Semester in Adelaide
University of Adelaide

LGBTQIA+ Friendly

Enjoy an urban campus in one of the world's most walkable cities.

Hone your studies while living in lovely Adelaide – south Australia’s capital and consistently ranked one of world’s most livable cities. Despite counting more than a million people, Adelaide maintains an easy pace and down-to-earth feel. Study at The University of Adelaide, a top global university and member of the Group of Eight, Australia’s “Ivy League.” The University’s main campus is in the heart of the city, which abounds with art, culture, and cuisine. Spend a semester cultivating world-class knowledge, one-of-a-kind experiences, and friendships with local Aussies and students from around the world!

What to Expect:

  • Language: English
  • Average Courseload: 3-4 classes (12-16 U.S. credits)
  • GPA Requirement: 2.5


  • Enjoy a 4-day 3-night orientation in Cairns: includes Great Barrier Reef, Rainforest, and Aboriginal cultural activities - a CIS Abroad exclusive!
  • Embed among 21,000+ students, from over 100 countries.
  • Official University of Adelaide DIGITAL Transcript
  • Choose from hundreds of course offerings, including local topics such as Wine Studies, Aboriginal Studies, and Ecotourism.
  • Stroll around orderly Adelaide, replete with idyllic parks, pristine plazas, and countless shops and restaurants.

Program Details

University of Adelaide

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)

Beginning effective January 1, 2020, all CIS Abroad returning transcripts from institutions in Australia will be completely digital. This will mean no physical copies of transcripts will be mailed for this program.

Areas of study which have more than 8 classes available

  • Art & Design
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Engineering
  • Health
  • Humanities
  • Natural & Applied Sciences
  • World Languages

Don't see your major listed here? There may still be courses available. Browse our programs by major.

Beginning effective January 1, 2020, all CIS Abroad returning transcripts from institutions in Australia will be completely digital. This will mean no physical copies of transcripts will be mailed for this program.

Semester in Adelaide offers 19 – 20 week semesters based on the typical Australian university calendar: Semester 1, from mid February to early July; Semester 2, from mid July to late November.

Course load: 3-4  courses (6 US credits)

Course approval: 
It is best if you are able to get 7-8  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: 
To view courses please click here.

Tips for picking courses:
Semester 1 = Spring
Semester 2 = Fall

1XXX – 3XXX = Undergraduate courses.
Eg: ARTS 1000 – Introductory Level, ARTS 2000 – Intermediate Level, ARTS 3000 Advanced Level

4XXX = Honours courses (not available) to study abroad students.

5XXX – 7XXX = Postgraduate courses. Only available to study abroad students who have completed an
undergraduate degree (or equivalent), not available

You are able to take courses on the Waite Campus and the Main Campus.

Why Life in 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.

Live La Vida Local

  • 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.

Adelaide - Semester (Urbanest)


You’ll live in off-campus student accommodations with shared rooms, 24-hour security, kitchenette, communal lounges, and access to on-site laundry facilities. Located in the heart of the city of Adelaide, this housing is a short walk away from the main North Terrace Campus, The University of Adelaide’s main campus, and a short 20-minute bus ride to the Waite Campus.

Inclusions and Amenities

  • 24-hour security
  • CommuteWalkingPublic Transportation
  • Double Room
  • Kitchenette
  • LaundryOn-site

What's Included


Program fees are in U.S. dollars and include the following:

  • 4-day, 3-night orientation which includes a day on the Great Barrier Reef and a tour of the rainforest
  • University of Adelaide official transcript
  • On-site staff assistance
  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • Overseas Health Insurance (mandatory for any student studying in Australia)
  • CIS Abroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • University of Adelaide orientation
  • Internet connection
  • La Vida Local cultural program

Welcome & Orientation

Your program will kick off with the action-packed and engaging Great Barrier Reef Orientation. This 4-day/3-night orientation will provide you with an amazing introduction to Australia’s culture, wildlife, and natural environments. Get ready to be on your feet (and in the water) much of the time, visiting places like the rainforest, indigenous communities, and the Great Barrier Reef. Also do things we know you came a long way to do, like holding koalas, snorkeling, and feeding kangaroos.

