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Program Description

Overview

Big Ben 2
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   Quick Facts


The Open Campus program at the CIEE Global Institute – Sydney offers maximum flexibility to engage and experience Sydney in your own way. Match the academic experience with your interests, aspirations, and degree requirements by matching your academic track with optional academic projects. 

CIEE Open Campus programs offer students the opportunity to earn 6 credits per 6-week block. Students are able to participate in one of the following program options:
  • 1 block to earn 6 credits (ASU Session A or B)
  • 2 blocks to earn 12 credits (ASU Session C)
  • 3 blocks to earn 18 credits (ASU Session C)
In Sydney, you’ll enjoy one of the world’s most livable and friendliest cities with easy access to outdoor activities and iconic beaches. 

Students can also opt to combine locations across the CIEE Open Campus locations – in Berlin, Buenos Aires, Cape Town, Copenhagen, London, Madrid, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Rome, Santiago, and Shanghai – to create a truly individualized study abroad experience.
 

Location

London Fountain


London
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Location Details


About Sydney

Sydney’s origins trace back to an area inhabited by indigenous Australians for over 30,000 years, discovered by Europeans in the 1770’s and settled as a penal colony in 1788. With a population of around five million, Sydney is a cosmopolitan, open-minded, multicultural city. Nearly half of its residents speak a language other than English at home and 36% were born overseas. Sydney is consistently ranked as one of the best cities to live globally, and it is renowned for its social inclusion, diversity, and tolerance.

About the CIEE Global Institute

The CIEE Global Institute is centrally located and convenient to public transportation for exploring the city.  Courses are taught in English by CIEE faculty drawn from a variety of higher education institutions in Sydney.

Visa Information

U.S. citizens may require a visa* if your program is more than 90 days in length and/or if you plan to pursue an internship or volunteer experience. Limited information about the visa application process may be provided by the ASU Study Abroad Office and/or your host institution, but it is your sole responsibility to research, apply, and secure a visa. Failure to obtain a visa may result in your inability to participate and, ultimately, your withdrawal from the program, subject to the terms of the Study Abroad Withdrawal Policy

Consult this page for additional information regarding visas.  If you need assistance securing a U.S. Passport, visit the ASU U.S. Passport Acceptance Office in Tempe.

PLEASE NOTE: Visa requirements for non U.S. citizens may differ from those for U.S. citizens; students who are not U.S. citizens are advised to contact their International Coordinator and begin independently researching the visa requirements for their nationality as soon as possible.

*At the time of writing. This information is subject to change without notice; students should independently confirm this requirement with the relevant consulate/embassy.

Academics

Academic Program & Courses


Where You'll Study - CIEE Global Institute
Courses taught at the CIEE Global Institute are typically for CIEE students only. Each course is a full semester in content taught in a six-week block, so the pace is accelerated and the workload demanding. Classes are scheduled Monday-Friday and meet either two, three, or four times per week. Required co-curricular excursions complement your coursework and immerse you in Australian history and culture.

CIEE Sydney Open Campus courses are taught at the CIEE Global Institute – Sydney. The center has classrooms, lounge space, and a tech area for student use, in addition to staff offices. 

Optional Academic Projects
CIEE Academic Projects are designed based on each student’s academic interest, individual learning goals, qualifications and résumé, and placement availability. Academic Projects provide students a unique opportunity to learn first-hand about the economic, cultural, and social structures of the Australian workplace and volunteer environments. Students interested in an Academic Project must submit additional materials as part of their application. Academic projects include:
  • CIEE Academic Internship - Pursue a time intensive internship at a local organization
  • CIEE Directed Research - Pursue an academically meaningful research project of your own design
  • CIEE Service-Learning Project - Combine course-based learning with practical, relevant project experience to meet a community-defined need
IMPORTANT: Academic projects are only offered during blocks 2 and 3 and students must be in Sydney for at least two consecutive blocks in order to be eligible for an academic project.

Course Levels, Credit & Grades

Note: This program is new for Spring 2020. Course equivalencies/pre-approved courses will be posted as soon as they are available. 

CIEE Open Campus programs follow U.S. grading and credit standards. Due to the intensive nature of 6-week courses, attendance requirements are strict and grades will be impacted by missed classes.
 
  CIEE Open Campus ASU
Course Levels CIEE 1000 & 2000 level courses Lower Division
CIEE 3000 & 4000 level courses Upper Division
Credits 3 credits* 3 credits*

*Courses offered may vary in credit amount. CIEE Open Campus classes will convert to ASU credit on a 1:1 basis.
Castle

Photo and description courtesy of CIEE

Housing

Kings Cross Station
Photo and description courtesy of CIEE

Program Housing

Students live in a housing complex just for students. Housing options include a mix of shared rooms in apartment-style dormitory complexes with common spaces to spend time with peers. You will have shared kitchen facilities to prepare meals or purchase food and drinks at local grocers. Sydney has a vibrant food scene with fresh local fruits, vegetables, and meats readily available. You’ll easily find Australian food is influenced from all corners of the globe.

