Adelaide Winter School

Spend your summer swimming with dolphins or exploring historic Port Adelaide: there is something for everyone in Australia's coastal cultural capital.

Take in a match at the "prettiest cricket stadium in the world" Adelaide Oval, or explore the galleries and botanical gardens of the North Terrace, all located close to the university. Established in 1874, the University of Adelaide is ranked 8th in Australia and #106 worldwide (QS 2020). It has a student population of over 21,000 students, including nearly 8,000 international students, and is one the Group of Eight - Australia's leading research-intensive universities. The university has four campuses, three of which are in Adelaide (including the main campus, North Terrace). 

Key information





Program type


Application information

Application status


Summer 2020 deadline


University-specific additional requirements

One academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.

Summer 2021 applications

Open Fall 2020

Program details

Students can take one or two intensive courses in the winter school or the summer school.

Courses are available from across different Faculties and have included business, communications, development studies, economics, environmental science, indigenous studies, law and society, and public health.

The course information can be found online. Exact course offerings vary from year to year; some featured courses from past years included topics such as the Australian wine industry, service learning, and Australia's Aboriginal cultures.

Experiential Learning: Adelaide offers an Arts internship opportunity to incoming exchange students called the 'Community Engagement Learning Project', worth 3 units (equivalent to 1 UCalgary course). Selection is based on availability of host organizations and GPA, and involves working with a local organisation in the public/private sector. 

The Winter School takes place in June/July. The dates depend on the classes chosen, between 2-4 weeks.

There is also a Summer school in January/February. This is a good option for students who will be doing a semester 1 exchange in Australia/NZ or a Spring semester exchange where the semester doesn't start until late February or later and want a program to fill the gap between. It would also be good for students who want to finish their last 1-2 classes on exchange after fall semester.


Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary for 2 summer courses. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider. Also, remember to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations etc in your budget planning.

It is recommended that students budget around AUS$1395-2950 for the summer or winter school to pay for accommodation and living expenses. Additional financial information can be found online (see the chart titled "Exchange Fees").

Adelaide cost comparison vs. Calgary: Click Here


Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange?  
Since you remain a degree seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.

Our office administers the International Study Travel Grant for students travelling on approved UCalgary study programs that are credit bearing. The amount changes year to year as the money is split evenly between qualified applicants. Students may only receive the study travel grant once. Please see the exchange funding page for more information.

Exchange students to Adelaide are given many options for housing through the university's Accommodation Service. Students may apply for a room at one of the off-campus student residences managed by the university. These residences are mainly apartment-style and have 3-6 bedrooms with shared or private bathrooms and a shared kitchen. Some residences are laid out in halls with single bedrooms-plus-ensuites and a shared kitchen as well as a semi-catered meal plan (e.g. weekday dinners provided).

Alternatively, students wishing to arrange their own housing privately can seek assistance and advice from the Accommodation Service.

This exchange is open to regular, full-time students in any faculty at the U of C, who have completed at least 1 full year (10 courses) at the post-secondary level, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 (B-).

An academic reference is required for a complete application.

What's special about Adelaide?

Tied with Calgary for one of the top 5 most livable cities in the world, Adelaide is often informally referred to as the "Food and wine capital of Australia" for its abundant markets and wineries, and the "Amsterdam of Australia" for its flat terrain and expansive cycle culture. Free helmets and bike rentals can also be found throughout the city (cycling without a helmet is illegal in Aus!), and the relatively calm traffic and plentiful bike paths make it an accessible form of transit. Adelaide is also one of the most affordable cities in Australia (14% more affordable overall compared to over major cities in Australia, or for a detailed breakdown: 21% cheaper than Melbourne, 23% cheaper than Sydney, 4% cheaper than Brisbane and Perth), saving you money for travelling across the continent. 

Adelaide Central Market is South Australia's most visited landmark, is one of the country's oldest (since 1869) and largest fresh produce markets, making it a mecca for foodies and connoiseurs, with unique offerings and culinary delights you can't easily find elsewhere in Australia. Also, check out some of Adelaide's best festivals and events across South Australia

Adelaide has a Mediterranean climate, ranging from 10 degrees as a winter average up to 25-30 degrees as a summer average. However, it's still a good idea to pack a light jacket, hoodie, and jeans as insulation in Australian buildings tends to be less common than in Canada. 

The University of Adelaide has a smoke-free campus policy. Smoking on campus is not permitted. 

What resources are available for new students?

The Global Adelaide platform is a valuable tool for international students and includes information on a wide variety of available services ranging from online events/experiential resources, wellbeing support, social engagement, and more.

There is also an interesting collection of student stories from different universities in Adelaide. 

What accessibility resources are available?

Adelaide's Disability Service provides comprehensive support for students with disabilities. 

Have questions?

Study Abroad 101

Please watch this YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment.

Watch Study Abroad 101

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how an exchange might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Study Abroad Advising

If you have questions about this exchange program, you can meet with the specific advisor for this program by booking an appointment through the link below. Appointments are currently on zoom.

1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Read through the list of appointment types to select the most appropriate type and view available times.

Book an appointment

The exchange advisor for this program is: Kathryn Bauer

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.