University of Tasmania - Semester or Year Abroad


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General information applicable to all GlobaLinks Learning Abroad  Semester and Year Abroad Programs:

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad offers programs at the University of Tasmania through our partner International Studies Abroad.

Please click here to apply or learn more about Tasmania and all other Australia program options.

 

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad has designed this University of Tasmania program with your individual student goals in mind. It is built around a unique Discovery Model which is delivered by some of the best staff in study abroad, both in the U.S. and overseas, in order to provide you with an individualized experience through discovery in 5 key areas: personal, academic, cultural, social, and career. Learn more about the Discovery Model.

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad, formerly known as AustraLearn, offers semester and year abroad programs at the University of Tasmania (UTAS). 

The University of Tasmania (UTAS) is the fourth oldest university in Australia and combines a respected academic tradition with modern facilities. 

Study Abroad students can study in either of the state’s two largest cities Hobart and Launceston. Most students are able to live within walking distance of their campus. On-campus and University accommodation is also available.

Studying abroad at University of Tasmania in Australia is available as a semester abroad program in the Fall or Spring semesters or for a full academic year abroad.

UTAS offers a wide range of popular and interesting subjects from fields including maritime, environmental, arts and Antarctic studies. Faculties and institutes place high importance on links with many specialist research, government and industry organisations to give students real world experience and skills.

The University offers a pleasant, enjoyable and scenic environment for study and is a popular destination for students seeking a unique experience in which they can easily immerse themselves in the culture and make friends with the locals.
 

      

Location

Imagine an island of majestic mountains, lush temperate rainforests, wild rivers, rolling hills, and white sandy beaches. Add to that two of Australia’s oldest cities and a population of around 500,000, and you have Tasmania.

Hobart is the capital and largest city in Tasmania, offering all necessary services, yet it is free from overcrowding, traffic congestion, serious pollution, and major crime. Situated close to the mouth of the Derwent River and nestled in the foothills of Mount Wellington, it seems that nearly every home, office and classroom has a magnificent view.

The University's Hobart campus is set in Sandy Bay, a five minute bus trip from the city center. Closer to the city center are the School of Medicine, the Tasmanian Conservatorium of Music, and the prestigious School of Art overlooking the Hobart Wharf.

Around 14,000 students are enrolled at the Hobart campuses. Academic strengths in Hobart include Antarctic Studies, Fine Arts, Geography & Environmental Studies, Law, Journalism & Media Studies and Zoology.

Launceston city is nestled among rolling hills and vineyards at the head of the Tamar River, and offers excellent access to popular wilderness areas. The Launceston campuses at Newnham and the Inveresk Cultural Precinct have a total student population of around 7500.

Academic strengths of the Launceston campuses include Maritime studies, Human Life Sciences, Architecture and Visual and Performing Arts,

Although Tasmania is an island separated from the rest of Australia by the Bass Strait, the 'mainland' is still very accessible and travel is affordable. Flights operate daily out of Hobart and Launceston if you wish to get away for the weekend and ferries can also take you to Melbourne from the north coast of Tasmania.
 

Academic Highlights

The University has a total student population of 27,000, including 3,300 international students from over 95countries. UTAS is big enough to be well resourced but class sizes are generally small, allowing easy access to teachers and leading to an encouraging environment for a study abroad experience.

The University of Tasmania offers a wide range of study areas. Particular strengths that attract Study Abroad students to the University of Tasmania include: 
 

  • Animal and Marine Sciences
  • Geography and Environmental Studies (Including Natural Environment & Wilderness Management and Antarctic studies)
  • Contemporary, Fine and Performing Arts
  • Indigenous Studies, Tasmanian Literature

 

These areas of study take full advantage of Tasmania's National Parks, World Heritage Areas and historical sites by offering a variety of units which include field trips that provide a real hands-on educational experience. 

Other areas of study that may interest Study Abroad or full degree students include social sciences, maritime studies, humanities, business, law, engineering, education, architecture and science.
 

University Services

The University of Tasmania offers many services and facilities to help with your initial transition to university as well as any needs you have throughout your stay.

Services include:
 

  • Student Counselling and International Student Advisers
  • Career Development and Employment Service
  • Information Technology Service, including free email access
  • University Health Service (Hobart only)
  • Religious support
  • Disability Services
  • Student Organizations
  • Orientation
  • Academic assistance

 

Students can also access the following while on campus:
 

  • Computer laboratories (open 24 hours)
  • Libraries
  • Sports center
  • Shops and food outlets
  • Travel agent
  • Entertainment and social events

 

Housing

As a GlobaLinks Learning Abroad student you are guaranteed pre-arranged accommodation to fit your lifestyle. There are a variety of housing options available which you will apply for after acceptance. Read below for more specific options offered at this university.

A range of accommodation services are available. For University accommodation, it is advisable that you book ahead through the UTAS Accommodation Services website to secure your preference.

