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International Business in Sydney

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:



Sydney, Australia




UI GPA 2.75. Sophomore standing.

Application Deadline

September 8, 2023

Confirmation Deadline

September 18, 2023

The Tippie College of Business sponsors the International Business in Sydney Winter course designed to provide students with deeper insights of international business.

The course focuses on global business in the Asia Pacific region through company presentations, tours, cultural activities, and an academic course.

Academic Program

Gain a deeper understanding of international business in Asia Pacific and the management issues confronting small-medium enterprises (SMEs) and multi-national enterprises (MNEs) in the Asia Pacific Region. The course and company presentations provide practical guidance on how to develop and sustain a competitive advantage in the Asia Pacific Region. Learn about the rise of ASEAN, the challenges and opportunities for trade growth, and collaboration within this fast growing and dynamic region

The course and company presentations provide practical guidance on how to develop and sustain a competitive advantage. Learn about the rise of ASEAN, the challenges and opportunities for trade growth, and collaboration within this fast growing and dynamic region.

Each year, company briefings will change. Previous briefings have included companies like DHL Oceania, Google Australia, National Australia Bank, Foxtel, DCC Law Firm,, Minomic, Commercial Attache at the U.S. Embassy in Australia, The American Chamber of Commerce in Australia, 3M Australia/New Zealand, Honeywell Australia and AT&T Australia.

Program Highlights

  • 11 days in Sydney, Australia over winter break (Australian summer)
  • Experience a dynamic, global class with a local professor
  • Learn from business executives through company presentations and visits
  • Earn credit toward marketing major or international global issues gen ed
  • Fulfill a portion of the International Business Certificate
  • Enjoy a cultural excursion day and free days to explore Australia
  • Network with business students from other universities
  • Scholarships available


Course credit satisfies Tippie RISE and also counts in the following ways:

  • Pick one: International Marketing or the International and Global Issues GenEd
  • Pick one: For the International Business Certificate: International Business Section or Study Abroad Section

Cultural Activities

In additional to an organized cultural excursion day, students have free time to visit historic and cultural attractions and experience the many markets, shops, restaurants, theater and cultural venues that Sydney has to offer.

IMPORTANT: Please note that this program is highly competitive and there is a possibility that it will fill up before the designated deadline. We recommend that you apply for the program after it opens as soon as possible. Students are not advised to wait until closer to the deadline to apply as they will risk being waitlisted. We cannot guarantee placement in the program if students are waitlisted.

Program Dates

This winter travel course will run January 2, 2024 - January 13, 2024.

For More Information

Sydney Johnson



With a population of around five million, Sydney is a cosmopolitan, open-minded, multicultural city and is the capital of the Australian state of New South Wales. 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 healthy lifestyle.

As a hub of business transactions in the Asia-Pacific region, Sydney is an important location when it comes to doing business in that part of the world. Sydney is the epicenter of trade, finance, and business transactions in the Asia-Pacific.


Australia is home to some of the globe's most stunning and recognizable World Heritage Sites, including the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree National Park and Uluru. Its major cities - Melbourne, Sydney and Perth - regularly rank among the most liveable and safe destinations in the world, and for good reason. Australia has a well-earned reputation not only for its beautiful environment and sunny days, but also for the sunny disposition of its hospitable locals.

Beyond surfing, kangaroos and coffee, Australia is also well known for its robust healthcare and technology industries as well as its rich arts and culture scene encompassing everything from Aboriginal art to modern dance companies to classical opera. As a world leader in environmental conservation, with over 500 national parts and 2,700 nature conservation areas, you'll always be near an adventure.

US Department of State Country Information

The US Department of State provides safety and security information for every country of the world to help you assess for yourself the risks of travel. Each country information page contains a Travel Advisory, Alerts, and other important details specific to that country that could affect you.

Pay close attention to the entry and exit requirements, local laws and customs, health conditions, and other details to help decide whether traveling to any given country is right for you. Non-US citizen travelers may also wish to seek guidance from the embassy of their country of citizenship. The UI International Travel Policy for Students addresses restrictions on student travel to high-risk locations and engagement in high-risk activities abroad.

Living Arrangements

Students are housed in shared rooms in fully-furnished apartments, or flats, in Sydney's city center within walking distance of the classroom. The apartments include a living area, kitchen, and bath, and laundry facilities are available. Students will be housed with other University of Iowa students, or students from another U.S. college or university.


If you do not have a passport, it is important that you apply for one as soon as possible to ensure you receive it before the program begins. US citizens can find more information about how to apply for a passport on the US Department of State’s website.

Important notice for students without a valid passport or whose passport will expire within the next 12 months:

US citizens can find more information about how to renew a passport on the US Department of State’s website.

Students with a valid passport should check the expiration date. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months AFTER the anticipated return to the US from studying abroad. If your passport is not valid for at least 6 months after your anticipated date of return to the US, you must renew your passport before applying for the visa you will need to enter your host country.

Expedited processing service is available for US passports (although this still takes several weeks and is at an additional cost). UI Study Abroad encourages students to ask the passport agency at the time of application whether expedited service is recommended.

Non-US Citizens:

Students who are not US citizens should contact their consulate for more information if they need to get a new passport or renew their passport.

Student Visitor Visa to enter Australia:

All students participating on this program will be required to apply for a Student Visitor Visa to enter Australia. Study Abroad will provide the necessary information and documents to support these applications, after the Confirmation Deadline has passed.

International Students:

To return to the United States after the class, you will need a valid form I-20 or DS-2019 endorsed for travel abroad and an F-1 or J-1 student visa that is valid through the date that you plan to return to the United States. You can obtain a travel signature from an advisor at International Student and Scholar Services, 1111 University Capitol Centre.

Travel Arrangements

Students will make their own travel arrangements with advice and information provided by the program coordinators. Accepted students should NOT purchase tickets until the program's status is confirmed. In late September, instructions for purchasing tickets will be shared with the group.

Students arriving within a designated window of time will be met at Sydney International Airport and transported to their apartments in central Sydney. Students will also be provided with a return shuttle to Sydney International Airport at the time of departure.

Local Transportation

Transportation for all course activities is provided, including a group airport pickup and drop-off at the beginning and end of the course.

Covid-19 Protocols

For courses traveling abroad, participating students and faculty will be required to follow host country laws and procedures regarding COVID-19. Requirements of each host country are subject to change with little notice. Requirements may include COVID-19 testing, proof of vaccination, or quarantine/isolation to enter the country or to access certain facilitates and services.

To review current entry requirements, please refer to the U.S. Embassy COVID-19 Country-specific Information page for your destination.


A minimum University of Iowa GPA of 2.75 is required for acceptance. Prerequisites: MGMT:2100 Introduction to Management or consent of the program director. A minimum of Sophomore standing (having completed one year of academic coursework at the University of Iowa) is required. Minimum of 30 completed s.h. prior to the program. Freshmen or those who have not completed one year at the University of Iowa are not eligible to apply. All participants must also be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the University of Iowa. Must be able to obtain the required visa.


Program fees

The typical program fee is expected to be $4,000 - 4,500.

Please note that this is an estimated cost and is subject to changes.PDFCost Sheet - Winter 2023/2024

What's included in the program fee:

  • 3 semester hours of tuition
  • Company speakers
  • Shared accommodation including Wi-Fi
  • Daily breakfast supplies at accommodation
  • Lunches on class days
  • Welcome dinner
  • Cultural day trip and city tour
  • Ground transportation to and from the airport
  • Ground transportation to all course events
  • 24/7 staff support from Global Academic Ventures
  • UI study abroad administrative fee
  • Mandatory Iowa Regents CISI insurance
  • What's not included in the program fee:

  • Round-trip airfare ($2,000 - $3,500)
  • Meals not listed in the program fee
  • Personal expenses and travel
  • $50 application fee charged to U-Bill at time of application
  • Visa fee (~$20)
  • Purchasing airline tickets

    Students are advised NOT to purchase tickets until the program's status is confirmed. In late September, students will be informed about whether there is sufficient interest to offer the trip. Directions about purchasing tickets will be shared at that time.

