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.

International veterinary study tour

Download the Adelaide veterinary study tour brochure

Our study tour is an opportunity for international secondary school students to get a head start and gain practical animal handling experience.

Join our week-long study tour in Adelaide, South Australia, and you will have the opportunity to:

  • Explore the possibilities of veterinary medicine and animal science as a career;
  • Meet and talk with current students;
  • Gain practical hands-on animal handling experience; and
  • Visit a university ranked in the top 150 of the world for veterinary science*

Program highlights

  • Spend time in our $37 million purpose-built veterinary teaching hospitaland research facilities.
  • Explore our internationally renowned Roseworthy campus.
  • 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.

Explore Adelaide

As a study tour participant, you will also have the opportunity to explore the city of Adelaide.

You will gain authentic Australian cultural experiences through accommodation provided by Australian families in the homestay network and enjoy social and recreational activities.

Studying an internationally recognised veterinary degree has opened doors for me to work as a veterinarian in large and small animal general practice, specialist hospitals and non-profit animal organisations, both within Australia and overseas.Manhei Ma - Veterinary Ultrasonographer, Hong Kong

How to apply

The 2018 study tour has been completed. Register your interest for our next event.

Key dates Applications close: May
Study tour program: July
Program eligibility
  • 16+ years of age
  • Studying secondary school level chemistry and mathematics
  • Citizen of Hong Kong, Singapore or Malaysia; OR an international student from any country currently living in Australia
  • English language proficiency
  • Submit a 200-word statement in English outlining why you want to participate in the program
Program cost AUD $500 inclusive of meals, airport pick-up, transport, accommodation and social activities. Flight costs are at your own expense

Contact Nicole Eleftheriou, Events Coordinator, Faculty of Sciences
+61 8 313 4325

Enquire now 

For further information visit the Professional and Continuing Education website.
This program is delivered by the Faculty of Sciences and Professional and Continuing Education at the University of Adelaide.

  • Frequently asked questions

    What type of accommodation will I be staying in and where will it be located?

    It will be homestay. Please note that we will have two students per family. We will choose families that live as close to the main train line heading to Roseworthy as possible.  Students will take public transport, but they will receive assistance in this (for example, host parents will be instructed to assist and we will have staff on the first day helping students at Adelaide station and Gawler station).

    Will the homestay be arranged close to the Roseworthy Campus or will I be expected to travel to the Roseworthy campus daily?

    We will be arranging homestay as close as possible to the Gawler train line.  You will need to travel by train to Gawler, before catching the shuttle bus to Roseworthy. We will provide you with metro card tickets so you won’t need to pay for transport. However you will still need to travel on public transport each day to Roseworthy with assistance from host parents and staff on the first day to help you at the train station.

    Do I need to upload the personal statement when I register for the study tour?

    Once you have registered, we will contact you and you will be given an email address to forward the personal statement to.  Once the personal statement 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. 

    Will I be guaranteed a place in the study tour once I complete the registration with the payment of A$500?

    We will confirm your enrolment in the study tour once we have reviewed your personal statement. Flights should not be booked until you have received confirmation that the Study Tour will go ahead (if we do not reach minimum numbers the tour will be cancelled).

    What is the brief itinerary for this study tour?

    The scheduled activities finish on the afternoon of the Friday, with Friday evening/Saturday free time for the students to spend with their host families.  Therefore any departure on the Saturday is fine.  Please note, flights should not be booked until we can confirm the Study Tour will run (if we do not achieve minimum numbers, it will not go ahead).

    Please see a very basic itinerary below:


    Orientation to the University of Adelaide (including a campus tour) plus academic English session

    Visit to Roseworthy to participate in Vet Science activities

    Visit to Roseworthy to participate in Vet Science activities

    Visit to Roseworthy to participate in Vet Science activities

    Day trip to Cleland Wildlife Park to see kangaroos, koalas and emus

    When can I book my flights to Adelaide?

    Flights should not be booked until you have received confirmation that the Study Tour will go ahead (if we do not reach minimum numbers the tour will be cancelled and you will be given a full refund for the registration fee).

    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.  Also, please note this Study Tour is targeted at students who are considering Vet Sciences for undergraduate studies.  We expect any applicants would have a genuine interest in applying for undergraduate Vet Science.

Top 150 in the world for veterinary science
#1 rank in Australia for overall experience and teaching quality in veterinary science
Co-location with industry partners

* Academic Ranking of World Universities by Subject 2017
^ Good Universities Guide 2018