Australia Study Abroad Program at Flinders University
About Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia
- Minimum 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: Hannah Sutton
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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!
What Flinders has to offer
- A reputation for academic excellence and inspiring world-class research, industry connections and global partnerships
- Ranked in the top 300 universities worldwide and top 15 universities in Australia
- Three large campuses, four faculties and 19 specialist research centers
- Spacious, green campuses with panoramic views, modern state-of-the-art buildings and only nine miles from the city center
- On-campus gym and fitness center, health and counseling services, post office, religious center, student travel center, restaurants and new student hub
- First-rate playing fields for all major sports, tennis courts and two modern, indoor sports center
- An active Clubs and Societies Association with more than 80 special interest groups
- Housing is in self-catered student flats or fully-catered on-campus university housing
- 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.
- Select a subject area from the drop down menu or enter a search term in the "Title" field and click "Display Topics" to see a list of courses.
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 appeal 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 option is available during your semester or year abroad.
- Deirdre Jordan Units and Townhouses
The Deirdre Jordan Village is composed of two-, 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 hub. 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.
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 and stretching along 45 miles of coastline
Adelaide was ranked in the top five of the Most Liveable Cities in the World.
- 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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IFSA-Butler orientation begins at 11 a.m. on the orientation start date.
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.
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. Meals are estimated based on the cost of a weekly standard grocery shop with one meal out. If you plan to eat out once a day or more, we recommend using a higher estimate. If you have dietary restrictions or follow a specific diet (gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, organic, etc), you may also wish to budget more due to the higher cost of specialty food items.
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.
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 Hannah Sutton assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Hannah graduated from Butler University with a bachelor’s degree in English Literature. During her junior year, Hannah spent a semester in Dublin on the IFSA-Butler Ireland program. Her experience led her to develop a passion for study abroad and education and she joined the IFSA-Butler team to help guide other students to their own study abroad adventures. Hannah currently advises students planning to study in Australia and New Zealand, and can be reached through the email link above or by phone at 800-858-0229 ext. 4266.
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.
Academic Records Coordinator Abby Miller graduated from Butler University where she worked as a guide for international students from all over the world. From that experience and combined with her own world travels, she knows the amazing experiences that studying abroad can provide. Abby is excited to work with IFSA-Butler students and to help answer any questions about their academic records. Abby can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4217.