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University of Tasmania

About

As the only university on the stunning island of Tasmania, and the 4th oldest university in Australia, the University of Tasmania (UTAS) understands that learning - and living - go beyond the classroom. We offer you a wide range of units in our four Colleges - Arts, Law & Education, Sciences & Engineering, Health & Medicine and the Tasmanian School of Business and Economics. Ranked in the top 2 percent of universities worldwide (ARWU 2017), UTAS will provide you with a world-class experience in a unique location.

The student experience at UTAS is not just about study, it is also about creating unforgettable life experiences outside the classroom. This includes a great range of exciting field trips to locations around the island.

Come and discover for yourself why Tasmania is ranked in the top 4 must-visit destinations in the world by Lonely Planet (2015)!

Website
www.utas.edu.au

Reviews

Elda
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

a seriously-life-changer experience

This exchange has been a challenging experience, I had never had to take 100% of myself and I hadn't either been for a long period of time out of my country. I've been loving living on my own and having the freedom to decide how to manage my time, however, that has been a problem since I've been struggling to manage my study time properly. The way the university evaluates is pretty different than the way my university does it so it's been a little bit hard for me to get used to it, however, I believe that a proper time management would've made it easier. I feel that the university is really supportive and I love how they promote mental health and respect for diversity, I don't have that in my home university. The crew of student mobility is also very supportive and kind, so if you come and need help with anything, don't hesitate in asking for help.

I decided to live in the uni apartments because I didn't want to struggle finding a private house and I'm very satisfied: my room is big and the apartment is comfortable. The only thing I don't like is the hill we have to climb to get here and that apart from my roomates, it's not easy to meet more people in the accommodation. Fortunately, my roomies have been so nice and we usually do stuff together. The place is also pretty beautiful and along with other international students I've had the opportunity to roadtrip through Tassie to visit some iconic places and camping while doing that (they have a camping culture so it is very safe and easy to get a place to do it). If you're interested in doing that in k-mart you can buy a tent for 2 people at $12. I strongly recommend to take all the chances you have to visit as many places you can, it's totally worth it.

Hobart is beautiful, the air is so clean and it's a very safe town, the distance from uni to cbd can be walked but there're 2 supermarkets near the uni so you don't really have to go unless you want to do something specific. I've had some personal struggles but overall I've been loving this experience, I'm proud of how I've been taking care of myself , I think hat I've matured (I didn't even know how to cook) and I've certainly had lots of fun. I've met incredible people and although all of my units have been interesting, I've loved specially one of them and I think that it has helped me to decide what I want to do with my degree back home.

What would you improve about this program?
The coffee selling near accommodation should end latter and it'd be nice to have a little store so we can buy things without going down the hill
Chinki
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Different between EDUHK and University of Tasmania

The facility and surrounding environment of UTAS is similar to EDUHK. The campus is located in the edge of the Hobart city. It is similar to EDUHK which near the Tai Po city center. The height of building is also low (about 3 floor) in the main campus. The different structure of two college consists of that UTAS have many campus or researching and teaching building which located in different district, city, states and country. The geographic surrounding environment of two university is similar. They also is linked up with the city by houses but not building.

The learning environment of UTAS is unique because there have many international students with Australia students, especially locals (Tassies) . Most of Western student use a pen and a notebook to go an lesson, Eastern students use electronic device in contrast. Some of locals even don't have a smart phone and a Facebook account. It's really shock me. Most of courses contains 1 hour lecture and 1 hour non-lecture class (discussion, experiment or field trip) separately every week. It also allow me to have more chance to know this place and people. The shorter time in lesson let those contents more easy to remember and understand because it's more easy to focus the lesson in 1 hour rather than 3 hour class in EDUHK.

The student learning support is really wonderful here. There is PASS session in most course here, which contains Peer Assisting Study Session. Those sessions are directed by some students who have done a great job in this course before. They will design different activities to let us to understand and remember those contents in lectures. They will also give some tips about the examination too!!! That really help me to study those course more effective.

