The University of Canberra (UC) is one of the top 100 young universities and ranked within the top 4% worldwide. The university is home to approximately 12,500 students and is complete with a full range of student support services and facilities including over thirty clubs. The university is large enough to offer a wide variety of courses and activities but also maintains small class sizes. UC is located in Australia's capital of Canberra - only ten minutes from the central business district and within walking distance of a major shopping and entertainment complex. The university itself is set on 120 hectares of picturesque native bush land, complete with Australia wildlife including parrots, cockatoos, and even resident kangaroos. Despite its peaceful setting, the campus is an exciting and inspiring place to be. The university offers plenty of social opportunities including their famous music festival, Groovin' the Moo, market days, dinners, and different sorts of theatre from all over the world.
The capital city is home to over 400,000 residents and near hiking trails, entertainment complexes, and sports facilities. Canberra's diversity is reflected in its dining, music, and theatre. It is a young and lively city that has an exciting nightlife and plenty of interesting cafes, bars, and clubs. Locals call Canberra the "20 minute city" because nothing is very far away. Canberra has more hours of sunshine per day than Melbourne, Sydney, and Adelaide.
Application cycles are open one semester at a time. Applications for the fall/academic year will open around December 1 of the year prior and applications for spring/calendar year will open around July 1 of the year prior.
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In order to participate in this program, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- Students must have completed at least 45 credits at the time of departure.
- For students applying for fall or academic year programs, this total does not include summer coursework that has yet to be completed.
- Students must have a minimum 2.5 GPA at the time of application and departure.
- Students planning to study abroad in the last semester of their senior year should discuss this with their GEO program administrator and major advisor as this may affect their ability to graduate on time.
- Recent transfer students cannot study abroad their first semester (not including summer) at Mason.
At Canberra, 'courses' are degree programs and 'units' are classes. Please use the unit lists on the website linked below to select units in the appropriate semester. If your planned semester is not showing, the units have not been finalized yet for that period. The units for any given year should appear by November 1 in the previous year. Please view the units in the same semester from the previous year as a good indication of what will be offered in the same semester the following year. You may take units across all four of Canberra's faculties, but please check that you meet any listed prerequisite requirements to ensure your eligibility to take the class.
Course Equivalency and Plan of Study
The Global Education Office has a Course Evaluation and Registration System
(CERS), which you will use to complete the steps needed to evaluate your courses abroad, and see how they will count at Mason. This database is accessible whether you have already applied, or are just beginning to think about studying abroad. Look at the courses in the database. You are by no means limited to these courses. The database shows courses that have already been evaluated. You can request equivalency for any course not yet evaluated, through CERS.
You are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to look at this institution’s courses ahead of time to see how they will match up to your Mason degree requirements. Talk to your academic advisor about what courses you will need to receive credit for during your time abroad to stay on-track for your degree. When looking at courses keep in mind that course schedules can change. We recommend having twice as many courses approved as necessary.
The academic calendar at UC is fairly different to Mason's. In addition, Australia is in the southern hemisphere where the seasons are reversed to ours. Semester 1 (our spring) runs from early February to late May. Semester 2 (our fall) runs from late July to mid- November.
Students are expected to take a full-time course load during their time at UC. A full-time course load is 12 credit points. A typical course is worth 3 credits.
- 3 Canberra Credit Points = 4 Mason Credits
Students must take 4 courses per term. This will allow you to transfer between 16 credits back to Mason per semester.
When transferring courses back to Mason, the credits will transfer but the grade will not. However, you must receive the equivalent of a "C" or above in order to transfer your credit back. Refer to the table below regarding how grades are converted at Canberra.
| Canberra Grade
|High Distinction (HD)
|Conceded Pass (PC)
Students participating in this study abroad program will automatically fulfill the Mason Global Understanding core requirement.
On-campus housing is guaranteed at UC for all new exchange students. Students can pick from a wide range of accommodation options from private studio apartments to individual bedrooms in a shared apartment. The Student Residence Halls on campus are set in landscaped native gardens where you can watch kangaroos graze at dusk. Students are encouraged to live on campus as it will allow you to meet other students, be close to campus, and is easier than trying to set up independent housing. Though most students living in residence halls do their own cooking, meal plans are available and there are dining options on campus. Off-campus accommodation, including homestays, are also available.
This is a Bilateral Exchange Program. Students are enrolled as regular students at the partner university, pay Mason tuition to Mason, and pay room and board abroad. Students can use the budget sheets located at the top of this page to see what GEO estimates as expenses.
As this is a Bilateral Exchange Program, students will pay for their tuition as they normally do in PatriotWeb.
Application Fee: A non-refundable application fee of $200 for Mason students. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
Administrative Fee: A non-refundable administrative fee of $300 (for semester length programs) or $500 (for year-long programs) must be received in order to confirm your enrollment in the program. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system.
Financial Aid: Students using financial aid are encouraged to talk to their counselor regarding how their financial aid can transfer to their program.
In addition to the program grant all students attending this program automatically receive, GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students are welcome to apply:
Fall/Academic Year: Early-Mid April
Spring/Calendar Year: Late October-Early November*
*See the bottom of this page for the exact deadlines for the upcoming term(s).
Once accepted into a program, it will be your responsibility to apply for a student visa and/or residence permit (if required, based on your citizenship). You will receive details on this with your acceptance letter. Do not apply for a visa until after you have been officially accepted. Visit the Embassy of Australia's website for further information.
Application fee: $200 for Mason students.
Official Transcripts: An official copy of your Mason transcript is required as well as copies of official transcripts from any other college or university you have attended.
Passport Status: If you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now.
Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents.
Questionnaires: Read and complete the documents according to the instructions.
*Additional paperwork may be required for this program and can be viewed inside your application.