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  • Locations: Adelaide, Australia
  • Program Terms: Winter Quarter
  • Restrictions: Cal Poly applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Winter Quarter
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:: Cal Poly Global Program Minimum GPA:: 2.5
Language of Instruction:: English Language Courses Offered:: None
Areas of Study:: Agricultural Business, Agriculture, General Education, History, Humanities, Wine and Viticulture Housing Options:: Apartment
Internship & Service Learning Opportunities:: No
Program Description:


Cal Poly Global Programs offer Cal Poly courses taught by Cal Poly faculty.
Spend seven weeks studying in Adelaide, Australia while taking study tours to various local wineries, visiting Kangaroo Island, exploring a national wildlife park, and experiencing beach life in South Australia.

Alumni Contacts

Name: Riley Officer
Term: Winter 2017
Major: Wine & Viticulture

Name: Justin Trabue
Term: Winter 2016
Major: Wine & Viticulture


Adelaide, Australia
Adelaide is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of South Australia. It is also the fifth largest city in Australia, boasting a population of 1.1 million. This coastal city has a Mediterranean climate that features sunshine and warm, dry summers. The city is laid out on a square mile grid of wide streets, with everything within easy reach of the city center. Adelaide features colonial architecture, restored Victorian and Edwardian buildings, and much more. Miles of metropolitan beaches and the Adelaide Hills are nearby.

Host Institution
University of Adelaide’s main campus is located in the cultural heart of the city. It is the third oldest university in Australia, and is also one of the Group of Eight Australian Distinguished Universities. It is a top ranked, government-funded research institute, complete with excellent educational and social facilities. University of Adelaide is a stimulating place to study, combining the beauty of a historic campus, the friendly and accessible nature of Australian society, and the culture and tradition of a well-established university.

University of Adelaide


While the primary focus of the program is Wine, Viticulture and Agribusiness, it also includes General Education courses to explore the history, culture, and geography of Australia, all of which are essential to understanding the country. Students choose three of the four courses offered for a total of 12-units on this 7-week Winter quarter program.  All courses are taught in English.
You will earn Cal Poly credit on this program.
Courses (choose 3)
- ISLA 310 Culture of Australia GE C4 (4)
- HIST 317 Lure of the Sea GE D5 (4)*
- AGB 318 Global Agricultural Marketing and Trade (4)
- AGB 309 Advanced Sales Techniques (4)

*HIST 317 may be substituted for a GE D3. Please consult the International Center and complete a GE Course Substitution Form for Study Abroad.

- Pre requisites for courses may be waived by the professors

Meet the Faculty


Faculty Leader: Dr. Cristina Connolly

Dr. Cristina Connolly is an assistant professor in the Agribusiness department.  At Cal Poly she teaches courses in marketing and sales, with an interest in local foods and direct marketing.  She can be reached at


Faculty Leader: Dr. Matthew Hopper

Dr. Matthew S. Hopper (Ph.D. History, UCLA, 2006) is a historian of slavery and imperialism in the Indian Ocean.  At Cal Poly, he teaches courses in African history, Indian Ocean history, and world history, and he is author of Slaves of One Master: Globalization and Slavery in Arabia in the Age of Empire (Yale University Press, 2015).  He was a Fulbright fellow in Tanzania and Oman and has been a visiting fellow at the University of Cambridge and at Murdoch University in Fremantle, Australia.  Contact him at


This program is open to students in all majors.

- Minimum 2.5 GPA
- Not actively on academic probation
- Good disciplinary standing

Minimum Enrollment
25 students

Maximum Enrollment
35 students

How to Apply
- First, attend a Study Abroad 101 Workshop and complete the Advising Module.
- Then, click the 'Apply Now' button to complete the Cal Poly Abroad Application (Applications available during Spring Quarter 2017)

Program Details


UrbaNest is student accommodation in Adelaide for the Cal Poly program. The complex is located on North Terrace in the heart of the city, a truly ideal location for students. It is within easy reach of universities, Rundle Mall shopping, West End's vibrant nightlife and over the road from Adelaide train station and tram stop. While females and males share apartments, each student will have a single room and en suite bathroom.


Winter 2018
January 2 Arrive in Adelaide ~ Apartment Check in
January 3 Orientation and tour of University of Adelaide
January 4 Cal Poly classes start
January 11-13 Excursion to Kangaroo Island
January 18 Visit local wine region
January 25 Visit local wine region
February 1 Visit local wine region
February 15-16 Cal Poly Final Exams
February 17 Program Ends

All field trips and excursions in this program include lecture material that is part of the Cal Poly courses and will be led by Cal Poly faculty and local guides.
Kangaroo Island
The program includes a two-day, one night excursion to Kangaroo Island, Australia’s third-largest island and popular tourist destination.  Students and faculty will travel by ferry to the island and experience the tremendous wildlife, Remarkable Rocks and Admiral’s Arch.
Kangaroo Island
Kangaroo Island

Cleland Wildlife Park
At Cleland Wildlife Park, students have the opportunity to see some of Australia’s well-known wildlife such as koalas and kangaroos.

Cleland Park
Cleland Park

Winery Tours
Students will experience the wine industry first-hand with three study tours to small- and large-scale wineries. The three wine regions visited on past programs are Adelaide Hills, Barossa Valley, and McLaren Vale.

Wine Tours
Wine Tours
Wine Tours

Dates / Deadlines:

Application currently closed.

This program is currently not accepting applications.