Australia Summer Public Health Program
Hello! We're so excited that you're considering an IFSA-Butler program for your summer abroad and have chosen the University of Adelaide as your destination. Adelaide is a beautiful location and a student-friendly city to live and learn in. We're sure you're going to love studying there for the summer!
There are a few specific forms for this program that you will need to complete along with your IFSA-Butler application. You can find the forms under the Forms tab.
What the Australia Summer Public Health program has to offer
What courses will I be taking?
International Health (required)
Community Engagement Learning Project (required)
Students will research and provide solutions and appropriate responses to these needs and issues. In addition to their placements, students will attend seminars and complete a research project, as well as a learning journal that will enable them to reflect on their experiences and their use of knowledge and skills.
Indigenous Cultures & History (required)
This course is designed to create a culturally safe space where students are able to reassess their individual understandings of Indigenous histories and make comparison with their own country. A number of field trips enable students to expand their classroom knowledge into a practical setting.
What if I need to take a required course?
Course RestrictionsStudents may enroll only in the courses offered on the Summer Public Health program. See the Courses subtab for more information.
How many courses am I able to take, and how do I determine U.S. semester credit hours?
3 University of Adelaide Points = 4 U.S. semester credit hours
What are the registration conditions?
You should also be aware that you may be charged additional fees by your home institution or host university to take or process additional credits. Taking less than a full course load may jeopardize your student status and result in personal academic repercussions and/or loss of financial aid.
The course preference form is not a registration form; it is a guideline to let your host university know which courses you are interested in taking abroad. You should discuss your course selections with your academic advisor at your home institution. Course registration will be confirmed before departure for Australia.
What do I need to know about exams?
How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
What are my housing options?
Read more about housing options.
MealsStudents in apartments will purchase and prepare meals in shared kitchen facilities. Students who choose the homestay option will have breakfast, lunch and dinner provided as part of the program fee.
Is my housing included in the program fee?
Do I have to pay a housing deposit?
Can I arrange my own housing?
Please be advised that housing costs can be high abroad, and many times students living independently end up spending more money than students living in IFSA-Butler arranged housing. If you are hoping to save money by arranging housing on your own, please research your options early so you can compare costs. You must notify us of your intention to live in independent housing May 1 for summer programs. We are not able to accommodate independent housing requests after this date.
Living and Studying Abroad in Adelaide, Australia
Dates & Fees
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Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.
Program housing is available only until the day shown on the calendar as “Program ends.”
Exams must be taken where and when scheduled. Under no circumstances may students request that an exam time be changed.
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Payment Due: May 15
Program Fee Bills
Personal Cost Estimates
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These figures are designed to assist students with financial planning but are only estimates based on past students’ experiences at the current exchange rate. They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs.
The above numbers are general estimates of expenses during a program abroad. We recommend taking into account your current spending habits, the cost of living in your host country and the current exchange rate. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can be helpful as you attempt to work on a personal budget for your experience abroad.
* Students living in university housing are responsible for purchasing or cooking their own meals. Students who opt to live with a host family will have breakfast, lunch and dinner provided as part of the homestay.
Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.
Commuting: Estimates are for transportation between housing and university. Transportation for personal or recreational purposes is not included in the above estimates.
All costs are in U.S. dollars.
To apply to the Australia Summer Public Health program, use our easy online application.
Applicants to the Summer Public Health program must complete additional forms as part of the application process:
We must receive these forms before we can send your application to the University of Adelaide for an admissions decision. They can be sent to IFSA-Butler via email, fax or regular mail. Please submit these forms with the remainder of your program application.
If you have already started an application to Australia Summer Public Health program, you can track which forms IFSA-Butler has received by logging into the student portal.
Meet Your IFSA-Butler TeamIFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program in Australia:
Program Advisor David Watkins assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. David can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4229. David graduated from the University of Cincinnati with bachelor’s degrees in international affairs and political science. He studied abroad in France, Israel and the West Bank, and began a study abroad program with IFSA-Butler in Egypt during the spring of 2011. After political evacuation from Egypt, he continued his studies in Morocco. David currently advises students planning on studying abroad in England and Australia.
Student & Parent Services Manager Donnetta Spears is available to both students and parents for travel questions and information. Donnetta has worked with IFSA-Butler since 2000, and she has traveled through parts of Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. As the mother of 4 college students (including one who studied abroad on an IFSA-Butler program), she has a deep understanding of the ins-and-outs of study abroad from a parent perspective. Donnetta can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4252.
Upon return from your study abroad program, Academic Affairs Coordinator Paige Ward processes your Butler University transcript and assists with any academic record queries. Paige graduated from Butler University, and she studied abroad for a semester in Paris, Belfast, London and the English Lake District. Studying abroad for Paige was an eye-opening and knowledge-gaining experience, and she is excited to work with students who are looking for the same. Paige can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229 ext. 4254.
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Australia Summer Public Health students will also get to experience the excitement of Sydney at the IFSA-Butler orientation. Our orientation program will allow you to visit some of Sydney's renowned landmarks and to experience Australia's unique wildlife, including kangaroos and koalas at the picturesque Taronga Zoo. Explore the historical Rocks as part of a convict ghost tour, and soak up Sydney's glorious harbour on both a ferry and with views from your hotel.
Summer Withdraw Notice
Please note that the University of Adelaide has a very strict withdraw policy for summer. Australia Summer Public Health students should be aware of the following policies:
Although IFSA-Butler students pay their fees to us instead of the University of Adelaide, we are responsible for any fees incurred on behalf of our students. Therefore, we are obligated to follow the university's refund policy for summer students. Please contact our office with any questions about this situation.