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Australia Defence Force Academy semester
Canberra, Australia (Exchange Program) (Outgoing Program)
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Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.5
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Australian Defence Force Academy

*******You must be nominated by your Professor of Military Science to compete for this program.  DO NOT apply for this program without the consent of the International Center. Doing so will incur a $25 application fee. If you have any questions contact the International Center,

The Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) is a unique military institution which combines military education and training with academic study for an undergraduate degree through the University of New South Wales.

Approximately 1000 Army and Air Force officer cadets and Navy midshipmen are currently enrolled in the three year training program at ADFA. They come from around Australia and, through military exchange programs, from 16 other Defence Forces around the world.


Leadership and communication studies form a large part of the common military training program at ADFA and undergraduates are given opportunities to develop and practice these skills both in practical exercises and throughout day-to-day life at the Academy. They will also study defence issues in local, regional and global contexts, as well as military law and the laws of armed conflict. They will learn how to handle weapons, carry out first aid, and live in the field as part of a group. They will also maintain a high level of physical fitness through compulsory physical training and optional sporting activities.
Canberra is Australia’s capital, inland from the country's southeast coast. Surrounded by forest, farmland and nature reserves, it earns its nickname, the "Bush Capital.” Canberra is filled with all types of fun, interesting things to do for couples, singles or families. The capital city of Australia has national museums, tourist attractions, historical sites and many natural wonders. You can stay in posh hotels, or you can camp in the bushland surrounding the city.

Eligibility and Application Requirements
1.    Be a Norwich University student (Corps of Cadets or Civilian and a U.S. citizen) with a distinguished GPA, high PT score, and obtain the recommendation of the Commandant/Dean of Students Office.
2.    Demonstrate an appreciation for the study of other cultures.
3.    Be willing to share his/her experience with other members of the Norwich University community upon return from the exchange.

Programs Offered
Aeronautical Engineering
Civil Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Information Technology
Mechanical Engineering
Technology - Aviation
Technology - Aeronautical Engineering
The cadet life at ADFA is much like the cadets life at Norwich University. The day starts at 0600 and is followed by a formation, breakfast, and scheduled activities such as parades, cleaning duties, flag raising, and other military based activities. The academic day starts at 0800 and goes until 1700. Each academic day contains nine 50 minute periods. However, not every student has a class during every period. After 1700 cadets have time to study, work out and socialize on base.
On the weekends cadets pursue their own activities unless they are involved in sporting commitments or scheduled military training activities
Attending lectures and tutorials is compulsory. In addition to academic studies, during their time at ADFA, officer cadets undertake military training to prepare them for their future roles as junior leaders in the Defence Force. There is work throughout the semester (in the form of exams, assignments), there are exams at the end of each semester as well. Courses differ for each semester.
What is housing like for International Students?
Each cadet has a private room with a bed, storage and a study area. The bathrooms and laundry facilities are shared between the cadets. Outside of the rooms, in a common recreation area there are pay telephones, refrigerators, a microwave oven, television, stereo and a computer terminal room.  Division Officers and Division staff also live alongside the cadets. The officers and staff inspect all the rooms regularly. Each building comprises of approximately 35-40 people. There is also Wi-Fi access available throughout the campus.
What is dining like at the Australian Defence Force Academy?
The Academy Cadet mess is the largest Officers Mess in Australia.  The mess holds preparation areas, kitchens, dining areas, bars, recreation room and a shop. In the recreation areas there are pool tables, TV entertainment and lounges. Cadets are usually offered three cooked meals a day, with several options each meal. Also, the Mess accommodates diets and low fat options and a cafe on base.

Breakdown of typical costs (These costs are only estimates and are subject to change.)

Budget Item  
Educational/Program Fee $17,062.00
Room and Board $6,242.00
Other Fees $984.00
Study Abroad Fee $750.00
Billable Subtotal $25,038.00
Estimated Airfare $2,000.00
Estimated Passport Fee $150.00
Estimated Visa Fee $400.00
Estimated Books & Supplies $300.00
Estimated Local Transportation $2,000.00
Estimated Meals Not Covered Above $950.00
Non- Billable Subtotal $5,800.00
Estimated Total Cost $30,838.00

If you are interested in learning more about how to fund an education abroad program, you can find out more information here.


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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Spring 2020 10/01/2020 10/15/2020 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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