Australia

Sydney, Australia

Open Campus

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Information for term Open Campus

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

November 1, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Jan 6 – Feb 22, 2020 (7 weeks)*
  • Credit: 6 per Block semester hours / 9 per Block quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

November 1, 2019
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Feb 24 – Apr 4, 2020 (6 weeks)*
  • Credit: 6 per Block semester hours / 9 per Block quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

November 1, 2019
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days
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Apr 6 – May 16, 2020 (6 weeks)*
  • Credit: 6 per Block semester hours / 9 per Block quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

November 1, 2019
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days
hours

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Jan 6 – Apr 4, 2020 (13 weeks)*
  • Credit: 6 per Block semester hours / 9 per Block quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

November 1, 2019
weeks
days
hours

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Feb 24 – May 16, 2020 (12 weeks)*
  • Credit: 6 per Block semester hours / 9 per Block quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Application Deadline

November 1, 2019
weeks
days
hours

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Jan 6 – May 16, 2020 (19 weeks)*
  • Credit: 6 per Block semester hours / 9 per Block quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.5 Overall GPA

Overview

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Study in Sydney on your own terms by customizing your experience through the Open Campus program. Take one, two, or three six-week blocks, select your academic track from six options, then choose your courses from a wide range of subject areas. No matter how you build your program, you will immerse yourself in this welcoming and bustling city.

  • Do your class reading

    at the magnificent Bondi Beach

  • Learn about social justice and delivery of services

    in one of the most livable cities in the world

  • Enjoy

    the great Australian outdoors

  • Sydneysiders, or residents of Sydney

    5M+
  • hectares of parks and nature areas in Sydney

    1M+
  • tons of fish sold daily at the Sydney Fish Market- the biggest in the Southern Hemisphere

    52

Location & Culture

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Sydney’s origins trace back to an area inhabited by indigenous Australians for over 30,000 years, discovered by Europeans in the 1770’s and settled as a penal colony in 1788. With a population of around five million, Sydney is a cosmopolitan, open-minded, multicultural city. Nearly half of its residents speak a language other than English at home and 36% were born overseas. Sydney is consistently ranked as one of the best cities to live globally, and it is renowned for its social inclusion, diversity, and tolerance.

Excursions & Activities

Each block features a study tour and various activities may include:

  • Go on a 3-day/2-night excursion to the nation’s capital, Canberra, to learn about the governance of Australia and witness the highs and the lows of Australian history at the Australian War Memorial and the Reconciliation Place
  • Kayak with your “mates” through Sydney Harbor before a traditional Australian BBQ
  • Hike the spectacular Blue Mountains with experienced and informed guides ready to share the environmental and cultural history of the spectacular landscape

Projects, Volunteer Opportunities, or Internships

  • Volunteer Opportunities: Sydney Dogs and Cats Home Animal Shelter – work on projects that support the needs of stray dogs and cats in our campus neighborhood. Indigenous Education Center – volunteer for peer to peer tutoring. Women's Library Resource Center – work on projects that support the needs of the center. Code Club Sydney – help young learners from disadvantaged backgrounds learn basic computing skills.
  • Internships: Internship opportunities are available as part of the study program in a variety of businesses and NGOs in both private and public organizations.
  • Research: Pursue a research project of your own design incorporating independent and local fieldwork. 
  • Service-Learning: Combine course-based learning with practical, relevant project experience to meet a community-defined need.

Daily Life

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  • Housing

    Live in a housing complex for students. Housing options include a mix of shared rooms in apartment-style dormitory complexes with common spaces to spend time with peers.

  • Meals

    You will have shared kitchen facilities to prepare meals or purchase food and drinks at local grocers. Sydney has a vibrant food scene with fresh local fruits, vegetables, and meats readily available. You’ll easily find Australian food is influenced from all corners of the globe.

Sydney, Australia

Where You'll Study

  • A

    Sydney Opera House

    world famous Sydney landmark

  • B

    Bondi Beach

    world-class spot to lie in the sand, play rugby, or surf

  • C

    George Street

    high street shopping and civic center

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What you need to know

The program details

Stay in Sydney for the duration of this unique study abroad experience or add on blocks in other CIEE Open Campus locations (Berlin, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, London, Rome, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Madrid, Santiago de Chile, Shanghai, and Cape Town) to experience comparative intercultural learning with CIEE’s unique Global Scholar program.

Students may select one of six academic tracks: Business; Communications, Journalism & New Media; Global & Community Health; International Relations & Political Science; Language, Literature & Culture; or Sustainability and Environmental Sciences. 

The CIEE Global Institute is centrally located and convenient to public transportation for exploring the city.  Courses are taught in English by CIEE faculty drawn from a variety of higher education institutions in Sydney.

Academics

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Academics

  • Class Format

    Courses taught at the CIEE Global Institute are typically for CIEE students only. Classes are scheduled Monday-Friday and meet either two, three, or four times per week, and attendance is strictly enforced both for classes and required co-curricular excursions. Students should expect an average of two hours of preparation required for each hour in class. Instruction is supported and augmented online by our learning management system, Canvas.

  • Grading

    The U.S. grading scale of A-F is used. Students are graded on the basis of attendance, class participation, homework, project work, presentations, and midterm and final examinations. Learning outcomes assessment is continuous through personal reflections, evaluation feedback, self-assessment, and requirements as set out in course syllabi.

  • Academic Culture

    Each course is a full semester in content, covered in a six-week block, so the pace is accelerated, and the workload is demanding. Courses are designed to follow U.S. academic culture and standards. The class environment typically features a combination of traditional lecture and discussion with co-curricular excursions and activities. Heavy emphasis is placed on student participation. To avoid falling behind, students should not plan personal travel away from Sydney when classes are in session and plan trips for the long weekends in between blocks.

Eligibility

  • Overall GPA

    A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for admission.

Curriculum

Program Credit

  • One block: 6 semester credits
  • Two blocks: 12 semester credits
  • Three blocks: 15 - 18 semester credits

Each course is 3 semester credits, unless otherwise noted in the syllabus. 

Students are required to enroll in two 3-credit courses each block. Students attending the program for all three blocks in a semester may select one block in which to enroll in only one 3-credit class (recommended for the block of the Academic Project, where applicable).  Each course is 3 semester credits, unless otherwise noted in the syllabus. 

CIEE Academic Projects are approximately 100-120 total hours of field-based work/internship, service-learning, or independent research hours, plus 15 seminar hours and meetings with CIEE faculty advisors, for 3 semester / 4.5 quarter credits.  Students applying for an Academic Project will be required to submit additional materials during the course selection process.

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 canceled due to insufficient enrollment.

SPRING 2020 COURSES

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Courses (click on each title for the syllabus) offered in Sydney are listed below by block and track; course list subject to change. Courses are in English, and 45 contact hours; 3 semester/4.5 quarter credits, unless otherwise noted in the syllabus.

“GI” denotes courses offered at multiple Global Institute sites.

BLOCK I

Business

Communication, Journalism, and New Media

Global and Community Health

International Relations and Political Science

Language, Literature, and Culture

BLOCK II

Business

Communication, Journalism and New Media

International Relations and Political Science

Language, Literature and Culture

Sustainability and Environmental Sciences

Academic Projects

Academic Project placement is based on the student’s academic track, project learning goals, qualifications, resume, and availability of placements. The process is highly individualized and goal oriented. Students enrolled in an Academic Project receive additional academic support that informs and enhances the placement experience. Students applying for an Academic Project are required to submit additional materials during the course selection process.

To qualify for participation, students must be in the location for at least one block in advance of the Academic Project in order to prepare for and plan the placement. As a result, students participate in an Academic Project in either block II or III. CIEE academic projects are approximately 120 total hours of field-based work/internship, service learning, or independent research hours, plus 15 hours of meetings with CIEE faculty advisors, for 3 semester/4.5 quarter credits.

BLOCK III

Business

Communication, Journalism, and New Media

Global and Community Health

International Relations and Political Science

Language, Literature, and Culture

Academic Projects

Academic Project placement is based on the student’s academic track, project learning goals, qualifications, resume, and availability of placements. The process is highly individualized and goal oriented. Students enrolled in an Academic Project receive additional academic support that informs and enhances the placement experience. Students applying for an Academic Project are required to submit additional materials during the course selection process.

To qualify for participation, students must be in the location for at least one block in advance of the Academic Project in order to prepare for and plan the placement. As a result, students participate in an Academic Project in either block II or III. CIEE academic projects are approximately 120 total hours of field-based work/internship, service learning, or independent research hours, plus 15 hours of meetings with CIEE faculty advisors, for 3 semester/4.5 quarter credits.

Scholarships

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Scholarships & Grants

CIEE offers more than $8 million in scholarships and grants annually to help students like you make your study abroad dream a reality.

Students who apply to this program are eligible for the following scholarships and grants:

  • Ping Scholarships for Academic Excellence
  • Global Access Initiative (GAIN) Grants
  • CIEE Gilman Go Global Grant

To be considered, submit the CIEE Scholarships & Grants application within your CIEE program application. Learn more at the Scholarships & Grants section of our website.

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

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Dates, Deadlines & Fees

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Program

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Fees & Housing

Spring Block I 2020 7 weeks Nov 1, 2019 Jan 6, 2020* Feb 22, 2020*
Spring Blocks I, II 2020 13 weeks Nov 1, 2019 Jan 6, 2020* Apr 4, 2020*
Spring Blocks I, II, III 2020 19 weeks Nov 1, 2019 Jan 6, 2020* May 16, 2020*
Spring Block II 2020 6 weeks Nov 1, 2019 Feb 24, 2020* Apr 4, 2020*
Spring Blocks II, III 2020 12 weeks Nov 1, 2019 Feb 24, 2020* May 16, 2020*
Spring Block III 2020 6 weeks Nov 1, 2019 Apr 6, 2020* May 16, 2020*

*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

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