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University of New South Wales - Engineering
This five-week summer study abroad program for engineering students explores energy and sustainability, with a focus on new developments in lower emission fossil fuels, energy efficiency, renewable energy technologies and nuclear power.
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Summer Non-Faculty Led
  • Study engineering for five weeks in Australia
  • Includes visits to various cities throughout the country, including Sydney, Darwin, and Cairns
  • Earn engineering credit over the summer while getting hands-on experience
  • Petermann Scholarship available. See Further Reading below for more information.
Program Summary: 

This five-week summer study abroad program for engineering students explores energy and sustainability, with a focus on new developments in lower emission fossil fuels, energy efficiency, renewable energy technologies and nuclear power. The program is based on a 75 hour combination of lectures, discussions, laboratory work, demonstrations, site visits computer simulations, assignments and discussion periods and is held in five cities throughout Australia.

The program commences in Byron Bay where water, sand, and' sun collide. Laidback Byron Bay provides a fantastic introduction to laidback Australia where participants will become familiar with their course material, instructors and fellow students. Participants will enjoy a kayak trip with dolphins (and maybe whales) and optional activities like snorkeling and horseback riding.

Then onward to Darwin, in Australia’s ‘Top’End’. While based in Darwin there will be a three day camping expedition into Kakadu National Park. Crocodiles, Aboriginal art sites and spectacular scenery are some of the highlights of' this field trip.

On the way to Sydney from Darwin participants will stay in Australia’s second largest city, Melbourne for three days for visits to a number of academically relevant sites.

For weeks three and four, the program will be based at the campus of the University of New South Wales (UNSW), located 20 minutes from downtown Sydney and within walking distance from the beachside suburb of Coogee.

Week five will be on location in Cairns for the final section of the course and a field excursion to a renewable energy site. This will leave a few days at the end of the course to relax and participate in a wide range of activities available.


University of New South Wales

The academic portion of the program is organized and provided by University of New South Wales (UNSW). Participant will also stay at UNSW for two weeks during the program. UNSW was founded in 1949, is located in Kensington, a southeastern suburb of Sydney. It has a modern urban campus with a student population of approximately 50,000, including 14,000 international students from over 130 different countries.

The City of Sydney

Sydney, the capital of NSW, is the largest and oldest city in Australia. It is an exciting, cosmopolitan city that offers more entertainment, shopping and sightseeing than any other place in Australia. It is home to over 4.1 million people.

Academic Information: 

Various UNSW lecturers will cover the following topics: World Energy, Energy and Environmental Implications, Energy and Sustainable Development, Energy and the Built Environment, Emerging Energy Technologies, Energy Storage, Energy and the Process Industries, and Renewable Energy. The University of New South Wales is recognized as the top university for energy R&D in Australia with many of the research groups among the world leaders in their field. Students are required to attend all  lectures and discussions and to complete  all assessment tasks.

Students will be assessed throughout the program. The assessment is in three parts:

  • Most units of' the program will have some form of' assessable activity. Questions will be assigned from the readings and class work.
  • Essay and oral presentation. Students will be assigned in week one to small groups, to work on a project specifically in one of' the topics covered by the course. Students will write a report  to be completed  by  week four  and' also  make a short verbal presentation on the project.
  • Final examination. A multiple-choice exam covering all coursework will be given in the final week of the program.

All course grading will be done by UNSW faculty.

For a complete course syllabus and detailed itinerary, contact the KU Office of Study Abroad.


Students will be housed in a variety of accommodation styles when traveling, including shared, budget-style accommodation, serviced apartments and a few nights camping.

Life Abroad: 

International air travel is organized through Qantas. Packages have been designed to allow students to spend time in the tropical north of Australia on the Great Barrier Reef at the completion of each program, or in a host of destinations such as New Zealand or Hawaii on their return to the US, at little or no extra cost. After acceptance participants will be provided complete airfare details by the Education Abroad Network (TEAN).


Applicants must be majoring in some area of engineering and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8. Sophomore status or higher is preferred but freshman applicants who have demonstrated excellent academic achievements during their first semester may apply.

This program has rolling admission and is a popular program. Early application is encouraged.

Further Reading: 

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.


Deadlines Extended for Summer, Fall and Academic Year Programs.

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Study Abroad Financial Advising

The Office of Study Abroad has weekly 'You Can Afford to Study Abroad' Financial aid and Scholarship Info Sessions/Open Meetings on Wednesday afternoons from 4:00-5:00 pm and Thursday afternoons from 12:30-1:30 pm in room 203 Lippincott Hall.  For those that can not attend the weekly Info Sessions, we also offer individualized study abroad financial planning as well as financial aid and scholarship advising for students.  Please visit 108 Lippincott Hall or call 785-864-3742 to set up an appointment.

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