This active and engaging orientation program isn’t just one big adventure, however! Discuss program and behavioral expectations, touching on topics such as culture, slang, food, and where to go and what to do when you settle into your new home in Melbourne. Once you’re settled in, get an orientation at your new campus to help you get adjusted.

Farewell & 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. Your site director will walk you through some of the things to expect and help you reflect on your time abroad so that you can remember the highlights. Also enjoy a farewell meal with your new friends.

Program Excursions

While participating on a CIS Abroad 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!

Australian Football League (AFL)

Australian Football League (AFL)

Cheer on the local team at an Australian Football League (AFL) game in Adelaide! Borrow a jersey from a classmate and learn the proper cheers. AFL features only Australian teams. (Subject to season or other sports game.)

National Wine Centre Tour

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.

Site Director

Jasmina Cubelic
Travel Tip:

Stay flexible and open minded during your travels. Though the greatest of all plans can go awry, it’s these unexpected moments – good or bad – that help you grow and find new sides of yourself. Your travel experiences are an advantage, so use them and the skills you’ve learnt along the way to sell yourself and nab that dream job!

Travel Tip:

Stay flexible and open minded during your travels. Though the greatest of all plans can go awry, it’s these unexpected moments – good or bad – that help you grow and find new sides of yourself. Your travel experiences are an advantage, so use them and the skills you’ve learnt along the way to sell yourself and nab that dream job!


If you told a 12-year-old Jas that she’d be working in international education as an adult, she wouldn’t believe you. Jas was born and raised in Adelaide, South Australia where she still lives after a few adventures. Jas holds a Bachelor of Arts, English major with a Bachelor of Media (Honours) from the University of Adelaide – she spent an extra year researching magical girls to get the fancy “Honours” title at the end.

During her degree Jas travelled to Japan to participate in a study tour with Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto. When she returned to Adelaide she interned at the University of Adelaide’s outbound exchange abroad office which got her foot in the door for the world of international education. From there things snowballed. She lived and worked in the US for a year as an Aussie intern with CISabroad at their office in Northampton, MA. While gaining a hands-on experience during her international internship, she found a new home away from home. This connection is still ongoing now that she is CISabroad’s Adelaide site director.

Besides being a little travel bug, which is a given in her profession, Jas is a bookworm that owns enough books to start up her own library and has a secret talent where she can sneeze like a cat. She also enjoys her flat white coffees, supporting local Aussie artists, and roaming the Adelaide Central Markets for food.

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 text, phone call, email or personal visit—you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Julia Sementilli
Travel Tip:

Be open to meeting new people! Some of my favorite memories while traveling include meeting people in hostels, or by getting involved at my school abroad. You never know who will be a lifelong friend! Try all of the local foods, even if you don’t think you will like it. Write everything down in a journal- you will appreciate those stories later!

Alexandra Woolner
Travel Tip:

Expect the unexpected! Sometimes culture shock is stronger in countries where you expect things to be more similar to your home country and environment. Traveling abroad is an excellent way to learn more about your own culture, habits, style, and adaptability.

COVID-19 Plan

COVID-19 Plan

We believe that study abroad is still possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, but certain policies and procedures will need to be in place to ensure every student can be safe and healthy during their semester abroad.

We monitor international indicators and health standards in the country and our risk management team makes decisions based on those and our own policy. We will make a decision no less than 45 days before a program starts what options are available to you and what the contingency plan is for your program. We will do all that we can to support you during this time.

Learn more about CIS Abroad’s Risk Management Team’s three step process for operating  our programs around the world and important program refund policies.

Program Suspended

This program is currently not available for the Academic Year 2020/21. Please consider other options by exploring our Open Spring 2021 Programs or consider a Virtual Internship.

Dates & Prices

ADVISOR TIP: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Application Deadline: Apr 15
  • Arrival: July 31
  • Departure: November 22
  • Price: $16,490 - $18,490
  • Application Deadline: Oct 15 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: February 13 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 5 (Estimated)
  • Price: $16,990 - $18,790 (Estimated)
Additional Information:

Spring Terms: 3 courses – $16,990, 4 courses – $18,790
Fall 2020: 3 courses: $16,490, 4 courses: $18,490

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

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