A Breakdown of Endeavour

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What is Endeavour?

Endeavour is the platform you will be using to choose your university preferences and courses you plan study!

Pre-Nomination Process

Application dates

May is the application deadline for exchange in T1 of next year and also the deadline for scholarships. October is the deadline for exchange in  T3 of next year.

Scholarship examples:

  • New Colombo Plan
  • Gail Kelly Scholarship
  • Westpac Asian Exchange

Researching where to go

It can be hard deciding where to go for exchange so here are some factors and tips to break down this process.

  1. Narrow down the region- For example, are you choosing Asia, North America, Europe or a combination of them?
  2. Try to choose a goal for exchange, for example making new friends, learning a new language or challenging yourself
  3. Academics:
    1. Make sure courses you want to do are available during your exchange
    2. Research internship opportunities overseas
    3. Research scholarship opportunities for certain countries
  4. Nona-cademics:
    1. Culture: the food, customs and languages etc.
    2. Location: which campus location since universities have many different campuses  
    3. Societies and clubs available

Documents to prepare and upload on Endeavour   

This is the information you need to prepare on your endeavour platform.


How to preference your universities

Preference your universities by using a hybrid of listing your preferences in order of personal preference and also in order of competitiveness. Refer to the exchange preference picking guide on the student exchange tutorial in Moodle.


Student exchange tutorial on Moodle: password-GlobalEdStud2014

Scholarships: https://student.unsw.edu.au/globalscholarship

After nomination of chosen university

Course approvals

Now is the time to double-check that your course matching will be approved by UNSW to make sure that your credits will be transferred across. As you will be on exchange for one academic year, it’s important to choose at least 10-12 courses or the equivalent of a “Full-time Load” at your exchange university. Using the Endeavour portal, you will need to plan your courses for all six of your university preferences.

UNSW has a ‘Historical Exchange Course Matches’ link which shows you the approved course matches for students in the past two years. This does not guarantee that your courses will be approved if you follow this, but it will be easier to get an idea of the types of courses will most likely be approved for matching in the process.

Here are four steps to break down the process:

    1. Consider what courses you’ll need to complete in your degree structure.
      Ideally, try to choose courses that will contribute to your major so that you can still graduate on schedule!
    2. Determine what a full-time load will be at your university.
      There is a “Partner University – Full Time Course Load” spreadsheet in Course Matching Resources under the Moodle Student Exchange portal.
    3. Research the handbook of your exchange university for courses.
      Google: “university name + course list”Just like UNSW, some courses may only be offered in particular semesters so ensure the courses you need to do are offered during your exchange period.
    4. Match your courses with the UNSW equivalent.
    5. Submit these into Endeavour and send for approval.
      The approval process is there to help you make the most of your time overseas. The worst thing to happen would be to study the courses in your exchange university for a year, only to find out that none of them can be transferred back to your degree at UNSW!

Course Matching

There are two ways to match courses:

  1. Simple-This is where one course at your exchange university equals one course at UNSW. For example, PSY100 at your exchange university = PSYC1001 at UNSW. This is straightforward and works best when the university’s full-time load structure is similar to UNSW’s.
  2. Complex-This is where more than one course at your exchange university might be matched as the equivalent of more than one course at UNSW. Below are some examples to illustrate potential scenarios when this might occur:

a) Multiple courses of the exchange university match one UNSW course.

pic12b) Multiple UNSW courses match one exchange university course.pic13c) Multiple exchange university courses match multiple UNSW courses.pic14pic15d) The full-time load of the exchange university is matched exactly with a full-time load at UNSW. pic16Exchange return date
– Because each university has a different academic calendar, make sure you double check with the new UNSW 3+ calendar when you’ll return from your exchange so that you can coordinate future events e.g. vacationer internships, exams, course enrolments for the new term, program leave if necessary. Here is a spreadsheet that outlines the approximate return dates and load-times for a list of universities. Do not rely completely on this spreadsheet. Do your research!


RETURNED STUDENT QUESTIONNAIRES- surveys from past exchange students from basically all unis!


COMINT TRAVEL BLOG- Tons of student uni reviews, perfect for us!




Endeavour Workshop #1


It’s okay if you missed out on that one. Here’s a second one coming up soon!

Endeavour Workshop #2



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