Asian Exchange Scholarship

The Westpac Asian Exchange Scholarship supports undergraduates eager to contribute to Australia’s success in Asia

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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.


Introducing global leadership development  

An exciting new feature of the Westpac Asian Exchange Scholarship is a bespoke 10 month 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 an Asian city to allow you to deeply immerse yourself in an issue prevalent to the Asian region, with access to senior leaders and subject matter experts.

The Leadership Development Program is open to Westpac Asian Exchange Scholars selected after January 2017.


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.


Our Partner Universities

We have partnered with eight leading Australian universities to deliver the Asian Exchange Scholarship.


Key dates

Mon 26 Sep: Applications open

Sun 15 Jan: Applications close
Tue 31 Jan - Sun 5 Feb: Shortlisted candidates complete video interview
Fri 17 Feb:  Notified of outcome
6-7 April: Westpac Scholars’ Summit
August: Leadership Development Program

There is no substitute for in-country experience to help build cultural sensitivity and understanding.

Natalie Cope , Partnerships and Development Manager, Asialink, Westpac Asian Exchange Ambassador



Who can apply?

Scholarship applicants must be:

  • 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 2017


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 Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong and Singapore,  provided that  there is an exchange agreement in place with your Australian university.

A world Australians need to be part of.



Having already experienced an Asian Exchange experience, our ambassador, Natalie Cope, understands the benefits a Westpac Asian Exchange Scholarship can provide. 

Natalie Cope

Westpac Asian Exchange Ambassador 
CEO NSW Branch, Australia China Business Council 

Natalie is a strong supporter of the benefits of exchange programs and has herself participated in a number of exchanges, including Mandarin studies at Shanghai International Studies University, Asian Legal Studies at the Kuala Lumpur campus of Monash University in Malaysia, and law and business studies in Hawaii and Mexico. She has also completed Mandarin language studies at Tsinghua University, Beijing. Previously practising as a lawyer in Hong Kong and Beijing, Natalie is passionate about supporting young professionals interested in contributing to Australia-Asia relations. She maintains this commitment through her involvement as a founding member, and current non-executive director of the Australia-China Youth Dialogue and with ongoing active involvement with the Australia-China Young Professionals Initiative. Under the Asialink Business banner, she is also driving the development of a platform to further support and nurture Australia's Next Generation of Asia Capable leaders. 

Natalie has a Bachelor of Arts and Law (Honours) from Monash University and was recently named Australia’s Top Emerging Leader and MBA Scholar by AFR BOSS and Sydney University, receiving the Emerging Leaders MBA Scholarship by the University of Sydney Business School and The Australian Financial Review’s BOSS Magazine. In her spare time, you can find her surfing with dolphins at her local breaks on the North Shore of Sydney and or skating the Manly Corso. 

Enquire now

Enquire now

Applications for the 2017 Westpac Asian Exchange Scholarships are now closed. Applications will open again in mid-2017 for semester 2 2018 exchange students.

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