Study Abroad in Australia at the University of Canberra
91% Rating
(51 Reviews)

Study Abroad in Australia at the University of Canberra

The Study Abroad program at the University of Canberra (UC) allows you to study in Australia and receive credit for one to two semesters of your degree. Choose from over 3,000 classes! Contact us to find out more by clicking the GET STARTED button above or visit our website by clicking VISIT SITE.

Program Highlights:
1. Living on campus at the UC means living just footsteps away from the resident kangaroos.
2. UC offers hands on, practical learning, aiming for job-ready graduates.
3. UC is ranked in the top 4% of QS World University Rankings
4. UC’s semester dates line up with well with the Northern Hemisphere University calendar, meaning you can study abroad and have that summer job or internship you want without compromise.
5. Canberra’s low unemployment rate means a much better chance of landing a job than in most other Australian cities.
6. Full support through our Study Abroad Office, loads of trips and activities, plus guaranteed housing

Locations
Oceania » Australia » Canberra
Oceania » Australia
Subject Areas
Accounting
Advertising
Communications
Creative Writing
Criminal Justice
Design
Finance
Food Science and Nutrition
Global Studies
Graphic Design
Health Sciences
Hospitality
International Business
Kinesiology
Landscape Architecture
Medicine
Natural Sciences
Philosophy
Public Relations
Social Sciences
Sociology
Degree Level
Bachelors
Timeframe
Academic Year
Fall
Spring
Summer
Year Round
Accommodation
Apartment
Host Family
Hostel
Language
English
Steps
Online Application
Statement of Purpose
Official Transcripts
Language Requirement
GPA Requirement
Starting Price
$5,000.00
Currency
USD
Price Details
Tuition: AUD $8,500 per semester
Living expenses: AUD $9,000 per semester

Questions & Answers

Program Reviews

  • Academics
    77%
  • Support
    93%
  • Fun
    70%
  • Housing
    91%
  • Safety
    90%

Program Reviews (51)

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Brooke
Female
22 years old
Weeden Lodge
University of Canberra

So Happy I Did This.

9/10

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.

How can this program be improved?

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
Female
21 years old
Weeden Lodge
University of Central Florida

UC Feedback

10/10

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.

How can this program be improved?

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
Female
24 years old
Mexico City
University of Canberra

@UC

10/10

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
Male
24 years old
Oulu, Finland
Other

My Exchange at UC

8/10

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.

How can this program be improved?

Earlier information on application process.

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Daniel
Male
24 years old
Vancouver, Canada
University of Canberra

Enjoying the Thrill of Meeting New Mates

9/10

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.

How can this program be improved?

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.

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Mariah
Female
24 years old
still in Canberra, from Boise Idaho
University of Canberra

Lovely Campus

10/10

Most campus and res staff and students are extremely helpful. The campus is easy to navigate, theres always something going on around res and events on campus. Great atmosphere! Traveling around the area is very easy, Greyhound busses to Sydney (with free wifi) for only $25 and lots of great flight deals from Sydney. There's plenty to do in Canberra you just have to go out and look for it yourself!

How can this program be improved?

Simpler enrollment process. It was improved from semester 1 to 2 but could still be easier. Also more help for students getting jobs or making money either on or off campus would be great, especially for those who are here for a full year.

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Pauline
Female
24 years old
Lyon, France
Other

A good surprise

9/10

Usually when you talk to people about the city of Canberra, they look at you with a funny face and tell you that it must be boring to leave there. It wasn't the case for me thanks to the University of Canberra. Indeed, the UC Study Abroad and Exchange Program do a great job. During my semester we made plenty of different activities, every weeks, thanks to the many UC ambassadors. They helped us to be familiar with the country, the culture and helped us every time we had a question or a problem. I keep a good memory of my semester at UC and I recommend it to future students (and it's one of the only big university in Australia where you can see everyday big groups of kangaroos crossing the campus, it's amazing !)

How can this program be improved?

to be more connected with the australian culture. Exchange students form always a close group, I recommend more communication with australian people, current students in UC

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Alexa
Female
24 years old
Mexico
University of Canberra

Orientation week

10/10

The orientation week was very helpful not just to get to know the university but to get to know all the other exchange students. Also in the activities we get to know the principle sightseeing places of Canberra. Very helpful because that way we knew where they where when we wanted to go back. The orientation trip was awesome, one of the best experiences. Its the place where we make more friends and got great tours in Sydney. All the places we enter and visit at Sydney were perfect to get to know the city.
All the study aboard team were very helpful with uni topics, for examples changing units, they always have time and answer all the emails.

