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Fact Sheet:
Education Abroad Adviser:
Erica Nikolaisen
Minimum GPA:
2.75
Class Standing:
3 - Junior
Grad/Undergrad:
Undergraduate
Language of Instruction:
English
Language Requirement:
0 semesters
Internship Available:
No
Fields of Study:
Accounting, Advertising, Art History, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Business, Chemistry, Chinese, Civil Engineering, Classics, Communications, Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Earth and Mineral Sciences, Economics, Education, Engineering, English, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, Finance, French, Geography, Geosciences, Global Studies, Graphic Design, History, Information Sciences and Technology, Information Systems, International Business, Italian, Japanese, Journalism, Kinesiology, Labor and Employment Relations, Linguistics, Literature, Management, Marketing, Materials Science, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Media Studies, Music, Nursing, Nutritional Sciences, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Premedicine, Psychology, Public Relations, Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management, Science, Sociology, Statistics, Supply Chain, Theatre, Visual Arts, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Program Description:

Overview

Eligibility

  • 18 years of age or above
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing at Penn State
  • 2.75 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application
  • Junior standing or above at the start of the program 

Program Description 

Rated among the top 2% of universities worldwide, University of Wollongong welcomes international students from more than 140 countries. Its impressive curriculum runs from humanities and creative arts to IT and business. Students choose from courses in arts, commerce, creative arts, education, engineering, health and behavioral sciences, informatics, law, and science, and are encouraged to enroll in at least one course focusing on Australian content or lending Australian perspective to their area of interest. 

Dates

Academic Year: late July - early July
Fall: late July - mid November
Spring: late February - early July

Refer to the program website for the specific dates, if available. 

Location

Home to one of the world’s best modern universities, Wollongong is the perfect place to be a student. A vibrant, multicultural city, situated on one of Australia’s most picturesque coastlines, it’s an easy place to study and live.

As Australia’s tenth largest city, its nearly 300, 000 residents get the best of urban living and coastal relaxation just 50 miles from Sydney, or an hour and a half by train. Perfectly situated on the south coast of New South Wales at the foot of the Illawarra Escarpment, the city enjoys a pleasant climate, averaging 77°F in summer and 63°F in winter. 

An adventurer and nature lovers dream, the Illawarra region has some of the most pristine beaches in Australia and a network of mountain walking trails that lead to waterfalls, wildlife and dazzling lookout points. Keeping healthy has rarely looked so good – with running tracks by the sea, bike trails through the mountains and clean Pacific waters to swim in. 

The city center has a vibrant, youthful culture with a growing live music and arts scene, bustling nightlife and a wide range of cafes and restaurants to cater to every palate. Getting around is simple with a reliable transport network of trains, buses and taxis as well as dedicated bike paths. Multiple free shuttle buses also offer routes to and from each university campus and across the city. 

Education Abroad in Countries with a Penn State Restricted Travel Designation

In order to comply with Penn State’s International Travel Policy, students interested in studying abroad in countries that Penn State has designated as “restricted” for travel, a petition for a waiver must be submitted. Once a petition is complete, and if the student is approved for study on the program in question, the student may be asked to meet with the Director of Education Abroad and the petition will be reviewed by the Penn State International Restricted Travel Committee (IRTC). The necessary petition will be included in the online application process for this program. To see if your program is taking place in a restricted travel country, please visit the Global Programs website.

Academics

Available Fields of Study

Accounting, Advertising, Art History, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Business, Chemistry, Chinese, Civil Engineering, Classics, Communications, Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Earth and Mineral Sciences, Economics, Education, Engineering, English, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, Finance, French, Geography, Geosciences, Global Studies, Graphic Design, History, Information Sciences and Technology, Information Systems, International Business, Italian, Japanese, Journalism, Kinesiology, Labor and Employment Relations, Linguistics, Literature, Management, Marketing, Materials Science, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Media Studies, Music, Nursing, Nutritional Sciences, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Premedicine, Psychology, Public Relations, Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management, Science, Sociology, Statistics, Supply Chain, Theatre, Visual Arts, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Course Listings

To find courses at the University of Wollongong, follow the instructions on the CIEE University of Wollongong Academics website.

To see what Penn State students have previously taken on this program, see the Historical Course List, which is meant to be a guide as to what courses might be available and how they might transfer to Penn State. Courses listed here may not be offered during the semester you attend the program and the credit amount or course title may have changed. 

Note: You are not limited to choosing classes on the program Historical Course List. You should consult the full list of courses on the University of Wollongong Course Handbook before choosing a program.

