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)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

A Fun Experience

8/10

I'll start off by saying that the housing, Globo, that I stayed at for the duration of my semester was the nicest dorms out of all the ressies. It is only going to be a nice living experience as well as it could if you live with considerate roommates. The food was decent, but I would say coming from the U.S there wasn't nearly as much as a variety like I'm used to. The locals are inviting and welcome new comers, so it was nice to be invited to things on different occasions. The school is different than what I am used to. The lectures are pretty big, but most professors give good notes so you know what to study for exams. The assignments are straight forward and the professors don't ask for much. They grade heavily so be prepared to work hard and not goof off. Overall it was a great experience to be able to live in a different culture than I am used to. I got to go to the Great Barrier Reef while I was here and it will always be remembered and something I will think about on my way back to my home school. I love the make of the country with the mountains. I visited some of the museums as well while I was here and it was just a nice way to get out and visit the town. The res is in a great location because you can either walk to the mall (where there are the grocery stores and clothing stores) or take the bus to get what you need. Also, from the res it is a 5 minute walk to campus so that was a plus if I had down time between classes Time flies so make the most of it while you can.

How can this program be improved?

I really can't think of anything to change about the program. Overall, it was a great experience, and I'm glad I got the opportunity to do it.

Ian
Male
24 years old
Canberra
Kansas State University

I dig it.

10/10

The University of Canberra has an engaging learning environment amidst an amazing backdrop of natural beauty and wildlife. It’s staffed with friendly, helpful support personnel who provide an array of Australian adventure opportunities and work passionately to connect exchange students into the university community. The campus is a short walk from a huge range of shops and well-paying part-time job opportunities.

Jiaxin
Female
24 years old
Canberra
Other

Exchange Student from China

9/10

I do have enjoyed my time in Canberra. The environment here is quite comfortable. It is a great place to relax yourself and try to live life in a simple way.The staff in the study abroad and exchange office are sooo nice and they helped me a lot. I love it here. Come and join us!

How can this program be improved?

Housing has to be arranged by ourselves. And more help in needed in this field.

tbrommeland
Female
24 years old
Canberra, Australia
Thompson Rivers University

A Canadian Perspective :)

9/10

Overall this has been the most amazing experience of my life! The Study Abroad Program at the University of Canberra is wonderful. There is a great sense of community here and with the work of the exchange leadership team it has only been enhanced!

The Sydney trip at the beginning of the semester is a must! You simply have to go on this trip and I highly advise doing anything else that they plan because it is always carried out with such organization and fun! You get the chance to meet people from all over the world who you can rely on throughout the semester and even turn into travel buddies for the breaks.

Of course there is always going to be room for improvement but this has nothing to do with the study abroad program. I'm talking about things such as housing, cost of living, and other things out of their control. Personally I did a homestay and lived with a local family. Looking back I would recommend staying on campus because you never know what kind of family you will get put with. The worst part of living off campus is bussing to school and dealing with the AHN (Australian Homestay Network). On average it takes me 50-70 minutes to get to school each day, and then there is the ride home. (The AHN's estimate of travel time was wrong and they basically told me tough luck!)

If you can afford it, your best option is living in the New Apartments (aka "Globo"). Coming from Northern British Columbia, Canada I did go into sticker shock when I got here as there are a lot more costs to factor in and a revised budget was in need after a few weeks.

One thing I have noticed is that you can ask a million questions to bus drivers, students, randoms and for the most part they will try to help (much like Canada). However, 50% of the Australians I asked what to do in Canberra said its boring here. Obviously you are not going to ask them this question; there is so much to do! This is the capital of Australia which is very close to 2 huge cities and home to many tourist attractions (lots of them free). Not to mention it's a quick (cheap) bus ride to the beach and even easier accessibility to the night life. If you cannot find things that you enjoy doing to fill your time then you are not even trying! Outdoorsy you say? Go walk, bike, or paddle boat around one of the lakes, go on a hike, find a hot air balloon, jump out of a plane!

Canberra and the University of Canberra is a wonderful place to do a study abroad semester or year. If I wasn't going home to graduate I would have stayed another semester!

How can this program be improved?

Make sure the study abroad program has more funding so we can do even more amazing trips like the one to Sydney, the beach, the scavenger hunt, and the ugly sweater party!!! If Rebecca planned more trips and we still had to pay for them I would still go!!!! She is always so organized, prepared, and knows what is fun!

cndn
Female
24 years old
Canberra, Austrarlia
Brock University

Pretty good

8/10

The school is small and connected and the campus is soo pretty and everything is close. If you are applying, apply for new apartments. I was in International house and it was gross, I've seen most of the other places and the only reasonably priced and nice accommodation is the New Apartments. The weather is also about 5 degrees colder then else where which was kind of a let down. But all the students are so nice and it's nice to be able to wander through the campus and run into 10 people you know every day. Plus Canberra is close for traveling, both to sydney/gold coast and melbourne/alice springs

How can this program be improved?

More meetups for exchange people earlier on. I feel that a lot of the people grouped up and it was hard to get to know everyone. Also a way to promote your school back home, like a vendor fair for all the different countries/schools

Sandra
Female
24 years old
Canberra, Australia
Other

Great community and great support!

10/10

I love the study abroad program of the university of Canberra. Even before I arrived here I felt comfortable and everything was well organized. WHen I finally arrived everything was a lot of fun. Especially the Orientation Week trip is great because you get to know the other exchange students very well. And because nearly everyone lives at the University of Canberra village, there is always something to do and much fun around!

bkeenan916
Female
24 years old
Canberra, ACT
Other

Great

10/10

My biggest fear was not feeling comfortable in a new environment. However, I feel so at home because of the friends that I have made and the activities that were planned from this program.

kim
Female
24 years old
Canberra, AU
University of Northern Colorado

Overall great

10/10

The program is amazing. I felt like I had a lot of support coming into a place where I was unfamiliar with everything. The only complaint I would have is that living on rez is hard to get used to with how dirty it is. My apartment is so disgusting that we have rats.

kyler
Male
24 years old
Canberra, Australia
Iowa State University

mostly good

8/10

Going to Canberra has been pretty fun. My complaints would be that dining places on campus close way too early, and that smoking is allowed on campus, so there's cigarette remains everywhere and the constant smoking smell.

KYstu
Male
24 years old
Lexington, Kentucky
Other

Great experience

10/10

The greatest experience I have ever had with this campus would be the social science of it all. The students are so kind and open to everyone. The campus atmosphere is great. Also the teacher are really open to everyone and everything. I feel safe and welcome here on this campus. The academics are great, a very good challenge compared to my home university. This is a great university and students should be proud to go here.

About The Provider

Thumbnail

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

Read more...