There is more society or hobby clubs in UTAS. However, the society and club's cheering is not exist here. Therefore, the atmosphere of joining society is not rich in UTAS.

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Nathalie
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Study in Tassie

The exchange semester in Tasmania enlarge my life experience. The experience to study in another country with another education system was very interesting. UTAS is well organized and can always give you support, if you need it. UTAS has some special event all the time, they do free BBQ almost every Tuesday for lunch and sometime also for dinner. Hobart is a calm, nice little city. If you like the nature, Tasmania has a lot to offer. It’s not possible to see the hole island in one semester. There is a public transport between the city center and the University, but it is easier to walk. You need about 30 minutes to walk. On the way to the city center there is Center Sandy Bay where you can shop and eat.
The teachers at UTAS are very well. I study law and the law faculty is not too big, it is familiar. The teachers always answer your questions immediately. The law library is calm and has everything you need. I liked to study there a lot. They can’t offer your many courses. I was a little bit disappointed about the small number of different units.
My courses were well organized, and they gave the instruction for the course in the beginning and didn’t change during semester. During semester I did a lot of assignments, which I like to do. In the end you have an exam or take-home-exam which is not to stressful because you have already done so many assignments before.
The campus at Hobart is large. The infrastructure is sometimes a little old but still working. In the Moris Miller Library they have a lot of computer and printer to use.
UTAS offer a lot of sport programs. This clubs are very helpful to get in touch with people. I played Volleyball and joined the national tournament in Brisbane, this was great.
The only thing, what didn’t work well was the organization of an accommodation. I applied very early for a room and didn’t get a room. The problem was that all students must apply on an internet platform. I should have checked the platform every day, but I get the information that I would get an email. This was a misunderstanding, I didn’t get an email and miss the deadline to confirm the offering. I search for a temporary accommodation in Sandy Bay and found a shared house. The rent in Hobart is between 180 to 260 a week.

What would you improve about this program?
There are some small things to improve. For example, teachers have done a semester program, they could consider the public holidays. So that we don’t have a problem with days off.
Another thing is the timetable, I must go to Uni every day for an hour or two. As an exchange student I would like more to have some busy days and other days free that I can explore the island.
The last point is to have the Units correct on MyLo, there are some courses which are not available for years. May they can delete this units from the list.
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Peter
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Tasmania - the natural paradise

At UTAS you will meet heaps of international students from all around the world. I don't know the exact numbers, but I would estimate they make up to 75% of all students. In general, lecturers at UTAS try to vary within their teaching methods, which makes the lectures more exciting. In comparison to my German home University, I had plenty more assignments during the semester. Thus, the final grade of the unit better reflects the actual engagement and knowledge of the student. I also liked the online platform MyLo which can be used for several things, such as asking questions and submitting assessments.

Right from the beginning after my arrival, people were very open and helpful. It was no problem for me to adjust to the Australian culture. At University you constantly meet new people at the numerous events and during the orientation week. While traveling around, you will meet many other backpackers which are open-minded. I participated in many events run by the University (e.g. Sustainability picknick).

Unfortunately, the public transport in Hobart is very disappointing. I did not have a car or bike. I mainly walked. On weekends I studied, met friends, went to the city (e.g. the Salamanca market) and did several road trips together with some peers. In Tassie, there are plenty of beautiful places to discover. Just a few named here: Maria Island, Bruny Island, Montezuma Falls, Rainforests, Bay of Fires, Little Blue Lake, Port Arthur, Cataract Gorge, Cradle Mountain, Russell Falls, Wineglass Bay. Furthermore, have a look for bioluminescence and ghost mushrooms.

I stayed in a private accommodation 2.5 km away from University together with locals. Please consider that Hobart is very hilly. I rented one private room, a shared kitchen, and a shared bathroom. It is hard to say if the price of 170$/week (including water and electricity; excluding Internet) is reasonable because the house was in bad conditions without a proper heater. On the other hand, the student accommodations are much more expensive and currently, there is a high demand for accommodations in Hobart.