How can this program be improved?

What I would change would be during orientation week more day trips to the city like museums and important monuments.

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Benedicte
Female
32 years old
Australia
Other

Different than expexted

6/10

I've learned a lot about planning my weeks and months, when it comes to my school work, becouse here I actually had to becouse off all the things I had to keep up with and remember to do at all times.

When it comes to things to bring I am so happy i brought a rain jacket and a thicker jacket, cause the weather here is cold (even compared to norway, though a reason might have been the shock about going from mid summer to winter).

And a dictionary was also helpful at times, Even though most of the time I was fine it was good to have as a back up (and I know some forgot it and missed it, and some had ask to borrow mine, so it could be a good idea even though it is big and heavy...)

How can this program be improved?

I would have loved more information about the different living oppurtunities on campus. Online it appeared to be only one option if you where not staying for a year, but when I got here I figured that was not the case, but it felt like a hassle to change it.

Response from University of Canberra

Hi Benedicte,

Thank you for your review and reflective feedback. It is great to hear that you learned a lot about planning and organising your weeks as this shows that you kept busy throughout the semester. As an exchange program we want students to keep busy throughout their time and studies in Canberra. We hope that you got to plan plenty of time for exploring Canberra and the other regions of Australia. For students, Canberra has much to offer and being the nation’s capital we are right at the footsteps to some great museums and festivals. Being at the base of the Snowy Mountains, we enjoy seasonal weather and Canberra’s often sunny weather makes the hikes and treks in the surrounding parks are amazing. Canberra prides itself on being Australia’s most liveable city – a great achievement for Australia’s largest inland city!

As mentioned, Canberra does have seasonal weather and the winter time here in the nation’s capital can be a shock to the system upon arrival. It is great to receive this type of feedback as the cold weather is something that shocks many students before their semester – that is why we recommend students bring a coat. For students who speak English as a second language, a dictionary is always recommended as we understand that the English language is not the easiest to comprehend at times. I hope you feel like you have been able to improve your English skills. Thank you for providing these two tips – we hope it helps future students.

Regarding housing, we welcome your negative feedback. We try to provide students with the best possible information for housing and unfortunately this semester there was some confusion as to the contract lengths and options for students who were here for only a semester. The Study Abroad and Exchange Office aims to provide students with the best experience while living in Canberra and unfortunately this is one aspect of the program which we have limited control over. As the majority of housing on campus is privately operated, the exchange office is unable to determine costs, payments and the general operation of these living options. Despite this, we continue to communicate all feedback regarding housing with each housing area. As seen in recent years, new and more affordable housing options are beginning to be offered on campus and this will hopefully continue as the university moves through its expansion.

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Allie
Female
24 years old
Kansas City, Kansas
University of Canberra

My time at UC

10/10

Going on Exchange was something that I thought I'd never do. I've always been a homebody and this is completely outside my comfort zone, but I'm so glad I did it. I've been able to experience a different culture and make new friends from all over the world! I've also had a very supportive group of people who have helped make this experience as comfortable as possible! UC has a group of ambassadors who are students that have already gone on exchange, and therefore understand what kinds of things we may be feeling. The ambassadors are there to welcome you, take you around, plan special trips, and just help you have a good time. And the other students in general are all very friendly. Although Canberra may not be the most exciting city in Australia, its a great place to live, meet people, and study. And you can always travel around to other cities or countries on weekends and school breaks! I arrived earlier and although I may have been one of the few people on campus at the time, I would still recommend it! It gave me a chance to settle down, meet people, see the city, and travel all before school started. Therefore I knew my way around before a lot of other people arrived.

How can this program be improved?

Signing up for classes was a bit confusing and could have been a bit less stressful.

