WWU Exchange in Australia:
University of Tasmania
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 separted 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 centres and open-air markets and you've got 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 endeavours, 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
Most undergraduate programs are divided onto two 14-week semesters with a 5-week break between each.
Fall Semester: late July to late November
Spring Semester: late February to late June
The academic strengths of the Hobart campus include Aboriginal Studies, Antarctic Studies, Fine Arts, Geography & Environmental Studies, Law, Journalism, Media and Communications and Zoology. Academically the Launceston campus is set apart with the following: Aquaculture, Architecture, Education, Nursing and Performing Arts. More information on courses is available in the UTAS course catalog.
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 WWU in-state tuition and mandatory fees. All other costs associated with participation in the program (including transportation, room and board, personal expenses) are the responsibility of the individual student.
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.
There are two applications for exchange students to complete. The first application is the International Programs & Exchanges (IPE) application. After students are selected for nomination, they must complete the UTAS Exchange and Study Abroad Application Form
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