Adelaide is a comprehensive university offering a wide selection of disciplines. University of Massachusetts Amherst students may apply in fields for which they have sufficient background and must meet necessary prerequisites for certain courses. As a fully-integrated student of the University of Adelaide, you will have the opportunity to pursue a challenging course of study that takes advantage of the university's impressive resources and unique location.
Students in the past have recommended taking courses at the 100 or 200 level. Unlike the U.S. university system, universities in Australia offer upper-level courses at the 100 to 200 level. Courses at the 300 level tend to be rather advanced, much like our graduate courses, and may not be suitable for you, especially if you have never had a course in the particular department. However, you may request a 300-level course if you really feel it necessary and appropriate. You should plan to take three to four classes which are each worth 4 UMass University credits. Thus, taking four classes will give you 16 UMass credits per term. You may not take fewer than three classes or more than four classes at the university per term.
A laidback, culture-rich city on the doorstep of the Australian outback, Adelaide (pop. 1.2 million) is the perfect destination for independent, adventurous students who are eager to explore the diverse environments, peoples, and cultures of Australia (over 150 ethnic communities represented!). Adelaide, which is situated on the coast of the Southern Ocean, has a Mediterranean atmosphere. It is bordered on the east by mountains, wineries, and bush land, and on the south and west by clean, wide, sandy beaches and rugged headlands.
Culturally, the city is the food and wine capital of the country and hosts many of Australia's most popular festivals. It also offers many opportunities for sports and outdoor activities.
On the doorstep of Australia's "outback," this small city is within a 20 minute tram ride to some of Australia's most spectacular beaches and coastal scenery. Kangaroo Island, south of Adelaide by ferry, is a large, natural habitat which is home to seal and kangaroo colonies. Four hours-drive north of Adelaide are the Flinders Ranges, a bushwalking range with some of the world's oldest fossils and ancient Aboriginal stone carvings.
The University of Adelaide is the oldest university in South Australia, and the third oldest nationally. Its main campus on North Terrace has a long tradition of excellence that built the University's reputation as one of Australia's premier research and academic institutions.
Adelaide is consistently listed among the world's top universities, currently ranked number 62 in the UK's THES-QS World University Rankings. The North Terrace campus has approximately 17,641 students, including 124 Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander students. 4,195 of those students are international, coming from more than 90 countries. Located in the center of the city of Adelaide, the University of Adelaide overlooks the River Torrens and parklands on one side, and faces on to the city's main boulevard on the other. It is adjacent to the main shopping and business districts and alongside the state's art gallery, museum, libraries and other cultural institutions.
Adelaide Course Database - This link will take you into the course database at the University of Adelaide. You can start here to search for classes you want to take while abroad. Keep in mind that you should search only for classes offered during the semester you will be abroad. (UMass Spring = Semester 1, UMass Fall = Semester 2)
In Australia, the majority of Australian students live off-campus. Study Abroad and Exchange International students (you) have two choices: on-campus accommodations or off-campus. You may choose to apply for either type of accommodation, but you should understand some of the major differences between them before you select housing. It is also important for you to know that meeting local Australian students is something that takes effort, and your type of accommodation plays a very small role.
Australian students, for the most part, do not live in Residential Colleges or Student Apartments. They tend to commute, as it is more economical; thus, the best way to meet local students is by going to events on campus, by joining a club or interest group, by playing a sport, and by frequenting common areas on campus like the student union and cafes. Therefore, do not select your housing by focusing on where you think you will meet the most Australian students; instead, focus on what best suits your personal preferences.
On-campus Residential Colleges or Apartments: The on-campus accommodations are quite different than UMass on-campus. Each Residential College (res hall) or apartment complex is actually privately owned, though affiliated with the university. Each, therefore, has its own application process, services and fees. There are two types of on-campus accommodations: Residential Colleges and Student Apartments. The Adelaide website for residences is quite detailed and give a good description of location, services, and goals: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/accommodation/. Each has a residential director and staff on site, as well as organized social activities. Some are fully catered (meals) while others are self-catered (make your own meals). Most have a dining common and some have full, wonderful professional kitchens for students to use (self-catered residence halls). Apartments tend to have kitchens, as you would expect.