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Canberra: Australian National University
Canberra, Australia (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Host Program Website: Visit host website for more information
Program Dates &
View program dates and deadlines
Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
3 - Junior
Courses Offered:
Art, Asian Studies, Biology, Business, Engineering, Fine Arts, Forestry, Government/Poli-Sci, Humanities, Language, Music, Natural Sciences, Psychology, Sciences, Social Sciences/Sociology
Type of Program:
Education Abroad Adviser:
Whitney Longnecker
Internship Available:
Non-Penn State Students:
Global Programs Scholarships:
Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid
Program Description:

Program Overview     

Overlooking Canberra, AustraliaAustralian National University is one of the most highly regarded universities in Australia. According to the QS 2012 World University Randkings, Australian National University was ranked top in Australia and in the top ten in the world in seven disciplines: Philosophy (6th in the world), History (7th), Earth and Marine Sciences (8th), Environmental Science (9th), Geography (9th), Linguistics (9th), and Politics and International Studies (10th). Australian National University also ranked above all other Australian universities in Sociology (14th in the world), Modern Languages (18th), Mathematics (19th), and Economics (27th). Because of its location in Canberra, Australia's capital, there are a number of opportunities for students to interact with lawmakers and politicians during the semester.

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Education Abroad Credits

Australian Flag at SeaYou will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.

Australian National University institution offers a large selection of courses, with strengths in business, government and political studies, psychology and sociology, forestry, natural sciences, fine arts, and Asian studies. To find more information about specific courses, use the on-site course catalog.

You will take regular courses with local students at this institution. Course registration takes place during your on-site orientation period, so enrollment in particular courses cannot be guaranteed in advance of arrival. You may enroll in any courses for which space is available and for which you meet the host institution's requirements or prerequisites. You must take what the host institution considers to be a full-time load (generally, the equivalent of 12-15 Penn State credits). 2 PSU credits = 3 Australian National University credits.

Academic Terms in the United States and Australia

When viewing the on-site course catalog, please note that the Australian academic terms are different than what is used in the United States.

Academic Terms Used in the United States and Australia
Australian Term
United States Term
School or College
Subject, Unit or Paper
Course outline
Semester 1
Spring semester
Semester 2
Fall semester

To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the *Canberra Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad.  To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.

*The University Office of Global Programs is committed to making its websites accessible to all users. As such we are currently developing a new course equivalency database which will launch in Academic Year 2014-2015. In the meantime if you require an accessible version of the course equivalency information provided for this program please contact


Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.

Housing and Meals

You will live in a residential college, where you will be responsible for providing your own meals.

Housing costs in Australia can vary significantly between the different residential colleges and off-campus options. Students are responsible for researching the different housing opportunities in order to choose their best option. Details on the varying costs can be found in the notes section of the budget sheet. 

Program Costs

For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the fall budget sheet and spring budget sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.

Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Explorers in GorgePenn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.

For More Information

For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative

To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.

For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the GeoBlogs of Penn State students currently studying abroad.

How to Apply

If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page.

Important note: The Penn State deadline to apply for the Fall and Academic Year terms for the Australia National University program is earlier than for most other programs. Students interested in studying abroad for the Fall or Academic Year must all apply by January 20th of the year prior to study. 

You must complete the following materials in your application:

  •  Education Abroad Questionnaire
  •  One academic recommendation
  •  Signature Documents
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2014 01/20/2014
03/15/2014 07/21/2014 10/31/2014
NOTE: Dates above do not include the mandatory orientation, once the orientation dates are set the above dates will be update.
Spring 2015 09/15/2014
09/30/2014 02/16/2015 06/24/2015
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.
Fall 2015 01/20/2015
01/27/2015 07/20/2015 11/21/2015
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing. Program dates listed do not include orientation, which is required. Confirm orientation dates with Australian National University.
Spring 2016 05/01/2015 06/30/2015 TBA TBA

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