Exchange Programs

If you love travel, ICMS offers you some amazing opportunities to gain an international study experience while studying your degree! Through our exchange program (study abroad opportunities work in just the same way), you can study at one of our partner universities in the USA, Switzerland or Germany. It’s a great way to get some international experience on your resume, make new friends, enhance your personal development, and learn about another culture.

Study overseas at an ICMS partner university and gain academic credit. You can choose from a wide range of courses offered, many which may not be offered at ICMS.  Regardless of what you are studying, there is an exchange program to suit you. As exchange is part of your degree, it does not add time onto your program. You remain enrolled full time at ICMS and at the end of your exchange, your studies overseas will be credited towards your degree. If you are on exchange you won’t be required to pay tuition fees at the partner university, making exchange both time and cost effective. 

Exchange Programs

Where can you go on exchange?

Institution Country Area of study GPA requirement
San Francisco State University USA Business management, Hospitality management 2.5/4.0
Johnson & Wales University USA Business management, Event management, Hospitality management, International tourism, Sports management, Property Management 2.5/4.0

 

San Francisco State University (SFSU)

San Francisco has been consistently acclaimed as one of the top ten visitor destinations in the world. Its growing hospitality industry is the city’s largest employer. At the heart of this dynamic setting is the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management, within the School of Business at San Francisco State University.

San Francisco State University (SFSU) is located near the Pacific Ocean in the calm south-western quadrant of San Francisco. SFSU was founded in 1899 and is a public University with over 30,000 students. SFSU has over 2,000 international students from 96 different countries.

ICMS students who are eligible, can take a semester of study at SFSU in the USA springtime. SFSU offers students the chance to take 4 classes in Hospitality or Business and have them transfer back to your degree at ICMS.

 

Johnson & Wales University (JWU)

Johnson & Wales University (JWU) was founded in 1914 in Providence, Rhode Island. JWU has over 17,000 students spread across 4 campuses. The largest campus is in Providence which is located just a 45 minute drive from Boston and a 3 hour drive to New York City. Other campus locations include North Miami, Denver and Charlotte.

JWU offers the largest Hospitality program in the USA, however they also specialise in Retail Marketing, International Business, Culinary Arts, Sports Entertainment and Event Management.

Students across all majors at ICMS, if eligible, are able to study a semester at JWU and have 4 classes credit towards your ICMS degree. You can go in either the USA Spring or Autumn each year.

Study Abroad Program

Study Abroad at César Ritz Colleges

Institution Country Area of study GPA requirement
César Ritz Colleges Switzerland Hospitality management, International tourism 2.5/4.0

ICMS offers Hospitality and Tourism students the opportunity to study abroad in Switzerland. Study abroad means that you enrol at César Ritz Colleges for 1 or 2 semesters and pay the fees that are requested by César Ritz Colleges. You will be on leave of absence from ICMS but will remain as a registered student while you are studying at César Ritz Colleges.

ICMS has been affiliated with César Ritz Colleges since 1996. César Ritz was founded in 1981 and has campuses Geneva at Le Bouveret, Lucerne and Brig, Switzerland. César Ritz remains one of the most respected providers of international hospitality education, offering an equivalent curriculum to that offered at ICMS. Teaching at César Ritz is in English and provides an opportunity to really immerse yourself in a different culture steeped in the traditions of Swiss hospitality.
 

Finances

It is important to plan your finances. As a general rule, you should be able to show that you will have at least AUD$2,200 available to you for every month of the exchange. You will need to cover your living expenses, including accommodation, travel and food. Living costs vary according to your destination. Visit the international students sections of the partner institution websites to find out more about the cost of living, specific to each city.

Exchange

Tuition fees and enrolment – As an exchange student you do not pay tuition fees to your host university. Instead, you continue to pay tuition to ICMS. A student exchange program constitutes a full-time workload for both full-time and part-time students. During your exchange, you will be enrolled in four subjects at the host university and will pay the normal tuition fee for four subjects to ICMS. The subjects you pass at the partner university are credited back to your degree (to a maximum of 12 credit points equivalent to 4 subjects per trimester). The specific marks for each course are not transferred and you will receive no credit for any course that you fail. Your transcript simply shows satisfactory for the courses transferred. You will receive a copy of the partner university’s transcript at the end of your exchange. Some destinations may require you to pay additional fees.

