Get a jump start on your career in hospitality by studying abroad and working in the industry from February through August in Sydney, Australia. Known for arming students with practical knowledge of the hospitality industry, the International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS) also helps students secure hands-on paid internships at internationally-respected hotels, such as Four Seasons, Hilton, Sheraton and more. During the spring semester students take hospitality-related courses in addition to their part-time internship then transition into interning full-time during the summer…all while experiencing the best of Australia’s beachside living!


Study at Australia’s leading hospitality school’s multicultural campus during the spring semester plus participate in a part-time (10-12 hours/week) paid hospitality internship with an international hotel brand

During the summer, continue working in the paid internship placement full time (40+ hours/week)

Enjoy living in on- or off-campus (depending on the semester) in Manly right by the beach

Experience the famous laid back Australian lifestyle that makes the most of Manly’s magnificent beaches, ideal climate and easy access to the heart of Sydney by ferry across the harbor

Take advantage of ICMS’s comprehensive four-day Pre-semester Cultural Immersion Program at the iconic site of Uluru

Practice wearing business attire to class to prep for life as a professional in your field

Benefit from access to TEAN’s Sydney-based Resident Director and other in-country staff for continued support throughout the program

Program Details

ICMS Cultural Immersion Program

The four-day International Cultural Immersion Program welcomes students to their new life in Australia helping them adjust to academic and cultural differences, introducing them to other study abroad students and exposing them to an exciting area of Australia. Students discover one of the most beautiful parts of the country: tropical northern Queensland. Based out of Cairns, the journey includes spending a day snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef, learning about indigenous peoples and cultures, getting to know the country’s cutest marsupials with a wildlife park visit and more!

Please note that TEAN will cover the cost of the program however, flights to and from Cairns are not included in the program price and are the student’s responsibility.

TEAN Staff

Our team works with you start to finish through the study abroad process. Our programs staff will help guide you through the application process to go abroad, then upon arrival in Australia, you will meet our team who will provide assistance during your time in-country. Throughout your semester you will meet with the Sydney 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.

Meet the Team


During the spring semester, TEAN students live on campus at ICMS with more than 200 other students. Accommodation is dormitory-style (single, double, triple or quad) with all meals provided and offers easy access to Manly Beach and shopping district. ICMS also runs a free shuttle bus to the Manly town center. Rooms on campus are equipped with a desk, wardrobe, heating, personal phones and WiFi. All linen is provided and rooms are vacuumed once a week. Each floor has a kitchenette, common bathrooms, toilets and ironing facilities.

During the summer, students can choose to continue living on-campus or in ICMS housing in the suburb of Manly with easy ferry access to the city center and most internship locations. This modern housing is self-catered with full kitchen facilities. Bedrooms are twin or single rooms with shared bathrooms.


About ICMS

  • The International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS) is a leading business school focused in the areas of Event Management, Hospitality Management, International Tourism, Sport Management, Retail Marketing & Property Management.
  • ICMS is housed in a heritage listed building over 100 years old, overlooking Sydney’s famous Manly Beach, and only a 15 minute fast-ferry ride to the city.
  • Situated on 20 hectares of parkland, students can live on campus in a safe environment with on campus facilities including computer laboratories, library, cafe,bar and full working restaurant, tennis and basketball courts.
  • The campus is a five-minute walk to Manly Beach and shopping precinct with its cafes, restaurants and boutiques.
  • Strong focus on combining practical work with a strong theoretical foundation.
  • Over 1,500 students from over 40 countries. Sixty percent of students are from Australia, with the remainder from all over the world.
  • In order to better prepare students to enter the workforce after graduation, ICMS requires students to wear business attire while attending class and their internships.
  • Most Faculty members are still employed in the industry, providing real world, current case studies for students. Faculty members include hotel managers, property management experts and event management owners.


The ICMS campus overlooks Manly beach and is a short ferry ride from Sydney’s Central Business District. Visit the google map link below to see the campus location.

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Students enroll in 3 courses from the list below. In addition, students will enroll in IND201 Industry Training (this is the internship). Total, this equals 15 ICMS credits, which usually transfers as 12-15 U.S. semester credits.

EVT110 Introduction to the Event Industry
EVT120 Venue and Hospitality Ops
EVT200 Event Production and Design
EVT210 Legal Issues for Event Management
EVT300 Promotions and Sponsorship
EVT320 International Events
HOS100 Hospitality Operations I
HOS112 Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism Management
HOS120 Rooms Division Operations
HOS200 Hospitality Operations II
HOS210 Operational Management and Cost Control
HOS220 Rooms Division Management
HOS230 Gastronomy
HOS303 Global Trends in Hospitality and Tourism
HOS320 Hotel Management Simulations
HOS330 Global Wine Tourism
MGT202 Service Management and Innovation
MGT203 Applied Leadership
MGT211 Cross-Cultural Management
MGT230 Facilities Management
MGT330 Quality Management & Customer Service
TOU110 Destination Sales & Marketing


Hospitality Internship

During the spring semester, students will work in a paid hospitality role 10-12 hours/week. During the summer, students will continue working in the same placement for 40-60 hours/week. Students will be paid the minimum hourly rate in Australia, which is currently $19.49 AUD/hour.

Students will work in general entry-level positions including in guest services (front office/reception) and/or food and beverage departments of major international hotels in Sydney, such asFour Seasons, Sheraton, Sofitel, Hilton, Intercontinental Hotels and Resorts, and Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts.

Upon arrival in Australia, students will meet with ICMS staff to be introduced to their work placement. Prior to your on-site interview with your prospective employer, you will be coached by ICMS staff on what to expect and the Australian work environment.

