The University of Wollongong (UOW) is an international university with more than 19,000 undergraduate students comprised from more than 70 countries. Situated between the foothills of Mt. Keira and the Pacific Ocean, UOW has a long reputation as an innovative university with state-of-the-art facilities, including an interactive Science Centre. Wollongong’s location provides access to numerous outdoor activities and proximity to pristine beaches.
The Surrounding Area
The University of Wollongong is conveniently located within minutes of great surfing beaches and is only 1.5 hours south of Sydney. The Blue Mountains are accessible within a few hours’ drive. Longer trips to Melbourne, Brisbane, Tasmania and New Zealand are also possible via train, plane or ferry.
Location.................................................. Wollongong, Australia
City Population .............................................................330,000
Students at the University of Wollongong are lucky enough to have to balance beach life on the nearby Pacific Ocean with their studies on the spacious and beautiful campus beneath Mt. Keira. UOW promotes student community and offers a variety of clubs and societies to join. The Recreation and Aquatic Center is host to a full range of indoor and outdoor facilities, a first-class gym, and any number of leisure and adventure activities. Students have access to a selection of restaurants and cafes, and just about anything else they need on campus including a bank, bookshop, a retail outlet, post office, medical center, travel agency and hairdresser. They may also take advantage of discounted movies, concerts, plays and art exhibitions on campus.
- Degree-seeking student
- At least sophomore standing at time of participation
- Good judicial standing
- 2.75+ GPA at time of application
- Must be at least 18 years of age at time of participation
Students accepted into the UNC Wilmington exchange or study abroad program with University of Wollongong will receive credit toward their degree requirements for most majors. Areas of study available include arts, business and commerce, creative arts, education, engineering, health and behavioral sciences, information technology, mathematics, communication studies and science. This program is approved by the Cameron School of Business for business students.
At Wollongong, classes are called subjects and majors are called courses. A typical course load is three or four subjects per semester. This is equivalent to 12-15 UNCW credit hours. Please make an appointment with the education abroad advisor for Australia to discuss Wollongong's subject offerings and credit transfer process.
UNCW students may live in a variety of on-campus, university-managed residence halls or apartments, or in off-campus housing, located in close proximity to the university. Within the residence halls, students may choose to have a meal plan (catered), or to prepare meals on their own (self-catered). Accommodation is priced weekly and costs are stated in Australian dollars (AU$).
As with all Australian schools, Wollongong follows the southern hemisphere calendar.
Fall Semester Dates (this is Australia's Spring term or Semester 2)
Late July to Late November
Spring Semester Dates (this is Australia's Fall term or Semester 1)
Mid-February to Late June
This program is available as an Exchange or as a Study Abroad. Currently, exchange spots are very limited at Wollongong, however, study abroad placements are unlimited.
- Exchange - This means you pay your regular tuition and fees to UNCW, and your room and board costs abroad.
- Study Abroad - This means you pay your tuition, fees, room and board abroad.
With each option, there will be additional costs for international airfare, passport, visa, health insurance and local transportation. Please meet with the education abroad advisor for Australia to discuss your program budget and to determine which option is best for you.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Federal and state financial aid may be applied towards this program. Even if you are normally ineligible for financial aid, you should submit a financial aid application (FAFSA). You may find that you are eligible for additional funding.
UNCW students may also apply for a UNCW Education Abroad Grant and additional study abroad scholarships. Grant applications and additional information are available at http://www.uncw.edu/international/abroad/aid.html.