Exchange in Australia - On Site

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Viticulture and Enology in Australia

The main North Terrace campus is located in the heart of central Adelaide and features beautiful, traditional sandstone architecture alongside modern teaching and research facilities. Student accommodation is offered across the street from the main campus, right in the heart of Adelaide. Most upper division Viticulture and Enology courses are taught at the University of Adelaide Waite Campus, which is home to more than 60% of Australia's wine and grape research capability. The Waite Campus is 20 minutes by public transport from the city center. The Waite Research Precinct is Australia's leading research, education and commercialization cluster. It has the largest concentration of expertise in the southern hemisphere in the areas of plant biotechnology, cereal breeding, sustainable agriculture, wine and horticulture and land management. Students will also have the opportunity to engage in campus life activities and can join one or more of the 100+ student clubs.


Students participating in the exchange will be guaranteed accommodation in the brand new student apartment building run by the university’s preferred accommodation provider, urbanest. The complex is across the road from the main campus and offers state of the art facilities for Exchange students.  Although students are not required to stay in this accommodation, they are strongly encouraged for the following reasons:

  • All Inclusive Rent: Electricity, water, WiFi, and contents insurance.
  • Great Central Location: Close to transport and amenities allowing you to explore Adelaide.
  • Safe and Secure: 24/7 dedicated onsite team and swipe card access for all rooms.
  • The Rooms: Modern furnished rooms with bathroom and air conditioning.
  • Conveniences: Guaranteed housing that comes with bed linen and a basic kitchen pack.

Students are responsible for applying for and paying for accommodations directly to the housing provider. The estimated cost of housing at the university’s preferred accommodation is included on the estimated expenses in the Cost section.


Students will have access to a kitchen at urbanest. There are also many food options within walking distance of the accommodations.

Orientation Week – O’Week

The University of Adelaide organizes a variety of activities and events to guide exchange students through the first months in Adelaide and help with university integration. Activities may include:

  • Check in and registration
  • University services fair
  • Campus tours
  • Cultural presentations
  • Student organization fair and presentations

Study Abroad Advisory of Student Risk

Participation in this UC Davis Study Abroad program requires travel to and extended living in a foreign location(s) abroad. UC Davis Study Abroad endeavors to reduce and mitigate risk wherever possible.  However, the environments and risks associated with living in these locations are substantially different than those found during a regular course of study at UC Davis. All participants must download and review the following information prior to departure. Any questions should be directed to the Program Coordinator.

Study Abroad General Risk Advisory

About Adelaide

Adelaide is a relaxed yet cosmopolitan city with a broad multicultural population of about 1.3 million people and with a strong arts and culture scene. Students can easily access cafes, bars and shops that surround the North Terrace University of Adelaide campus, and Glenelg beach is a short tram ride away from the center of the city. Adelaide has been ranked as one of the most livable cities in the world. It is about 20% more affordable than cities on the east coast such as Melbourne and Sydney. Due to its smaller size than these cities and its geographic location it has excellent access to the outback and a number of attractions such as the Flinders Ranges and Kangaroo Island.

Australian Currency: Australian Dollar (AUD)

Language Spoken: English

Weather and Climate

The average summer maximum temperatures (December-February) temperature is 84°F and winter (June-August) is 60°F

Weather Forecast: Adelaide

Research Your Destination

Keeping in Touch

Since communication options can vary dramatically from country to country, Summer Abroad advises checking with the instructor or the Program Specific Guide for advice about what might be the best option for your particular program.

Calling the U.S. from Abroad

Many U.S.-based long distance phone companies provide special services that make it easy for you to phone home from abroad. Some provide toll-free access numbers that connect with an operator in the U.S. Some provide the means to charge long distance calls to a credit card or to a third party. Some provide better long distance rates. Others provide access to emergency, medical, legal, translation, and entertainment information. Students are encouraged to investigate these options before departure and to shop for the best services and rates.

Global Cell Phones

Most cell phone companies can sell you a special global cell phone with the option to add more minutes as needed. Also, most cell phone companies can unlock your cell phone for global use, but this requires a trip to a provider at your destination who will give you a SIM card and sell you minutes. Check with your cell phone provider for more information. Global cell phones are also available through travel agencies and online. Be sure to check the policies for both incoming and outgoing calls and text messages.

Cell Phone Rental

Some students choose to rent a cell phone that works at their destination. Some companies will ship the phone directly to the student in advance of the program dates—and include a packet for sending the phone back when they return. Interested students can locate service providers via the Internet.

Phone Cards

Many travel agencies and specific phone providers carry great options for phone cards. Check the rates available from your long distance provider. You can often buy phone cards on site.


Skype is a computer program that you can download for free that allows you to talk (for free) on the phone over the Internet with anyone else who has Skype. Go to to download the program. For an extra fee (as low as .02 cents/minute) you can enable your Skype to call land lines instead of just other computers. You will need a microphone and headset so that you can talk to the person on the other line. Skype also includes a chat option for instant messaging.

Instant Messaging Systems

Instant messaging systems are also a great free way to communicate with people back in the states. There are numerous options for messaging systems from AOL Instant Messenger to Yahoo Messenger. Just about every messaging program can be downloaded for free online.

Internet Access

Computer and internet access varies by program. Information for your site will be listed in your Program Specific Guide.

Internet access is offered in all the countries we go to, but the reliability of it differs from program to program. Internet can be accessed through internet cafes. Some programs also offer access through the dorms or on-campus computer labs. Internet cafes are very reasonably priced and often times have various instant messaging programs installed and headphones available to chat with loved ones. Relying on internet cafes may reduce worry of bringing your own laptop with you. You can upload pictures at most internet cafes, but remember due to the speed of some connections, it may be a better idea just to bring multiple memory cards to avoid spending your whole day on the computer.

Cultural Learning

Living in a new culture can be exhilarating, rewarding, and stimulating. It can also be frustrating. It is one thing to tour a country, but it is quite another to live and function according to different norms. It is important to be open toward a new culture, to try to discard stereotypes, and to learn as much as possible about the culture before departure. If you educate yourself about the country you will be visiting, you will better understand and appreciate your new surroundings!

Even with preparation it is likely that you will experience "culture shock." Recent studies show that there are distinct stages of culture shock. Some of these stages include: awareness of the host culture and preparation, initial euphoria and excitement, irritability phase during acclimation, gradual adjustment, and adaptation to culture. Upon return to the United States, many students face "reverse culture shock."

There are some things you can do to minimize your cultural adjustment. Keep a sense of humor! Treat yourself to an occasional U.S. indulgence like a favorite food, or purchase a U.S. magazine or newspaper. Avoid other Americans who are overly negative or who complain a lot. Keep healthy. Above all, don't be afraid to try new activities!

Resources for Further Study

Ethical Considerations in Study Abroad