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Australia — Urban to Outback


Students are housed with other international students in a dormitory at the University of Melbourne.  The housing is located next to a tram station which is only 10 minutes from central Melbourne and within walking distance of the Royal Park, the Melbourne Zoo and the University of Melbourne. Facilities include a library, computer room, wireless internet, recreation room, gardens, and tennis, basketball and squash courts for student use.

  • Rooms: Each student has their own bedroom with a single bed, wardrobe, drawer space, and ergonomic chair and an easy chair. There are computer connections and telephones in every room.
  • Linens: Rooms will be serviced daily and linens will be changed twice weekly.
  • Laundry: There are coin-operated washers and dryers on-site.
  • Bathrooms: The number of bathrooms per student varies across the buildings, but on average there are 2 to 4 shower cubicles and toilets per 15 students.
  • Computer Access: Students will have access to computers and the internet via a computer room at the International House.

While traveling in the north, students will stay in a hotel in Darwin and will be camping in tents in Kakadu National Park. 

UC Davis reserves the right to change the accommodation location. Should this be necessary, we will arrange comparable lodging. Please note that elevators, air conditioners and other modern conveniences may not be available in all locations.


Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are provided buffet-style in a shared dining facility.

Students are free to enjoy their own choice of meals and try local cuisine during the free weekend in Darwin.  Meals will be provided while in Kakadu.

Excursions and Day Trips

For a syllabus/activities schedule, please visit the Courses section for this program.

Melbourne and surrounding areas

  • National Gallery of Victoria
  • Victoria Museum, Aboriginal Gallery Art galleries
  • Australian Football Game
  • Architectural Walking Tour of Melbourne
  • Melbourne Zoo
  • Melbourne Botanical Garden
  • Queen Victoria Market
  • Wilson's Promontory and Fairy Penguins

Kakadu National Park

  • Yellow Waters Wetlands Cruise
  • Mamakala Wetlands walk
  • Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Center
  • Gunlom Falls
  • Billabong bushtucker walk
  • Group BBQ
  • Cultural activities (spear throwing, didgeridoo, and basket weaving)
  • Water cruises
  • Night spotting crocodile cruise
  • Nourlangie Rock Art Site
  • Ubirr Rock Art Site

We also visit an aboriginal community in Arhnem Land, a rare and special privilege.

For more information about the wonders of Kakadu National park, visit the following websites:

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

Program Specific Risk Advisories (PDF)

About Australia

Melbourne is a large, vibrant, cosmopolitan city at the southernmost point in mainland Australia. Populated by waves of immigrants--including Italians, Greeks, Eastern Europeans and more recently Southeast Asians, Melbourne is culturally diverse and has arts and culinary scenes that rival those of most European capitals--at half the cost.  From the city, you can take public transportation to local parks and reserves that showcase some of Australia's noteworthy flora and fauna, including wombats, kangaroos, koalas and penguins.

Darwin, in Australia's tropical north, is famous for its markets where you can mingle with locals, buy handmade goods, and sample snacks from a range of street vendors. Kakadu National Park, where the group will spend six days, is the gem of Australia's Park System--sort of Yellowstone and Yosemite rolled into one. The park has six distinctive ecozones--from tropical rainforest to high escarpment. In this region, you might encounter wallabies, echidnas, jabirus and crocodiles.

Currency: Australian Dollar (AUD)

Language Spoken: English

Weather and Climate

It will be WINTER in Australia. Melbourne will be rainy and windy, similar to late fall in Davis. Highs will be in the 50s, lows in the 40s. As you head north, the weather will be warmer. In Kakadu, plan for sunny skies and 80 degrees.

Bring clothes that you can layer for ease of comfort. There may be some rain showers during your stay, so bring a parka, poncho, or umbrella.

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