Australia Study Abroad at the University of Technology, Sydney
About the University of Technology, Sydney
- Required GPA: 2.5 (4.0 scale)
- Application deadlines: November 15 for semester 1 (Feb-June)
November 15 for calendar year (Feb-Nov)
March 15 for semester 2 (July-Nov)
March 15 for academic year (July-June)
- Program advisor: Liz Mach
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We're so excited that you're considering IFSA-Butler's program at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) for your semester or year abroad. The UTS offers a truly international experience at one of the most respected universities in Australia. We're sure you're going to love studying there!
What UTS has to offer
- Hands-on, career-focused education for independent, self-motivated students
- UTS's main campus is located in the heart of Sydney, a five-minute walk from Central Station
- Specialized learning assistance centers, student counseling and health services on campus
- More than 100 student clubs and societies
- Gymnasium, basketball, volleyball and badminton courts and a harborside rowing club
- Easy access to Sydney's main attractions, all within walking distance or an easy bus or train ride
- Housing is with Australian and international students in apartments within walking distance of the university
- Students purchase or prepare their own meals in shared kitchens
- Nine faculties available: business; design, architecture and building; education; engineering; humanities and social sciences; information technology; law; nursing, midwifery and health; and science
- Flexibility in combining subjects from 100 undergraduate programs
- Students take three or four courses per semester
- AACSB International accredited business school
We look forward to working with you!
CoursesWhere can I find a list of courses that the university offers?
Open the University of Technology, Sydney online course catalog
.What courses am I eligible to take?
As an IFSA-Butler student, you are entitled to enroll in undergraduate courses for which you are qualified and in which space is available. Course descriptions in the online course catalog (see above) include prerequisites you must fulfill in order to enroll in each course.
For each course that you list on your preference form, be sure to check the following:
- When determining which courses to take, please bear in mind that the Australian academic system is an intensive, three-year program.
- First-year (100-level) courses are appropriate for departments in which you have little or no prior experience.
- Second-year (200-level) courses will be equivalent to advanced sophomore or junior-level U.S. courses.
- Third-year (300-level) courses will be equivalent to senior-level U.S. courses.
- Fourth-year (400-level) courses and higher are part of a postgraduate degree (Masters or Ph.D.). You are not eligible to take these courses as an undergraduate study abroad student.
- Course codes are 5-digit numbers. The first two digits indicate the faculty and the rest of the code indicates the class number. For example, 22107 Accounting for Business might be called Accounting 107 here in the U.S. To find the level of the class you'd like to take, check the third digit in the course code.
- Remember in Australia, U.S. fall semester = semester 2 and U.S. spring semester = semester 1. Be sure to select courses for the correct semester you are studying abroad.
What if I need to take a required course?
Please be aware that IFSA-Butler cannot guarantee that your host university will offer a particular course, or that you will be allowed to take that particular course. However, if you need to take a required course, you may indicate that it is required on your course preference form. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor will communicate your needs to your host university.
Fourth-year (400-level) courses and higher are part of a postgraduate degree (Masters or Ph.D.). You are not eligible to take these courses as an undergraduate study abroad student.
How many courses am I able to take, and how do I determine U.S. semester credit hours?
IFSA-Butler requires students to enroll in a full course load at the host institution. A full load at UTS is 24 points, or 15-16 U.S. credit hours. The number of courses you take depends on the credit value of the courses you select. For information on the credit weight, please consult the information below.
3 UTS credits = 2 U.S. semester credit hours
4 UTS credits = 2.5 U.S. semester credit hours
6 UTS credits = 4 U.S. semester credit hours
8 UTS credits = 5 U.S. semester credit hours
What are the registration conditions?
You must take a full University of Technology, Sydney course load as determined by IFSA-Butler. Credit will be awarded on a Butler University transcript based on a typical U.S. full course load. All courses are graded on an A-F scale, and there is no provision for pass/fail or auditing courses unless pass/fail is the only method of assessment for the course. You are not allowed to register for online, distance education or hybrid courses.
