Tasmania is an island located off the southern tip of Australia and is a great blend of wilderness and city life. Hobart is the capital of Tasmania and is on the south side of the island.
The University is about a 5-minute drive south of the city center, located between Mount Wellington and the Derwent River. The campus is close to shops, transport, accommodation, and bushland. It is only 5-minute walk to class or a 5-minute walk to the supermarket.
Hobart is a quietly buzzing city with a rich culture and numerous things to see and do. Mount Wellington, secluded bushland, waterfront scenery are just a few of the attractions near the city.
Its population of 200,000 supports a thriving city filled with theatres, galleries, restaurants, and a gorgeous waterfront. The whole island has a population of about 500,000.
The University of Tasmania is a comprehensive university, so academically it aligns really well with UNI. Today about 30,000 students study at the University of Tasmania, with international students from 147 countries.
Tasmania is an archipelago of more than 300 islands sitting just 150 miles south-east of mainland Australia and is home to approximately 500,000 people. More than 40 percent of the main island is protected as national parks and reserves, and homes some of the world’s rarest animals. Tasmania is the perfect place to get into the great outdoors and explore a new world. Across the island there are a wide range of activities that you can participate ranging from camping and fishing to the more extreme rock climbing and whitewater rafting.
The City of Hobart, nestled under Mt Wellington on the Derwent River, is one of the most beautiful and livable cities in the world. As the second oldest city in Australia the city offers a wonderful blend of built and cultural heritage, environment, a vibrant art and dynamic sporting culture and a low stress lifestyle. With a population of 49,600 Hobart is able to offer the best of both country and city living, boasting excellent restaurants, cafes, parks and gardens, theatres, art galleries, shopping malls and nightclubs.
The University of Tasmania has two main campuses situated two and a half hours apart in Hobart and Launceston as well as two campuses in Sydney, located in Darlinghurst and Rozelle where students can undertake a Bachelor of Nursing.
Hobart Campus lies within the beach side suburb of Sandy Bay, only a five minute drive from the city centre. Hobart allows students to experience Tasmania’s natural bushland while maintaining an urban feel. The campus host 9,500 local and international students. The spacious Launceston Newnham Campus overlooks the Tamar River. A short drive from the downtown, reliable public transportation connects students to the lively city culture. The campus houses approximately 5,000 students. Across both campuses there are close to 100 programs of study offered by seven faculties (Colleges).
A wide range of facilities cater to students on both campuses such as restaurants, cafeterias and bars, bookshop, banks, general store and a hairdresser. There is also a contact centre, post office, travel agency and a student health centre. The campuses offer state of the art sporting and recreation centres where students have the opportunity to participate in a multitude of activities and programs: competitive sport, social competitions, a weight room, aerobics, yoga, Pilates, kick boxing and other fitness classes.
Once you have arrived at the University of Tasmania, the International Student Advisors and International Service Center provide assistance. For international students field trips are also offered and include, the Tarkine, scuba diving and exploring the shipwrecks off the Tasman Peninsula, Concerts at the Gorge, From Crater Falls to Cradle Mountain, biking, surfing, safaris, and much more.
The study abroad program at the University of Tasmania begins with a week-long Orientation Program meant to prepare students for the academic and cultural experience ahead. All Study Abroad and Exchange students are able to study a wide array of courses offered by the University of Tasmania. Course subjects are broken down into 18 areas of study:
- Agriculture and environmental science
- Architecture and design
- Art, music, and theater
- Arts, humanities and social science
- Business and economics
- Computing and IT
- Education and teaching
- Health sciences and community care
- Journalism, media and communication
- Marine and Antarctic
- Maritime studies
Courses: Students typically take 3 or 4 courses while studying at UTAS. UNI students can take major, minor, and/or LAC courses while studying in Australia. We recommend students also try to take at least one course in a topic on Australia. Information on courses and when they are offered can be found here.
Teaching Methods and Styles: Australian higher education is derived from the British model. This means that most undergraduate courses consist of lectures, classes, workshops, and tutorials each week as well as 'unstructured' time which means students should be doing individual reading and research. At the beginning of each session, students are given 'deadlines' (final dates) for the completion of assignments in all subjects. If they fail to meet these deadlines, they penalized even though they have completed the work. Lecture and class times for all coursework subjects will be given to students when they enroll during orientation week. All students are required to be at lectures and tutorials at the specified times.
Academic Calendar: The university operates on a semester system with Semester 1 (our Spring semester) running from February to June and Semester 2 (our Fall semester) running from July to December. When thinking about their semester dates, it is important to remember that with it being on the other side of the hemisphere, their spring semester is our fall and vice versa. To view the academic calendar, please see here.
Credits and Grades: Australian credits are calculated differently than in the US. UTAS courses are usually 12.5 credits which means a course is usually transferred back as 3.8, which could be rounded. That being said, most UNI students take three to four courses to be considered full-time. Grades are also calculated differently. Below, please find the UNI equivalents to UTAS grading scale. (UTAS grades on the left, UNI equivalent on the right:
HD High Distinction 80 -- 100% = A
DN Distinction 70 -- 79 = A
CR Credit 60 -- 69 = B
PP Pass 50 -- 59 = C
Housing & Meals
Accommodation at UTAS is either on or off-campus accommodations at both Hobart and Launceston.
On-Campus: At Hobart, there are two residential colleges and one apartment block. The two co-ed residential colleges, Christ College and John Fisher College, offer fully furnished, single bedrooms with shared bathroom facilities. All students have internet access and located throughout the building are various study areas, common rooms, laundry facilities, gym, communal kitchen and kitchenettes. The University Apartments are fully furnished, self-contained and sleep up to six people with two bathrooms per apartment. Laundry facilities are located on site in close proximity to the apartments.
Meals: Apartment style housing includes a kitchen and necessary cooking tools. College residents can use their Student Card which doubles as a Meal Card. The Meal Card is a prepaid system with funds being able to be added as required.
Australia: University of Tasmania
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* estimated total cost of participation, actual amount depends on type of housing accommodation selected, actual airfare purchase price, personal spending habits, and other factors
Cost of studying on-campus*
*per semester, estimated, will vary per person
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The Study Abroad Center reserves the right to determine participants' eligibility to Study Abroad. Students must meet all of the following in order to be eligible to Study Abroad:
- Have a cumulative 2.5 GPA or higher at the time of application and maintain this cumulative GPA prior to departure and throughout the study abroad process
- If your cumulative GPA is lower than 2.5, submit the following to the Study Abroad Center (103 East Bartlett):
- Letters of reference from two academic contacts (e.g. academic advisor and former or current professor) supporting your pursuit of study abroad. If you are attending a faculty-led study abroad program, one of the letters must be from a course leader. However, if the program has two course leaders, only one of the letters can be from one of the course leaders.
- Must be over the age of 18 years old
- Must meet the course prerequisites (participation in the program is dependent upon meeting these)
- Must be in good standing with the University
- UNI's partner institutions may require additional eligibility requirements to be met, these vary from institution to institution. Please consult with the Study Abroad Center staff to discuss these additional requirements if applicable.
- Applicants traveling to a region of a country or a country with an overall Travel Advisory Level 3 (Reconsider Travel) or 4 (Do Not Travel) will not be eligible.
- All study abroad applicants must pass the Study Abroad Applicant Assessment with a score of 70% or greater.
- Applicants may be selected for an in-person interview before being accepted. Selection for an interview does not guarantee acceptance into the program. You will be contacted directly by the Study Abroad Center if selected for an interview.