The City of Wollongong is located about 50 miles south of Sydney on a spectacular stretch of the southern New South Wales coast. Wollongong's natural environment includes some of the most pristine beaches in Australia and the escarpment to the west offers a great network of walking trails and dazzling views of the coastline.
Wollongong is the 8th largest city in Australia and is well known for its history of farming, fishing, coal mining and steel making. The city, however, is rapidly changing with education, information technology and telecommunications, manufacturing and tourism emerging as the industries of the future.
The University of Wollongong has about 14,000 students spread in nine faculties. The University was founded in 1951 and has grown to become one of the top research institutions in Australia. The University and the City of Wollongong are thriving international communities, welcoming international students into a vast range of course work and research programs, and the relaxed and friendly lifestyle of the region. Fields of study available at Wollongong include creative arts, Asian studies, business, history, education, computer science and the hard sciences.
The Transfer Credit Database lists courses that have been previously approved at the University of Wollongong. Please note: their applicability to a specific degree program varies by department. This list is not inclusive. Additional courses can be approved for credit by using the course approval form and process, which is a part of the application for study abroad. Please refer to the academic information on the host university website for all courses available to study abroad students.
Paid and unpaid internships are typically not available to study abroad students. However, a Commerce (Business) Internship is available. Interested students can find out more information on our website here, and should contact the Study Abroad office at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested in applying.
Engineering F-SAE Team- The Faculty of Engineering participates in the annual Australasian Formula SAE competition, where students combine to design, build and race their own car as well as building up valuable project management skills. More information can be found on the website here.
Accommodations at University of Wollongong are provided as either self-catered student apartments or student halls which come with a meal plan. All rooms are furnished with shared kitchens and baths. Home stays with Australian families are also available or students may find their own accommodations off-campus. For more information, please visit Live on Campus or UOW's accommodation services website.
Exchange vs. Direct Enroll
Only a limited number of exchange slots are available at the University of Wollongong each year. Students who are awarded an exchange slot will pay regular NC State tuition and fees.
Students who are accepted to the program but who are not awarded an exchange slot have the option of paying tuition and fees directly to the University of Wollongong. For cost information, please see UOW's cost information. The Direct Enroll option is generally less expensive than out-of-state tuition, and is considered a cost-effective study abroad option for out-of-state students.
Note that all fees are listed in Australian Dollars, not US Dollars. For current exchange rates, visit http://www.oanda.com/
All students must obtain an appropriate visa for entry. The University issues a Confirmation of Enrollment (CoE) number, which is required to obtain a student visa. There is an easy to follow step-by-step guide at: http://www.border.gov.au/. Most students will apply for the Non Award Sector visa, subclass 500.
Cost information is shown in the budget link, above. Financial aid is generally available to help qualified NC State students meet the expenses of study abroad. For additional funding, NC State students should consider applying for a study abroad scholarship, and check out other ideas for funding study abroad such as applying to outside scholarships, and starting a funding page.
Australian semester dates vary from the NC State calendar. Semester 1 in Australia typcially runs February - June, and students will be expected to arrive earlier in February for orientation. Semester 2 in Australia typically runs July - November, and students will be expected to arrive for orientation in late June or July. Please check UOW's website for specific dates. More information about orientation will be available upon acceptance to the Australian university.
The University reserves the right to alter the program format and/or costs in case of conditions beyond its control. If the program is canceled or a student withdraws, a refund of program costs may not be available in all cases. Please refer to the Study Abroad Office Refund Policy for details.
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