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Australia Study Abroad at the University of Wollongong

About the University of Wollongong

  • Minimum GPA: 2.7 (4.0 scale)
  • Application deadlines: October 15 for semester 1 (Feb-June)
    October 15 for calendar year (Feb-Nov)
    March 15 for semester 2 (July-Nov)
    March 15 for academic year (July-June)
  • Program advisor: Emma Diebold
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Program Snapshot


We're so excited that you're considering IFSA-Butler's program at the University of Wollongong. Wollongong is a gorgeous, hilly coastal city with a great university, and close by to neighboring city Sydney. We're sure you're going to love studying there!

  • Excellent academics in a friendly, supportive environment
  • Ranked in the top 2 percent of world universities according to the Times Higher Education World University and QS World University Rankings
  • An ecologically designed campus in the foothills of the Mt. Keira rainforest and overlooking the Pacific Ocean
  • On-campus pubs, cafes, restaurants, concerts, movies, plays and art exhibitions
  • On-campus bank, bookshop and general store, hairdresser, chaplain's office and health center
  • A recreation and aquatic center with pool and gym, plus leisure and adventure activities including surfing, scuba diving, self-defense and dance


  • Housing is in college-style halls, which are a walk or short shuttle bus ride from the teaching campus
  • A free shuttle bus serves all the residential colleges
  • Some meals are included in the IFSA-Butler program fee


  • Known for innovative approaches to teaching, learning and research
  • Students take three or four courses per semester

We look forward to working with you!



Where can I find a list of courses that the university offers?

  1. Open the University of Wollongong online course catalog.
  2. Click on the proper year (ie 2011 undergraduate)
  3. Under the "Session" drop-down menu, choose your proper term of study. REMEMBER: Autumn at Wollongong is U.S. spring semester; spring at Wollongong is U.S. fall semester.
  4. Under "Campus," choose Wollongong.
  5. Use the "subject code/name" box to search for courses by keywords.

What courses am I eligible to take?
As an IFSA-Butler student, you are entitled to enroll in undergraduate courses for which you are qualified and in which space is available. Course descriptions in the online course catalog (see above) include prerequisites you must fulfill in order to enroll in each course.

For each course that you list on your preference form, be sure to check the following:

  • When determining which courses to take, please bear in mind that the Australian academic system is an intensive, three-year program.
    • First-year (100-level) courses are appropriate for departments in which you have little or no prior experience.
    • Second-year (200-level) courses will be equivalent to advanced sophomore or junior-level U.S. courses.
    • Third-year (300-level) courses will be equivalent to senior-level U.S. courses.
    • Fourth-year (400-level) courses and higher are part of a postgraduate degree (Masters or Ph.D.). You are not eligible to take these courses as an undergraduate study abroad student.
  • Remember in Australia, U.S. fall semester = semester 2 and U.S. spring semester = semester 1. Be sure to select courses for the correct semester you are studying abroad.

What if I need to take a required course?
Please be aware that IFSA-Butler cannot guarantee that your host university will offer a particular course, or that you will be allowed to take that particular course. However, if you need to take a required course, you may indicate that it is required on your course preference form. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor will communicate your needs to your host university.

Study Themes

Study themes
IFSA-Butler and the University of Wollongong have partnered together to offer students exciting study theme opportunities.The study themes are course groupings that focus on cutting-edge study in numerous areas:

  • Australian and Indigenous Studies
  • Creative Writing
  • Digital and Creative Arts
  • International Relations and Business in Asia
  • Landscape, Environment and Ecology of Australia
  • Medical and Health Sciences
  • Media Culture and Communications
  • Pre-Law
  • Psychology
  • Public & Indigenous Health
  • Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Sustainability Studies

The study themes also incorporate a variety of practical field study such as volunteer opportunities and academic projects. Students interested in the study themes follow the normal application procedure for Wollongong and inform the Wollongong program advisor of their interest in a study theme.

Course Restrictions

Are there any restrictions or additional requirements for courses I can take?
Yes! Please find below restrictions or additional information about courses at Wollongong:

  • Faculty of Arts: must meet prerequisites
  • Faculty of Creative Arts: 200 level and above are restricted to students majoring in the relevant study area
  • Faculty of Commerce: must meet prerequisites
  • Faculty of Education: study abroad students cannot take the following courses EDPP102, EDPP201, EDPP301, EDPP403, EDPD101, EDPD105, EDPD204, EDPS202, EDPD206, EDPD304, EDPD306, EDPD404, EDPD406, EDPD401, EDPD402, EDCM201, EDUP 235, EDUP 234
  • Faculty of Engineering: must meet prerequisites
  • Nursing subjects are restricted to studetns who are nursing majors at their home university
  • Faculty of Informatics: must meet prerequisites
  • Faculty of Law: must meet prerequisites
  • Facutly of Science: must meet prerequisites


How many courses am I able to take, and how do I determine U.S. semester credit hours?
IFSA-Butler requires students to enroll in a full course load at the host institution. The number of courses you take depends on the credit value of the courses you select. At the University of Wollongong, a full course load consists of 24 University of Wollongong points per semester or 48 University of Wollongong points per year. For information on the credit weight, please consult the information below.

4 UOW points = 2.5 U.S. semester credit hours
6 UOW points = 4 U.S. semester credit hours
8 UOW points = 5 U.S. semester credit hours


What are the registration conditions?
You must take a full University of Wollongong course load as determined by IFSA-Butler. Credit will be awarded on a Butler University transcript based on a typical U.S. full course load. All courses are graded on an A-F scale, and there is no provision for pass/fail or auditing courses unless pass/fail is the only method of assessment for the course. You are not allowed to register for online, distance education or hybrid courses.

You should also be aware that you may be charged additional fees by your home institution or host university to take or process additional credits. Taking less than a full course load may jeopardize your student status and result in personal academic repercussions and/or loss of financial aid.

The course preference form is not a registration form; it is a guideline to let your host university know which courses you are interested in taking abroad. You should discuss your course selections with your academic advisor at your home institution and have several backup choices in mind. Neither you nor the university is bound by your selections, and you will not officially register for courses until you arrive on campus.


What do I need to know about exams?
Because of the differences in the academic systems, you will not know your exam schedule until after you arrive at your host university. Please refer to your program calendar to review the exam period for your host university. Your host university's policies do not permit you to reschedule any exams, request alternate assessments or arrange to have your exams proctored in the United States. If this occurs, IFSA-Butler cannot assist you in conducting a grade appeal or academic follow-up for the course in which you made this arrangement. You will need to complete and submit all academic work prior to departing the program.


How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
After you have returned to the U.S., your home university will receive a Butler University transcript with the credit you earned at the University of Wollongong. The Butler University transcript will report the equivalent U.S. semester credit hours and letter grades. We also will send an official transcript to your permanent address.


Housing Options

What are my housing options?
The following housing options are available during your semester or year abroad.

  • Catered Residential Colleges
    • Weerona College: Weerona College provides the opportunity for students to have an Australian college experience. Weerona has 204 residents who live in double rooms in a dorm setting. There are many bright and airy communal areas, a computer lab and laundry facilities. Weerona is only a 20-minute walk from campus and a 30-minute walk from the center of town. During the day, students walk to campus, and a free shuttle is available at night. Public bus services are nearby for trips into Wollongong city. Weerona is ideally located for the active student, as Beaton Park Leisure Centre is right next door.
    • International House: Located steps away from the train station and about a 15-minute walk from campus International House is in the ideal location. All students have double rooms with telephone, Internet connections and linens. The college provides accommodation for about 218 residents, with meals, and personal and academic support. There is a larger percentage of international students living here, giving students a great opportunity to integrate. Shuttle services, barbeque services and laundry facilities make this a great place.


The program fee covers 17 meals per week at Weerona College and International House.

Average spending on 17 meals/week will last the entire semester; additional items will deplete the balance more quickly. Campus East has facilities for students to check the balance on their card, see a printout of spending history, as well as top up their card if necessary. This is a unique option and has the advantage that residents don't pay for meals when away from Campus East (such as on campus or traveling); however, residents are responsible for their own spending and must budget accordingly. 

Housing FAQs

Is my housing included in the program fee?
Yes. Your program fee includes accommodation at the university while classes are in session. You will be responsible for any commuting costs you may incur. Australian university housing requires students to move out during breaks between semesters. If you are studying abroad for a year and wish to remain in residence during the vacation period(s), you must notify the university housing office upon arrival to make necessary arrangements. Staying in residence during these breaks may incur additional costs not covered by the IFSA-Butler program fee.

When will I receive my housing assignment?
You will most likely receive your housing assignment one to two weeks before your departure. However, in some cases you may not receive your housing assignment until you arrive in Australia for orientation. Your program advisor will notify you of your housing assignment via e-mail when it is released by the university.

Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.

Can I arrange my own housing?
Yes. IFSA-Butler recognizes that some students require independent housing for their time abroad. If you choose not to take advantage of our guaranteed housing, you may sign up for independent housing on the housing preference form. Once you've made this choice, we will not provide housing for you or bill you for the accommodation fee.

Please be advised that housing costs can be high abroad, and many times students living independently end up spending more money than students living in IFSA-Butler arranged housing. If you are hoping to save money by arranging housing on your own, please research your options early so you can compare costs. You must notify us of your intention to live in independent housing by the program application deadline for your term abroad, listed at the top of this page. We are not able to accommodate independent housing requests after the deadline.

Location Info

Living and Studying Abroad in Wollongong, Australia

About Wollongong
Population: 207,000
Location: State of New South Wales, in southeast Australia

City features

  • A thriving industrial and commercial center that combines big-city benefits with small-city charm
  • Stunning ocean views and great surfing beaches just a short stroll from the city center
  • Art galleries, a science center and an acclaimed botanical garden
  • Modern pedestrian shopping malls, a performing arts center, an entertainment center and a wide choice of restaurants, cafes and bars
  • Home of the Nan Tien Buddhist Temple, the largest in the Southern Hemisphere
  • Top sport and recreation facilities and National League teams, including Illawarra Flame (baseball), St. George lllawarra Dragons (rugby) and Illawarra Hawks (basketball)

Do more!

  • Go bushwalking, horseback riding and hang gliding in the nearby Illawarra Escarpment, home of lush flora and unusual wildlife
  • Hike, cycle or drive through the incredible natural diversity of the Royal National Park, the world's second oldest national park (after Yellowstone)
  • Visit the endless attractions of Sydney, just 70 minutes away by train

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Tourism Wollongong

Dates & Fees

Program Dates

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IFSA-Butler orientation begins at 11 a.m. on the orientation start date.

Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.

All program support services end on the “Program Ends” date.

Exams must be taken where and when scheduled. Under no circumstances may students request that an exam time be changed. In Australia exams are taken under formal examination conditions, and changes cannot be made for individuals.

Program Fees

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What's included in our Australia program fees
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Calendar Year and Semester 1 Payments Due: December 15
Academic Year and Semester 2 Payments Due:
May 15

Program Fee Bills
IFSA-Butler will send a single bill for tuition, services and housing. Any bills for tuition differentials and/or supplemental housing fees will be sent separately. Students who opt for independent housing will not be charged the housing component of the program fee.

The housing component of our program fee is based on the average cost of local student self-catering accommodation, usually a shared room in a regular dormitory, apartment or house without any extra features.

**The housing component of our Wollongong program fee includes 17 meals per week at Weerona College and International House, and a meal card with a block of money on it for Campus East.

Personal Cost Estimates

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These figures are designed to assist students with financial planning but are only estimates based on past students’ experiences at the current exchange rate. They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs. Meals are estimated based on the cost of a weekly standard grocery shop with one meal out.  If you plan to eat out once a day or more, we recommend using a higher estimate.  If you have dietary restrictions or follow a specific diet (gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, organic, etc), you may also wish to budget more due to the higher cost of specialty food items.

The above numbers are general estimates of expenses during a program abroad. We recommend taking into account your current spending habits, the cost of living in your host country and the current exchange rate. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can be helpful as you attempt to work on a personal budget for your experience abroad.

Meals: The program fee for the University of Wollongong includes 17 meals per week.

Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.

All costs are in U.S. dollars.

Meet Your IFSA-Butler Team

IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program in Australia:

IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program in Australia:

emmaProgram Advisor Emma Diebold assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Emma completed her undergraduate degree in Geography: Travel & Tourism at Ball State University. She went abroad with the BSU Geography Department to Eastern and Central Europe and has enjoyed personal travels to several destinations including Belgium, France, Ireland, Peru, Ecuador and The Bahamas. Emma joined the IFSA-Butler team to aid students who want to explore the world and advises students planning to study abroad in England. Emma can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4258.

beckiStudent Accounts Coordinator Becki Niccum assists with the financial side of study abroad and processes payments and invoices. Becki can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-3077.


altStudent & Parent Services Manager Donnetta Spears is available to both students and parents for travel questions and information. Donnetta has worked with IFSA-Butler since 2000, and she has traveled through parts of Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. As the mother of 4 college students (including one who studied abroad on an IFSA-Butler program), she has a deep understanding of the ins-and-outs of study abroad from a parent perspective. Donnetta can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4252.

jessica beeOnce abroad, our students are in the capable hands of our on-site office, including our student services coordinator Jessica Bee. Click here to read more about Jessica.



abbyAcademic Records Coordinator Abby Miller graduated from Butler University where she worked as a guide for international students from all over the world. From that experience and combined with her own world travels, she knows the amazing experiences that studying abroad can provide. Abby is excited to work with IFSA-Butler students and to help answer any questions about their academic records. Abby can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4217.

Get Connected

Connect with IFSA-Butler Students

If you really want to know what it's like to study abroad, connect with IFSA-Butler alumni and students who are currently abroad on an IFSA-Butler program. Check out the following:
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UWO offers a Commerce Internship (COMM390). This internship is designed for students undertaking a business/commerce major and provides an opportunity for students to integrate and apply their knowledge in a workplace setting. Students will receive credit for this course and be placed at a local business in the Wollongong area. There is an additional fee of approx. $2,000 for this course. The application process is more intense and will require an interview upon arrival.

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