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Curtin University

OS-HELP - 2017

Status: Open
Applications open: 09/01/2017
Applications close: 24/11/2017

About this scholarship

Description/Applicant information

OS-HELP is a financial assistance initiative introduced by the Commonwealth to assist eligible students with a range of expenses for the purpose of overseas study.

OS-HELP allows eligible students to access a loan to help with the cost of studies undertaken overseas (travel, living expenses or tuition fees), as part of their Australian degree.

Student type
  • Current Students
  • Health Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Science & Engineering
  • Centre for Aboriginal Studies
  • Curtin Business School
Course type
  • Undergraduate
  • Postgraduate Coursework
Specifically for
  • Curtin students wanting to study overseas

Non-gender specific

  • New Zealand Citizen
  • Australian Citizen
  • Permanent Humanitarian Visa
Scholarship base
  • Need Based

Students may receive loans for up to two non-overlapping six month study periods in 2017. This amount may be used to help with a range of expenses such as airfares and accommodation.

For 2017, the maximum of an OS-HELP loan for a six-month study period is:

  • Non-Asian Countries - $6,567
    • e.g. going to the US, UK, Canada, Sweden etc
  • Asian Countries - $7,880
    • e.g. going to China, Malaysia, India etc.
  • Asian Language Supplementary Amount - $1,050
  • Applicants under-taking an Asian language study in preparation for study in Asia can apply for an additional supplementary amount of $1,050. (Thus students going to Asia may receive up to $8,930).

^Please note the above amounts may be capped for study tours, short-courses, internships and summer-schools, where the overseas study period is less than six-months.

*These amounts are indexed on 1 January each year.

Eligible courses

Overseas study including:

  • Short Courses
  • Study Tours
  • Placements
  • Internships
  • Summer School
  • Exchange
Eligibility criteria

Applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible to apply for an OS-HELP Loan in 2017:

  • Australian citizen, Permanent Humanitarian Visa holder or New Zealand citizen who meets the criteria will be able to access Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) loans. (Further information for NZ citizens available on document attached - top right of this page)
  • Enrolled in a Commonwealth Supported Place at Curtin University
  • Not received an OS‑HELP Loan in relation to more than one other period of 6 months
  • Completed a minimum of 200 credits towards current course of study at Curtin University (this may include CRL)
  • Academic status of good standing
  • Will have a minimum of 25 credits remaining for current course of study at Curtin University upon returning from overseas study
  • Study will be outside of Australia
  • Study will be full-time whilst overseas 
  • Have a Tax File Number
  • Either receive credits, log book hours or accreditation for overseas study or overseas study is in alignment with current course of study (internships) or overseas study has been organised and endorsed by Curtin University (study tours) 
  • Application is received by the Scholarships Office before the conclusion of the applicants study program


OS-HELP Loan for study in Asia - additional eligibility requirements:

  • Study is being undertaken at a University in Asia
  • If overseas study is across multiple countries, majority of overseas study must be undertaken in Asia 


For the purposes of the loan scheme, the Government considers the following countries to be part of Asia:

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, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of Korea (South Korea), Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam.


Asian Language Study Loan - additional eligibility requirements:

  • Asian Language Study must not be taken as part of a course of study leading to a higher education award (you may use the loan for preparatory language study and enrol in language units at Curtin University, which are not part of your degree and thus not credited to your degree)
  • Curtin University must approve that the language study is appropriate preparation for your overseas study in Asia with respect to course requirements
  • If the Asian language study is not undertaken at Curtin University, you must provide evidence that you are undertaking the Asian language study at a recognised institution. (Approved by Curtin University)
  • The language you will be learning is spoken in the country of your overseas study
  • The language study is relevant to your overseas study
  • The language study must have been undertaken prior to the main overseas study period

Please Note:

  • Asian Language Study component cannot be held exclusively. This loan may only be held in addition to the OS-HELP Loan for study in Asia.
  • If you are commencing your Asian language study more than six months before the commencement of your overseas study, you may apply for a supplementary amount after you have commenced the language study, provided that you have not completed that study at the time you apply
  • Students below are not eligible for the OS-HELP Loan:
    • Enrolled through OUA
    • Enrolled in a not-for-degree course


How to apply

Application process

Application steps:


  1. Complete the OS-HELP application form (available from top right hand side of this page when OS-HELP is open for application)
  2. Return the completed form with supporting documentation to the Scholarships Office (submission options below)
  3. Application will be assessed by the Scholarships Office
  4. Scholarships Office will send the outcome of your application via your student email within 4 to 6 weeks (If you have not consented to email notification, the outcome letter and Terms and Conditions will be sent via post to the postal address listed on your application form)

If your application is eligible, you will be required to:


  1. Submit an eCAF via your student OASIS using the instructions sent with your offer email/letter
  2. Set up your bank details through your student Oasis using the instructions sent with your offer email/letter

Please note: OS-HELP offers lapse within 30 days of offer date. You must accept your offer by submitting an eCAF and setting up your bank details within 30 days of your OS-HELP offer date. If your offer lapses, you may be required to re-apply for the loan.

Payment will be made into you nominated bank account within approximately 4 weeks of eCAF submission.

Please note that the above turn-around times are based on your application being complete - that is, all required documentation has been provided.

Incomplete applications/missing documentation may result in delays to your application being processed.

Submission Options:

Scholarships Office
Building 101, Level 1
Curtin University

Curtin University
Scholarships Office


Applications for 2017 close Friday 24th November 2017.


Need more information?

Scholarships Office


T: (08) 9266 2992


Student Exchange Office


T: (08) 9266 4059


Study Exchange Information Sessions (during semester only)
Website here.


Need help?

There is plenty of useful information on the Application Guidelines page. Some other useful tools are:

Application form



2017_OS-HELP Booklet ACC.pdf



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