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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
Gain hands on experience with an optional business internship
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 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-campus, catered and self-catered.
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.Meet the Team
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 16th in the world of universities under 50 years old.
- Ranked in the top 100 universities in the world for Materials Science, Engineering (Civil and Structural), and Nursing, and top 150 for Communication & Media Studies, Earth & Marine Sciences, Education, and Geography, according to the 2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject.
- Ranked 13th in the world for social and economic impact, according to the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings 2019.
- 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.
University of Wollongong is located in the costal city of Wollongong, approximately 1.5 hours south of Sydney. Visit the google map link below to see the campus location.View Map
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.Find 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.
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|Humanities & Social Sciences||
|Visual and Performing Arts, & Design||
TEAN students are able to integrate a business-focused internship into their course load at the University of Wollongong. Offered as a 6 credit elective (equivalent to 3-4 U.S. credits), the internship is designed for students to apply their university knowledge into real world, industry context. To be eligible to apply, students must be a business major. Placements are competitive.
- 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 incredible 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.
South Island, New Zealand
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 23|
|Depart the US||Feb 13|
|Arrive in Australia||Feb 15|
|TEAN Orientation||Feb 15||Feb 19|
|University Orientation||Feb 23|
|Classes Begin||March 1|
|Semester Break||Apr 19||Apr 23|
|Classes End||Jun 4|
|Study Period||Jun 7||Jun 11|
|Exam Period||Jun 12||Jun 24|
|Program Ends||Jun 25|
|Date of Departure||July 13|
|TEAN Orientation||July 15||July 19|
|Housing Move-In||July 19|
|University Orientation||July 20|
|Classes Begin||July 27|
|Semester Break||Sept 28||Oct 2|
|Classes End||Oct 30|
|Study Period||Nov 2||Nov 6|
|Exam Period||Nov 7||Nov 19|
|Program Ends||Nov 20|
Fees & Inclusions
- Tuition and program fees: $13,110*
- Housing (on-campus): $4,060 – $5,980
*Tuition for 4 courses. Students are permitted to enroll in 3 courses but there is no tuition discount.
- Estimated tuition and program fees: $13,110*
- Estimated housing (on-campus): $4,060 – $5,980
- Full tuition (4 courses)
- Guaranteed, pre-arranged, University of Wollongong on-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 ($450)
- Books ($365)
- Meals during the semester ($2,500)
- Airport transfer at the end of the semester ($50)
- Travel insurance ($350)
- Travel and personal expenses ($1,500 – 2,500+)
*Numbers are estimated based on previous student experience and budget. Actual amounts will vary depending on student.
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!
“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.”
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Director 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.
Resident Director - NSW
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.
What do you do for TEAN and what is the best part of your job?
I am the New South Wales Resident Director working with students who study in Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong. The best part of my job is watching students grow throughout their study abroad experience!
What should be on every student’s bucket list for a semester in Australia?
There are so many things to pick from!! My absolute favorite thing I have done in Australia was go to Rottnest Island in Western Australia. It is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. There are no cars on the island, so you rent bikes and ride around beach hopping. There are amazing snorkeling spots, great beaches to lay out and the quokkas are the absolute cutest!
What are some must-do activities for every Sydney study abroad student?
Everyone should do the Coogee to Bondi Coastal Walk. If you do that and love it, then check out the Spit to Manly Coastal Walk. It’s a bit longer but so beautiful! You can also take the ferry to Manly Beach then, once you get to Manly Beach, walk up to Shelly Beach and go snorkeling. I also recommend heading to Newtown for some of the best vegan food around as well as great shopping and nightlife, wandering through Sydney’s amazing markets, like theGlebe and Marrickville markets, and seeing if there are any shows or concerts you’re interested in while you’re in Sydney – there are some really cool old theaters here!
Besides Sydney, what are some of your favorite places in Asia Pacific?
I loved Thailand for its culture – the people were so lovely, the food was amazing and seeing elephants is hard to beat! Of course, the beaches are gorgeous and I loved all the fun shopping too. I would highly recommend visiting Thailand while students are living in Australia. It’s very affordable and it’s so close!
What is the best meal (or food) you’ve had while traveling abroad?
When I was in Bali, I tried this jackfruit curry dish in Ubud. It was unbelievably delicious and the texture was amazing. This introduced me to cooking with jackfruit, which is now a weekly staple at my house. All the food in Bali was so fresh. I loved how you could buy tempe and tofu wrapped in banana leaves on the side of the road!