Special Considerations

Below you will find information that may help you in planning for your study abroad experience. Early discussions and planning can help to support you in having a positive experience abroad. We invite you to meet with the International Coordinator for this program to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Physical Considerations

Study abroad participants may find themselves walking or taking public transit abroad more frequently than they are accustomed at their home campus.

Disability Accommodations Abroad

Individuals with disabilities can and do study abroad, but may find accessibility and accommodation in one of more of this program’s locations very different from the United States. 

In general, the Study Abroad Office cannot guarantee access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites on this program. Any student who anticipates needing any kind of special accommodation due to a disability should contact the ASU Study Abroad Office early in the planning process to investigate the availability of accommodations (including accessible facilities) on this specific program. Contact the Disability Resource Center and your Disability Access Consultant to include them in the discussion; be sure to give your Disability Access Consultant permission to speak with the Study Abroad Office on your behalf. You can find additional information and resources on our Students with Disabilities page.

LGBTQIA Students Abroad

Students of diverse sexual orientations or gender identities will find that the social climate, laws, and norms of other cultures will often differ from the U.S. If you identify as a lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, or queer student - or if you are still exploring your identity - you may face unique challenges when traveling abroad. 

We encourage students who identify as members of the LGBTQIA community to visit the U.S. Department of State website for helpful information about laws and attitudes in this program’s locations, including pre-travel tips and advice on staying safe while abroad. You can find additional information and resources on our LGBTQIA Students page.

Gender Identity Abroad

When traveling abroad, you may find different gender roles and norms than you’re used to. It’s possible that you may be treated differently or be expected to treat others differently based on your (or their) gender identity. 

You can find additional information and resources on our Gender Identity Abroad page.

Racial and Ethnic Minorities Abroad

Students of different ethnic and racial backgrounds may encounter unique challenges transitioning from life here in the United States to life as a student living abroad, including but not limited to access to personal care products and services.

You can prepare yourself for the situations you may experience by researching the ethnic composition of your host country and exploring its history of racial and ethnic relations. We encourage students to start that research on our Racial and Ethnic Minority Students page.

Cost

Cost Information

Partnership program participants will NOT pay ASU tuition for the courses completed abroad. Instead, participants will pay a Program Fee as a condition of participation. Partnership program participants are also responsible for paying a non-refundable $50 Application Fee, in addition to the published Program Fee. All other costs associated with participation in the program are the responsibility of the individual student.

Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost Sheet, Spring Semester Cost Sheet, or the Academic Year Cost Sheet for information on any additional estimated expenses.

The program may allow for time which can be spent in non-program activities. Participants may wish to travel, sightsee or participate in activities or events in which they have a personal interest. Please note that the participant is fully responsible for making arrangements and for all costs of transportation, lodging, food and additional expenses that may be associated with any non-Program activities.

Funding

Funding Your Study Abroad Program

Studying abroad is an investment in your future, which requires careful planning and management. However, the personal, academic, and professional rewards that you will gain from this experience will last a lifetime. You should carefully consider costs, budgets and financing when selecting and preparing for your experience abroad. If you have questions at any step of the process, we encourage you to reach out to your International Coordinator for guidance.

Steps to Financing Your Study Abroad Program

  1. Review the Considering Costs Table for a general overview and cost comparison of popular programs.
  2. Be sure to reference the Fall Semester Cost Sheet, Spring Semester Cost Sheet, or the Academic Year Cost Sheet to find a breakdown of program expenses.
  3. Attend a Financing Your Study Abroad Workshop.
  4. Consider your Financial Aid options.
  5. Search and Apply for Scholarships and Grants.
  6. Exhaust your options by exploring Additional Funding Resources including our Community-Based Funding Guide.
  7. View our  Financing Your Study Abroad Program Handbook for more information, including Payment Information.

Unique Funding Opportunities for This Program

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Dates & Deadlines
Dates & Deadlines
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2020 09/25/2019
**
Rolling Admission 01/06/2020 05/09/2020
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.
Block I - January 6 - February 15
Block II - February 17 - March 28
Block III - March 30 - May 9
Fall Semester 2020 04/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.
Spring Semester 2021 09/25/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
NOTE: Dates are subject to change. Do not purchase airfare until dates are confirmed by the Study Abroad Office and/or in any host institution acceptance materials.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision tasks prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed