We are very pleased to announce that our global experiences including Semester 2, 2022 Exchange and Winter 2022 Experiences will recommence on a country-by-country basis. We understand how important these opportunities are for you, and our teams have been working diligently behind the scenes to ensure these can be offered safely as we continue to monitor the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic and other global safety considerations.

Make sure to research your travel destination(s) and prepare accordingly, by reviewing all the FAQs.

Improve your understanding of French Pacific and Kanak cultures while increasing your language proficiency online with Creipac (Centre de Rencontres et d’Échanges Internationaux du Pacifique) in Noumea.

This program is open to students who have obtained a minimum GPA of 5.0 in FREN2010 (or equivalent standard of French to be established by the School of Languages & Cultures). Students are expected to have a minimum B1 level of French. 

Field of Study

  • French Language

For more detailed information regarding the course offered, visit the Electronic Course Profile

Credit Equivalent 

2 UQ Units. Maximum of 2 UQ Units if the course is successfully completed (pending UQ faculty approval).

Visa Information

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct visa for the country where you will be studying. As the Global Experiences team is not a visa-issuing authority we cannot provide visa advice.

Contact the French Embassy for visa and immigration information.

Eligibility and Application

All applicants must meet the UQ short-term experience eligibility criteria and the following additional program criteria:

  • This program is open to students who have obtained a minimum GPA of 5.0 in FREN2010 (or equivalent standard of French to be established by the School of Languages & Cultures). 

  • Please review the submission requirements and documentation prior to submitting your online application. 

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The participation mode of this experience is Study Abroad: The tuition fee is approximately $4,500 AUD. More information regarding fees can be found on the Electronic Course Profile.

Cost includes:

  • Tuition fees (3-weeks of language studies, 40 hours of contact)
  • All enrolment fees
  • Language placement test
  • Accommodation (21 days homestay with breakfast and dinner daily and lunch also on weekends)
  • Cultural activities
  • Presentations from local experts
  • Assessment on listening and speaking skills
  • Language school course completion certificate
  • #2 units of French at UQ


New Colombo Plan Virtual Mobility Grant 

A limited number of $4,000 AUD (for in-person experiences) New Colombo Plan Virtual Mobility Grants are available for eligible  students.  Should the experience be required to transition to an online experience, the New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant value will be $1,000.

When you submit your application to the Internships and Global Experiences team, you are automatically considered. There is no additional application required. Applicants will need to submit supporting documentation (host acceptance, bank details) by the relevant deadline.

This grant is not guaranteed even if all selection criteria are met.

Widening Participation Grant

Applicants may also be eligible for UQ-specific funding. Applicants will be notified by mid-May (for winter programs) or late October (for summer programs) if they are eligible for grants and scholarships awarded by the Internships and Global Experiences Team. Please do not rely on this funding to support your experience.

Isabelle - 2021

Despite being a student of French for over 10 years now, I had never been on an exchange. While it was unfortunate that we could not travel to New Caledonia to immerse ourselves in the language and culture through daily life, I felt that I couldn't pass up the chance to discover (albeit virtually) a Francophone territory so close in proximity to Australia and so rich in culture.

Read more of Isabelle's story here. 

Key Dates

Application Deadlines

UQ: Winter 2022 Applications Closed
Host: 15 April 2022

Program Dates

Start: 27 June 2022
End: 15 July 2022

Fast Facts

Type: Study
Mode: Study abroad
Location: Noumea, New Caledonia (in-person)
Credit: For-credit and not-for-credit
Cohort: Undergraduate and postgraduate*

*Postgraduates can attend the program as not-for-credit only


If you participate in a short-term program you may also be eligible to submit an application for an OS-HELP loan if your program is for-credit and you are enrolled as a Commonwealth supported student. 

Application Deadlines

15 January for overseas study commencing March to August
15 March for overseas study commencing May to October
15 June for overseas study commencing August to January
15 September for overseas study commencing November to April

Refer to the funding page for more information on eligibility requirements and loan amounts. 

Global Experiences Information Sessions

Students are encouraged to register and attend an information session to receive more details on the short-term application process, eligibility criteria, funding etc.​