Courses: Students must choose at least two courses from the list of Australian Studies courses that is posted below. Students will then select two additional courses from the wide variety of courses available to visiting students, pending equivalent prerequisites and enrollment capacity. NOTE: When reviewing course options, make sure the course is available "Commencing semesters: 2" (equivalent to our fall semester as the Australian academic year starts in January) and "Available for study abroad and exchange":
A Word About the Australian Educational System: The academic system in Australia can be quite different than the U.S. system. There are generally fewer class, or contact, hours per week than in the U.S., and there is less continuous assessment of students’ academic performance. Study in the Australia requires a great degree of self-discipline in order to do self-directed study. Students are expected to be much more independent, and students entering college are already focused on a major or academic specialization.
Assessments may vary in each unit of study from a 6000 word assignment and no exam in one unit, to a 4000 word assignment and two hours of formal exams in another. A significant proportion of the assignments in each unit will usually be devoted to a major essay of 3000-4000 words. Other types of assessment include group work, oral presentations and take home exams. Semester grades are typically based on only one or two major assignments such as a paper and final exam. Daily assignments in courses are rare, and students are generally expected to keep up with course work and reading without prompting. Contact with professors is more limited, and most instructors have a lecture-based teaching style.
Number of Credits: Students who complete the Fall Semester in Sydney receive 16 semester credit hours for four courses at the University of Sydney. Rollins Credit equivalent for USYD courses: 6 credit points = 4 credits at Rollins.
Transfer of Credits: Students participating on this program will need to seek the appropriate departmental approval for all major/minor requirements and approval for General Education Requirements through Student Records. All courses on this program appear on the Rollins transcript as transfer credits and the grades are factored into the Rollins GPA. Students who successfully complete this program through Rollins will receive an official transcript from the University of Sydney.
Faculty and Staff: All courses are taught by faculty at the University of Sydney. The TEAN Resident Director in Sydney is Christian Bonett.
Sample Australian Studies Courses
All Participants Must Enroll in at Least Two
Courses with No or Minimal Prerequisites (gen eds listed if applicable):
Courses with Prerequisites (gen eds listed if applicable):