Adelaide, Australia

Introduction

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Study Abroad Center offers undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to study for the fall and/or spring semesters in Adelaide, Australia. On-site, the program is coordinated by Flinders University of South Australia.

Periods of study:

  • Spring (Semester 1): mid-February through late June
  • Fall (Semester 2): July through late November

This program is open to all majors, but is particularly ideal for students who are pursuing degrees, minors and/or certificates in the following fields of study:

  • Art
  • Biology
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Geography
  • History
  • Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Science
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Travel Industry Management
  • Women’s Studies

Graduate students can take Masters-level classes in a variety of fields, including Accounting, Finance, and International Business.

Students may choose from a wide variety of courses offered at Flinders University.

Informational meetings:

  • Friday, Sep. 15  2:00-3:00  Kuykendall 213  OR
  • Thursday, Sep. 21  2:30-3:30  Kuykendall 213

Spring 2018 application deadline: Monday, Oct. 16


Host Institution

Fully funded by the Australian government and a member of the Association of Commonwealth (British Commonwealth) Universities, Flinders University of South Australia [CRICOS number (00114A)] has a population of 24,000+ students, and over 4,000 international students from more than 90 countries and over 100 partner institutions.

Flinders was ranked number 46 overall in the 2016 Times Higher Education Top 150 Universities under 50 years, and offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in Applied Sciences, Accounting, Arts, Biotechnology, Commerce, Developmental Disabilities, Education, Engineering, Environmental Health, Law, Liberal Studies, Medicine, Nursing, Science, Speech Pathology, Teaching and Theology.

A wide range of academic support and student services is available to meet the special needs of overseas students, such as tutoring assistance, health and counseling services, career advice and legal aid. Flinders’ library houses over 700,000 volumes in areas related to teaching and research requirements of the students and faculty. Students have access to computers, printers, internet, and copying machines.

The University has three large campuses, four faculties and over 19 specialist research centers, including interstate and regional locations for teaching and research. They have spacious, green campuses with panoramic views, modern state of the art buildings and are only nine miles from the city center. Their ample space offers first-rate playing fields for all major sports, tennis courts and two modern indoor sports centers. Flinders also has an active campus and vibrant student experience with an on-campus gym and fitness center, drugstore, health, and counseling service, post office, religious center, student travel center, food hall, restaurants, cafes, bars and the new 63 million dollar student hub. The new hub offers students 24/7 access and boasts a 2,000-seat terraced amphitheater, which features a giant super screen, and hosts everything from moonlight cinemas to concerts and Adelaide Fringe events.

Students can get involved with a variety of activities including social sport, the University Games, recreational programs and personal training. Flinders has a range of over 80 different clubs and societies to cater to student interests, whether related to degree, religion, culture, political affiliation, or just for fun.

Students enroll in Flinders University courses that are taught by faculty who hold appropriate teaching credentials. Flinders’ teaching staff are highly regarded and consistently attract the very highest funding to continue their research work. Over 90% of Flinders’ research was ranked at or above world standard in the 2015 Excellence in Research Australia assessment.

Flinders University’s International Student Services Unit fully supports and orients international students. Special programs and activities are offered, which enable study abroad students to integrate into the cultural, social and academic life at Flinders University.


Curriculum

The UHM Semester in Adelaide program provides students an opportunity to fulfill UHM major, minor, elective, focus, foundations, diversification and foreign language requirements for graduation. Students on the program must be enrolled full-time and may earn up to 15 credits.

The Fall semester runs from early July until late November, and the Spring semester runs from late February until late June.

COURSE OFFERINGS

Students can earn UHM credits for a wide range of courses, including Art, Economics, Education, Foreign Languages, Geography, Health Studies, History, Natural Sciences, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, and Women’s Studies.

Click to see Flinders course information and UHM equivalents. Course offerings are subject to availability and may change without prior notice.

Courses taken at Flinders University will appear on UHM transcripts as UHM credits.

STUDY ABROAD ADVISOR

Allison Yap

Current as of November 3, 2017.


