University of Wollongong - Semester or Year Abroad


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General information applicable to all GlobaLinks Learning Abroad  Semester and Year Abroad Programs:

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad offers programs in Wollongong through our partner International Studies Abroad.

Please click here to apply or learn more about Wollongong and all other Australia program options.


GlobaLinks Learning Abroad has designed this University of Wollongong program with your individual student goals in mind. It is built around a unique Discovery Model which is delivered by some of the best staff in study abroad, both in the U.S. and overseas, in order to provide you with an individualized experience through discovery in 5 key areas: personal, academic, cultural, social, and career. Learn more about the Discovery Model.

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad, formerly known as AustraLearn, offers semester and year abroad programs at the University of Wollongong. The University of Wollongong (UOW) is a modern, innovative center of learning, and provides a highly personalized environment for study. The University has comprehensive academic offerings across nine faculties ranging from engineering and information technology to Australian studies/Aboriginal Studies.

Not only will you receive a world-class education at UOW, but you will also have the chance to enjoy the unique lifestyle that Wollongong and its surrounding regions offer. Wollongong’s coastal location offers a unique environment in which to live and study, with mid-sized facilities and services set in a beautiful environment less than ninety minute train ride south of Sydney, and only 3 hours from Canberra (the nation's capital). The city’s size also makes it easy to get around. The UOW campus is less than five kilometres (three miles) from the city centre and beaches, and is easily accessible by public transport, bike or walking.

With around 400,000 residents, Wollongong is large enough to offer conveniences of the city, yet small enough to retain the friendly, relaxed atmosphere of a coastal community. Whether you’re interested in doing as much as possible while you're here, or just living the good life outdoors, the city has something for everyone.

The University is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in Australia, earning a place in the top two percent of universities in the world by its performance in the 2010 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Study abroad students can choose courses from 12 study themes specially designed to suit their degree. Each theme gathers together related subjects organised by study level to make your study abroad experience relevant and easy. Of course, students are always free to design their own custom program of study from hundreds of UOW courses. 


Learn More About University of Wollongong:


About Wollongong

The University is located in the city of Wollongong (pronounced ‘Wool-n-gong’), 50 miles south of Sydney. Wollongong is a thriving city with the a regional art gallery, a performing arts centre, and many pubs and nightclubs. The Wollongong WIN Sports & Entertainment Centre hosts many international performances and is the home of Wollongong 's successful National Rugby League Team, St. George Illawarra Dragons and the 2010 Premiership runner-up, the Illawarra Hawks basketball team. Sports fans will find tickets to Rugby League, Soccer and many other sporting events/games plentiful and very affordable.

While studying at the University of Wollongong you’ll have the opportunity to take advantage of the city’s 17 patrolled beaches, and its shops, hotels and clubs. There is a range of local sporting competitions, including netball, cricket, rugby league, rugby union, and AFL. The Illawarra is also a great location for skydiving, hang-gliding and mountain biking if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous!

Wollongong prides itself on its cosmopolitan atmosphere with numerous ethnic restaurants offering foods from Spanish to Vietnamese and Thai. Nan Tien Temple, or "paradise of the South" is the largest Buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere and dominates the skyline south of the city. With various shrines, a pagoda, meditation rooms, and extensive gardens, Nan Tien is popular with visitors and locals.
The Illawarra region makes the most of outdoor living and dining on the coast, offering a wide choice of restaurants, bars and sidewalk cafés; the variety of cuisine reflects Wollongong’s diverse multicultural community. The city has a wide choice of nightlife, with many pubs, clubs and live music venues—including the WIN Entertainment Centre, a 6,000-seat auditorium that attracts some of the biggest international and domestic artists. There are three major cinema complexes, as well as UniMovies on campus, which has thelargest cinema screen in the area and ticket prices from just $4. Wollongong also hosts a number of annual arts festivals.

Around the University

The main UOW campus in the city of Wollongong lies at the foothills of Mount Keira, beside tree-covered mountains, the Wollongong Botanic Gardens, and is within a mile of the broad blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. We have respected our natural environment, creating a beautiful campus with streams, gardens, and abundant native birdlife. UOW is proud to offer you a quality of student life difficult to find anywhere else.

The campus is only five kilometers (two miles) from Wollongong city center and is easily reached by the free shuttle bus. Downtown Wollongong is defined by campus life with street-side cafes, pubs, restaurants, and nightclubs. The newly refurbished Crown Street Mall is also in the city center and boasts many boutique clothing stores and also two main department stores.

There are also an abundance of outdoor activities in Wollongong such as hiking trails that start at the base of campus and go up to Mt. Keira. With the ocean and mountains at your doorstep this is the perfect location for anyone with an interest in the outdoors.

Academic Highlights

Study Abroad students can choose programs from any of the University of Wollongong’s nine academic Faculties: Arts, Commerce, Creative Arts, Education, Engineering, Health & Behavioural Sciences, Informatics, Law, and Science. Popular choices for Study Abroad students include subjects in the Study Themes areas Australian and Indigenous studies, Landscape, Environment and Ecology of Australia, marine science, psychology and International Relations and Business in Asia,.

The University is internationally recognized for its research in science, engineering and related technologies including Computing and Information Technology, Telecommunications, Materials Science and Food Science.

The Faculty of Education offers a practical teaching option in Southeast Asia for full-year Education majors, and Faculty of Science programs in biological science, geoscience and marine studies include regular field trips during the semester.

In choosing your academic program for the University of Wollongong , you should enroll in 12-15 American hours of credit per semester. Typically, you are required to study 4 subjects at UOW per semester. Subjects are taught as a mixture of lectures, tutorials, laboratories and seminars with significant emphasis placed on written assessment. Science and Engineering disciplines usually include 3 hours of practical work per subject. If pre-requisites are met, and subject schedules do not conflict, you can choose any combination of subjects to meet your academic needs. You will usually sit a final exam for each subject and be assigned a letter grade for each subject according to regular departmental standards.


University Services

The University of Wollongong offers a variety of services to assist all study abroad students. The Study Abroad & Exchange office is located in Student Central in a central location on campus and is open five days a week to assist students with all of their questions upon arrival and throughout their semester/ year at the University of Wollongong.

All new international students to the University of Wollongong can take advantage of the free airport meeting service, accommodation assistance, and faculty-based Student Support Advisers. Other essential services include the Learning Development Office, Disability Services and Counseling Services.

Upon arrival, all study abroad students participate in a comprehensive Orientation program hosted both on campus and at the halls of residence. Study Abroad staff members are also available to assist students and liaise with home institutions as necessary.


As a GlobaLinks Learning Abroad student you are guaranteed pre-arranged accommodation to fit your lifestyle. There are a variety of housing options available which you will apply for after acceptance. Read below for more specific options offered at this university:

Study Abroad students can normally be accommodated in University housing if they apply by the deadline. There are also plenty of private accommodation available in Wollongong, and a housing officer to assist in locating off campus accommodation during the arrival period each session.

By living @ UOW you will benefit from a commitment to providing an environment of high academic achievement, involvement, development and fun. The convenient locations, the professional staff, the community environment and the many social, cultural and sporting events that are held all add to the vibrant atmosphere of living @ UOW. Advantages of living @ UOW include:

  • The new friendships that often last beyond university years and across countries 
  • Exposure to a wider range of people, ideas and cultures. 
  • The choice of living in catered, flexi catered or self catered styles of housing in a supportive, community based lifestyle 
  • Social activities including sports, cultural and community based activities 
  • A comfortable and secure living environment that is hassle free (no electricity or phone bills to pay) 
  • The convenient locations (all halls are a short distance by shuttle bus to the Uni and some are within walking distance) 
  • Academic and pastoral support with a range of developmental and study support groups


Bridging Cultures Program

The GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program is our signature orientation program for all semester and year abroad students. The cost for this multi-day program is included in your program fees and covers several nights accommodation, most meals, local transportation, and excursions.

Typically 4-6 days in length, each orientation program includes:

  • Exciting excursions and activities
  • A chance to meet other students
  • Orientation sessions to help you adapt to your new country

Orientation sites vary based on the location of your program. Each site is selected based on the proximity to your host university as well as for the unique activities available within the area.

Read more about the Bridging Cultures Program>

In addition to the GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program which is included in your program fees the University of Wollongong will provide a university specific orientation. The Study Abroad Office coordinates a comprehensive Orientation day for Study Abroad students as part of the University's week-long program or O-Week as it is locally referred to. Students are given tips for adjusting to life and studies at UOW, ensure that they have enrolled prior to arrival into the appropriate subjects, receive comprehensive information on topics ranging from Surf Safety (provided by local surf lifesavers), to a presentation on Australian Flora and Fauna. The Halls of Residences also organize a number of social activities during O-Week. Popular activities also held in O-Week include nationally recognized comedians and live music performances.

Scholarships Available

In addition to the scholarships offered by GlobaLinks Learning Abroad, University of Wollongong supports GlobaLinks Learning Abroad students with two $1000 AUD scholarships each year.

