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Co-sponsored by UW-Madison, Arcadia University's Sydney Internship program allows you to earn academic credit, enhance professional knowledge, and improve practical skills through an internship placement in one of Sydney's leading public institutions or commercial enterprises.
During the program, you will intern three days per week and have class one day per week. Internship placements are available in a broad range of areas including business; social sciences; humanities; and the visual, fine and graphic arts. You are able to choose internships to match your academic and professional goals/objectives. During the application process, internship coordinators will work closely with you in defining academic and professional ambitions, and will arrange a placement that best reflects these goals.
At the end of the program, you will have a deeper understanding of Australian culture; a clearer view of where your education, talents and interests can lead you; and a greater understanding of your place in the world.
Arcadia has special scholarships from $500 - $5000 for this program! For more information, click here: Scholarship Information
With its magnificent harbor, ocean side beaches, modern skyscrapers, and multi-cultural population, you will quickly understand why Sydney is such a popular destination for students from around the world. The vibrant life of this city of more than 4 million people means that there will never be a loss for things to do.
Much of the life of the city is centered around the water. Sydney Harbour serves as a main transportation artery for ferries, and a recreation venue with sail boats and pleasure craft. The Sydney Opera House and Darling Harbour are just two of the locations where students will find performances and festivals right on the water. Oceanside beaches like Manly, Bondi, and Coogee are popular venues for surfing, swimming, and enjoying a sunny day in Sydney.
While its physical beauty is impressive, the history and diversity of Sydney are equally important contributors to making it such a great place to study. Sydney was Australia's first settlement, and there are plenty of opportunities to explore this history in museums throughout the city as well as simply wandering through some of the residential neighborhoods. These neighborhoods will also provide a vivid picture of the diversity of Sydney. It's not hard to find Italian, Vietnamese, Chinese, Greek, and Lebanese neighborhoods, just to name a few of the diverse cultures which make up Australia today.
If you are interested in exploring beyond the city, commuter trains will put them into the Blue Mountains a rugged wilderness area within easy daytrip distance of Sydney. Ocean beaches north and south of the city are less than an hour away.
Getting to Your Program
Arcadia provides a group flight option for you, from Los Angeles to Melbourne. Students who would like to arrange their own transportation are given guidelines for arrival dates and times.
A student visa is required. You must have a U.S. passport valid for at least six months beyond the end of the program. Arcadia University will provide you with visa information.
IAP expects you to be an active participant in preparing yourself for your study abroad experience. As a participant on an IAP program, you will receive a pre-departure orientation, either in-person or online. The type and format of this orientation will vary by program and will be provided to you upon acceptance to the program.
Upon arrival in Australia, the program begins with a three-day, comprehensive orientation in and around Melbourne. You then travel to Sydney to begin your program.
As a participant on an Arcadia University program, you are guaranteed housing. Your program fee includes accommodation, but does not include costs for meals or meal plans. For more information on housing specific to this program, click here
Excursions and Activities
Included in the program fee is one fully-subsidized, in-state excursion.
You will be enrolled in the UW System required health insurance through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) and the cost of the insurance coverage is included in program fees.
The Australian government also requires all students have Overseas Health Cover (OSHC).
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"Through my experience, I found a focus and inner passion that I will take with me far beyond my time in Sydney, Australia. My summer internships gave me a better understanding on how I can be part of the solution to curb climate change. I have started to understand the challenges of making changes in governmental policy and in peoples' attitudes. I now have a better idea of what I want to do after I graduate and the kind of graduate school work to go into."
During this summer program, the internship experience is complemented with two main academic courses: "Work and Thought in Action: Academic Project and Internship" and "Parallel Realities in the Workplace". Each class is worth 3 credits at UW-Madison, which means you'll earn a total of 6 Madison credits for the program.
Classes take place at Arcadia's Sydney Office or at Tranby Aboriginal College, which is a ten minute walk from the office. Arcadia courses will be with other program participants, providing a learning community framework and an American perspective on students’ experiences. Instructors are Sydney-area university lecturers.
Program Web Page(s)
Arcadia Sydney Summer Internship
Use the links below to see a list of courses that students have taken on this program before and the UW equivalents. Note: this list only includes pre-approved courses for your program and may not be an exhaustive list of courses or departments. You will get instructions on the course equivalent process after acceptance.
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