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Internship & Study Program in Sydney, Australia

Live, Learn & Work as an Intern in Sydney, Australia!

Earn up to twelve 300-level Augustana academic credits. Students complete nine 300-level internship credits and three credits in either Business Ethics or Intercultural Communications. Interns fulfill the PH Learning Perspective.  Majors across the curriculum may earn departmental internship credit with approval of their major departments.  All interns must be approved by the International Office, the Dean of Students Office, their major departments, and CAPA International Education, our partner organization in Sydney. An extensive application process is required, including an internship profile, placement request, and two letters of recommendation. Adherence to deadlines is mandatory for participation in this study abroad.

Academics:  The Winter Term in Australia program includes both academic coursework and internship credits to form a General Education Learning Community.  Courses include:

     Either BUSN 327: Business Ethics (PH, G) or Interncultural Communications (PH, G)

     A nine-credit INTR Internship program in your major field of study.

Eligibility:  This program is open to all students beyond the first year, though due to the nature of the internship program, it is recommended primarily for juniors and seniors.  This program has a cap of 50 students and can be competitive (more applications than positions available).  

Housing: In Sydney, all students will be housed in shared apartments within easy commuting time to all central locations within the city.  Students who are living on campus during the Fall & Spring terms should expect to pay for housing and a meal plan on campus for the first 5 weeks of the program.  Students who are living off-campus should be sure to arrange for housing during the first five weeks of the Winter Term.  Program fees do not include the cost of housing during this on-campus portion of the term.

Program Calendar: 

Applications due early January of the year prior to departure. 

Coursework begins on campus in November. 

Internship placements provided in Mid-December.

Sydney Program begins Mid-January.    

Program concludes in early March.

Sydney interns complete a learning community of an internship seminar and 5-week class on campus in November & December before departing for Australia. Interns may leave for Sydney for independent travel after classes end in December, with check in for the program the 2nd week of January. Interns may also take advantage of a group flight to Sydney, leaving the USA in mid-January if they do not wish to travel independently or arrive early for independent travel.  A local orientation in Sydney takes place upon arrival and then interns complete a 7 week internship in their major academic field of study. Upon completion of the full-time internship, interns return to the USA the weekend before Spring Term courses begin.

Program Cost: For Winter 2016-17 the program fee is tentatively set at $20,100.

Program Cost vs. Winter Term on campus:  $3,400 more than Winter Term estimate of $16,700.  $1,400 if Augie Choice funds are applied.

Program Cost includes:  Program fees includes winter term tuition, group round-trip airfare, shared housing in flats, internship placement and seminar, Sydney local transportation pass, CAPA support and services, insurance, orientation and two day trips.

Not included: Students typically budget an additional $1,500 to $3,500 for living expenses while in Australia. These expenses include meals, recreation, refundable damage deposit ($150), and additional travel.

Airfare Refund: Students who do not wish to use the group flight will pay a reduced program fee, typically $2,000-$2,500 less than the advertised program cost.

Financial Aid:  Students participating in this program are eligible for the same grants, scholarships and loan eligibility while abroad as they would be for this trimester on campus.  When billed for the program each student will receive a detailed billing statement which reduces the cost of the program in accordance with the student's anticipated financial assistance. 

Augie Choice: This program is Augie Choice eligible for all students who have completed 6 terms or 60 credits (junior status) or higher at the time of departure.  Transfer students who have also completed 3 terms or 30 credits at Augustana are also eligible for the Augie Choice grant.

Application process:  Students are encouraged to attend the Study Away Fair on campus this October 4th.  Each program will also hold informational meetings in October and early November.  The online application for this and all 2016-2017 programs will go live in November 2015.   Online applications and a $300 deposit are required by January 15, 2016 in order for full consideration.   If the program is overenrolled a selection process based on academic year and GPA will be utilized to select the participants and a short alternate list.  If a program has vacancies after the January deadline, late applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first served basis.


 More information, including photos and testimonials from past participants, 

may be found at the Business Administration Department's Australia Website.

 Questions? Please contact Karen Petersen, Carreers & Development | CORE | 309.794.7456