Office of Study Abroad and Study Away Programs

Australia, The University of Tasmania

Program Location: Hobart and Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
Duration: Spring, or Year
Program Dates

Flights should be not be booked based on the dates above. It is recommended to wait until the program has issued specific arrival information.

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Program Overview

This program is designed to provide students with a critical appreciation of both Australia and its regional setting, while they pursue their own academic interests at one of Australia’s foremost research universities. Students gain an understanding of Tasmanian history while pursuing an exceptional range of academic and recreational opportunities. It has a premier creative and performing arts school, and is also recommended for science students, particularly those in the fields of climate change, marine science, geology, Antarctic science and the environment. The University enrolls over 15,000 students, including about 150 American students each year.

The approach to learning and teaching in Australian universities requires that students are independent and take a great deal of responsibility for their own learning. A typical subject consists of two hours of lectures and one to two hours of tutorials or lab work per week. Many science classes also involve fieldwork. While contact hours are not high, students are expected to undertake a significant amount of directed reading on their own time. Self-motivation and self-discipline are encouraged by the Australian system.

Students are not guaranteed housing, but if it is preferred, housing should be applied for online as soon as possible. There is ample private housing available in the area. In Hobart, two residential colleges (dorms) are within a 20 minute walk of the main campus and the city. Busses also transport students to the city center. All colleges (dormitories) offer single study-bedrooms and meal plans, as well as a residential council to plan social and sporting events.

UTAS has campuses in Hobart and Launceston, the major cities of Tasmania. Hobart is home to 200,000 people and is home to a lively waterfront, and a thriving art and theatre scene. Launceston is located approx. 2 hours north of Hobart, on the Tamar River. Both locations offer easy access to outdoor pursuits, with beaches, rivers and wilderness within short distance. Comprehensive student support services, small classes, and student unions, distinguish UTAS.

Clark Credit

Participating students receive four Clark units per semester, provided all coursework is completed, all required exams are taken, and final papers are submitted. All courses receive letter grades, which show on the Clark transcript and are factored into the overall GPA. Please note that it is not possible to take courses Pass/Fail, and overloads (i.e. “5th” courses) are not permitted. Students are eligible to enroll in any course for which they are qualified provided: they have undertaken the prerequisite course at Clark; the units are available; and approval is given by the Head of School at UTAS. Please check with the Study Abroad Office to ensure transferability of credit.


Clark requires, that prior to your study abroad program, you have been in residence at Clark for at least one year. You must be in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of a 3.0, and good standing in the Clark community (not on academic or social probation at the time of application or thereafter). Before participating in a study abroad program, you have to declare a major, and as a rule, have junior-class standing. In order to be considered, you must complete/submit the full application by the appropriate deadline. Your application will be reviewed by the Study Abroad Advisory committee, and if approved, will be sent to the University of Tasmania for final admission. Applications may be rejected for any number of reasons by the overseas program.

Program Costs

Your student account will be billed for Clark tuition each semester that you are abroad, and Clark will pay your tuition/academic fees to Tasmania. There is a one-time $1000 study abroad fee that will appear on your Clark tuition bill. You will be billed by the University of Tasmania directly for your housing, and you will need to provide for your own meals (i.e. cooking or purchasing meals). Books, non-academic fees, visa, and travel expenses are your responsibility. You are also responsible for all of your personal expenses and for your pocket money while abroad. Remember that here might be a whole array of fees at Tasmania for using the gym, clubs, computers, laundry, transportation, books, cell phones, etc. These fees vary from year to year and we recommend that you check the website of your host institution to see if further information is available. Any additional expenses related to individual courses, such as travel, are also your responsibility.

Studying off-campus always generates additional and unexpected expenses. If you are a financial aid recipient, you should continue to receive financial aid. However, be sure to check with the Office of Financial Assistance to see if there will be any changes in your financial aid package. You will not be able to receive Work-Study money while you are abroad. International Scholarships are granted to enrich the Clark campus with international students and cannot be applied to off-campus programs.

You will receive an invoice from Clark's Student Accounts Department, indicating that the tuition payment will be due by mid-July for the fall and mid-December for the spring.  The exact due date will appear on your bill.  Failure to satisfy your financial obligation to Clark University by the due date may result in your withdrawal from the program. Failure to satisfy your financial obligations to your host institution may result in no transcript being issued for your participation in their program.

Under NO circumstances will Clark University be responsible for independent travel you choose to participate in, which is not an official part of the Clark program. Clark will not assist in any personal travel arrangements.

Approximate additional costs 2014-15

  • Housing - $3100
  • Electricity – up to $300
  • Meals – $1000
  • Personal Expenses - $500
  • Visa Fees – $500
  • Local Transportation – $300
  • Books and Supplies - $200 - $500

Application Deadlines

Study abroad applicants must schedule an appoint with a study abroad advisor the semester before the application deadline, or two semesters/one year before planning to be abroad. Application information will be provided at this meeting. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted, and retrospective credit will not be granted.

  • Fall semester application deadline - February 15
  • Spring semester application deadline - September 15

Important Information

For more information about this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office at 508.793.7363.

Any information on this page is subject to change.