• Australia
    • Brisbane
    • Gold Coast
    • Melbourne
    • Sydney
    • Townsville
    • Wollongong
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Program Details

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Apartment Dormitory


Price Details
Visit our website for details on current program fees, along with what's included, estimates of additional expenses, and available scholarships.
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Classes Some Meals Travel Insurance
What's Not Included
Activities Airfare Meals SIM cards Transportation Visa
Jan 24, 2023
May 10, 2022
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About Program

Interested in a study abroad experience in an intrepid and unique destination? If you want to study in one of the world’s most talked-about places, Arcadia Abroad in Australia is for you!
Arcadia offers an array of program options in Australia, from a semester or summer studying, researching or interning under the auspices of our flagship Sydney Center, to university programs at prestigious institutions across Australia that cater to every major and interest.
Our expert Australia team ensures you’ll arrive well-prepared for Aussie life and will soon feel at home as they invite you to delve into Australia’s history, architecture, landscape, and traditions. Programs for a summer, semester, or full academic year are available.

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Program Highlights

  • Arcadia excursions enhance cultural immersion and provide meaningful context
  • Academic credit
  • The possibility of professional and research experience
  • Personalized support from program staff
  • An unforgettable semester, summer, or year

Popular Programs

Gold Coast, Australia

Bond University offers an experience distinct from other Australian universities with its small class size and modern campus. With the lowest student-teacher ratio in Australia, Bond is perfect for students who are looking to study abroad in a supportive environment with small, focused classes. Outside the classroom you'll find that Bond's location on the Gold Coast is ideal for exploring the environment that makes Australia so unique and is home to some of Australia's most stunning beaches.

Coogee, Australia

Located in suburban Sydney with close proximity to oceanside communities, UNSW is a highly ranked international research institution that offers superior academics in an urban setting combined with access to Australia’s well-known and appealing outdoor lifestyle. Particular academic strengths include business, psychology, design, technology and engineering. You can also decide to combine natural science or engineering with Australia-related courses in history, media studies or political science.

USYD, Australia

As Australia’s oldest and one of its most prestigious universities, University of Sydney is ranked regularly among the fifty top universities in the world in the QS rankings. Its commitment to diversity and inclusion, academic excellence, creativity and leadership define its vision for the students who attend. Its location features a mix of historic and modern architecture, which will serve as the backdrop for both your studies, and the adventures you will undertake as a student.

Melbourne, Australia

University of Melbourne, founded in 1853, is a member of the prestigious Group of Eight and is one of Australia’s top universities. It is an elite research university dedicated to discovery and innovation, evidenced by its affiliation with 100 research centers and institutes. Contemporary University of Melbourne, is a popular study abroad choice in the heart of the city, with state-of-the-art facilities, easy access to all urban amenities, and a friendly, multicultural vibe.

Sydney, Australia

A vibrant leader in research and innovation, University of Technology Sydney (UTS) is ranked the #1 young university in Australia, with origins that date back to the 19th century. A commitment to fostering the use of cutting-edge technology, a practice-based approach, and an institutional value around hands-on experience, along with considerable links to industry, make this university a perfect choice for future journalists, designers, and entrepreneurs. This program is a real resume-booster!

Brisbane, Australia

University of Queensland is a world leader in STEM fields, and has strengths in English, history, political science and sociology, as well as sports-related subjects. Among its campuses, the university maintains research stations at North Stradbroke Island and Heron Island, allowing students access to the Australian environment as a curricular component. It is an institution dedicated to excellence and research, and ranks consistently high in teaching and learning and student experience.

Brisbane, Australia

Queensland University of Technology has a creative, collaborative approach that is apparent both on campus and in the community. The University is home to an internationally award-winning Science and Engineering Centre, and boasts a Creative Industries Faculty, which fosters collaborative learning and interdisciplinary research environments. QUT is known for its project-based learning approach, where real world outcomes for students are emphasized.

Wollongong, Australia

Established in 1975, University of Wollongong is a modern university ranked in the top 1% globally. Its diverse student body studies on ten campuses, both in Australia and internationally. The main campus, located ninety minutes south of Sydney on 83 acres between beach and bushland, offers an inclusive and friendly campus vibe. A personalized learning environment supports dozens of course offerings, from robotics to indigenous studies.