    Scholarships and Financial Aid

    Students are encouraged to apply for Need-based, Merit, and Global Access Ambassador scholarships awarded by Study Abroad. More information is available on the Study Abroad website.

    The Tippie College of Business offers scholarships for students participating on winter study abroad programs. To apply to Tippie College of Business scholarships specifically for study abroad opportunities, please click on the following link: Tippie College of Business Global Experiences Scholarships.

    Financial aid received to attend the University of Iowa (scholarships, grants, and loans) may be applied toward the program cost. Students are encouraged to speak with someone in Financial Aid to explore financial aid options.

    How to Apply

    Please apply for the study abroad application.

    Students who wish to study abroad through the Tippie College of Business on one of the Winter Session programs must only apply to one program. Multiple applications for multiple programs will not be considered.

    UI students who apply to this program will be U-billed the $50 application fee. The application form, along with a copy of the information page of your passport, should be submitted by the application deadline.

    Program admission decisions will be based on several factors:

    • Course eligibility requirements met;
    • Submission date of complete application

    IMPORTANT: Please note that this program is highly competitive and there is a possibility that it will fill up before the designated deadline. We recommend that you apply for the program after it opens as soon as possible. Students are not advised to wait until closer to the deadline to apply as they will risk being waitlisted. We cannot guarantee placement in the program if students are waitlisted.

    For More Information

    For more information about your application or the financial implications, please contact the program coordinator, Ryan Ourada.


    Health & Safety Planning

    Students should carefully review the following materials starting at least two months prior to departure:

    Prepare for Departure

    Health and Safety

    Iowa Regents CISI Health Insurance Information

    Students are also encouraged to complete the Health Preparation Guide for International Travelform with their medical practitioner. This document is intended to help you plan for your medical needs abroad. Please DO NOT turn this form in to UI Study Abroad.


    Students will receive instructions for booking flights after the Confirmation Deadline. A suggested group flight will be shared with the group and students will make their own arrangements. Those who do not have extensive travel experience are encouraged to book the suggested group flight.


    All program participants are required to complete immigration requirements to enter and study in your host country. UI Study Abroad and your program provider/host institution abroad will provide you with immigration instructions prior to departure.

    Note that permission to enter and study in your host country is provided exclusively by the host country’s government based on that country's immigration requirements. Your host country’s immigration requirements may include considerations related to specific national origin, national heritage, criminal background status, and similar issues that can make it impossible to receive permission to enter the country in some cases. Contact your UI study abroad advisor for more information.

    It is essential that you thoroughly review all of your immigration materials before you leave for your host country to ensure that they are absolutely complete and accurate. It is entirely your responsibility to ensure that all of your immigration materials are in order and fully accurate before you leave for your host country. If any of your immigration materials contain inaccurate information of any kind, contact your UI study abroad advisor immediately to discuss your options.

    Do not take steps to complete your host country’s immigration requirements until you receive more information from UI Study Abroad.

    Review the informaiton under the Visa heading our Prepare for Departure page for further guidance on the immigration/visa process.


    In order to prepare for your time abroad, you are required by the University of Iowa to complete two orientations. These may be in addition to orientations provided by your on-site provider. See below for more information.

    Online Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation

    You are required to complete the International Programs ICON course "Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation" prior to departure. This orientation is mandatory for all students going abroad under the auspices of the University of Iowa. It covers many practical matters about living overseas, such as health and safety, communication, money, goals, and much more. You will be enrolled in this course by International Programs and an email will be sent to you once enrolled. If you have any questions, you can email

    Program-Specific Orientation

    A mandatory, in-person orientation will be facilitated by the Faculty Leader and Study Abroad Coordinator before departure and will cover content specific to your program and host country.