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Last updated: March 5, 2020
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Tasmania is Australia’s most southern, and only island state – and arguably its most beautiful. It is separated from mainland Australia by a 240 kilometer stretch of water called Bass Strait. With a population of only a little over half a million people, we boast some of the purest air and clearest skies in the world – great for study and outdoor living but also for observing the stunning Aurora Australis, or Southern Lights. Tasmania is, of course, most famous for its nature: separated from the mainland, it has many species found nowhere else on earth and more than 40 percent of the state is protected in national parks and reserves. The state is made of up some of the world’s most stunning landscapes – sweeping, turquoise beaches speckled with startling orange rocks, craggy snow-capped mountains, and towering ancient forests.
Tasmania is the only Australian state that experiences four true seasons, so you’ll get to enjoy striking visual changes taking place with each turn of season – from stunning spring blooms and the native beech tree’s breathtaking autumnal colour changes, to winter’s snow-capped peaks and the lure of sparkling blue oceans in summer. The warmest months are from November to March with average daily temperatures around 21 degrees Celsius. Winter average daily temperatures are around 13 degrees Celsius and around 4.5 degrees Celsius at night time. While rainfall varies dramatically around the state, it is lowest in the most populated regions. Hobart is the second driest capital city in Australia, receiving about half as much rain per year as Sydney! Like all Australian southern states, though, it’s wise to bring waterproof outer layers and warm clothing even if arriving in summer as weather can unexpectedly change within a matter of minutes.
Being a massive island, Tasmania is surrounded by waterways and beaches. Hiking, mountain biking, climbing and camping are an easy post-study or weekend activity. Aurora chasing is a great night-time pursuit that captivates locals as much as it does visitors. In the city, food, art and culture scene is a hot topic amongst students and tourists around the globe. With award-winning music, arts and food festivals year round, stunning streetscapes, and a café culture that never stops, the close proximity of the uni to Tasmania’s numerous draw cards allows more time for students to get amongst it.
View the UTAS Exchange Student Guide
The University of Tasmania has two campus’s that study abroad and exchange students can choose to study at, one is in Launceston in the North of the State and one in Hobart, the capital of Tasmania, located in the South. Not all programs are taught on both campuses.
- College of Arts, Law and Education
- Tasmanian School of Business and Economics
- College of Sciences and Engineering
- College of Health and Medicine
- Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies
- Australian Maritime College
- The School of Architecture and Design
- Tasmania College of the Arts
Please note that other disciplines such as Social Sciences, Humanities and Business related subjects are also available in Launceston – please refer to course search by campus for details.
Exchange students can choose units (classes) from any School, Faculty or College with the exception of Pharmacy, Medicine and Nursing. When choosing units, make sure that they are available in the semester you will be studying in, are offered on the same campus (i.e. Hobart or Launceston) and at a level of study similar to your own. In Australia, a typical undergraduate degree takes 3 years of full time study to complete. Level 100 units are first year, 200 second year and 300 third year. Entry into units 400 and above are assessed on a case –by- case basis based on your previous studies/experience.
UTAS recommends choosing 6 to 8 units for assessment so that if upon arrival you have a timetable clash or a particular unit is not available then you can change between your additional pre-approved units. Additional guidance on course selection is available from the Student Mobility office.
The choice of units cannot always be guaranteed as some units may be cancelled, have prerequisites or have a limited student quota. If entry into your chosen units is not granted, the Faculty where possible will try to offer an alternative but similar unit.
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Pre-Approved Courses for the College of Education Global Track
(BSED Elementary Education, BSED Special Education and Elementary Education)
|ECI 308 Supervised Practicum
||Practical experience in schools (45 hours)
|ECI 402 Integrated Literacy I
|ECI 403 Integragred Literacy II
||ESH201 Developing Understanding of English
|ECI 330 Evaluation of Learning: Elementary
||ESH203 Assessment for Learning
|EPS 324 Ed Psychology in Elementary and Middle School Education
||ESH104 Human Development and Learning
||ESH204 Teachers as Reflective Practitioners and Action Researchers
Getting Credit for Studies Abroad
Courses can count towards your major(s) and/or minor(s) with departmental approval. These are called “course equivalencies” (i.e. Study Abroad Course = NAU Course).
