University of Adelaide's Summer School - Summer or January Short Course


GlobaLinks Learning Abroad offers summer programs at University of Adelaide through our partner International Studies Abroad.

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


GlobaLinks Learning Abroad has designed this short-term 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.


University of Adelaide's Summer School is a rare opportunity for students to take summer school in the southern hemisphere. This is an ideal program for students who find themselves unable to break away during the North American school year for a traditional semester abroad.

  • Learn: with local Australian and international students in an academically rigorous environment that boasts world-class academics.
  • Discover: Australia’s diverse culture, unique landscapes, and incredible fauna and flora.
  • Achieve: well-rounded global perspectives, knowledge and friendships that will provide a solid grounding for future careers.
  • Engage with the community: Gain a unique perspective of Australia through a service
    learning placement within a local organization. View the course descriptions for more information.


Learn more about the University of Adelaide's Summer School:























The academic component of the program is held at the University of Adelaide, located in Adelaide - the capital city of South Australia. The University’s main campus is situated in the center of Adelaide’s thriving activity, bordered by the Art Gallery, Museum, State Library, Festival Centre, Zoo, Botanical Gardens, Central Business District, and the River Torrens.

Adelaide is known for its pleasant Mediterranean climate, thriving economy, dynamic cultural scene, and affordable cost of living. Adelaide has a high standard of living at a relatively low cost in comparison to its East coast counterparts. It is an attractive, friendly, safe, and well-planned city of wide streets, squares, parklands, and a mixture of historic and modern buildings. With a population of 1.1 million, Adelaide is Australia's fifth largest city, with all of the conveniences of a major city, but with few of the hassles. The city has welcomed migrants from all over the world and is characterized by a great diversity of cultural traditions, languages spoken (although English is the official language), and systems of belief.


Known as the 20-minute city, Adelaide is easy to get around thanks to its well-planned streets and public transportation system, which provides concessions for students. Its central location makes it an ideal getaway to explore South Australia's many attractions, from world-renowned wineries, beautiful hills, and rugged coastlines to the Australian outback. 

Summer School at the University of Adelaide also includes many excursions and field trips.  Click on the Excursions tab to the left to learn more.




What's the point of studying abroad to just sit inside a classroom and learn about a new culture without actually gaining a practical experience of it?  The University of Adelaide's Summer School program enables students to immerse themselves in Australian culture and apply the knowledge that they have developed in the classroom.


Many of the courses offered include exciting fieldtrips as part of their curriculum. In addition to these fieldtrips, all students participating in this program will take a number of cultural exursions to see Australia at its finest.


Sporting Heroes: Australian Rules Football Game

Australia's most popular sport is Australian rules football, known by most Australia's as "Aussie Rules", "football", "AFL", or more commonly "footy". It is a sport rich in culture and tradition, especially surrounding the rituals of game-day for its players, coaches, umpires, and supporters. The Australian Football League (AFL) is the premier national Australia Rules football competition in Australia, comprising of 16 teams. Players are elite sportsmen with no fears, putting their bodies on the line for the glory of the Premiership Cup. AFL players wear no body padding, like those in America's NFL, making it one of the world's toughest games on players' bodies. South Australia has two teams in the competition, the Adelaide Crows and Port Power, who are fierce rivals. You will attend the home game of one of these South Australian teams and experience what is a typical family weekend for a large number of Australians - cheering at the local footy with a meat pie in hand. 


Barossa Valley Tour

Students will travel north of Adelaide to the world-famous Barossa Valley wine region. We will visit the Worlds’ Largest Rocking Horse – a perennial favourite with South Australian children and an excellent example of Australia’s love of Big Things. Students will also experience the acoustic wonder that is the Whispering Wall. We will visit several local wineries in the beautiful region, where students can learn about the rich German history of the area, and enjoy lunch at a local pub.


