University of Canberra
Program SnapshotThe University of Canberra is beautifully situated between the heart of the nation’s capital and the beauty of Australian bush land and native wildlife. Known for strong programs in Law, Business, Sport, International Studies and Design (just to name a few), UC offers fantastic opportunities to many. Students will enjoy the benefits of living in the capital city full of events and festivals, along with a range of activities & programs planned specifically for them by the UC Study Abroad Office- buddy program, orientation lake cruise, city scavenger hunt, surf camp and much more!
Watch a student testamonial: "Kangaroos on campus!"
LocationThe university campus is beautifully situated between the heart of the nation’s capital and the beauty of Australian bush land and native wildlife. Students can easily walk to the movie theatre, bowling alley, restaurants, bars, fresh food markets, supermarkets, and a major shopping mall or take a 15 minute bus ride to Canberra's city center (departing every 5minutes!). The city's lively nightlife of pubs, clubs and live music rubs shoulders with national and local arts, culture and politics, and the city comes to life each year during its numerous festivals. Some of Australia's most important political and historical buildings and tourist attractions are located in Canberra. Bush land reserves, lakeshore and cycling/jogging trails are just moments away from the university for those craving the great outdoors and kangaroos are regularly seen on campus!
PROGRAM TYPEISEP Exchange: Semester placements only
ISEP Direct: Academic year or semester placements
ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.
ISEP-Direct site for students from all member institutions.
Chance of PlacementExcellent chance of placement on ISEP Direct.
Very Limited chance of placement on ISEP Exchange. To increase your chance of placement on Exchange, ISEP recommends listing this site as your first choice.
For the most current chances of placement, see the Sites Open for Applications for US Students or Sites Open for I-to-I Applications.
Program DatesUC observes the southern hemisphere calendar. Applicants for ISEP's SM1 will be abroad during UC's Semester 2. Applicants for ISEP's SM2 will be abroad during UC's Semester 1.
Academic year: February to December
Semester 1: February to June
Semester 2: August to December
ISEP-DirectFor more information go to ISEP Direct Fee page.
ISEP-Direct Program fees:
Tuition, Housing and Insurance
US Full Year 2016-17: $27,850
U.S. Semester 1 16-17: $14,750
U.S. Semester 2 16-17: $14,950
For priority consideration, applications for the following semester should be received before February 15 and September 1 unless otherwise noted. Rolling admissions are considered for ISEP-Direct before these final application deadlines:
SM1: March 1, 2016
SM2: November 15, 2016
Canberra, Australia (pop. 380,000)Language of instruction: English
Student Enrollment: 13,000
Student Enrollment: 13,000
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ProgramsEducation (Early Childhood, Primary, Middle School, Secondary); Communications (Journalism, Media and Multi Media Productions, Public Relations, Creative Writing, Advertising, Marketing Communications, Media Studies, Arts, International Studies); Health (Human Nutrition, Midwifery, Nursing, Psychology, Sports Management, Sports Media, Coaching Science); Business & Law (Commerce, Economics, Management, Business Administration, Tourism Management, Building and Construction Management, Law, Justice Studies); Science (Biomedical Science, Forensic, Medical, Human Biology, Environmental, Science); Design (Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Industrial Design, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Interior Architecuture, Cultural Heritage, Cultural Heritage Conservation, Urban and Regional Planning); Information Sciences and Engineering (Business Informatics, Information Technology, Software Engineering)
Academic NotesUC is a very hands-on university that focuses on preparing students for employment. Strong academic fields include media/communications with great studio facilities; design (graphic, interior, architecture); sports science & physiotherapy, including partnerships with the Brumbies rugby team and the Australian Institute for Sports.
Students may study at both the undergraduate and graduate level. Students must study a full-time load of twelve credit points; usually four subjects. Participants are eligible to enroll in any subject offered by UC as long as course prerequisites have been met. Students may select to study core subjects related to their degree or elective subjects. Students will need to have their UC subjects pre-approved by their home universities if they wish to receive credit for their semester overseas.
Transcripts are sent to ISEP and then immediately released to the student's home institution if there are no outstanding financial obligations. Semester 1 transcripts are sent in June. Semester 2 transcripts are sent in January. Full year transcripts are sent as per the final semester.