No matter where you go, there will always be challenges. The special thing about Tasmania and in particular about its University is, that people make you feel as if you were part of a huge lovely family. It doesn't take long until you don't want to leave anymore. Combined with the beautiful nature, the cleanest air in the world and the fluffy native animals, studying in Tassie will be a perfect experience.

What would you improve about this program?
One of my chosen units was interesting, but it was clearly too much content for the time. The lecturer ran through his slides every session (over 50 slides in 1.5 hours). He read what was written on them instead of properly teaching the content. After the lecture, a workshop was added without a break -> 3 hours without a break. Thus, less and less students attended in this unit. I would strongly suggest to cut the content of this subject and instead teaching the remaining content properly.
Furthermore, the University should try to provide more affordable accommodations.

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Staff Interviews

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

Daisy Ryan-Pont

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Student Mobility Officer
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Daisy hails from the leafy English countryside, but has lived and studied in the US, Canada and the Netherlands; she finally landed in Tasmania in early 2017.

Daisy has experienced the benefits of overseas study firsthand and is passionate about enabling students to reap the same rewards.

What is your favorite travel memory?

In January 2017, I was lucky enough to go skiing in Kitzbühel, Austria. My friends and I drove from Amsterdam and arrived to Kitzbühel at about midnight. I was left in charge of navigation and we somehow ended up making a wrong turn into a snowy field. We hadn't remembered to put chains on the tires, so the car was completely stuck!

It was -20°C outside, pitch black and we were totally weak with laughter, so our attempts at digging the car out with our hands didn't last very long (there were even some vain attempts at putting the chains on the tires when we were already stuck).

Eventually we left the car where it was and headed to the pub to warm up with some gluhwein. When we returned in the morning, some friendly locals had dug a path for us and we were able to drive straight out!

Despite the rocky start, we were treated to the best ski conditions I have ever experienced. It was t-shirt weather every day, with a fresh dump of powder each night. Combined with being away with a group of my best friends, it really couldn’t have been better!

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

As this is my first job in the field of international education, I am certain that I have changed and grown in many ways since I started here at the University of Tasmania.

I have gained a greater appreciation for the staff at my former university who navigated me through the twists and turns of organizing my own overseas studies, but also a deeper understanding of how important it is for students to have such an experience.

Seeing the impact that studying overseas has on our students both immediately after they return, and also long into the future, has really solidified my passion for working in this field!

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

Last year, a student came into our office hoping to go on exchange to Germany. When we first met him, he was incredibly shy and didn't seem particularly confident in himself. We were slightly worried about how he would fare overseas, but it turned out we needn't have been worried at all!

When he came back into the office the following semester, he was a totally new person! He had fallen in love with his host university and made a fantastic group of friends. He was now brimming with confidence, and we had a hard time getting him to stop talking!

I love when studying overseas has such a profound impact on students, and I couldn't be happier for this one in particular - I am sure that his life will take a different course thanks to just one semester in Germany.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

Way back in 2013, I went on exchange to Alberta, Canada and had the time of my life, so I would definitely love to go on exchange again!

This time I would choose somewhere a little hotter- we have a great exchange partner in Mexico that I would love to go and visit for a semester or two, or perhaps Italy?

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

Being the only university on the island, the people who work here at the University of Tasmania are an extremely close-knit group of people, which allows us to work well with one another.

Despite this closeness, we are also a diverse bunch - the four members of my team are actually from four different countries (and three continents!). We love sharing our cultures with one another and with our students, and I am proud to be part of such a unique team!

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

I think the main factor that leads to success in a company - just like in life - is happiness.

Creating a work environment that employees are excited about coming to each day is crucial in my opinion, and happiness is proven to increase productivity and boost mental health.

I feel incredibly lucky to have a workplace like this, and I know that it has been a crucial factor in the successes that we have experienced.