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  • Locations: Adelaide, Australia
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:
Adelaide Collage

Program Information | Course Information | W&M Faculty | Dates | Deadlines | Program Fees | Eligibility | Handbooks

Adelaide is the capital city of South Australia and is located on the south-eastern coast of the continent. It is a trendy city full of public arts, free museums, and rich Aboriginal and colonial history. It also has a Mediterranean climate, wonderful beaches, and is a short drive from the Australian outback, making it a popular holiday destination. Adelaide is located on the traditional lands of the Kaurna people, and the Kaurna culture can be seen through a variety of physical features around the area, including art installations and memorials, as well as through community cultural activities and events. In fact, the City of Adelaide was one of the first to sign a Reconciliation Vision Statement in 1997 and its Reconciliation Action Plan reaffirms a long standing commitment to keep peace with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The University of Adelaide is located in the heart of the city and is close to many of Adelaide's attractions, including state museums, the state libary, parliament buildings, parklands, the Adelaide Zoo, a concert center, sports stadium, botanical gardens, and Adelaide's shopping district. Established in 1874, the University is one of the oldest and most prestigious schools in Australia.

The New York Times has listed Adelaide as one of the top 52 places to visit in 2015! 

Landmarks and Things to See:​
Art Gallery of South Australia (free of charge), South Australian Museum (free of charge), Migration Museum (free of charge), Adelaide Gaol (one of the oldest buildings in Adelaide with guided ghost tours at night), hike Mount Lofty (viewing deck on top), Adelaide Central Market (best place to buy cheap and fresh produce).

Program Description:
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The Adelaide program will include a W&M faculty-taught course. A second course will examine global environmental and sustainability issues with a focus on Australia. This course will be team taught by faculty from Adelaide University’s Geography, Environment, and Population Department. The Adelaide program will include local field trips to locations that relate directly to these fields of study, such as visits to the Living Kaurna Aboriginal Cultural Center. Possible excursions could include the Migration Museum, the Adelaide Central markets, and the Cleland Conservation Park. Overnight excursions may include Kangaroo Island, a large island off the coast of South Australia noted for its native animals and vegetation, and Flinders Chase National Park, a natural amphitheater of mountains that is an important historical location for the indigenous aboriginal people of Australia.

Students are housed in off-campus apartments near the main campus of University of Adelaide and close to shopping, dining, and public transport. Students will have kitchens in their apartment for meals, as well as many options for dining in the city. Students will be responsible for the majority of their meals;  however, some meals will be covered on excursions and a small stipend will be provided for lunches.

Course Information:
All Summer 2021 students will be enrolled in:
  • ENSP 249:  Topics in Sustainability (3 credits)
  • ANTH 350:  Indigeneity and (Post) Colonial Encounter:  Australian History in Anthropological Perspective (3 credits)
    • This course will examine one of the most important social, political, cultural, and economic processes in the modern world, and one of the most pressing social and political questions on modern Australia, settler colonialism.  Different from other forms of colonial extraction and imperial expansion, settler colonialism is an ongoing process, not an event that was concluded through independence or liberation.  Settler colonialism not only dominates indigenous communities through external rule; it bases that domination on the replacement of indigenous communities through processes of land restriction, dispossession, and often extermination. In Australia, in particular, the question of access to land, the control of resources, and the very way in which sovereignty is tied to territory have been enduring themes. 
      This course will be very grounded in the opportunities available in Adelaide.  We will make a number of cite visits to important cultural institutions, and work with indigenous and other local scholars, activists, and community members to address a wide range of contemporary cultural challenges.
There is a required 1 credit course to be taken in the Spring prior to departure, which you will be registered for following program acceptance. This course is designed specifically for students going on the summer program and is intended to enhance your cross-cultural understanding of Adelaide and to cover a variety of pre-departure information. The scheduling of this course will be dependent on the class times possible for program participants.

Spring course book required:  Kenneth Morgan’s Australia: A Very Short Introduction

Courses are taught by W&M faculty and faculty at the University of Adelaide. Grades will appear on the W&M transcript and will be included in GPA calculations.

Program website

W&M faculty:
Brad Weiss
Professor, Anthropology

Arrival date:  July 8, 2022
Departure date:  August 12, 2022

New for Summer 2022, the GEO is announcing an earlier December 1 priority deadline for summer programs and Reves Summer Scholarships.  
Students who apply by December 1 will be given priority on eligibility for programs and scholarships.   

Please note that programs may meet their capacity at the December 1 deadline and may not be accepting new applicants, so to ensure best consideration for your first choice program, we encourage you to apply by December 1.  

Priority Deadlines 
Application Deadline:  December 1, 2021
                With a deposit due deadline:  February 21, 2022  
                And a balance due deadline:   March 11, 2022 
Regular Deadlines   
Application Deadline: February 1, 2022
                With a deposit due deadline:  March 11, 2022 (Friday prior to Spring break)
                And a balance due deadline:  April 1, 2022  

Application fee information:
The application fee ($75) is due by the deadline and should be paid online at the GEO Marketplace Store. Whoever is making the payment will need student 93#, email, and phone number. The application fee is refundable in the event that you are not accepted into the program or the program is canceled by W&M. 

Program Fees:
2022 program fee:  $6650

Students are responsible for airfare and most meals.

To view the estimated costs for this program and important payment information, please visit here

Reves Summer Scholarships are available for this program. 

Program Features:
  • Welcome and Farewell dinner
  • On-site Orientation
  • Ground transportation in Adelaide to/from airport
  • Excursion admissions and some meals on excursions
  • Housing 
  • CISI insurance
  • W&M credits
  • Partnership with highly ranked host institution and rigorous academic coursework
  • Fulfills COLL 300
  • Re-entry programming

  • Students must be an active W&M undergraduate student in good standing, not on academic or disciplinary probation during time abroad, and eligible to take classes at the W&M Williamsburg campus to study abroad. 
  •  Students currently on-campus must successfully complete 1 credit spring course. 
  • For more information about eligibility, please visit our Policies that Affect You page.

Click to view the Adelaide Handbook 2020.pdf.
Click to view the W&M Summer Program Handbook 2021

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.