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TEAN Australia: University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Academic Year, Calendar Year

Location:

Sydney, Australia

Credit:

Transfer

Eligibility:

Minimum UI and Cumulative GPA of 2.8, sophomore standing or higher, good academic and disciplinary standing.

Application Due:

3/1 for Fall

10/1 for Spring

Program Cost:

Click the Application tab.

Program

University of New South Wales campus

Designed for all students, this semester, academic-year or calendar-year program allows students to take courses in a variety of areas related to their field of study at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia. Potential course offerings include classes in business, communications, health science, humanities, engineering and much more. The University of New South Wales is one of the only Australian universities that offers a similar academic year to our own, allowing students to enroll in a study abroad program in January or September.

The University of Iowa partners with The Education Abroad Network (TEAN) to offer students the opportunity to study at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Students from the University of Iowa join others from around the world on this program. University of Iowa students earn transfer credit for this program.

Academic Program

Academic Departments and Schools at the University of New South Wales are divided into eight academic divisions: Art and Design; Arts and Social Sciences; Built Environment; Business; Engineering; Law; Medicine and Science.

Courses (called "subjects" at UNSW) are available in a wide variety of disciplines.

Students enroll in 3-4 subjects per semester (18-24 UNSW credits, usually equivalent to either 9-12 sh or 12-16 sh).

Course schedules are determined by Bond University. The academic culture and schedule may be different than you are used to here in the United States, so be sure to discuss advice for the transition with your study abroad advisor.

Course Levels:

  • 100-level is the equivalent of a 2000-level/sophomore level U.S. course.
  • 200-level is the equivalent of a 3000-level/junior level U.S. course.
  • 300 level is the equivalent of a 4000-level/senior level U.S. course. (Note: these courses require a high level of competency and you will most likely need to fulfill numerous prerequisites).
  • 400-level + courses are graduate level and, for the most part, are not open to study abroad students.

TEAN students also have the option of enrolling in an internship in the media or business sectors for two full days per week. Offered as a six credit course (3-4 sh), assessment will be based on workplace performance, a journal, a final research project and an exit report.

For updated course offerings, descriptions, and syllabi, visit TEAN's program webpage and visit the UNSW online handbook.

Orientation, Excursions, and Cultural Activities

Orientation

TEAN’s exclusive “Welcome Abroad” Orientation Program takes place in Cairns in the north of Australia, famous for its tropical setting and access to the Great Barrier Reef. Your Australia Orientation is designed to set you up for a successful semester by introducing you to the local culture and academics while you get to know your soon-to-be friends and have an exciting journey in the process. On the final day of Orientation, students travel to their host city, where they are met by their local TEAN Resident Director and introduced to their housing and local area.

Excursions & Cultural Activities

Students, depending on programs dates and semester abroad, may participate in optional excursions. Travel plans may include four pre- pr post-semester days spent relaxing, kayaking and sunning in Fiji and/or a weekend trip to Melbourne, Australia where students have explored the city's hidden gems and been introduced to the sporting culture of Aussie Rules Football and/or an eight pre-semester days packed with hiking, bungee jumping and whitewater rafting on New Zealand's South Island.

TEAN staff also arrange a wide assortment of cultural immersion activities throughout the semester. Past activities have included surf lessons, a behind-the-scenes tour of the world-famous Sydney opera house and joining local audiences at games in cheering for the rugby leagues.

Program Dates

Fall: Mid-August - mid-December

Spring: Early January - mid-April

Summer programs are only available to students planning to stay on for Fall semester.

Course Enrollment Process

How to Find Courses

The UNSW course enrollment process is very layered. Your courses must be approved by UNSW before you can be enrolled in them and it can take 4-6 weeks for courses to be approved. We highly advise students have 6-8 courses approved by the University of Iowa and UNSW before the enrollment period begins a couple months before departure. Follow the below steps to begin exploring potential coursework.

  • Visit the UNSW online handbook.
  • Select “By Teaching Period” on the upper right hand side of the page. This will allow you to filter by semester and campus location. You will want to make sure you’re looking at courses offered at the Kensington Campus (Sydney) and at the undergraduate level.
  • Note: Many Art courses will be offered on the Paddington Campus which is a few bus stops away from the Kensington Campus. There is a free shuttle.
  • Select “Teaching Period One” for U.S. spring semester courses or “Teaching Period Three” for U.S. fall semester courses. Ignore the options with A, B, C listed after the name.
  • This page gives you each Subject Area in alphabetical order. Click on the Subject Area of interest, then the specific course you want to view. On each course page you can verify the teaching period, course instructor, meeting times, etc. You can also click on “Online Handbook Record” in the upper right hand corner of the page to view a description of the course.
  • Once you identify 6-8 courses that match your criteria, enter them into your TEAN application under “TEAN Course Selection”.
  • Note: In order to comply with your student visa, you may only take one online course during the semester.
  • Courses will be approved by UNSW once TEAN submits your application materials for review. The courses uploaded into your TEAN Course Selection form are preliminary; they are not binding in any way. The sooner you can complete your TEAN form, the sooner UNSW can review your selections.

For more information on course selection procedures, visit TEAN's informational page on course selection.

For More Information

Monica Ernberger, Study Abroad Advisor
The University of Iowa
Office for Study Abroad
1111 University Capitol Centre
Iowa City, IA 52242

Phone: 319-335-0353
Fax: 319-335-0343
Email: monica-ernberger@uiowa.edu

Australia

Australia is home to some of the globe's most stunning and recognizable World Heritage Sites, such as the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree National Park and Uluru. Its major cities, including 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, which encompasses everything from Aboriginal art, to contemporary dance companies, to classical opera. A world leader in environmental conservation, with over 500 national parts and 2,700 nature conservation areas, you'll always be near an adventure.

Sydney, Australia

Sydney, Australia

Sydney, Australia's oldest and largest city, is located next to the ocean on the east coast and has a population of approximately 5 million people. While the appeal of the warm weather and beautiful beaches is undeniable, studying abroad in Sydney will make you realize that there is a lot more to this region than just the beach—though it’s true that the UNSW campus is only minutes away from some of Australia's finest! Sydney frequently ranks among the most livable cities in the world; with over 2.5 million acres of nature reserves and parks, world-famous institutions of the arts and a bustling entertainment scene, there's something in this thriving metropolis for everyone.

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

UNSW campus

UNSW is ranked among the top 50 universities in the world, and for good reason. First established in 1949, UNSW has maintained and built upon a stellar educational reputation in scientific, technological and professional disciplines; today, almost 20 different areas of study offered by UNSW are ranked among the world's top 50 subjects (QS World University Rankings 2019). It is currently ranked as Australia's top engineering school. Along with its commitment to innovation and research, UNSW is also known for its convenient location close to both the city center and stunning Coogee Beach. Over 50,000 students take advantage of the cosmopolitan experience UNSW provide each year, with international students from over 128 countries choosing to make UNSW a part of their educational experience.

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

University Terrace Housing, UNSW

TEAN students participating in this program have three housing options: UNSW on-campus housing, off-campus apartments near Coogee Beach or Bondi Junction beachside apartments. Students will have their choice of housing and will work directly with TEAN to secure their choice. The cost of accommodation will be paid directly to TEAN. The cost of the housing options varies greatly. Please be aware of your budget for housing when picking one of the three options.

UNSW On-Campus Housing

Students can choose to be fully immersed within campus life by living alongside other international and local students. Housing may vary from older accommodations to modern dorms and purpose-built student apartments. All on-campus housing offers single rooms. Linens are supplied, but towels are not. On-campus housing is self-catered and meals are not included. On-campus housing is ideal for students who want to walk to class, be a part of the local university environment, meet students from all over the world and be involved with campus activities.

Off-Campus Coogee Beach Apartments

Coogee Beach

TEAN offers off-campus housing in Coogee Beach, one of Sydney’s most beautiful and iconic beaches. Surrounded by cafes, pubs and anything else you may need within walking distance, Coogee is like a village within the city. Apartment units are right across the street from the beach. They include cable television, internal laundry with a washer and a dryer, air-conditioning, access to a monthly cleaning service, linens, towels and Internet access. Bedrooms are shared between two TEAN students. Meals are not included. From these apartments, it is about a 35 minute walk or a 7 minute bus ride to the UNSW campus.

Bondi Junction Beachside Apartments

Located in Bondi Junction, these apartments have the world-renowned Bondi Beach on one side and Sydney Harbour and the city on the other. A bus and train interchange located below the apartment building offers convenient access to the city and beaches. Bondi Beach is a short bus ride or a 30 minute walk away, and downtown Sydney can be reached via a short train ride. These apartments are directly across the street from Australia’s second largest shopping center; various grocery stores, pharmacies and basic necessities are all within walking distance.

Each bedroom houses two students within a two- or three-bedroom apartment. Apartments include cable television, air-conditioning, full-sized and fully equipped kitchens, laundry units, Internet, landline phone services, linens, towels, on-site building management, 24-hour security access, balconies and a weekly cleaning service. The complex also allows access to a lap pool, an exercise room, a whirlpool, basketball courts, a sauna, a virtual golf center and tennis courts. Meals are not included. From these apartments, it is about a 15-25 minute bus ride to the UNSW campus.

For more information about housing options for UNSW with TEAN, please see the following link: TEAN UNSW Housing Information.

Local Transportation

There is excellent public transportation in Sydney. There are buses that depart from the downtown/beach area to the campus on a regular basis. In addition to buses, there are trains and trams that service Sydney.

Eligibility

This program is open to UI students who fulfill the following requirements:

  • Minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA: Students must have at minimum a 2.8 cumulative GPA to participate in this program.
  • Minimum 2.8 UI GPA: Students must have at minimum a 2.5 UI GPA to participate in this program.
  • Minimum sophomore standing at a four-year institution: Minimum sophomore standing at a four-year institution, such as the University of Iowa, at the time of participation. Second semester freshmen may be admitted on a case-by-case basis.
  • Good academic and disciplinary standing: Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the University of Iowa. Academic and disciplinary history will also be considered when determining whether a student is prepared to represent the University of Iowa as part of this program. Students who, even after being accepted into a program, are put on either academic and/or disciplinary probation for any period of time overlapping with the study abroad program dates are ineligible to study abroad. In these cases, students must forfeit their acceptance, will not be allowed to study abroad, and are wholly responsible for any and all financial expenses incurred.

Cost

The most recent cost sheet for the program is included below. The cost sheet outlines the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program and can be used for financial aid and planning purposes. It includes fees charged on students’ U-Bill (TEAN program fee, Study Abroad Administrative Fee, and mandatory Iowa Regents CISI Travel Insurance), as well as out-of-pocket expenses. Actual out-of-pocket expenses will vary from individual to individual. Quoted estimates are conservatively high, yet realistic. Please see the respective websites for further details. Contact the designated UI Study Abroad advisor with questions regarding the cost sheet.

Cost Sheets

PDFEstimated Cost Sheet for TEAN University of New South Wales (UNSW), Spring 2020

There is a $50 UI non-refundable application fee and a $100 TEAN application deposit. Housing costs are paid directly to TEAN. Students will pay the TEAN program fee, Study Abroad administrative fees, and will be enrolled in Iowa Regents international health insurance. The program fee includes tuition and fees, the TEAN pre-semester excursion to Cairns, and onsite support services as well as pre-departure services. Expected additional costs may include but are not limited to: housing, meals, local transportation, airfare, personal expenses, visa fees, and textbooks.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) is applicable to study abroad programs. Please check the Study Abroad website for information on financial aid and how it may be applied to studying abroad. You are also encouraged to speak with someone at the Office of Student Financial Aid to explore financial aid options.

Scholarship opportunities exist for study abroad participants. Please explore Study Abroad’s websites for UI Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities and Non-UI External Awards.

TEAN Scholarships

Each year TEAN awards thousands of dollars in need-, diversity- and merit-based scholarships to participants of their various programs. Visit their scholarships page for details.

Students will receive an automatic $1000 from TEAN to participate in this program.

UNSW Scholarships

In addition to TEAN scholarships, the University of New South Wales provides an additional two $2,000 AUD scholarships and five $5,000 AUD scholarships for the fall and spring semesters. Any TEAN UNSW students that apply for a TEAN scholarship will automatically be considered for these university specific scholarships.

Withdrawal Policy

After applying for a study abroad program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
After submitting the Confirmation of Participation Study Abroad Administrative Fee: $400
Portion of course fee: As determined by the program contract with TEAN
Less than 30 days before the program start date Study Abroad Administrative Fee: $400 or 50%, whichever is greater
Portion of course fee: As determined by the program contract with TEAN
On or after the program start date Study Abroad Administrative Fee: 100%
Portion of course fee: As determined by the program contract with TEAN

Consult with the designated UI Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when withdrawing from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with the airline for further details.

Application Deadlines

  • Spring Semester: October 1
  • Fall Semester: March 1

How to apply

Interested students should make an appointment with the designated UI Study Abroad advisor to discuss the program and the application process. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 319-335-0353. During the appointment, the advisor will provide full application instructions. Note: Application materials will not be reviewed unless a student has already met with the advisor to discuss the program.

The application process consists of the following steps:

• Complete the UI Online Application for Study Abroad. Applicants will be charged a $50 non-refundable application fee. As part of the UI Online Application for Study Abroad, applicants will need to upload a copy of their passport picture page, a list of courses to take while abroad, and a statement of purpose.

  • Complete the TEAN online application.
  • Post Acceptance

    After the application cycle has finished, students will receive an email, an acceptance letter, and more information about accepting their place in the program as well as information on applying for visas and purchasing plane tickets.

    Confirmation of Participation

    Confirmation materials will be posted after the program application deadline.

    Health & Safety Planning

    All students preparing to study abroad should review the following:

    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.

    Financial Aid

    For more information about receiving financial aid while studying abroad, please review the following:

    UI Financial Aid Information

    Visa

    US passport holders must obtain a student visa from Australia in order to participate in this program. US passport holders should follow the visa application instructions provided by TEAN. Unlike other countries, Australia student visa applications do not require applying at a local embassy in person. Australian applications are generally completed online, with Visa Grant Notifications often issued within 2-4 weeks after submitting your application. Please note that you will only receive an email notification – no physical documents will be sent to you. You will need to keep a copy of your visa grant number notification with your passport. Your passport should be valid for at least six months after the conclusion of your semester to satisfy Australia’s entry requirements. Students are ultimately responsible for obtaining the necessary visa to enter Australia.

    Non-US passport holders should consult with TEAN regarding their visa requirements.

    Flight/Travel Arrangements

    Students may either book the group flight itinerary through TEAN or book flights independently. Participants are responsible for being at the orientation site on time.

    Orientation

    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.

    Online Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation

    You are required to complete the International Programs online “Education Abroad Pre-Departure Orientation” course distributed through ICON 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 safety-abroad@uiowa.edu.

    Program-Specific Orientation

    This orientation will be facilitated by your study abroad advisor and will cover content specific to your program and host country. It could be conducted in a group setting or one-on-one. Your study abroad advisor will send you more information about this mandatory in-person session.

    In-country Orientation

    TEAN provides a six-day, pre-semester orientation program in Cairns, Australia. After the TEAN orientation, students will depart for their respective campuses and will partake in an orientation program on their host university's campus.