Short term global experiences

Short term global experiences give you the opportunity to travel to incredible locations and gain credit towards your course, all in your semester break! Popular with students who are unable to commit to a semester abroad, short term programs are typically between 2-6 weeks and allow student to study 1-2 units for credit in a range of locations.

Curtin students at Stanford
Students who participated in the 2019 Stanford International Honors Program

Stanford International Honors Program

Students selected to participate in the Stanford International Honors Program (IHP) will spend 8 weeks on campus at Stanford University in California, alongside students from 22 different universities from all over the world. This elite program combines top-notch academics with extracurricular activities, providing students the opportunity to academically excel at one of the most competitive universities in the USA. IHP courses feature small class sizes, accessible world-class instructors, and the choice of more than 30 courses.

Faculty of Business and Law students of all majors are encouraged to apply. Expressions of interest for this program open in December each year, with selection finalised in February.

Read more about the application process

Short courses

Interested in studying overseas during the study breaks, while gaining credit towards your course? There are short course opportunities with Curtin’s partner universities all over the world, in a large range of disciplines. These are usually offered during the semester breaks, and opportunities will be advertised during each semester.

There are options available for undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Please note all current offerings are delivered in a virtual learning format.

See what’s on offer over the upcoming break (December 2020 – February 2021)!

Aalto University School of Business

Aalto University Business School Winter Studies

Choose from a range of intensive courses on various topics in international business, based in Finland.

Module 6 (4 – 22 January)

  • Investments and Portfolio Management
  • Brand Management
  • Strategic Design Management
  • Tools for Data Analysis

Module 7 (25 January – 12 February)

  • Business Consulting in the Global Economy

Module 8 (15 February – 5 march)

  • Corporate Finance
  • Digital Marketing Strategies
  • International Business Strategy
  • Global Supply Networks

Course Structure: 45 contact hours plus private study and team-based groupwork per course, delivered via Zoom. Each course will culminate in a final exam. Some courses have prerequisites – please check the syllabus for more information.
Program Fee: No fee for nominated exchange students
Nomination Deadline: 30 November

Toulouse Business School Winter Program

Toulouse Business School Winter Program
TBS are a top ranked French university offering a range of short courses with a focus on European economics, finance, marketing and entrepreneurship. Each course is equivalent to one unit at Curtin and students may take up to TWO units for credit.

Undergraduate courses on offer:

  • International Human Resources & Cross Cultural Team Management
  • International Banking & Finance
  • Entrepreneurship & innovation (currently full – waitlists apply)
  • Digital Transformation
  • Product Marketing and Communication in Europe during an Uncertain Economy

Final year undergraduate and postgraduate courses on offer:

  • Advanced Digital Marketing
  • Strategic Management in Europe

Dates: 25 January – 5 February, final assessments take place on 10 February
Course Structure: Daily classes held via ZOOM and Microsoft TEAMS, 2.5 hours in length. Lectures will be uploaded to accommodate different time zones. Teaching will be broken up into 2 Course Groups.
Program Fee: 1 Course €580, 2 Courses €1080
Nomination Deadline: 11 December

Mannheim Business School Postgraduate Winter School

Mannheim Business School Postgraduate Winter School

Become acquainted with German business practices and culture, network with industry experts, and delve into one of the world’s largest and most successful economies.

Modules on offer:

  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • Sustainability & Ecological Awareness
  • Introduction to the World of Big Data & Analytics

Students must take a minimum of 2 modules to receive credit, suitable for postgraduate students
Dates: 4 – 22 January 2021
Program Fee: €890 for two modules
Application Deadline: 
30 November

ISCTE Lisbon Winter School

ISCTE Lisbon Winter School

Course on offer: Cross Cultural Communication and Negotiation
Dates: 4 – 22 January 2021
Program Fee: €700
Application Deadline: 30 November

