WWU Exchange in Australia:
University of Tasmania
Fun Facts about the Island of Tasmania
- Tasmania has the cleanest air in the world as monitored by the Cape Grim Baseline Air Pollution Station
- Aboriginal people, known as the Palawa, have lived in Tasmania for at least 35,000 years
- Huon pine trees located in Western Tasmania are some of the oldest living things on earth
- Tasmania has roughly 1,250 miles of hiking trails and 18 national parks
- Five of Tasmania’s convict sites, including Port Arthur, are on the UNESCO World Heritage List
- There is currently just one ferry route running between Tasmania and the mainland operated by one ferry company – Spirit of Tasmania. The duration of the trip is roughly 9 hours 30 minutes.
- The EdAbroad office discovered that one opens oneself to the possibility of ridicule if one asks about a ferry route running between Tasmania and Australia as Tasmania is a part of Australia
- Once native to mainland Australia, the Tasmanian Devil can only be found on the island of Tasmania.
- At roughly 25 inches, the Tasmanian Devil is the world’s largest carnivorous marsupial. (The world’s largest vegetarian marsupial is the Red Kangaroo)
- Top 2% Academic Ranking of World Universities (2017)
- Number One for teaching awards – 2015 Australian Awards for University Teaching
- 4th Oldest University in Australia
The University of Tasmania (UTAS) has a total student population of more than 16,000 with approximately 13,500 Australian students and 1,400 international students from more than 60 countries that study in Tasmania. Founded in 1890, the University is one of the oldest universities in Australia. The largest campus, with 11,000 students, is in Hobart, the second oldest city in Australia. The other major campus in Launceston, the second largest city in Tasmania, has about 4,000 students with more personalized classes. Tasmania is an island separated from the other states of Australia by Bass Strait. Access to the island is by air and ferries.
Tasmania, the island state of Australia, is located 40 degrees south of the equator and is an archipelago of more than 300 islands - a land of dramatic coastlines, rugged mountains, spectacular wilderness, sparkling highland lakes and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. When you add the vibrant cities of Hobart and Launceston with their wide range of cafes, restaurants, pubs, theatres, cinemas, shopping centers and open-air markets and you have the best of all worlds in one place.
Tasmanians breathe the world's cleanest air, drink pure water and grow mouth-watering produce from rich, fertile soils. Its people are resourceful, applying their creativity and design skills to artistic endeavors, scientific research and production. Tasmania has more poets, musicians, writers and artists per head of population than any other state of Australia.
Hobart is the capital and largest city in Tasmania, 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. In Hobart, students are always meeting someone new, yet frequently bump into someone they know. Launceston is the major city in the north of the state nestled amongst rolling hills and vineyards and is conveniently located close to popular wilderness areas such as Cradle Mountain and the Asbestos Ranges National Park. The Gorge in Launceston is also a popular place for students to explore with its walking trails and swimming holes.
Academic Program and Courses
UTAS is a large, comprehensive university, which means that they offer coursework in a wide variety of subject matter. Zoology, Geography and Environmental studies, Marine and Antarctic science, Law, Aboriginal studies, Journalism and Media
The academic calendar is based on the Southern Hemisphere calendar. The academic year generally runs from February to November. Most undergraduate programs are divided onto two 14-week semesters with a 5-week break between each. The first semester typically begins in February to early-March and ends with an examination period in late June. The second semester typically begins in late-July and ends in November. Students can study for a single semester, an academic year (starting Fall quarter at Western), or a calendar year (starting Winter quarter at Western).
Australian Academic Terminology
- Semester 2: late July to late November (Fall quarter at Western)
- Semester 1: late February to late June (Winter and Spring quarters at Western)
: The term "course" refers to an entire program that leads to a degree (For example, a course is a bachelor of arts).
: The terms “unit” and “subject” refers to a single class. For example, students typically take 3-4 units per semester.
: The term "mark" refers to a grade. UTAS uses the following grading scale:
||Failure, supplementary exam granted
||Per Faculty discretion
As an exchange student at UTAS, you are free to choose units from any areas across all Schools and Faculties besides Pharmacy and Medicine.
Within each semester, the required attendance at lectures and tutorials (called "contact hours") can be 12 hours a week. Each unit will have a description of total contact hours, assessments, unit outline and learning outcome and prerequisites.
Please check the Description
for each course and unit. Remember to check which units have prerequisites and whether you have completed an equivalent to this prerequisite at your home institution. Please note that level 100 units are first year, 200 second year and 300 for 3rd year. Entry into units 400 and above are assessed on a case –by- case basis.
When choosing subjects make sure you choose the right campus – 'H' (Hobart) and 'L' (Launceston). The campuses are 2.5 hours by car from each other so you will not be able to attend sessions at both campuses.
UTAS recommends that you choose between 6 to 8 units for assessment so that if apron arrival you have a timetable clash you can change between your already approved units.
Units can be searched within areas at the following link: UTAS Courses
The choice of subjects cannot always be guaranteed as some subjects are cancelled, have prerequisites or have a limited student quota. If entry into your chosen units is not granted the Faculty, where possible will try to offer an alternative but similar unit.
Course credit (referred to as credit points) is measured as a weighted percentage of a typical full year’s study. Thus, a full-time course load is 100% for an academic year and 50% for a semester. A typical class is 12.5 “credit points” and a student would take four such classes (12.5 x 4 = 50) to reach full-time status for a single semester. With approval from Western, students can choose to study 3 x 12.5% Units (37.5%). As a rough guideline for converting UTAS credit points to Western quarter credits, 12.5 UTAS credit points would be approximately 5-6 quarter credits.
