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CIEE: Wollongong, University of Wollongong, Arts and Sciences
Wollongong, Australia (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Host Program Website: Visit host website for more information
Program Dates &
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Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Fact Sheet:
Apartment, Dormitory
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
3 - Junior
Courses Offered:
Accounting, Art, Asian Studies, Biology, Business, Business/Management/Finance, Chemistry, Communications, Computer Science, Computer Science Engineering, Creative Writing, Culture, Ecology, Economics, Education, Engineering, English, Environmental Studies, Gender Studies, Geography, Geology, Graphic Design, Health Sciences, History, Hospitality Studies, International Relations, Journalism, Language, Law, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Media, Nursing, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Politics, Psychology, Public Health, Sciences, Sociology, Statistics, Theatre, Tourism
Type of Program:
Study Center
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
0 - none
Education Abroad Adviser:
Whitney Longnecker
Internship Available:
Non-Penn State Students:
Global Programs Scholarships:
Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid
Program Description:
A hammock tied to palm trees at the beach

Program Overview     

Kangaroo and sunsetStudy abroad in the relaxed beach city of Wollongong. Wollongong is a good choice for students who want a smaller, Australian city located just 60 minutes from the vibrant, fast-paced, city-life of Sydney. The campus is friendly, features a wide variety of course offerings and is located near to the beaches. This program incorporates a three-day South Coast trip that gets you close to native wildlife and nature including kangaroos, wallabies, dolphins and whales. To learn more about the student experience, read the CIEE University of Wollongong Blog.

Wollongong is situated along the coast with dramatic hills providing a stunning backdrop. The city is cosmopolitan, with lively nightlife and well-developed cultural venues, including theaters, cinemas, art galleries, and multicultural restaurants. A regular and efficient train service runs between the University and Sydney.

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Education Abroad Credits

Beaches of AustraliaYou 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 fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.

This institution offers a large selection of courses, with strengths in liberal arts, business, health and behavioral sciences, education, engineering, and sciences. Information about the range of units (classes) for this program can be found at the CIEE website and at the University of Wollongong course handbook under "Subject Descriptions." 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.You must take at least the equivalent of 15 Penn State credits, per CIEE requirements. 

There are a few themed areas of study at the University of Wollongong available for study abroad students including health policy, nursing, chemistry, biology and others, that premed and nursing students can take to fulfill major requirements. 

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
Australian Term
United States Term
School or College
Subject, Unit or Paper
Course outline
Semester 1
Spring semester
Semester 2
Fall semester

To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the CIEE Wollongong 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 University Office of Global Programs is committed to making its websites accessible to all users. As such we are currently developing a new course equivalency database which will launch in Academic Year 2014-2015. In the meantime if you require an accessible version of the course equivalency information provided for this program please contact


Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.

Housing and Meals

Your housing will be arranged by CIEE. You will live in one of two residential colleges: International House or Weerona College. The colleges are fully catered (19 meals per week) and conveniently located 20 minutes walk from campus. A free shuttle bus to and from the campus is also provided. 

Program 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

New Friends on CliffPenn 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 the Funding Study Abroad section 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 GeoBlogs 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
  •  Signature Documents

Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2014-2015 01/20/2014
03/15/2014 TBA TBA
Fall 2014 01/20/2014
03/15/2014 07/21/2014 11/20/2014
Spring 2015 09/15/2014
09/30/2014 02/22/2015 06/26/2015
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing. Dates are tentative. Please consult CIEE information for confirmed dates.
Fall 2015 03/01/2015
03/17/2015 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2015-2016 03/01/2015
03/17/2015 TBA TBA
Spring 2016 05/01/2015 06/30/2015 TBA TBA

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