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Helen
Female
24 years old
United Kingdom
University of Chester

Life Changing Adventure

10/10

Making the decision to study at the University of Canberra is the best decision of my academic career. The location of the uni in Belconnen is perfect, close to the mall, the lake and park. I studied English Literature and the classes I took this semester were really interesting and offered a different approach to my home uni in England. In particular I loved the creative writing class taught by an author renowned in his field. I cannot thank the study abroad team enough for all of the effort they have put into making myself and all my international friends welcome in Australia. They went above and beyond by organising trips and activities throughout the year. The weekend trip to Sydney was amazing, seeing the Opera House and the habour with my new friends. The mid-semester trip to Cairns was honestly the best week of my life, jam-packed with crazy activities like white water rafting, horse riding, canoeing, snorkeling the great barrier reef and feeding wallabies to name but a few. The friends I've made on this exchange are amazing and I continue to talk to them everyday, from countries scattered around the world. UC is the place to be, if you chose to come and study here, I guarantee you will not regret it. It will change your life!

How can this program be improved?

Maybe as well as having a welcome meeting and a farewell gathering for the internationals, maybe have one half way through the year where everyone comes together and can say what they have enjoyed so far and what they plan to do for the rest of the semester. That is honestly the only thing I can think of- this semester has been amazing!

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Andrew
Male
24 years old
Orlando fl
University of Canberra

Worth going to Canberra

9/10

I have a few friends who have done exchange in Australia and around the world and I was the only one who got to experience the true country's culture. University of Canberra's buddy system and ambassador program help every student feel at home. The staff at UC are also always willing to help and very approachable. From fun activities to amazing opportunities UC is a must destination to consider when doing study abroad!

How can this program be improved?

The only thing that could be improve is housing! However I know the Universityhas little control over it.

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Mandi
Female
24 years old
Arvada, Colorado
University of Northern Colorado

An Experience of a LIFETIME!!! :D

10/10

The University of Canberra is such a beautiful and welcoming University! I loved how friendly everyone was!! From students to staff members; everyday I would find myself meeting someone new or exchanging smiles with someone as we walked past one another; especially the staff. The staff are such wonderful people and were so kind and willing to help me if I needed it. :)

On top of that, the Study Abroad and Exchange Program plan AMAZING, once in a lifetime, "vacation" adventures during the week off of school. I was so lucky to have experienced so many breath taking journeys scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef, Kayaking in the Pacific Ocean, and Holding a Koala. The only thing I regret is not bringing an underwater camera. ;)

Then the campus is one that I have never seen before. Filled with rich green life, beautiful birds, wild Kangaroos, and just down the road is the Ginninderra Lake; that is so beautiful that words can't even describe; especially when the sunset shines across the water!

Life at the University of Canberra is one that everyone should experience because it doesn't feel like school at all. Classes are fun, teachers are nice and helpful, students are friendly, and before you know it, it becomes your second home.

How can this program be improved?

If I could change the program, I would try and make the buddy system a little better and more organized. For instance, my buddy had studied abroad already in Florida the year before. It was cool she had already studied abroad and could use her experience to help me transition into my study abroad experience, but throughout the semester I found at least 3 other students who had, or were going to study abroad at my university (UNC), yet they weren't assigned to me; either because they were assigned to someone else who wasn't from UNC, or didn't even have a buddy. :/ Does this make sense?

Anyway, what I'm trying to say is maybe assign buddies who went/are going to the same university. :)

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Saskia
Female
32 years old
Auckland, New Zealand
University of Canberra

valuable experiences

10/10

friendly and helpful people through and through - if i ever needed support, i got it almost instantly! i especially got to love the community i experienced in my accomodation AND the international group.
to sum it up: ive had a great time and im sure that everyone who will participate in this overseas exchange programme will have an equally valuable experience!

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Gareth
Male
24 years old
Canberra, Australia
Dublin Institute of Technology

So happy I did it!

8/10

Was very hesitant to come to Australia, knowing I'd be here for a year, but as my time is coming to an end, I'm wishing I could stay longer!
The people here are amazing, between the Australians I live on res with, and the exchange students I have met, they have made this experience what it was, and that's the best year of my life.
The ambassadors have done so much to make this experience fun for the exchange students. Despite not getting paid, they always had plenty of time for us by organising trips, parties, bbqs etc.
It was amazing getting to know so many people from different cultures amongst the exchangees and Australians. It makes me just want to travel more afterwards.
Canberra is in a good position geographically as well, as it's a reasonable distance from both Sydney and Melbourne.

How can this program be improved?

The rent is so expensive for what you get. Not only that, but if you miss a rent payment, they don't let you know about missing your payment until they email you, giving you about one week before they kick you off. The people in the office can be blunt. They say they will do inspections on a certain date and they arrive a week later and charge each housemate $60 for a failed inspection. They don't give your deposit back after your stay until you ask for it. Isn't that illegal?
These are the reasons why less and less people live on campus.