Location

The city of Adelaide, capital of the territory of South Australia, was first established in 1836 by free British settlers. It is now a city of approximately one million people and is the chief commercial, cultural and administrative center of South Australia. A beautiful coastal city bordered by the beach-lined Gulf of St. Vincent to the West and the Mount Lofty Ranges to the East, Adelaide’s climate is typically Mediterranean with hot, dry summers, cool, damp winters and distinct springs and autumns.Adelaide is the top 5 most livable city in the world and the most affordable mainland capital city. It is a city of festivals, relaxed living, and education excellence.


Housing

Flinders University is the only university in Adelaide to offer on-campus accommodations. All on-campus accommodation is located within a 5-minute walk from the main campus. Students can choose a single dormitory-style room in University Hall, with surrounding common kitchenettes and bathroom facilities. Breakfasts and dinners are provided in the dining room five days a week, and students can pack lunches (sandwiches) from ingredients supplied by the Hall. Students are responsible for weekend meals, as they are not served in the residence hall dining room.

Another option is a room in the village multi-bedroom apartment-style units, where students are responsible for all meals.


Excursions

As the commercial, cultural and administrative center of South Australia, Adelaide has much to offer, such as world-famous art galleries, museums, parks and gardens, wineries, shopping, beaches and the latest movies. In addition, there are concerts, restaurants, dance clubs and live theaters. The Adelaide Festival of Arts is an exhaustive program of music, opera, theater, exhibitions, poetry and literature readings held biennially (even years) attracting top performers and audiences from around the world. The Fringe Festival is held in conjunction with the Festival of Arts and offers audiences cultural events from international performers of experimental theater and music.

The International Student Services Unit (ISSU) organizes excursions to Kangaroo Island, Cleland Wildlife Park and several other activities.


Photos

Adelaide, Australia


Program Cost

$16,505 (Fall 2017)

Cost includes Flinders University tuition, airport pick-up, on-campus housing, linen pack, health insurance, meals, UHM Study Abroad and student visa fees. Textbooks, ground transportation, internet connection, groceries, laundry, and excursions are also included.

Roundtrip airfare between Honolulu and Adelaide is not included; students have the option of taking the flight arranged by Third Eye Travel or making their own travel arrangements.

FINANCIAL AID

FOR UHM STUDENTS ONLY: In order to receive financial aid, please ensure that either: a) you are receiving financial aid during the preceding semester, or b) you complete the Financial Aid application during the current semester. www.hawaii.edu/fas

NON-UHM STUDENTS (those attending other colleges and universities during the regular school year) must apply for financial aid at their home institutions.

SCHOLARSHIP

A scholarship for $2,000, sponsored by the UHM Study Abroad Center, is offered to accepted students for the Spring 2018 semester. Click here to download the application form.

See the Money Matters & Resources page for a list of possible scholarships.

STUDENT VISA

Students participating in the UHM Semester in Adelaide program must obtain a student visa prior to arriving in Australia.


Admission Requirements

This program is designed for sophomore, junior, or senior level undergraduate students. The minimum requirements are a 3.0 GPA, strong English writing skills, absolute fluency in English, and successful completion of course prerequisites. However, students with a lower GPA may be considered in exceptional cases. A list of courses and requirements are available at the Study Abroad Center. Non-native English-speaking students must have taken the TOEFL exam within the last two years and earned a composite score of 600+ or have passed the UHM ELI placement exam.

Admission to the program is selective. All applicants for the program will be judged on their academic performance, reasons for wishing to attend the program, flexibility, and sensitivity to other cultures, and ability to adjust to a new cultural setting.

Immediately upon acceptance to the program, students are required to pay an initial payment that is non-refundable of $500.00 to ensure a place in the program. This initial payment will be applied toward the cost of the program.

Please note that UHM students accepted into the program are required to attend three mandatory pre-departure class sessions totaling 12 hours. Failure to attend will result in students being withdrawn from the program.


Application

A completed Study Abroad Center application and three academic references must be received by the Study Abroad Center by the following dates to receive consideration. Students from outside the UH System must also submit official transcripts from every college attended.

APPLICATION DEADLINES:

Fall semester: April 1*
Spring semester: October 15*

*The Study Abroad Center is closed on weekends, and Federal and State holidays.

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