Sitting along the stunning Illawarra cliffline, the University of Wollongong presents students with a once-in-a-lifetime chance to soak up some of Australia’s finest beaches, engage with locals in a moderately-sized city, and still spend a considerable amount of time exploring bustling Sydney. Ranked in the top 100 universities in the world for geography and materials science studies, the university offers a range of classes to fit all fields of study. Additionally, students majoring in business are eligible to take an internship for academic credit as part of their semester abroad.

Snapshot

Semester Program

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February - June
July - November

17,000 Students

2.7 GPA to apply

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Smaller City
Traditional Campus

On-Campus University Housing
Off-Campus University Housing

Overview

Select from the University of Wollongong’s comprehensive academic program and enjoy the beautiful bush campus

Experience living in the university’s student accommodation with local students

Live in Wollongong, within proximity to Sydney but with a more intimate, laid back lifestyle by the beach

Explore the Great Barrier Reef and tropical far north Australia during your comprehensive six-day Orientation Program, with a week of adventure and learning

Experience an alternative Spring Break with our optional Thailand excursion

Appreciate access to TEAN’s Sydney / Wollongong Resident Director and other in-country staff for continued support throughout the semester

Program Details

Orientation

TEAN’s exclusive “Welcome Abroad” Orientation Program takes place in Cairns in the north of Australia famous for its tropical setting and access to the Great Barrier Reef – what better way to start the semester than a week full of adventure, including scuba diving and snorkeling on the largest coral reef system in the world? Your Australia Orientation is designed to set you up for a successful semester by introducing you to the local culture and academics while also getting to know your soon to be friends and having an exciting journey in the process. On the final day of Orientation, students travel to their host city where they are met by their local TEAN Resident Director and introduced to their housing and local area.

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Housing

Students live in University of Wollongong housing with local and other international students. A range of accommodation options are available, including on and off-campus, catered and self-catered. All off-campus housing is accessible from campus via a free shuttle bus.


TEAN Staff

Throughout your semester you will meet with the Sydney/Wollongong Resident Director for informal discussions and excursions. Our staff is readily available and able to assist you with any academic, social, or cultural questions or issues that you may face during your time abroad.

Academics

About the University of Wollongong

  • With its origins dating back to 1951, the University of Wollongong was awarded university status in 1975 and now boasts a student population of 31,000 from more than  140 countries.
  • The University is located approximately three miles northwest of the city center, in the foothills of Mount Keira and is accessible by a free shuttle bus from all areas of the city.
  • Ranked in the top 250 universities in the world – that’s the top 2% of all universities – according to the QS World University Rankings, and 17th in the world of universities under 50 years old.
  • Ranked in the top 100 universities in the world for geography and materials science studies, top 150 for Engineering (Civil and Structural), Chemistry, Accounting and Finance, Business and Management Studies and Education, and its business school is AACSB accredited.
  • The 83-hectare campus combines a tranquil bushland setting with modern, state-of-the art facilities and infrastructure that create the perfect learning environment. The campus is a sanctuary for native wildlife, its parklike environment encourages students to enjoy the surrounding beaches, rainforests and mountains. The university’s casual, laidback atmosphere reflects a relaxed and friendly setting while its live music venues, numerous cafés, market days and parklands create a lively interactive student scene.
  • Study abroad students with a major in Business are eligible to take a Business internship for academic credit as part of their semester abroad.

Courses

Academic Departments and Schools at the University of Wollongong are divided into five academic divisions: Business; Science, medicine and Health; Engineering and Information Sciences; Social Sciences and Law, Humanities and the Arts.

Courses are available in the below disciplines. You can also refer to the Wollongong online course catalog for a listing of all courses. Students enroll in 3 – 4 courses per semester (between 18 and 24 UoW credits), which usually transfers as 12 – 16 U.S. semester credits.

