What are the benefits of participating in the UCLA Study Abroad Program?
If selected as a participant you will:
Who organises the program?
The UCLA Study Abroad Program is an initiative of the United States Studies Centre in partnership with the University of Sydney.
Do I get to pick my units of study?
Yes, you must choose two courses worth 4 UCLA units each from hundreds of UCLA course options.
Please note that you do not need to have credit approval to submit an application, but you do need to have approval before you depart for the UCLA program if you want to apply for non-elective credit.
Note: the US Studies Centre will assist successful applicants with the credit approval process, where applicable.
How much credit will I receive towards my degree?
Upon successful completion of two UCLA courses worth 4 UCLA units each, you will receive 6 credit points of electives towards your degree.
I am not a student of the University of Sydney, can I still apply for the program?
No. In 2023, the UCLA Study Abroad Program is only open to University of Sydney undergraduate students.
What is the selection criteria?
See the who should apply section.
I am an international student. Am I still eligible to apply?
International students are welcome to apply but should be aware of the conditions to acquire a visa to the US depending on the student's Country of Citizenship. International students should refer to the U.S. Embassy for further information before applying for the program.
Students do not need to re-sit their English test for admission into this program.
International students educated in English or who are residents of a country in which English is one of the primary languages are exempt from meeting the English language requirements.
How do I apply?
To apply follow the steps listed in the how to apply section. All applications must be submitted via Terra Dotta by midnight AEDT on Sunday 26 March 2023.
When is the deadline for all applications?
The application deadline is by midnight AEDT on Sunday 26 March 2023. Applicants are strongly urged to submit applications without delay to avoid disappointment. An AU$400 deposit is required at the time of application.
Will I miss out on any class time to participate in the program?
Yes. You will miss 'week 1' of semester 2, 2023.
Can I commence the program late or finish the program earlier than the nominated dates?
No, students must commence the program on 26 June 2023 and finish on 4 August 2023. It is your responsibility to make sure you can commit to these dates before submitting your application for the program.
Is accommodation provided for the entire duration of the program?
Yes. Student accommodation will be provided on the UCLA campus. See the accommodation section for details.
Do I have to stay on the UCLA campus?
Yes. All students must stay in the accommodation provided by UCLA. This is a requirement of the course. Students are not permitted to stay with family or friends or to otherwise arrange their own accommodation under any circumstances.
Will I have access to UCLA facilities on campus?
Yes, you will receive a BruinCard, which is your passport to life at UCLA. The BruinCard will not only serve as your official UCLA ID but act as your debit, meal, residential, library, laundry and printing card and give you free access to gym facilities and campus events.
Can I move into the UCLA accommodation earlier than the nominated date?
Accommodation is provided from Sunday 25 June 2023 to Friday 4 August 2023 (i.e. you are expected to checkout by 5pm on 04 August). Early arrival space prior to the scheduled first day of the housing contract is limited and there is no guarantee that space will be available. Students who must arrive early should contact the Front Desk of their accommodation to discuss the possibility of an early arrival arrangement.
What is the closing date for the payment of fees?
Full fee payment is due by close of business on 15 May 2023. Please note: to secure a place in the program, applicants must submit a deposit of AU$400 at the time of application and a further AU$600 to accept their offer (which is part-payment of the total fees).
What do the fees cover?
The program fixed fees cover the costs for two units of study, health insurance, travel insurance, administrative fees, Bruincard, pre-departure seminars and some cultural activities in LA. The cost for accommodation and meals varies depending on the individual package selected. Students are also liable for additional costs including: visa processing and lodgement, return airfares and transfers, food and entertainment and any other associated costs.
How do I pay my program fees?
Students must submit their payment via the University of Sydney’s online payment gateway. Students will be provided with the relevant link.
Can I use HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP to defer payment of the unit of study fees?
No. All fees must be paid upfront by the relevant date and cannot be deferred.
Can I cancel my application?
Yes, you can. Please refer to the refund policy for further details.
How do I cancel my application?
Applications to withdraw from the UCLA Study Abroad Program must be submitted in writing and lodged with the United States Studies Centre. Please refer to the refund policy for further details.
Will I receive a refund of all of my tuition fees?
Please refer to the refund policy for further details.
Will any scholarships be offered?
Please check the scholarship page for further details.