Wollongong, Australia

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Program Overview


Find everything from computer science to communications to creative arts at this large university. With fewer commuting students than other Aussie schools, it’s easier to get to know Australian peers here. Gather on campus at Duck Pond Lawn or head to the nearby beach to catch some waves.  

With four beaches and a national park next door, Wollongong is every bit as beautiful and more affordable than Sydney or Melbourne. Keep an eye out for seals, dolphins, and whales as you walk the iconic Blue Mile Walk from North Beach to Wollongong Harbor. Must-see Sydney is just 90 minutes by train, making it easy to explore icons like the Harbour Bridge and Opera House.  

Also included, a full range of tours and activities designed to make sure you see other areas, like lush Hunter Valley and the Blue Mountains, and help you discover deep-set indigenous traditions. 

Details at a Glance

Application deadline

Fall: April 1
Spring: Oct. 1

Minimum GPA


Credit load



Apartment/Flat, Residence Hall/Dormitory, Single Room Option

Instruction language


Language prerequisites


Visa required?

Yes. Learn more.

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CHART Your Course
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For a listing of class offerings, check out the University of Wollongong online class catalog and select “Undergraduate” of the proper year to view available courses.

Credit Conversion
The number of courses you take depends on the credit value of the courses you select. At the University of Wollongong, a full course load consists of 24 University of Wollongong points per semester for a total of 15-16 U.S. semester credit hours per semester.

4 UOW points = 2.5 U.S. semester credit hours
6 UOW points = 4 U.S. semester credit hours
8 UOW points = 5 U.S. semester credit hours

Lab & Field Trip Fees
Please review syllabi and course materials when registering for direct-enroll classes. Certain classes may have a one-off lab or field trip fee disclosed in the syllabus or during the first meeting of the class. These fees are not included in your IFSA program fee. You will be responsible for these fees, whether they are billed and paid by IFSA or billed to you.


Australian Government | Department of Education | CRICOS: 00102E
Australian Government | Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency | TEQSA: PRV12062

Please find below restrictions or additional information about courses at Wollongong:

  • Faculty of Arts: must meet prerequisites
  • Faculty of Creative Arts: 200 level and above are restricted to students majoring in the relevant study area
  • Faculty of Commerce: must meet prerequisites
  • Faculty of Education: study abroad students cannot take these courses — EDPP102, EDPP201, EDPP301, EDPP403, EDPD101, EDPD105, EDPD204, EDPS202, EDPD206, EDPD304, EDPD306, EDPD404, EDPD406, EDPD401, EDPD402, EDCM201, EDUP 235, EDUP 234
  • Faculty of Engineering: must meet prerequisites
  • Nursing subjects are restricted to students who are nursing majors at their home university
  • Faculty of Computer Science/Informatics: must meet prerequisites
  • Faculty of Law: must meet prerequisites
  • Faculty of Science: must meet prerequisites



  • You must be at least 18 years of age. Students under 18 may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
  • You must be currently attending or recently graduated from a U.S. or Canadian community college, technical college, two-year college, four-year college, or four-year university.
  • You must have completed at least one (1) full-time year of study at your home institution before the beginning of the term.

The University of Wollongong will consider applicants with a GPA from 2.6 to 2.69 with additional application materials.

Recommendation Letter
Not required.


Upon completion of your program, IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. semester credit hour system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects classes taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost. See our Transcripts page for more information.


Activities and excursions are designed to pull you into the communities you visit and encourage cultural connections of every kind. There’s no extra fee to participate in these optional outings—everything is included in your program fee.

Below are a selection of activities and excursions from previous terms; options may vary for your program. Due to the seasonal nature of many of program activities, we cannot guarantee a specific activity or excursion will be available in a given term or program.

