Sydney Harbour filled with boats and ferries as well as the Sydney Opera House on the right

Study & Intern in Sydney

  1. Program Details

    Experience the dynamic city of Sydney, through a professional internship and courses that deepen your understanding of Australian culture.

    Location Sydney, Australia
    Term Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer Session
    Housing Apartment, Homestay
    Credit Type Resident Credit
    Sponsor Learning Abroad Center

    Program Eligibility

    GPA 2.5 (2.8 minimum required for internships)
    Student Type UofM Students
    Student Year Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors
    Language No Language Prerequisite
  3. About Study & Intern in Sydney

    Set on Port Jackson, Sydney is Australia's largest city with a population of over 4 million people. Originally established as a British colony and now Australia's premier city, Sydney boasts dazzling harbors, beaches, a multicultural population, and a host of restaurants and attractions. The extensive public transportation system of ferries, buses, and trains lets you see and experience it all.

    The Study and Intern in Sydney program offers courses that deepen your understanding of Australian culture. The strength of the program is the internship experience, which allows you to integrate with Australians, experience the culture firsthand, and gain professional work experience.

    Housing & Meals

    Housing is provided in comfortable, well-equipped apartments or homestays. All students find out their housing placements about 2 weeks prior to departure.


    Apartment housing is located in the Ultimo neighborhood, the educational and cultural hub of Sydney. Up to 8 students share an apartment with 2 twin bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and laundry facilities. Meals are not included for students who choose this option, but each apartment has a full kitchen.


    Students who choose the homestay option have a room to themselves. Breakfast and dinner are included.

    All students receive a transportation pass for the term included in the program fee. This pass will give students access to all local transportation except for ferries. 


    Past excursions, which are inlcuded in the program fee, have included trips to the Blue Mountains and an overnight stay at Sydney's Toranga Zoo 

    On the semester program, students also receive a social membership to the Sydney TAFE student union, allowing access to a libraries and clubs.

    Students can take advantage of My Global City events, a calendar of events centered around key themes that provides students a tool to help personalize their experience in Sydney.

    Learning Outcomes

    • Deepen cross-cultural understanding through interaction with local community via internships and engagement
    • Increase independence and self-reliance through learning to navigate Australian society
    • Gain Australian and international perspectives on academic disciplines
    • Develop awareness of and challenge assumptions about Australian culture, your own culture, and how your culture is viewed by others
    • Gain knowledge and insight into a professional career through internships and community engagement

    Faculty & Staff

    The Centres for Academic Programmes Abroad (CAPA) provides housing, program classrooms, and study areas. CAPA also arranges on-site orientation and program excursions, as well as social and cultural events. Classes are taught by Australian faculty who are specialists in their academic field and in the field of teaching foreign students.

    About the Learning Abroad Center

    Learning Abroad Center programs are:

    • Affordable: our programs are cost effective.
    • Academically strong: many programs have strong University of Minnesota departmental support and offer pre-approved courses for many majors.
    • Culturally rich: regardless of the program you choose, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the local culture.
    • Expertly managed: our staff in Minnesota and abroad are trained professionals and are always available to answer your questions from extensive pre-departure advising and online orientations to reentry programming. Your safety and well-being are paramount, and we work hard to ensure you have a rewarding and safe experience abroad.
  4. Program Structure

    Program Type Study Abroad Center
    Program Level Upper-division coursework on Australian area studies, politics, advertising, marketing, history, literature, etc.

    13–18 credits for fall or spring semester, 6 credits for summer session

    Courses are with other American college students and are held at the CAPA Sydney Center located on the TAFE NSW Sydney Institute campus in the Ultimo neigborhood. 

    Students gain professional work experience by participating in an unpaid internship and taking courses in art, business, cinema, communication, government, marketing, sociology, and more. Semester, spring quarter, and summer study abroad options include courses with local visits, internships and community engagement, and special lectures related to your study abroad experience—all designed to engage you in critical thinking and challenge you to pursue subjects through academic and field research.

    This program appeals to students who are interested in gaining a deeper understanding of Australian culture, need to fulfill liberal arts requirements, and want to participate in an internship related to their field of study.


