IFSA-University of Wollongong

Program Details

Program Location Wollongong, Australia
Sponsor IFSA-Butler
Program Type Co-sponsored
Course # SA 34026
Duration Semester or
2 Semesters
Upcoming Program Dates
To Be Announced
Current Program Dates
Spring 2024 02/13/24 to 06/21/24
Past Dates
Fall 2022 07/13/22 to 11/18/22
Page Links
Click here to apply for this program!
Please Note: Programs may be altered or adapted with little notice


IFSA-University of Wollongong

Wollongong, where the mountains meet the sea. One of the closest campuses to the beach, UOW offers some of the best opportunities meet Australians, as most students at other campuses tend to commute. An hour-and-a-half train ride from downtown Sydney, Wollongong is a large, yet affordable city.

UOW courses have been developed by teachers who are leading their fields. The student-focused approach to teaching and learning means you will have the guidance and support you need. And this all takes place in a city on one of Australia’s most beautiful coastlines. Experience the best of the Australian lifestyle - sun, sport, and outdoor living, all while earning credit towards your degree.

For more program information, please visit the program website. This program is sponsored by:IFSA-Butler.


IFSA-University of Wollongong

The program is open to Purdue students in good standing who have completed at least two semesters of university study by the start of the program. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic success, maturity, and a desire to experience another culture.

GPA Requirement: 2.7 on a 4.0 scale
Language Requirement: none

Purdue Credit

Direct Credit available from the following: [College of Agriculture] [College of Liberal Arts] [Daniels School of Business] [College of Health and Human Sciences] [College of Science]
Specifically from: HSCI, HK, PSY, PUBH & SLHS (HHS)

Students interested in completing courses while abroad from Purdue colleges or departments that are not listed above should discuss this with their study abroad advisor before applying to the program.

Academic Program

At the University of Wollongong, a full course load consists of 24 University of Wollongong points per semester for a total of 15-16 U.S. semester credit hours per semester.

Students can take classes in a variety of areas such as:

  • Accounting, Economics & Finance
  • Business, Marketing & Management
  • Chemistry
  • Communications & Media
  • Computer Science & IT
  • Creative & Performing Arts
  • Earth, Atmospheric & Life Sciences
  • Environmental & Biological Sciences
  • Health Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Literature & Languages
  • Mathematics & Applied Statistics
  • Psychology & Human Behavior
  • Social Sciences

 Please see the program website for more details and access to a course search.


Activities and excursions are designed to pull you into the communities you visit and encourage cultural connections of every kind. There’s no extra fee to participate in these optional outings—everything is included in your program fee.

Below are examples from previous terms; outings may be different for your program and are subject to change.

Program Activities

  • Indigenous Australians Cultural Education
  • The Rocks Walking Tour, Sydney
  • Yogalates
  • NACE Competencies Workshop
  • Sydney Opera House Show
  • Taronga Zoo

Program Excursions

  • Hunter Valley Tour
  • Bike Tour of Sydney
  • Historical and Indigenous Tour of La Perouse
  • Blue Mountains Visit
  • Coogee-Bondi Walking Tour
  • South Coast of NSW Excursion
  • Taste of Migration Food Tour


IFSA arranges housing for you. Students live either on campus in student apartments or no more than a 15 minute-walk away in dorm-style housing for international students. All housing options feature single bedrooms.  There is no meal plan, students prepare or purchase their own meals.

Keep in mind that some options have extra amenities—like a private bathroom or meal plan—that carry higher fees.

Estimated Program Costs

Students pursuing program participation accept financial responsibility. Purdue will take measures to mitigate financial risks, although will not be liable for loss. 

Students should carefully note what costs need to be paid to Purdue University or to a co-sponsor or agency, and what costs need to be paid at the overseas study location.  This will vary by program.

The program fee includes tuition, orientation, a weekend trip, and some local activities.

The Housing Fee includes dorm or apartment housing.

Costs for this program are estimated and subject to change. The cost figures listed below are for: Spring 2024

Costs per semester to be billed by Purdue and Co-sponsor
Program Fee $14,750.00
Study Abroad Fee $914.00
Housing $5,725.00
Purdue International Insurance (per month) $32.00
Program Discount for Purdue Students - $2,000.00

Approximate additional costs per semester
To be paid by the student.
Round-trip Airfare $1,294.00
Local Transportation $118.00
Visa $464.00
Books and Supplies $49.00
Meals $824.00
Miscellaneous Personal Expenses $0.00 - $1,947.00
Travel Documents (passport, photos) $175.00

Financial Aid

Purdue University financial aid may be applied to the costs of studying abroad. Students interested in receiving financial aid should

NOTE:  Recipients of certain tuition remission and scholarship programs should pay careful attention to the regulations for using those benefits for study abroad.  Ask your financial aid advisor about any limitations.

Click here for a list of scholarships and grants available to assist with the costs of studying overseas.

Application Deadlines

For full consideration, students must submit all supporting documents (typically an essay, transcripts, 1-2 recommendations, and copy of passport) before or by the application deadline.  Popular programs fill quickly, often before the deadline. To ensure a place in a program, apply early.

As soon as a student submits an online application, a My Study Abroad account is created. Applicants should consult this page often to check on the status of the application.

Program Application Deadline
Most Fall Semester Programs Mar 1
Most Spring Semester Programs Sep 15

Returnees Information

IFSA-University of Wollongong

Click below to search for Purdue students who have participated in this program and are willing to be contacted.  If you get no results, you can use the search form to find people who studied in the country you are interested in.


The websites listed below contain information about this program. The accuracy of information at external sites cannot be guaranteed.

For more information on this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office by phone (765) 494-2383 or email studyabroad@purdue.edu.