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Study Abroad at the University of Adelaide
Facts and Highlights about the University of Adelaide

>> The University of Adelaide is consistently ranked in top 1% of universities worldwide.
>> It is ranked No. 109 in The QS World University Ranking (2017).
>> Associated with 5 Nobel Prize winners.

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Founded in 1874, the University of Adelaide is the third oldest university in Australia. It is also a member of the Group of Eight, a coalition of the top 8 world-leading research intensive Australian universities. The University has developed a reputation for excellence in teaching, learning and research, with major strengths in agriculture, wine and food, biological sciences, physical sciences, health sciences, information technology and telecommunications, environmental sciences and social sciences.

As the capital city of South Australia, Adelaide is renowned for its natural beauty, mild climate and safe environment. It is ranked as 6th the world’s most livable city by the Economist Intelligence Unit in 2016. 

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Program Dates and Courses

Summer 2018

›› General English for Academic Purposes (GEAP)

July 16 – August 17, 2018

More than just an English program, The GEAP learning style puts an emphasis on developing students’ team work and problem solving skills, giving students the opportunity to display initiative and to build confidence.  As students’ language ability improves, students will also be developing skills that can be applied outside the classroom, whether for students’ career or further studies. The GEAP program has 5 main levels, from Beginner to Advanced.  Elective course delivered each Friday are available for Students to choose to meet their personal needs: Global Communication Skills, Global Citizenship, Australian Studies and Popular Culture, TOEFL/IELTS Tests Preparation etc.

The students will be placed in homestay accommodation. Students will be placed in pairs with an Australian family for a firsthand experience of Australian family life.  Homestay is a wonderful way for students to improve their English, gain confidence, learn more about Australian culture and meet new people in a friendly, nurturing environment.  The ELC have carefully chosen the host families and many of the families have hosted international students for us for several years.  A full-time dedicated Homestay Coordinator will provide on-going support to students and host families. 

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Fall 2018

Students can choose two types of courses: General English for Academic Purposes (GEAP) or University Credit Courses (Study Abroad).

›› General English for Academic Purposes (GEAP)
August 20 – December 14, 2018

GEAP has been designed by ELC to develop the communication, language and learning skills needed to operate on personal and social levels within an Australian academic context. At higher levels, the GEAP also aims to provide participants with some understanding of university expectations should they choose to continue studying at a tertiary level in Australia. Within this context, a range of learning goals can be accommodated. Some participants intend to go on to do academic study but need to increase their current level of English proficiency; others want to increase their confidence in using English to communicate both professionally and personally in a real-world context.

There are five levels ranging from elementary to advanced. Participants have 20 hours of class time per week. The core program runs for 4 hours per day. In these classes the focus is on the development of participants’ speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.

In addition, participants can also choose a Friday GEAP Specialisation class that best suits their needs, such as Global Communication Skills, Global Citizenship, Australian Studies and Popular Culture, Academic Preparation and TOEFL, IELTS Preparation and Get Ahead in Reading and Writing.

Entry criteria:
There are no specific entry requirements for the GEAP program. Students will sit a placement test to ensure that they are enrolled in the appropriate level.

›› University Credit Courses (Study Abroad)
July 23 – November 17, 2018

Study Abroad students can study for one or two semesters (Semester 1) at the University of Adelaide, commencing in Semester 1 (February – July) or Semester 2 (July – November).

A standard full-time workload is considered to be either 4 courses (12 units) or 3 courses (9 units). The scope of subjects includes Arts & Humanities, Engineering, Computer & Mathematical Sciences, Health & Medical Sciences, Professions, Sciences and etc. Click here for more information about the restrictions on choosing courses.  

Entry Requirements

• Be enrolled in an undergraduate or postgraduate program in an overseas institution that does not have an official exchange agreement in place with the University of Adelaide or does not have any exchange places available
• Have completed at least one year (or equivalent) of tertiary-level study prior to commencement in your Study Abroad program.
• Meet the English Language Requirements: TOEFL 79 (writing 21, speaking 18, reading and listing 13); IELTS 6.5 (no single component lower than 6.0)
• Must achieve a 2.5/4.0 minimum GPA


Study Abroad students have access to accommodation packages with the university's preferred student accommodation partner, urbanest at the University of Adelaide.

Living at urbanest at the University of Adelaide offers Study Abroad and Exchange students the opportunity to base themselves in the heart of Adelaide's shopping precinct and across the road from the University's main campus.
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