    Check the course list for more information and syllabi.

    All students participating in an internship will enroll in the Global Internship Program course and work 20 hours per week. The 6-credit internship will require additional projects, assignments and activities that make up the additional contact and work hours spent on the course. Students participating in the 6-credit internship are eligible for a 12 credit reduced course-load due to the time commitment required for the internship. Students have the option of participating in a 3-credit internship, but the preference is for students to complete the 6-credit internship. Students participating in the 3-credit option are not eligible for the 12-credit reduced course load. If you anticipate taking 12 credits, rather than 13 or more, the Learning Abroad Center recommends that you submit a “13 Credit Exemption Request” to your college advising office. This form can be found on the One Stop Student Services website

    The reduced credit load approval does not alter standards of eligibility established for financial aid awards (loans, grants, scholarships, and so on), student-athletics, visa status, or any other agency requiring enrollment of 13 or more credits. It is your responsibility to consult with the appropriate office to ensure that a reduced credit load will not adversely affect your eligibility or student status. Your college will review your 13-credit exemption request and will ultimately determine if your request is approved.

    Course Options

    Select the term and, where applicable, the number of semesters (or equivalent) of language instruction you will have completed by the time you start the program.

    Term Take the Following


    Study Center Courses Only

    4–5 Area Studies Courses

    Internship Program

    SDNY 3375: Global Internship Program
    2–3 Area Studies Courses


    6 Credit Internship Only

    3 Credit Internship and Course

    SDNY 3375: Global Internship Program (3 credits)
    and choose

    1 Area Studies Course

    2 Credit Courses

    2 Area Studies Course
  5. Course Enrollment Instructions

    Fall or Spring Semester

    • If you are doing an internship and courses, select SDNY 3375: Global Internship Program for 6 credits and 2–3 additional courses.
    • If you are not doing an internship, select 4–5 courses.
    • List optional Global Identity course for 1 credit
    • Enrollment should total 13 to 16 credits


    • If you are doing an internship and a course, select SDNY 3375: Global Internship Program for 3 credits and 1 additional course.
    • If you are doing only an internship, select SDNY 3375: Global Internship Program for 6 credits
    • If you are not doing an internship, select 2 courses.
    • Total registration should equal 6 credits.

    Course Planning Links


    Additional course offerings depend on program enrollment. Courses could include:

    Abnormal Psychology
    SDNY 3039
    3 Credits

    This course provides a contemporary overview of the psychological, biological, and experiential factors thought to influence human mental disorders. It will address questions such as What is “abnormal”? What causes mental illness and how do we treat them? Each week students will explore a different disorder (for example, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, schizophrenia) and discuss the symptoms, causes, and empirically supported treatments.

    Syllabus for Abnormal Psychology

    Advertising & Promotions
    SDNY 3018
    3 Credits

    This course introduces students to the basic elements of marketing communications, including advertising, direct marketing communications, sales promotions, public relations and publicity, and personal selling. The concept of integrated marketing communication is introduced as an organizational tool and as a philosophy for campaign planning. Integrated marketing communication requires a 'total' approach to planning advertising and promotions campaigns and coordinating communication strategies in support of overall brand and goods/services marketing objectives, and more broadly marketing strategy.

    Syllabus for Advertising & Promotions (PDF)

    Advertising & Society
    SDNY 3019
    3 Credits

    This course introduces students to the linkages between advertising and society. It is premised on the belief that advertising helps shape human attitudes and behaviours, just as the latter two in turn help direct and shape advertising. The emphasis is however firmly on advertising as a shaping agent – how it influences individuals and societies, the dynamic nature of the relationship, and the impacts (both positive and negative) that advertising may have on individuals and societies. It takes a critical and dispassionate view of advertising, rather than a managerial or practitioner’s view. Various criticisms of advertising are flagged, and these are used as a basis for further coverage and discussion of the criticisms and issues raised.

