Cal Poly in Australia - Winter 2019

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..

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.

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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 online application for this program. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2018.

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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.

Course # Course Title Unit
WLC 310 Culture of Australia GE C4 4
GEOG 308* Global Geography GE D5 4
WVIT 270 Introduction to Viticulture and Enology 4
WVIT 470 Current Topics in the Grape and Wine Industry 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

NOTE: Pre-requisites for courses may be waived by the professors

Contact information:


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.

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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.

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