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University of Wollongong, Australia (Exchange)

The Program

The University of Wollongong (UOW) is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in Australia. It is a comprehensive public university with 14,000 students located in the beautiful coastal city of Wollongong. The University is situated at the foot of Mt Keira, with many buildings on campus boasting views of the Pacific Ocean. Downtown Wollongong (pronounced Wool-n-gong) is a short bus ride from campus.

Wollongong is Australia’s ninth largest city; small enough to learn to navigate in a semester yet large enough to provide plenty of activity.  This thriving cosmopolitan city is becoming known for its combination of laidback lifestyle, natural beauty, culture and entertainment.  It boasts the largest regional art gallery in Australia, a performing arts center, and many pubs and nightclubs. The Wollongong Entertainment Center hosts many international performances and is the home of Wollongong’s successful National Basketball Team. Sports fans will find tickets to National Basketball, Rugby League, Soccer and Baseball games plentiful and very affordable. Wollongong prides itself on its cosmopolitan atmosphere with numerous ethnic restaurants offering foods from Cajun to Vietnamese and Thai.

For specific information about the exchange program at Wollongong, including semester dates, please consult the Study Abroad webpages on the UOW website. REMEMBER: Connecticut fall is Wollongong spring July to November [Semester 2] and Connecticut spring is Wollongong Fall February to July [Semester 1].

The Academics

The University is internationally recognized for Multimedia Studies, Information Technology, Telecommunications Engineering, Materials Engineering, Asia-Pacific Studies, Health Sciences and International Business.

In choosing your academic program at the University of Wollongong, you should enroll in 12-15 American credits per semester. Typically, you are required to study 4 subjects 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 for a final exam for each subject and be assigned a letter grade for each subject according to regular departmental standards. The entire OUW course catalogue is available on line.

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 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
ANTH 3028 Foreign Study INDS 150 Introduction to Indigenous Australia 3 6/30/2017
ANTH 3093 Foreign Study INDS 201 Redefining Eden: Indigenous Peoples and the Environment 3 12/31/2016 – needs to be reaccredited
ANTH 3093 Foreign Study CST240 Contesting Cultures 3 12/31/2018
BLAW 4893 Principles of Responsible Commerce COMM 101 Principles of Responsible Commerce 3 12/31/2019
CE 3110 Mechanics of Materials ENGG 251 Mechanics of Solids 3 12/31/2018
COMM 4993 Foreign Study MACS225 Australian Content, International Contexts 3 6/30/2016 – needs to be reaccredited
COMM 4993 Foreign Study MACS230 Visual Communication 3 12/31/2016 – needs to be reaccredited
COMM 4993 Foreign Study MACSBCM390 Media, War and Peace 3 6/30/2016 – needs to be reaccredited
ECON 1202 Principles of Macroeconomics ECON 101 Macroeconomic Essentials for Business 3 12/31/2019
EEB 2244 General Ecology BIOL251 Principles of Ecology 4 12/31/2020
EEB 3893 Foreign Study 240 Biodiversity of Marine and Freshwater Organisms 4 6/30/2021
ENGL 1701 Creative Writing 1 CACW 101 Introduction to Creative Writing 3 6/30/2016 – needs to be reaccredited
ENGL 3698 Variable Topics CACW 268 Dreams & Visions in Literature & Film 3 6/30/2016 – needs to be reaccredited
ENVE 3120 Fluid Mechanics ENGG 252 Engineering Fluid Mechanics 3 12/31/2018
ENVE 4810 Engineering Hydrology ENVE420 Water Resources Engineering 3 12/31/2020
ENVE 4820 Hydraulic Engineering CIVL322 Hydraulics and Hydrology 3 12/31/2020
GEOG 1093 Foreign Study INTS100 International Studies 3 6/30/2018
GEOG 3410 + GEOG 4093 Human Modifications of Natural Environments + Foreign Study EESC203 Biogeography and Environmental Change 3 + 1 12/31/2020
GSCI 1050 Earth and Life Through Time with Laboratory EESC 101 Planet Earth 4 6/30/2018
HIST 1993 Foreign Study AUST101 Australian studies: Culture and identities 4 12/31/2020
HIST 1998 Varieties of History AUST 101 Australian Studies: Cultures & Identities 3 6/30/2016 – needs to be reaccredited
JOUR3093 Foreign Study JOUR301 Investigative Journalism 3 12/31/2016 – needs to be reaccredited
LING 3793 Foreign Study ELL 110 Language in Social Life 3 12/31/2019
MARN 1003 Introduction to Oceanography with Laboratory MARE200 Introduction to Oceanography 4 6/30/2018
MATH 1132Q Calculus II MATH 2 Series and Integral Calculus 4 12/31/2016 – needs to be reaccredited
MATH 2110Q Multivariable Calculus MATH201 Multivariable and Vector Calculus 4 12/31/2016 – needs to be reaccredited
MSE 4003 + ENGR 3193 Materials Characterization + Foreign Study MATE413 Structural Characterization Techniques 3 + 1 12/31/2021
MSE 4004 + ENGR 3193 Thermal/Mechanical Processing of Materials + Foreign Study MATE402 Secondary Materials Processing 3 + 1 12/31/2021
NRE 3535 + NRE 3693 Remote Sensing of the Environment + Foreign Study EESC305 Remote Sensing of the Environment 3 + 2 12/31/2020
PHIL 1101 Problems of Philosophy PHIL 107 Values, Self and Knowledge 3 6/30/2016 – needs to be reaccredited
PHIL 1101 + PHIL 4293 Problems of Philosophy + Foreign Study PHIL107 Introduction to Philosophy 3 + 1 6/30/2021
PHIL 3216 + PHIL 4293 Environmental Ethics + Foreign Study PHIL256 Environmental Philosophy 3 + 1 12/31/2020
PHYS 1025 Introductory Astronomy with Laboratory PHYS 295 Astronomy: Concepts of the Universe 4 6/30/2020
POLS 1402 Introduction to International Relations POL 121 Global Politics and Power 3 12/31/2016 – needs to be reaccredited
PSYC 2301 The Study of Personality PSYC 231 Personality 3 6/30/2017
PSYC 2301 + PSYC 3883 Study of Personality PSYC231 Personality 3 + 1 6/30/2021
PSYC 3883 Foreign Study PSYC350 Social Behavior and Individual Difference 5 6/30/2021
PSYC 3883 Foreign Study PSYC355 Forensic Psychology 5 6/30/2021
PSYC 3883 Foreign Study PSYC 216 Psychology of Physical Activity 3 6/30/2016 – needs to be reaccredited
SOCI 1001 Introduction to Sociology SOC103 Introduction to Sociology 3 6/30/2021
SOCI 3993 Foreign Study HAS 130 Social Determinants of Health 4 6/30/2020
SOCI 3993 Foreign Study CST 301 Culture and Emotion 5 12/31/2020
SOCI 3993 Foreign Study CST 234 Cultural Studies Methodology 5 12/31/2020
STAT 1100Q Elementary Concepts of Statistics STAT131 Understanding Variation and Uncertainty 4 12/31/2020

