Study among church spires, bustling cafes, hip nightclubs, and stunning scenery. Adelaide is Australia at its best, and you can spend your summer soaking in the beaches, the wildlife, and the Aussie charm. When it comes to your studies, the classes at the University of Adelaide will challenge and inspire you. 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
- Application Deadlines
Summer: March 1
- Avg Course Load
- 2 courses (6 US credits)
- Language(s) of Instruction
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
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.
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.
You can choose to live in a residence hall about a 20-minute bus ride to campus, or apartment-style housing within a 20-minute walk to campus.
Student Residence Hall
Living in Torrens Residence Hall is a safe, affordable choice that will introduce you to other international students from around the world. Each single room comes with a single bed, wardrobe (closet), and study desk. You’ll share the student lounge, kitchen, and bathroom with other students on your floor. You can eat at nearby restaurants and cafes, or you cook your own meals. If you live in Torrens, you’ll commute to campus via the Obahn, a unique public transportation system which is basically a bus that runs on a track. It’s quick and convenient.
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.
- 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.
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.
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 and once you’ve decided which courses you want to take. Fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.
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.
Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.
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!
How to choose your courses: This is the fun part! Part of the application process requires you to fill out a CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet that can be found in the CISabroad Application Page. The instructions for choosing your courses can be found below.
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 entire course catalog and descriptions, click here.
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)
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Program SupportMeet Our Staff
Before, during, and after your study abroad experience, you’ll be supported by the dedicated and passionate CISabroad staff. Our goal is quick responses to your questions before you depart, and even quicker once you’ve arrived on site.
Robust Advising Center
Our team of advisors will help you choose a program, connect with your home university regarding classes and financial aid and get you prepared to apply for your program.
Team of Dedicated Program Coordinators
Your Program Coordinator will assist you in finalizing housing, enrolling in courses, booking flights, obtaining visas, arranging payments, and provide pre-departure orientation.
Experienced On-site Staff
From greeting you at the airport to a robust On-site Orientation to La Vida Local Activities our on-site staff will be there to support you throughout your time on-site.
Our support doesn’t end when your program does. We have alumni programming, webinars, and resources to help you readjust when you’ve returned from your experience.
Your Support Staff
Global Advising Team
Emma Van Loon
Program Coordinator - Australia and New Zealand
Country Director of Australia
Application DeadlineMarch 1ArrivalJune 21 (Estimated)OrientationJune 22 (Estimated)Classes StartJune 25 (Estimated)Classes EndJuly 20 (Estimated)DepartureJuly 21 (Estimated)PRICE$6,990 - $7,990 (Estimated)
CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.
As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.
Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:
- Four day CISabroad Orientation including a city walking tour, ocean kayaking, surf lesson, and Indigenous cultural activities
- Two one-day excursions
- Overnight excursion to Kangaroo Island, one of Australia’s most pristine wilderness destinations
- 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