You should also be aware that you may be charged additional fees by your home institution or host university to take or process additional credits. Taking less than a full course load may jeopardize your student status and result in personal academic repercussions and/or loss of financial aid.
The course preference form is not a registration form; it is a guideline to let your host university know which courses you are interested in taking abroad. You should discuss your course selections with your academic advisor at your home institution and have several backup choices in mind. Neither you nor the university is bound by your selections, and you will not officially register for courses until you arrive on campus.
What do I need to know about exams?
Because of the differences in the academic systems, you will not know your exam schedule until after you arrive at your host university. Please refer to the program dates to review the exam period for your host university. Your host university's policies do not permit you to reschedule any exams, request alternate assessments or arrange to have your exams proctored in the United States. If this occurs, IFSA-Butler cannot assist you in conducting a grade appeal or academic follow-up for the course in which you made this arrangement. You will need to complete and submit all academic work prior to departing the program.
How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
After you have returned to the U.S., your home university will receive a Butler University transcript with the credit you earned at the University of Technology, Sydney. The Butler University transcript will report the equivalent U.S. semester credit hours and letter grades. We also will send an official transcript to your permanent address.
Housing OptionsWhat are my housing options?
IFSA-Butler students are housed at the Cleveland Street location of Urbanest
Apartments. Each apartment houses eight people of both genders and offers four twin rooms with a shared bathroom in each twin room. The apartments include a fully functioning kitchen (housing is self-catered) and lounge room that includes a flat screen television. A linen pack, including a fitted sheet, pillow, pillow case, duvet, bath towel, and hand towel, is provided for each student.
The apartments also have wireless Internet throughout the building, security systems, a large outdoor courtyard with BBQ, fully equipped gym and yoga/stretch room, and big screen TV/games room.
Some University of Sydney students are also housed at these Urbanest apartments, which gives our UTS students an opportunity to meet students on other programs.
No meal plans are available. All accommodations are self-catering, and most cooking equipment is supplied.
Is my housing included in the program fee?
Yes. Your program fee includes accommodation at the university while classes are in session. You will be responsible for any commuting costs you may incur. Australian university housing requires students to move out during breaks between semesters. If you are studying abroad for a year and wish to remain in residence during the vacation period(s), you must notify the university housing office upon arrival to make necessary arrangements. Staying in residence during these breaks may incur additional costs not covered by the IFSA-Butler program fee.
When will I receive my housing assignment?
You will most likely receive your housing assignment one to two weeks before your departure. However, in some cases you may not receive your housing assignment until you arrive in Australia for orientation. Your program advisor will notify you of your housing assignment via e-mail when it is released by the university.
Please keep in mind that while IFSA-Butler guarantees housing, we cannot guarantee your preferences.
Do I have to pay a housing deposit?
Yes. IFSA-Butler requires a refundable housing deposit of $300 before going abroad. We will return this deposit to you after March 1 for fall programs or September 1 for spring and year programs, less any fines, damages or outstanding debts in your name.
Can I arrange my own housing?
Yes. IFSA-Butler recognizes that some students require independent housing for their time abroad. If you choose not to take advantage of our guaranteed housing, you may sign up for independent housing on the housing preference form. Once you've made this choice, we will not provide housing for you or bill you for the accommodation fee.
Please be advised that housing costs can be high abroad, and many times students living independently end up spending more money than students living in IFSA-Butler arranged housing. If you are hoping to save money by arranging housing on your own, please research your options early so you can compare costs. You must notify us of your intention to live in independent housing by the program application deadline for your term abroad, listed at the top of this page. We are not able to accommodate independent housing requests after the deadline.
Living and Studying Abroad in Sydney, Australia
Population: 4.5 million
Location: State of New South Wales, in southeast Australia
- Known as the "World's Friendliest City"
- Renowned for its multicultural flavor
- At its heart is a spectacular harbor, home to the famous sails of the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge
- Distinct neighborhoods with a huge range of lifestyles and cultures, linked by excellent public transportation
- Darling Harbour is a glittering entertainment district and a hub of endless fun
- Nearby are the historic Rocks, Sydney' oldest preserved colonial district transformed into a vibrant area of pubs, cafes, restaurants and shops
- Enjoy surfing, swimming and sunning at the beaches on the east coast of the city
- Visit the Blue Mountains in the west
- Sample wines in the Hunter Valley to the north of Sydney, where some of Australia's best wines are made
City of Sydney
Travel South: A Visitor's Guide to South Coast New South Wales
Sydney.com: Things to Do
Lonely Planet Sydney
Sydney Morning Herald
Time Out Sydney
Dates & Fees
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IFSA-Butler orientation begins at 11 a.m. on the orientation start date.
Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. Upon arrival at your host university, be sure to verify your exam schedule and program end date. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.
All program support services end on the “Program Ends” date.
Exams must be taken where and when scheduled. Under no circumstances may students request that an exam time be changed. In Australia exams are taken under formal examination conditions, and changes cannot be made for individuals.
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What's included in our Australia program fees
Calendar Year and Semester 1 Payments Due: December 15
Academic Year and Semester 2 Payments Due: May 15
Program Fee Bills
IFSA-Butler will send a single bill for tuition, services and housing. Any bills for tuition differentials and/or supplemental housing fees will be sent separately. Students who opt for independent housing will not be charged the housing component of the program fee.
The housing component of our program fee is based on the average cost of local student self-catering accommodation, usually a shared room in a regular dormitory, apartment or house without any extra features.
† Housing Deposit
This program requires a housing deposit of $300. This payment is in addition to the program fee but is due on the same date. The deposit is held separately from the program fee and should be paid separately. The deposit is refunded to the student after the program, less any damages, fines or outstanding debts in the student’s name.
Personal Cost Estimates
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These figures are designed to assist students with financial planning but are only estimates based on past students’ experiences at the current exchange rate. They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs. Meals are estimated based on the cost of a weekly standard grocery shop with one meal out. If you plan to eat out once a day or more, we recommend using a higher estimate. If you have dietary restrictions or follow a specific diet (gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, organic, etc), you may also wish to budget more due to the higher cost of specialty food items.
The above numbers are general estimates of expenses during a program abroad. We recommend taking into account your current spending habits, the cost of living in your host country and the current exchange rate. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can be helpful as you attempt to work on a personal budget for your experience abroad.
Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.
All costs are in U.S. dollars.
Meet Your IFSA-Butler Team
IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program in Australia:
Program Advisor Liz Mach assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Liz graduated from Purdue University and studied abroad in southern France. She has also traveled through the Czech Republic, the Dominican Republic, England, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Scotland and Spain. Before moving to her current position, Liz served as an Academic Affairs Coordinator at IFSA-Butler. She currently advises students planning on studying abroad in Australia, England, and New Zealand and can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4251.
Student Accounts Coordinator Becki Niccum assists with the financial side of study abroad and processes payments and invoices. Becki can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-3077.
Student & Parent Services Manager Donnetta Spears is available to both students and parents for travel questions and information. Donnetta has worked with IFSA-Butler since 2000, and she has traveled through parts of Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. As the mother of 4 college students (including one who studied abroad on an IFSA-Butler program), she has a deep understanding of the ins-and-outs of study abroad from a parent perspective. Donnetta can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4252.
Once abroad, our students are in the capable hands of our on-site office, including our student services coordinator Fiona Pearson. Click here to read more about Fiona.
Academic Records Coordinator Abby Miller graduated from Butler University where she worked as a guide for international students from all over the world. From that experience and combined with her own world travels, she knows the amazing experiences that studying abroad can provide. Abby is excited to work with IFSA-Butler students and to help answer any questions about their academic records. Abby can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, ext. 4217.