Response from University of Canberra

Hi Gareth,
Thank you for your review of our program and we are so glad to hear that you have enjoyed your experience here in Australia. Your feedback and praise for our ambassadors will be taken with full stride as we try to make the program greater each semester.

We welcome your negative feedback regarding housing. The Study Abroad and Exchange Office aims to provide students with the best experience while living in Canberra and unfortunately this is one aspect of the program which we have limited control over. As the majority of housing on campus is privately operated, the exchange office is unable to determine costs, payments and the general operation of these living options. Despite this, we continue to communicate all feedback regarding housing with each applicable residency. As seen in recent years, new and more affordable housing options are beginning to be offered on campus and this will hopefully continue as the university moves through its expansion.

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Roshani
Female
24 years old
Canberra, Australia
University of Canberra

Unforgettable!

10/10

I was lucky enough to have such an incredible experience on my exchange to UC. The staff at the Study Abroad office has made this a great experience. I've learned and grown so much through this program and I have made some of the best memories of my entire life here. Canberra is truly a city that offers a lot, but you need to be willing to go and find it. Once you do take the opportunity to explore, you'll find that you can never be bored! The academics, though to me they were challenging, I found were reasonable. Classes weren't so difficult that I didn't have enough time to enjoy myself. Through the Study Abroad office at UC I was able to transition so smoothly. The activities that were planned for exchange students gave me a chance to meet some incredible people. You get the opportunity to meet people from around the world and I can leave saying I've made friends for a lifetime. The social scene on campus is incredible and coming from New York City I was impressed. Living on campus was a good decision too because I was closer to my lecture halls and I could hangout with friends that were nearby. Everything you need is within walking distance and if you are ever lost or need help the UC staff at the exchange office is always there if you need it. This program is so well developed it's impossible to leave saying you didn't have a unforgettable time!

Response from University of Canberra

Hi Roshani,

The Study Abroad and Exchange Office are glad to hear about your wonderful experience at UC and appreciate your wonderful praises. Canberra is certainly a city which offers a lot and we enjoy hearing all of your positive feedback of the University, staff, Canberra and Australia! We pride our program on the social experience and opportunities provided to students to make the most of their experience.

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Bora
Female
24 years old
Canberra
University of Canberra

Unforgettable experience

8/10

From the applying process here in the end everything has been unforgettable. I got help in all stages and I feel that if I had something to ask I could do that easily.

Even though people complain about Canberra, I find it good place to study and also have fun. Canberra is not like Sydney but you can find heaps to do also here, if you just want to. At least my calendar has been full since the beginning! And there are lots of parties, if you are a party animal.

The exchange staff is very friendly and helpful. Other exchange students as well as Australians are nice people and like one big family here. Also teachers are nice and lenient towards us exchange students.

There are so many opportunities to explore Australia even from here: travel around and see the wildlife - even in your backyard!

How can this program be improved?

UC's accommodation is not perfect - actually it's far from there. The apartments, especially University Village (UV) apartments are old, cold and dirty. And not just dirty like you could clean them. Lot of things are broken in apartments time to time: showers, toilets, taps, ovens… And usually it takes long time for University Village staff to do anything about it.
It's also cold in the apartments especially during the winter and beginning of the spring. It doesn't always help that you have a heater if it's working one our at the time. Luckily mine was broken and stayed on as long as I wanted it to stay.
And the housing is very expensive comparing to the level of it.
But at least university guaranteed housing for all of the students so I didn't need to worry about it.

Response from University of Canberra

Hi Bora,

Thank you for your review and sharing your experience here at the University of Canberra. It is great to hear that the people you met and university staff were friendly and welcoming. You are spot on that Canberra is the perfect platform for basing your travels in Australia with close proximity to both nature and our large urban centres.

We welcome your negative feedback regarding housing. The Study Abroad and Exchange Office aims to provide students with the best experience while living in Canberra and unfortunately this is one aspect of the program which we have limited control over. As the majority of housing on campus is privately operated, the exchange office is unable to determine costs, payments and the general operation of these living options. Despite this, we continue to communicate all feedback regarding housing with each applicable residency. As seen in recent years, new and more affordable housing options are beginning to be offered on campus and this will hopefully continue as the university moves through its expansion.