WHU European Bachelor Summer Program

WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management European Summer Program
Specifically designed for Australian business students, take this amazing chance to learn more about the international business world in Europe.
The program involves a combination of social events and academic modules, including:

  • The European Union & the Euro
  • Entrepreneurship from a European Perspective
  • The Relevance of Family Business in Europe
  • Germany History and Society in a European Context

Dates: 17 – 29 January 2021
Program Fees: €125
Nomination Deadline: 1 December

WHU MBA Summer Program

WHU MBA Summer Program
The WHU Online MBA European Summer Program is a two-week course on ‘The Changing Environment for International Business in Europe’ that is specifically designed for MBA students who are interested in International Business, Finance, and Corporate Strategy.

By participating in the online short-term program, you will have the opportunity to attend interactive live class meetings and work together with students from different locations via virtual breakout sessions.

Dates: 10 – 22 May 2021
Program Fees: €125
Nomination Deadline: 1 March 2021

MCI Innsbruck Winter Program

MCI Innsbruck Winter Program
Courses on offer:

  • Innovation & Start-up
  • Business Ethics
  • Digital Entrepreneurship
  • Digital Marketing
  • Austrian Cultural and Intercultural Atlas

Students must take a minimum of TWO courses to receive credit

Dates: 1 – 19 February 2021
Program Fee: No fee for nominated exchange students
Nomination Deadline: 3 December 2020

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MBA students exploring Norway whilst undertaking a short course in 2019

“The campus is located close to the Bergen city centre, near the water with student accommodation within walking distance. The lecturers and staff are very passionate about what they do and are always happy to help. We enjoyed a welcome dinner and some outings on the weekend which helped us mingle and get to know the local culture. I made some great friends from around the world, and I plan to meet up with them here in Australia! Norway is a beautiful country, I enjoyed some great hikes through the mountains. Food was fantastic, we had salmon and reindeer, and great coffee too! This trip broadened my horizons and I met some amazing people from different cultures – it definitely has enhanced my ability to communicate better in different contexts. I wish it had been longer!”

– Cathy Cheng, MBA
NHH Summer Program 2019

Study Tours

The Faculty of Business and Law run a number of tours throughout the year. Some are discipline specific, others are faculty wide and open to all students.

Malaysia Study Tour

Study business from a global perspective in Malaysia! This years tour will visit Curtin’s Malaysia campus in Miri, Sarawak, and the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. Compare and contrast the two locations by engaging with industry leaders, hearing from guest speakers and undertaking cultural immersion activities such as an overnight homestay in a local village.
Themes covered include international economics, sustainability, tourism marketing, entrepreneurship, indigenous issues and cross-cultural communication.
Suitable for undergraduate final year Commerce students studying all majors.

Dates for 2020: 21 November – 4 December (subject to change)
Up to $3000 in New Colombo Plan funding available for eligible students
Express your interest now!

Dubai Study Tour

Study business from a global perspective in the United Arab Emirates at Curtin Dubai and receive 25 credit points towards your degree. Students will visit the cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, be exposed to local and government industry, take classes on campus and undertake cultural immersion activities such as a Bedouin Desert Safari. The tour will also coincide with the EXPO 2020 – an international festival on a global scale, showcasing the best nations have to offer from around the world.
Themes covered include innovation and start-up, entrepreneurship, finance, banking, international marketing, international trade and cross-cultural communication.
Suitable for undergraduate final year Commerce students studying all majors.

Dates for 2021: January (exact dates TBA)
Express your interest now!

Singapore Study Tour

An exciting new tour for 2020! Spend 10 days exploring one of Asia’s biggest international trading and commerce hubs! Undertake sessions at Curtin’s Singapore campus, engage with local industry and immerse yourself in the city’s rich cultural diversity.
Suitable for undergraduate final year Commerce students studying all majors.

Dates: TBA
Express your interest now!