Students are enrolled in IND201 Industry Training for which there is assessment. The industry training is designed to provide students with learning in the workplace that supports, illustrates and extends the theoretical and practical learning provided through the classroom environment. Students will experience the workplace, apply and broaden their professional and theoretical skills, and form a network of industry contacts.

Download Course Syllabus 

Prior to beginning your work placement, you will complete the Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) course run by ICMS. This two-day course is a compulsory requirement to work in the hospitality F&B service in Australia.



  • 2.5 GPA
  • Minimum sophomore standing at a four-year institution at the time of participation
  • Preference of one-year customer service experience
  • A screening call may be required by ICMS prior to final acceptance

TEAN Events

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 Sydney-based 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 Sydney. Ranging from community events to music festivals, we tap you into the local culture right from the start.

Rugby League Match

In Australia, each state has a sport that dominates. In New South Wales, rugby league is the dominant sport. We join the local crowds to see a game and your local TEAN staff provide an explanation of the rules.

Sydney Opera House Tour

Go beyond the typical tourist experience of simply taking a photo of the Sydney Opera House by going inside the famous structure for a behind-the-scenes tour. Our guide will show us the iconic opera house’s secrets as we discover places usually closed to the public and explore the impressive theater that hosts more than 1,600 performances a year.

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.

Program Dates

Application Deadlines

TEAN has a rolling admissions process. We recommend submitting your application anytime from June for Spring applications. Late applications may be considered. Contact TEAN if the application deadline has passed.

Spring Deadline Nov 1

Spring & summer 2020*

Date of Departure Feb 3
University Orientation Feb 6 Feb 9
Housing Move-In Feb 10
Classes Begin Feb 17
Semester Break N/A
Classes End TBD
Exam Period May 15
Internship Begins June 1
Internship Ends Aug 28
Program Ends Aug 29

*These dates are tentative and final program dates will be posted later this year.

Fees & Inclusions

Spring & summer 2020

  • Tuition and program fees: $13,350
  • Housing: $5,920 – $7,900 plus mandatory meal plan of $3,100.

What’s Included

  • Full tuition (4 courses) including internship course 
  • Guaranteed, pre-arranged housing
  • Overseas health insurance, plus evacuation and repatriation insurance
  • Services of local Resident Directors
  • Four-day Cultural Immersion Program with meals, excursions, accommodations and ground transportation (fall and spring only) 
  • Cultural events scheduled throughout the semester
  • Wireless internet access in housing
  • 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
  • Arrival Welcome packet containing important local contact details and information
  • Sydney Farewell Dinner at conclusion of program
  • Host university orientation

What’s Not Included

  • International airfare ($1,800)
  • Domestic airfare in U.S. ($500)
  • Working holiday visa ($450)
  • Books ($365)
  • Some meals
  • 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.


TEAN Scholarships

Receive money to study abroad starting at $1,000 by applying to TEAN scholarships. Each year we award thousands of dollars in need- and merit-based scholarships, diversity scholarships, a full ride scholarship and more. Visit our scholarships page for details!

We Love ICMS

Brynne Shannon

Program Manager

Sydney Tip
Bondi – Coogee Coastal Walk

It won’t take you long to discover the coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee – it has amazing views. It also has a really cool way of always changing and presenting something new. I’ve seen whales off the coast and I love when different weather rolls in and changes the surf. Sculpture by the Sea happens once a year, and places beautiful giant artworks along the walk and in the parks.


Where did you study abroad?
I studied abroad in Chiang Mai, Thailand, with TEAN. I wanted to go as far away as I could and experience something totally different than what I had grown up with. I had always been drawn to Asia, and after some research I decided that Thailand was the perfect place for me. I also lived in Lampang, Thailand upon graduating and I’ve traveled to Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Malaysia and Indonesia.

What inspired you to teach abroad?
I came back from my semester abroad feeling like my time in Thailand wasn’t finished. I knew I wanted to go back to Thailand after I graduated and the more I spoke to people who had taught English abroad the more I knew it was a good fit for me. I wanted to challenge myself and have an even more culturally immersive experience the second go around, and I also wanted to give something back to a country I fell in love with while studying abroad since it had given so much to me.

What makes Thailand a great place to study abroad?
Thailand is great because it forces students to step out of their comfort zone and learn more about the world and themselves as individuals. Not only are you experiencing a new culture, but you’re learning a new language, alphabet, cuisine, social norms, interactions, ways of life, etc. It seriously puts things into perspective. Thai people are some of the kindest and welcoming people you will ever meet – hands down. They make the experience so special and you can learn so much from them. Living in Thailand teaches you to slow down and enjoy what’s happening in the now and be thankful for what you have and who’s around you.

What should be on every student’s bucket list for a study abroad semester in Thailand?
A hike up to Wat Palad. This temple is on the way to the more famous Wat Doi Suthep, which sits on top of a mountain, but Wat Palad is tucked away in the forest surrounded by trees and a rushing waterfall during the rainy season. Students can hike up to the temple from their housing or hire a songteow to take them up the mountain. It is one of my favorite places in the world because of how quiet and serene it is. To me, it captures the essence of what Buddhism is all about. You can sit on the rocks and dip your toes in the waterfall while looking out at the spectacular view of the city that peeks out between the trees.

What is your favorite travel quote?
It’s not necessarily a travel quote, but one of my favorite Thai expressions I learned was “mai long, mai rue” which means “If you never try, you never know”. It inspired me to just say yes to everything and go for things even if I didn’t know what the outcome would be.

Laura Carroll

Resident Director - NSW

Sydney Tip
Night Noodle Markets

Check out the Night Noodle Markets in the fall (Sydney Spring) in October. They take place in Hyde Park and feature restaurants from all over the city. Take a blanket and sit on the lawn with friends, so you can share and try some new foods.

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