Cleland Wildlife Park and Adelaide Hills

Students will travel up into the Adelaide Hills to Cleland Wildlife Park, where they will have the opportunity to hand-feed kangaroos, wallabies, potoroos, emus and many other free-roaming Australian animals. Students will also learn about the importance of conserving our native animals and their habitat. Students will be thrilled by the friendly and approachable nature of Australia’s favourite animals.


Landscapes, Flora and Fauna: Kangaroo Island Tour

On a two day trip you will travel to Kangaroo Island, one of the world's last unspoilt refuges. You will have the chance to explore and observe the Island's unique landscapes, incredible flora, and amazing fauna. Whether its sandboarding down giant sand dunes, hiking through amazing bush, or taking in the marvellous sights at the Remarkable Rocks, you will have a life changing weekend.


Flinders Ranges

There will be a 3 day adventure into the spectacular Flinders Ranges – staying on a sheep farm and experiencing the best of this ancient landscape. The Flinders Ranges has been named one of Australia's outstanding national landscapes - recognised as an emotionally uplifting destination, where adventure, spirituality and tranquillity co-exist. The ancient Flinders Ranges is the largest mountain range in the area. Rising from the rugged yet beautiful landscapes of Australia's Outback, the Flinders Ranges are actually made up of a series of continuous mountains located northwest of Adelaide that stretches for over four hundred kilometres.



Academic Focus

Students choose two courses, equivalent to half of a semester’s full time load, from the below list of available options. Please see the Course Description tab to ensure your course selections don't create a timetable clash. Courses are taught by world-class academics with extensive practical and academic experience in their fields, for example, Australia’s longest serving Foreign Affairs Minister who teaches “The Practice of Australian Politics.


Course options include:


  • Community Engagement Learning Project
  • Managing Conflict in the Developing World
  • Incredible India: Dynamics of a Rising World Power 
  • Indigenous Culture and History
  • The Practice of Australian Politics
  • The Rise of China's Economic Power
  • Conflict and Crisis in the Middle East
  • Travel Writing
  • Australian Stories: Fast Track Video Production 

 Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Commercialization

  • Foundations of Entrepreneurship
  • Innovation and Creativity


  • International Health
  • The Australian Wine Industry: Rise of an Icon (undergraduate and postgraduate)

University of Adelaide

With more than 130 years of excellence in education, the University of Adelaide is one of Australia's oldest and most influential tertiary institutions. Since its establishment the University has developed a reputation for excellence in learning, teaching, and research. The University is associated with five Nobel Prize winners, has produced 102 Rhodes Scholars and 108 Fulbright Scholars, and is a member of the Group of Eight - Australia's leading research-intensive universities.

The University of Adelaide employs high-quality staff members who are national and international leaders in their fields. They bring a wealth of knowledge and real-life experience to the classroom. The exceptional staff, traditions, and distinction of the University, combined with a strong sense of innovation and exploration, provides students with an exceptional educational environment to develop independence of thought, creativity, and confidence.

The University of Adelaide is one of the best resourced higher education institutions in Australia, with a wide range of facilities, including modern lecture theaters, state-of-the-art laboratories and computer suites, and an outstanding library with an ever growing collection of over two million items.


Students are required to undertake assessment for both courses, which can include: written assignments, class presentations, online activities, tutorial participation, exams, and group/individual projects. Exact assessment is dependent on course choices. These classes have both Australian and international students enrolled.



Upon successful completion of the core course and the elective course students will receive 6-8 US credits on an official transcript from the University of Adelaide.


Course Descriptions

To determine if the classes you need are available at this university, select Courses/Subjects to view the specific course options. 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


Service Learning

As part of the Summer School program, students will choose two courses from the course list found here.  Students may select the Community Engagement Learning Project as one of their courses. This course can be paired with all other courses and will award a letter grade.


The Community Engagement Learning Project is an academic-based, credit-bearing course that provides students with opportunities to explore theories and practical realities of intercultural community engagement (also known as service learning). Students pair the academic component of this course with field work that gives them unique perspectives on Australian culture. Working with a host organization, each student will develop a hands-on understanding of everyday needs and issues being faced by the people with whom the organization works. Students become active community participants and will develop skills that will make them better able to contribute to society as global citizens.