    Syllabus for Advertising & Society (PDF)

    Analyzing & Exploring the Global City: Sydney
    SDNY 3013
    Fall, Spring, Summer
    3 Credits

    This course is designed to encourage you to engage in a critical analysis of the development of modern cities, in particular Sydney. It will trace Sydney’s development from a "colonial outpost" into the "thriving metropolis" it is today. The course will examine how the forces of colonization, migration, modernization, and globalization have affected the city and its inhabitants. The course ultimately intends to help you contextualize your travels and encounters in the city and will help you develop informed interpretations of Sydney while you are there.

    Syllabus for Analyzing & Exploring the Global City: Sydney (PDF)

    Approved for the Social Science core.

    Art Down Under—From the Dreamtime to the Present
    SDNY 3002
    3 Credits

    The course provides an insight into the many different works of art produced in the last century and also introduces some of the most controversial works to come out of Australia's Aboriginal and contemporary art worlds. All the major 20th Century art movements are examined in relation to advances in technology, historical events, and sociological changes. You are encouraged to develop your visual awareness and personal responses to different types of art.

    Syllabus for Art Down Under (PDF)

    Approved for the Arts and Humanities core.

    Australian, Asian & Pacific Literatures
    SDNY 3016
    3 Credits

    This course covers a wealth of literature from the Australian, Asian, and South Pacific region, from Australia’s earliest colonial outback and horsemen stories to the city-focused cosmopolitanism of the 1980s, to the aboriginal literature of the 1990s, and in the 2000s, the contemporary Torres Strait and Polynesian literatures’ reformulations of place that respond to both contemporary and traditional understandings of islands, archipelagoes, and identity.

    Syllabus for Australian, Asian & Pacific Literatures (PDF)

    Approved for the Literature core.

    Australian Cinema: Representation & Identity
    SDNY 3003
    Fall, Spring
    3 Credits

    This course enables you to engage with important issues of personal and collective identity via the study of film. Identity is said to be increasingly mediated by the mass media and cinema, so one of the key questions of the class is: to what extent have Australian films reflected or determined Australian identities? The question of what it means to be Australian is broached through the concepts of national identity and the imagined community. You are encouraged to draw on your own academic and personal experiences.

    Syllabus for Australian Cinema (PDF)

    Approved for the Arts and Humanities core.

    Australian Government & Politics in the Pacific Rim Context
    SDNY 3011
    Fall, Spring
    3 Credits

    This course introduces you to the history, concepts, and structures of politics and government in Australia. You will gain knowledge on the debates, disagreements, problems, and changes in government and politics “Down Under, especially in relation to the Pacific Rim Region and will be able to think critically on these issues as well as defend ideas on them.

    Syllabus for Australian Government & Politics in the Pacific Rim Context (PDF)

    Approved for the Social Science core.

    Australian History: Aboriginal History to Colonization—Current Issues in Historical Perspectives
    SDNY 3014
    3 Credits

    Using contemporary issues in Australia—race, immigration, culture, environment, politics, and foreign policy—the course explains the historical origins of issues and provides critical analysis. This course begins in 2010 and looks back into Australia’s past, asking and answering a series of questions to explain contemporary attitudes and events, as part of an ongoing dialogue between the present and the past.

    Syllabus for Australian History (PDF)

    Approved for the Historical Perspectives core.

    Gender, Culture & Society
    SDNY 3028
    Fall, Spring
    3 Credits

    This course explores a range of theories and debates that surround the issue of gender in both local and international contexts. Students will be introduced to key concepts and ideas that have been applied to the study of gendered identity, and will use these to critically analyze gendered identity in both Australia and the United States. Weekly seminars will utilize historical and contemporary case studies to facilitate and understanding of how and why gender is such a critical element of past and present identity politics.

    Syllabus for Gender, Culture & Society (PDF)

    Approved for the Social Science core.

