Program Overview

Adopt the “no worries” way of the Aussies as you comb pristine beaches, amble endless walking trails, and romp through sprawling vineyards during your summer in Adelaide – Australia’s fifth most populated city. Ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide, the University of Adelaide also features a beautiful campus with traditional sandstone buildings and cutting-edge learning and research facilities. The University’s Small-Group Discovery Experience actively encourages you to engage with your coursework and peers in order to grow as a student. You’ll take an intensive six-credit academic program in an outdoors-oriented environment. Hit the books, and then hit the beach, the nearby Shiraz wineries, or the famous Adelaide Zoo.

GPA Requirement
2.5
Application Deadlines
Summer: March 1
Avg Course Load
2 courses (6 US credits)
Language(s) of Instruction
English

Key Program Highlights

  • South Australia's vibrant, safe, capital city
  • A warm, Mediterranean-like climate
  • One of the most affordable of all major cities in Australia
  • AACSB-accredited business school
  • Youthful vibe with many local and international students
  • Easy access to hiking, vineyards, and the ocean

Your Journey Begins Here

  • Connect with your Global Advisor to start planning. Apply by the application deadline.

  • Meet your Program Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, payments, etc. Attend a pre-departure orientation.

  • Fly away. You'll be greeted at the airport, participate in a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.

Academics

WHY THIS UNIVERSITY?

With more than 140 years of excellence in education, the University of Adelaide is one of Australia’s oldest and most prestigious universities. You'll join 25,000 students who choose the University for its academic rigor and its city location. The University of Adelaide feels like a small campus and is a member of the Group of Eight, Australia’s “Ivy League.”

The University ranks highly in Australia and the world, setting a record for "firsts." It was the first university in Australia to admit women—and only the second in the world. It was also the first Australian university to establish a conservatory of music.

The University of Adelaide is located in the center of the city of Adelaide, the capital of South Australia. The main campus sits on the edge of the central business district of the city. The campus borders the Rundle pedestrian shopping mall, the Botanical Gardens, Adelaide Zoo, and the River Torrens. It’s a short walk or public transportation ride to recreation, shopping, and nightlife.

On campus, the Hub Central will cater to your needs. The “Hub” offers a range of facilities and services to support students' daily lives. Enjoy unique study spaces, food outlets, and academic and personal support advisors. They even have cooking facilities for students who commute to campus!

Accredited by the Department of Education and Training, Australia; CPA Australia; Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia (ICAA); Australian Computer Society (ACS); Engineers Australia; Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)


How to Choose Your Courses

Now the fun part! You get to pick the courses you will take abroad. Review the course information on this page. Once you’ve decided which courses you want to take, fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.

Course Approval

Make sure to talk with your home university about course approval and get additional classes approved before you go abroad. For example, if you are taking 4 classes abroad, we recommend getting 8 approved. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements.

GPA Requirement

If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement listed at the top of this page, do not despair! Get in touch to let us know your situation. In many cases, there are additional application materials that you can submit to make your case for acceptance.

Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.

Course Information

For the Summer in Adelaide program with CISabroad, there is one 6-week session offered. Take courses in Australian & Indigenous Studies, International Studies, Media, Arts, Entrepreneurship, Business, Economics, Public Health and more!

Course load: 2 courses (6 US credits)

Course approval:
It is best if you are able to get 4-5 classes approved before heading overseas. This will give you some flexibility when setting up your class schedule. Make sure to consider the courses that are required for your major, but also think about classes that fulfill any elective requirements that you may have.

Course selection and catalog: 
Remember that summer in the Northern Hemisphere is winter in Australia, so make sure to sign up for “winter” courses! To view the courses on offer during the winter term at University of Adelaide, click here.

Please note that not all courses run the full length of the program session, and only some courses can be paired together.

Life in Adelaide

Welcome and Orientation

Upon arrival you’ll take part in both the university and CISabroad city orientation program. You’ll learn the “do’s and don’ts” of living in Australia. Where to go out, how to stay safe, how to take public transport (it’s easy), where to shop are just a few of questions that will be answered by our staff. They’ll also give you tips on how to blend in like a local (get ready for a whole heap of Aussie slang you didn’t know you didn’t know!) Oh, and we’ll throw in a welcome meal, something traditional and yummy (ever had kangaroo or crocodile?) so that you can start to taste the local flavour.

Farewell and Re-entry Program

Though you’re not an astronaut returning from space, re-entering your home culture after being abroad can be shocking to the system. We’ll walk you through some of the things to expect, rehash your time abroad so that you can remember the highlights. We love to stay in touch so although it is farewell for now it is not goodbye.

Housing Options

You’ll live in apartment-style housing within a 20-minute walk to campus.

