eligible for:

  • an increased maximum OS‑HELP loan amount of $7,764, which is $1,294 more than for other destinations; and
  • a supplementary OS‑HELP loan amount of up to $1,035 to assist with the cost of language study undertaken in preparation for overseas study in Asia. (Note: a supplementary loan amount is added to your OS‑HELP loan for overseas study, and does not count towards the lifetime maximum of two OS‑HELP loans).

To be eligible for the additional assistance, you must be selected for OS‑HELP assistance by your provider.

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OS-HELP and Asian language study

Your Asian language study will need to help you prepare for your overseas study in Asia, and will need to be approved by your higher education provider. Types of Asian language study for which you may be able to receive a supplementary amount could include language subjects undertaken at an Australian or overseas higher education provider or other organisation on an award or non-award basis. Your higher education provider will be able to provide further information about what types of language study it will approve once it has updated its OS‑HELP policy.

However, you will not be able to receive a supplementary amount if your Asian language study is part of a course of study for which you are receiving Commonwealth assistance for the cost of tuition (i.e. you are a Commonwealth supported student for those language units of study and/or you are using a HELP loan to pay for those units of study).

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Asian countries for extra OS-HELP and Asian language study

You will be considered to be undertaking overseas study in Asia if you are undertaking study in at least one of the following countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea), Timor-Leste, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of Korea (South Korea), Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.

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I will take part in a study tour of more than one country. Only one of those countries will be in Asia. Am I eligible for the increased OS-HELP amount and the Asian language study amount?

Yes, if you are selected for an OS‑HELP loan for overseas study and a supplementary amount for Asian language study by your provider and at least one of the countries that you undertake your overseas study in is in Asia.

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Other student mobility grants for international study

In addition to OS-HELP, there are other student mobility grants to support eligible students to undertake overseas study.

The Australia Awards-Endeavour Mobility Grants, together with the Australia Awards-Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships, provide life changing opportunities for Australian and overseas students, and professionals, to access global learning and research opportunities, and to develop global skills and perspectives.

  • Endeavour Grants are made to tertiary education providers. Students should direct their enquiries to their education provider's International Liaison Officer.
  • Individual students may apply for Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships.
  • More information about both of these programs is available at: Endeavour Scholarships, Fellowships and Grants.


The New Colombo Plan is a signature initiative of the Australian Government which aims to lift knowledge of the Indo-Pacific in Australia by supporting Australian undergraduates to study and undertake work placements in the region. Information on the New Colombo Plan is available at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website at: New Colombo Plan.

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