University of Wollongong
The University is located in the city of Wollongong (pronounced 'Wool-n-gong'), 50 miles south of Sydney. The main campus is situated at the base of Mt Keira. The city enjoys a mild coastal climate, with an average summer maximum temperatures of 25 °C and winter maximum of 17 °C. The city of Wollongong is a short bus ride from campus, and an hour's train ride south of Sydney. Wollongong offers many alternatives for shopping, and more energetic outdoor activities. The University of Wollongong is a modern, innovative center of learning. It offers a comprehensive suite of degree programs from Engineering and Information Technology to Australian Studies/Aboriginal Studies. Established in 1951, the University has a student population of over 20,000. Students from over 70 countries study together on an 82-hectare campus with many green spaces, ponds, streams and waterfalls.
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. 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 organized 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.
Review the Study Abroad and Exchange
guide for information on course offerings and the university.
Read more about studying abroad in Australia by clicking here
Attend a Study Abroad 101 and 102 Session
Have the required GPA and prerequisite courses for the program. Students are required to have a cumulative 2.75 GPA for this program.
Students must have completed three semesters of college before studying abroad. Goucher cannot guarantee that any sophomore will be accepted by the host institution.
Declare a major in order to study abroad for a semester
Students cannot be on academic or disciplinary probation at the time of application
Students must complete the online Goucher study abroad application by the published deadline. See the Events and Deadlines Calendar for the most up-to-date information. Students must next apply to UOW by their published deadline. Initial approval is granted by Goucher OIS and final acceptance is granted by the host program and institution.
TBA - Goucher Spring Semester (Semester 1 in Australia) - Mid February to late June
TBA - Goucher Fall Semester (Semester 2 in Australia) - Early July to late November
Do not purchase airline tickets until you receive confirmation of acceptance from the program and verification of arrival and departure details.
UOW combines modern teaching and study spaces on 83 hectares (205 acres) of landscaped Australian bushland. At UOW you can study in a clean, healthy environment that combines the benefits of an active Australian lifestyle with the resources of an international university. When you want to work together and make new friends you’ll find yourself in a welcoming community filled with people from over 130 countries. The campus includes academic support, accommodation, sports, culture and entertainment—everything you need.
Goucher students will find themselves directly enrolled in courses with Australian and other international students, therefore it is critical to be prepared for immersion in the Australian education system by understanding some of its important characteristics. Please read the article Ready To Go To Australia.
Study abroad students can select courses from UOW's Study Themes which are especially selected for international students or you can search their data base for other available courses. To see detailed information on the offerings please read the section on Planning your Semester Program
Grading Conversion Guide: University of Wollongong
Australian Qualification U.S. Grade
High Distinction (HD) = Goucher A
Distinction (D) = Goucher A
Credit (C) = Goucher B
Pass (P) = Goucher C
Pass Supplementary (PS) Identifies a student who has completed supplementary assessment
Fail = Goucher F
6 U. of Wollongong Credit Points = 4 Goucher Semester Credits
8 U. of Wollongong Credit Points = 5 Goucher Semester Credits
Average semester credit point load at University of Wollongong : 24 credit points
Minimum semester credit point load at University of Wollongong : 18 credit points
The University of Wollongong gives 8 credit points to 200 and 300 level classes due to the extra effort student put forth on upper level courses. These classes require additional study time outside of class and possibly have more hours of lecture or tutorial requirements
Grades count toward a Goucher GPA
Study abroad courses may not be taken on a pass/fail basis
Students must take a minimum of 12 credits and maximum of 18 credits
All students must participate in a 1 credit Study Abroad Immersion Course while studying abroad. Details will be provided at predeparture orientation.
Students on Goucher programs will receive Goucher grades and credits for all approved courses taken while abroad
Since Goucher students are fully enrolled at Goucher and receive Goucher credit while abroad, they pay regular Goucher tuition for any Goucher semester abroad program. This payment is regardless of the cost advertised and is charged by the program itself. Students pay the non-academic costs (i.e. room and board) in part or in full to Goucher or directly to the study abroad organization or overseas institution depending on the program. Estimated additional costs that a student may incur in attending these programs are listed on the Budget Expense Worksheet for each program. You can utilize institutional and federal aid for a Goucher semester program.
Any awarded financial aid may be used as payment for semester programs sponsored by Goucher College; however; you are allowed to transport your Goucher institutional aid for only one semester, unless you participate in the Goucher Oxford University yearlong program. In addition, all students are eligible to apply for Goucher OIS scholarships and can apply during the program application process. For information on OIS and outside scholarships please visit the OIS scholarship/financial aid section.
To apply for an OIS scholarship please submit your application by the study abroad application deadline for this program through the following application:
A $500 deposit is due upon application. Study abroad program costs are billed through your Goucher student account and are due at the same time as regular semester fees. Please refer to the Budget Expense Worksheet for details for this program.
The $500 deposit paid upon application is applied to the student’s account and becomes non-refundable when accepted by Goucher College and the host program. If you are not accepted into a program, your deposit will be refunded.
If for any reason, a student withdraws from a Goucher semester after the deposit deadline, he or she will not be entitled to a refund of any fees paid to Goucher, including program deposit, tuition fees, travel fees, or any other fees incurred in connection with the program. If, due to any unforeseen circumstances or other circumstances beyond the control of the college, a semester Goucher program is cancelled, either prior to departure or during the course of the program, the student will not be guaranteed a refund of any fees paid to Goucher, including program deposit, tuition fees, travel fees, program fees, or any other fees incurred in connection with the program. In most cases, the college forwards program fees to vendors in foreign countries, making it very difficult to recover such fees due to a program cancellation. In such cases, the college will make a good-faith effort to recover such fees and to return any portion of fees that it may recover that may be attributable to a student’s participation in the program. However, the college makes no guarantees regarding the recovery of fees and is not liable for any fees that it is unable to recover.
Students must apply and pay directly to UOW for housing. See page 11 of the UOW Study Abroad Guide for information on housing choices and costs. Applications for university residences must be made online. In order to guarantee a place in the residences, application must be submitted by: October 31 for studies commencing in February May 1 for studies commencing in July.
Some housing options have meals available. If you select a housing option without meals, kitchen facilities will be provided to prepare your own meals. See page 13 of the Study Abroad and Exchange brochure for details on what is included in the housing options.
See the UOW Study Abroad Guide for information about the city.
A successful semester abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation. Students will participate in online orientation material prior to the mandatory group orientation prior to leaving Goucher for the semester prior to studying abroad. Dates will be provided upon study abroad acceptance.
Passport, Embassy, Consulate, and Visa Resources
Students are required to have passports for all Goucher programs. Failure to have a passport will prohibit participation in the program. Passports take time to process and need to be valid for six months after your return to the U.S. Check your expiration date and renew if necessary. Please see the U S State Department section on passports
U S Embassy - Australia
Students are required to obtain a student visa for studying abroad for a semester in Australia. You cannot apply until official acceptance from the university, at which time you will receive a Confirmation of Enrollment that will allow you to proceed with the online visa application. Read about visa procedures from UOW's section on student visas.
You will be required to submit health forms signed by a health care provider prior to studying abroad. Forms will be supplied when you are accepted. Please read the Health and Safety section of the Goucher OIS website for information regarding Health and Safety, Disability Support, Diversity Abroad, Safety and Security, and Insurance:
Study Abroad Insurance
All students participating on Semester, Year or ICA Goucher programs will be automatically enrolled in a health insurance plan tailored to meet the needs of study abroad students. Students participating in Goucher semester programs will be billed $300. The insurance carrier is ACE American Insurance Company.
Prior to the start of the program abroad, OIS staff will register students for the insurance program. Students will receive information about how to use the health insurance policy from the Office of International Studies prior to departure for study abroad.
Students with Disabilities
Goucher encourages all students who meet our eligibility requirements to consider studying abroad. OIS will work with you regarding any special needs you may have. However, we cannot guarantee that any or all of our program sites can accommodate all of your needs or interests. More information can be found on the OIS Disabilities Support section of the website.
Research the fact sheet for your location of interest on the U.S. State Department website for information on LGBTI rights, women travelers, safety and security, religious, and accessibility/mobility laws and information.
On the CIA World Factbook website, look for your host country’s page and research the “People and Society” section, where you can find the breakdown by ethnic group, religion, and race.
Refer to Goucher OIS section on Student Identity for additional resources for student identity.