The Arts and Sciences program at the CIEE Study Center at the University of Wollongong provides a supportive environment in which students gain personal independence and intellectual insight into Australia’s dynamic and contemporary society.
Through integration with local students and by partaking in CIEE field trips, students participate in and reflect upon the academic, social, and cultural environments in which they live and study. The University’s location offers students easy access to Sydney while studying 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
The CIEE Difference
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.
The academic program in Australia 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 students 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
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
All students are required to take three or four courses, totaling 24 University of Wollongong credit points per semester.
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, multicultural restaurants, and public transportation. A regular and efficient train service runs between the University and Sydney.
Where You’ll Study
The University of Wollongong
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.
Housing & Meals
Housing and some meals are included in the program fee. CIEE manages accommodation, in either local apartments or private house for students outside of the university to allow for added off-campus programming and to enhance the overall learning community within the CIEE program outside of campus life. Accommodation is located in 20-30 minute walking distance of campus. Students have a single room with a shared kitchen facility. Students will receive a food stipend to purchase or prepare their own meals. However, students should budget extra funds for meals.
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.
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.
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).