Townsville, Queensland

James Cook University, located in Townsville in tropical north Queensland, is ranked number one in the world for Marine and Freshwater Biology - a fitting designation for a university with close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and surrounding tropical savannahs, bushlands, and rainforest. JCU draws strength and inspiration from Australia’s rich and diverse environment, and many courses offer fieldwork components to maximize your experience with hands-on learning.

Sydney, Australia

Macquarie is known for its inclusive and innovative approaches to learning, and its commitment to students as co-creators of their academic experiences. Macquarie is located within commuting distance of the CBD, on a lush campus with a commitment to sustainability and plenty of green space. There’s over 150 societies and sporting clubs open for you to join. Macquarie has academic strengths in engineering, environment, law, linguistics, psychology, and media & communications.


Arcadia Abroad Scholarships & Financial Aid

Arcadia Abroad Offers Need-Based Scholarships
Did you know that Arcadia Abroad provides financial aid to around 70% of students who apply for it? The scholarships are open to all current Arcadia Abroad applicants. Arcadia Abroad values equity, diversity, and inclusivity when awarding scholarships. Students who apply for scholarships will have the opportunity to write a 300-word essay. The deadline for applications is ongoing, so apply today!

$500 - $2,500

Program Reviews

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  • Academics 4.2
  • Support 4.5
  • Fun 4.85
  • Housing 5
  • Safety 4.85
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Arcadia in Wollongong!

I had a fantastic time studying abroad with Arcadia at the University of Wollongong. After a very fun, educational, and supportive orientation in Melbourne, Arcadia staff members helped me settle into my dorm in Wollongong where I lived amongst primarily Australian students. I spent time at the beach, explored the blue mountains, and traveled to Sydney a few times to explore a bigger city. This experience gave me the opportunity to become an advocate for myself and try new things! 10/10 recommend!!!!!!

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Surf and Studying!

When a snowstorm pushed my departure date back I was nervous that I was going to miss out on meeting everyone at orientation and be lost the whole program. This was not the case at all, as soon as I arrived everyone (the advisors and other students) were super helpful and welcoming. I never had an out of place or homesick moment being surrounded by everyone. We all quickly became a little family through sharing meals, going on little trips, surfing and living it up at the beach.

My tips:: don't be afraid. There are so many opportunities for insane and memorable things to do in Australia. Come in with a positive mindset and don't be afraid to branch out or do things out of your comfort zone. Skydiving, surfing, even traveling to South East Asia were huge milestones for me but I wouldn't trade them anyday.
:: Try to go to Whitsundays. A somewhat expensive trip but completely worth it. Located between Cairns and Brisbane, this place has the most amazing beaches and sea life. One of my favorite and most memorable places of this whole semester abroad.
:: Don't sleep in. Most days I tried my best to wake up early and do something with my day. 4 months went by really fast, so it's really worth trying to spend every day outside or going to the beach (which is only 7 minutes away). The more time I spent away from technology or outside, I had a better outlook on everything.

We were able to have two orientations, one in Melbourne and another in Byron Bay and throughout the semester little trips within our program were available. I lived in the Blocks, which were single dorms but still communal. Even though I was living on my own I was still able to be friends with all the other girls on my floor. This whole semester was unforgettable, everyone was so nice and helpful. While we all live in different places across the United States, we still keep in contact every day and are planning trips around the world for the future. This was the best four months of my life, you become so close with the people and the memories will last a lifetime.

What would you improve about this program?
I wouldn't change much about this program. They were very informative and helpful. Some of my friends did have issues with their return flights, as the program told us we could depart one day but the school had scheduled finals that same day.
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Amazing time at Bond

Bond was one of the best experiences of my life. I made life long friends, had the time of my life. I was give opportunities that I could not have anywhere else, like skydiving 14000 ft. in the air over the ocean, bungee jumping, and cave diving with sharks. Australia made me grow as a person and made me realize that I can do anything. Arcadia's support system was amazing and the way they ran there program is amazing. Going to school at Arcadia state side really prepared me for my trip abroad.

What would you improve about this program?
The program is perfect
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This program did a great job incorporating both tourist and local experiences. Everyone was extremely friendly and created a really great comfortable environment to explore and learn about Australia. I enjoyed this program and country so much that I tried to stay for the entire year!

