Asian Exchange Scholarship

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About the Asian Exchange Scholarship

Do you want to be part of the Asian Century?

The rise of Asia presents a unique opportunity for Australia. With this rapid growth in economic power and influence in our region, Australia is well placed to contribute to, and benefit from, the growth opportunities right on our doorstep. A greater understanding of Asian culture, markets and languages will be vital to build stronger business and cultural connections across the region.

Australia will need future leaders connected to those markets, and Asia-literacy will be critical to harness these opportunities in our region.

Build your own adventure with a Westpac Asian Exchange Scholarship

Valued at $12,000, the scholarship supports undergraduates who are interested in Asia, and want to actively contribute to Australia's success in Asia in their chosen field.

As a scholarship recipient you will be given the opportunity to spend up to two semesters studying at a leading Asian University. You will be encouraged to build your own adventure by having the freedom and flexibility to individualise your exchange and enhance your experience through a range of opportunities beyond the classroom. This may be a local internship, volunteering, work experience or intensive language course to enrich your Asian adventure.

Global leadership development

An exciting feature of the Westpac Asian Exchange Scholarship is the immersive Leadership Development Program.

Incorporating online and face-to-face components, you will increase key employability skills vital to the future of work, further develop cultural intelligence, extend your networks, and strengthen targeted leadership capabilities for a globalised world.

This unique learning experience will include four days in Shanghai to allow you to deeply immerse yourself in an issue prevalent to the Asian region, with access to senior leaders and subject matter experts.

“Having the opportunity to live and study in Asia, make real connections with locals and be supported through the Westpac Scholars network has empowered me to pursue my passion of preserving cultural heritage in a rapidly globalising world”

So much more than just an exchange

In addition to the Leadership Development Program, you will have a unique opportunity to be a lifelong member of the Westpac 100 Scholars Network, attend the annual Westpac Scholars' Summit and connect with your local Westpac Asia office.

W100 Scholars Network:

As a Westpac Scholar, you will become a member of the Westpac 100 Scholars Network. Growing by 100 scholars each year, from all five programs, the network offers a unique opportunity for networking, mentorship, collaboration, and learning and development opportunities for life.

Westpac Scholars' Summit:

This is your opportunity to find out what it really means to be a Westpac Scholar. An annual event that brings together Westpac Scholars from across all five scholarship programs to participate in tailored workshops, hear from business and academic luminaries, and form connections with fellow scholars.

Westpac Buddies:

Once arriving in your host Asian city, you will be invited to attend a Westpac Welcome Event. This is your chance to meet those in the local office, including your Westpac Buddies. Westpac Buddies will be available to share their networks, experiences and insights on professional development, cross-cultural communication and local knowledge about the city you are studying in.

“While the financial element of the scholarship is great, the non-financial benefits are absolutely fantastic. I really thrive from being a part of a strong community, and that’s exactly what the Westpac Scholars Network is. It inspired me abroad and continues to do so.”

Key dates


Applications for Semester 2, 2019 open June 2018. 

11 January 2019: Applications close.


February 2019: Notification of outcome

Exchange begins Semester 2, 2019 (Australian Semester Timing)

August 2019: Leadership Program


Who can apply?

  • An Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • Studying full time at a participating Australian university (all fields of study are eligible)
  • Enrolled in second year or beyond when commencing their exchange
  • Holding a minimum of a credit average
  • Intending to do a one or two semester exchange, commencing in Semester 2, 2019

Who are we looking for?

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.

Where can I study in Asia?

You can attend any university in the regions of mainland China, Hong Kong and Singapore, provided that there is an exchange agreement in place with your Australian university.

More Questions? Go to our FAQs

Apply now

We will be awarding up to 40 Westpac Asian Exchange Scholarships for Semester 2, 2019. 

Applications are open until midnight, 31 December 2018.

Click here to apply

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