Housing options include:
• On-campus student residence self-catered or inclusion of some meals.
• On and off campus student residential colleges with meals provided
• University Union run shared houses close to campus
• Off-campus private rental accommodation – organised by the student.

Additional benefits to living on campus are additional free academic support and many social events.

There is plenty of affordable private rental accommodation in share houses near the Hobart and Launceston campuses. However, to allow for time to secure this once in Tasmania, students should apply for temporary accommodation at UTAS for the first two weeks or make pre-arrival arrangements with short-stay accommodation such as a hotel or backpacker hostel.
 

Orientation

Bridging Cultures Program

The GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program is our signature orientation program for all semester and year abroad students. The cost for this multi-day program is included in your program fees and covers several nights accommodation, most meals, local transportation, and excursions.

Typically 4-6 days in length, each orientation program includes:

  • Exciting excursions and activities
  • A chance to meet other students
  • Orientation sessions to help you adapt to your new country

Orientation sites vary based on the location of your program. Each site is selected based on the proximity to your host university as well as for the unique activities available within the area.

Read more about the Bridging Cultures Program>

Complimentary airport pickup and accommodation transfer is available for all commencing international students by completing the pickup form on the UTAS website.


A compulsory International student orientation programme ensures that new students have a smooth transition to UTAS life. During orientation you will receive guidance and relevant information about UTAS services, course registration, clubs and societies, enrolment procedures, library and IT assistance, health and safety and individual faculty orientation. In addition you can participate in campus and city tours conducted by current International students.
 

Scholarships Available

In addition to the scholarships offered by GlobaLinks Learning Abroad, The University of Tasmania provides one $1,000 AUD scholarship per year.

Special Programs/Excursions

Discovery Activities

 
Planned Excursions & Events
Our in-country resident staff arranges scheduled activities with students throughout the year. Activities are optional and designed to explore the five key areas of discovery: academic, social, personal, cultural, and professional. These are not just visits to tourist attractions. For example, these are activities such as networking opportunities, local festivals, gallery openings, and other similar events that you can’t find in a travel book. These activities will truly enhance your experience.
 
On-Going Activities
Your exploration of the culture, the academics, the people, and yourself is what will truly enhance your experience. Through the Discovery Model, our in-country staff will provide you with advice and recommendations for other types of activities you can undertake in order achieve your individual goals.
 

Specific Excursions Included in Your Program Fees

 
Multi Day Excursions included in your program fee
In addition to the Bridging Cultures Program, a free multi-day excursion is included in all semester/year abroad programs in Australia, New Zealand, or Fiji. Students studying in these destinations can choose from one of the four excursions listed to the right. The cost of the excursion is included; however, you will need to pay for transportation to the destination. Learn more>
 

Other Tours and Travel Available

Beyond our included orientation and excursions, you will be able to pre-book a wide variety of day, weekend, and week-long tours at a discounted price through our travel partner, STA Travel. These trips provide the ultimate flexibility for you to travel where you want to go, when you want to go, and with whom you want to go. Most trips have open dates, so you can pre-book the trip(s) that interest you, yet choose your dates later on in your semester. This flexibility also means friends that you make from other countries/programs or even your friends and family who are visiting you abroad can also participate. Learn more>

University of Tasmania Excursions and Special Programs

Tasmania offers a huge range of activities for those times when you’re not studying. Many student clubs offer special tours, at excellent prices, during mid-semester breaks. As distances are relatively short in Tasmania, and the terrain so diverse, it’s easy to explore somewhere new every weekend.

Popular activities include:

Viewing animals at National Parks or wildlife sanctuaries such as Narawntapu National Park on the north coast or Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary near Hobart. See wallabies, wombats, potoroos, kangaroos and more.

Explore the stunning natural landscape. Visit the Tarkine - remarkable 350,000 hectares of wilderness, stretching from sandy beaches to rainforests – or go bushwalking in one of Tasmania’s 19 National Parks.

Volunteer for conservation work. Conservation Volunteers Australia has offices in Hobart and Launceston and invites you to explore more of Tasmania’s unique wilderness areas while participating in practical conservation work.

Scuba Dive off the Tasman Peninsula. Explore unique marine life as well as many shipwrecks from the convict period in the waters around the stunning Tasman Peninsula.

Festival events. Tasmanian cultural, music and artistic festivals are a major attraction for interstate and international visitors. Examples include the MONA FOMA, Taste Festival, Ten Days on the Island, Falls Festival and the Launceston Festivale.

Chill out at the Gorge. While only 1km from central Launceston, Cataract Gorge offers a huge range of activities including scenic walks, a chairlift, swimming, cafes, rock climbing and wildlife.

World Heritage Sites and cultural attractions. As one of Australia’s oldest settlements, Tasmania has a rich history. Visit World Heritage convict sites such as Port Arthur, or explore museums such as the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery and the internationally renowned Museum of Old and New Art (MONA).
 

