University of Wollongong
- Spend a semester at the University of Wollongong, just 50 miles south of Sydney
- Wide range of classes available
- Homestay option available
- Petermann Scholarship available. See Further Reading below for more information.
The University was founded in 1951 and today has an enrollment of 18,000 students. The international population includes students from more than 70 countries. The University Union provides a community center for the University, catering to the social, cultural and recreational activities and interests of students. Sports are encouraged, and 24 social sporting clubs are available, from rugby to rock climbing.
KU students can study in Australia, the world's largest island and smallest continent. Whether you are interested in exploring the Outback, studying the life of koalas and kangaroos, or climbing the Sydney Harbor Bridge, Australia has a number of opportunities for personal exploration and development.
Australia is geographically nearly the same size as the continental United States although its population is comparable to the State of Texas' population. Home to 22 million people, Australia boasts fantastic natural beauty. It has beautiful white beaches throughout most the country, numerous mountain ranges to the south and the red deserts of the Outback. Off the Queensland Coast, the Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system on Earth and stretches more than 1,600 miles. Students who study in Australia can also travel to New Zealand, throughout the Pacific Rim and in Southeast Asia, all of which offer opportunities to experience different cultures.
KU's study abroad programs in Australia offer high quality academics at top ranked universities. Programs are available to accommodate students with various academic backgrounds. Students can fulfill general education requirements, major courses and/or take junior/senior hours while studying abroad in Australia.
Wollongong is Australia's ninth largest city and lies 50 miles south of Sydney. The city of Wollongong is a vibrant, bustling, multicultural city in the Illawarra region with a population of around 350,000. It is known as the gateway to Australia's Leisure Coast, where long, sandy beaches, rain forests and expanses of national park land offer all that outdoor enthusiasts desire. Stunning beaches in and around Wollongong are famous for their clean sand, aquamarine ocean and stunning natural rock settings. Students can also take in breathtaking views from the various Wollongong lookout points at Bulli Pass Scenic Reserve, Mount Keira Lookout and Mt. Kembla.
- Fall semester: mid-July to mid-November
- Spring semester: mid-February to late June
Students typically earn 12 KU credit hours during one semester abroad.
Students are encouraged to use the following resources to research available courses at the University of Wollongong and to determine if these courses will meet their academic requirements at KU.
Keep in mind:
Autumn courses are offered during KU’s Spring Semester.
Spring courses are offered during KU’s Fall semester.
KU COURSE EQUIVALENCY DATABASE: This is a list of:
- Courses that are currently pre-approved for KU credit (approved equivalency)
- Courses that students have had approved for KU credit in the past (possible equivalency)
CREDIT APPROVAL PROCESS: This is the procedure for obtaining KU course equivalency approval for courses you plan to take abroad.
All courses taken and grades earned while abroad must be posted as KU equivalents on a student’s KU transcript and grades will figure into a student’s KU GPA. The relevant KU academic department will make the final decision regarding posting of credit, and their application toward graduation.
Archived Course Equivalencies: This is a list of courses that KU students have taken more than 4 years ago.
Wollongong Course Equivalencies
University has on- and off-campus accommodation (residence halls and apartments). Homestay accommodations with a local family are also available. Additional information is available at: www.uow.edu.au/about/accommodation.
Applicants must be at least a second semester sophomore by the beginning of the program with a cumulative GPA of 2.7.
Joe Petermann Study Abroad Australia Memorial Scholarship
Fund created for an out-of-state, male student in his 3rd or 4th year of study at KU. The student must have expressed interest in other cultures and who will be studying abroad for a full semester in Australia. Awards up to $1,700. Interested students should complete the OSA Merit and Financial Need General Scholarship application to be considered for this scholarship.