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Dina
Female
24 years old
Canberra, Australia
College of Staten Island

Absolutely Amazing!!

8/10

This exchange program is one of the best experiences I've ever had! If you ever get the chance to do it, DEFINITELY take that chance! You will not regret it. So many wonderful memories will be made here! The people are great, the UC Staff is very helpful & they work hard to provide us with everything we need as exchange students. This program will let you explore and learn so much about yourself, about Australian culture & life, and it will definitely help you grow as a person. It's a once in a lifetime experience, and think of all the great stories you'll get to take back home with you as well :)

One thing I've learned is, people complain about how Canberra is boring, however, if you know where to find the fun, you won't have enough time in your schedule for everything. I know this because that's what my experience was like. My schedule is super packed with schoolwork, fun & exciting events, trips, and PARTIES! So don't let anyone tell you that you can't have fun here! I'm from New York, one of the most exciting city's in the world, and I'm telling you right now, if Canberra is anything, it's not boring.

How can this program be improved?

More support for this program from the University. This program is great and I think that UC needs to fund it more! It isn't cheap trying to look out for and entertain such large groups of exchange students, I definitely think that the uni could do more for the exchange office to help them out with everything that goes into this program.

Response from University of Canberra

Hi Dina,

Your review is fantastic and we greatly appreciate your feedback here in the Study Abroad and Exchange Office! Canberra is a fun, vibrant and youthful city and in no means should be compared to the likes of Sydney and Melbourne. We offer a unique Australian experience and pride ourselves on the friendliness of locals, beautiful seasonal weather, wildlife and the great annual calendar of events and festivals. Thank you for your support and we hope to make our program greater in future semesters.

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Carly
Female
24 years old
San Luis Obispo
California Polytechnic State University- San Luis Obispo

Unforgettable

8/10

Studying on exchange has profoundly changed the way I view and interact with different cultures. Australia is incredibly diverse and beautiful in both the natural and man-made landscapes. The program at UC is very good about making you feel welcome and cared for. Academically, classes vary in difficulty, but nothing is un-manageable. The short weekends and day-trips were great opportunities to explore more of the country. I've made some of my closest friends here, whom I know will remain close after we leave. Experiences like these, where you're taken completely out of your comfort zone, make it easier to be real with yourself and others. I would recommend this type of experience to anyone. But beware, you will likely catch the travel bug and crave more adventure!

How can this program be improved?

No more UC Village. It is dirty and not worth the money to live here. Ewwie.

Response from University of Canberra

Hi Carly,

It is great to hear that you took so much away from our exchange program and learned more about yourself! Your feedback is greatly appreciated here in the exchange office and we enjoy hearing about experience.

We welcome your negative feedback regarding housing. The Study Abroad and Exchange Office aims to provide students with the best experience while living in Canberra and unfortunately this is one aspect of the program which we have limited control over. As the majority of housing on campus is privately operated, the exchange office is unable to determine costs, payments and the general operation of these living options. Despite this, we continue to communicate all feedback regarding housing with each applicable residency. As seen in recent years, new and more affordable housing options are beginning to be offered on campus and this will hopefully continue as the university moves through its expansion.

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MK
Male
24 years old
Canberra
University of Canberra

Stydu and party hard!

10/10

UC is not a large university, but there is tons of activities provided. UC staff are really friendly and they provided all kinds of support to students. In ressies there is always something happening, partying, hanging out or watching movies.

How can this program be improved?

Living in Canberra is really expensive and city itself is quite boring.

Response from University of Canberra

Hi MK,

The University of Canberra is a smaller University which is both growing and improving. Being small, we are able to work closer with students to provide the best experience while here on exchange. The cost of living in Australia is expensive for students and reflects the growing economy of many of its cities. To make your experience more affordable the exchange office works towards offering exciting and affordable trips, activities and options for students to take advantage of during their time with us in Canberra.

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Chuck
Male
24 years old
Brockport, New York
State University of New York- Brockport

Supportive Exchange Program

8/10

Overall, the exchange program was excellent. It was a great way to meet other exchange students and some of my closest relationships are with other exchange students.

How can this program be improved?

More information about the University prior to getting here.

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Myriah
Female
24 years old
Charlotte, North Carolina
University of North Carolina- Charlotte

UC Exchange

10/10

Best exchange program I have heard of. Very helpful and organised. Loved the events planned because it gave us the opportunity to grow closer. I feel like this experience was definitely a great decision and I have seriously gained a second family. And I absolutely loved having the exchange ambassadors to help us out and hang out with.

