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A Semester in Australia - University of Tasmania
Check out Anne's blog about her semester in Tasmania!
Here are a few reasons why you should consider a semester abroad at the University of Tasmania:
#1 One-fifth of Tasmania’s land is dedicated as a World Heritage Area, a vast reserve of national parks where visitors can explore Tasmania’s natural wonders.
#2 in 2015, Academic Ranking of World Universities placed the University of Tasmania in the top 2%.
#3 Tasmania hosts an impressive yearlong list of eclectic festivals and cultural events, which means there is always something happening somewhere!
University of Tasmania has two major campuses, one in Hobart (8,000 students) and one in Launceston (4,000 students). About 40 percent of Tasmanians, nearly 200,000 people, live around the capital of Hobart in the south. Launceston, in the north, has a population of nearly 100,000. The main campus is in Hobart, which features open air markets, restaurants, sporting events, and festivals and is in close proximity to some of the most stunning coasts, beaches, mountains, and parks in the world.
Tasmania enjoys four distinct seasons. Tempered by the surrounding sea, the temperatures are rarely extreme: 35-47 F in the winter, 60-73 F in the summer. The climate is generally dry and fine, about the equivalent of Northern California.
ISU students are welcome to study abroad at the University of Tasmania for either a semester or a full calendar/academic year. All ISU study abroad students must be enrolled as a full-time student. Students can take 3-4 classes at Tasmania, which is equivalent to 12-16 ISU credits.
1 Tasmania class = 4 ISU credits.
The UTAS offers a wide variety of classes that, in many cases, mirror courses and programs at Iowa State. Some popular areas that interest ISU students are: Animal Science, Marine and Antarctic Studies, Engineering, Studio Art and Architecture, Urban Design and Theory.
For more information about the range of classes at UTAS, please see the course handbook.
To determine how these transfer courses are applied to specific degree requirements in your major/minor, speak with your academic advisor. Should you need further assistance or approval from your college regarding any transfer credit issue, contact the college advisor listed here: Transfer Credit Contacts
Where will I live?
At University of Tasmania, on-campus housing is in a residential college. Students will be placed in Christ College, John Fisher College, or University Apartments. On-campus accommodation is either a private room or apartment-style housing with self-catering kitchens.
Students can research housing options online: Tasmania Accommodation
The ISU Program Fee for the Spring 2017 semester is $5,000 for the 3 course option and $6,300 for the 4 course option. The ISU Program Fee includes tuition, fees, mandatory Australian health insurance, and ISU’s CISI insurance. The ISU Program Fee does not include airfare, housing, food, and all other additional expenses. For more detail, select the term next to "Budget Sheets" at the top of this page.
Tasmania is also home to the world's tallest flowering plant (swamp gum) and the world's oldest tree (huon pine), not to mention the Tasmanian devil (and a host of other curious creatures).
Hobart’s harbor is the premier launching site for research ships bound for Antarctica. Take time to visit the “Mawson Huts” – a museum dedicated to preserving the scientific explorations of Douglas Mawson. Mawson, an Australian, took an expedition crew to Antarctica between 1911-14 and their dramatic story rivals that of competing Antarctic explorer, Ernest Shackleton (of England).
To learn more about the Tasmania program, contact Anne Grevstad-Nordbrock in the Study Abroad Center. She is happy to meet with you and answer your questions. Email: email@example.com