India Innovation and International Business Study Tour

The tour will feature visits to four cities: Mumbai, India’s international business, finance and commerce hub; Bangalore, India’s innovation and start-up capital; Delhi; the national capital and seat of the government; and Agra, the home of the Taj Mahal. As one of the world’s most promising emerging economies, the India tour will include visits to innovative Indian and overseas multinational corporations, emerging start-ups and venture capital firms and feature academic discussions and workshops at world class higher education institutions like the Indian Institute of Management and the Indian Institute of Technology. Moreover, the program will also provide students with a cultural immersion experience with introductory Hindi language classes and visits to cultural and historic sites including the Taj Mahal.

Dates: April 2021 (exact dates TBA)
Up to $3000 in New Colombo Plan funding available for eligible students
Contact: Dr Subra Ananthram,

Silicon Valley Study Tour

Join Curtin Business School’s 10-day professional experience study tour to Silicon Valley and other Californian start-up, business and education hotspots. Learn from passionate senior executives about how their companies continue to grow globally, participate in interactive workshops facilitated by some of the world’s top universities, and gain insights into how Silicon Valley’s entrepreneurial culture champions innovation. If you are a current Curtin postgraduate student, an eligible undergraduate student, or a business professional looking to learn more about international business, innovation and entrepreneurship, you’re invited to apply!

Dates: TBA

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Tourism and Hospitality Study Tour – School of Marketing

The Tourism and Hospitality Study Tour is a yearly international study tour which enables participating students to collect first-hand and real-world experience in prominent tourism destinations. Students gain insight into the operation of important attraction points and get to discuss face-to-face with tourism and hospitality providers. Usually, students also have the opportunity to work on an industry-supported project in the destination country. Past and current projects included working on geotourism with the UNESCO World Heritage Dolomites Foundation in the world-famous Dolomites mountains in Italy or working with the Apsara Authority in Cambodia to improve the visitation experience at Angkor Wat, the biggest religious complex in the World.
Students majoring in Tourism and Hospitality are given priority, but other students may be able to participate as well.

Contact: Michael Volgger,

Tax Study Tour - Curtin Law School

The International Tax Study Tour is offered on a bi-annual basis and allows students and experienced taxation lecturers to travel to various countries throughout the world and to explore their taxation systems. This allows for an in-depth comparison of the world taxation systems in particular with a comparison to that of the Australia Taxation System. The countries vary each study tour but since its inception, the tour has travelled to London, Paris, Rome, Denmark, Berlin, Vienna, Amsterdam, Belgium and the USA. The benefits to students are not also the educational aspects of the study tour but to share their passion of learning with a group of like-minded students. The study tour runs in the semester break in July and travel is for approximately 30 days and is a 25 point credit unit.

Contact: Annette Morgan,

China Business Study Tour

Available to Curtin MBA students, Curtin MBA alumni and Curtin Ignition alumni – Read more

Ghent Law Study Tour - Curtin Law School

Available to Curtin Law students – Read more

Students on the Malaysia Study Tour in 2019

“I had never heard of Miri before the tour and wasn’t sure what to expect, but can say that it was definitely the highlight of my degree. We got to trek through the jungle, climb through caves and stay in a traditional longhouse with the Iban tribe. The staff from the Miri campus were extremely knowledgeable and passionate about their disciplines, and arranged for us to visit local businesses such as an agro-forestry farm and Miri Council Green Hub. We ate some amazing food at the markets and experienced the culture first hand by taking a Batik painting class. Miri is not touristy at all so you can be sure to have real experience. There’s also a great bar called Ming’s! Mix in a legendary group, and I can say that these are memories that will stay with me for the rest of my life.”

– Marcus Sharp,
International Business & International Relations
Malaysia Study Tour 2019

Study abroad short courses with a non-partner institution

Have you found a course you’d like to do at a non-partner institution? This includes many universities in China, such as Shanghai International Studies University (SISU) Summer and Winter programs, and the Beijing Institute of Technology’s (BIT) ACCP programs. If so, please complete an application to see if your course will qualify for credit towards your degree.