Australia: University of Sydney

This program, offered through The Education Abroad Network (TEAN), will immerse you in the cultural, historical, and environmental patchwork of Australia, as well as to the cosmopolitan, multicultural city of Sydney!

Experience Sydney!

Through excursions, activities and courses, students will be introduced to Australian society and will gain unique perspectives on life "Down Under."

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Overview

Through excursions, coursework, and housing you’ll be introduced to Australian society and will gain unique perspectives on life "Down Under." You’ll participate in various excursions to places of historical and cultural significance, you’ll take courses focused on a wide range of topics, but from an Australian perspective, and will have the option to live with a host family in one of Sydney's diverse neighborhoods or in student apartments in the central “Ultimo” area. The University of Sydney (or “USyd”) is not only one of Australia’s top universities, but is also typically ranked among the top 100 in the world. As a direct-enroll program, USyd is an excellent fit for most Rollins majors and/or minors, including many science majors, Global Health minor, Pre-Med/ Pre-Law students, English, Music, Communication/ CMCS, Environmental Studies, Philosophy, Computer Science/ Math, all business disciplines, Economics, Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology, and many others. This program emphasizes Australian Studies and students are encouraged to pursue the Rollins Australian Studies Minor in conjunction with their study abroad experience.

Application Information

Requirements for Admission

  • Juniors & Seniors
  • Clean record with the Office of Community Standards and good academic and College standing
  • Professional application: materials are submitted on-time, are edited before submission, and are thorough and thoughtful
  • Minimum 3.2 GPA

Additional Requirements for Internships

  • Some majors have specific course pre-requisites for the internship; contact your faculty advisor or International Programs for more information.

Deadlines

  • Fall 2018 Deadline: March 2, 2018

How to Apply

Program Calendar

Fall 2017

  • Jul 12: Required Arrival Date
  • Jul 12-16: TEAN Orientation
  • Jul 24-28: University Orientation
  • Jul 31: First Day of Classes
  • Sept 23-Oct 1: Semester Break
  • Nov 3: Last Day of Classes
  • Nov 6-10: Study Period
  • Nov 13-25: Exam Period
  • Nov 26: Program End Date

Spring 2018

  • Feb 14: Required Arrival Date (plan to travel ahead due to time difference)
  • Feb 14-18: TEAN Orientation
  • Mar 5: First Day of Classes
  • Mar 31-April 8: Semester Break
  • June 8: Last Day of Classes
  • June 18-June 39: Exam Period
  • July 1: Program End Date

Getting There

Flight

Although you are responsible for booking your own flight to Sydney, TEAN will assist you through one of their preferred vendors (which is not an airline specifically, but more like a booking agency). TEAN will provide the vender with all relevant arrival/departure details pertaining to this program. Rollins strongly recommends that you use this vendor as they are not only trusted, but they also have all of the details regarding your routing; such as which cities you'll need to stop in as part of your orientation (see below) and how long you'll be in those cities. The estimated cost of this flight, departing from the U.S. west coast, is approximately $1,800. You will also need to book your own airfare that takes you from home to the U.S. west coast.

Orientation

TEAN’s exclusive 6-day “Welcome Abroad” Orientation Program takes place in Cairns, in the north of Australia. Cairns is 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 scuba diving and snorkeling on the largest coral reef system in the world?! This 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. You’ll spend a full day on the reef, explore the rainforest village of Kuranda, watch Aussie films at TEAN’s outdoor cinema screening night, and will wrap up an adventure-filled week with a sunset dinner cruise. TEAN's in-country staff will be there to personally guide you through orientation sessions and all the unique activities planned for the week. A sample itinerary can be found here.

PLEASE NOTE TEAN does NOT provide transportation from Cairns to Sydney. Students will be responsible for purchasing their own airfare between the two cities.

Visa

U.S. citizens DO need a visa in order to study in Australia. The Australian visa application is an entirely online process and payment must be made by credit card at the time of application. For more information about the visa process and visas for non-U.S. citizens, see our Passports and Visas Page.

Academic Information

The Education Abroad Network (TEAN)

TEAN is a study abroad organization based in Chicago, and it runs and operates this program in coordination with USyd. TEAN has been developing high quality study abroad programs for American students since 1995 by establishing partnerships with universities across the South Pacific and Pacific Rim. TEAN will provide Rollins students with a comprehensive orientation program, organized cultural activities in and around Sydney, an exciting group excursion, along with the support of a full-time Resident Director based in Sydney.

The University of Sydney (USyd)

USyd was founded in 1850 and is one of the oldest and most prestigious institutions in Australia; it’s typically ranked among the top 50 universities in the world. Just under 50,000 students attend USyd, including 11,000 international students from more than 130 countries. USyd’s campus is located on the edge of Sydney’s Central Business District, and is surrounded by many unique neighborhoods, known for their offbeat artistic culture and café scene. The architecture is reminiscent of Oxford and Cambridge with its impressive stonework, gothic arches, and grassy quads. USyd is also home to the largest academic library in the southern hemisphere. The International Office at USyd offers comprehensive support to study abroad students who can take full advantage of the incredible array of curricular and co-curricular offerings at the university.

Courses

USyd features a multitude of courses covering a variety of subjects, from which you'll choose four courses. You must select two courses from the below list of "Australian Studies Courses," and then and additional two courses directly from the university's course catalogue. Because this program functions like a direct enroll program (meaning you’ll take regular university classes with local students and other study abroad students) you'll have a wide range of courses to choose from - pending equivalent prerequisites and enrollment capacity. Courses at USyd are typically worth six "credit points," which translates into four Rollins credit hours. Students typically take four courses at Sydney, and in turn, will typically earn 16 Rollins semester hours on this program.

Australian Studies Courses (you'll take two, but choose at least three to get approved)

USyd Courses Follow this link to USyd's online course catalogue. Then enter the subject area you're interest in into the text box, "anthropology" for example. Next, use the dropdown menu to the right of the text box to select "Units of study." Then click "Search." On the next screen you'll see a list of courses, but you're not done just yet. On the left side of that screen you need to find the heading in red "Available for study abroad and exchange." Go under that heading and click "Yes." That will reduce the list to only those courses open to study abroad students. When you see a course from that list that's of interest to you, click on the highlighted course code, "ANTH1002" for example. That will open up the full course description. Your last step in this process is to make sure this course is offered during SEMESTER 2 (Rollins fall is USyd's semester 2). If you look in the grey box on the right hand side of the screen, under "ESSENTIALS," you'll see a heading in bold "Commencing semesters." If that says "Semester 2" you've found your match.

Optional Internship

USyd offers qualified students the opportunity to participate in an internship during the semester. While this opportunity is for credit and offers wonderful professional experience, the process of arranging the internship is a lot more informal than what you might be accustomed to. International Programs is not aware of the specific types of placements available, and students can only start the process of applying for internships once they arrive in Sydney. If you anticipate applying for an internship after you arrive, please contact International Programs for more details about this process.

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 your academic performance. Semester grades are typically based on only one or two major assignments, such as a midterm and final exam. Daily assignments are rare. Therefore, each paper, assignment, test, project, etc. often carries more weight for your final grade than what it might carry here at Rollins.

There will be a great degree of self-discipline and self-directed study required. You'll be expected to be much more independent. Contact with professors is more limited, and most professors have a lecture-based teaching style. Thus, students are generally expected to keep up with coursework and reading without prompting.

In addition, students entering university are typically already focused in their major or academic specialization. Thus, introductory courses at USyd typically cover topics that might not be covered until later levels at Rollins. For example, 100-level courses at USyd are considered introductory, or equivalent to U.S. first and second year courses. 200-level courses are considered intermediate, equivalent to our junior level courses. And 300-level courses are considered equivalent to our senior level courses.

Transfer of Credit

Students participating on this program will need to seek approval for courses in their major/minor (from the appropriate academic department) and for general Rollins credit (through Student Records). All courses on this program will appear on the Rollins transcript as transfer credit. Grades from this program will also appear on the Rollins transcript and will be factored into the Rollins GPA. Students who successfully complete this program through Rollins will receive an official transcript from USyd. It can take up to 3 months to receive the official transcript.

Housing & Meals

You may choose from two accommodation options for this program; homestays or student apartments. Because the type of accommodation in which you live is such an important factor on any study abroad program, we recommend you read through each option and carefully consider where you would like to live. Neither option is inherently good or bad. And neither option is right for everyone. You'll want to consider what style of accommodation feels like the best match for you.

Homestays

With homestays, you'll have the opportunity to live with a local family – giving you a unique perspective on Australian culture, society, and home life. Homestay family structures can vary; some families are made up of a married couple with younger children, or children your age, or even no children at all. Other families may simply be a retired couple or a single working professional with extra space in their home. These families may have been born and spent their entire lives in Australia, or they may have emigrated there from other parts of the world. Despite the many differences in family structure and origin, all families are considered “Australian families.” Much like the U.S., Australia is a multicultural, diverse country that welcomes people from all over the world. In turn, Sydney is a culturally and ethnically diverse city and the host families reflect these attributes.
 
It’s important to note that homestays are located in various parts of Sydney; you may live in the famous surfing areas of Coogee or Bondi Beach, or the centrally located Stanmore, or the trendy area of Paddington - known for its entertainment and nightlife. These are only examples, and we can never guarantee the neighborhood in which you'll live. Regardless of where you live, you should expect an average commute time to school of approximately 45mins each way. In most cases, you’ll be the only student in your homestay, but will have your own, private room and will be provided breakfasts and dinners during the week and three meals on the weekend.
 
For the right student, homestays can offer a rewarding and unique, even if sometimes challenging, cultural experience. They offer the rare opportunity to immerse yourself in Sydney’s multicultural social tapestry and to form bonds with local families. In fact, most of the families we work with have hosted Rollins students for many years and lasting friendships have formed between family and student.