Start working on your course approvals as soon as you have decided on a university for study abroad. Try to have all approvals finished before you depart for your study abroad. The approval process varies between academic departments, so keep in contact with your major/minor advisor(s) as necessary and include/cc the Education Abroad Advisor on the email request.
Have both preferred and back-up classes approved in case courses are full, offered at the same time, etc.
View the detailed academic calendar.
Semester I: Mid March - Early July
Semester II: Late July - Mid November
Please note: Australia is on the Southern Hemisphere and their seasons are backwards. If you decide to study in Australia for the Academic Year (July-June), you will not be permitted to stay in on-campus accommodation for the summer months of Nov-Dec-Jan and you will be responsible for securing private accommodation during that time. If you would prefer to study for two terms without a summer break in between, consider studying abroad for a Calendar Year (Feb-Nov) rather than an Academic Year.
The University provides on-campus and off-campus student accommodation in Hobart and Launceston through Accommodation Services. Whether you’re studying in Hobart or Launceston, there are a variety of on-campus and off-campus accommodation options to choose from. Most consist of single rooms with shared facilities, as well as six-bedroom apartments and a limited number of one and two-bedroom flats.
Affiliated with the University though not run by Accommodation Services and fully independent is the Oxbridge-style residential college, Jane Franklin Hall. Jane Franklin is located midway between the Sandy Bay and Hobart CBD campuses.
For over 20 years the University of Tasmania has offered Homestay as an accommodation option. The Homestay Program has recently opened its doors to the wider University community and continues to be managed in-house by a dedicated team of professionals. UTAS believes Homestay is about a cultural experience, both for the student and Homestay Host family. Homestay provides more than just a roof over someone's head - it really is about bringing the global community together at a common table. Homestay is now a successful accommodation option for University students and visitors, including:
- Domestic and international students
- English Language Centre (ELC) students (studying English prior to a degree)
- Study tour students (4-5 week intensive programs)
- Exchange/study abroad students
- Undergraduate and postgraduate students
- Visiting researchers and academics
- Medical placement/internship students
- Under-18 international students
Please note that it is highly recommended that you submit applications for on campus accommodation at the same time as you submit your exchange or study abroad application. Although every effort is used in order to place study abroad and exchange students in on campus accommodation it is not guaranteed and fills very quickly.
To view the costs for this program, click the "costs" link at the top of this page. This will direct you to a line-item breakdown of how much the program costs and what is included in those costs.
Please note: Financial Aid for the Fall term is disbursed in mid-August every year per Federal FAFSA regulations. If you decide to study in Australia for the Fall term (July-Nov), you will not have access to your Financial Aid until approximately one month into your study abroad term and will need to make other financial arrangements until your Aid is disbursed. If you are not able to make accommodations for your Financial Aid in the Fall, consider studying abroad for a Spring term instead.
PASSPORT & VISA
A passport is a certificate that verifies our identity during travels outside the USA, and a visa is a formal document from another country giving permission to enter/stay in the country. USA passport holders have different rules and requirements depending on the country being entered. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months after the expected return date from abroad. To apply or renew a passport, visit the NAU Passport Office.
A student visa is required to study abroad in Australia. Exchange students can apply for a the Student visa (subclass 500) from the Australian government after being accepted by the host university. The Australian visa process takes place completely online. In order to apply for an Australian visa, students much purchase the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) and provide evidence of enrollment during the visa application. Instructions on the visa and OSHC will be provided by the host institution.
- U.S. health insurance (in case of emergency return to the USA)
- OSHC insurance (required by Australia, coverage in Australia only)
- GeoBlue international health insurance (coverage outside Australia and medical/political/natural disaster evacuation)