Discipline
Subject Area
Business
  • Accounting
  • Advertising
  • Asian Business Studies
  • Business Administration/Management
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Hospitality
  • Human Resources Management
  • International Business
  • Logistics Management
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Tourism
Communications & Media
  • Communication Studies
  • Creative Writing / Professional Writing
  • Film / TV Studies (Theory)
  • Journalism (Broadcast)
  • Journalism (General)
  • Journalism (Print)
  • Mass Communication
  • Media Studies
  • Media/Multimedia
  • New Media
  • Public Relations
Education
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Education
  • Music Education
  • Teaching English as a Second Language
Engineering
  • Construction Engineering
  • Engineering, Chemical
  • Engineering, Civil
  • Engineering, Computer Engineering
  • Engineering, Electrical
  • Engineering, Environmental
  • Engineering, Materials Science
  • Engineering, Mechanical
  • Engineering, Metallurgical
  • Engineering, Robotics and Mechatronics
  • Engineering, Nano
Environment
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Science
  • Marine Biology
  • Natural Resources Management
Health
  • Dietetics
  • Family Studies (Health)
  • Health Administration
  • Health Science (General)
  • Kinesiology / Exercise Science / Athletic Training / Human Movement
  • Nursing
  • Nutrition
  • Public Health
  • Rehabilitation Services
Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Criminology/Criminal Justice
  • Development Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Geography
  • History
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Policy
  • Sociology
International Studies
  • Aboriginal Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • Australian Studies
  • Chinese Language / Studies
  • French Language / Studies
  • International Relations
  • Italian Language / Studies
  • Japanese Language / Studies
  • Pacific Languages / Studies
  • Southeast Asian Studies
  • Spanish Language / Studies
Science
  • Anatomy
  • Astronomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Science
  • Biotechnology
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Epidemiology
  • Genetics
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Information Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Oceanography
  • Physics
  • Statistics
Visual and Performing Arts, & Design
  • Art
  • Drawing
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Industrial Design
  • Instrumental Performance
  • Music
  • Music Theory
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Theatre
  • Theatre Performance
  • Theatre Production
  • Theatre Studies
  • Vocal Performance
  • Web Design

Eligibility

ELIGIBILITY

  • 2.7 GPA. 
  • Sophomore standing at a four-year degree-granting institution at the time of enrollment.
  • Students attending a two-year institution may be considered on a case by case basis.

Events & Excursions

Activities / Immersion

Our local staff arrange various activities during the semester designed to help immerse you in the local culture. These activities are included in your semester program. In addition, if you have a specific interest or hobby, your Wollongong TEAN Resident Director will be able to point you in the right direction. Below are examples of previous activities arranged for students. Note that activities change each semester.

In addition to the TEAN-organized events, to make sure you don’t miss out on any opportunities, our local staff send out frequent emails letting you know what is happening in Wollongong. Ranging from community events to music festivals, we tap you into the local culture right from the start.

Sydney Opera House Performance

While tourists stand around outside taking photos, the locals are inside the Opera House seeing some of the best theatre, opera, dance or musical performances in the world. We join the locals at one of the many performance spaces inside the Sydney Opera House to experience the wonderful arts scene of Australia.

LEARN TO SURF

Australians love the beach – being an island nation with beautiful coastlines and 85% of the population living within an hour of a beach, it’s not surprising. Surfing is the favorite pastime of Aussie beachgoers so we introduce you to this sport early on in the semester with a lesson to get you started riding the waves.


Optional Excursions

During the semester, you’ll be busy with class and exploring your local area on the weekends. With this in mind, TEAN encourages students to get to know Australia better or travel to even more exotic destinations with pre- and mid-semester excursions organized during school breaks.

South Island, New Zealand

New Zealand’s South Island offers some of the most magnificent natural environments this planet has to offer and is home to some of the world’s most extreme adventure sports! From the Southern Hemisphere’s highest (and original) bungee jump, to jet boating through ravines, whitewater rafting raging rapids and hiking glaciers, you won’t be bored or disappointed! This excursion is usually offered as a mid-semester break excursion.