Student Apartments

TEAN partners with a private housing company in Sydney called UrbaNest – which specializes in student accommodation – to offer these wonderful student apartments. Centrally located in a neighborhood called Ultimo, your building is about a 20min walk to USyd. The building houses multiple community areas and social spaces where you can mingle with and get to know the other students living at the property. Everyone here is a student; whether at USyd or another one of the many nearby universities. Students could be other American students studying abroad through TEAN, or they may be local Australian students or students from Malaysia, Jordan, China, Sweden, Argentina or any other country from around the world who have come to Sydney to study. 

You’ll live in a double-occupancy room inside of a 4-room apartment (8 people total). Each room has a private bathroom (shared only between you and your roommate), is fully furnished, and has WiFi. The apartment has a shared kitchen/dining room and a lounge area. Meals are not included in the apartments, like they are in the homestay, so you'll need to cook your own meals. The building is secured with swipe-card access (much like res. halls at Rollins) and has a large outdoor courtyard with a BBQ, a fully equipped gym, and coin-operated laundry.

Student Life

Activities

TEAN’s local staff will arrange various activities during the semester designed to help immerse you in the local culture. These activities are included in your semester program and might involve things like a rugby league match, a performance at the Sydney opera house, or even surf lessons. In addition, if you have a specific interest or hobby, your Resident Director will be able to point you in the right direction.

You can also become a member of the USyd Union, which will give you access to various recreational facilities, dining services, a wide range of student clubs that cater to every interest and activity under the sun. Or you could join the Sports Union, through which you can play intramural sports, take fitness classes, and use the world-class athletic facilities.  We strongly encourage you to take advantage of these offerings; this is one of the best ways to meet Australian and other international students and to become integrated into the local culture.

Excursions

TEAN will coordinate one Rollins group excursion during the semester. The destination changes year-to-year, but past excursions have visited Melbourne, the Great Barrier Reef, Byron Bay, or the outback. In addition, USyd offers a varied recreational and cultural program for all international students. It includes visits to the most interesting places in the city and its surroundings, excursions to the seaside and mountains, as well as to the prehistoric and historic monuments of the region.

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 pre- and mid-semester excursions organized during school breaks. These excursions will incur an extra cost, should you choose to participate, and in the past have gone to exciting locations such as the South Island of New Zealand, Thailand, and other interesting cities around Australia.

Costs

Program Fee

The program fee is equal to Rollins College tuition and fees, plus room and board, for one semester.

  • Fall 2017: $31,534
  • Spring 2018: $31,531

Includes

Tuition and program administration, accommodation (either in UrbaNest or homestays), complete medical and emergency insurance, orientation, airport pick-up in Sydney, cultural activities, and a group excursion. For students selecting the homestay, this also includes two meals during weekdays and three meals during weekends.

Does Not Include

  • Meals for students who choose the UrbaNest are not included in the above costs
  • Airfare: $1,400 (estimate)
  • Travel to the West Coast to meet the TEAN group: Costs vary
  • Visa: $460 (estimate)
  • Onsite Transportation for Students in Homestays: $800 (Estimate. Students staying in UrbaNest are close enough to walk to campus)
  • Housing Deposit: $300 (refundable after the program if nothing is damaged)
  • Personal Expenses/ Course Materials: $1,000 (estimate)
  • Student Union and Gym Fees (optional): $400 - $600 (estimate)
  • Souvenirs, Entertainment, Independent Travel: Costs vary, average estimate is $1,200 - $2,000
  • Travel/Property Insurance (if desired): Costs vary

Discount on Student Account

In July (for the fall semester) a discount will be applied to your Rollins Student Account for meals not included on the program. For students living in the TEAN apartments, the discount will cover normal, basic costs for meals/groceries. For students living in homestays, the discount will cover normal costs for lunches and some weekend meals out. Students with significant financial aid may end up with a positive balance on their Student Account at Rollins. In turn, it is *possible* to request this positive balance as a refund. Please contact the Office of the Bursar for additional details about refunds related to your financial aid/discounts.

Need-Based Scholarships

Scholarships based on financial need are available to off-set costs associated with international airfare, and, in exceptional cases, other costs associated with study abroad. Students can apply for scholarships inside of their Rollins RIPA application.

Advising

Advising is offered on a walk-in basis, Tuesday-Thursday from 12pm - 2pmduring normal semester dates. If you are unable to make it at these times, please email, call or stop by our office to arrange an appointment.

We can also put you in touch with members of our Global Ambassador Program (GAP). These are students who have completed a study abroad program and are happy to share their experiences and advice with you. You may also want to review our blog site to see what past students have said about their adventures on this program.

Please Note: This program has a required advising session (30 mins) as part of the application process. Please email Mike Rainaldi (mrainaldi@rollins.edu) to schedule an appointment.