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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 Asia. 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 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 Asia is an invaluable introduction to the region. 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 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.

Our Partner Universities

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

*The University of Queensland is not participating in 2021. Please see here.

“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


Applications Open: 14 September 2020


Applications Close: 18 January 2021 5:00pm AEDT 

Westpac Scholars Summit: TBC

Applications Open for 2022: TBC


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
  • Intending to commence in July/August 2021 for the start of semester at your host university in Asia, with flexibility to defer to July/August 2022 if necessary.

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 China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, provided that there is an exchange agreement in place with your Australian university.

Due to the impacts of COVID-19, these destinations may change over time. If there are changes, the website and all applicants will be updated.

When can I go on exchange?

You should intend to commence your exchange in July/August 2021 for the start of semester at your host university in Asia. Given the uncertainty of the impacts of COVID-19 and international travel, we encourage you to be flexible because you may need to defer your exchange to July/August 2022.

If you have any questions, please email

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2021 applications are now closed. Details for our 2022 Scholarship Program will be online later this year. Register your interest and follow us on social media to stay in the loop. 

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