    Global Health in a COVID-19 New World
    SDNY 3xxx
    Summer, Fall
    3 Credits

    Course Description

    Syllabus forthcoming

    Global Internship Course
    SDNY 3375
    Fall, Spring, Summer
    3 or 6 Credits

    The Global Internship Program (GIP) is a unique and innovative opportunity for students to combine their internship placement (and living abroad) experience with a weekly in-class educational and mentoring experience (session), which aims to develop students' personal and professional skills while earning academic credit. The GIP fits in with CAPA's philosophy and practice of Globally Networked Learning (GNL), whereby students can learn about the social and cultural context of their internship placement and the host region and country, as well as other GIP themes, through comparative global analysis. At times, this analysis will be facilitated through a selection of CAPA Master classes given by leading professionals from a diverse range of fields. Thus, the weekly discussion-based sessions with their active learning approach, gives students the opportunity to discuss and analyze theories and models of work, critical thinking and organizational behavior and management in a cross-cultural context.

    A variety of teaching and learning activities will be used, for example: lecture, workshop, discussion, informal and formal presentations, and mock (recorded) interviews. The assessment mechanisms are all designed to support learning, using the internship and living abroad experience as a vehicle. Above all, the on-site CAPA sessions give students the opportunity to listen to individual experiences, compare and contrast activities with others, and consider the experience in terms of their personal and professional development - at the beginning we focus on self-reflection and at the end of this process we challenge each student to focus on self-projection. The 6-credit internship class has a specialized focus on the latter by engaging students in an internship/industry related research project to develop each student's connection between their internship and time abroad with possible postgraduate study and career opportunities. It is, therefore, our intention that students will treat these on-site sessions with the same dedication and professionalism that we expect the students to display at their internships. Students will undertake an intensive orientation session to help them prepare for and integrate into their placements. Additional resources and readings to aid students' personal and professional development will be provided.

    Syllabus for Global Internship Program (PDF)

    Global Workforce Management
    SDNY 3024
    3 Credits

    This course provides an integrative framework for understanding the business and legal challenges that are associated with effective workforce management around the world. As more and more companies try to leverage the benefits of a global labour market, it is critical to understand the challenges that managers must deal with as they try to coordinate work practices across country settings and prepare individuals for global assignments. Toward that end, we will examine how international labour markets compare in terms of labour costs, labour supply, workplace culture, and employment law. High-profile news events from developed and emerging economies will be used to illustrate the complex cultural and regulatory environment that multinational firms face in such areas as talent management, performance management, offshore outsourcing, downsizing and industrial relations. The last segment will focus on the individual and organizational factors that promote successful global assignments.

    Syllabus for Global Workforce Management (PDF)

    Immigration: People Moving, Moving People
    SDNY 3038
    3 Credits

    This course will explore the causes and consequences of migration for communities, personal identities, national identities, politics, ethics, and the environment. The various reasons for people-moving and moving people across borders will be examined, as will the myths and controversies involved. Key themes throughout the course will be how notions of belonging, citizenship, nationality, nationhood, and “the other” are constructed, proliferated, and manipulated. We will draw case studies from both Australian and international examples, which field trips will supplement. Grades will be based on class and online participation, evidence of reading and independent research, and assessments both written and oral.

    Syllabus for Global Workforce Management (PDF)

    Indigenous Peoples & Modernity: Culture, Rights & Development in a Globalizing World
    SDNY 3020
    3 Credits

    This course explores the implications of modernity for Indigenous peoples of the planet, in particular the impact of colonization, the contribution of rights frameworks in enhancing the wellbeing of Indigenous peoples, and approaches to development for non-urban Indigenous communities. Each week, the topic is introduced with an overview of key concepts and theories, which are then applied and illustrated through the case study of Aboriginal Australia, the oldest living culture on the planet. Students undertake their own research into the condition of Native Americans and compare the two case studies.

    Syllabus for Indigenous Peoples & Modernity (PDF)

    Intercultural Communication: Theories, Practice & Factors Influencing Intercultural Communication
    SDNY 3012
    Fall, Spring
    3 Credits

    This course will increase the understanding of basic concepts and principles regarding communication between people from different racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds within Australia, including Aboriginal and immigrant populations. The course will introduce you to theory and research in the area of intercultural communication and will help you develop this knowledge in understanding and improving human interaction in both the study abroad environment and international contexts.

    Syllabus for Intercultural Communication (PDF)

    Approved for the Social Science core.

    International Dimensions of Organizational Behaviour
    SDNY 3023
    3 Credits

    In the International Dimensions of Organizational Behaviour course, students will study how theories, research, and current issues in the field of organizational behaviour apply in the context of the international workplace. This course will focus on the international application of core management theories and strategies, and will be based on interdisciplinary research, from fields including psychology, sociology, economics, political science and anthropology.

    Syllabus for International Dimensions of Organizational Behaviour (PDF)

    International Economics
    SDNY 3022
    Fall, Spring
    3 Credits

    The International Economics module provides an understanding of the key economic issues in the global business environment. The course provides an understanding of how global businesses are impacted by real world developments in economics, politics and finance. The business environment is dynamic in nature. The course coverage is therefore updated periodically to include current real world evidence as well as recent academic and empirical findings. The five broad topics covered in the course are: Globalization, Country Differences, Cross-Border Trade & Investment, the Global Monetary System, and Competing in a Global Market Place.

    Syllabus for International Economics (PDF)

    International Finance
    SDNY 3021
    Fall, Spring
    3 Credits

    The International Finance module provides an understanding of finance in the international context. In a globally integrated world, it has become imperative to trade, invest and conduct business operations internationally. The course exposes the students to the opportunities and risks associated with international finance. The course coverage includes historical perspectives and foundations of international finance, the foreign exchange markets and exchange rate determination, exposure management, financial management of a multinational firm.

    Syllabus for International Finance (PDF)

    International Marketing
    SDNY 3015
    Fall, Spring
    3 Credits

    This course reflects the increasing amount of international marketing carried out by a wide and diverse range of organizations. Starting with why organizations may wish to expand their activities across national boundaries, you develop knowledge to identify which markets to enter, the methods of market entry available and the management and control implications.

    Syllabus for International Marketing (PDF)

    Managing Global Supply Chains
    SDNY 3025
    Fall, Spring
    3 Credits

    Supply chain management (SCM) is becoming more and more important for businesses as the scope to outsource globally increases. Companies now have to deal with emerging countries just beginning to compete in global markets. A supply chain is the network of entities from the raw material supplier at one end, going through the plants, warehouses and distribution centres, to retailers, and sometimes the final customer, at the other end. Supply chain management is the integrated management of the flow and storage of materials, information and funds between the entities comprising the supply chain. The main objective of the supply chain is to create and enhance value as the product, in its intermediate or final form, progresses through the network.

    Syllabus for Managing Global Supply Chains (PDF)

    Locating Social Inequality
    SDNY 3xxx
    Summer, Fall
    3 Credits

    Course Description

    Syllabus forthcoming

    People, Place, & Culture: Environmental Debates in Australia, New Zealand, & the Pacific Rim
    SDNY 3026
    Spring, Summer
    3 Credits

    This course explores the multi-faceted dimensions of human interaction with diverse environments in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific to illuminate the origins of environmental concerns and current debates in these regions from pre-European contact to now. From the peopling of the Pacific to the challenge of climate change, this course is broad in its scope while concentrating on selected issues such as the impact of mining, clean energy futures, our vulnerability to “natural” disasters and increasing urbanization. In so doing, the intersection of culture and nature is explored. The course is embedded in the environmental humanities, but uses the approaches of environmental history, as well as insights from the disciplines of science, politics, sociology and cultural studies.

    Syllabus for People, Place, & Culture (PDF)

    Approved for the Environment theme.

    Race & Ethnicity in Australia & the US
    SDNY 3036
    3 Credits

    This course examines and compares race and ethnicity in Australia and the US. Similarities and differences in racial/ethnic historic and current conditions, causes, consequences, and policies in the two countries will be identified. By the end of the course, students will have greater understanding of the role of race and ethnicity in determining group and individual opportunities, restrictions, and life experiences. Students will become aware of the continuing importance of cultural and political factors in the salience of race/ethnicity in the two societies. Solutions for racial problems will also be emphasized.

