Study Abroad Program Overview
Get ready to meet friendly, laid-back, fun‑loving people and enjoy vibrant cultural diversity in the alluring “Land Down Under” :
- Explore Australia’s natural beauty, such as the red deserts of the Outback, the white sand beaches surrounding most of the continent and the Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef system in the world.
- Study a broad range of enriching academic opportunities, such as environmental or ecological studies, Aboriginal studies, studio art, Asia-Pacific regional studies, or marine biology at a world-class university in Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, or Sydney.
- Shortly before departure, you will participate in an online orientation hosted by key members of the UCEAP Systemwide staff, the UCEAP Program Officer, based in Melbourne. The webcast covers the important and unique elements of UCEAP participation.
After arrival, you will participate in an on-site orientation for international and exchange students at your Australian host university.
Students attend classes with host country students.
Language of Instruction
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars. Firm dates will be posted on the Participants page for current program/current academic year.
Approx. mid-July to late November (Australian semester two).
Approx. early February to early July (Australian semester one).
Approx. early February to late November (Australian semesters one and two).
If you attend a spring option, you may extend your UCEAP participation to the year option at the same university. (Note that the Australian academic year begins in February).
You can choose the type of housing option that best suits your needs and preferences. Residence in university dormitories or university-owned apartments is available at most universities, although many UCEAP students seek private off-campus rentals.
Because of their proximity to campus and student life, the most practical accommodations are university residence colleges (dorms). The majority of UC students have lived in university housing, but many have preferred to rent private flats (apartments) and shared rental houses. These vary greatly in quality and cost and are usually at a premium near the university campuses. Most students have reported good experiences with private rentals.
You will need to be proactive in your housing search, as semester housing is not arranged or reserved by UCEAP. Housing is not included in the UCEAP fees for this program.
Internships, independent research, service-learning and volunteer opportunities may be possible on the Australia program. More information is available through the links on the Host Institutions tab.
Participating in extracurricular cultural and social activities while on EAP is an excellent way to meet people and integrate more fully into the community. Join sports, musical, theater, or arts groups; volunteer at local organizations; attend lectures and receptions held in academic and
community circles; and get the most out of your time abroad. Residential colleges typically offer more opportunities for organized activities than you might find if you live off campus.
You’ll find many opportunities for hiking (called bushwalking), mountain climbing, nature walks, orienteering, sailing, bird watching, beach activities, and water sports in Australia. Every university has a variety of sports and outdoor clubs. Joining one or more clubs provides an opportunity to make new friends as well as to participate in inexpensive outings and to rent sports equipment, which is often expensive to buy in Australia. Expect to pay sports union membership fees and user fees for facilities such as gyms and swimming pools, unlike at UC campuses.
Your student visa allows you to work while studying in Australia. Once you have begun your program of study, you can work up to 20 hours per week while your host university term is in session and unlimited hours during scheduled semester breaks.
The EAP program in Australia is currently overseen by the EAP Study Center in Melbourne. EAP students are supported by UC's network of EAP offices at every UC campus and partnerships with EAP host universities throughout the world. UC faculty and local staff abroad help students integrate into the culture of Australia and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.
See the EAP Program Guide
(PDF) for program-specific details about host institutions, program structure, and courses; academic culture and conduct; internships, research, & independent study; units, exams, and grades; orientation; housing; and information about the intensive language program (if applicable).
Browse the links below for more detailed information about courses and credit, housing and meals, location, and special opportunities at each UCEAP Australia location.
Select a host institution for specific information on courses and credits.
Indicates quarter term
Use the EAP Program Search
to compare the general areas of study available at each Australian university, then explroe specific courses offered throught the institution links above.
You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad. Students usually enroll in four or five courses per semester to meet the 24 UC quarter (16 semester) unit requirement.
These units apply to all institutions in the Australian Universities program.
Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.
Estimated EAP Costs *
|Fall||20||24||16||$7,200||$10,500 - 11,700|
|Spring||20||24||16||$7,250||$9,900 - 11,050|
|Year||41||48||32||$13,550||$17,450 - 19,725|
* Estimates do not include Miscellaneous Campus Fees or, if applicable, Non-Resident Supplemental Tuition, Graduate or Professional Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay Non-Resident Fees on UCEAP.
1 UCEAP Fees: This represents an estimate of UCEAP fees for the current year. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. This figure includes UC tuition and fees for undergraduate, in-state residents. For a detailed breakdown of what’s included in this estimate, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Non-Resident Fees apply: If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
2 Additional Costs: Average living expenses include but are not limited to room and board, transportation, books, supplies, and other incidentals and do not include recreational travel or entertainment. The total cost will vary depending on your personal expenses, exchange rate fluctuation, and the program you attend. For a detailed breakdown of the estimate, visit the “Cost” tab of the appropriate program.
All fees are subject to change without notice.
These expenses are estimated for 2015-16. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2015-16 payment information, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay the same non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
- Predeparture expenses (visa, etc.)
- Round-trip transportation from California
- UC fees
- Tuition at host institution
- Accident and medical insurance
- On-site orientation
- Room and board
- Program excursions
- Books and other incidental expenses
- Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.
All year participants and participants in the University of Queensland spring program may receive a $2,000 scholarship in the 2018-19 academic year. No additional scholarship application is required.
Additional UCEAP scholarships for the academic year are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Junior, Senior, Graduate
2.85 cumulative GPA at the time of application and maintained through the end of the last term prior to departure.GPA Note
: • University of Sydney and University of Queensland require 3.0 cumulative GPA.
All applicants must also have:
- Serious academic goals and a clear plan for integrating EAP studies into the student's UC degree program.
- Social, interpersonal, and cross-cultural sensitivity; maturity; willingness to adapt successfully to different living and academic environments; appropriate behavior in a variety of situations.
- A willingness to abide by program regulations.
- Completed all campus- and program-specific requirements and be in good academic and disciplinary standing.
Application Information and Deadlines
Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.
For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.
These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by the Australian host institution at which you are placed.
Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: