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07/21/2014 - 11/20/2014
Deadlines:
Extended to: 04/15/2014
Credit:
15 semester / 22.5 quarter hours
Eligibility:
3.0 Overall GPA
Courses:
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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02/24/2014 - 06/28/2014
Deadlines:
11/01/2013
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Eligibility:
3.0 Overall GPA
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*Please see the detailed information available below for an important note about program dates.

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Program Overview

Program Overview

The Arts and Sciences program at the CIEE Study Center at the University of Wollongong provides a supportive environment in which you will gain personal independence and intellectual insight into Australia’s dynamic and contemporary society.

Through integration with local students and CIEE field trips, you'll participate in and reflect upon the academic, social, and cultural environments in which you live and study. The University’s location offers you easy access to Sydney while you study in an area of unmatched natural beauty and opportunities.

Study abroad in Wollongong and you will:

  • Enjoy a friendly, beautiful campus close to beaches and Sydney
  • Choose from a host of academic fields of study including communications, engineering, earth sciences, environmental sciences, psychology, biology, and education
  • Take advantage of several health science course options including nursing, exercise nutrition/dietetics, and community health
  • Take part in a variety of CIEE excursions including a three-day bush walking trip to New South Wales, visits to the Sydney Opera House, and surfing lessons
  • Receive on-site personal support and academic leadership from CIEE staff with advanced degrees in the field of experiential education
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The CIEE Difference

The CIEE Difference

Coursework

Enroll directly at the University of Wollongong and take advantage of its impressive curriculum. Pursue your interests in everything from humanities and creative arts to information technology and business and commerce at one of the most prestigious schools in the country.

The university also offers exciting options for nursing and health sciences majors. Study abroad is an ideal way for you to learn about cross-cultural and international perspectives affecting today’s global society from a health perspective. In Wollongong, pre-med and nursing students can fulfill major requirements with courses including health policy, nursing, chemistry, and biology.

Excursions

study abroad in Australia

The academic program in Australia is supplemented with CIEE day-long and multi-day field trips and excursions to various points of interest in the Wollongong, Sydney, and South Coast areas, as well as adventure activities throughout the semester.

Trips and destinations may include:

  • A day trip to Sydney to view the iconic city
  • An overnight trip to the Blue Mountains where you may abseil down sandstone cliffs and bushwalk in ancient canyons
  • Surfing lessons on one of the Illawarra’s many beaches
  • Excursions to sports events, such as an Australian Football League or Aussie Rules match
  • Trips to the Nan Tien Temple, the largest Buddhist Temple in the southern hemisphere
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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

Dates, Deadlines & Fees

We want to make sure you get the most out of your experience when you study abroad with CIEE, which is why we offer the most inclusions in our fees.

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition and housing
  • Pre-departure advising and optional on-site airport meet and greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support
  • Field trips and cultural activities
  • CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits
Please note, program dates are subject to change. Please contact your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor before purchasing airfare. Click the button to view more detailed information about dates and fees as well as estimated additional costs. Please talk with your University Study Abroad Advisor about additional fees that may be charged by your home institution when participating in a program abroad.
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End Date
Costs
Fall 2014 (17 wks)
Extended to: 04/15/2014
07/21/2014
11/20/2014
$19,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$12,079
Housing ***
$7,125
Insurance ****
$346

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** based on housing choice, may include stipend for meals.

**** includes mandatory Australian insurance

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$500
International Airfare *
$2,400
Local Transportation
$150
Books & Supplies
$250
Visa Fees
$535
Personal expenses
$2,500

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Spring 2014 (18 wks)
11/01/2013
02/24/2014
06/28/2014
$19,850

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$12,079
Housing ***
$7,125
Insurance ****
$346

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** based on housing choice, may include stipend for meals.

**** includes mandatory Australian insurance

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$500
International Airfare *
$2,400
Local Transportation
$150
Books & Supplies
$250
Visa Fees
$535
Personal expenses
$2,500

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

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Spring 2015
11/01/2014
TBA
TBA

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

Estimated Additional Costs

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

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Academic year 2014-2015
Extended to: 04/15/2014
07/21/2014
TBA
$37,700

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$22,560
Housing ***
$14,250
Insurance ****
$590

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** based on housing choice, may include stipend for meals.

