- Fall: March 1
- Spring: November 15
About Engage Australia: Adelaide
The University of Adelaide is located right in the heart of the city of Adelaide, which was recently called "Australia's best kept secret" thanks to its great weather, never-ending festivals, food and wine culture and affordability. The university is one of Australia's oldest, with "Harry Potter style" sandstone buildings with abundant STEM offerings.
Engage Australia: Adelaide Benefits
- Engage in a cost-conscious program with an optional internship.
- IFSA's exclusive Exploring Community & Culture course will deepen your appreciation for Aussie culture and give you a behind-the-scenes look at your city that you could never learn in a classroom or see on a tour bus
- Focus exclusively on your selected track or choose courses in other departments
- Abundant STEM offerings allows you to find courses that will keep you on track for graduation
- Gain real-world skills with an optional internship that will enrich your experience and boost your resumé
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Academics at Engage Australia: University of Adelaide
Students on this program will have the following curriculum:
Students on the Engage Adelaide program will typically take the Exploring Community & Culture (C&C) course, in addition to three university courses or one university course and an internship. Most university courses are worth 3 Adelaide units (4 U.S. semester credit hours). Internships and some science courses at Adelaide are worth 6 Adelaide units (8 U.S. semester credit hours). If you do an internship or take a course with 6 units, you will take the C&C course, the 6 credit course or internship, and one more university course.
Please review all your syllabi and course materials when you are registering for classes (both pre-arrival and on-site). Certain classes may have a one-off lab or field trip fee that is disclosed in the syllabus or first meeting of class. You will be responsible for these fees, whether they are billed and paid by IFSA or billed to you.
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 (1000-level) courses are appropriate for departments in which you have little or no prior experience.
- Second-year (2000-level) courses will be equivalent to advanced sophomore or junior-level U.S. courses.
- Third-year (3000-level) courses will be equivalent to senior-level U.S. courses.
- Fourth-year (4000-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. 6. 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.
Exploring Community and Culture
Set yourself apart from other students studying abroad with IFSA's Exploring Community & Culture (C&C) course. This course is exclusive to IFSA and are an embedded component of every Engage program. C&C offers you the exciting chance to experience your host city in a way most visitors never can. It is designed to take study abroad to another level. While abroad, do you want to do what locals do? Go where they go? See your new culture and environment through their eyes? The C&C core course helps the unfamiliar place become familiar and gives you a behind-the-scenes look at Australia and your host city that you could never learn in a classroom or see on a tour bus. This course is worth 3 U.S semester credit hours and focuses on helping you develop strong skill sets through direct, local engagement with your host city, including team building, intercultural communication and critical analysis. It provides the opportunity to learn about what makes Australia and its communities unique, and how and where you fit in. You'll meet regularly with your instructor and other Engage Australia students to undertake discussions, special excursions and presentations. In addition, you will choose from a variety of activities through which you will engage with your host campus and community, taking your very local experience in Australia to another level.
You can gain practical experience in addition to your courses in Australia with an internship. Various internships are available at placements in businesses, nonprofit organizations, government offices and community volunteer centers in Adelaide. Internships are unpaid but are worth 8 U.S. semester credits in Adelaide (replacing two classes). Internship applicants must have a 3.0 GPA and placements may be subject to a successful interview upon arrival. If a student does not receive a placement upon arrival, another course can be easily added during registration.
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The IFSA Team
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