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ACES Study & Intern in Australia: University of Sydney (Summer)
Sydney, Australia (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
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ACES Study & Intern in Australia: University of Sydney

Summer Study and Internship

Sydney, Australia


Short-term Study Abroad students have the opportunity to develop familiarity with the Australian workplace culture while applying their academic learning in real workplace situations. Through enrolling in our credit-bearing Internship unit of study (ARTS2600), students can enhance communication, cross-cultural and interpersonal skills while gaining a competitive advantage in the graduate employment market.

The City of Sydney
Located on Australia's east coast, Sydney is the state capital of New South Wales and the most populous city in Australia.  Located on Australia's east coast, the metropolis surrounds one of the world's largest natural harbours, and sprawls towards the Blue Mountains to the west.  Settled in the late 1700's by the British as a penal colony, Sydney has grown to become a global cultural and economic center.  There are more than 250 idfferent language spoken in Sydney and about one-third of the residents speak a language other than English at home.  While Sydney is a booming metropolis, it offers many natural and man-made attractions such as Sydney Harbour, Bondi Beach, the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Further information is available at:


Applicants are placed on a best-fit basis. Placement is competitive and based on eligibility criteria, applicability of academic studies to the placement, and the outcome of a Skype interview. Eligibility requirements include:
  • Passport valid for 6 months after program dates with at least two blank visa pages
  • Visa may be required
  • satisfying all requirements of the Study Abroad Program
  • cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, or ‘B’ or better on the ECTS grading scale
  • completed at least 1 year of university study


Program will be conducted in English. 

Unit of Study Options
The University of Sydney offers the largest selection ofcoursesin Australia to Study Abroad students. Each unit of study is taught in an intensive format while maintaining credit point values and academic integrity. Most unit of study options are taught alongside full-degree students and provide hands-on experiential learning in an Australian cultural context.

Below is a list of units of study offered in our 2017 Short-term Study Abroad Program. Students choose either 1 or 2 units of study, one of which can be our credit-bearing Internship.
  • ARTS2600 Internship 1
  • IBUS2102 Cross-Cultural Management
  • CAEL2042 Photography and the Darkroom
  • CAEL2049 Vessel as Concept: Hot Glass Intro
  • DECO2101 Visual Communication
  • ECON1002 Introductory Macroeconomics
  • EDUH4052 Learning in Outdoor Education
  • EDUH4058 Sport & Learning in Australian Culture
  • ENGL2638 Literature and Cinema
  • INDG1001 Indigenous Australia: An Introduction
  • MKTG1001 Marketing Principles
  • PSYC1001 Psychology 1*
  • SCLG2607 Social Movements & Protest Politics*
  • USSC2602 US Politics: Elections, Presidents & Laws
  • USSC2604 Sex, Race and Rock in the USA
  • WORK2217 International Human Resource Mgmt
Course Approval
Before you study abroad you must get the courses you plan to take abroad approved by your college’s study abroad office.  ACES Students should view the “Academic Information” section of the ACES Study Abroad Website.  This section provides information on the course approval process and a link for the pre-approval database which contains all courses with UIUC course equivalents.
Pre-Departure Course, LAS 291/292- 1 credit 
Students must register themselves in LAS 291 in the semester prior to departure of their program. This is a required on-campus pre-departure (S/U graded) course. Completion of this course will result in the automatic enrollment of LAS 292, a required in-country course which continues through the semester you return to campus and is a 1 credit (letter graded) course.

Internship Environment

The Placements
Students complete 8 hours of professional development training, 4 reflective assessments, and a minimum of 120 hours* (18 days) with a host organisation.The placement requires no extra fees and students receive a final grade that appears on their University of Sydney transcript.

We work with companies from a variety of fields including start-ups, technology firms, financial service providers and non-profits. Below are a few examples of recent partners:
  • Taronga Zoo
  • Australian Baseball League
  • Cancer Council NSW
  • Heart Research Institute
  • Morningstar
  • Our Big Kitchen
  • Pandora Music
  • Rainforest Rescue
*There is flexibility to increase the contact hours if needed

Placement Process
Soon after accepting your offer, you will receive an email containing a PDF of all internship opportunities for your upcoming program. Applicants rank preferences and the internship team matches students on a best-fit basis with our high quality host partners. Students who apply early have a better opportunity to get their highest preference internship placement. Skype interviews and final placement will be completed before you arrive in Sydney.

Though every effort is made to place all eligible applicants, placement is competitive and not guaranteed. If you are not placed, you can enroll in a different unit of study.

Email Emily May for the Australian application details:


We provide peace of mind in finding a place to live by offering our students guaranteed accommodation atUrbanest, a student accommodation complex with five inner city locations on the doorstep of downtown Sydney. ( have negotiated a special contract rate and length to suit the Spring Friendly cohort.

All students at Urbanest have access to facilities and services including:
  • Central Location
  • Fully Furnished
  • 15GB internet/month incl.
  • Social & StudySpaces
  • 24/7 Security System
  • Gym, Yoga & TV Rooms
*Students who choose to come for only 3 weeks will be provided a list of alternative accommodation options near the University of Sydney main campus.


1 unit of study - $3,000 AUD (~$2,304 USD)

2 units of study - $6,000 AUD (~$4,607 USD)

Guaranteed Accommodation over 6 weeks - $2,100 AUD (~$1,613 USD)

For an Unofficial Budget of this program, please scroll to the top of this page and find the box labeled “Budget Sheets,” and click on the semester during which you want to participate. Please read through the Unofficial Budget information, which also includes information on Financial Aid, and Scholarships. 

Financial Aid
Financial aid can be applied to the cost of the program. The amount of financial aid that is applicable to study abroad will depend on your financial aid package. Since there are many variables that determine how your financial aid package applies to study abroad, it is best that you consult with the study abroad financial aid advisor in the Office of Student Financial Aid to discuss your individual financial aid package.  Their email and more information on Financial aid can be found at

Eligible students may receive additional scholarships toward the program cost.  The amount varies depending on the program destination.  Scholarship amounts are announced when program fees for each program are announced.  Non-ACES students should contact their college about scholarship opportunities.  All participants should also apply for the Illinois for Illinois (I4I) Study Abroad Undergraduate Scholarship. For more information, go to
ACES Students are eligible for additional funding through their college. More information about ACES scholarships including the application can be found at 

Application Information 

First Steps Info 
For more information on the first steps to going abroad, visit our website: or attend a First Steps Info Session in person.  These resources will get you thinking about important themes to consider before selecting a program including: academics, housing, duration, location, and cost.  You will learn how to research a program, understand cost (with a segment on scholarships and financial aid too), and even how to apply!  

Application Process
Click the "Apply Now" button on this web page to apply. Note that you will be charged a non-refundable application fee by clicking "Apply Now".
You may only apply to one program per term. Please consider your program options carefully before beginning a new program application.  Each time you click "Apply Now" you will be charged a non-refundable application fee.
Application Components 
  • The Study Abroad Office Application may include:Letter of Recommendation - done electronically (must be an academic advisor, TA or professor)
  • Personal essay questions
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Signature verification form
  • Official Transcript
  • Online questionnaires Upon acceptance to this program you may be required to complete the host institution's application.  The final acceptance decision is made by the host institution.
All requirements must be completed by the Study Abroad Office deadlines: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date; paper materials are due by 4:45 PM the following business day.  The Study Abroad Office reviews program applications as a batch after the deadline has passed. The decision dates listed below indicate the earliest possible date that a student's application may be reviewed. Most decisions will be released two to three weeks after each deadline.

See Dates and Deadlines at the bottom of this page.

Health, Safety, and Pre-Departure

The health and safety of students abroad is something that the University of Illinois takes very seriously, which is why the Study Abroad Office provides services that range from international insurance coverage to a 24-hour phone line to speak to an Advisor on Duty. These services can be found at:
Vaccinations and Health
Once you have been accepted into the program you need to get a health consultation at McKinley Health travel and immunization unit ( to discuss what immunization you need, get a travel kit, etc. See also
Before You Go
The UIUC Study Abroad website ( and the ACES Study Abroad website ( both provide a variety of pre-departure information. Explore both sites for information such as travel plans, what to pack, money abroad, transportation, communicating with family members while abroad, and even what to do the day of your departure.

Passports and Visas
Please consult the host country’s consulate website or a visa agency to determine whether or not a visa is required to travel to your destination country or countries.

More information about passports and visas can be found at:

Withdrawal, Change, and Cancellation

To change to a different program during the application process, please e-mail 

To withdraw or cancel your participation in a study abroad program, please visit this link to view the Withdrawal and Refund Policy (  

Contact Information

ACES Education Abroad 
123 Mumford Hall, MC-710
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: (217) 333-3380
Walk-in hours:
2-4pm Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9:30-11:30am Wednesdays.


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 03/01/2018
Rolling Admission 05/26/2018 07/07/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
This program is currently not accepting applications.