How can this program be improved?

Cleaner living facilities.

Response from University of Canberra

Hi Myriah,

Thank you for your positive feedback of our exchange program here at UC and we are glad to hear that our program us one of the best in your opinion! The events planned through the office are aimed at providing students with the opportunity to explore what Canberra has to offer and our surrounding areas, such as the surf trip and orientation trip to Sydney and the Blue Mountains. Our ambassadors do a great job and we enjoy giving your praise to them for their efforts.

We welcome your negative feedback regarding housing. The Study Abroad and Exchange Office aims to provide students with the best experience while living in Canberra and unfortunately this is one aspect of the program which we have limited control over. As the majority of housing on campus is privately operated, the exchange office is unable to determine costs, payments and the general operation of these living options. Despite this, we continue to communicate all feedback regarding housing with each applicable residency. As seen in recent years, new and more affordable housing options are beginning to be offered on campus and this will hopefully continue as the university moves through its expansion.

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Lacey
Female
24 years old
Canberra
Kansas State University

Great social scene and school! But housing?? ehhh

10/10

I absolutely love it here! The school clubs AND the Exchange program both put on lots of events for us to do, and even take us on trips to Sydney and the beautiful blue mountains. Classes are tough, but if you study and show up to your tutorials you should have no problem. The only problem that would make me hesitate to come would be the housing conditions. Living in the cheapest housing UV with 11 other roommates it gets REALLY nasty..I encourage ya'll to live in GLOBO, fewer people,easier to keep up.

How can this program be improved?

Maybe add a few more events for the exchange students to participate in near the end of the year

Response from University of Canberra

Hi Lacey,

We enjoyed reading of your positive experience here in Canberra and about the trips on offer each semester to students. Classes can be challenging but if you ensure you have a great study and social balance it is very manageable. We want all of our students to succeed and make the most out of their time here in Canberra. If students are having issues with classes, we are more than happy to assist in the office to guide you in the direction or find resources to assist.

We welcome your negative feedback regarding housing. The Study Abroad and Exchange Office aims to provide students with the best experience while living in Canberra and unfortunately this is one aspect of the program which we have limited control over. As the majority of housing on campus is privately operated, the exchange office is unable to determine costs, payments and the general operation of these living options. Despite this, we continue to communicate all feedback regarding housing with each applicable residency. As seen in recent years, new and more affordable housing options are beginning to be offered on campus and this will hopefully continue as the university moves through its expansion. As you noted, for CLV residents, Globo (new apartments) offer a better living experience due to their age, cleanliness and location.

Regarding the offering of more activities, due to the size and resources of our office we try our best to ensure that exchange students are kept with a busy schedule and do so within these limitations. Throughout the semester we offer a wide range of activities which we encourage students to get involved in including a compulsory orientation week (packed with activities), orientation trip to Sydney and the Blue Mountains, surf camps, opportunities to travel to the Great Barrier Reef (offered recently) and many more social drinks and barbeque opportunities.

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Rachel
Female
24 years old
United States
University of Canberra

Awesome place...

8/10

I love Australia. I have met a lot of wonderful people. I also love the people here. The study abroad office was very helpful even before I got here. Answered all of my questions and even told me things I never thought about. The only thing I would change is living in the village. It's dirty and gross and overpriced. Live In globo if you have to live here. Other than that everything is good.

How can this program be improved?

Like I said. International house is the worst house to live in. I would also have the study abroad program put more activities on for students!

Response from University of Canberra

Hi Rachel,

We love Australia to! And offering the opportunity for students to come and experience our beautiful country and city is what we like to do the most here in the Study Abroad and Exchange Office. We try our best to ensure that all students will have the best all round experience, preparing students thoroughly before their arrival.

We welcome your negative feedback regarding housing. The Study Abroad and Exchange Office aims to provide students with the best experience while living in Canberra and unfortunately this is one aspect of the program which we have limited control over. As the majority of housing on campus is privately operated, the exchange office is unable to determine costs, payments and the general operation of these living options. Despite this, we continue to communicate all feedback regarding housing with each applicable residency. As seen in recent years, new and more affordable housing options are beginning to be offered on campus and this will hopefully continue as the university moves through its expansion. As you noted, for CLV residents, Globo (new apartments) offer a better living experience due to their age, cleanliness and location.

