Asian Exchange Scholarship

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Are you curious about what Asia has to offer? Aside from its economic potential, it remains one of the most exciting regions in the world. Our Asian Exchange Scholarships will immerse you in everything this region– ultimately forging long lasting and meaningful relationships between the next generation of young Australian and Asian leaders.

“China is truly amazing. There is much opportunity for those with great ideas who are willing to venture beyond the confines of their comfort zone.” - 2018 Westpac Asian Exchange Scholar, Mitchell Francis.

Up to two semesters in China, Japan or Singapore. One experience of a lifetime. That’s the promise of our Asian Exchange Scholarship. And unlike most scholarships, this one is designed to give you the leadership skills that can help shape your future. It’s a genuine cultural experience to open your mind, develop your thinking, and offer you networking opportunities with some of the best Australia-Asia thought leaders and support networks. 

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Get ready to make it your own.

So what’s the deal? Well, for starters we’ll invest $12,000 in your studies for up to two semesters in Asia. But what makes our Asian Exchange Scholarships so unique is our bespoke leadership development program. For many, our one-week residential experience in Shanghai is an invaluable introduction to Asia. It won't just prepare you for your exchange, it’ll give you insights into the social and political context of Asia – essential skills you’ll need to live and work in the region.

You’ll also be encouraged to make the most of your scholarship with ‘plug-in’ experiences like language courses, internships and volunteering.

We’ve already done the networking
for you.

As a Westpac Asian Exchange Scholar, you’ll become part of the Westpac 100 Scholars Network. Lifelong membership to this network gives you access to one of Australia’s most diverse meetings of like-minds. Drawing on the Scholars’ strong sense of purpose and desire to collaborate, the network is designed to be inspiring, influential and a life-long learning experience.

What does it take to be an Asian Exchange Scholar?

Ambition, relentless curiosity, and a passion to forge deep regional bonds between Australia and Asia. But above all else, a generosity of spirit. We’re looking for people who think big picture, beyond themselves. We’re offering up to 40 Scholarships in 2020, and are looking for full time undergraduates with a minimum credit average. If you’ve got inspiration, drive and ideas to bring to this scholarship, what are you waiting for?

Your future in Asia might be closer than you think.

“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”

Key dates


2021 Application dates coming soon.



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, 2020

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.

*In light of recent events in Hong Kong, this destination will no longer be eligible for Westpac Scholars wishing to go on exchange in 2020. China and Singapore are still eligible destinations, and we are currently evaluating alternative options to Hong Kong. We’ll publish an update shortly. If you have any questions, please email

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 Applications for 2020 scholarships have now closed. Applications for 2021 will open in June 2020. 

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