Australia Study Abroad Program at Flinders University
About Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia
- Required GPA: 2.5 (4.0 scale); 3.0 for psychology
- Application deadlines: November 1 for semester 1 (Feb-June)
November 1 for calendar year (Feb-Nov)
March 15 for semester 2 (July-Nov)
March 15 for academic year (July-June)
- Program advisor: Kelsey O'Shaughnessy
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We're so excited that you're considering IFSA-Butler's program at Flinders University for your semester or year abroad. Flinders is a great university located in Adelaide, Australia. We're sure you're going to love studying there!
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 Flinders has to offer
- A reputation for academic excellence
- Four faculties and 17 specialist research centers
- A spacious, green campus with modern buildings nine miles from the city center
- On-campus bank, bookstore, drugstore, health and counseling service, post office, religious center and student travel center
- First-rate playing fields for all major sports, tennis courts and two modern, indoor sports center
- Flinders Campus Community Services has an art gallery, music listening room, shop and several cafeterias, and sponsors concerts, dance and theatre performances, exhibitions and speakers
- An active Clubs and Societies Association with more than 50 special interest groups
- Housing is in modern on-campus student flats
- Students purchase or prepare their own meals
- Great range of courses and flexibility in course selection across departments
- Students take three or four courses per semester
We look forward to working with you!
CoursesWhere can I find a list of courses that the university offers?
- Open the Flinders University online course catalog.
- You should choose "Search by (current year) Topics" and then run a search for the subject areas in which you have an interest.
What courses am I eligible to take?
As an IFSA-Butler student, you are entitled to enroll in undergraduate courses for which you are qualified and in which space is available. Course descriptions in the online course catalog (see above) include prerequisites you must fulfill in order to enroll in each course.
For each course that you list on your preference form, be sure to check the following:
- When determining which courses to take, please bear in mind that the Australian academic system is an intensive, three-year program.
- First-year (100-level) courses are appropriate for departments in which you have little or no prior experience.
- Second-year (200-level) courses will be equivalent to advanced sophomore or junior-level U.S. courses.
- Third-year (300-level) courses will be equivalent to senior-level U.S. courses.
- Fourth-year (400-level) courses and higher are part of a postgraduate degree (Masters or Ph.D.). You are not eligible to take these courses as an undergraduate study abroad student.
- Remember in Australia, U.S. fall semester = semester 2 and U.S. spring semester = semester 1. Be sure to select courses for the correct semester you are studying abroad.
What if I need to take a required course?
Please be aware that IFSA-Butler cannot guarantee that your host university will offer a particular course, or that you will be allowed to take that particular course. However, if you need to take a required course, you may indicate that it is required on your course preference form. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor will communicate your needs to your host university.
Fourth-year (400-level) courses and higher are part of a postgraduate degree (Masters or Ph.D.). You are not eligible to take these courses as an undergraduate study abroad student.
How many courses am I able to take, and how do I determine U.S. semester credit hours?
IFSA-Butler requires students to enroll in a full course load at the host institution. The number of courses you take depends on the credit value of the courses you select. A full course load at Flinders University is 18 Flinders units for the semester (equivalent to 15-16 U.S. semester credit hours) and 36 for the year (equivalent to 30-32 U.S. semester credit hours). For information on the credit weight, please consult the chart below.
3 Flinders units = 2.75 U.S. semester credit hours
4.5 Flinders units = 4 U.S. semester credit hours
6 Flinders units = 5.25 U.S. semester credit hours
9 Flinders units = 8 U.S. semester credit hours
What are the registration conditions?
You must take a full Flinders University course load as determined by IFSA-Butler. Credit will be awarded on a Butler University transcript based on a typical U.S. full course load. All courses are graded on an A-F scale, and there is no provision for pass/fail or auditing courses unless pass/fail is the only method of assessment for the course. You are not allowed to register for online, distance education or hybrid courses.
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 and have several backup choices in mind. Neither you nor the university is bound by your selections, and you will not officially register for courses until you arrive on campus.
What do I need to know about exams?
Because of the differences in the academic systems, you will not know your exam schedule until after you arrive at your host university. Please refer to your program calendar to review the exam period for your host university. Your host university's policies do not permit you to reschedule any exams, request alternate assessments or arrange to have your exams proctored in the United States. If this occurs, IFSA-Butler cannot assist you in conducting a grade query or academic follow-up for the course in which you made this arrangement. You will need to complete and submit all academic work prior to departing the program.
How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
After you have returned to the U.S., your home university will receive a Butler University transcript with the credit you earned at Flinders University. The Butler University transcript will report the equivalent U.S. semester credit hours and letter grades. We also will send an official transcript to your permanent address.
Housing OptionsWhat are my housing options?
The following housing options are available during your semester or year abroad.
