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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.
A student visa is required. U.S. citizens must have a U.S. passport valid for at least six months beyond the end of the program. CIEE will provide you with visa information.
Getting to Your Program
You are responsible for arranging round-trip transportation to the program site.
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 iNext card for evacuation purposes is also included in CIEE fees.
The Australian government also requires all students have Overseas Health Cover (OSHC). OSHC is a health insurance that provides incoming international students with basic coverage for medical and hospital care costs while in Australia. You are required to have a valid OSHC policy for the duration of your study abroad program. You'll get more information about how to obtain this coverage during the acceptance process.
Offered through the Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE), the Arts & Sciences at University of Wollongong program is an approved UW affiliate program. On this program, you will be directly enrolling at the University of Wollongong.
You will be working closely with both IAP and CIEE on this program. You can access the program's main information page through the CIEE website
to learn more about the academics, housing, excursions and activities, and location.
Wollongong is Australia’s ninth largest city with a regional population of 400,000. While it is close to some of Australia’s major cities, it also offers easy access to some of the region’s finest natural scenery. It is situated along the coast with dramatic hills providing a stunning backdrop. Wollongong is cosmopolitan, with lively nightlife and well-developed cultural venues including theaters, cinemas, art galleries, and multicultural restaurants. A regular and efficient train service runs between the University and Sydney.
Getting to Your Program
You arrange your own flights to Australia, but are given dates and arrival guidelines.
A student visa is required. You must have a U.S. passport valid for at least six months beyond the end of the program. CIEE will provide you with visa information.
OrientationIAP 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, a week-long orientation is conducted in Wollongong. This familiarizes you with Australian society and culture, as well as the academic environment at the University of Wollongong.
HousingHousing and some meals are included in the program fee. CIEE manages accommodation, in either local apartments or private house for students outside of the university. This allows for added off-campus programming in addition to on campus life. Accommodation is within a 20- to 30-minute walk from campus. You'll have a single room with a shared kitchen facility. You will receive a food stipend to purchase or prepare your own meals, but should also budget extra funds for meals. Students choosing the academic year program are responsible for their own housing during the summer recess (December to mid-February).
Excursions and Activities
A highlight of the semester is a three-day excursion to an area of outstanding natural beauty on the New South Wales South Coast where you'll be introduced to Aboriginal culture, as well as to Australian flora and fauna. You will stay in cabins at a comfortable resort, located right on the beach and surrounded by a national park. Dolphins and whales can sometimes be seen in the bay, and kangaroos and wallabies freely roam the resort.
A day is spent hiking a mountain that is sacred to the local Aboriginal people. The hike is led by an Aboriginal guide who imparts teachings about Indigenous Australians and their culture. This insight is extremely special and provides an experience that few Australians ever have. It has had a huge impact on past participants on the program. Bushwalks are led by a local naturalist, giving you a deeper understanding of local flora, fauna, and geology. Relax and enjoy your beautiful surroundings—clear blue waters, long sandy beaches, and a coastline largely untouched by humans.
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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How to Apply
First, make sure you have reviewed the information for Prospective Students on the IAP web.
There is also specific Academic Planning information that you should review.
Next login to the IAP Online Application. UW Affiliate programs may require you to apply directly to the affiliate either simultaneously during the IAP application process OR after you have received a preliminary acceptance decision from IAP. Be sure to read the instructions carefully for information on when to apply to the affiliate.
The following supplemental application materials are also required as part of the application to this program and will become available to you through the on-line application:
CIEE Online Application
Unofficial Transcript (Student Record)
Unofficial Transcript - OPTIONAL - Additional File
Forms are subject to change. Complete the forms according to the checklist provided to you in the online application portal.
After the Deadline
IAP will review your application and make a preliminary acceptance decision. You will be notified about IAP's decision by email. The affiliate university or organization will make the final decision on your acceptance to the program.