Study Abroad in Canberra, Australia

The University of Canberra (UC) is located in Australia’s capital city. It has been recognized by the Australian government for its strong learning and teaching performance. It is home to state-of-the-art facilities and near many of Canberra’s top attractions. The university opened in 1967 and currently has more than 16,000 students. The University of Canberra also has four departments: Faculty of Arts & Design, Faculty of Business, Government and Law, Faculty of Education, Science, Technology and Mathematics, and Faculty of Health.

The Study Abroad Office at UC offers high levels of support for study abroad and exchange students.

Location

Like Washington D.C., Canberra, Australia offers a unique range of opportunities and nationally important sites such as the Parliament House, High Court, War Memorial, National Gallery, National Museum, National Library, and the Australian Institute of Sport. Its central location between Sydney and Melbourne makes travel to Australia’s largest cities easy and affordable. Furthermore, the surrounding geography makes Canberra a dream for the outdoors enthusiast, as it lies within two hours of Australia’s largest mountain range; is surrounded by lakes, rivers and swamps; and is within two hours of the coast.

 

Activities & Excursions

The University of Canberra International Office organizes a variety of seasonal trips such as learning how to surf, bicycling, rock climbing, trips to wineries and more. The UC also hosts several annual events, socials, and offers many clubs and organizations for students.

Learn more about Student Activities

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Application

Students must first complete the UNC Study Abroad application. Once nominated by UNC, they will receive a link to complete an online application for the University of Canberra.

Dates

  • Spring Deadline: September 29
  • Spring Semester: Early February - Late May
  • Fall Deadline: March 12
  • Fall Semester: Early August - Late November

 

Courses

Students of any major will find relevant course work at the University of Canberra. Courses are available in many subjects, including arts, business, communication, health, science, sport, technology and tourism.

 

Course Registration

After being accepted to the University of Canberra, but prior to the UC's Orientation, the student will be sent an Enrollment Guide so that s/he can enroll in his/her chosen classes.

Learn more about course registration and key terms

Language of Instruction

  • English

 

At the University of Canberra, 3 credits is equivalent to 4 credits at UNC.

For information on UC's grading system and grade reporting, please see the chart here.

The University of Canberra requires that students arrive one week prior to the start of classes in order to attend Orientation Week (or O-Week).

The University of Canberra school system runs from February to January, with 2 full semesters, as well as short summer and winter terms.

     Semester 1: February - May                              Semester 2: August - November

Learn more about the school terms and holidays

 

Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, students must:

  • have at least a 2.5 GPA

  • have completed two semesters or 24 credits at UNC

Availability

This program is open to students of all majors.

There are a limited number of spaces available each year.

Students may apply for one semester or one academic year. 

  • Visa

    Students will need to apply for a visa to study in Australia for four months. The visa process is simple and can be done online. Australia offers several visa types that may include study. We recommend students apply for the Australian Non-Award Student Visa (sub-class 575).

    Even with a student visa, students can work up to 20 hrs/week. Jobs are plenty in Canberra, with many students working on campus. However, there is an additional visa cost to be able to work.

    Learn more about visas from the UC

  • Costs

    Students participating in exchange will pay tuition and fees to UNC. They will pay all other expenses in the host country. The budget given in US dollars is an estimate and is subject to change dependent on exchange rates. Tuition and fees estimates below are based on in-state residency rates with COF. Students will be billed at their current tuition rate.

    All costs are estimated based on a five-month semester.

    Learn more about UC's budget estimate here, or about UC Fees Summary here

  • Housing & Meals

    The University of Canberra offers guaranteed on-campus housing through the University of Canberra Village, which has several room options available. The options vary greatly in cost ($3,824 - $7,320 USD per semester). Students will need to pay a refundable security deposit upon moving in. This amount ranges from $637 - $1376 USD depending on the type of housing. Housing costs listed above are calculated on a 20-week period.

    Learn more about housing options and the reservation process here

    **The University of Canberra does not have meal plans. However, several cafes, bars, and restaurants are located on campus, and many more are located nearby.

  • Program Fees (billed to student's Bear account)

    Tuition & Fees

    $4,500

    International Health Insurance

    $300

    Study Abroad/Exchange Admin Fee

    $330

    Total Program Fees

    $5,130

  • Estimated Additional Expenses (not billed to student's account)

    The below estimated total expenses are used to help plan and prepare for the program, as well as calculate eligibility for financial aid. Not all students will incur all the expenses above. Note that the last line is not considered a necessary expense and is not included in the total for financial aid purposes. All amounts listed are estimates and are subject to change depending on international economic factors, past participant reports, and on-site staff reports. Student expenditures in-country depends greatly on personal spending habits, post- or during-program travel, and available funds.

    Housing & Meals

    $5,000 - $7,600

    Airfare

    $2,500

    Passport/Visa/Required Documents/Photos/Immunizations

    $775

    In-country Health Insurance (OSCH, visa requirement)

    $275

    Test/Course Materials
    $500
    Total Estimated Expenses
    $9,000 - $11,600
    Additional Spending Money & Personal Travel (not included in financial aid calculation
    $1,500 - $2,500