Course Selection

To find appropriate courses that will fit into your degree requirements, you will need to work with your academic adviser. Suggested tips:
  • Research courses available on your program
  • Meet with your academic adviser to discuss potential courses abroad and your degree requirements 
  • Keep in mind that courses abroad may change or may be unavailable for your selected term, so you will need to discuss possible back-up course options
  • To register for courses on this program you will work with your host program

Academic Policies

  • You must enroll in a minimum number of 16 credits (24 Wollongong credits)
  • You cannot take any courses abroad on a Pass/Fail basis
  • World Campus courses should not be taken in addition to or as a substitute for courses offered abroad
  • You may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad
  • If you are studying abroad in your final semester at Penn State, please note that Penn State may not receive your grades in time for graduation 

Course Equivalency Process

In order for courses from abroad to appear on your Penn State transcript, each course must be given a course equivalency. Please visit the Academics section of the Global Programs website for information on the course equivalency process.  

Courses can be submitted for course equivalency before, during, or after the education abroad program, however, you should begin this process as soon as possible as it can take on average 2-4 months or more for courses to receive a Penn State course number. In some cases, it can be difficult to obtain syllabi from abroad before the start of the term, but when possible, courses can be submitted for review before departure. Talk to your Education Abroad Adviser about requesting syllabi.

Grade and Credit Conversion Scale

Grades and credit conversions from your host institution cannot be changed. They will be converted to Penn State credits and grades based on the following scales:
 
Grade Conversion Scale
Host Institution Grade Penn State Grade
 A A
 A- A-
 B+ B+
 B B
 B B-
 C+ C+
 C C
 D D
 F F
 
Credit Conversion Scale
Host Institution Credit Penn State Credit
 6 Credit Points  4 Credits
 

Instructions and Terminology 

Australian Term United States Term
Faculty School or College
Degree Degree
Subject Course
Subject Outline Syllabus
Autumn Session Spring Semester
Spring Session Fall Semester
 

Housing and Meals

Housing

Housing is guaranteed and included in the program. Students will have the option of living at the University of Wollongong Campus East or Kooloobong Village.

Campus East
Campus East is located on the Innovation Campus in North Wollongong, a 10 minute drive north of the main University of Wollongong campus. The FREE ‘Gong shuttle bus stop is only minutes away and makes getting around Wollongong easy. The Residence setting is comfortably spread across large grounds including a number of playing fields. Conveniently, Campus East is only a 5 minute walk to Fairy Meadow swim and surf beach, as well as local shopping, and eating outlets. The FREE ‘Gong shuttle bus makes getting to class on the main campus easy.  CIEE students can choose self-catered units which have up to five bedrooms in each unit. All self-catered units have shared bathroom and cooking facilities. Students here can also access the Campus East dining room where they can purchase meals, snacks and other convenience items. View Campus East on Google Maps.

Kooloobong Village
From 2018, the vibrant hub that is Kooloobong Village will have a further 800 beds available to students bringing the entire population to over 1200. Set amidst a bushland setting on the edge of Mount Keira, students will be able to access a range of modern facilities such as indoor and outdoor cinemas, BBQ facilities, music rooms, movement space, gamers lounge, activities room and meditation/yoga prayer spaces in addition to study lounges and communal areas. These will complement the existing facilities such as an outdoor pavilion with barbecue facilities, a sound-proof music room, basketball court, games room, seminar rooms and various other communal spaces.  CIEE students have the opportunity to apply to live in self-catered units consisting of four single bedrooms.  All units have shared bathroom, kitchen and living facilities.  There is an IGA supermarket on campus, along with plenty of great coffee shops, swimming pool and sporting facilities all within walking distance.   Kooloobong Village is recognised as the world's first positive residence and is based entirely on the scientific principles of positive psychology, positive organisational scholarship and education. View Kooloobong Village on Google Maps.

Independent housing is not permitted on this program. There will be no exceptions. 

Meals

Whether or not meals are included will depend on the housing option chosen by the student. 
 

Costs and Funding

Program Costs

Fall Costs 
Spring Costs

The cost of a program is based on Penn State tuition rates and partner institution fees. Due to the variety of locations and partner institutions, costs will vary depending on the program. Education Abroad works closely with our partners to ensure the most accurate cost estimates, however, fees can change quickly and without prior notice. Consult the cost sheets for your chosen program often and if you have any questions please contact your Education Abroad Adviser

Scholarships 

The Education Abroad Office awards a number of grants and scholarships to students who participate in an education abroad program through Global Programs. The application for the scholarships awarded through the Education Abroad Office is included with your program application. Eligibility is based on academic merit and/or financial need. You must have a current FAFSA on file to be awarded. There are additional scholarship opportunities through our partner universities, Penn State Academic Departments, and other sources. To view a full list of scholarships, eligibility requirements, and deadlines visit Funding Study Abroad.

 

Student Aid

Penn State students who plan to study on a Penn State approved program can use most forms of financial aid towards the cost of the program. Exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships. If you have specific questions regarding your aid awards, contact the Penn State Office of Student Aid

Withdrawal & Refund Policy 

Withdrawal and refund details are dependent on the timing and reason for your withdrawal from a Penn State Education Abroad Program. For specific details and steps on how to withdraw, read the Education Abroad Policies

After Commitment

Once a student has committed to a Penn State Education Abroad program, they are financially responsible for any fees incurred on their behalf. Therefore, if a student plans to withdraw from a program it is their responsibility to immediately notify the Education Abroad office, in writing; email is preferred. 

