Learning Abroad Center
Sydney Opera house and skyline

Study & Intern in Sydney

Asia & Oceania
LAC Program

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

Program Details

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 Prerequisite
No Language Prerequisite

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Program Locations

Sydney Opera House
Latitude
-33.857200
Longitude
151.215100
Sydney Harbour Bridge
Latitude
-33.852300
Longitude
151.210700
Botanical Gardens
Latitude
-33.852300
Longitude
151.210700

About

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

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.

Homestay

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. 

Excursions

Past excursions, which are included 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.

Program Structure

Program Level
Upper-division coursework on Australian area studies, politics, advertising, marketing, history, literature, etc.
Courseload

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

Coursework

Check the course list for more information and syllabi.

All students participating in an internship will enroll in the Global Internship 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

Semester

Program Take the Following
Study Center Courses Only 4–5 Area Studies Courses
Internship Program SDNY 3375: Global Internship Course
2–3 Area Studies Courses

Summer

Program Take the Following
6 Credit Internship Only SDNY 3375: Global Internship Course (6 credits)
3 Credit Internship and Course SDNY 3375: Global Internship Course (3 credits)
1 Area Studies Course
2 Credit Courses 2 Area Studies Course

Full Course List

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

Summer

  • 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

Global Identity

Course ID
OLPD 3332
Terms
  • Online (all terms)
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

Language Taught In
  • English

Art Down Under—From the Dreamtime to the Present

Course ID
SDNY 3002
Terms
  • TBD
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—From the Dreamtime to the Present

Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Arts/Humanities

Australian Cinema: Representation & Identity

Course ID
SDNY 3003
Terms
  • 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: Representation & Identity

Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Arts/Humanities

Australian Government & Politics in the Pacific Rim Context

Course ID
SDNY 3011
Terms
  • 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

Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Social Sciences

Intercultural Communication: Theories, Practice & Factors Influencing Intercultural Communication

Course ID
SDNY 3012
Terms
  • 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: Theories, Practice & Factors Influencing Intercultural Communication

Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Social Sciences

Analyzing & Exploring the Global City: Sydney

Course ID
SDNY 3013
Terms
  • 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

Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Social Sciences

Australian History: Aboriginal History to Colonization—Current Issues in Historical Perspectives

Course ID
SDNY 3014
Terms
  • Spring
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: Aboriginal History to Colonization—Current Issues in Historical Perspectives

Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Historical Perspectives

International Marketing

Course ID
SDNY 3015
Terms
  • 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

Australian, Asian & Pacific Literatures

Course ID
SDNY 3016
Terms
  • TBD
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

Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Literature

Writing the Global City: Sydney

Course ID
SDNY 3017W
Terms
  • 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

Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Literature
  • Writing Intensive

Advertising & Promotions

Course ID
SDNY 3018
Terms
  • Spring
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

Advertising & Society

Course ID
SDNY 3019
Terms
  • Spring
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

Indigenous Peoples & Modernity: Culture, Rights & Development in a Globalizing World

Course ID
SDNY 3020
Terms
  • Spring
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: Culture, Rights & Development in a Globalizing World

International Finance

Course ID
SDNY 3021
Terms
  • 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

International Economics

Course ID
SDNY 3022
Terms
  • 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

International Dimensions of Organizational Behaviour

Course ID
SDNY 3023
Terms
  • Spring
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

Global Workforce Management

Course ID
SDNY 3024
Terms
  • Spring
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

Managing Global Supply Chains

Course ID
SDNY 3025
Terms
  • 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

People, Place, & Culture: Environmental Debates in Australia, New Zealand, & the Pacific Rim

Course ID
SDNY 3026
Terms
  • 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: Environmental Debates in Australia, New Zealand, & the Pacific Rim

Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • The Environment

Gender, Culture & Society

Course ID
SDNY 3028
Terms
  • 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

Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Social Sciences

Sports in Australian Society

Course ID
SDNY 3032
Terms
  • Spring
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

Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Social Sciences

Sports Management

Course ID
SDNY 3033
Terms
  • Spring
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

Sports Marketing

Course ID
SDNY 3034
Terms
  • 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

Race & Ethnicity in Australia & the US

Course ID
SDNY 3036
Terms
  • Spring
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

Fulfills Liberal Education Requirement
  • Social Sciences

Immigration: People Moving, Moving People

Course ID
SDNY 3038
Terms
  • Spring
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 Immigration: People Moving, Moving People

Abnormal Psychology

Course ID
SDNY 3039
Terms
  • Summer
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

Resilient Cities

Course ID
SDNY 3041
Terms
  • TBD
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

Writing for Environmental Advocacy

Course ID
SDNY 3042W
Terms
  • TBD
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 for Environmental Advocacy

Sports as Soft Power

Course ID
SDNY 3043W
Terms
  • TBD
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

Global Internship Course

Course ID
SDNY 3375
Terms
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer
3 or 6 Credits

The Global Internship Course (GIC) 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 GIC 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 GIC 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 Course

Internships

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.

Program Dates

Submit the online application and complete the assigned application checklist according to the appropriate deadline:

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.

