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Fact Sheet:
Program Type:: Cal Poly International Exchange Class Eligibilty:: 4th year
Minimum GPA:: 2.5 Language GPA:: 2.5
Language of Instruction:: English Language Pre-requisite:: None
Language Courses Offered:: No Areas of Study:: Architecture, Communication Studies, Graphic Communication, Landscape Architecture, Political Science
Housing Options:: Apartment, Dormitory Internship & Service Learning Opportunities:: No
Program Description:


Cal Poly International Exchange Programs offer students opportunities to study their academic disciplines at partner universities for up to one year.
University of Canberra offers students in the College of Liberal Arts, Architecture and Landscape Architecture the ability to take relevant courses while studying in Canberra, Australia, for a semester or year.


Alumni Contact
Name: Armando Vera
Major: Architecture


Canberra, Australia
(Check out our Australia InfoGraphic.pdf!)

The Canberra campus, situated in the suburb of Bruce, is the university's primary Campus.  It is a haven of tall native trees and wildlife and boasts a rich on-campus life, despite being only minutes away from Canberra's Civic Center. Whether you'd prefer to hang out with our resident kangaroos, in the bar, library, cafes, or health clubs, Bruce Campus has both lifestyle and facilities covered.


Host Institution

The University of Canberra is a young vibrant university with a focus on learning and creativity, as well as creating rewarding opportunities and positive outcomes for its students. UC has students from over 80 different countries worldwide. Canberra, Australia's capital city, is located just 3 hours from Sydney and 2 hours from the South Coast.  For more information on Canberra visit:


On exchange at Canberra, students are able to take Architecture or Landscape Architecture courses. You will earn transfer credit on this program.
Students are highly encouraged to get their Major, Minor, and GE courses pre-approved prior to applying to the Exchange program.
Major Courses: Provide course descriptions to your Academic Advising Center/Faculty Contact to determine course equivalencies and how credits will transfer back.  Students are highly encouraged to consult an Academic/Faculty Advisor about completing any necessary course approval paperwork prior to studying abroad.  

For Architecture students, You are required to take a minimum of _ 12 units overall

Of those 12 units. 6 units will be your design studio course which will satisfy your Cal Poly Arch 451

- 8399 Design Studio 3.1 (Architecture) = 6 credit points, Level 3

Of the same 12 units. 3 units will be your Cal Poly Arch 420

- 8403 Capital Cities and Urban Form = 3 credit points, Level 3

Of the same 12 units. the final 3 units will be an elective that could potentially suffice your Cal Poly Arch 445 requirement

-  8411 History of Australian Architecture (Post Graduate) = 3 credit points, Level P

This final course needs to be a 3 credit point course at Level 3 or higher, Level P (postgraduate) is acceptable as well. Some students have taken digital media courses in the past. I think it’s a good idea to choose this course with your thesis in mind. Some students have used this time and subject matter to begin directing their thoughts towards their final year at Poly.

Minor Courses:  Consult the Minor Department Advisor about course pre-approvals. 
To view classes at Canberra, click here.


This program is open to students in the College of Liberal Arts, Architecture and Landscape Architecture Departments.
- Minimum 2.5 GPA
- Not actively on academic probation
- Good disciplinary standing 

How to Apply
The Cal Poly application will ask you to submit the following supplemental materials:
- Letter of Recommendation from a Cal Poly faculty member
- Personal Statement
- Official Transcript
- Copy of your Passport 

The advisors for this program will review all applications after the application date has passed. Students will then be contacted to participate in an in-person group interview. Upon completion of the interview and full application review, students will be notified if they have been approved by Cal Poly to participate in the Canberra exchange program.

Program Details


Students arrange housing independently from the university. Please visit the Canberra website to research options available:

Students can study at Canberra during Semester 1 (February to May) or Semester 2 (August to November).  To review program dates for specific terms, visit the Canberra website:

Student life at Canberra will offer you a unique, diverse, and enriching environment where you will be encouraged to seize opportunities that will challenge you to explore your limits, find new interests, and make unforgettable friendships. For more information on student services, please visit the Canberra website:

Dates / Deadlines:

Application currently closed.

This program is currently not accepting applications.