Regarding the offering of more activities, due to the size and resources of our office we try our best to ensure that exchange students are kept with a busy schedule and do so within these limitations. Throughout the semester we offer a wide range of activities which we encourage students to get involved in including a compulsory orientation week (packed with activities), orientation trip to Sydney and the Blue Mountains, surf camps, opportunities to travel to the Great Barrier Reef (offered recently) and many more social drinks and barbeque opportunities.

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Elaine
Female
24 years old
Originally Manchester, UK- Currently Canberra, Australia
University of Chester

Pom down under

9/10

Australia is an amazing place, the weather, the scenery (in some places), the down to earth nature of most of the natives. My experience of Study Abroad went from England to America to Australia and it has been the best year of my life. Most people when asked about Canberra will say it is boring- that's because they must be lazy and boring themselves- there's plenty to do here! Belconnen is full of shops and a pretty lake with a bar that most of the UC students populate. Civic is just a $2.10 bus, 10 min bus ride away and there the possibilities are endless. When you come to UC you'll make friends with cars and they will take you places. The beach is just a couple of hours away and its a nice drive. I really recommend going to the hot air balloon festival in march, you'll have never seen anything like it and its worth the early get up. The tutors at UC are really friendly and if you have questions they have no problems answering them in depth, until you understand. I've met some incredible people here and i'll be sad to leave. But if you're looking for a place in Australia don't disregard UC because the surroundings are 'boring'- you'll have a great time!!

How can this program be improved?

More activities from the study abroad office to bring the international students closer together.

Response from University of Canberra

Hi Elaine,

It is great to hear that you had a great experience during your time here in Canberra. The city of Canberra has plenty to do and being the nation’s capital, students have access to some of the best facilities, museums, parks and festivals in Australia. Due to our location, you are at the doorstep to some magnificent scenery and situated conveniently between Sydney and Melbourne.

Regarding the offering of more activities, due to the size and resources of our office we try our best to ensure that exchange students are kept with a busy schedule and do so within these limitations. Throughout the semester we offer a wide range of activities which we encourage students to get involved in including a compulsory orientation week (packed with activities), orientation trip to Sydney and the Blue Mountains, surf camps, opportunities to travel to the Great Barrier Reef (offered recently) and many more social drinks and barbeque opportunities.

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travisboatright
Male
24 years old
United States
George Mason University

Great Program

9/10

Great Program, school is okay, Canberra is a really cool place to live. There is lots to do and very accessible to the rest of Australia. The museums and lakes are good and the buildings/museums are great too. If you meet some Australians there are cool driving trails and hiking all around Canberra in the mountains too!

Response from University of Canberra

Hi Travis,

Thank you for your positive and reflective feedback. Canberra does have much to offer and being the nation’s capital we are right at the footsteps to some great museums and festivals. Being at the base of the Snowy Mountains, we enjoy seasonal weather and when the weather is beautiful out, the hikes and treks in the surrounding parks are amazing. Canberra prides itself on being Australia’s most liveable city – a great achievement for Australia’s only inland city!

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Seahawk
Male
24 years old
Canberra, Australia
Northwest Nazarene University

Trips

10/10

I have enjoyed the trip to Sydney and looking forward to the Blue Mountains trip. I really appreciate that the staff takes us to trips around Australia for an affordable price. I also appreciate the welcome class and that fact that the staff provide opportunities for students to do events throughout the semester.

Response from University of Canberra

Hi there,

We enjoyed reading of your positive experience here in Canberra and about the trips on offer each semester to students. The ambassador and buddy program works hard to ensure that students interact and experience both Canberra and its surroundings. Having and utilising this local knowledge is key to a successful program and we welcome your positive feedback for their efforts in ensuring exchange students have an excellent experience.

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J30
Female
24 years old
Canberra
University of Canberra

Great travel opportunities!

8/10

When I arrived in my room I was a little disappointed. The accommodation I chose (International House) leaves a lot to be desired, but it was one of the cheaper options. I'd recommend Globo for international students who are looking for a nicer apartment and better social scene.

The village always has lots of activities going on, and a really great mall is only a 15 minute walk away. The location of the uni is pretty great, and has lots of nice scenery surrounding it. Walks around Lake Ginninderra are really nice at night time.

Rebecca plans plenty of awesome activities and day trips. The Sydney trip was really amazing, and I'd definitely go on more weekend trips if they were offered!

Response from University of Canberra

Hi there,

We welcome your negative feedback regarding housing. The Study Abroad and Exchange Office aims to provide students with the best experience while living in Canberra and unfortunately this is one aspect of the program which we have limited control over. As the majority of housing on campus is privately operated, the exchange office is unable to determine costs, payments and the general operation of these living options. Despite this, we continue to communicate all feedback regarding housing with each applicable residency. As seen in recent years, new and more affordable housing options are beginning to be offered on campus and this will hopefully continue as the university moves through its expansion. As you noted, for CLV residents, Globo (new apartments) offer a better living experience due to their age, cleanliness and location.
The University of Canberra is also in a perfect location to nearby parks, public transportation, sporting events and of course the large mall being only a 15 minute stroll from campus. The many trips offered through the office aim to provide students with a taste of what Australia has to offer and are affordable for students of all budgets.

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English
Female
24 years old
Canberra, ACT
University of Hertfordshire

Fantastic experience

8/10

When I first arrived I was taken to the residence office, who gave me the keys to my room and left me there. This worried me because I had just come into the country and so I didn't even know where campus was or how to get there. After that though the study abroad staff were tremendously helpful and made me feel more at home. Aside from the horror that is student-shared accommodation, my time at the University of Canberra has been a wonderful one. Study abroad is always putting on events and activities to go to and help you to feel included, they even help enroll you into your classes. I'm so grateful because the study abroad team here is more helpful than I could've ever asked for. Any problems your having, they are excellent at taking that weight off your shoulders and assisting in any way that they can. The area of Canberra is friendly, safe and the locals are kind and willing to assist if you get a bit lost. The courses at Canberra vary greatly from faculty to faculty however there is more variety than you could ever want in a uni course. I, for example, took media production, business, journalism and nursing for my first semester! Whatever your goals, Canberra can help you get there. The cost of living can be expensive at times but other than this I highly recommend this University.

How can this program be improved?

University of Canberra village were the worst part of my stay. Random cut-outs of electricity, water etc and by the end of my stay I couldn't believe a word they said. They would say internet would be down for an hour and it would be down all day when I had assignments due. The team came to do a cleanout of the new apartment I had just moved into and they took all my kitchen appliances and gave them to the rubbish men before I got there to complain. I felt cheated, stolen from and furthermore felt like they didn't care. Rent randomly went up during my stay and they overcharged me for my summer vacation. If I could have taken up a residence near the university instead of living at the ressies then I would've done that instead. At least then you'd know where you stand on basic utilities and rent payments.

Response from University of Canberra

Hi there,

The Study Abroad program would like to apologise for your first experience here in Canberra regarding the student residences. Although this is an area outside of our control, we will work with the residences to ensure that this does not happen to future students. Despite this, we are glad to hear that all of the staff here in the office were helpful, friendly and made your stay here as care-free as possible! We are glad you recommend UC and have enjoyed much of what we have to offer after your initial experience.

We welcome your negative feedback regarding housing. The Study Abroad and Exchange Office aims to provide students with the best experience while living in Canberra and unfortunately this is one aspect of the program which we have limited control over. As the majority of housing on campus is privately operated, the exchange office is unable to determine costs, payments and the general operation of these living options. Despite this, we continue to communicate all feedback regarding housing with each applicable residency. As seen in recent years, new and more affordable housing options are beginning to be offered on campus and this will hopefully continue as the university moves through its expansion.

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Fred
Male
32 years old
Canberra, ACT
University of Canberra

Do it!

9/10

Up to now going on exchange it was one of the best decisions I ever made in my life!

99.9 % of the People are very friendly, relaxed and open-minded. Many cultures live together, you have lots of sports to do (SURF!!, rugby, soccer, cricket and so on), a wonderful wildlife to explore and so many opportunities to make friends with people from all over the world!
There are many people who support you for every kind of problem you have.

Just be sure that you are ready and able to spend a lot of money, so you will be satisfied with the accommodation, the super organized trips and the relatively high prices.

Response from University of Canberra

Hi Fred,

Glad to hear that you had a great semester on exchange at the University of Canberra. We enjoyed reading how you made the most of your experience here in Canberra and got into the Australian culture, immersed yourself among fellow students and Australians and took advantage of the fantastic Canberra community.

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