Summer 2021

Application Open Date: Aug 1, 2020
Application Deadline: Mar 1, 2021

Schedule Date
Arrive in Sydney June 3, 2021
Depart from Sydney July 17, 2021

Fall 2021

Application Open Date: Dec 18, 2020
Application Deadline: May 1, 2021

Schedule Date
Arrive in Sydney Sep 15, 2021
Depart from Sydney December 17, 2021

Spring 2022

Application Open Date: May 1, 2021
Application Deadline: October 15, 2021

Schedule Date
Arrive in Sydney January 20, 2022
Depart from Sydney April 23, 2022

Fees

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

If you do not see a budget estimate for the term you intend to go abroad, the fee has not yet been finalized. We strive to post fees for this program at least 30 days prior to the application deadline. The Learning Abroad Center will delay the posting of some fees until enrollments, inflation and exchange rates are determined. Note the average increase in fees will be 3–10%. Program fees are based on estimates and may change depending on international economic factors.

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.

You can apply for additional scholarships and funding opportunities through CAPA, in addition to the University of Minnesota. Check eligibility requirements and deadline dates for all CAPA scholarships and financing options.

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.

Fall 2021

Study & Intern in Sydney

Apartment 1 - Apartment

Fall Semester 2021

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on campus tuition and fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable Deposit $400
Tuition & Educational Costs $14,461
International Health Insurance $200
Housing and/or Meals $3,899
Transportation (If required and included in program fee)London public transportation pass is included in program fee $0
Total Program Fee $18,960
Program Discount for University of Minnesota & Big Ten Students, if applicable $-1,000
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $17,960

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program site $2,250
Passport/Photos $150
Visa/Required Documents $200
Travel Clinic/ImmunizationsVisit your travel clinic and consult with your insurance provider. Costs vary. See note below* $0
Housing Deposit $0
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $2,600
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/Materials $500
Housing and/or Meals not included in program feeMeals only - full housing cost included in program fee $2,785
Essential Daily Living Expensesincludes cost of required cell phone $1,200
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $4,485

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students - compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $25,045
Spending Money & Personal Travel Not included in financial aid calculation $1,200
Additional notes & information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

Study & Intern in Sydney

Homestay 1 - Homestay

Fall Semester 2021

Program Fee

  • UofM students pay program fee instead of on campus tuition and fees while abroad
  • Billed through UofM account
Non-refundable Deposit $400
Tuition & Educational Costs $14,461
International Health Insurance $200
Housing and/or Meals $3,899
Transportation (If required and included in program fee)London public transportation pass is included in program fee $0
Total Program Fee $18,960
Program Discount for University of Minnesota & Big Ten Students, if applicable $-1,000
Total Program Fee with discount, if applicable $17,960

Estimated Additional Expenses

  • Financial aid-eligible but not included in program fee
Costs Typically Incurred Prior to Departure These costs may need to be paid before your financial aid is disbursed for your term abroad.
Transportation to and from program site $2,250
Passport/Photos $150
Visa/Required Documents $200
Travel Clinic/ImmunizationsVisit your travel clinic and consult with your insurance provider. Costs vary. See note below* $0
Housing Deposit $0
Total Estimated Cost Incurred Prior to Departure $2,600
Costs Typically Incurred After Arrival in Host Country
Texts/Materials $500
Housing and/or Meals not included in program feeMeals only - full housing cost included in program fee $1,458
Essential Daily Living Expensesincludes cost of required cell phone $1,200
Total Estimated Cost Incurred After Arrival in Host Country $3,158

Total Estimated Cost of Participation

  • UofM students - compare this to your estimated on campus cost of attendance
Total Estimated Cost of Participation $23,718
Spending Money & Personal Travel Not included in financial aid calculation $1,200
Additional notes & information
* Immunizations Note: This estimate is based on approximate cost of travel-related vaccinations and medications required for entry or recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Your costs may be higher or lower depending on your travel clinic, the specific immunizations and medication prescribed, and your insurance coverage.

Spring 2022

Spring 2022 fees forthcoming.

Prepare

Complete pre-application advising.

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The COVID-19 vaccine is now approved by the FDA and has been added to the list of required vaccinations for study abroad. We encourage you to complete your COVID-19 vaccine immediately.

You will be charged a $50 application fee for each application you submit.

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Complete

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.

Visa

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.

Visa

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. 

Police Background Check

A police background check is required for all students doing an internship or community engagement. We will not be able to place you in an internship or community engagement site without this.  You can obtain a background check either online, in-person, or via US postal service (USPS)

Online

To complete your background check online, visit https://chs.state.mn.us and click "Search Public Criminal History". Enter your information (Name and DOB). Take a screenshot of the results, and be sure to include your name, birthdate, and full results page. This process is free of charge. Depending on the type of internship or community engagement placement you participate in, obtaining a more detailed background check via in-person visit may be required (and may incur a fee).

In-person

If you live in the Twin Cities metropolitan area you may obtain a printed copy of your background check in person by visiting the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. You can find detailed instructions at the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension website. For this process a valid government issued form of identification and an $8.00 processing fee is required. Depending on the type of internship or community engagement placement you participate in, this may be the required method to obtain the police background check. 

US Postal Service

You may request a printed copy of a background check by writing the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.  You can find detailed instructions  at the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension website. Your request must be signed, dated, and your signature notarized. You must indicate that your request is for use outside of the United States. Include a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your request.

If you live outside the Minneapolis St. Paul Area you should check with a local government agency or a police department in your hometown.

Program Contact

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

Tim Dohmen or call at 612.625.5182

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