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About Us

YMCA Global Study

YMCA Global Study is a social enterprise that provides Australian university students with opportunities to study overseas during their university breaks. We’ve connected with some of the world’s leading universities to offer a range of amazing short-term study abroad programs run during the university breaks in July and January.

Our study abroad programs have been designed to be as accessible as possible for all Australian university students. The cost of each program includes tuition, accommodation, cultural and social activities. All you will need to organise are flights, travel insurance and your spending money. Students who participate in a YMCA Global Study program may be eligible to obtain academic credit towards their Australian degree as well as access $6700+ to fund their experience thanks to OS-HELP.

The YMCA has been empowering and inspiring students for over 175 years! To help empower you to study abroad, we will be there to support you through every step of the process. We will provide you with travel tips, advice on how to apply for credit and funding through your university and anything else you might need help with!

Students who participate in our study abroad programs will also be linked into our YMCA Global Study alumni network. Here you can connect with other YMCA Global study students and hear about career and volunteer opportunities around Australia. 

Want to know more? Read below to discover how YMCA Global Study can help you to study overseas.


The study abroad experience was an amazing opportunity that I am lucky enough to have been apart of. The academic content was extremely significant & valuable and it was taught in an interesting and intriguing way. The social & cultural activities were very enjoyable as I have met lots of new friends and had lots of fun. Overall the study abroad experience exceeded my expectations and I would definitely recommend it to others. – Michael, Monash University (Entrepreneurship Boot Camp)

My trip to Croatia was worth every cent! Not only did I learn an abundance of useful information but I made lots of friends and memories that I will never forget! – Georgia, Curtin University (Digital Marketing in Croatia)

What makes us unique?

We’ve been doing this for a while

The YMCA is one of the oldest and well-known Not-For-Profits in the world. Since 1884 the YMCA has worked to empower young people and communities around the world. Today, the YMCA is present in 119 countries and held in high regard for the work we do to create healthier and happier communities.

We exist to support young people

YMCA Global Study is a social enterprise that was created as a practical example of our belief statement: ‘The YMCA believes in the power of inspired young people.’

Through our study abroad programs we aim to inspire as many young people as possible.

What's in it for you?

Funding available

There are a number of Student Mobility Grants and loan schemes like OS-HELP available to university students. We want to help students take full advantage of these opportunities so we provide you with all the information you need to apply for funding.

Amazing Experiences & Unforgettable Memories

Remember that time you and your friends tried frogs legs or that time you joined in on a traditional tea ceremony in Japan? The parts of your trip that you love (and sometimes even the ones that you hate) will produce unforgettable memories and stories where you ‘just had to be there’.

Immerse yourself in a foreign culture

Let yourself go as you enjoy the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of your host country. Try new foods, learn a new language, explore a new culture and interact with locals. Studying abroad with YMCA Global Study will give you first-hand experience of what it is like to live and study as a local in your host country.

Learn more about you

Studying abroad is a great opportunity for personal growth and development. While abroad, you will face challenges and obstacles that you might not normally have to deal with at home. This may sound intimidating , but remember we are always here to support you! Trust us, you will return with a newfound sense of confidence and independence that you won’t be able to find in Australia.

Make lifelong friends

One of the best things about studying abroad is the people you meet. Not only will you get the opportunity to meet fellow students and share the same experiences together, but you will also get to experience a completely different social life and make friends outside the program. 

Making friends with people who live overseas means you always have an excuse to go back!


Professional Benefits

Become more employable

One of our main objectives at YMCA Global Study is to help young Australian’s develop the best possible skill set for their chosen field. Studying abroad can improve your resume in a number of ways, making it stand out from others. Just listing that you have studied abroad on its own will be impressive to employers. However, studying abroad often leads to unique experiences that you may not have been exposed to in Australia. These experiences will help you develop the communication and problem-solving skills that employers look for and will give you tangible examples to use in job interviews.

Learn about your potential career opportunities

Not sure about where your current course can take you or are you wanting to learn more about a potential career path? Studying abroad can help you learn more about career opportunities by giving you an insight into what your career looks like overseas. You may also learn more about potential careers from your course mates who will be from all over Australia.

Academic Benefits

Get credit towards your degree

Our courses have been designed to enable students the best possible chance to obtain credit for their time abroad. Students who receive Academic Credit for studying overseas may be eligible for a range of different funding opportunities including OS-HELP.  Click the links to find out more.

Lighten your study load for your next semester

Rather than cramming in all those subjects for next semester and overwhelming yourself, why not do a summer/winter subject overseas? That way you can combine study with a holiday and then return to 3 subjects in your next semester.

Study at some of the world’s top universities

All of our chosen universities are leading academic institutions that have something unique to offer, , Lancaster University (#131) and Michigan State University (#141) are all top 200 universities according to the 2017 QS World University Rankings.


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