Study Abroad at César Ritz Colleges

A normal study abroad study load is four subjects. The subjects you pass at César Ritz Colleges are credited back to your degree. The specific marks for each course are not transferred and you will receive no credit for any course that you fail. Your transcript simply shows satisfactory for the courses transferred. You will receive a copy of the César Ritz Colleges transcript at the end of your study abroad. Some additional fees may be payable-please seek additional information from ICMS.

How to apply

  1. Choose your exchange university or study abroad at César Ritz Colleges
  2. Complete the exchange or study abroad application form and submit to Student Services
  3. Meet with Robert Miles and Amy Parker (for USA destinations) - Book an appointment with Robert Miles and/or Amy to discuss your preferences
  4. Prepare your study plan and ensure that you receive prior approval for your selected subjects.
  5. Complete your financial documentation - Your application needs to demonstrate that you have adequate financial resources (AUD$2200 for each month you are overseas). You should not rely on part-time work to finance your student exchange. Most countries restrict the amount of paid work and part-time work is generally hard to find and poorly paid.
  6. Provide your supporting documents - Academic printout: Upload a copy of your academic statement to your exchange application. Copy of passport: Upload a copy of the front page of your passport. Ensure that your passport has sufficient validity to meet the entry requirements of the countries you intend to visit. Response Statement: Address your motivation for exchange
  7. Submit your application - Submit your completed exchange application by the deadline

 

FAQS

Who is eligible to go on exchange or study abroad?

Exchange or study abroad is open to both Australian and international students enrolled in an ICMS degree. You must have completed at least two trimesters of study and no more than four trimesters of study not including industry training. As you pass the mid-point of your course exchange or study abroad becomes more difficult and ICMS cannot guarantee the availability of suitable subjects at the partner university. You are strongly encouraged to apply for exchange or study abroad early in your degree studies at ICMS.

For an exchange program with San Francisco State University (SFSU), Johnson & Wales University (JWU) or Georg Simon Ohm University, the grade point average (GPA) requirement is 2.5/4.0. For study abroad program with César Ritz Colleges, the grade point average (GPA) requirement is 2.5/4.0.
 

How many subjects can I do as part of my exchange program?

A student exchange or study abroad program is always a full-time study load, regardless of whether you’re enrolled full time or part time at ICMS.

How will the subjects taken overseas be credited to my ICMS degree?

The courses you take and pass at the partner university are credited back to your ICMS degree (to a maximum of 12 credit points (four subjects) per trimester). However, the marks you attain in your courses are not transferred, and no credit is transferred for any course that you fail. Your transcript simply shows satisfactory for the courses transferred. You receive a copy of the partner university’s transcript for reference. At the end of your degree, your exchange will be listed on your Australian Higher Education Graduate Statement.

How often can I go on exchange or study abroad?

You can go on exchange or study abroad no more than once. The maximum total time you can spend on exchange is one semester. 

How do I pay for tuition fees when I am overseas on exchange?

As an exchange student you remain enrolled full-time at ICMS while you are overseas. You therefore continue to pay your usual tuition fees to ICMS in advance of your exchange. You are responsible for travel and living expenses while you are on exchange and there may be some incidental fees charged by the host university.

How do I pay for tuition fees when I am overseas on study abroad?

As a study abroad student you will be on leave of absence from ICMS while you are overseas. César Ritz will invoice you directly and you will pay tuition fees to the César Ritz Colleges directly. 

Is the exchange program available to postgraduate students?

We are developing postgraduate exchange programs. They are not currently available.

When should I apply to go on exchange?

Contact Student Services and complete an application form. The process required to gain approval of your exchange or study abroad period will then proceed. 

If I would like to study at another institution, what are my options?

Please contact Robert Miles ([email protected]). ICMS has relationships with many institutions and even though a formal exchange or study abroad agreement may not exist it may be possible to go on exchange or study abroad as a “free mover”.