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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:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:: Cal Poly Global Program Minimum GPA:: 2.5
Language of Instruction:: English Areas of Study:: Agricultural Business, Agriculture, Anthropology and Geography, General Education, 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


Adelaide, Australia
(Check out our Australia InfoGraphic.pdf!)
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)
- WVIT 270 Introduction to Viticulture and Enology (4)
- WVIT 470 Current Topics in the Grape and Wine Industry (4)
- WLC 310 Culture of Australia GE C4 (4)
- GEOG 308 Global Geography GE D5 (4)*

*GEOG 308 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 Leaders

Dr. Michael J. Costello

Michael J. Costello (B.S. Crop Science, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, 1981; Ph.D Entomology, UC Berkeley, 1992) has spent over 25 years studying the effects of environmental variables on plants, insects and spiders, and has authored some 20 scientific publications.  At Cal Poly he teaches courses in entomology, viticulture and grape pest management.  Internationally, he has worked with colleagues in France, Italy and South Africa, and was a Fulbright Specialist in Peru.  He can be reached at

Dr. Benjamin Funston-Timms

Dr. Benjamin Timms is a Professor of Geography in the Social Sciences Department. He is a specialist in international development and environmental conservation. Dr. Timms has previously served on Cal Poly programs in Thailand, Peru, Spain, and London. 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

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 2019 Itinerary coming soon! 

Program dates will be 7 weeks during Cal Poly's Winter Quarter 2019.

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.