Program Activities

  • Indigenous Australians Cultural Education: Learn about the religious, social, and cultural practices of Australia’s First Nations People from award-winning indigenous Australian educators. Includes opportunity for questions and discussion.
  • The Rocks Walking Tour: Explore Sydney’s iconic district, The Rocks, site of the convict settlement in 1788. Learn about its role in national political and social change, the notorious Rocks Gang, the Rum Rebellion, and more.
  • Yogalates: Take time for your body and mind with energizing sessions that combine yoga and Pilates, led by qualified IFSA staff and held outdoors or in student housing.
  • NACE Competencies Workshop: Mastering the eight U.S. National Association of Colleges and Employers competencies is essential preparation for college graduates. This IFSA staff workshop helps you make meaningful links between your study abroad experience and career readiness.
  • Sydney Opera House Show: Did you know that if all the sails of the Opera House were combined, they would create a perfect sphere? Visit the structure that transformed Australia’s cultural image—named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007—for a live show.
  • Bike Tour of Sydney: The perfect way to get oriented and see some Sydney’s most famous sites. Includes riding across iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge.
  • Coogee-Bondi Walking Tour: Take in stunning ocean views as you walk the paved path from Coogee to Bondi, tracing shoreline cliffs and beaches. During late October and early November, you might also catch Sculpture by the Sea, Australia’s largest annual outdoor sculpture installation.

Program Excursions

  • Hunter Valley Tour: This full-day tour takes you a couple of hours north of Sydney, where natural beauty and farmland are home to 300 wineries. Exchange the busy urban environment for rolling green hills and discover the biodiversity of New South Wales. Includes lunch.
  • Blue Mountains Visit: An important historical site, the Blue Mountains are a rugged and mountainous region west of Sydney. Soak up dramatic scenery and discover an immense range of flora and fauna, including the famous lyrebird, known to mimic the sound of car alarms, chainsaws, camera shutters, and more.
  • Northern Beaches Visit: Visit the stunning Northern Beaches of NSW with an eco-tour guide, see Indigenous carvings, and hike to Palm Beach lighthouse.
  • Southern Highlands Tour: Visit the beautiful Southern Highlands of NSW and hike to waterfalls, visit a biodynamic sustainable winery, and try some delicious Aussie country “tucker” (food).

Housing and Meals


Apartment/Flat, Residence Hall/Dormitory, Single Room Option


Most Included;Self-Catering


IFSA students live either on campus in student apartments or no more than a 15 minute-walk away in dorm-style housing for international students. All housing options feature single bedrooms.  

On-campus student apartments

Explore Kooloobong Village to see what your Wollongong home might be like:  

  • Location: On campus.   
  • Living space: Share a furnished apartment with three, four other UW students. Each student has a single, private bedroom with a private bathroom. Each bedroom has a bed, desk, chair, and storage. Apartment mates share a fully equipped kitchen, lounge space, and bathroom. Bedding kit and towels provided.   
  • Meals: No meal plan. Students prepare or purchase meals, and often tell us cooking together is a fun, social part of the day. 
  • Other details: Internet included. 24-hour well-being support and security. Indoor and outdoor movie spaces and other social areas. Common kitchen. Music room. Gaming lounge. Basketball court. Yoga/fitness space. Study rooms and printers. Large courtyard with barbecue. Indoor social spaces and study rooms, game room and movie room with big screen. Social events and activities. Laundry facilities.   
  • Nearby: All campus facilities including library and state-of-the-art Sports Hub for fitness and recreation. Cafes and supermarkets. North Wollongong Beach. Wollongong city center. Illawarra Escarpment. 

Off-campus housing

Explore International House to see what your Wollongong home might be like:  

  • Location: Off campus. A15-minutes walk or 5-minute free shuttle bus ride to campus.
  • Living space: Single room in dorm-style housing with shared bathrooms. Each bedroom has a bed, desk, chair, and storage. Linen is provided.
  • Meals: 14 meals per week including breakfast and dinner, Monday through Saturday. Brunch and dinner on Sunday.
  • Other details: Internet included. 24-hour well-being support and security. Indoor and outdoor movie spaces and other social areas. Common kitchen. Music room. Games room. Study rooms. Outdoor areas with barbecues. Social events and activities. Laundry facilities.
  • Nearby: 3-minute walk to train station and bus stop where free shuttle bus runs to and from campus, town, and beach. Twenty-minute walk to North Wollongong Beach.


Dates and Fees

Term begins
Term ends
Program costs
Application deadline
Fall 2024
July 10, 2024
November 15, 2024
Spring 2025
Mid-Feb. 2025
Late June 2025
$20,475 (estimated)
Oct. 1, 2024
Fall 2025
Early July 2025
Mid-Nov. 2025
$20,475 (estimated)
April 1, 2025

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Danielle Jones

Enrollment Counselor