Get Involved Abroad

Extracurricular Activities

There is a wide variety of outdoor, sporting, and social clubs in Hobart and Launceston which cater to just about any interest from bushwalking, to cricket and Australian Rules Football enthusiasts, environment collectives and film societies.

Clubs often organize low cost activities that take place on weekends and during semester breaks. Adventure clubs on campus can help provide equipment such as surfboards, wetsuits, and scuba gear for more intrepid activities. Also, experienced providers will offer several weekend excursions during each semester, including hiking in Tasmania's National Parks and World Heritage Areas, kayaking on pristine lakes, white-water rafting, and cave touring.

To connect with other students and locals UTAS has a very active Community Friends and Networks Programme (CNFP) which is an avenue to a whole range of entertaining and exciting events on campus and in the broader community. 

Community Involvement

While abroad, we recommend getting involved in your local community. It's a great way to meet locals, experience the true Australian culture, and create long lasting memories. From volunteering to festival-going, we challenge you to make the most of your international experience. See a sample of community involvement opportunities available in Hobart or discover your own upon arrival!


You can explore your volunteer efforts in the semester by signing up for the GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Conservation Volunteer Weekend.

Course Catalog

To determine if the classes you need are available at this university, select Courses/Subjects to view the specific course options.
 
Tips: For advice on navigating the university’s course catalog, use the Selecting Courses link. You may also view the suggested grade and credit transfer information through the Grade Conversion.
 
If you have any questions about course availability, please contact studyabroad@globalinksabroad.org.

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Fees

University of Tasmania February 2015 Semester
All fees listed are for first term onlyYear Abroad Advice
Program Fees *TBD
Mandatory Activity and Excursion Package$1,200.00
Housing with MealsN/A
Housing without MealsApproximately $3,300 - $5,000
What's includedSee below
* Program Fee shown includes a $500 Affiliate University Discount
University of Tasmania July 2014 Semester
All fees listed are for first term onlyYear Abroad Advice
Program Fees *$10,230.00
Mandatory Activity and Excursion Package$1,200.00
Housing with MealsN/A
Housing without MealsApproximately $3,300 - $5,000
What's includedSee below
* Program Fee shown includes a $500 Affiliate University Discount


Fee Includes

Your Personalized Semester/Year Program Includes

  • Tuition and instruction
  • Host university activity and insurance fees
  • 24/7 support for students and parents at home and abroad
  • Pre-departure materials and travel gear
  • Comprehensive assistance
  • Personal program manager
  • Scholarship and financial aid assistance
  • Facilitation of course selection / credit transfer

Activity and Excursion Package

Additional Housing Fee

Housing amenities are generally:

  • Single room
  • Technology package available
  • Linen package available

An additional refundable housing deposit may be required for your housing selection. This housing is self-catered, therefore you will have access to a kitchen where you can prepare your own meals.

*All fees are subject to change.



 



Dates

Should you receive an offer, your offer letter will provide you with the most up to date university start dates. GlobaLinks Learning Abroad will attempt to provide you with the most up-to-date information as we receive it. Be sure to confirm dates before finalizing any travel plans. 
February 2015 Semester - SpringApplication Deadline: November 15, 2014
Anticipated DepartureFebruary 4, 2015
Start DateFebruary 6, 2015
End DateJune 21, 2015
Mid Semester Break #1April 1, 2015 - April 8, 2015
Mid Semester Break #2 -
February 2015 Year - SpringApplication Deadline: November 15, 2014
Anticipated DepartureFebruary 4, 2015
Start DateFebruary 7, 2015
End DateNovember 8, 2015
Mid Semester Break #1April 1, 2015 - April 8, 2015
Mid Semester Break #2August 30, 2015 - September 6, 2015
July 2015 Semester - FallApplication Deadline: April 15, 2015
Anticipated DepartureJune 23, 2015
Start DateJune 25, 2015
End DateNovember 13, 2015
Mid Semester Break #1August 30, 2015 - September 6, 2015
Mid Semester Break #2 -
July 2015 Year - FallApplication Deadline: April 15, 2015
Anticipated DepartureJune 23, 2015
Start DateJune 25, 2015
End DateJune 20, 2016
Mid Semester Break #1August 30, 2015 - September 6, 2015
Mid Semester Break #2April 1, 2016 - April 8, 2016

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have the required GPA and have completed at least the equivalent of one year of full-time study at the university/college level. Students with a lower GPA than the requirement may be considered on a case by case basis. Please contact our office for more information.

Required GPA: 2.50

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Program Team


Program Manager
Katie Brooks
kbrooks@studiesabroad.com


Program Assistant
Cory Parkinson
cparkinson@studiesabroad.com


Resident Director
Ross Seeger
rseeger@globalinksabroad.org


Resident Coordinator
Liz Hanlon
RCHobart@globalinksabroad.org



Advice From The Program Team:
University of Tasmania promotes a very diverse housing allocation and is a great place for outdoor enthusiasts. Tasmania has an abundance of national parks which are all excellent for hiking, biking, kayaking, and exploring.