The Iowa Regents' Semester in Australia offers undergraduate students an opportunity to study for a semester at an Australian. Students are fully integrated academically and socially with their Australian counterparts at the University of Tasmania.
University of Tasmania
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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 abseiling and whitewater rafting.
The University of Tasmania is situated on two main campuses in Tasmania- Hobart and Launceston.
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.
Launceston is located at the head of the beautiful Tamar Valley and has a greater population of approximately 100,000. Founded in 1806, it is the nation’s third-oldest city and offers a way of life that is both exciting and invigorating. Within Launceston there is access to a wide range of facilities including restaurants, cafes, parks and gardens, 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.
The University of Tasmania’s Hobart Campus is situated on 250 acres close to the city centre and the River Derwent and caters to some 9,500 local and international students. The Launceston Campus is situated on 125 acres ten minutes from the city centre and caters for approximately 5, 000 students. Across both campuses there are close to 100 programs of study offered by 7 Faculties (Colleges), so you are certain to find something that suits your needs.
There are a wide range of facilities available 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. Both campuses also 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, and aerobics, yoga, pilates, kick boxing and other fitness classes. There is also a multi-purpose sports hall for basketball, netball, volleyball, badminton, indoor soccer, a squash court, five tennis courts and equipment hire for almost any sport.
Once you have arrived at the University of Tasmania there are International Student Advisors and an International Service Center that can assist you in many ways. They are even there to consult while you are still at home in the States.
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, the list goes on and on.
The study abroad program at the University of Tasmania begins with a week long Orientation Program that prepares for the academic and cultural experience ahead. All Study Abroad and Exchange students are free to study nearly any course offered by the University of Tasmania (from Agricultural Science to Tourism).
The Iowa Regents Semester in Australia is offered both Spring and Fall semesters. The academic year begins in February and ends in November at and is divided into two 14 week semesters with a three week break between each. Semester breaks are in April and October, with dates varying slightly each year.
An enrolment and orientation program for international students is held before the commencement of each semester.
Accommodation & Meals
Accommodation is not included in the program cost, however both on and off-campus accommodations are available (but not guaranteed) to all program participants at Hobart and Launceston.
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.
At Launceston, there are two residential colleges and one block of units. The two co-ed residential colleges Kerslake Hall and Investigator Hall offer fully furnished, single bedrooms with shared bathroom facilities and internet access. Students in Kerslake Hall have access to various communal spaces for studying and recreation, as well as laundry facilities and kitchenette areas. Students in Investigator Hall have access to various common rooms, ironing facilities, sporting grounds and a kitchenette area. Leprena the University’s self-catered units are fully furnished and sleep between one and six people per unit, with all students having internet access.
In Hobart the Mount Nelson Villas are located on the upper part of the Hobart campus just a 15 minute walk from campus and are fully furnished and self-catered. The Endeavor Hall located at Beauty Point one hour north of the Launceston campus offers 112 single occupancy, fully furnished and self-catered rooms.
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.
The program fee for the Iowa Regents Semester in Australia is $5570. The program fee will vary above or below that mark any given semester depending upon the exchange rate. UNI participants will be charged a study abroad fee ($360 per semester, $480 per academic year) in addition to the program fee.
The program fee includes: Tuition and the Overseas Student Health Insurance required by the Australian Government. Also included are on-campus pre-departure advising and services, pre-depature orientation, and on-site orientation.
Program Fees do not include: accommodation, travel documents, transportation, insurance, books and supplies and personal expenses.
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