What would you improve about this program?
I would encourage the program to have a longer orientation with more time for exploration and sight seeing before the school semester begins.
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All about working to live

7 months later, and I still get incredibly emotional thinking about never being in the same time and place with the same people at Bond Uni. Within my first week of being on campus, I realized when you read "Will respond in 24 hours" at the end of the email, it really means "maybe you'll hear back in 2 weeks". I needed to relax and bond taught me to do this. It taught me to look around at my settings and take every moment in. For the first time, I was encouraged to do what makes me truly happy. Not do what will make me happy in 10 years. Bond is a small community that provides everything you need right on campus: housing (rooms get cleaned every week plus your sheets changed), lounges, cafeteria ("the bra"), gym with free classes, swimming pool and hot tub, great study spaces, and beautiful outdoor space. I literally had "no worries". During club sign-on day, I seriously thought I was in the movie "Pitch Perfect". Everyone was so happy, and it was cool to be there (this is not normally at my school). I had classes 4 days a week: 1 long lecture per class per week and 1 small discussion ("tut") per class per week. Rarely had homework. Instead each class normally had a paper, midterm, and final. While you had to be more independent and manage your time well, I was significantly less stressed about school work. Australian Popular Culture is a great and fun way to learn about the country (mostly an American student class). Every week we watched a movie including "Crocodile Dundee". However, it was my classes with more Australian students (like Sport Development and Food, Nutrition, and Health) that I really got a great sense of Australian culture and perspective. But class was not my main focus and also did not take up the majority of my time. I spent most days catching the bus to Broadbeach or Burleigh Heads Beach, exploring different farmers markets, or just going to the pool to relax and play beach volleyball. I could spend every moment outside in the sun and heat, so this was a perfect place for me. Weekends were for traveling. No Friday class made this incredibly easy, and Bond's location (central on the east coast) made most places very accessible. I made it to Byron Bay (twice!), Morten Island (my favorite), North Stradbroke Island (free with Arcadia!), Brisbane, Mount Tamborine, Melbourne, and Cairns. The majority of these trips were either through Arcadia or the travel agent on campus (Student Flights). They provide great weekend trips that are mostly all-inclusive (HUGE bang for your buck and makes life easier). Australian GroupOn also had great trips. All were super easy and filled with adventures like hiking, surfing, kayaking, learning about Aboriginal culture, and more. Overall, Australia is a place were you learn to have the mentality "work to live" (not "live to work"). It has this beautiful appreciation for life and your surroundings. If you like outdoor adventures and don't want an intense cultural shock (although sometimes you will think they're speaking a different language), this is a great option. The best part? I still talk to my abroad friends (there were only 15 people on my program) almost everyday. They are my family, and I wasn't expecting to gain that.

What would you improve about this program?
I knew I was going to go abroad to Australia for 5 years and had extremely high expectations. Even though Bond completely surpassed these expectations, there were still parts I would change (although very hesitantly). Here they are.
1. Orientation was pretty boring and some of our activities got cancelled because of bad weather. Arcadia takes you to a small beach town outside of Melbourne, and you just sit through meetings. It was a nice and easy transition for having such intense jet lag, but some other programs go to really cool places (like Cairns or Sydney) and do more iconic things.
2. I didn't met a ton of Australians. I lived with everyone on my program, and Bond has a very high international student body. Furthermore, most Australians live off campus (I lived on campus). Well this was a disappointment at first, I ended up making great American friends that I still see and stay in contact.
3. Campus is kind of isolated. You have to take the bus to get pretty much anywhere (beach, more restaurants, shopping, night life). Except The Hub, a block off campus, is the best restaurant/cafe ever (check out their instagram). But you get used to it. Get a bike on sign-on day...they sell used ones for $40 (I regret not doing this)!!
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Absolutely Loved It!

One of the major highlights of my experience and something I still cherish nearly a year removed from the program are the personal connections I made. I was extremely fortunate to get placed with such amazing Australian roommates and those are friendships I have maintained.

What would you improve about this program?
Although I absolutely loved by experience I think financial obligations should be explained better. At Arcadia, things like laundry, print credit, the gym, and pool are all included in tuition whereas they are not at JCU. Those extra expenses add up especially when you are paying Arcadia's tuition which accounts for all those things.
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