Learning Objectives

  • Gain practical, hands-on experience in a community-based environment through work undertaken in conjunction with an external service organization.
  • Develop cultural awareness, as well as a sense of social justice, based on experiences working within the community and reflection upon these experiences.
  • Build skills in applying theoretical, critical, methodological, and disciplinary knowledge relating to a service organization and its mandate.
  • Gain experience in doing presentations and short reports with current professional standards and polish writing and other communication skills. 
  • Acquire a highly-developed awareness of the ways in which community service organizations function in the Australian context, and the current issues and debates affecting such organizations.

Assessment Overview

There are three main components for the Community Engagement Learning Project:

  1. External placement with a service organization: Each student will be placed with an external service organization. Arrangements will vary depending on the organization set-up but students must spend two half-days per week (a total of 13 hours per week including travel time to/from the organization over 3 weeks, for a grand total of 39 placement hours) working at the organization or in conjunction with it. The service organization will set the student’s agenda for each session, and the work undertaken will vary, depending on the needs of the organization. Completion of all of the placement hours is a compulsory (nonmarked) component of the Community Engagement Learning Project.
  2. Class seminar: There will be a seminar which meets for a total of 5 hours per week, for which students must prepare readings and participate in discussions. Students also will do presentations during this seminar period. Seminar attendance and participation is a compulsory (non-marked)component of the Community Engagement Learning Project.
  3. Written tasks: Each student will complete written tasks based on their reading, research, and experiences during the external placement.

Service Learning Placements

When applying to participate in the Community Engagement Learning Project, students will be asked to elect at least two types of service organizations that would be of particular interest to them and for which they are able to make a contribution due to their interest, skills, knowledge, and/or experience. We will attempt to accommodate these preferences but of course will be limited by the organizations who are willing to host students during the relevant time period.


The major types of community service organizations represented in this project address issues relating to:

  • Migrants and refugees
  • Women; gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered (GLBT) people; or gender- or sexuality-related
    community issues
  • Indigenous people
  • Health
  • Environment
  • Other social welfare issues (including animal welfare, homelessness, and other community issues or
    needs not addressed by the previous categories)

Examples of past organizations:

  • Aids Council of South Australia
  • Migration Resource Centre of South Australia
  • Oxfam 
  • Palliative Care Council of South Australia
  • South Australia Council of Social Services
  • Sustainable Adelaide

Please note that placements are subject to availability. GlobaLinks Learning Abroad recommends applying for this program early as spaces are likely to fill quickly.

Program Highlights

  • Provides an opportunity for Australian cultural immersion through academic courses that contain a strong focus on Australian and International issues and contexts
  • Opportunity to study with both Australian and international students at the University of Adelaide
  • Chance to put classroom learning into practice through a number of exciting fieldtrips
  • Iconic Australian cultural experiences, including a visit to one of South Australia’s world famous wine regions, watching the nightly return of Australia’s fairy penguins to feed their young, feeding kangaroos and koalas, and climbing the Sydney Harbor Bridge during the 3-day Sydney tour


Who Should Apply

Open to undergraduate students of all majors with at least one year of university study. Courses may be of particular interest to students majoring in fields such as sociology, music, health sciences, history, business, film production, economics, political science, and social sciences.



Summer School in Australia at the University of Adelaide will house students near the University of Adelaide campus where you will be surrounded by the beautiful city of Adelaide. Students will have two options to choose from:


Option 1: Apartment - Without Meals

Students may choose a room in an airconditioned 6‐bedroom apartment within a purpose‐built student accommodation complex. The building is within walking distance of the University of Adelaide’s North Terrace campus and other city conveniences.

Each room has its own ensuite and comes furnished with a king single bed, desk, wardrobe, bedside light, full length mirror, pin-boards, blinds and plenty of storage.

The apartment common area includes a large refrigerator, microwave, cupboard and bench space, oven/cooker, corner lounge, entertainment unit, coffee table and cleaning equipment. In addition, each apartment will receive an additional package which includes 40GB wireless internet, all bills, iPod docks, TV, kettle, toaster, linen pack, kitchen pack and contents insurance.


Option 2: Homestay - With Meals

Alternatively, students may choose to live with a local family through the University’s homestay program. Students will be provided with their own furnished bedroom including a desk, with access to laundry, bathroom, internet and telephone. Students will access the University campus by public transport and three meals will be provided daily. Upon acceptance, students will be asked to choose their room type. Please note that during overnight field trips, students will be housed in a variety of accommodations, which may included hostels, hotels or dorm style housing and is included in the program fee.

International students in homestay are part of the family. Students are encouraged to get involved in family outings and activities, help out with household chores and actively communicate and engage with their family.


Like most modern societies, Australian households vary. Hosts may be single individuals, married couples, single parents with children, couples or partners with or without children. Backgrounds vary greatly. Most importantly, hosts have an interest in sharing their own culture with others and are eager to learn about other languages and cultures.

New homestay families are interviewed and their homes visited by the Homestay Coordinator to assess interest, suitability, and concern for the growth and development of the student. Homestay families take pride in showing international students their Australian lifestyle and many students enjoy outings to local tourist sites with their families.




You can feel certain that your housing will be safe, secure, and clean, and that you will be satisfied with your short course program choice.



Tours and Travel Available

Beyond our included 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 once you’re abroad. 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>

Group Flights

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad works together with STA Travel's group ticket office to arrange group flights for all short course students. This ensures that students can travel as a cohesive group to the program destination. Airfare is not included in program fees and payment of airfare is the responsibility of the student, however GlobaLinks Learning Abroad seeks the lowest possible student rate before reserving seats for participants to purchase, while still maintaining the flexibility that allows students to explore the country or surrounding countries at the conclusion of their short term program.  


Flexible Return Date

Additionally, group flights have a flexible return date. Students may choose their own return date to allow for personal travel after the conclusion of the program. Many students choose to extend their time overseas and travel independently after the program's end. We can provide you with useful travel resources and advice, as well as refer you to travel opportunities that can be pre-booked.


Scholarships Available

Featured Scholarships For All GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Students 

Participants of GlobaLinks Learning Abroad programs are eligible for scholarships through the Foundation for Global Scholars. More information about these awards can be found at

Participants of GlobaLinks Learning Abroad programs are also eligible for the's Study Abroad Scholarship. Find more information and apply for this award at


Other General Study Abroad Scholarships

We encourage students to consider other information sources to locate scholarships such as your library, bookstore, internet, local service organizations such as Rotary or Knights of Columbus, and professional organizations in your area and home country which may offer scholarships. 
To get started, visit the Scholarship Resource page.

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University of Adelaide's Summer School
Program FeesTBD
Housing with MealsApproximately $1,100 to $1,500
Housing without MealsApproximately $1,100 to $1,500
What's includedSee below

Fee Includes

Your Personalized Summer/Short Course 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
HTH Worldwide health insurance protection
Alumni opportunities, including professional ambassador program
International Student Identity Card
Exclusive Career-Building Alumni Institute (add-on option)
Additional Housing Fee (if applicable)
Housing and some meals are typically included in the Summer/Short Course fee. This is noted above if included or the approximate housing range is provided. Housing amenities are generally:
King Single room is shared apartment OR Homestay with local family
Technology package available
Linen package available
An additional refundable housing deposit may be required for your housing selection. If housing does not include meals you will have access to a kitchen where you can prepare your own meals.
*All fees are subject to change.

Housing Fees are in addition to the Program Fees.


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. 

Entry Requirements

Open to Undergraduate students of all majors with at least one year of university study. May be of particular interest to students majoring in fields such as communications, environmental studies, sociology, business, humanities and social sciences.

Required GPA: 3.00

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Program Team

Program Manager
Katie Brooks

Program Assistant
Chelsi Hudson