Sydney is the capital city of the state of New South Wales. It is located on the south-east coast of Australia, in the temperate zone, which gives it a mild climate year round. It is also the largest (and oldest) city in Australia. First established by the British as a convict settlement in 1788, it has developed into a major industrial, business, and manufacturing center. It is also a cosmopolitan city that offers a wealth of entertainment, shopping, and sightseeing. Sydney has sprawling suburbs that reach out from the city-center about 35 miles north, 21 miles west and 19 miles south. Its harbor is one of the largest in the world, and is famous for the unmistakable arch of the Harbour Bridge and the sails of the Opera House.
The University of New South Wales is one of the top research institutions in Australia. The Kensington (main) campus is situated on 85 acres of land and is located 5 km (15 minute bus ride) from Sydney's central business district. The University has modern buildings, attractive grounds, extensive sporting and recreational facilities, and a library that houses over 1.5 million volumes. The University of New South Wales is committed to developing innovative models of educational delivery using the latest technology and approaches to educational design.
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You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State.
The University of New South Wales offers a large selection of courses, with strengths in engineering, business, architecture, fine arts, and natural sciences. Use the on-site course catalog to find more information about specific courses. You will take regular courses with local students at this institution. Course registration takes place during your on-site orientation period, so enrollment in particular courses cannot be guaranteed in advance of arrival. You may enroll in any courses for which space is available and for which you meet the host institution's requirements or prerequisites.
Academic Terms in the United States and Australia
When viewing the on-site course catalog, please note that the Australian academic terms are different than what is used in the United States.
Academic Terms Used in the United States and Australia
United States Term
School or College
Subject or Unit
Summer Term + Term 1
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the Sydney UNSW Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.
The two internship courses available to Study Abroad and Exchange students are Business Internship (FINS3201) and Media Internship (MDIA3007). Penn State students may only enroll in the Business Internship (FINS3201). Students can not receive credit at Penn State for the MDIA3007 internship course. Please be advised that FINS3201 is a fee-paying course and as such, all students including those on Exchange places, are required to pay the course fee. The fee is approximately $3,400 AUD.
As part of the placement, you will be asked to intern 2 full days per week for a 10-week period (approximately 140 hours). You will need to make sure you leave 2 days free for the placement in your class schedule apart from the remaining 3 courses you will take.
The FINS3201 is worth 6 units of academic credit (uoc) (i.e. equivalent to one course) at UNSW, so students take an internship course plus 3 other 6uoc courses to make up a full-time study load (24uoc). We require students to have at least 1 other approved course option to enroll in initially until their placement is confirmed (when they can drop the other course and enroll in the internship). As the internship is for academic credit it is not paid.
Placements depend on the experience of students and the availability of host organisations each semester. Examples of past placements organisations include consulting companies, financial organizations, marketing agencies, higher education departments, tourism companies, and various charities or not-for-profit
More information about the internship can be found on the UNSW website.
UNSW Academic Calendar
UNSW Sydney is transitioning from a semester based academic calendar to a new academic calendar, UNSW3+, starting in 2019 (Penn State spring 2019 semester). UNSW3+ consists of three terms of 10 teaching weeks (excluding orientation, public holidays and exams), and a five-week intensive summer term in January. Students can take three courses in each term and 1 course in the intensive summer term. The UNSW new academic calendar is as follows:
Summer Term: early January – mid February
Term 1: mid February – mid May
Term 2: early June – late August
Term 3: mid September – mid December
Study abroad options for Penn State Students:
Penn State Spring Semester: Summer Term + Term 1 for a total of 4 courses
Penn State Fall Semester: Closed to Penn State students after Fall 2018
Penn State Academic Year or Southern Hemisphere Academic Year: Students can vary their study load across the year to manage a full-time load of eight courses
Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.
Housing and Meals
Students will have the option of living in on-campus dorm-like accommodations or off-campus apartment style accommodations. The Study Abroad office at UNSW will provide information about how to apply for on-campus housing and can provide a list of recommended off-campus accommodation providers to students wishing to live off campus. On-campus housing is not guaranteed and students should be prepared to consider living off-campus should they not be offered a room on-campus. In general, you will live in a student apartment or rental house, where you will be responsible for providing your own meals. Alternatively, if desired, you may apply to live in a residential college (the Australian equivalent of a dormitory) at the University, but placement is highly competitive and full-degree students receive priority over study abroad and exchange students. For more information on the housing options at UNSW, visit the University of New South Wales housing website and understand the cost of living.
Housing costs in Australia can vary significantly between the different residential colleges and off-campus options. Students are responsible for researching the different housing opportunities in order to choose their best option. Review the notes section of the Budget Sheet for more details on the varying costs.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the fall budget sheet and spring budget sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.
Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit theFunding Study Abroadsection of the Global Penn State website.
For More Information
For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative.
To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.
For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the Student Spotlights of Penn State students currently studying abroad.
How to Apply
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page.
You must complete the following materials in your application:
Education Abroad Questionnaire
One academic recommendation
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
Studying Abroad with a Disability
Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks final day of classes/exams. Confirm dates with the University of New South Wales before purchasing airline tickets.
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. Arrival date may vary depending on when selected housing becomes available. End date marks departure from program housing. Confirm dates with the University of New South Wales before purchasing airline tickets.
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.