    Syllabus for Race & Ethnicity in Australia & the US (PDF)

    Approved for Social Science core.

    Resilient Cities
    SDNY 3041
    3 Credits

    This course is an introductory course on urban resilience and concepts in sustainability and its principles and the sustainable development of cities in the global, regional, and local contexts. The course will cover the environmental, socio-economic, and structural problems of contemporary cities and their consequences on natural systems and built communities. It provides a framework to examine the challenges of urbanism, issues facing cities, and an opportunity to evaluate and explore “solutions.”

    Syllabus for Resilient Cities

    Sports as Soft Power
    SDNY 3043W
    3 Credits

    This course examines sports as soft power (persuasion, influence, and attraction) in the attempt to bridge communities and cultures and on the local, national, and global stages. Case studies demonstrate the attraction and effectiveness of sports as a communication strategy utilized by local, national, and international governments and NGOs as part of a strategic communication plan, as well as its role in spontaneous grassroots movements. Critical to our studies is the appreciation that sport may challenge/reinforce social and cultural values at the local, national, and international levels.

    Syllabus for Sports as Soft Power

    Sports in Australian Society
    SDNY 3032
    3 Credits

    Sport holds a central role in the development of the Australian character and identity, through the interaction with the expanse of the new environment of the early settlers, evolving during the colonial era of the nineteenth century. Sport helped forge and provides a focus for Australian nationalism whether that be individual achievements or as a team, projecting Australians internationally on the global sporting stage. This course studies sport in Australian culture, the historical context, through to its importance in today’s Australian society. Sport as a reflection of the masculine mono culture Australian identity of 19th Century and early 20th Century through to diversity of modern Australia multi-culturalism, indigenous recognition and social structures will be studied. Themes covered in this course include volunteerism, gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, amateurism and professionalism, globalisation, integrity in sport (drugs in sport, influence of gambling on results, gene manipulation and bio medical enhancements) trends and challenges to the future of sport including doping in sport, rise of corporitisation of sport, innovation and technology impact on sport and the impact on Australian sport of the current the “Asian Century."

    Syllabus for Sports in Australian Society (PDF)

    Approved for Social Sciences core.

    Sports Management
    SDNY 3033
    3 Credits

    This course provides undergraduate students with the critical understanding of the theories, concepts, knowledge and skills for mangers in commercialized and community based sports the Australian context. The course considers the ranges of challenges facing the 21st-Century sports manager including a complex sociocultural environment, competitive business markets, managing a range of key stakeholders, the future of sports management and strategic planning to meet future sporting organizations objectives. The course also evaluates how public policy, sport governance and legislative requirements impacts on the management of sporting organizations. Finally, the course examines the wider social utility of sport in Australia, such as its role in community and the forming of national identity, as an opportunity for social improvement and general community well-being.

    Syllabus for Sports Management (PDF)

    Sports Marketing
    SDNY 3034
    Spring, Summer
    3 Credits

    This course examines in detail the various techniques and strategies of sports marketing. The issue of professionalism and the corporatization of sport will be addressed. The focus on the necessity of securing various revenue streams including sponsorships, investment opportunities, government grants and fundraising potential of individuals, teams, clubs and facilities in the broad arena of sport. Students will examine the promotion of sport through various channels, including traditional media and the rise of digital marketing in its various forms. The ability to develop and implement marketing strategies and plans to present to individuals or organizations will be based around practical application using Australian case studies.

    Syllabus for Sports Marketing (PDF)

    Writing for Environmental Advocacy
    SDNY 3042W
    3 Credits

    This course focuses on writing in response to the natural environment, primarily as a tool to raise awareness of environmental challenges and to advocate for ways to meet those challenges. We’ll read a variety of voices and styles of advocacy writing, always with a strong focus on the craft of language: How does the writing reach its target and accomplish its goal? What makes the writing persuasive?

    Students will practice several modes of advocacy writing, via several shorter assignments, and the writing will be a central text of the course; that is, we will investigate and critique student writing in much the same we do the assigned published pieces. Students will devote much of the second half of the term to researching and writing a first-person article and presentation focusing on a specific environmental problem and advocating for a potential solution/s.

    Syllabus for Writing Environmental Advocacy

    Writing the Global City: Sydney
    SDNY 3017W
    Fall, Spring
    3 Credits

    This course is a creative writing workshop keyed to exploring the experience of traveling and living abroad in Sydney in either verse or prose texts. Along with the writing workshops, we will also read and discuss texts that focus on Australia in general and Sydney specifically from both native and foreign perspectives, noting particularly the literary techniques and strategies that various writers have used to express their experiences and observations.

    Syllabus for Writing the Global City: Sydney (PDF)

    Approved the Literature core, and Writing Intensive requirement.

    Optional Online Course

    Global Identity
    OLPD 3332
    1 credit
    Global Identity: Connecting Your International Experience with Your Future is an optional 1-credit online course that helps you process your international experience and apply what you've learned upon your return.  Global Identity gives you the opportunity to work individually with a trained cultural mentor, helping you articulate your newly acquired skills and differentiating you from your peers.

    This course is offered at no additional cost on programs six weeks or longer. The Learning Abroad Center will email out registration instructions, or you may contact a program team member.

    Syllabus for Global Identity (PDF)

  6. Over 1000 internship placements are available in almost any field. For internship applicants, second semester sophomore, junior, or senior status with a minimum 2.8 GPA is required. You will earn 3 summer or 6 semester credits through the internship combined with the Learning through Internships course. All students find out their internship placement about 2 weeks prior to departure. Students are required to submit additional application materials in order to apply for the internship. These material can be found under the Apply tab. Please note that internships are not open to Freshmen.  

    Academic Credit

    All students participating in an internship will enroll in the Global Internship Program course and work 20 hours per week. The 6-credit internship will require additional projects, assignments and activities that make up the additional contact and work hours spent on the course. Students participating in the 6-credit internship are eligible for a 12 credit reduced course-load due to the time commitment required for the internship. Students have the option of participating in a 3-credit internship, but the preference is for students to complete the 6-credit internship. Students participating in the 3-credit option are not eligible for the 12-credit reduced course load. If you anticipate taking 12 credits, rather than 13 or more, the Learning Abroad Center recommends that you submit a “13 Credit Exemption Request” to your college advising office. This form can be found on the One Stop Student Services website

    Applying for an Internship

    Within the CAPA application, students will indicate that they would like to participate in an internship. Students will provide CAPA with the required application materials and give them their top 3 areas of interests for potential placements. Students are encouraged to speak to CAPA directly or work with their academic advisers to determine their 3 choices. CAPA uses this information to find a placement. Students are informed of their placement 2 weeks prior to departure.

    Internship Placements

    Sample internship placements can be found here and information about the internship process can be found here. Past internships have been in the fields listed below, but this is not a complete list. If you do not see the field you are interested in, inquire at the Learning Abroad Center about the possibility of doing an internship in that field.

    • Accounting, Business, or Economics
    • Advertising, Marketing, or Public Relations
    • Anthropology
    • Art, Film, or Photography
    • Communications, Journalism, or Broadcasting
    • Counseling
    • Criminal Justice
    • Music, Dance, or Theater
    • Education
    • Environmental Studies
    • Fashion
    • Horticulture
    • Human Resources
    • Human Rights
    • Interior Design
    • Law
    • Political Science
    • Psychology 
    • Public Health
    • Social Work
    • Sports Management

    Review the CAPA Internship Handbook for additional information about the internship process and expectations.

  7. Dates & Deadlines

    Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline:
    Program Term App Open Date Deadline*
    Spring 2021 (canceled) May 1 Oct 15
    Arrive in Sydney Jan 21
    Departure from Sydney Apr 24
    Summer 2021 Aug 1 Mar 1
    Arrive in Sydney Jun 3
    Depart from Sydney Jul 17
    Fall 2021 Dec 18 May 1
    Arrive in Sydney Sep 2
    Depart from Sydney Dec 4

    *Program dates are subject to change. Contact the LAC for verification of dates before purchasing your airfare.
    **If the deadline falls on a weekend, submit your materials on the following business day.

