Acadia Exchange Program Expands Down Under

MOU signing. Ray Ivany, David Wise, Tom Herman.
Ray Ivany, David Wise, Tom Herman.

Acadia University has recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the University of Newcastle, Australia, which will expand Acadia's existing Study Abroad Exchange Program to 15 premier institutions in Europe, Australia, Caribbean, Asia, and more than two dozen institutions in the United States.

"This new partnership opens up a world of opportunity to undergraduate students both here at Acadia and at Newcastle," said Ray Ivany, Acadia's president and vice-chancellor. "Participation in the Study Abroad Exchange Program provides students a chance to experience diverse educational systems and cultures in a seamless and supported manner."

Generally, Acadia partners with institutions that have an existing Acadia connection in order to provide personal insight and advice to students considering the program. Dr. Anna Redden, director of Acadia's Centre for Estuarine Research, was a professor at the University of Newcastle, which is located just two hours from Sydney and has a student population of more than 30,000. "The university and local community will offer Acadia students outstanding learning opportunities and truly memorable Aussie experiences," she said.  

The University of Newcastle is research intensive with a reputation of excellence that is reflected in its consistent ranking in the top 10 Australian universities for research effort and outcomes.

"This partnership between our two universities reinforces the strong relationship that exists between Canada and Australia," said, David Wise, Newcastle's partnership and international coordinator. "I am sure our mutual ambassadors, both students and faculty, will ensure this MOU will lead to a dynamic and exceptional partnership between Acadia and Newcastle."

The Study Abroad Exchange Program allows qualified third-year students in a four-year program to attend one or two semesters at partner institutions as part of their regular tuition. During this academic year, Acadia has 11 students studying abroad and 16 exchange students visiting Acadia through the Study Abroad Exchange Program. Working with the international program officer, exchange students are guided and supported from the selection process until they return to their home university.

Acadia offers study abroad exchange opportunities in Scotland, Wales, England, France, Germany, Spain, China (Hong Kong), Bahamas, the United States, and Australia.

 About the University of Newcastle

The University of Newcastle is a research intensive university with a reputation for excellence and a strong and vibrant research culture.  Its research is recognized for its impact and relevance to the region, the nation and the international community.  Its proud history is reflected in its consistent ranking in the top ten Australian universities for research effort and outcomes.

About Acadia University

Acadia University, in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, has long been recognized as one of Canada's premier undergraduate institutions. With its nationally and internationally recognized research initiatives, small classes, and technology-rich teaching and learning environment, Acadia offers students an experience that includes academic achievement combined with personal growth and development. For more information about Acadia, visit To learn more about Acadia's Study Abroad Exchange Program, visit



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