**** includes mandatory Australian insurance

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$1,000
International Airfare *
$2,400
Local Transportation
$300
Books & Supplies
$500
Visa Fees
$535
Personal expenses
$5,000
Expenses during break **
$1,600

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

** academic year students are responsible for housing and meals during the semester break (December to mid-February)

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Calendar year 2014 (38 wks)
02/24/2014
11/20/2014
$37,700

Program Date Notes

Program Fees

In addition to the items outlined below, the CIEE program fee includes an optional on-site airport meet and greet, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and a CIEE iNext travel card which provides insurance and other travel benefits.
Participation Confirmation *
$300
Educational Costs **
$22,560
Housing ***
$14,250
Insurance ****
$590

This breakdown has been prepared from the program budget for the purpose of calculating eligibility for financial aid. During the course of program operations, actual figures may vary. It should not, therefore, be used as a basis for calculation of refunds. CIEE reserves the right to adjust fees at any time.

Students required to study on CIEE programs through a School of Record will be charged a $340 administrative fee in addition to the Program Fees listed.

* non-refundable

** direct cost of education charged uniformly to all students

*** based on housing choice, may include stipend for meals.

**** includes mandatory Australian insurance

Estimated Additional Costs

Meals not included in program fee
$1,000
International Airfare *
$2,400
Local Transportation
$300
Books & Supplies
$500
Visa Fees
$535
Personal expenses
$5,000
Expenses during break **
$800

The estimated additional costs indicated are intended to assist students and parents in budgeting for those additional living and discretionary expenses not included in the program fee. Actual expenses will vary according to student interests and spending habits.

* round-trip based on U.S. East Coast departure

** calendar year students are responsible for housing and meals during the semester break

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Eligibility
3.0 Overall GPA

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA 3.0
  • Students with lower GPAs may be accepted; contact CIEE for more information.
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Recommended Credit

Recommended Credit

Total recommended credit for the semester is 15 semester/22.5 quarter hours. Total recommended credit for the academic or calendar year is 30 semester/45 quarter hours.

Recommended credit varies from 4 to 5 credits per course

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Program Requirements

Program Requirements

All students are required to take three or four courses, totaling 24 University of Wollongong credit points per semester.

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About the City

About The City

Wollongong is Australia’s ninth largest city with a regional population of 400,000. While it is close to some of Australia’s major cities, it also offers easy access to some of the region’s finest natural scenery. It is situated along the coast with dramatic hills providing a stunning backdrop. Wollongong is cosmopolitan, with lively nightlife and well-developed cultural venues including theaters, cinemas, art galleries, and multicultural restaurants. A regular and efficient train service runs between the University and Sydney.

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Meet The Staff

Meet The Staff

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Tonia Gray

Dr. Tonia Gray has a wealth of experience leading students in various capacities, particularly in relation to outdoor education. Her degrees include a B.Ed. (with Distinction) in health and physical education, an M.A. in community health, and a Ph.D. in outdoor/experiential education. Dr. Gray has focused on different aspects of education, including burnout in the teaching profession and differential gender outcomes in experiential programs. In addition to her role as Resident Director, she is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Wollongong. In 2009, Dr. Tonia Gray received the highest teaching award at the University of Wollongong: The Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Teaching and Learning. She was also awarded a Citation for Contribution to Student Learning by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council for "Engaging students in life-altering learning experiences, providing an enduring role model for scholarly activity in Outdoor Education, and building an internationally recognized innovative program." Dr. Gray is an ideal facilitator for study abroad students with sporting and outdoor interests.

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Wollongong is close to everything. Sydney is just over an hour away by train; the Blue Mountains are three hours away; and Canberra, the nation’s capital, is a two and a half hour drive. The beautiful campus, set between the mountains and the sea, allow students easy access to surfing and hiking year-round.

The real appeal, however, is the friendly nature of the campus. It has a regional feel with approximately 20,000 students maintaining a multicultural flavor. A well respected institution, The University of Wollongong received the honor of being placed in the top two percent of universities in the world in the 2009 Times Higher Education Supplement, Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings. It is also one of only four universities in Australia to score in the Band A across all four discipline groupings in the Federal Government’s 2009 Learning and Teaching Performance Fund.

So, in a nutshell, for those who like the out-of-doors and like the idea of living on the east coast, close to excellent surf beaches and a thriving local community, Wollongong is the ideal place to study.

— Tonia Gray, Resident Director

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Wayne Cotton

Dr. Wayne Cotton, the Assistant Resident Director, also has an extensive background in Experiential Education, along with a Ph.D. in information and communication technologies. He has travelled widely and has been working with international exchange students for nearly 10 years. In his spare time Wayne enjoys mountain biking and kayaking.

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Where You'll Study

Where You'll Study

Roughly 80km outside Sydney, The University of Wollongong was recently rated among the top 2% of universities worldwide and is home to international students from more than 140 countries. The university’s location offers students easy access to Australia’s larger cities while allowing them to study in an area of natural beauty.

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Housing & Meals

Housing & Meals

CIEE students live in one of two residential colleges, International House or Weerona College. Both residential colleges are fully catered and are conveniently located a 20 minute walk to campus and the express train line to Sydney.

What Weerona College and International House offer:

  • Shared study bedroom (furnished room with wardrobe, desk, chair, bed) – single rooms are also available at both residences, but demand is very high for these and are not guaranteed
  • Meals provided (19 per week) – on weekdays residents have to prepare their lunch at breakfast time, with the option of making sandwiches, salads etc.
  • Rooms with telephone and internet connections
  • Laundry facilities on the premises
  • Bed linen hire provided by CIEE
  • Computer rooms, study and meeting rooms
  • Free shuttle bus to and from main campus

All accommodations are non-smoking.

Students choosing the U.S. academic-year program beginning in July are responsible for their own housing during the summer recess (December to mid-February). Students choosing the U.S. calendar-year program beginning in February are responsible for their own housing during the recess in July.

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Orientations

Orientations

study abroad in Australia

You'll begin your study abroad experience in Wollongong even before leaving home by participating in a CIEE online pre-departure orientation. Meeting with students online, the resident director shares information about the program and site, highlighting issues that alumni have said are important, and giving you time to ask questions. The online orientation allows you to connect with others in the group, reflect on what you want to get out of the program, and learn what others in the group would like to accomplish. CIEE’s aim for the pre-departure orientation is simple—to help you understand more about the program, and identify your objectives so that you arrive well-informed and return home having made significant progress towards your goals.

A mandatory on-site orientation program, which is held the week prior to the start of each semester, has three components. The first, provided by the CIEE resident director, includes program details, general academic advice, and visits to places of interest in the local region. The second, organized by the University for all new study abroad students, introduces you to the academic requirements of the University; life and “survival skills” in Australia; the local region; and campus facilities, services, and other administrative systems. The third, and most social component, is organized by individual housing complexes. Ongoing support is provided by CIEE staff on an individual and group basis throughout the program.

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Internet

Internet

You are encouraged to bring a wireless-enabled laptop. You'll have access to the Internet at your housing, and wireless access is widely available on campus. You will also have access to email and the Internet at the University of Wollongong, where you'll receive limited access gratis, but must pay for use over the allotted amount. CIEE will contribute towards this extra cost.

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Culture

Culture

South Coast Excursion

study abroad in Australia

A highlight of the semester is a three-day excursion to an area of outstanding natural beauty on the New South Wales South Coast where you'll be introduced to Aboriginal culture, as well as to Australian flora and fauna. You will stay in cabins at a comfortable resort, located right on the beach and surrounded by a national park. Dolphins and whales can sometimes be seen in the bay, and kangaroos and wallabies freely roam the resort.

A day is spent hiking a mountain that is sacred to the local Aboriginal people. The hike is led by an Aboriginal guide who imparts teachings about Indigenous Australians and their culture. This insight is extremely special and provides an experience that few Australians ever have. It has had a huge impact on past participants on the program.

Bushwalks are led by a local naturalist, giving you a deeper understanding of local flora, fauna, and geology. Relax and enjoy your beautiful surroundings—clear blue waters, long sandy beaches, and a coastline largely untouched by humans.

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Academics

Academics

Established in 1997, the Arts and Sciences program at the University of Wollongong allows participants to fulfill home institution major requirements in a variety of fields. Students are fully assimilated into University life by studying and living with students from Australia and other countries, thus becoming part of the melting pot of cultures that is integral to campus life. Students benefit academically and personally from the new perspectives, insights, and experiences gained from studying in a genuinely multicultural, but English language-based, society.

A wide range of courses in a variety of disciplines is available from the following faculties: arts, commerce, creative arts, education, engineering, health and behavioral sciences, informatics, law, and science. CIEE students are encouraged to enroll in at least one course with specific Australian content or in a course that offers a distinctive Australian perspective in their area of interest.

Academic Culture

The Australian educational system generally expects self-motivated, independent work from students. American students need to adapt to this learning style and take initiative in classes that do not provide continuous assessment throughout the semester. A typical class requires two or three hours of lectures and one or two hours of tutorials or seminars each week. Science-based subjects normally require an additional three hours of laboratory classes weekly.

The University’s academic year runs from mid-February through mid-November and comprises two main sessions. Session I, from mid-February to late June, corresponds to the U.S. spring semester (known as the University of Wollongong “Autumn Session”). Session II, from mid-July to mid-November, corresponds to the U.S. fall semester (known as the University of Wollongong “Spring Session”). Students attending the University of Wollongong in the U.S. fall semester will finish exams in mid-November. Students in the U.S. spring semester will finish exams in late June.

