Get ready to meet friendly, laid-back, fun‑loving people and enjoy vibrant cultural diversity in the alluring “Land Down Under.” Australia is a culturally diverse country with something for everyone from its rugged landscapes to its cosmopolitan cityscapes. EAP in Australia allows students to:
- 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, Perth, Sydney, or Wollongong.
Orientation: Before Departure and in Australia
Shortly before departure, students participate in a mandatory online orientation. During this pre-departure webinar, students join key members of the UCEAP Systemwide staff, the UCEAP Program Officer (based in Melbourne), and the Academic Liaison (based in Canberra). The webinar presents the most important elements of UCEAP participation in the Australian Universities Program, highlighting academic requirements; use of cell phones; banking in Australia; seasons and weather in Australia; the role of the UCEAP Study Center for students abroad, and more. Ample time is devoted to answering Australia-bound participants' most pressing questions.
Students must also plan to arrive in time for their host university orientation in Australia. These arrival and orientation dates are available on the Participants page
under the calendar tab. Calendars are frequently updated as dates are finalized and released by host universities. Program participants are encouraged to check these calendars regularly for changes.
Students attend classes with host country students.
Language of Instruction
Go to the Participants
section to see current or past calendars.
mid-July to late November
early February to early July
early February to late November
If you attend a spring option, you may extend your EAP participation to the year option at the same university.
Housing is not included in the program and is not arranged or provided by UCEAP. You should choose the type of housing option that best suits your needs and preferences: a university dormitory, a university-owned flat or apartment, or a private rental off campus. You will be living with international students, other UC students, or Australian students.
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).
UCEAP in Australia offers UC students the opportunity to become fully integrated into the academic and multicultural social life of any one of nine Australian universities. As part of the application process you will be asked to rank your Australian university preferences, so UCEAP recommends that you explore the program offered at each university (through the links at the bottom of the page). Australia is full of wonderful opportunities, new people, and exciting destinations, so whichever host university offers you a place, you are in for the time of your life!
Select a host institution for specific information on courses and credits.
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Studying at an Australian university will complement your UC studies in a number of challenging ways, demanding strong writing skills and greater academic independence than is often the case at UCs. Australian undergraduate education is more specialization at the undergraduate level and students at Australian universities are expected to work more independently than are those in the U.S. The normal Australian undergraduate degree program lasts just three years and has very few electives outside of the major. Third‑year courses in Australia correspond to advanced courses for UC seniors and generally require more previous knowledge and course work than those at UC. “Honours” courses they are often intended for students entering graduate programs in that discipline.
Most courses involve little or no evaluation until the end of the semester; courses may not automatically provide specific reading assignments, midterm exams, detailed instructions on what is expected in written assignments, or advice and practice questions in preparation for the final exam. Textbooks may not assigned or you may get a long reference reading list with little guidance about what items are most important or how to use it to study for exams and write papers. Because your grade may be based mostly or solely on assignments or exams late in the term, you will have to discipline yourself to manage your workload over the semester. Instructors expect a level of work that reflects independent work throughout the semester; not a week or weekend of cramming at the end. Stretch yourself, take charge of your education, and enjoy the freedom and challenges of directing your studies.
Use the following resources to learn about taking courses in Australia on EAP:
- EAP Program Search - This link takes you to a list of general areas of study at each Australian university.
- Australian university online catalogs or course listings, available through the links below.
- MyEAP Course Catalog lists courses previously taken by UC students at our Australian universities. Additional courses may be available at host institutions or program locations and not all courses may still be offered. Courses that have not yet been taken for credit will not appear in the MyEAP Course Catalog.
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 unit requirement.
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||$7,050 - 7,150||$12,600 - 15,850|
|Spring||20||24||16||$7,000||$13,050 - 16,600|
|Year||41||48||32||$13,300||$22,700 - 30,350|
* Estimates do not include Non Resident 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 2011-12. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2011-12 payment information, visit the Participants Portal
and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include Non Resident Fees. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay 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.
UCEAP scholarships for the 2012-13 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
: Monash University:minium 3.0 GPA is required for all departments except Faculty of Arts which requires a minimum GPA of 2.85.
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.
Application Information and Deadlines
Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental predeparture 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 EAP Office for more information: