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Off-Campus Study

ISEP at University of Canberra

 

The University of Canberra is beautifully situated in the heart of the nation’s capital and the beauty of Australian bush land and native wildlife. Known for strong programs in Law, Business, Sport, International Studies and Design (just to name a few), UC offers fantastic opportunities to many. Students will enjoy the benefits of living in the capital city full of events and festivals, along with a range of activities & programs planned specifically for them by the UC Study Abroad Office- buddy program, orientation lake cruise, city scavenger hunt, surf camp and much more!

This program is best for a student that is independent.  A student must be comfortable with advocating for themselves on campus to thrive in this location. Please be aware that there may not be the same access to internet or amenities to which you may be accustomed.  Student services and especially class registration may not be at all similar to what is done at the College and may be difficult for some students to adjust.

Learn more about the University of Canberra here! Read the ISEP Country Handbook to learn more about visa requirements, educational system, and culture.

Program Type

Exchange or Direct-Enroll

Locations

Canberra, Australia

Languages of Instruction

English

Program Dates

Semester 2 (Fall 2018): Early September to Late December

Semester 1 (Spring 2019): Early January to Early May

All dates are tentative and may change.  ISEP will alert all accepted students of final dates.

Please note that this site observes the Southern Hemisphere academic calendar. Lake Forest Spring Semester is referred to as Semester 1. Lake Forest Fall Semester is referred to as Semester 2.

Eligibility

To be eligible to participate in this program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Good academic and judicial standing during time of application AND time of participation in program
  • Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of study at Lake Forest College AND have junior status or higher before participation. 
  • At least 18 years of age by the program’s departure date. 
  • Be able to stay at the host program for the duration of the semester, including through the exam and travel periods
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75.  

 

Students applying to ISEP must apply for an Exchange option (in any country) as a first choice but may apply to a Direct option as a back-up.  Direct options may have an additional cost.

 

Very Limited chance of placement on ISEP Exchange. To increase your chance of placement on Exchange, ISEP recommends listing this site as your first choice. 

ISEP Direct chance of placement for US students students is Excellent.

Location

The university campus is beautifully situated in the heart of the nation’s capital and the beauty of Australian bush land and native wildlife. Students can easily walk to the movie theatre, bowling alley, restaurants, bars, fresh food markets, supermarkets, and a major shopping mall or take a 15-minute bus ride to Canberra’s city center (departing every 5minutes!). The city’s lively nightlife of pubs, clubs and live music rubs shoulders with national and local arts, culture and politics, and the city comes to life each year during its numerous festivals. Some of Australia’s most important political and historical buildings and tourist attractions are located in Canberra. Bush land reserves, lakeshore, and cycling/jogging trails are just moments away from the university for those craving the great outdoors and kangaroos are regularly seen on campus!

Academics

UC is a very hands-on university that focuses on preparing students for employment. Strong academic fields include media/communications with great studio facilities; design (graphic, interior, architecture); sports science & physiotherapy, including partnerships with the Brumbies rugby team and the Australian Institute for Sports. 


Students must study a full-time load of twelve credit points; usually four subjects. This course load will normally equate to 4 Lake Forest credits. Participants are eligible to enroll in any subject offered by UC as long as course prerequisites have been met. Students may select to study core subjects related to their degree or elective subjects. 

 

TEACHING AND LEARNING STYLES

Classes involve a combination of fairly formal lectures (often with large numbers of students in attendance) and discussion-oriented “tutorials” (with around 10-15 students). Professors present core material during lectures but students should not expect to ask questions during that time; the tutorials are the time to work through the material in small groups and student participation is encouraged. Laboratory sessions for students in the sciences and practical studio time for design students are also incorporated into the curriculum.

You will typically find yourself in lectures and tutorials for 15 hours a week. The rest of the time you are meant to study and research on your own. The Australian education system generally emphasizes independent study over class time, attendance, and participation. There are usually fewer assignments counting towards the final grade, so a final exam or paper carries much more weight. For all these reasons, independence and self-discipline are very important in keeping up academically.

Lectures at Canberra are held in purpose-designed, modern lecture theaters fully equipped with multi-media facilities. For each lecture, students attend a tutorial (small, interactive study group supervised by a tutor) where they discuss the lecture and receive personal assistance from teaching staff. 

The student-teacher relationship in Australia tends to be very informal, with students addressing lecturers and tutors on a first name basis. Most lecturers will keep office hours during which you can schedule an appointment.

Please review country handbook for more information on the education system.

 

HINTS FOR RESEARCHING COURSES

REMEMBER that this site operates on the Southern Hemisphere calendar! Be sure to search for courses using the correct semester parameters: Southern hemisphere SM1 (NH SM2) is February – July; Southern hemisphere SM2 (NH SM1) is July – November. 

From the Course & Unit Search page, you may: 
Search by key word/unit/course name
Use the search engine on the left side of the page to search by Course (= degree program) or Unit (= individual course) 

Course Approvals

Check to see if your department has pre-approved courses here. If not, don’t worry. You can work with your advisor.

 

ASSESSMENT

In Australia, students will generally not encounter continuous assessment, in which assignments are given frequently throughout the semester and students can track their academic progress. Rather, the final grade will be based on two or three major assignments or essays plus a final exam or essay. Essays must be well-written and academic; professors will not be looking for “reflection papers” among these relatively few assignments. Students are responsible for keeping up with the outside work throughout the semester, even though professors will not necessarily be checking up on them regularly.

Experiential Opportunities

Canberra offers on-campus employment opportunities. It is also very possible that students can find casual work on-campus or nearby. To view a list of opportunities, students should visit Career Services in the Student Centre soon after their arrival for the best chances.

Student Life

The University of Canberra (UC) is a highly regarded regional university located in Australia’s capital city. With a current enrollment of approximately 10,000, UC is a vibrant campus, home to a close-knit community of local, interstate and international students. 

Student welfare is a priority at UC, with facilities in place to assist students both academically and personally. The Students” Association also provides a wide range of social activities, clubs, and societies to help students’ involvement in campus life. Study abroad students have a dedicated student advisor in the International Office. 

 

ORIENTATION

The University of Canberra provides incoming ISEP students with a week long Orientation upon arrival. The following information is covered: – enrollment/registration/timetables – how to access support services – health issues –housing issues – travel issues – university clubs, societies, and activities – Social activities – local site seeing trips 

ARRIVAL DETAILS 
Students will be met at their point of arrival in Canberra if they complete online pickup request. Please contact your ISEP Coordinator for more information.

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

4-Day Cairns Bridging Cultures Program
Students are invited to visit Australia’s tropical northern city of Cairns, Queensland as a stopover on their way to Canberra. Participants will be provided with an orientation to Australian culture and history as well as the chance to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, hold a koala, throw a boomerang and learn about Aboriginal culture. ISEP Exchange students are welcome to participate at an additional cost. The Study Abroad and Exchange Office organizes special trips for study abroad and exchange students throughout the semester in order to familiarize international students with Canberra and the surrounding regions. Special trips may include learning how to surf, beach trip, Sydney excursions and a visit to the Blue Mountains. These weekend adventures provide opportunities to pat kangaroos and cuddly koalas, bond with other students and learn the Australian way of life. 

UC holds various events throughout the semester, these include music festivals and concerts, live music, comedy shows and themed social events, including Residents (Ressies) Ball, and on campus sports. Students are also able to purchase cheap tickets to watch Australian football and support the University of Canberra Brumby’s rugby team.

Housing and Meals

Students live on campus in single rooms in the Arscott House and Exchange students receive a meal stipend which they can use to eat at the cafeteria.  Direct students do not have a meal plan.

For southern hemisphere programs, ISEP benefits do apply during the recess between semesters (June-July), whereas they do NOT apply between the end of one academic year and the beginning of a new academic year (December to February). 

Financial Information

The program fee for a semester with the ISEP Exchange to Canberra includes orientation, on-site director, university fees, housing, and the equivalent of 19/meals per week.  

ISEP costs for Exchange are usually the most cost-effective, as it is intended to promote mobility of students around the world.  Direct options are available for those students that prefer to attend a school with limited availability for Exchange, though costs may be different as they are set by the host school. For students that participate in ISEP Direct to Canberra, the program fee includes all of the above plus insurance.  However, the program fee may be different than that of Exchange.

Here is an estimated budget for the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 program:

Budget Item

EXCHANGE

Amount

DIRECT

Amount

Lake Forest College Tuition

$22,412

$22,412

Program fee (estimated)

Note: Spring may have added cost

$5,100

$3,740

College Deposit (credit)

($250)

($250)

Total Expected Billed by Lake Forest College

$27,512

$26,152

ISEP Fee due on Stage 2 Application

 $325

$325

College Deposit due on Acceptance (non-refundable, but shows as credit on bill for off-campus term)

 $250

 $250

ISEP-required health and repatriation insurance ($90/mo. estimated)

Note: Some countries require national insurance. Check ISEP

 $360

included

Additional Meals

 $800

$800

Estimated Airfare

 $1,800

$1,800

Estimated Personal Expenses (passport, visas, immunizations, textbooks, supplies, personal expenses, additional national insurance, if required, travel insurance, additional travel etc.)

 $1,900

$1,900

Total Out-of-Pocket Expenses

 $5,435

$5,075

Total

 

$32,947 

 

$31,227

Tuition rates and program fees are subject to change each year, but this information was up-to-date as of March 2017.  We will notify applicants, and update this page if the program fee or other estimates change.

Keep in mind that you may spend more or less in certain areas like personal expenses, travel, meals, or airfare, depending on exchange rates and your own spending habits. Classroom or lab fees are not included in this estimate and will depend on your course registration choices.  

Don’t forget to apply for scholarships! A great listing can be found here.  

Do check your student account on My.Lakeforest for your aid awards, as much of this will go with you. If you want to compare your program to the cost of being on campus, those numbers can be found here: https://www.lakeforest.edu/admissions/tuition/fees.php

You can discuss with Financial Aid your specific aid package and your expected family contribution.

Experiences of Former Students

Watch a student testamonial: “Kangaroos on campus!“