Student Apartments
These townhouse style apartments are near campus (20 minute walk), and include shared bedrooms and shared facilities, including a kitchen, living room with TV, dining area, and laundry room.

busy downtown in Adelaide, traincar

Local Life

  • Adelaide Zoo: A visit to the Adelaide Zoo is a must. And, yes, you'll meet Wang Wang and Funi, the resident pandas.
  • Adelaide Oval stadium: Watch a "footy" (Australian Rules Football) match at the famous Adelaide Oval stadium.
  • Adelaide Hills: Try out some of Australia's most famous wines with a day trip to the Adelaide Hills and the many wineries that dot the countryside.
  • Central Market: Spend a morning shopping and eating at the Central Market. Give kangaroo a try!
  • the Coast: When it gets hot, head to one of the many beaches on the Coast, the most popular being Glenelg.

More About Adelaide

There are good reasons that Adelaide is consistently in the top ten of "most livable cities" in the world: great climate, affordable cost of living, and a laid-back lifestyle. As the capital city of the state of South Australia, Adelaide is Australia’s fifth most populous city. And, with 1.2 million people, it's also the center of the state economically, politically, culturally, and socially.

A hip and multicultural city, you'll find eclectic cuisine, idyllic beaches, Shiraz wineries, and Australian wildlife. The city is also home to six universities. One in five people living in Adelaide originated from somewhere outside Australia, making it a welcoming, diverse community.

The city is sandwiched between white sandy beaches to the west and rolling hills 20 minutes to the east. Beaches offer calm, safe swimming waters, while the hills are a great place to discover South Australia’s beautiful, tree-studded landscape. The city center is well organized and easy to get around by foot, bike, or affordable public transportation. A ten-minute walk from downtown lands you at the beloved Adelaide Zoo, where you can glimpse 1,800 different kinds of animals, including kangaroos, koalas, and giant pandas!

Don't forget, Adelaide is also Australia’s festival city, with over 400 cultural festivals held year round. You can dress up for the International Rugby Sevens at the Oval or catch an outdoor film during the Fringe Festival. Quite simply, Adelaide is a very pleasant place to live, work, and study.

Program Excursions

While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.

4-Day Orientation on the Great Barrier Reef

Talk about an amazing orientation! Spend 4 days learning about the environmental and cultural beauty that Australia has to offer in the Great Barrier Reef. Whether you spend your time snorkeling or exploring the rain forest, you won't leave Cairns without some unbelievable photos and memories!

Kangaroo Island

An exciting nature-based destination, Kangaroo Island is full of native bushland filled with all kinds of wildlife, from koalas and pelicans to sea lions basking on the white beaches! With small batch wines, unique island products, and delicious local cuisine, you'll soak up all kinds of local knowledge in this pristine wilderness.

National Wine Centre Tour - CISabroad

National Wine Centre Tour

The National Wine Centre is the showcase for Australia's wine industry. Experience the winemaking process from the vine to the bottle, participate in a tasting tour, and explore the stunning architecture.


Student Feedback

Going abroad with CISabroad was one of my best decisions. I really loved how CIS created a family through orientation, excursions, Facebook posts, rooming assignments, etc. There was never a moment where I felt alone or helpless. I’ve made friends that I’ll have for the rest of my life.

Morgan Schuler, Semester on the Gold Coast, University of South Carolina, Business Marketing and Management

Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team

Travel Tip: We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us be it through a phone call, email or personal visit, you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Emma Van Loon
Program Coordinator - Australia and New Zealand

Travel Tip: When I begin planning a trip I love to leave two or three days free. There are always fun activities you’ll learn about while in country so you don’t want to miss out on them due to over scheduling!

Learn more about Emma

Jackie Chapman
Country Director of Australia; Site Director in Gold Coast, Australia

Travel Tip: Get outside, take your time to walk around the streets of your new city or neighbourhood – get a feel for the people and what makes it unique. I love getting up early and exploring a new destination as it ‘wakes up’- it is an amazing time of the day to see a city or town slowly come to life.

Learn more about Jackie

Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please do not book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Summer 2019
    Application Deadline
    March 1
    Arrival
    June 22 (Estimated)
    Orientation
    June 22 - 23 (Estimated)
    Classes Start
    June 24 (Estimated)
    Classes End
    July 19 (Estimated)
    Departure
    July 20 (Estimated)
    PRICE
    $6,690 - $8,890

CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.

Program Inclusions

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Two day CISabroad Orientation examples including a city walking tour, Indigenous cultural activities and more
  • Two one-day excursions
  • University of Adelaide transcript
  • CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Full-time tuition & fees
  • Housing (shared bedroom in apartment, single supplement fee)
  • Pre-departure and on-site orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • Medical & Accident Insurance
  • NYTimes Digital Subscription
  • La Vida Local cultural program