University of Canberra

University of Canberra

About

The University of Canberra is located in Australia's capital city, Canberra. Canberra is conveniently located 3 hours from Sydney and 2 hours from the south coast beaches and the snowy mountains. Canberra offers the perfect blend of city and nature, with all the amenities of a larger city but without the congestion. With a higher percentage of Australian students, you will find more opportunities to meet locals and enjoy a more genuine Australian experience than in larger cities. The University campus is located in one of Canberra's main city centres, boasting a large mall, beautiful lake and heaps of parkland abundant with native Australian plants and wildlife including kangaroos and colourful parrots. Students are offered guaranteed on campus accommodation, a quick walk to classes, public transport and shops. Students may choose from over 3,000 subjects providing practical learning in areas like arts, design, health, education, science, technology, math, business, government and law

Founded
1967
Headquarters

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University of Canberra ACT 2601
Australia

Reviews

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Brooke
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I am truly happy I took the leap to come to Canberra, Australia. I have traveled before but with family and friends for short periods of time. This has been my first time abroad for 4 months and without friends and family. I have grown close to so many students here and we are all becoming close like a family. I have adapted very quickly here, which really helped the transition. The ambassadors have been very helpful and a lot of fun. Knowing that they have also been in our situation really helps us bond with them because they know what we are going through. When I go back to the US I will have to get used to everything being on the right side since I have been getting use to everything on the left. Learning this culture really opens my eyes and excites me to learn about more cultures. I am excited to see what the next three months bring me and I encourage everyone to take the opportunity to study abroad.

What would you improve about this program?
I would highly recommend this program. Some things that need to be improved is the organization of signing up for class. Due to the different culture it was very difficult understanding what was needed to be done in order to sign up for classes. I feel that was the most stressful thing to do and if it could be broken down a little more I feel it could have been easier to do myself.
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Erin
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Everyone I have encountered since being at UC have been extremely helpful to say the least. We always know all the activities that are going on because they make sure they inform us and everyone wants to make sure you have an amazing time abroad. All of the ambassadors are more than willing to drive you places and take you on trips to see other sides of Australia. Canberra is definitely not as populated as other big cities but you can find plenty to do on the weekends and everything is very reasonably prices. I like how my housing is perfect walking distance to the mall where i get my groceries as well as campus.

What would you improve about this program?
I would recommend being more hands on with students when it comes to enrolling in classes. Being from a different country, the enrolling in units part was difficult and it would've been nice to have more help.
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Cristina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had never been on my own in my country, so being by myself on the other side of the world seemed to be pretty challenging... Though beggining with the people from the study abroad office at UC, everyone was very welcoming and nice. I met people with whom I lived amazing experiences... friends that got to know me in a way maybe not even I knew myself. Living in Canberra is very cool, it is not hectic and yet, you get to do a lot of things... a really nice living rythim. Getting used to classes at UC was really smooth, unit's activities are all sorted out from the beggining of the semester, so you can organize yourself easily. And there are a lot of interesting things organized by uni people.

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Postman
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The University of Canberra provides a very good exchange program. The student society is heaps awesome and student life here is lively. However, accommodation and food on campus area are not the best. The university has a lot of interesting units from which to choose.

What would you improve about this program?
Earlier information on application process.
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Daniel
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

University of Canberra exchange program enlightened me to travel overseas for the first time. You can go away for the weekend, travel to the iconic Sydney (3 hours), or travel before/after your semester. With a lot of tourist destinations within 1-5 hour flights, at your disposal is a great opportunity to explore Aussie culture.

The only difficulties I found was planning travel with friends early enough to get a fairer price (hard life, right?). Be sure to book as far as you can in advance to get the most affordable price.

What would you improve about this program?
One thing I would suggest to the program is providing day activities within the exchange group more often throughout the semester. Although we did get with each other a few times, It would have been nice to explore Canberra more.

Programs

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Gareth Keogh

Gareth is a 21-year-old male from Dublin, Ireland and studies in the Dublin Institute of Technology. Gareth studied abroad at the University of Canberra in Australia!
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Do you think your program changed you as a person?

Gareth: Definitely. I think it's impossible for an experience like being in a far away country for one year to not change you as a person. I have probably met around 200 people since arriving here, and I think I got to experience so many different and unique personalities that I wouldn't have experienced if I decided not to go on exchange.

So because I met so many people, I feel a lot more comfortable introducing myself and talking to strangers. I also have never lived on my own before going abroad, so in terms of independence this exchange has been really beneficial. I could hardly boil an egg before arriving here, but now I can fend for myself in the kitchen.

