The University of Canberra (UC) is located in Canberra, the capital city of Australia. UC has a large focus on practical preparation for professional careers offering students a hands-on work-integrated learning experience within an enjoyable, friendly and multicultural environment, complete with kangaroos on campus.
The Surrounding Area
The campus is situated in Canberra, the nation’s capital. The city of Canberra is an easy 3 hour bus or car trip to Sydney or 2.5 hours to fantastic surfing beaches. From the campus, students can easily walk to the movie theater, bowling alley, restaurants, bars, fresh food markets, supermarkets, and a major shopping mall (with buses departing every 5 minutes!) or take a 15 minute bus ride to Canberra’s city center. The city’s nightlife includes pubs, clubs, live music, culture and politics, and numerous festivals. Bush land reserves, lakeshore and cycling/jogging trails are just moments away from the university for those craving the great outdoors. Plus, kangaroos are regularly seen on campus!
City Population ..............................................................380,000
Students are able to enjoy the relaxed social atmosphere on campus with places for students to unwind in the grassy areas and socialize in the refractory or cafés. For study, students can access the 24-hour computer labs or the library. Students also have access to on-campus facilities such as a post office, banks, cafes, a hair salon, shops, a medical centre and sporting facilities. Within each area of study, students can join groups in order to widen their interest as well as expand their network within the university. UC also prides itself on its music and sporting culture by hosting various music festivals, concerts and sporting events within the campus. There are also plenty of student events run within the University. These include a range of free or heavily discounted activities & programs planned specifically for exchange students by the University of Canberra Study Abroad & Exchange Office: A buddy program, orientation trip to Sydney and the Blue mountains, orientation lake cruise, BBQs, surf camp, and much more!
- Degree-seeking student
- At least sophomore standing at time of participation
- Good judicial standing
- 2.50+ GPA at time of application
- Must be at least 18 years of age at time of participation
Students accepted into the UNC Wilmington education abroad program with the University of Canberra will receive credit towards their degree requirements for most majors. Areas of study available include arts, communication, media, business, government, politics, community studies, cultural heritage, design, health sciences, computing, business informatics, software engineering, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, justice studies, environmental science, biomedical science, forensic science, sports management, sports media, exercise science, tourism, urban and regional planning, and more.
At Canberra, classes are called units. A typical course load is three or four units per semester. This is equivalent to 12-15 UNCW credit hours. Please make an appointment with the education abroad advisor for Australia to discuss Canberra's unit offerings and credit transfer process.
The University of Canberra offers a variety of on-campus housing options that provide access to a essential student facilities and amenities. All university approved accommodations are self-catered, where students cook their own meals in provided kitchen facilities. Small cafes are conveniently located throughout campus.
Accommodation is priced weekly and costs are stated in Australian dollars (AU$).
As with all Australian schools, the University of Canberra follows the southern hemisphere calendar.
Fall Semester Dates (this is Australia's Spring term or Semester 2)
Early August to Early December
Spring Semester Dates (this is Australia's Fall term or Semester 1)
Early February to Early June
This program is available as an Exchange or as a Study Abroad:
- Exchange - This means you pay your regular tuition and fees to UNCW, and your room and board costs abroad.
- Study Abroad - This means you pay your tuition, fees, room and board abroad.
With each option, there will be additional costs for international airfare, passport, visa, health insurance, and local transportation. Please meet with the education abroad advisor for Australia to discuss your program budget and to determine which option is best for you.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Federal and state financial aid may be applied towards this program. Even if you are normally ineligible for financial aid, you should submit a financial aid application (FAFSA). You may find that you are eligible for additional funding.
UNCW students may also apply for a UNCW Education Abroad Grant and additional study abroad scholarships. Grant applications and additional information are available at http://www.uncw.edu/international/abroad/aid.html.