    Orientation Dates & Locations

    Orientation will be conducted in 2 parts: an online orientation, which is mandatory for all students, and an in-person, program-specific session. You will receive more information about the online orientation via email. Failure to complete the online orientation will impact your ability to go abroad.

    See below for tentative dates and times for your in-person session. You will be notified of the official date and time via email. Participants will receive applicable orientation materials via email approximately 1 week prior to the in-person session.

  8. Fees for Study & Intern in Sydney

    University of Minnesota participants pay the program fee instead of on-campus tuition and fees for the term they are abroad.

    Spring 2021

    Summer 2021

    Fall 2021 - Homestay

    Fall 2021 - Apartment

    Fees or tuition from home institutions may be added to or differ from the University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center fees listed on this page.

    Billing & Payments

    Visit Billing for information about the billing process for application fees, deposits, and program fees.

    Financial Aid & Scholarships

    Visit Financial Information for information on using financial aid and scholarships for study abroad.

    Bridging Loan

    Bridging Loan, a no-interest/no-fees loan that funds the upfront deposit and flights costs, is available for this program for eligible students.

    Cancellation Policy

    Before you apply to or confirm your participation on this program, review the Learning Abroad Center's Cancellation Policy to inform yourself of the timeline and financial obligations for canceling.
  9. Prepare

    Complete pre-application advising.

    Be aware: All programs require a $50 application fee. This fee will be charged to your student account upon submission of an online application.

    To complete the online application for this program, you will need to select or provide the following information on the online application:

    Center Name TC Learning Abroad Ctr
    Education Abroad Term See Dates page for term options
    Program Name Study & Intern in Sydney
    Track Name Study & Intern in Sydney
    Country Australia


    May & Summer Programs – University of Minnesota Students

    Use your University of Minnesota internet ID and password to log into the Education Abroad application system. Your student account will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.

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    Fall 2021 & Beyond Programs – All students

    All students, both UofM and Non-UofM should use this apply button if applying for a program Fall 2021 or beyond (academic year, winter break etc.). You will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.

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    After you submit your application, you will receive an email notification confirming that your application was received. Submitted applications are assigned an application checklist, which will include the following items:

    • Application Essay
    • CAPA Online Application

    If you do not meet the GPA requirement for this program, submit two additional application items—the Low GPA Essay and Special Circumstances Recommendation. Both items will be added to your checklist after you start your application, and you will be notified once the items are added.

    If you are interested in participating in an internship, contact Ashley Metz before submitting your Low GPA materials.

    Applicants participating in the Internship must also submit the following items through CAPA's online application:

    Detailed descriptions and instructions for submitting each checklist item are included on the application checklist assigned to you.

    Application Review Process

    After your application checklist is complete, your application is reviewed by our program team. You will be notified of an acceptance decision by email. If accepted, you will be assigned a confirmation checklist, which you will complete to confirm your participation in the program. If you decide not to continue with the application process, log into the online application system and submit a Cancel Request.

  10. Passport

    You must have a passport that is valid for the duration of the program, as well as up to six months after the end of the program, in order to enter Australia. If you do not have a passport, apply as soon as possible.


    A visa is required for this program. Detailed visa application instructions will be emailed to you from CAPA about 45 days from the program start date. You should begin the visa application process as soon as you receive the instructions. Questions about the visa process should go directly to CAPA. 

  11. Program Contact

    For further information or questions about this program, send an email to

    Ashley Metz or call at 612.626.6380.

  12. Contact Program Alum

    Below is a list of students who participated in the program. They are ready and willing to answer your questions about this program. Feel free to contact them during your decision-making process or anytime during your pre-departure preparation to get a student perspective.

    • Callie S. - Health Management major, Spring 2019, internship with Me&My Wellness, apartment
    • Taylor C. - Health Sciences major, Fall 2018, internship with Me&My Wellness, apartment
    • Emily S. - Microbiology major, Summer 2019, apartment
Program Handbook Visa Information

COVID-19 Update

This program was canceled for spring semester 2021 due to COVID-19.