This institution offers a large selection of courses, with strengths in agriculture, engineering, classics, English, Asian studies, archaeology, history, economics, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental science, and marine studies. To find more information about specific courses, use the on-site course catalog or view the courses from the IES website. Additional program information is available on the IES University of Sydney website.
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 will take 16-19 credits on this program (per IES requirements); this will be roughly a full-time load at the host institution. An internship option for credit is also available.
Education Abroad Credits
You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your PennState cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas of a Pass/Fail basis. Students must register for a minimum of 16 credits per semester. Students can enroll for a maximum of 19 credits.
To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the IES Sydney 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.Students may not fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Budget Sheets listed above. 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. View estimated cost of living expenses in Sydney.Please note that tuition rates above may vary depending on major and class standing.
*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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, including the Whole World Scholarship. 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 see Funding Study Abroad.
Housing and Meals You will be housed at the Sydney University Village Apartments. You will be responsible for providing your own meals.
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 at the top of this page. You must complete the following materials in your application:
Education Abroad Questionnaire
IES Course Enrollment Form
1 academic recommendation
Students interested in this program must meet the 3.0 minimum GPA requirement to apply. There will be no exceptions as this is a strict requirement by IES: University of Sydney.
Please note that you will also be instructed to complete an application with IES as a part of your Penn State application. Applications open approximately one year before the program term begins.
To learn more about the specifics of this 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.
For more information about this program and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with 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. Students at University Park can also contact their International Coordinator within their college. If you're not at University Park, students can contact their Campus Global Representative.
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
Dates / Deadlines:
NOTE: NOTE: Please note: The dates listed above are not the actual dates of the program. At a later date your program dates will be provided to you. Should you have any questions, please follow up with your Education Abroad advisor.
** 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.
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