Summer in Adelaide

LGBTQIA+ Friendly

Experience Australia's diverse landscapes and laidback culture.

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.


What to Expect:

  • Language: English
  • Average Courseload: 2 courses (6 US credits)
  • GPA Requirement: 2.5

Highlights:

  • South Australia's vibrant, safe, capital city
  • One of the most affordable of all major cities in Australia
  • Official University of Adelaide DIGITAL Transcript
  • AACSB-accredited business school
  • Easy access to hiking, vineyards, and the ocean

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 with fewer than 3 classes available

  • Culinary Arts
  • Health
  • World Languages
  • Communications
  • Engineering

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

Areas of study with 3 to 7 classes available

  • Natural & Applied Sciences
  • Humanities

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

Areas of study which have more than 8 classes available

  • Business

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.

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: 1 or 2 courses (3-6 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.

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.

Housing in Adelaide

Location

You’ll live in apartment-style housing within a 20-minute walk to campus. These townhouse-style apartments include shared bedrooms and living spaces, including a kitchen, living room with TV, dining area, and laundry room.

Meals

Your apartment is equipped with a kitchen so you can cook your own meals. Take a trip to nearby Central Market to pick up all your groceries or to Chinatown for some takeout!

Inclusions and Amenities

  • 24-hour security
  • CommuteWalkingShuttle
  • Kitchen Equipment
  • LaundryOn-site
  • Printer
  • Study Areas
  • Television
  • Wi-Fi

What's Included

Inclusions

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • Two day CIS Abroad Orientation examples including a city walking tour, Indigenous cultural activities and more
  • Two one-day excursions
  • University of Adelaide transcript
  • CIS Abroad 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
  • La Vida Local cultural program

Welcome & Orientation

Upon arrival you’ll take part in both the university and CIS Abroad 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 & 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.

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!

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!

About:

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.

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:
    EXTENDED!Mar 15
    Mar 1
  • Arrival: June 23
  • Departure: July 26
  • Price: $6,690 - $8,890
  • Application Deadline: Mar 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: June 23 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 26 (Estimated)
  • Price: $6,690 - $8,890 (Estimated)
Additional Information:

3 Credits – Shared Room: $6,690
6 Credits – Shared Room: $8,890

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.