Language NotesREQUIREMENTS FOR NON-NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKERS TAKING COURSES IN ENGLISH:
ISEP Language Proficiency Report may be substituted for official score? No
TOEFL: 60 iBT
Institutional TOEFL accepted? No
IELTS: 6.0 with no band score below 5.5 for undergraduate students, 6.0 for graduate students
Other tests accepted: Cambridge English (CES); Common European Framework (CEFR); Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic); TOEFL: iBT
English as a Foreign Language courses available? Yes, but not included in ISEP benefits
Additional comments: Citizens from accepted English speaking countries will not need to provide additional proof. For more information please see: English Language Requirements
Note: The host institution ultimately determines your proficiency level and course eligibility.
Special Academic ConditionsRemember that UC follows the southern hemisphere calendar. Students wishing to study for a full-year in the southern hemisphere should consider starting their program at the beginning of the academic year in February. Some institutions offer annual rather than semester courses.
Special ISEP Application InstructionsIn addition to completing the ISEP Exchange application, students will also be required by the University of Canberra to submit an additional application found at Study Abroad & Exchange. Do not fill in the housing section as ISEP has special arrangements. ISEP applications missing the additional Canberra application will result in delays in student placement, ISEP therefore recommends that applicants enclose the Canberra application with their ISEP application.
Hints for Researching CoursesREMEMBER that this site operates on the Southern Hemisphere academic calendar! Be sure to search for courses using the correct semester parameters: semester 1 is February – July; semester 2 is July – November.
Use the "Choosing Classes at UC" page to find units available to study abroad and exchange students during the semester you plan to be abroad. Take special note of the "Important Enrolment Instructions" noted on this page while choosing units.
Housing and MealsStudents live on campus in single rooms at Weeden Lodge. ISEP Exchange students receive a meal stipend which they can use to eat at the cafeteria.
For southern hemisphere programs, ISEP benefits do apply during the recess between semesters (June-July), whereas they do NOT apply between the end of one academic year and the beginning of a new academic year (December to February).
ESTIMATED PERSONAL EXPENSES
You are responsible for all of your personal expenses including: fees not required of all participants (e.g. computer, language, science lab fees), books, local transportation, entertainment, etc. The amount below is provided as a guide; the actual amount needed will vary depending on courses and personal habits. Your personal expenses per month, including books, are estimated at: AUD$500-600 for transport, PO box, internet, laundry, and phone.
OrientationThe University of Canberra provides incoming ISEP students with a week long Orientation upon arrival. The following information is covered: -- enrollment/registration/timetables -- how to access support services -- health issues --housing issues -- travel issues -- university clubs, societies, and activities -- Social activities -- local site seeing trips
Students will be met at their point of arrival in Canberra if they complete online pickup request. Please contact the your ISEP coordinator for more information.
Student ActivitiesThe Study Abroad and Exchange Office organises special trips for study abroad and exchange students throughout the semester in order to familiarize international students with Canberra and the surrounding regions. Special trips may include learning how to surf, beach trip, Sydney excursions and a visit to the Blue Mountains. These weekend adventures provide opportunities to pat kangaroos and cuddly koalas, bond with other students and learn the Australian way of life.
UC holds various events throughout the semester, these include music festivals and concerts, live music, comedy shows and themed social events, including Residents (Ressies) Ball, and on campus sports. Students are also able to purchase cheap tickets to watch Australian football, and support the University of Canberra Brumby’s rugby team.
Community Engagement (Internships, Service-Learning, Volunteering, etc.)Canberra offers on-campus employment opportunities. It is also very possible that students can find casual work on-campus or nearby. To view a list of opportunities, students should visit Career Services in the Student Centre soon after their arrival for the best chances.
ProfileThe University of Canberra (UC) is a highly regarded regional university located in Australia’s capital city. With a current enrollment of approximately 13,000, UC is a vibrant campus, home to a close-knit community of local, interstate and international students.
Lectures are held in purpose-designed, modern lecture theatres fully equipped with multi-media facilities. For each lecture, students attend a tutorial (small, interactive study group supervised by a tutor) where they discuss the lecture and receive personal assistance from teaching staff.
Student welfare is a priority at UC, with facilities in place to assist students both academically and personally. The Students" Association also provides a wide range of social activities, clubs and societies to help students’ involvement in campus life. Study abroad students have a dedicated student advisor in the International Office.