University of Wollongong
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Home to one of the world’s best modern universities, Wollongong is the perfect place to be a student. A vibrant, multicultural city, situated on one of Australia’s most picturesque coastlines, it’s an easy place to study and live.
As Australia’s tenth largest city, its nearly 300, 000 residents get the best of urban living and coastal relaxation just 80km from Sydney. Perfectly situated on the south coast of New South Wales at the foot of the Illawarra Escarpment, the city enjoys a pleasant climate, averaging 25°C in summer and 17°C in winter.
An adventurer and nature lovers dream, the Illawarra region has some of the most pristine beaches in Australia and a network of mountain walking trails that lead to waterfalls, wildlife and dazzling lookout points. Keeping healthy has rarely looked so good – with running tracks by the sea, bike trails through the mountains and clean Pacific waters to swim in.
The city centre has a vibrant, youthful culture with a growing live music and arts scene, bustling nightlife and a wide range of cafes and restaurants to cater to every palate. Getting around is simple with a reliable transport network of trains, buses and taxis as well as dedicated bike paths. Multiple free shuttle buses also offer routes to and from each university campus and across the city.
For UOW students, the range, affordability and accessibility of student accommodation is second to none. Many students moving to Wollongong for study spend at least their first year in a UOW residence, where they thrive in supportive student communities.
The University of Wollongong (UOW) offers a broad range of subject offerings, including the following:
FACULTY OF LAW, HUMANITIES AND THE ARTS: Arts, English and Media; Humanities and Social Inquiry; Law
FACULTY OF BUSINESS: Accounting, Economics and Finance; Management, Operations and Marketing; Business
FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES: Education; Health and Society; Geography and Sustainable Communities; Psychology
FACULTY OF SCIENCE, MEDICINE AND HEALTH: Biological Sciences; Chemistry; Earth and Environmental Sciences; Medicine; Nursing
FACULTY OF ENGINEERING AND INFORMATION SCIENCES: Civil, Mining and Environmental Engineering; Physics; Mechanical, Materials and Mechatronic Engineering; Computing and Information Technology; Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications Engineering; Mathematics and Applied Statistics
Go online for more Information about planning your academic programs and selecting subjects.
Upon acceptance into UOW’s Study Abroad and Exchange Program, you are required to submit an online study plan, proposing the classes you would like to take at UOW. You will receive instructions about how to enroll in classes (online) after your study plans have been assessed.
Please note: Different credit points at UOW are worth different amounts of SUNY credits. There is also a grade conversion system. You must register for the equivalent of at least 12 SUNY credits, with up to a maximum of 19 SUNY credits:
UOW credit points = SUNY credits
3 UOW credit points = 2 SUNY
4 UOW credit points = 3 SUNY
5 UOW credit points = 3 SUNY
6 UOW credit points = 4 SUNY
7 UOW credit points = 5 SUNY
8 UOW credit points = 6 SUNY
UOW Grades = SUNY grade equivalent
85 – 100% High Distinction (HD) = A
75 – 84% Distinction (D) = B
65 – 74% Credit (C) = C
50 – 64% Pass (P) = D
0 – 49% FAIL (F) = E
Course Descriptions and Syllabi
Review UOW’s website for more information regarding course offerings.
General Education Information for UAlbany Students
Credits earned on this program will automatically satisfy the International Perspectives requirement. Three credits of foreign language study will satisfy the Foreign Language requirement. No additional approval is required for you to earn these general elective credits.
Major/Minor Information for UAlbany Students
Courses may also satisfy major and minor requirements, upon approval by the department.
All courses taken abroad count towards UAlbany General Elective credits. Credits and grades will appear on your UAlbany transcript. You may file a request to have additional courses approved for equivalency as necessary.
Your courses are taught by local faculty.
The University of Wollongong offers a guaranteed place in UOW accommodation to study abroad students. .
The apartments and residence halls are spread out throughout the campus and city. Each one is a little different and you can compare the options online.
Other housing options are also available including homestays and private rentals off-campus. Learn more online here.
To be guaranteed housing, you must apply through UOW by the posted deadline.
Some housing options offer meal plans included and some do not. Check out the website for details. There are many restaurants and grocery stores on and near campus for you to enjoy.
Estimate of Costs
Note, there may be several tabs in the Estimate of Costs. Please be sure that you are reviewing the tab for your anticipated semester abroad.
Currently the only option for UOW is Non-Exchange (also referred to as “Study Abroad”, opposed to “exchange”). It is the same experience but includes additional fees listed on the cost sheet.
It is possible that an exchange slot may become available if UOW sends more students to UAlbany.
Click for more information on Program Costs and Financial Aid.
Remember to speak with the Office of Financial Aid at your home campus to determine how your aid package could apply towards your program abroad.
Sophomores, juniors, and seniors are able to apply. Applications are welcome from students in all majors.
A minimum overall grade point average of 2.7 is required.
Participants enroll in regular university classes taught in English with Australian students.
During your time at UOW there are endless opportunities to get involved with on and off campus: everything from live concerts to learning to surf! Check out all the options online.
Student Clubs and Organizations
Most financial aid and academic awards will apply to semester programs.
External scholarships, listed on our website, are a good way to partially fund your study abroad experience. In addition, the Center for International Education and Global Strategy offers two scholarship programs for UAlbany students studying abroad on UAlbany or 4-year SUNY programs.
More information on applying to these scholarships is located on the Scholarships web page.
In Their Own Words
“Going abroad was the best decision I have ever made! I would love to say thank you to my mom for being my support system, encouraging me to go across the entire world, and always being there for me no matter what time it was in America .This experience gave me life-long friends, experiences and memories that I will forever cherish. That being said, my experience made me very aware of international affairs, and cultural differences within other countries.” – Alexis Calcavecchia, Journalism Major
“As my journey in Australia is coming to an end, I’m realizing its nothing like I imagined, its better. The experience of going to a different school in a different country changes you. It forces you to be brave and gets you outside of your comfort zone, and that’s something I am grateful for. Waking up everyday is a new adventure. From sky-diving to scuba-diving in the Great Barrier Reef, exploring first hand taught me the most. The Australians along with the international students I have met along the way have made such an impact on me, showing me their different values and cultures. The best months of my life happened here, I am beyond grateful for this opportunity and I hope every one gets a chance to study abroad.” – Victoria Ferraro, Psychology Major. Check out this video of Victoria’s adventures in Australia!
“Studying abroad is something I will never forget, thanks to the people that helped me get there. From my family to the amazing Education Abroad staff at UAlbany, their support paved the way for me to make the most of my time. Australia was such an incredible place, with countless excursion opportunities. The friendships I made abroad are ones I will cherish for the rest of my life.” – Brandon Alina, Human Biology Major
About the City
As Australia’s 9th largest city, located just over an hour from Sydney, Wollongong is a vibrant city that offers the perfect Australian lifestyle. It’s affordable, easy to get around and enjoys a lower cost of living than other Australian cities. With 17 patrolled surf beaches, a strong sporting community, and a rapidly growing music scene and cafe culture, Wollongong makes being a student a pleasure. More information is available online.
A valid passport is required to participate in this program. UOW has information online regarding the visa process. More information regarding the visa application process is available upon acceptance to the program.
Applications become available online one semester before the program start date, based on the following timeline:
- Spring programs: July
- Fall/Year programs: December
7/18/2022 to 11/17/2022
2/23/2022 to 6/23/2022
The semester calendar is different than many schools in the USA. Spring at UOW is from July to November and Autumn is from February to June. More information on key dates is online. Housing is available approximately 2 weeks before UOW orientation and for 2 weeks after exams end.
About the Program
A detailed digital brochure: UOW Study Abroad and Exchange Booklet 2019-2020 and UOW 2022 Fact Sheet.pdf provides everything you may need in one place! Refer to the UOW Study Abroad and Exchange main website for more info and updates.
Upon acceptance to the program, you will be required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation. During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet other program participants, discuss in-depth the details of your program, and prepare of the overall education abroad experience. The fall semester pre-departure orientation will be conducted the Saturday before the end of Spring UAlbany classes and in late November/early December for the spring term abroad.
Upon arrival at UOW, you will attend a mandatory program orientation. This is an important and informative set of sessions organized by International Office of your host university.
UAlbany’s Office of Education Abroad staff assists you during the application process, in your preparation to travel abroad, and on-site if necessary. UOW’s International Office staff serve as an experienced resource for resolving issues that you may encounter in while abroad.