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University of Wollongong
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.
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 five-day Orientation Program, with a week of adventure and learning
Experience an alternative Spring Break with our optional Thailand or New Zealand excursion
Appreciate access to TEAN’s Sydney / Wollongong Resident Director and other in-country staff for continued support throughout the semester
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.
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.
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.
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 are available in the below disciplines. For detailed instructions on how to find and select courses, and a list of popular courses see our course selection instructions. Students enroll in 3 – 4 courses per semester (between 18 and 24 UoW credits), which usually transfers as 12 – 16 U.S. semester credits.
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.
|Communications & Media||
|Humanities & Social Sciences||
|Visual and Performing Arts, & Design||
- 2.7 GPA.
- Minimum sophomore standing at a four-year institution at the time of participation.
- 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.
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 excursions organized during school breaks. Participating in these excursions will depend on your program dates and semester abroad. 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. 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.
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 excursions organized during school breaks. Participating in these excursions will depend on your program dates and semester abroad.
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.
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.
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.
TEAN has a rolling admissions process. We recommend submitting your application anytime from June for Spring applications, and from January for Fall applications. Late applications may be considered. Contact TEAN if the application deadline has passed.
|Spring Deadline||Nov 18|
|Fall Deadline||April 21|
|Date of Departure||July 10|
|TEAN Orientation||July 12||July 16|
|Housing Move-In||July 16|
|University Orientation||July 17||July 21|
|Classes Begin||July 24|
|Semester Break||Sept 25||Sept 29|
|Classes End||Oct 27|
|Study Period||Oct 30||Nov 3|
|Exam Period||Nov 4||Nov 16|
|Program Ends||Nov 17|
|Date of Departure||Feb 5|
|TEAN Orientation||Feb 7||Feb 12|
|University Orientation||Feb 21||Feb 23|
|Classes Begin||Feb 27|
|Semester Break||April 14||April 21|
|Classes End||June 2|
|Study Period||June 5||June 9|
|Exam Period||June 10||June 22|
|Program Ends||June 23|
Fees & Inclusions
- Tuition and services: $13,220
- Housing (off campus): $3,810 – $5,480
- Tuition and services: $13,220
- Housing (off campus): $3,810 – $5,480
- 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 excursions which may include New Zealand, Thailand and other places
- Access to competitive airfares and pre-arranged flight itineraries
- 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 ($475)
- 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.
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, including a full ride scholarship for a Fall or Summer program. Refer to our Scholarships information for details.
“Studying abroad was the best decision I ever made. It has changed how I look at life."
“The Lookout is the best place to see the Wollongong region from an elevated view.”
We Love 'The Gong'
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.
Tell us a little about your role at TEAN?
As a Program Manager, I work with students from the time they apply until the day they depart on their journeys abroad. Generally speaking I’m responsible for guiding students through the application process. This includes helping students choose their courses abroad, book their flights, apply for a visa, secure housing, and make arrangements for orientation to name a few steps.
What advice do you have for a student who wants study in Australia, but is unsure what school or city within Australia would be the best fit?
First, I would think about what your priorities are for your semester abroad. Do you want to be in a big city or small city? How important is it for you to be near the beach? Are your course requirements flexible or do you absolutely need to take certain classes? Once you’ve spent some time thinking about what matters most to you, I would recommend getting in touch with the TEAN office so you can speak with one of our Program Managers for Team Australia. Our team has extensive knowledge of these locations and the different nuances of Australian universities. They can best direct you to the right option for your academic, social, and cultural preferences.
What should be on every student’s bucket list while studying abroad in Sydney?
Oh man, this is tough because Sydney truly has something for everyone. However on my top three list I would say, take a surf lesson at Bondi Beach, walk across the Sydney Harbor Bridge for the amazing views and finally have a triple scoop of gelato from Messina because it’s my favorite treat in Sydney (plus it’s low calorie… not).
From your time living in Australia, what have been some travel highlights for you?
Some of my most memorable travels in Australia were in the Outback. As a recent college grad, I participated in a small tour group that drove from Adelaide to Alice Springs where we got to visit Uluru and Kata Tjuta. During this week-long excursion we slept under the stars and hiked through incredible landscapes. I’ve never been somewhere so remote in my life.
Where do you seek inspiration?
I LOVE to read, particularly travel writing, so I would probably say books are my main source of inspiration. I also love to clear my head with exercise and meditation.
Manager of Enrollment
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.
What journey have you taken to arrive at your current role and working for TEAN?
An indirect one! It took me a while to find a field that interested me. Ultimately it was my passion for travel, restless nature, and a bit of luck that lead me to TEAN. After several years leading our Internship Programs, earning my Masters in Business Administration, learning our company’s processes and coming to know the team that I took on the role of Manager of Enrollment.
You work closely with the program team from our Chicago office, what makes this team unique?
The specialized knowledge base. I came from a different industry so was not aware that there were people who valued international education and travel so highly. All of the people that I work with are very well traveled, passionate, motivated, and most importantly, experts in the regions in which they manage programs.
For those who haven’t been to the TEAN Chicago office before, how would you describe the environment and setup?
This is the most difficult question, because you really just need to visit in-person to get a good feel for it. I would describe it as “An ideal place for international education enthusiasts to; collaborate, have fun, work hard, cook great lunches, relax in beanbags, participate in meetings on exercise work bikes, play tug of war with the office dog, and change lives.”
Why would you encourage a student to pursue an internship abroad?
An internship was once a point of differentiation. Nowadays, it has become an expectation. An international internship will truly stand out, especially if properly reflected upon so you can convey your experience to future employers. Equally important is an expanded network, personal and professional growth. An internship abroad will give you a greater sense of what it means to be a global citizen.
What have been some highlights or favorite moments from your travels?
Number one highlight is my first international flight, which happened to be 29 hours of travel to Perth, Australia (believe it or not). It got old about half way through but the anticipation and excitement was very memorable.