The Experience

The University has 70 active student clubs and societies and Study Abroad students are encouraged to join at least one.

The Illawarra Committee for International Students organizes outings to places of interest in New South Wales. It also provides a regular newsletter to inform students about current news and activities.The UniCenter building hosts a variety of Student Services including a bank, post office, bookshop, food outlets, hairdresser, medical center, computer shop and chaplains office. The Science Center allows hands-on science experimentation and a planetarium.

The Recreation and Aquatic Center is open daily and includes facilities like a heated Olympic pool, gymnasium, and tennis and squash courts. Lessons are also available for surfing, scuba diving, self-defense and dance. Mixed sporting competitions are held at lunchtime on a social basis and students at all levels are encouraged to participate.

Study Abroad students can normally be accommodated in University housing, but there is also plentiful private accommodation available in Wollongong. Most residences are located about 20 minutes walk from campus.


Exchange programs charge in-state UConn tuition for in-state students and New England rate UConn tuition for all out-of-state students, along with a few other UConn fees. For exact information on the costs associated with this program, please visit this program’s budget sheet by clicking the link below.

Because this program charges tuition, nearly all types of financial aid can be applied to defray the cost. Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

You may apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: CT Aid for Public College Students Grant, Federal Title IV Funds including Pell Grant, SEOG, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Parent Loans, private scholarships, Tuition Remission Grant, University Grant, Tuition Waiver, and academic scholarships (such as Day of Pride, Nutmeg, Presidential, Leadership and Academic Excellence Scholarship).

You may not apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: Federal Work Study

Budget Sheets: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
The Details

  • Location: Wollongong, Australia
  • Terms: Academic Year, 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 02/21/2018 06/21/2018
Academic Year 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD
Fall 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 07/16/2018 11/15/2018

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Social Sciences, Engineering, Humanities, Kinesiology, Sciences
Language of instruction: English Prior language study required:
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 3