Wollongong, Australia

Arts + Sciences

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Information for term Arts + Sciences

Application deadline, and cost information.

Extended Deadline

May 1, 2020

Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: May 1, 2020
  • Dates: Jul 19 – Nov 20, 2020 (18 weeks)
  • Credit: 16 semester hours / 24 quarter hours
  • Eligibility: 2.75 Overall GPA


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This seaside city lies along the south coast of Australia and is known for its expansive beaches and some of the region’s finest natural scenery. Dive into university life with cutting-edge courses at CIEE’s world-class partner school, University of Wollongong. Students select from an impressive list of courses in arts, commerce, creative arts, education, engineering, health and behavioral sciences, informatics, law, and science. Pre-med and nursing students can fulfill major requirements with health policy, nursing, chemistry, and biology courses. Opportunities to immerse yourself in the community and learn about the indigenous population further enriches this program. All courses are complemented with CIEE co-curricular activities and excursions beyond the city to enhance classroom learning and provide intercultural understanding.

Unique experiences

  • Explore the South Coast

    during an epic three-day trip to get close to kangaroos and wallabies, and get a rare introduction to aboriginal culture.

  • Study on a friendly, beautiful beach-town campus

    in easy reach of Sydney.

  • Maximize learning beyond the classroom

    with the help of staff with advanced degrees in experiential education.

  • residents

  • local patrolled beaches

  • lighthouses


Location & Culture

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On the coast with a dramatic hilly backdrop, Wollongong has superb access to some of the region’s finest natural scenery. Still, you’re not in the sticks. Australia’s tenth-largest city is a cosmopolitan place with lively nightlife, theaters, cinemas, art galleries, and multicultural restaurants. When you need something bigger, Sydney is just an hour-and-half away by train.

The Culture


  • Hike and rappel in the World Heritage-listed Blue Mountains, where you’ll see scenic waterfalls and some of the more than 400 different creatures that live here.
  • Get your toes wet with a surfing lessons or watch an Australian Football League or Aussie Rules match.
  • Hike a sacred mountain with an insightful aboriginal guide, stay in beachfront cabins surrounded by a stunning national park – it’s all part of a blockbuster three-day excursion to the New South Wales coast.
  • Look for kangaroos, lizards, and wallabies with insights from an Australian bush naturalist, and spot dolphins and whales offshore.


Internships. We’re happy to help you find an internship that provides hands-on professional experience, but options are limited, so speak up soon!

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Daily Life

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  • Campus East

    Campus East is located on the Innovation Campus in North Wollongong, a 10 minute drive north of the main University of Wollongong campus. The FREE ‘Gong shuttle bus stop is only minutes away and makes getting around Wollongong easy. The Residence setting is comfortably spread across large grounds including a number of playing fields. Conveniently, Campus East is only a 5 minute walk to Fairy Meadow swim and surf beach, as well as local shopping, and eating outlets. The FREE ‘Gong shuttle bus makes getting to class on the main campus easy.  CIEE students can choose self-catered units which have up to five bedrooms in each unit. All self-catered units have shared bathroom and cooking facilities. Students here can also access the Campus East dining room where they can purchase meals, snacks and other convenience items.

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  • Kooloobong Village

    From 2018, the vibrant hub that is Kooloobong Village will have a further 800 beds available to students bringing the entire population to over 1200. Set amidst a bushland setting on the edge of Mount Keira, students will be able to access a range of modern facilities such as indoor and outdoor cinemas, BBQ facilities, music rooms, movement space, gamers lounge, activities room and meditation/yoga prayer spaces in addition to study lounges and communal areas. These will complement the existing facilities such as an outdoor pavilion with barbecue facilities, a sound-proof music room, basketball court, games room, seminar rooms and various other communal spaces.  CIEE students have the opportunity to apply to live in self-catered units consisting of four single bedrooms.  All units have shared bathroom, kitchen and living facilities.  There is an IGA supermarket on campus, along with plenty of great coffee shops, swimming pool and sporting facilities all within walking distance.   Kooloobong Village is recognised as the world's first positive residence and is based entirely on the scientific principles of positive psychology, positive organisational scholarship and education.

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Wollongong, Australia

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What People are Saying

  • Wow... that's tough! I think it's between going to Hobbiton, NZ; seeing Tassie devils in Tasmania; and snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef. Overall such a great experience I can hardly pick a favorite part.

    Clementine, Ursinus College, Spring 17
  • Abseiling was an amazing experience because it is not something I would have ever thought to do on my own and it improved my confidence within myself.

    Emily, University of Wisconsin, Spring 17

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Program Details

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What you need to know

The program details

This program invites students of all majors to earn credits toward their degree with cutting-edge courses at University of Wollongong. A typical course load at Wollongong is three or four courses with one having substantial Australian content or lending Australian perspective to the area of interest. Courses are taught by University of Wollongong faculty.

University of Wollongong was founded in 1951, and today is rated among the top 2% of universities worldwide. University of Wollongong hosts more than 34,000 students, including international students from more than 140 countries. CIEE students attend classes at the stunning Campus East, located on the Innovation Campus in North Wollongong, a 10-minute drive north of the main University of Wollongong campus.

CIEE Wollongong is conveniently located within the lush campus of University of Wollongong.


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    Participants enroll directly in host university courses and take classes with Australian and other international students. A typical class requires two or three hours of lectures and one or two hours of tutorials or seminars each week. Science-based subjects require an additional three hours of laboratory classes weekly. Spring 2020: Students also have the option of selecting one CIEE elective open only to CIEE students.


    Australian professors expect self-motivated, independent work from students. American students need to adapt to this style and take initiative in classes that do not provide continuous assessment throughout the semester. The university academic year runs from mid-February through mid-November. 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 who are here in the U.S. fall semester finish exams in mid-November. Students in the U.S. spring semester 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).


    Assessment is based on essays, project reports, midterm, tutorial/seminar participation and performance, and practical and final exams. Australian universities use this 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. TF is given 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, including the CIEE elective course.



    Students need to have a GPA of 2.75. Students with lower GPAs might be accepted, please contact us to learn more.


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Course Information

Program Credit
Total credit: 15-18 U.S. semester/22.5-27 quarter credits

Course Credits

  • CIEE elective course: 3 U.S. semester/4.5 quarter credits; 45 contact hours
  • University of Wollongong courses: 4-5 U.S. semester/6-7.5 quarter credits; 47-62 contact hours

Language of Instruction

3-4 CIEE/University of Wollongong elective courses

Host Institution Courses

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There are five 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 range of subjects (“units”) is available within each area of study. Not all subjects/units are available every semester. Students should consult the University of Wollongong website at for course details under “Subject Information”.

Classes normally meet for 13 weeks. Science students can expect to spend more time in classes and labs.

Some courses 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 course(s) 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 limited places in laboratory classes.

Business and Commerce

  • School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
  • School of Management, Operations and Marketing
  • Sidney Business School, University of Wollongong

Engineering and Information Services

  • School of Civil, Mining and Environmental Engineering
  • School of Physics
  • School of Mechanical, Materials, Mechatronic and Biomedical Engineering
  • School of Computing and Information Technology
  • School of Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering
  • School of Mathematics and Applied Statistics

Law, Humanities and the Arts

  • School of the Arts, English and Media
  • School of Humanities and Social Inquiry
  • School of Law

Science, Medicine and Health

  • School of Biological Sciences
  • School of Chemistry
  • School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • School of Medicine
  • School of Nursing

Social Sciences

  • School of Education
  • School of Geography and Sustainable Communities
  • School of Health and Society
  • School of Psychology

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.


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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
  • MSI 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 & Fees

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Dates & Fees

You get more for every dollar when you study abroad with CIEE, because our high-quality programs include everything from excursions to insurance. There are no hidden charges, and no disappointing surprises when you arrive.


  • Tuition
  • Housing
  • Advising before you depart to set goals and answer questions
  • Optional on-site airport meet-and-greet
  • Full-time program leadership and support in your host city
  • Cultural and/or Co-curricular Activities
  • Excursions and/or Study Tours
  • Insurance and other travel benefits, with CIEE iNext
  • 24/7 emergency on-site support


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Start Date

End Date

Fees & Housing

Fall 2020 18 weeks May 1, 2020 Jul 19, 2020 Nov 20, 2020
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Program Fees

CIEE offers the most student support of any provider in its program fee, including an airport greeting, full-time leadership and support, orientation, cultural activities, local excursions, pre-departure advising, and CIEE iNext travel insurance with benefits.

Participation Confirmation = $300 *

Educational Costs = $15,831 **

Housing = $6,600 ***

Insurance = $419 ****

Total Fees = $23,150

Estimated Costs

Students are responsible and manage costs related to travel, meals, books, and personal expenses. Below are estimates for consideration.

Meals not included in program fee = $1,900

International Airfare = $1,600

Local Transportation = $200

Books & Supplies = $300

Visa Fees = $535

Personal expenses = $3,000

Other = $100 ††

Total Estimated Costs = $7,635

Financial Aid

CIEE offers the most grants and scholarships of any study abroad organization, including $8 million/year in travel grants, merit-based scholarships, institutional and MSI grants, and Gilman Go Global Grants.

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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 $500 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

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

†† Housing Application fee

To help you budget, keep in mind that students are responsible for the cost of international airfare, local transportation, books and supplies, visas, and personal expenses. In addition, ask your college or university study abroad advisor if your school charges additional fees for study abroad.

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