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Fact Sheet:
Education Abroad Adviser:
Erica Nikolaisen
Minimum GPA:
3
Class Standing:
3 - Junior
Grad/Undergrad:
Undergraduate
Language of Instruction:
English
Language Requirement:
0 semesters
Internship Available:
Yes
Fields of Study:
Accounting, Aerospace Engineering, Agricultural Sciences, Animal Science, Anthropology, Arabic, Architecture, Art History, Asian Studies, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Business, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Chinese, Civil Engineering, Classics, Communications, Computer Science, Criminology, Data Sciences, Earth and Mineral Sciences, Economics, Education, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, English, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, Finance, Food Science, French, Geography, Geosciences, German, Global Studies, Graphic Design, Health and Human Development, Health Policy and Administration, History, Information Systems, International Business, Internship, Italian, Japanese, Jewish Studies, Journalism, Kinesiology, Korean, Labor and Employment Relations, Linguistics, Literature, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Mechanics, Media Studies, Molecular Biology, Music, Nursing, Nutritional Sciences, Philosophy, Physics, Plant Science, Political Science, Premedicine, Psychology, Public Relations, Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management, Religious Studies, Science, Sociology, Spanish, Statistics, Sustainability, 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
  • 3.0 cumulative GPA or better at the time of application
  • Junior standing or above at the start of the program 

Program Description 

Take advantage of your chance to live and learn in one of the most beautiful and livable cities in the world—Sydney! Enjoy Sydney’s comfortable climate (warm summers and mild winters), world-renowned beaches (think: Bondi, Manly, and Coogee), and iconic spots around the city (the Rocks, Harbour Bridge, and the Royal Botanical Gardens).

On this program, you will directly enroll in the prestigious University of Sydney with access to a vast array of course offerings across hundreds of disciplines. You can also enroll in an internship, which includes time spent working at your placement in addition to an academic seminar that helps you contextualize what you're learning.

Sydney will be your classroom. Enjoy the city’s robust music scene with a performance at the world-renowned Sydney Opera House. Visit one of the many museums, such as the Museum of Contemporary Art or the Art Gallery of New South Wales to see some of the country’s great works of art. Soak in the beauty of Sydney’s landscape by walking the path from Coogee to Bondi Beach—or, better yet, climb to the top of the  Harbour Bridge. Field trips to iconic destinations like the Blue Mountains, Royal National Park, and the Great Barrier Reef round our your study abroad experience.

Dates

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

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

Location

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. UNSW Sydney offers students the best of both worlds — world-class beaches and stunning parklands within a vibrant, cosmopolitan harbour-side city. Ideally positioned as the gateway to the Asia Pacific, Sydney is home to more global firms than any other Australian city, fostering an energetic business community and numerous opportunities for students’ academic and professional development.

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, Aerospace Engineering, Agricultural Sciences, Animal Science, Anthropology, Arabic, Architecture, Art History, Asian Studies, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Business, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Chinese, Civil Engineering, Classics, Communications, Computer Science, Criminology, Data Sciences, Earth and Mineral Sciences, Economics, Education, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, English, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, Finance, Food Science, French, Geography, Geosciences, German, Global Studies, Graphic Design, Health and Human Development, Health Policy and Administration, History, Information Systems, International Business, Internship, Italian, Japanese, Jewish Studies, Journalism, Kinesiology, Korean, Labor and Employment Relations, Linguistics, Literature, Management, Marketing, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Mechanics, Media Studies, Molecular Biology, Music, Nursing, Nutritional Sciences, Philosophy, Physics, Plant Science, Political Science, Premedicine, Psychology, Public Relations, Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management, Religious Studies, Science, Sociology, Spanish, Statistics, Sustainability, Theatre, Visual Arts, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Course Listings

To find courses at the University of Sydney, follow the instructions on the host program page under Academics.

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 Sydney 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

Internships

Interning while you study in Sydney gives you rewarding job experience with a wealth of long-lasting career benefits. You will:
  • Gain a better understanding of the real-life everyday culture of your host country
  • Add global work experience and skills to your résumé or your application for graduate school
  • Improve your confidence
You complete a total of 120 hours at your internship placement. As part of the internship, the University of Sydney offers an extensive professional development program, tailored to assisting you with cross-cultural understanding and skills in selling your experiences to future employers.

In addition to time at your internship placement, you maintain a reflective journal and submit a final report. You earn 6 UOC (4 credits) for an internship, and typically enroll in three classes in addition to the internship. For more information, visit the University of Sydney's Internships website.

Once you indicate your interest in an internship, the University staff will work with you to find the ideal internship placement that fulfills your academic and career goals. Students have been placed in a wide variety of organizations and businesses. If the University of Sydney doesn't currently have connections in your field of placement, the staff will search for a placement that's right for you.

Past students have interned in the following fields. Don't see your field here? Just talk to your IES Adviser.
  • Communications
  • Design
  • Electrical & Mechanical Engineering
  • Event Management
  • Film & TV Production
  • Graphic Design
  • Marketing
  • Media

Academic Policies

  • You must enroll in a minimum number of 16 credits (24 Units of Credit) and a maximum number of 20 credits (30 Units of Credit)
  • 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 Units of Credit (UoC)  4 Credits
 

Instructions and Terminology

Australia Term United States Term
Faculty School or College
Course Degree
Unit of Study Course
Unit Outline Syllabus
Semester 2 Fall Semester
Semester 2 Spring Semester
 

Housing and Meals

Housing

Housing is guaranteed and included in the program. You live at the Sydney University Village apartments. Choose a single room, either within a five-bedroom apartment (with full kitchen facilities) or in a studio apartment with an en-suite bathroom and your own refrigerator. Studios are all grouped together in the same hallway and share a large kitchen. You'll have plenty of opportunities to meet other students. The apartments and studios are contained within the grounds of “The Village”—a tight-knit student community, housing primarily international students. Please note that five-bedroom apartments are typically mixed gender. Meals are not included.The apartments are well-connected to Sydney’s safe, clean, and frequent public transport network, and only a short walk to University facilities. Here, you have the opportunity to live right in the heart of the vibrant and youthful Newtown district, known for its bustling restaurant and café culture, shopping, and nightlife. For more information, visit the Sydney University Village Apartments website.

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

Meals

Meals are not included in the program and will be organized 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

*Students choosing to study for an Academic Year on an IES program will receive a tuition reduction on their spring semester bill. 

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 02/22/2018 07/01/2018
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/01/2018
03/14/2018 TBA TBA
Fall 2018 03/01/2018
03/14/2018 07/19/2018 11/25/2018
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.
Spring 2019 09/15/2018
**
Rolling Admission 02/14/2019 06/23/2019
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