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  • Locations: Canberra, Australia
  • Program Terms: Calendar Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 03/15/2018 ** Rolling Admission 07/30/2018 11/17/2018
Calendar Year 2019 10/15/2018 10/16/2018 TBA TBA
Spring 2019 10/15/2018 10/16/2018 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: Grevstad-Nordbrock, Anne Housing Options: Dormitory, On Campus
Cumulative GPA: 2.8 Language of Instruction: English
Host Country Language: English Online Course Catalog Available: Yes
Sponsor: Iowa State ISU Course: EXPRO
Program Type: Exchange
Program Description:


A Semester in Australia: University of Canberra

Check out Alyssa's blog from her semester in Canberra!

Program Features

AustraliaWhy Canberra?

Here are a few reasons why you should consider a semester abroad at the University of Canberra:

 #1 University of Canberra (UC) is located in Canberra, the national capital of Australia – home to Parliament, national museums and historic sites, and the Brumbies, a professional rugby team.
#2 University of Canberra (UC) is in the TOP 5% based on QS World University Rankings 2013-2015.  The university has approximately 13,000 students, 2,500 of whom are international.
#3 Campus is within proximity of the Canberra city center and the campus grounds are landscaped gardens where kangaroos like to graze at dusk.




The city of Canberra has about 315,000 people and is surrounded by mountains and rugged bushland.  It is a planned city designed around boulevards, a lake, parks, historic sites, and urban centers.  Canberra offers great city attractions such as restaurants (try Akiba), festivals, sporting events, and museums (The Australian War Memorial is a gem).  You can reach the beaches of the South Coast or the Australian snowfields in about 2 hours by bus.  Canberra is also famous for having four distinct seasons each year, with plenty of sunshine in each season.



AustraliaWhat courses?

This exchange program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to study for a semester or a year at the University of Canberra (UC).
The University of Canberra offers courses in the following areas: Applied Science, Business and Government, Communication and Journalism, Design and Creative Practice, Education, Health (including kinesiology), Information Technology, and Law. All ISU study abroad students must be enrolled as a full-time student at the University of Canberra.  Students will take 3 or 4 classes, which are between 9-12 credit points at UC, and which translates to 12-16 ISU credits.
For more information on UC courses, please see the Course Handbook.

Also, when choosing classes (or "units") at U of Canberra, please refer to this list.  These unit lists are pre-filtered for exchange students and approved by each faculty. Students may take any of these classes offered in the appropriate semester as long as they meet any listed pre-requisite requirements.

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


Cost and Scholarships

AustraliaHow much?

This program offers a limited amount of exchange spots, awarded on a first-come-first-serve basis.  (As of July 6, 2017, all available exchange spots have been awarded. However, it is quite possible that applicants will withdraw and an exchange spot will open up.  If interested, you should apply and you will be notified if an exchange spot becomes available.)  With an exchange spot, you will pay a program fee that is close to ISU in-state tuition (about $4,860).  This includes tuition, fees, and ISU’s CISI insurance. Your ISU tuition and fees will be applied to your ISU university bill.  Of course, there are other out of pocket expenses.  These include airfare, housing, food, books and supplies, and travel expenses. 

For more detail, please click on the "budget sheet" at the top of this page.



AustraliaWhere will I live?

Most study abroad students choose to live in the UC University Residences, where ISU students will meet other international students and participate in social events and activities. The housing options are Cooper Lodge, Weeden Lodge, and University of Canberra Village. These options range from studio to multi-bedroom apartments. Cooper and The Village are closer to classroom buildings, and Weeden is closer to shops and the business district.
Students can research housing and catering options online: UC Accommodations


Dates and Contacts




How to Apply

TravelWhat else?

The University of Canberra’s study abroad office invites ISU students to go on excursions to Surf Camp, Cairns (Great Barrier Reef), and the Blue Mountains.  ISU students can be matched with a “buddy” – an Aussie who has also studied abroad.
To learn more about the Canberra program, contact Anne Grevstad-Nordbrock in the Study Abroad Center.  She is happy to meet with you and answer your questions.  Email: