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  • Locations: Sydney, Australia
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Restrictions: UNC Charlotte applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 03/01/2021 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of approval into this program and be able to complete pre-departure materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Direct Enrollment Click here for a definition of this term Term of Travel: Summer
Click here for a definition of this term Areas of Study: Art, Art Design, Economics, Human Resources Management, International Business, Marketing, Political Science, Sociology, Women's and Gender Studies Click here for a definition of this term Min. Cumulative GPA: 3.0
Click here for a definition of this term Student Level Eligibility: Click here for a definition of this term Restricted to Certain Majors/Minors?:
Language of Instruction: English Prior Language Study Required:
Program Description:

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Please see the "Fact Sheet" listed above in this program brochure for more information regarding the following eligibility requirements:
  • Minimum UNC Charlotte GPA (cumulative) required at time of application
  • Prior host country language study required at time of study abroad program (if applicable)
  • Student level required at time of study abroad program
In addition to meeting the aforementioned requirements, students are also required to:
  • Be in good disciplinary standing at time of application and prior to departure
Students who have concerns regarding their eligibility are encouraged to discuss these concerns with an Education Abroad Advisor to determine whether or not they would be considered for this program.
Direct Enrollment Programs
Students participating in a direct enrollment program will be enrolled at a host university as an individual student (not through an exchange agreement or affiliate provider). This means the student is responsible (after receiving approval to participate in the program) for applying to the host university to get accepted, determine what expenses are associated with the program, ensuring the official transcript is sent to OEA at the end of the program, etc. Just like any other study abroad program, students will receive academic credit for the courses they take abroad and will work with their academic department(s) to determine what UNC Charlotte credit they will receive for the courses they take in order to stay on track for graduation. Financial aid and scholarships can be applied to any study abroad program awarding the equivalent of full-time academic credit.

OEA recommends direct enrollment programs for students who are:
  • Independent
  • Organized
  • Looking for cultural immersion (depending on program)
  • Comfortable participating in the program knowing there may or may not be other UNC Charlotte students attending the host university that same semester

University of Sydney
  • Public University
  • Founded in 1850
  • Approximately 51,000 students
Ranked 45th in the world in the 2015/16 QS World University Rankings and consistently within the top three in Australia, the University of Sydney is one of the country’s leading-research intensive universities and oldest member of the prestigious Group of Eight. Sydney also ranks second on a list of the 50 best cities in the world in which to live, work and study, above New York and Paris.
Sydney, Australia
Population: 4,580,000

Located in the heart of Sydney, students attending the University of Sydney will be surrounded by the iconic waterfront, sweeping gardens and a bustling city. The university's campus is a blend of neo-gothic sandstone history complete with gargoyles, cloisters and courtyards and contemporary, well-equipped architecture, offering the highest quality teaching, learning and research facilities.
All information listed above is subject to change.

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Areas of Study
In the "Fact Sheet" listed above this brochure there is an "areas of study" section. The area(s) of study listed here do not necessarily mean that students must be majoring or minoring in one or more of these areas of study in order to be eligible for the program, unless otherwise noted in the "Eligibility" section under the "Overview" tab. These are simply suggested areas of study, which indicates that this program may offer one or more courses within this discipline. Additionally, as course offerings can change often, the host university may offer one or more courses within an area of study that is not listed in this section.

Ultimately, students should not rely solely on this "areas of study" section when determining whether or not a study abroad program is a good academic fit for them; it is the student's responsibility to look at the specific list of courses offered by the host university (see below) to determine whether or not courses are available within their interests and/or area(s) of study.
Host University Courses
Students will choose either 1 or 2 courses to take during either Summer I or Summer session II. Course (unit of study) availability may vary depending on session.
  Please note that many universities around the world do not publish their course catalog until several months, or in some cases, several weeks prior to the start of the semester. With this being said, students should refer to the most up-to-date list of courses available on the host university's website. Additionally, courses abroad are never guaranteed. It is possible that, at time of the study abroad program, courses may no longer be offered for a variety of reasons, which can also happen here at UNC Charlotte (courses can become full, cancelled due to low enrollment, only offered on a fall or spring basis, etc.). Students are advised to be flexible when it comes to their course selection abroad.
UNC Charlotte Equivalent Course Credit
The Office of Education Abroad does not determine UNC Charlotte equivalent course credit for host university courses. Once approved to participate in this program, students will then work with the corresponding academic department(s) at UNC Charlotte in order to confirm the UNC Charlotte equivalent credit they will receive for each course they will take abroad prior to departure. Please refer to our website below for more information regarding the academic credit process:
The grading system abroad will be different from the grading system at UNC Charlotte. Upon receipt of the official host university transcript, which can take anywhere from 1 - 6 months to receive once the student returns from abroad, the Office of Education Abroad will evaluate all grades earned and convert them into an A - F letter grade utilizing the World Education Services standard conversion calculator. Note that this process takes approximately 4 - 5 weeks before the documentation is sent to the Office of the Registrar, who will then post the UNC Charlotte equivalent course and corresponding A-F letter grade earned on the student's UNC Charlotte transcript. All grades earned abroad will be factored into the student's cumulative GPA. Any course that the student takes abroad will be reported on their UNC Charlotte transcript upon their return, regardless of whether or not the student fails the course or does not need the course to graduate.
All information listed above is subject to change.

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Available Terms & Estimated Months of Program
Once approved by the Office of Education Abroad and once the student is accepted by the host university, students will then receive the official start date of the program, which includes a mandatory on-site orientation, as well as the official end date of the program, which includes last day of final exams. These official dates will be communicated to the student by the host university at time of acceptance.

Students are eligible to participate in this program for the following terms. The tentative months listed are subject to change:
  • Summer I: Late may to early July
  • Summer II: Early July to Early August
Refer to the University of Sydney's Short-term program brochure here.

During the registration process (facilitated by the host university), which will either occur online prior to departure or once students arrive on-site, students will then be able to view their class schedule and receive more information regarding holidays or semester breaks.
All information listed above is subject to change.

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Housing Options
Students are typically able to choose from several accommodation options. For more information regarding housing options, amenities and cost, please refer to the host university's website:
Cost of Housing
The cost of housing will vary depending on which of the options the student chooses and whether or not the student is in a private or shared room. Housing will be paid to either the host university or host country (i.e. landlord, leasing office, management company, etc.) in the host currency. For more information regarding the average cost of housing, please refer to the budget sheet. To learn more about the cost of housing associated with each accommodation option, please refer to the host university's website above.

Depending on the accommodation option the student chooses, the payment method will vary. Students may be required to pay housing deposits prior to arrival, pay for the total cost of housing for the semester up front or pay monthly installments. More information will be communicated to the student upon acceptance and/or upon confirmation of their accommodation assignment.
Housing Application
Students will be completing a supplemental application in order to be accepted into the host university. Depending on the host university, students will either apply for housing during this supplemental application process or, once accepted by the host university, will complete a housing application. More directions will be given to the student throughout the application process.

Note that housing may not be guaranteed and may be processed on a first-come, first-serve basis. With this being said, as soon as students are eligible to do so, they should apply for housing immediately (if applicable).
Housing Before & After Study Abroad
Students should consider their housing arrangements before and after they study abroad. Students who plan to live on-campus at UNC Charlotte the semester they return from abroad should apply for on-campus housing online as normal noting that this process may need to be completed while they are abroad.

Students who live in off-campus apartments should consider lease terms and determine when a good time to go abroad may be. Once approved and placed at a host university, students will have access to a "Sublease Opportunities" google document in order to connect study abroad students with opportunities for short-term housing (although these opportunities are never guaranteed). Please note that it is the student's responsibility to secure their own housing before, during and after their study abroad program.
Meal plans are not typically offered at universities outside of the U.S. Students should budget for the cost of groceries, eating at restaurants and purchasing food at dining halls on campus as well as considering the cost of living in the host city.
All information listed above is subject to change.

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Cost Estimates
Students should first read the cost structure below. Then, they can refer to Cost Estimate Worksheet below in order to input costs applicable to them as it relates to the program fees listed on the host university's we: Please note this is not an exchange program. Therefore, UNC Charlotte students will not be paying tuition & fees to UNC Charlotte the semester they participate in the program. Students should refer to the host university's website to determine the cost of tuition & fees or instructional costs, which will be paid to the host university directly.
Direct Enrollment Cost Structure
The following is an outline of the cost structure, which lists common expenses incurred and to whom they will be paid (if applicable). For more information about the estimated cost for each expense, please utilize Goethe's website and complete the worksheet above as it pertains to you.
  • Paid to the Office of Education Abroad:
    • Application fee and deposit*
    • Study abroad administrative fee*
    • International health insurance*
  • Paid to the Host University
    • Tuition & fees (cost determined by host university and paid in host currency)
    • Housing
    • Other fees required by the host university, if applicable
  • Miscellaneous Costs:
    • International flight to and from host destination
    • Meals
    • Passport
    • Visa or residence permit (if applicable)
    • In-country transportation
    • Books and supplies
    • Personal expenses
    • Personal travel expenses
    • Additional health insurance policies required by the host country (if applicable)
    • Travel Insurance
    • International Student ID Card (optional)
*Indicates a required fee
Financial Aid
Students who are financial aid recipients can utilize their funds towards their study abroad expenses. Students should expect to receive the same amount of financial aid they typically receive based off of their FAFSA. In some cases, depending on the cost of attendance abroad, the Office of Financial Aid may be able to expand the student's budget, allowing them to access additional aid in the form of loans. Financial aid will not be disbursed until the start of the semester (according to UNC Charlotte's academic calendar) the student goes abroad (e.g. August, January, May or July). This means that students should be prepared to pay out-of-pocket for some expenses (e.g. application fees, housing deposits, airfare, etc.). 

At time of disbursal, financial aid will be disbursed to the student directly via direct deposit or refund check (it is recommended that students set up direct deposit for ease of receipt). It will then be the student's responsibility to submit payment to any entity they owe a balance to at that time (if applicable, such as the Office of Education Abroad, the host university, etc.). Students must take the equivalent amount of full-time credit at UNC Charlotte while abroad in order to receive their full financial aid award. Students who fail to remain the equivalent of full-time while abroad will be required to pay back the financial aid awarded for that semester.
Students are encouraged to apply for scholarships. Please refer to our scholarship website for more information.
All information listed above is subject to change.

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Application Phases
  • Refer to the Steps to Study Abroad
  • Complete Study Abroad 101
  • Meet with an Education Abroad Advisor: In order to receive access to the required OEA application, students are required to meet with an Advisor at least once. During the one-on-one advising appointment, the Advisor will give the student access to the OEA application if they are ready to apply. Please note that clicking the "Apply Now" button above will take students back to their "Advising Application," which is not an application to study abroad. 
  • Complete an OEA Application by the applicable deadline
  • OEA will then evaluate the student's OEA application to determine whether or not they meet the requirements of the program
  • At the same time, students should be determining what the application process is required by the host university. Students do not have to wait to be approved by OEA to apply to the host university. However, OEA cannot be held responsible should the student not be approved to go abroad even if they have already made financial investments in the program at that time. Ultimately, students should adhere to both OEA and the host university application deadlines.

OEA Application Components
  • Personal statement in English
  • UNC Charlotte transcript 
  • Disciplinary record clearance
  • $35 application fee and deposit
The components listed above are subject to change. More instructions on how to complete these requirements electronically can be found in the OEA application.
OEA Application Cycles & Deadlines
Please refer to the "Dates/Deadlines" section above this brochure to determine whether or not an application cycle is currently accepting applications. If a note appears that reads "This program is currently not accepting applications," this is because the deadline for the subsequent semester has already passed and students are not yet able to apply for future semesters. Students can gain access to the OEA application according to the following timeline (subject to change):
  • Summer/Fall/Academic Year: Applications open in late October
The OEA application deadline is as follows:
  • Summer: March 1
In some cases, OEA may be able to consider late applications. Please ensure you have completed the Study Abroad 101 requirement and then meet with an Education Abroad Advisor to determine whether or not you are able to apply late. Please keep in mind that, should late applications be considered, chances of placement decrease significantly after the deadlines outlined above have passed.
All information listed above is subject to change.

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 Host University/Country Resources
Travel Insurance
Although not required, the Office of Education Abroad highly recommends the purchase of travel insurance (also known as cancellation insurance) should personal or global circumstances prevent your participation in the program. You are encouraged to consider obtaining travel insurance as soon as you are approved and accepted into the program once you begin arranging your international travel.
Passports & Immigration
All participants are individually responsible for ensuring that they have the appropriate documentation to obtain entry clearance to their host country. General resources regarding passports and other immigration documents are available on OEA's website here. Please note that the Office of Education Abroad is legally unable to advise on immigration matters, including entry and exit regulations of host countries.
Health & Safety
The safety of our students traveling abroad is of the utmost importance to the Office of Education Abroad and UNC Charlotte. Current events are monitored constantly and OEA is in direct contact with students and on-site constituencies in the event of an international emergency. The OEA will work with UNC Charlotte risk managers, on-site staff, the U.S. Department of State and our international insurance provider to determine the best course of action to keep students safe in the event of an emergency abroad.

All study abroad participants are enrolled in mandatory international health insurance while abroad, which covers a range of medical issues, support services, and evacuation in case of emergency. We also advise that student’s take the responsibility to do their own research in preparation for international travel. We want students and their families to feel comfortable with travel plans prior to departure. Helpful resources include:
LGBTQ+ Travelers
It is important to keep in mind that other cultures around the world may have different attitudes and laws regarding LGBTQ+ individuals. LGBTQ+ students interested or participating in this program should familiarize themselves with the attitudes of the destination country and may wish to explore the following resources:
Students with Disabilities
Many students with disabilities study abroad each year; however, it is important to keep in mind that other cultures may have different attitudes and varying accommodations and laws regarding disabilities. If you are a student who has a learning or physical disability and you are interested in studying abroad, please disclose any requested accommodations to OEA as soon as possible so that we can begin working with you and the UNC Charlotte Office of Disability Services to see if and how we are able to meet your needs. 

To prepare for success, students are encouraged to begin researching the desired host country and consider how they will manage their disabilities abroad well in advance of selecting a program. There are many resources available to students with disabilities who are considering studying abroad. If accommodation on a desired program is not possible or advisable, we will do our best to help you find an alternate program to ensure you are able to engage in a study abroad experience.
All information listed above is subject to change.

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Office of Education Abroad
CHHS 256
Office hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Study Abroad Peer Advisors
Each semester the Office of Education Abroad manages the Study Abroad Peer Advisor and OEA internship program, comprised of UNC Charlotte students who have studied abroad. Their role is to speak with students interested in going abroad and to share their experiences. Check out our Interns & Peer Advisors and email them with any questions you may have about their program or experience abroad!