The program is offered both semesters and consists of a one-week orientation, 13 weeks of classes, a one-week mid-semester break, a one-week study period, and a two-week final exam period. The academic year program consists of two consecutive semesters and may follow the U.S. academic year (Session II and Session I) or the Australian calendar year (Session I and Session II).

Nature of Classes

Participants enroll directly in host university courses and take classes with Australian and other international students.

Grading System

Assessment is normally based on a mix of essays, project reports, midterms, tutorial/seminar participation and performance, and practical and final exams. Australian universities generally employ the following seven-point grading system: High Distinction (HD) 85–100%; Distinction (D) 75–84%; Credit (C) 65–74%; Pass (P) 50–64%; Pass Terminating or Pass Conceded (PT/PC) 45–49%; Fail (F) 0–44%; and Technical Fail (TF) no mark. Pass Terminating (PT)/Pass Conceded (PC) may not be offered in all faculties. Technical Fail (TF) may be used when a student fails to meet an appropriate assessment level that is required to pass that subject. Grades are converted to a U.S. grading scale.

Language of Instruction

English

Faculty

All courses are taught by faculty from the University of Wollongong.

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Course Description

All Courses

Note: This course listing is for informational purposes only and does not constitute a contract between CIEE and any applicant, student, institution, or other party. The courses, as described, may be subject to change as a result of ongoing curricular revisions, assignment of lecturers and teaching staff, and program development. Courses may be cancelled due to insufficient enrollment.

CIEE Study Center Syllabi

To view the most recent syllabi for courses taught by CIEE at our Study Centers, visit our syllabi site.

University of Wollongong

There are nine faculties at the University of Wollongong. Students may choose a program of study comprising subjects from one or more of the faculties. The subjects listed here are a representative sample of study areas available. A wide range of subjects (“units”) is available within each area of study. Classes normally meet for 13 weeks. Science students can expect to spend more time in classes and labs. Not all subjects/units are available every semester. Students should consult the University of Wollongong website at www.uow.edu.au/handbook for course details under “subject descriptions.”

Some courses may have prerequisites. Students wishing to enroll in such courses must either meet the specified prerequisites or have approval from the head of the relevant academic unit to enroll. In general, evidence of successful completion of a course or courses reasonably similar in content and level at the home institution will satisfy the prerequisite requirement. It is possible that some subjects may not be available to study abroad students due, for example, to enrollment pressures from students in tightly structured programs or with limited places in laboratory classes.

Arts/Humanities
Aboriginal Studies
Asia-Pacific Studies
Australian Studies
Communication and Media Studies
Community, Culture, and Environment
English
European Studies
Gender Studies
History
International Relations
Languages (Chinese, French, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Spanish)
Philosophy
Politics
Postcolonial Studies
Science, Technology, and Society
Sociology
War and Society Studies

Business and Commerce
Accountancy
Business
Business Information Systems
E-Commerce
Economics
Employment Relations
Finance
Hospitality/Events/Tourism

Creative Arts/Performance
Creative Writing
Graphic Design and New Media
Music and Sound
Theater and Performance
Visual Arts

Earth and Environmental Sciences
Ecology
Environmental Science
Geography
Geology
Land and Heritage Management
Resource and Environmental Studies

Education
Physical and Health Education
Primary Education
Secondary Education
The Early Years (Zero to five)

Engineering
Civil
Computer
Electrical
Environmental
Materials
Mechanical
Mechatronics
Mining
Telecommunications

Health Sciences
Community Health
Exercise Rehabilitation
Indigenous Health
Medical Science
Nursing
Nutrition/Dietetics
Population Health
Psychology

Options for Nursing and Health Sciences Majors
Study abroad is an ideal way for students to learn about cross-cultural and international perspectives affecting today’s global society from a health perspective. The University of Wollongong offers courses in health policy, nursing, chemistry, biology, and others, that pre-med and nursing students can take to fulfill major requirements. To learn more about these opportunities, visit the University of Wollongong website at www.uow.edu.au/content/groups/public/@web/@unia/documents/doc/uow074860.pdf

Human Resource Management
International Business
Management
Management—Health
Marketing
Public Relations
Supply Chain Management

Information Technology
Computer Engineering
Computer Science
Digital Systems Security
Information Systems
Information Technology
Internet Science and Technology
Multimedia and Game Development
Network Systems and Management
Software Engineering

Law
Bachelor of Laws
Mathematics
Finance

Mathematics
Statistics

Media/Communication Studies
Media and Cultural Studies
Journalism

Science
Biology
Biotechnology
Chemistry
International Science
Marine Science
Medical Radiation Physics
Medicinal Chemistry
Nanotechnology
Nuclear Science
Photonics
Physics

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