Thailand

Take advantage of Australia’s ideal location in the South Pacific and explore exotic Asian destinations. With TEAN’s exclusive nine-day excursion to Thailand, you’ll find yourself bathing elephants in a river, learning to cook Thai food, visiting exotic temples and spending the evening with hilltribe villagers. With the culture of the north and the beaches of the south, this excursion, usually offered during mid-semester break, is not to be missed.

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Melbourne, Australia

Don’t miss your chance to explore the hidden gems of Melbourne. On our weekend trip to this uber cool city you’ll explore hidden alleys and be introduced to the sporting culture of Aussie Rules Football. Led by our local Resident Director, this is one place you absolutely must visit.

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Program Dates

Fall 2016

Date of Departure July 10
TEAN Orientation July 12 July 17
Housing Move-In  July 17
University Orientation  July 18
Classes Begin July 25
Semester Break  Sept 26 Oct 3
Classes End  Oct 28
Study Period  Oct 31 Nov 4
Exam Period  Nov 5 Nov 17
Program Ends  Nov 18

Spring 2016

Option 1:
Date of Departure Feb 8
TEAN Orientation Feb 10 Feb 14
Optional Pre-Semester Excursion Feb 14 Feb 21
Option 2:
Date of Departure Feb 15
TEAN Orientation Feb 17 Feb 21
Optional Pre-Semester Excursion Not available
All Students:
Housing Move-In Feb 21
University Orientation Feb 23 Feb 25
Classes Begin Feb 29
Semester Break Apr 25 Apr 29
Classes End Jun 3
Study Period Jun 6 Jun 10
Exam Period Jun 11 Jun 23
Program Ends Jun 24

Fees & Inclusions

Fall 2016

 

  • Tuition and services: $13,220
  • Housing (off campus): $3,310 – $4,260

What’s Included

  • Full tuition
  • Guaranteed, pre-arranged, University of Wollongong on or off-campus housing
  • Overseas health insurance, plus evacuation and repatriation insurance
  • Services of local Resident Directors
  • Five-day Orientation Program with some meals, excursions, accommodations and transportation
  • Cultural events scheduled throughout the semester
  • Wireless internet access in all housing
  • Access to pre-arranged and affordable cell phone packages
  • Access to unique and exciting optional pre-semester and Spring Break trips, which may include New Zealand, the Great Barrier Reef, Thailand and other places
  • Access to competitive airfares and pre-arranged group flights
  • Extensive pre-departure counseling and information packets
  • University and course selection advice
  • Official academic transcripts from host institution
  • Credit approval and transfer assistance
  • Help with student visa preparation
  • Financial aid transfer planning
  • Airport pickup and reception in Sydney, and transportation to Wollongong after the TEAN orientation
  • Arrival Welcome packet containing important local contact details and information
  • Wollongong Farewell Dinner at conclusion of program
  • Host university orientation

What’s Not Included

  • International airfare ($1,800)
  • Domestic airfare in US ($500)
  • Student visa ($525)
  • Books ($365)
  • Meals during the semester ($2,000)
  • Airport transfer at the end of the semester ($50)

*Numbers are estimated based on previous student experience and budget. Actual amounts will vary depending on student.

Scholarships

TEAN Scholarships

In addition to the current financial aid you receive, you may want to consider one of our many scholarships. Each year we award thousands of scholarship dollars to qualified program participants. Refer to our Scholarships information for details.

We Love Wollongong

Caroline Tell

Caroline Tell

Resident Director - Sydney

Wollongong Tip
On-Campus Entertainment

Every Wednesday around noon there is a live performer in the middle of an open field at the university.  The people who play are amazing and it’s a great way to enjoy the environment and relax in between classes.

John Yocum

John Yocum

Manager of Enrollment

Wollongong Tip
Mount Kiera Hike

Make time to climb Mount Kiera. It’s a short walk from the university then an exhausting hike up – but it’s definitely worth it for the phenomenal view over the entire city. Try going for sunrise or sunset for an even more magical experience.

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