Tell us about an experience you had that you could not have had at home

Gareth: My home university (DIT) in Ireland wasn't too far away from my house, so it wouldn't have made much sense if I didn't live with my parents. One of the big reasons I decided to go was to experience the lifestyle of living on campus surrounded by friends, and that's my favorite part of being abroad.

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Every day I could do something with my friends, whether if it was something simple such as watching TV with them, hanging out in one of the common areas or going to the city for a night out with them. I'm sure it will be difficult to have these friends who were a two minute walk away to being on the other side of the Atlantic, or in another country elsewhere.

What made this study abroad experience unique and special?

Gareth: The people. I am staying quite late in Canberra, as I want to hold onto my job to save money and to travel to Melbourne before heading back home, and it's tough (to say the least) to say goodbye to people I have gotten to know really well. As more and more people are going, you soon realize that it's the group of people that make an experience what it is.

I was lucky enough to be apart of two different great exchange groups during my time in Canberra, and they're people I'd love to see again and to keep in contact with. I've become really good friends with Australians as well, which is another reason why I'm sticking around for longer. Since I visited their country, I hope they can return the favor and visit mine!

How has this experience impacted your future?

Gareth: I was very apprehensive before arriving here. Spending a full year away from home was pretty daunting considering the longest I've been outside my country before that was two weeks. The whole journey coming over here I actually spent most of it looking forward to when I come back home, so before, I used to always consider myself as a home bird, with no interest of seeing much of the world outside Ireland.

But now, on my return flight, I wouldn't bet against me looking forward to seeing the amazing people I have met again. I can't think of anything better than to take a year out and to travel around, having reunions with the closest friends I made here.

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What is one piece of advice you'd give future University of Canberra students?

Gareth: Make the most of it while you're here. There are brilliant ambassadors here who want you're experience of Australia to be as good as it can be, and how they do that is by organising many trips and parties. So I'd recommend to go to as many of them as your bank account allows you to!

Being in Australia costs money, so I missed a chunk of my second semester here as I was doing farm work, and I have to say it was frustrating to miss out on the orientation, and the twice-a-year Sydney trip to get to know all of the exchange students from my second semester. So another piece of advice is to try and get a job as early as possible, in order to afford everything, especially if you're here for the year.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Rebecca Willis

Rebecca Willis is originally from Raleigh, North Carolina. She did her exchange to Wagga Wagga, Australia back in 2007 and realized her life goal was to work with international students. She is incredibly passionate about ensuring the best experience possible for each student under her care at the University of Canberra.
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What position do you hold at the University of Canberra? What has been your career path so far?

Rebecca: This is my fourth year as the Inbound Study Abroad and Exchange Officer and it’s actually my first job since graduating university. I feel that this job is the perfect match for my passions, skills and experience and I definitely don’t plan on leaving in the near future.

While studying my Bachelors in Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington (UNCW), I interned at the Office of International Programs and while I was studying my Master of International Relations at Macquarie University, I worked at Macquarie International. This experience working in international offices in two different countries gave me invaluable experience to help me land my current job.

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Did YOU study abroad?! If so, where and what inspired you to go?

Rebecca: Yes, of course! I wanted the adventure of exploring somewhere new. I went to Wagga Wagga, Australia, which wasn’t my first choice, but something I would never take back. It was here where I met my Aussie husband, decided to change my career path, and deepened my faith.

I also learned that the best places to study abroad are where you can meet the locals and have a true cultural experience. It’s not in the big cities, after all, where the kangaroos and native wildlife live! That’s one of the things I love about working at the University of Canberra too. We have more local students and even kangaroos on campus!

What country have you always wanted to visit?

Rebecca: I’ve always wanted to visit Japan because I became close friends with two Japanese exchange students back when I was studying my undergraduate degree at UNCW. Japanese culture intrigues me, the people are extremely kind and the food isn’t bad either!

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What was your favorite traveling experience?

Rebecca: I’d have to say that dogsledding in Norway under the Northern Lights and capturing them on my own camera was definitely an experience to remember!

Describe a time when you felt especially proud to be part of the University of Canberra team:

Rebecca: I love my entire team at the University of Canberra and I feel proud to be a part of the Study Abroad and Exchange team every day! We are all likeminded in our passion for travel and overseas study and we are all very creative and innovative, constantly looking for ways to improve- and implementing them.