Special Programs/Excursions

Discovery Activities

Planned Excursions & Events
Our in-country resident staff arranges scheduled activities with students throughout the year. Activities are optional and designed to explore the five key areas of discovery: academic, social, personal, cultural, and professional. These are not just visits to tourist attractions. For example, these are activities such as networking opportunities, local festivals, gallery openings, and other similar events that you can’t find in a travel book. These activities will truly enhance your experience.
On-Going Activities
Your exploration of the culture, the academics, the people, and yourself is what will truly enhance your experience. Through the Discovery Model, our in-country staff will provide you with advice and recommendations for other types of activities you can undertake in order achieve your individual goals.

Specific Excursions Included in Your Program Fees

Multi Day Excursions included in your program fee
In addition to the Bridging Cultures Program, a free multi-day excursion is included in all semester/year abroad programs in Australia, New Zealand, or Fiji. Students studying in these destinations can choose from one of the four excursions listed to the right. The cost of the excursion is included; however, you will need to pay for transportation to the destination. Learn more>

Other Tours and Travel Available

Beyond our included orientation and excursions, you will be able to pre-book a wide variety of day, weekend, and week-long tours at a discounted price through our travel partner, STA Travel. These trips provide the ultimate flexibility for you to travel where you want to go, when you want to go, and with whom you want to go. Most trips have open dates, so you can pre-book the trip(s) that interest you, yet choose your dates later on in your semester. This flexibility also means friends that you make from other countries/programs or even your friends and family who are visiting you abroad can also participate. Learn more>

University of Wollongong Special Programs and Excursions

The University “Uni-Centre” organizes Student Development Programs designed to facilitate student participation in a range of extra-curricular programs designed to deliver useful skills and experiences to help students get ahead in the real world.

The International Programs Office on campus coordinates events throughout the semester to engage study abroad students in different programs such as the International Friendship Program, local sightseeing excursions, a Cultural Ambassador Program and many other opportunities to engage with the University community as well as the local Wollongong community.

The University also offers weekend and day trips to the Blue Mountains, Jenolan Caves, the Sydney Aquarium and Taronga Zoo. Other trips to Melbourne, Port Stephens, Jervis Bay, and the Snowy Mountains are promoted through the Study Abroad Office and organized by an independent travel company.

Get Involved Abroad

Extracurricular Activities

The University Recreation and Aquatic Centre (URAC) is UOW’s sports and recreation hub. URAC houses world-class facilities including a fully equipped gym, tennis courts, squash courts, 50-meter heated swimming pool, 3,000-seat multipurpose sports centre, fitness classes, sports fields, basketball courts and more.

It also organizes outdoor activities and social sports competitions and representative teams. With all these resources and 24 different sporting clubs, you’re bound to find something you enjoy at URAC! 

Community Involvement

While abroad, we recommend getting involved in your local community. It's an awesome way to meet locals, experience the true Australian culture, and create long lasting memories. From volunteering to festival-going, we challenge you to make the most of your international experience... See a sample of community involvement opportunities available in Wollongong or discover your own upon arrival!

You can explore your volunteer efforts in the semester by signing up for the GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Conservation Volunteer Weekend.


Course Catalog

To determine if the classes you need are available at this university, select Courses/Subjects to view the specific course options.
Tips: For advice on navigating the university’s course catalog, use the Selecting Courses link. You may also view the suggested grade and credit transfer information through the Grade Conversion.
If you have any questions about course availability, please contact  

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University of Wollongong
All fees listed are for first term onlyYear Abroad Advice
Program FeesTBD
Housing with MealsApproximately $5,900- $7,500
Housing without MealsApproximately $4,300- $6,200
What's includedSee below

Fee Includes

Your Personalized Semester/Year Program Includes

  • Tuition and instruction
  • Host university activity and insurance fees
  • 24/7 support for students and parents at home and abroad
  • Pre-departure materials and travel gear
  • Comprehensive assistance
  • Personal program manager
  • Scholarship and financial aid assistance
  • Facilitation of course selection / credit transfer

Activity and Excursion Package

Additional Housing Fee

Housing amenities are generally:

  • Single room
  • Technology package available
  • Linen package available

An additional refundable housing deposit may be required for your housing selection. This housing is self-catered, therefore you will have access to a kitchen where you can prepare your own meals.

*All fees are subject to change.




Should you receive an offer, your offer letter will provide you with the most up to date university start dates. GlobaLinks Learning Abroad will attempt to provide you with the most up-to-date information as we receive it. Be sure to confirm dates before finalizing any travel plans. 

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have the required GPA and have completed at least the equivalent of one year of full-time study at the university/college level. Students with a lower GPA than the requirement may be considered on a case by case basis. Please contact our office for more information.

Required GPA: 3.00

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Program Team

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Advice From The Program Team:
Students love the area around Wollongong because of the wide range of fun things to do. Some favorites are Hang-gliding, Para-gliding, going to the Royal National Park, and hiking in the lush rainforest of Mt. Kiera.