- Deirdre Jordan Units and Townhouses
The Deirdre Jordan Village is composed of three-and five-bedroom apartments that are located on campus, five to 10 minutes walking distance to most of the classroom buildings, library, and student union. Students will live with Australian students and other international students. No meal plan is available for students in the Deidre Jordan Village. There is a small convenience store on campus and grocery stores are located on main public transportation routes not far from campus.
Students must supply their own kitchen supplies, towels, pillows, and bed linen. Basic essentials like kitchen packs and linen packs can be pre-purchased through Flinders Housing.
All apartments in the Deirdre Jordan Village have kitchens (refrigerator, oven and stove), but students are responsible for providing basic kitchen supplies (e.g., silverware, crockery, pots and pans). Kitchen packs can be pre-purchased.
Is my housing included in the program fee?
Yes. Your program fee includes accommodation at the university while classes are in session. You will be responsible for any commuting costs you may incur. Australian university housing requires students to move out during breaks between semesters. If you are studying abroad for a year and wish to remain in residence during the vacation period(s), you must notify the university housing office upon arrival to make necessary arrangements. Staying in residence during these breaks may incur additional costs not covered by the IFSA-Butler program fee.
When will I receive my housing assignment?
You will most likely receive your housing assignment one to two weeks before your departure. However, in some cases you may not receive your housing assignment until you arrive in Australia for orientation. Your program advisor will notify you of your housing assignment via e-mail when it is released by the university.
Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.
Do I have to pay a housing deposit?
Yes. IFSA-Butler requires a refundable housing deposit of $300 before going abroad. We will return this deposit to you after March 1 for fall programs or September 1 for spring and year programs, less any fines, damages or outstanding debts in your name.
Can I arrange my own housing?
Yes. IFSA-Butler recognizes that some students require independent housing for their time abroad. If you choose not to take advantage of our guaranteed housing, you may sign up for independent housing on the housing preference form. Once you've made this choice, we will not provide housing for you or bill you for the accommodation fee.
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 by the program application deadline for your term abroad, listed at the top of this page. We are not able to accommodate independent housing requests after the deadline.
Living and Studying Abroad in Adelaide, Australia
Population: 1.3 million
Location: State of South Australia; in south central Australia
- Known as the "Gateway to the Outback"
- Offers the best of cosmopolitan city life with the friendliness of a small university town
- A lively cultural scene with visual and performing arts, galleries, museums and festivals
- One of the largest shopping malls in the Southern Hemisphere
- A great place to live well: Adelaide's cost of living is 24% lower than Sydney!
- Enjoy the beach, just 20 minutes from Adelaide
- Take advantage of great camping and hiking opportunities nearby in the spectacular Flinders Mountain Ranges
- Take a weekend jump to Kangaroo Island for cycling, horseback riding and hiking in a pristine natural environment
- Experience the vineyard culture through winery tours in Adelaide's world-renowned wine region
City of Adelaide
South Australia Government
South Australia Tourism Commission
The Adelaide Festival of Arts
Womadelaide, World Music Festival
Adelaide and South Australia News
Dates & Fees
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Independent travelers must arrive at the Sydney Harbour YHA Hostel by 11 a.m. on the mandatory arrival date listed above.
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.
All program support services end on the “Program Ends” date.
Exams must be taken where and when scheduled. Under no circumstances may students request that an exam time be changed. In Australia exams are taken under formal examination conditions, and changes cannot be made for individuals.
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What's included in our Australia program fees
Calendar Year and Semester 1 Payments Due: December 15
Academic Year and Semester 2 Payments Due: May 15
Program Fee Bills
IFSA-Butler will send a single bill for tuition, services and housing. Any bills for tuition differentials and/or supplemental housing fees will be sent separately. Students who opt for independent housing will not be charged the housing component of the program fee.
The housing component of our program fee is based on the average cost of local student self-catering accommodation, usually a shared room in a regular dormitory, apartment or house without any extra features.
† Housing Deposit
This program requires a housing deposit of $300. This payment is in addition to the program fee but is due on the same date. The deposit is held separately from the program fee and should be paid separately. The deposit is refunded to the student after the program, less any damages, fines or outstanding debts in the student’s name.
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.
Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.
All costs are in U.S. dollars.
To apply to the Flinders University program, use our easy online application.
Applicants to the Flinders University program must complete additional forms as part of the application process:
We must receive these forms before we can send your application to Flinders University 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 the Flinders University program, you can check the status of your application using the student portal.
Meet Your IFSA-Butler Team
IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program in Australia:
Program Advisor Kelsey O'Shaughnessy assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Kelsey studied abroad with IFSA-Butler in Sydney, Australia, during the spring of 2013. She enjoyed making friends with locals and exploring the ins and outs of new cities. She completed her undergraduate coursework in psychology at Butler University in 2014. She advises students planning to study abroad in England and Australia and can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 3638.
Student Accounts Coordinator Becki Niccum assists with the financial side of study abroad and processes payments and invoices. Becki can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-3077.
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.
Once abroad, our students are in the capable hands of our on-site office, including our student services coordinator Sharna Bremner. Click here to read more about Sharna.
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.