Study Abroad in Australia & Oceania

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A Guide to Studying Abroad in Australia & Oceania

Australia and the surrounding region of Oceania is a fun and exciting location to study abroad. Not only do some of the best universities in the world call Oceania home, the area also carries major global influence and opportunity for students on all fronts. If adventure travel is atop your list of key reasons to study abroad, then perhaps nowhere in the world offers a more thriving opportunity than Australia and Oceania.


Australia is far and away the largest country of Oceania, with a population hovering around 25 million and a bevy of major cities worth considering for study abroad. Sydney is the country’s largest city, considered one of the top 10 global cities on earth, while alternative destinations, such as Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, and Adelaide, offer perhaps equally enticing urban environments for study abroad in Australia. Australian cities are often considered some of the most livable on the planet, so students will definitely be stimulated in the best ways possible while studying abroad in Australia.

New Zealand is another popular destination for study abroad in Oceania, offering beautiful landscapes and a charming, smaller feel in relation to its neighbor Australia. Study abroad programs in New Zealand are often located in Auckland, the country’s largest city, and Wellington, the Kiwi capital.

Beyond Australia and New Zealand, there are a dozen or so smaller island nations that further comprise the region of Oceania. Tahiti, Fiji, and Samoa are among the more populous countries of Oceania, and can offer study abroad students a highly unique cultural experience. The populations of these island nations are mostly rural, so students will likely not be living in a big city in any of these places. Therefore, students must be prepared for a much different lifestyle!

Study Abroad in Australia & Oceania

There are many different subject areas and types of study abroad programs located throughout Australia and Oceania. Many programs will enable students to study abroad at a local university for a spring or fall semester, generally giving them access to full course catalogues and a large range of subject areas. Popular fields of study among international students include international business, anthropology, Australian studies, and political science.

English is typically the language of instruction throughout the region, making the transition to coursework in local schools quite easy for English speakers. Keep in mind that because of reversed seasons, the semester system is slightly out of sync from most education systems in the northern hemisphere; the school year generally runs from March until November, so this discrepancy will be something students will need to plan ahead for.

Another option is to embark on a study abroad program in Australia and Oceania that is specifically designed for international students. Some organizations will offer full semester or year-long programs at their own satellite institutions, while others will offer shorter summer study abroad programs that travel throughout various locations in the region. Usually these last from three weeks to three months, are led by a professor, and will give you the opportunity to earn academic credit for at least a couple of courses.

Scholarships & Costs

There is significant variation in the expenses of studying abroad in Australia and Oceania. Australia is one of the most expensive countries in the world, both in terms of tuition and on-the-ground costs of living. New Zealand is slightly less expensive, and the smaller island nations surrounding these two are significantly cheaper, since overall, they are less developed countries. No matter where you study abroad, it can’t hurt to check out all the scholarship opportunities available for study abroad in Australia and Oceania.

Accommodation & Visas

Students are usually accommodated in homestays, college dormitories, or apartments for the duration of their time in Australia and Oceania, but this varies by the duration and program type. Since there is a significant variation in economic development across the region, available accommodations will differ significantly from one country to the next. Students should be sure to talk to their program provider about available housing opportunities before departure, and do some research to find which seems like the best fit!

Visa requirements also vary throughout the region; although, typically students will have to apply for a student visa for long-term study abroad programs in Australia and Oceania. You can check out GoAbroad’s Embassy Directory to locate the consulate nearest to you that can help answer any visa questions you may have.

Benefits & Challenges

Beyond Down Under. Australia is an incredible continent, but don’t forget that Oceania is a much larger region which begs to be explored. Even if you study abroad in Australia, set aside some time to travel throughout Oceania’s further reaches.

Adventure Opportunity. Oceania is one of the most popular regions on the planet for adventure travel, and for good reasons. The unique landscapes and laid-back mindset of the area makes for quite the exhilarating travel experience.

Greater Education. Studying abroad offers an education that far exceeds any knowledge handed down to you in a classroom. Through travel and seeking new experiences you will learn a whole lot about who you are and the grand world which surrounds you.

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American Institute For Foreign Study

Murdoch University in Perth, Australia offers study abroad programs to American students, through partnership with the American Institute for Foreign Studies (AIFS). Students can take courses in Environmental Studies, Philosophy, Economics, and courses in a variety of other subjects. As part of their program, students have the opportunity to study in Fiji for nine days too.


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IES Abroad (Institute for the Int'l Education of Students)

Through IES Abroad, international students have the opportunity to enroll in academic institutions in Australia or New Zealand. Participants can earn academic credits, meet local students, and immerse themselves in the local lifestyle. The program offers Engineering, Fashion Design, and Culinary Arts courses, among others.


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Boston University Study Abroad in Sydney and Auckland

Boston University Study Abroad provides a variety of academic programs worldwide to American students. Choose from a wide array of disciplines and study in Australia and Oceania. The combination of academic study, field trips, and personal travel opportunities gives students an introduction to New Zealand and Australia.


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University Studies Abroad Consortium

The University Studies Abroad Consortium, in partnership with Massey University, offers academic programs from five disciplines: Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences, Business, and Education.


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Academic Programs International

API students have an opportunity to study abroad in the Australian Outback on one of the most unique summer programs around – La Trobe University’s Edge of the Outback summer photography program. Students will spend 3 weeks in Mildura learning photographic techniques, and then participate in photography workshops and field trips into the Outback with a local Aboriginal guide, who will provide s...


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ISA (International Studies Abroad)

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Study Abroad with CIEE

The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) provides study abroad programs in Australia throughout the year. Programs range from Conservation and Marine Ecology, to Outdoor Leadership. Three programs are offered in Perth and two in Wollongong.


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Performing Arts Abroad

Study dance at New Zealand’s oldest university! The dance world in New Zealand is thriving, with a fascinating blend of Maori traditional dance, contemporary and modern, and many other styles. During your time abroad, enjoy: New Zealand’s breathtaking landscape – Beautiful sand beaches, bush-clad hills, and tidal inlets are all near your apartment. Hundreds of clubs, societies, and stud...


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Language Learning Worldwide with Eurocentres

People from all over the world are captured by the beauty of Australia & Oceania as they learn the language of the region with Eurocentres language programs. Programs are available in Cairns, Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, Gold Coast, Brisbane, and Auckland. People from every nation can join these culture infused programs.


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ISEP Study Abroad

Most study abroad students travel after their programs are over, but our National Expedition kicks off your adventure by introducing you to New Zealand and exposing you to the country’s dynamic human and geographic terrain. Massey University’s national expedition and internship program will take you to the North and South Islands of New Zealand and place you in an internship where you will w...


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New York University

Attend New York University's study abroad program in Australia and Oceania, get the chance to explore the intriguing Australian Outback on faculty-led trips and spend the remainder of your time taking interesting classes in anthropology, environmental studies, and communications.


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Pacific Discovery-Summer & Semester Programs Abroad

Pacific Discovery offers inspiring educational travel programs to the most amazing places on earth. Our summer, semester and gap year programs combine cultural immersion, volunteer projects in conservation and community development, sustainable adventure travel, personal and leadership development, and tons of fun. Join us on a life-changing adventure!


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Study Abroad with The Education Abroad Network

International students can study abroad in Australia and New Zealand through programs offered by the Education Abroad Network. The organization focuses on providing high standard programs by working with prestigious, highly sought-after institutions in the region. Participants needs are taken in to consideration extensively, to ensure successful program experiences.


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