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Boston University Sydney Internship Program, Australia (Third Party)

The Program

The Sydney Internship Program* offers a semester of study and work in one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities and a nexus of the Pacific and South East Asian regions. This program combines a professional internship with course work on Australia’s dynamic history, contemporary culture, and place in the modern world, including its literature, politics, economics, art and media. Courses are taught at the Boston University Sydney Center by faculty drawn from leading Australian universities and industry.

The Academics

Core Phase: Students take two courses during this first phase: one required course in Australian Culture and Society [UCONN ANTH 3093, 3 credits] – which includes ethnographic research on a selected aspect of Australian Society – and one elective course from the following: Australian Artand Architecture; Australian Cinema, Australian Social Policy, or Film and Video Production.

Internship Phase*: During this eight-week period, students participate in Sydney’s local work life through internships with Australian and multinational businesses and organizations. Students work four full days per week, while also taking an elective course in Australian politics [UCONN POLS 3993], Australian literature, Mass Media or Economics. Through the academic component, the Sydney Internship Course, students participate in discussion seminars and produce a researched portfolio on their internship experience. Internship areas include: advertising and public relations; arts and arts administration; business and economics; film, radio and television; health and human services; hospitality administration; journalism; and politics.

Please Note: To receive credit for an internship, most academic departments require that they evaluate the internship for credit PRIOR TO DEPARTURE. It is your responsibility to check with the academic department you wish to receive credit from. If you do not do this, it is likely you will not receive credit for the internship.

Business students: Internships MUST be evaluated prior to departure by the Office of Undergraduate Advising in the School of Business. Please contact them at

Communication Students: Internships MUST be evaluated prior to departure by Dr. Arthur Vanlear in the Communication Department. Please contact him at Internship credit is only open to juniors or higher who have also completed 12 credits of upper division communication courses.

In order to earn credit at UConn for courses completed on this program, individual courses must be approved by a designated UConn course evaluator and assigned a UConn course number. Complete instructions for this process can be found under Academics.

This list of course equivalents indicates courses that other students have taken in the past. It does not guarantee that they will be available when you participate in the program. If you want to take a course that is not on the list below, go to the horizontal navigation bar on the Education Abroad homepage; click on “Academics” to access information on the course accreditation process.General Education course substitution: your school or college will decide if specific study abroad courses can be used to fulfill General Education Requirements. You will need to individually petition your school for the substitution.  For exact information, go to “Academics” and “Gen Ed Substitution”.Note: All study abroad courses have to be assigned a UConn course department number by faculty departmental evaluators before they can be posted and later considered for any minor, major, gen ed, or elective credit.

UConn Dept. and # University Course Title Foreign # Foreign Course Credits Accreditation Expiration Date
ARE 3434  + ARE 4999 Environmental Resource Policy + Independent Study GE 330 Sustainable Sydney-Sustainable Australia? 3 + 1 6/30/2017
COMM 4993 Foreign Study CO 350 Mass Media in Australia 3 12/31/2016 – needs to be reaccredited
COMM 4993 Foreign Study IP 402 Brand Advertising & Promotion 3 12/31/2016 – needs to be reaccredited
DRAM 4193 Foreign Study in Dramatic Arts COM FT 345 Australian Cinema 3 6/30/2017
POLS 3993 Foreign Study PO 350 Australian Political System 3 6/30/2016 – needs to be reaccredited
MKTG 3370 Global Marketing Strategy MK 467 International Marketing Management 3 12/31/2019

The Experience

Boston University’s classrooms and administrative offices are located in Blackfriars, a heritage listed building on the UTS campus. In addition to classroom and office space, Blackfriars houses a computer lab equipped with Internet service, and the program’s small library.

Students enrolled in the Sydney Internship Program will be housed at Unilodge and Australand, located near the University of Sydney and the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). Both student residences are a five-minute walk from Boston University’s classroom and administrative center at UTS and offer easy access to public transportation, Darling Harbour, Chinatown, and the City Business District.

At Unilodge, students share double rooms in fully-furnished loft apartments with private bathrooms and kitchenettes. Unilodge is just steps from the Broadway Mall, a shopping complex with two grocery stores, a pharmacy, a movie theatre, K-Mart, ATM machines, and food court.

Apply also to Boston University International ProgramsScholarships are available.


Elizabeth C. Hanson Scholarship
The Elizabeth C. Hanson Scholarship provides up to $1,500 to support students who are pursuing an internship in an international setting or in an organization deeply engaged in international matters. Undergraduates interested in international relations, international political economy, critical global issues, and international culture and institutions are eligible to apply. Click here for more information.

Please note that certain fees associated with this program will appear on your UConn fee bill. These fees are required in addition to the costs billed to you directly by the third party program provider. For exact information on these additional costs, please visit this program’s budget sheet by clicking the link below.

Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
The Details

  • Location: Sydney, Australia
  • Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/02/2017 10/09/2017 TBD TBD
Fall 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Sports Management, Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences
Language of instruction: English Prior language study required: None
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 3