University of Adelaide Veterinary Study Tour
Prepare for a career working with animals or as a veterinarian with the University of Adelaide Veterinary Study Tour.
Visit a university ranked in the top 50 in the world for veterinary science*
The study tour is an opportunity for international secondary school students to find out what it’s like to be a vet through visiting our purpose-built and research facilities at Roseworthy, South Australia.
Join our week-long study tour for the opportunity to:
- Gain practical hands-on animal handling experience
- Meet current students and find out more about studying at University of Adelaide
- Discover the range of career opportunities available in veterinary medicine, veterinary technology, animal science and animal behaviour
- Learn from our leading animal and veterinary researchers through exposure to small and large animals and workshops on animal pathology, surgery, animal nutrition and behaviour
- Visit a University ranked in the top 50 in the world for veterinary science*
You will also have the opportunity to discover why Adelaide is one of the ten most liveable cities in the world, and enjoy social and recreational activities through your homestay accommodation with an Australian family.
Hear from previous study tour attendees
Information for tour participants
In light of the current global situation due to COVID-19 the University of Adelaide has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Veterinary Study Tour. We look forward to hosting this tour again in 2021 and welcoming you on campus soon.
Participants will be selected on a merit-based system and will be notified of their position in the program by email. Please do not book flights until you have received confirmation of your acceptance.
|Key dates||Applications open: March 2021
Applications close: May 2021
Notification: May 2021
Study tour program: One week in July 2021
|Program cost||Cost to be confirmed when applications open. Costs are inclusive of meals, airport pick-up, transport, accommodation and social activities.
Flight costs are at your own expense
|Contact||Nicole Eleftheriou, Faculty of Sciences
Tel: +61 8 313 4325
Study tour program
Students are expected to arrive on the Saturday prior to the tour commencing and leave on the Sunday after the tour is completed. This will give you some free time to spend with your host family on the weekends.
Please see a sample schedule below.
- Monday - Orientation to the University of Adelaide (including a campus tour and Australian cultural session)
- Tuesday - Visit to Roseworthy to participate in Vet Science activities
- Wednesday - Visit to Roseworthy to participate in Vet Science activities
- Thursday - Visit to Roseworthy to participate in Vet Science activities
- Friday - Day trip to local wildlife park to see kangaroos, koalas and emus
What type of accommodation will I be staying in and where will it be located?
Students will stay in homestay accommodation for the duration of the study tour. Please note that we will have two students per family.
Homestay families are located no further than 45mins (on public transport) to get to the Universities North Terrace campus.
Will the homestay be arranged close to the Roseworthy campus or will I be expected to travel to the Roseworthy campus daily?
A bus will be arranged to drive participants from the North Terrace campus to the Roseworthy campus each morning and back to the Adelaide CBD each afternoon.
Students will be required to make their own way into the North Terrace campus each day (with the support of their homestay family).
We will provide students with metroCARD (prepaid public transport card) so you won’t need to pay for transport or purchase tickets to the North Terrace campus.
Do I need to upload the personal statement when I register for the study tour?
As part of the application process you will be asked to supply a 200-word personal statement.
Once your application has been reviewed, we will confirm enrolment in the program. In the unlikely event that the application is rejected, we will issue a full refund for the registration fee.
After acceptance into the program you will be asked to complete a homestay application which will also need to include a letter to your homestay family introducing yourself.
What are the arrival and departure dates for the study tour?
Students are expected to arrive on the Saturday prior to the tour commencing and leave on the Sunday after the tour is completed.
Students who choose to arrive before the start date or leave after the departure date must be supervised by an adult (for those under 18 years old).
Please note that the University will only be responsible for students during the official study tours program dates, and will not able to provide assistance outside of the dates.
Airport pick up’s will only be available on the Saturday or Sunday - prior to the tour commencing.
If I arrive in Adelaide before the study tours commences and will be staying in the city, could I be picked up and transported to the assigned homestay?
This may be possible, depending on the arrival of other students. However, it cannot be guaranteed at this stage and students may have to meet staff and host parents at the airport.
Will I be guaranteed a place in the study tour once I complete the registration with the full payment?
We will confirm your participation in the study tour once we have reviewed all student applications and personal statements.
There are only 20 positions available in the program, therefore flights should not be booked until you have received confirmation from The University of Adelaide.
A full refund for the registration fee will be provided if your application is not successful.
What is the brief itinerary for this study tour?
The scheduled activities finish on the Friday afternoon, with Friday evening/Saturday reserved for students to spend with their host families and experience Adelaide.
Therefore, any departure from the Saturday is fine.
Please note, flights should not be booked until we have confirmed your position in the Study Tour.
When can I book my flights to Adelaide?
Please wait until your participation on the Study Tour has been confirmed by The University of Adelaide (a full refund for the registration fee will be provided if your application is not successful).
Do I require a Visa to visit Australia?
If my parents/family are accompanying me to Adelaide, can I stay with them instead of homestay and commute to Roseworthy daily?
Yes, however we will need to receive evidence/sign off from your parents that they are indeed in Adelaide.
If I am/will turn 18 years old before the start of the study tour, can I choose to stay at a different accommodation instead of homestay?
Yes, however this will need to be self-funded.
Things to pack?
The Roseworthy campus is an operational farm and you will also be outside during winter. We recommend you pack a wet weather jacket and warm clothes as it may be can be cold. You will also be required to wear closed toe shoes at the Roseworthy campus to participate in the activities.
The 2019 International Vet Study Tour was attended by students in year 10 to 12 who came from Hong Kong, Indonesia, Qatar and Japan.
We have received fantastic feedback from the students.
- 10 participants identified they experienced a moment where they decided 'this is what I want to study'.
- 75% rated their overall experience as very positive, with the remaining 25% rating it as positive.
- When asked how helpful attending the study tour was on deciding what to study at university, all of the students responded either ‘extremely helpful’ or ‘very helpful’
- 11 of 12 students rated the live animal experiences as the most valuable part of the study tour.