Global Education

Australia - University of Technology, Sydney

University of Technology, Sydney is a public university with over 30,500 students. The university has two campuses: the main City Campus with sites at Broadway, Haymarket and Blackfriars; and the Kuring-gai Campus at Eton Road in Lindfield (a bushland setting about a 20-minute ride by public transport from the City Campus).

Sydney is the largest city in Australia with a population of over four million and offers a wide variety of entertainment, shopping, and sightseeing. The city has a magnificent harbor and an abundance of beaches and is arguably one of the most attractive cities in the world.


UTS has ten faculties/schools: Business; Communication; Design, Architecture and Building; Education; Engineering; Information Technology; International Studies; Law; Nursing; and Science. All of these, with the exception of Nursing, are open to study abroad students. In general, courses are given in the following fields at UTS:

Faculty of Business: Accounting, Advertising and Promotions, Management, Economics, Finance, Human Resource Management, International Business, Management, Marketing, Sport Management, Tourism Management

Faculty of Communication: Aboriginal Studies, Advertising, Australian Studies, Convergent Media, Creative Writing, Cultural Studies, Environmental Studies, Gender Studies, Information Design, Journalism, Media Studies, Public Relations,  Screen Studies, Social Inquiry, Sound and Music Design, Video Production, Web Design

Please note that students studying media arts and production (film, cinema, audio production) may be restricted to one course per semester within the 200 or 300 level professional choice courses within these fields. Students may select more than one course but final approval will be up to the UTS faculty in these fields. For more information on the courses with this restriction, see:


Students studying journalism or writing may be restricted to one course per semester within the 200 or 300 level professional choice journalism or writing courses.  Students may select more than one course but final approval will be up to the UTS faculty in journalism or writing.  For more information on the courses with this restriction, see:


Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building: Animation, Architecture, Construction Project Management, Fashion and Textile Design, Industrial Design, Interior and Spatial Design, Photography and Situated Media, Property Economics, Visual Communication

Faculty of Education: Aboriginal Education, Adult and Vocational Education, Applied Linguistics, e-Learning, Human Resource Development, Literacy and Numeracy, Organisational Learning, Primary Education, Secondary Education,  Teaching English as a Second Language (TESOL) and Teaching Languages Other than English (TLOTE)

Faculty of Engineering: Civil, Civil and Environmental, Computer Systems, Construction, Electrical, Mechanical, Mechatronics, Software, Structural, Telecommunications

Faculty of Information Technology:  Business Information Systems Management, Computer Graphics and Gaming, Data Mining, Enterprise Systems Development, Human-centred Technology Design, Internetworking and Applications, IT Management

Faculty of International Studies: International Studies, Language and culture.  Please note that core courses of the Bachelor of Global Studies or any course beginning with “global” are not available to our students through this program

Faculty of Law: Banking and Financial Regulation, Corporate, Commercial and Tax Law, Criminal Justice and Criminology, Dispute Resolution, Family Law, Health Law and Policy, Intellectual Property, Media and Communications, International Law, Human Rights and the Environment, Law and Regulation, Mooting, Public and Private Law

Faculty of Science: Applied Chemistry, Applied Physics, Biomedical Science, Biotechnology, Environmental Biology, Environmental Forensics, Forensic Biology, Forensic Science, Marine Biology,  Mathematics, Mathematics and Computing, Mathematics and Finance, Medical Science, Nanotechnology, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Statistics, Traditional Chinese Medicine

To view the full list of subjects visit the online handbook: and the timetable:

Tips for selecting subjects: check whether the subject is bachelor’s level or master’s level; if the pre-requisites are met; if the course is offered in the correct semester; and if the course is offered on the correct campus.


All participants are required to be full-time while studying in Australia and, thus, take the equivalent of 15 units during each semester for undergraduates and 12 units per semester for graduates.

Applicants should have upper division standing with a declared major at this university by the end of the semester prior to departure or have classified graduate standing at the time of the application deadline, good academic records, and a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 for undergraduates and 3.0 for graduates or better at the time of application.  In most cases, the lower division course requirements of the appropriate field of study must have been completed by the end of the semester prior to departure.  All applicants should check to ensure that they are on track for meeting the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).  The applicant also should be prepared to accept the challenge of study in a country with an educational system different from our own.


Courses are taught on a semester basis at UTS.  Classes for Sacramento State’s fall semester (Australia’s second semester/Spring semester) begin in July and end in December. Classes for Sacramento State’s spring semester (Australia’s first semester/Autumn semester) begin in February and end in June.  Participants should plan on attending the International Student Orientation, which takes place about two weeks prior to the start of classes. Please note that students participating for one academic year will participate during the Sacramento State academic year, which is different from the Australian academic year.


Students accepted to the program will pay the usual California State University, Sacramento fees, remain eligible for financial aid (except work/study), if otherwise qualified, and receive resident credit just as if they were attending classes at this university. (Please note that equivalency of courses falls under the jurisdiction of the academic department.) UTS has agreed to waive non-resident tuition, making this a particularly attractive opportunity for participants. Students will pay for their travel to and from Sydney, room and board, books, and incidentals. In addition, each student must have the required insurance during his or her stay in Australia.

Expenses for a semester at UTS are estimated at the following: usual undergraduate fees - $3,314 (graduates would pay the graduate fee), airfare - $2,005, insurance - $538, room and board - $6,300, incidentals (including books, local transportation, clothing, entertainment) - $3,000. Total $15,157. The estimated expenses for an academic year are about $28,308 (not including costs to live or be covered by the mandatory insurance during Australia’s summer between our fall and spring semesters). This estimate is given for planning purposes only and is subject to changes from currency fluctuation, inflation, and fee changes. Keep in mind that students are responsible for obtaining their own passports and student visas. The costs to obtain these are not included in this estimate. Please note that participants in this study abroad program must purchase the health insurance required by the Australian government for all incoming international students in addition to the insurance required for all participants in Sac State study abroad programs (the insurance cost estimate given above includes both).


Campus financial aid, with the exception of federal work study, is applicable abroad. Whether or not you have ever received financial aid, you should investigate this possibility by contacting Miesha Williams (study abroad contact) in the Sacramento State Financial Aid Office. Students also are encouraged to investigate and apply for scholarships for their study or research abroad. A listing of specific scholarships and scholarship resource information, with websites, is available on the Office of Global Education website. For individual advising and application information on scholarships/grants for study or research abroad, you should contact Dr. Jack Godwin in the Office of Global Education. 


Students are responsible for arranging their own housing for their stay in Sydney. The UTS Housing Service can provide students new to Australia with information on temporary housing in either a hotel or youth hostel where they can stay while looking for more permanent housing. These hotels and hostels offer discounted rates to university students and staff, subject to availability, and provided they are booked using the online forms on the UTS Housing Service website. Students are encouraged to apply at least 2 weeks before departure.

For long term housing, UTS offers accommodation in off-campus university residences at various prices. Since many students rent private accommodation close to the university, the Housing Service also maintains a database of private listings offering choices in private houses and apartments in Sydney. The UTS Housing Service website is:

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