If you don’t already have the travel bug, you will after this!!
If you don’t already have the travel bug, you will after this!!
Chris is having such a great time at the Dominican University in San Rafael, California, that he’s extending his adventures for another 6 months! Keeping himself very busy on the West Coast, he’s managed to celebrate Haloween in San Fransisco, … Continue reading
Check out this awesome blog from one of our UC students, Kass Scarlett, as she explores the University of Northern Colorado and nearby sights! http://theadventuresofkassscarlett.com/
She’s seen her first baseball game, gone hiking in the Colorado Rocky’s, been to many carnivals and festivals and checked out the nightlife of her new hometown, Greely. Just a warning: you might be jealous- we sure were!!
We love following our students along on their adventures, doesn’t it make you wish you could do it too…?!
MAYBE YOU SHOULD! Keep in mind applications for Semester 2, 2014 exchange open on December 16!
The University of Canberra is developing many new short-term study opportunities for 2014, run by faculty members here at UC. These programs give students the opportunity to study overseas for a few weeks on specialised programs directly relevant to their … Continue reading
Check out the blog of Luisa Dal Col, currently on exchange at the University of Oulu in Finland! Along with her friend Issi, they are having an amazing time exploring everything this little Northern country has to offer. Keep posted … Continue reading
Canberra is known for it’s beautiful spring festival of flowers- Floriade! It truly is spectacular, with fields of beautiful flower displays and many other activities, including a night festival with light shows, live music, stand up comedy and DJ’s. Floriade … Continue reading
I flew into a country where I knew literally no one, no real preconceived notions of what to expect or what I was going to do. Essentially it was an unconfined adventure until I inevitably had to leave when my visa ran out. I would safely say that the 6 months I spent in Colorado was unquestionably the best 6 months of my life.The people, the places, the experience made every day enjoyable. There was never a dull moment, and rarely a day off from this ridiculous life style of meeting people, and getting involved in EVERYTHING. I got to see another culture first hand, where everyone I met embraced me into their world no matter how odd the circumstances may have been.
The people you meet make for the craziest adventures too, like renting a car and driving unguided 20 hours to California on a hunch that it would be fun, or bailing to Costa Rica for a week simply because we could! This experience was a life changer to say the least and I solidly recommend this opportunity to be jumped on by anyone who is outgoing and loves life!
-Ryleigh Dean was on exchange at the University of Northern Colorado in Semester 1, 2013
Parliament House is having an open day on the 24th of August, so save the date to go have a sneaky peak at Australia’s national parliament and learn a bit about the politics and governance of this great country. You … Continue reading
Want to get an extra course ticked off over Summer, and get some travel in at the same time?? Look into one of our short courses, available over January-February for 3-4 weeks in many different countries and amazing institutions and … Continue reading
“It seems like not long ago that I received one life changing email telling me I was accepted to the University of Canberra Exchange Program. After the rush of adrenaline I settled down enough to type “Canberra” into my computer. I applied with my heart set on going to Australia but I hardly knew anything about Canberra! I read what Wikipedia could tell me but those few stats and images hardly tell the story, the story of the best year my life.
What made this year the best year of my life you ask? Well I could make a list 100 items long in about 5 minutes and that would just be the start. But what was unique to the University of Canberra or UC as we call it. For starters it’s the Study Abroad and Exchange program there. After hearing from fellow Cal Poly students who studied abroad all across the world, I believe UC’s program is top notch. Thrown into this mysterious and magical land, they started me off right. The first week was an Orientation program filled with trips around the city and capped with a trip to Sydney for all 50 or so study abroad students from dozens of countries. One week in and I already had heaps of friends! But I’ve only mentioned the international friends! Shown to my 13-person apartment in Old Res I immediately meet my 12 roommates, many Ausi and all 100% fun. Living on campus in Old Res was the most fun place I’ve ever lived. So great it even became the basis for my Architecture senior project! There was never a dull moment! From weekly Old Res events with over 100 people to family nights in the common room it was great. When deciding where to study abroad I underestimated the importance of the setting, for me being on a full blown Australian University campus was key rather than a small study abroad satellite campus full of other Americans. Living on campus gave me the best of both worlds, immersion into Ausi culture by living with all my Ausi roommates and the comfort of living with other students and a few other Americans next door. Oh! Did I mention seeing Kangaroos run though campus all the time? Additionally, student clubs like the SIC and SECCS club put on events and parties all year along.
With only 2 days of class a week there was plenty of time to explore. Canberra, the biggest city I’ve ever lived in, was full of things to do. There are always city wide events, like Floriade, the Skyfire Fireworks festival, the Hot Air Balloon Festival and much more. Epic concerts featuring some of the best bands in the World, David Guetta, Flo Rida, Hilltop Hoods, LMFAO, Kaiser Chiefs, Def Leppard, and so many more! Festival concerts like Foreshore, Groovin’ the Moo and Stonefest, many on campus! Of course Canberra has professional Rugby League and Rugby Union and the occasional Aussie Rules Football game. Then, being the capital, there is the plethora of museums, the Zoo, Parliament Building and more. Being only 3hrs from Sydney I made it up there 13 times over the course of the year! I had plenty of Sydney by the time I was done! By air it’s a quick hop almost anywhere in the country, Melbourne, Cairns & the Great Barrier Reef, New Zealand, Fiji and my personal favorite Darwin!
Don’t know if you can afford it? How does roughly $17/hr for minimum wage and only 4% unemployment sound?
The biggest problem studying abroad in Australia is that I can’t wait to go back and nearly every other study abroad student from UC feels the same way. In fact, a year gone, many have already made it back or even moved there.
Looking back, I can’t imagine going anywhere else for study abroad.”
-Luke Durkin, Study Abroad student at UC in 2012, from California Polytechnic State University