Orientation and Arrival
Complimentary airport pick up and accommodation transfer are available to all incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students. Please ensure that you complete the Airport Pickup Request
form so that the University of Tasmania are able to organize your pick up in time.
Please keep in mind that Hobart and Launceston are in opposite ends of Tasmania. It is a 2-hour car journey between them. Therefore, airport pickup and transfer is not available between campuses.
Please ensure that you arrive in advance to recover from jet lag, find or settle in to your accommodation and participate in the compulsory Orientation program.
On the first day of Orientation, you will meet the Study Abroad and Exchange coordinator for a separate introductory session to UTAS where you will receive your login for the student systems, your current timetable as well as other information such as how to change units. You will also have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.
During the rest of Orientation week you will receive guidance and relevant information about making the most of your time at UTAS, an introduction to the UTAS computer based systems, the opportunity to become a member of one of the 70 plus Clubs and Societies as well as a campus and library tour, an introduction to the Health Care System and the opportunity to meet other students in the Welcome lounges.
A wide range of accommodation types is available on Hobart campus. On Hobart campus, you can choose from college type accommodation, where just about everything is provided, to the University housing scheme where you share a furnished house close to campus. Private housing is also available and is popular with students who want to share with friends. The University apartments have just been completed, which offers a motel-style accommodation with cook-for-yourself, or if you prefer, with voucher meals available.
University accommodation is available in Residential Colleges, shared houses and apartments. Students may also select private rentals. For more information on accommodations, check the UTAS accommodation options
Exchange program participants will pay a student fee based on WWU in-state tuition and mandatory fees. For students studying abroad for three quarters, this fee will be equal to in-state tuition and mandatory fees. Students studying abroad for a single semester will pay a semester rate for tuition, which equates to ½ year of in-state tuition. All other costs associated with participation in the program (including transportation, room and board, personal expenses) are the responsibility of the individual student.
Please note that students will be required to purchase two health insurance policies. As required by WWU policy, students must purchase study abroad health insurance. As required by Australian Immigration, students will also need to purchase Overseas Health Cover the full duration of the student’s visa, which can only be provided by Australian approved providers.
The 2017 OSHC Fees are as follows;
- One semester: AUD$408 for 6 months
- Two semesters: AUD$765.00 for 12 months
- Tuition & Mandatory Fees (Academic Year 2018): ~$2,750 per quarter
- Tuition & Mandatory Fees (Single Semester 2018): ~$3,940
- Housing: AUS $185 – AUS $229 per week
- Meals: AUS $80 – AUS $200 per week
- Books: ~AUS $400 per semester
- Airfare: $1,500 - $2,000
The program may allow for time, which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-program activities.
How to apply
You must be nominated by Western’s EdAbroad office before you can apply for admission to the University of Tasmania. Here is the process:
- Create one EdAbroad application
- Complete the following four items:
- Sign the Read & Sign forms
- Pay the application fee
- Answer the Questionnaire (This will help prepare you for the interview)
- Submit a completed Recommendation.
- There are two other items, but students can complete them later.
- Call the EdAbroad front desk to schedule an interview.
- Deadline for Submitting Nomination material
- Fall Semester: February 1 (Interviews can be scheduled before or after the deadline)
- Spring Semester: June 1 (Interviews can be scheduled before or after the deadline)
Late applications accepted on a case-by-case basis.
: Accepting the Nomination
The EdAbroad office will make nomination decisions as soon as possible after all eligible candidates have been interviewed. Note that different host sites have different nomination and application deadlines. The timeline of the host site’s application process strongly influences the order in which the EdAbroad office processes student applications.
The EdAbroad office will notify students of their nomination status by email. Nominated students will receive an attached Nomination Letter.
Students should initial and sign the nomination letter and return it to the EdAbroad office by the date requested in the letter. Note that students will be required to pay a $500 deposit against tuition after accepting the nomination.
: Choose your units
and choose the six to eight units you wish to be assessed for entry into. If you want to use your coursework towards your major or minor requirements, be sure to consult with your academic department to make sure that these classes can be credited back to your home degree.
: Complete your online application
Complete the application on our Studylink portal at https://student-utas.studylink.com
with your chosen units. Do not forget to include your academic transcript.
The deadlines are as follows:
- Fall Semester (July - Nov): April 30
- Spring Semester (Feb - June): October 30
: Apply for on-campus accommodations
It is highly recommended that study abroad and exchange students apply for on campus accommodation at the same time as they submit their exchange and study abroad application. Accommodation is never guaranteed and places are limited. To view our on campus accommodation options as well as information on how to apply please visit here
Step 6: Receive and Accept your Offer (and purchase your Australian Health Insurance)
Successful applicants will receive an offer of a place from the University of Tasmania, which will provide information on any relevant fees, including OSHC fees (health insurance), the date of commencement and duration of the program of study and the refund policy. It is a condition of your student visa to have Overseas Student Heath Cover (OSHC) through an approved Australian provider for the duration of your student visa. Please note that Western’s required study abroad health insurance is not the same as OSHC.
Step 7: Receive your CoE (Confirmation of Enrollment) number and apply for your visa
Once you have purchased your OSHC, UTAS will be able to generate your CoE number. They will send this number either through the Postal Services or by email. Once you have this number, you can apply for your student visa.
Check out this resource page: http://www.utas.edu.au/international/engage-with-us
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