Regardless of the timing or reason for the withdrawal, the student will be responsible for paying the Education Abroad Administrative Fees. Additional fees from the partner institution will be assessed according to their withdrawal and refund policies at the date of the withdrawal notice.

After the Start of the Program 

If a student withdraws after the start of a program, any adjustment of Penn State tuition charges will be made according to the Tuition Adjustment Schedule as determined by the Office of the Bursar. Students may be responsible for up to 100% of program costs. In most cases, partial credit cannot be awarded for leaving a program before its successful completion.

For additional information on withdrawal policies, separate and apart from financial consequences, please consult the University Senate Policy on Withdrawal and Leave of Absence.
 

Life Abroad

General Information 

Studying abroad can be one of the most exciting and transformative experiences of your college career. It is an opportunity to develop independence, build cross-cultural competencies, grow as a person, and enhance your academic program. Entering a new culture can be challenging for everyone. You may ask yourself: is this the right country for me? What are their cultural norms? How will my identity be perceived there? What can I do to prepare for this experience? What will my daily life be like? Below are resources to help you answer these questions.

Accessibility 

Penn State Education Abroad works closely with campus resources and our partner institutions around the world to ensure that students of all abilities reach their goal of studying abroad. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged on an individual basis. If you have accommodation needs or further questions please consult with the Student Disability Resources office and your Education Abroad Adviser. Additional resources are available through the Global Program Website. Disability information will not be used during the admissions process, but rather is meant to provide students with resources to help in planning a successful experience abroad.

Gender and LGBTQA

There are dramatic and subtle differences in how gender, identity, sexual expression, and sexual health are perceived in different countries. Before going abroad, it is important that you research the specific country or countries you will be visiting and have a full understanding of their cultural norms. Below are some resources to help you with that research and provide guidance for your life abroad.

Race, Ethnicity, and Faith

When choosing a study abroad location and preparing for your travels, you will want to be mindful of how your experience will be different than what you are used to in the United States. Your racial, ethnic, and spiritual identities may be interacted with and labeled by others differently than what you expect. Here are resources to help you prepare for these differences.

Non-U.S. Citizens

It is possible for non-U.S. Citizens to study abroad through Penn State. To do so successfully, you must plan early because this process may involve obtaining visas and other governmental procedures. Check with your DISSA Adviser prior to committing to a study abroad program and speak with your Education Abroad Adviser for specific information on the host country. If you plan on traveling to other countries during your study abroad experience, you will need to research and make plans to adhere to immigration policies for all of the countries that you plan to travel to and through. You are responsible for applying for visas for all applicable countries on your own. Advisers in the Education Abroad office cannot apply for your visa for you. Additional information may be available through your country's embassy and the consulate for your study abroad country.
 

Next Steps

Steps to Study Abroad

The planning stages outlined on the Global Programs website will help you have the best study abroad experience possible. We recommend that you begin this process at least one year prior to the semester you plan on studying abroad. Visit the Steps to Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website. 

How to Apply

Click the “Apply Now” button on this page to get started!

Application procedures can vary by program. Students should consult the application instructions available within each application. For more information, see the Application Process section of the Global Penn State website. 

Deadlines

You must apply to this program by the Penn State deadline. For a list of deadlines visit the Application Process page of the Global Programs website.

Contact Education Abroad 

If you have general questions about Education Abroad opportunities at Penn State, please email EducationAbroad@psu.edu.

Peer Advisers

Education Abroad Peer Advisers are Penn State study abroad returnees who advise students on education abroad opportunities at Penn State. Each Peer Adviser can explain program options, give an overview of the study abroad process, as well as provide information about their experience abroad. Peer Advisers have walk-in hours in Boucke Building during the fall and spring semester when classes are in session. For more information, visit the Education Abroad Peer Adviser website. 

Education Abroad Advisers 

Education Abroad Advisers can provide information about courses, support services, application processes, housing details, program costs, cultural expectations, pre-departure requirements, and much more. Education Abroad Advisers have two types of meetings - scheduled appointments and walk-ins. For more information about how to meet with an Education Abroad Adviser, please visit the Global Penn State website

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 09/15/2017
**
Rolling Admission 02/18/2018 06/25/2018
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/01/2018
03/14/2018 TBA TBA
Fall 2018 03/01/2018
03/14/2018 07/15/2018 11/17/2018
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.
Spring 2019 09/15/2018
**
Rolling Admission 02/24/2019 07/01/2019
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.
Fall 2019 03/01/2019 03/13/2019 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2019-2020 03/01/2019 03/13/2019 TBA TBA

** 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.

Indicates that deadline has passed