Frequently asked questions

What are the benefits of participating in the LA Placement Program?

If selected as a participant you will:

  • Gain invaluable international experience
  • Learn about the intricacies of American business, culture and politics
  • Network with business leaders, government officials and students from all over the world
  • Receive credit towards your degree at Sydney
  • Complement your studies through a professional placement in a top organisation

Who organises the program?

The LA Placement Program is run by the United States Studies Centre and is made available to University of Sydney students through the Business School.

Do I get to pick my units of study?

You must do the units Doing Business in the US, Leadership Communication and Strategies and the BUSS2501 LA Placement Program unit.

How much credit will I receive towards my degree?

Upon successful completion of all three units of study, you will receive up to 18 credit points towards your degree at Sydney depending on your degree progression and credit approvals.

How long is the placement?

The placement will occur over a period of nine weeks. You will work four days a week, Monday to Thursday. Hours per week will be determined by the host organisation and will be agreed to prior to commencement of the placement.

How is my placement organised?

As fair as possible, students will be allocated to a placement according to their educational background and interests. However, this is dependent on availability and it is not possible to guarantee that an intern's role will be directly related to their particular area of study.

What kind of organisation will I be working for?

Placements are available in a wide variety of organisations, including in business, government, think tanks, etc.

What do I do during my placement?

Tasks will be agreed to at the outset of the placement and will vary between organisations.

Will I be assigned tasks or to a department specifically related to my degree?

Potentially, however the placement should be considered as an opportunity to expand your knowledge and learn new skills.

Do I get paid for my placement?

No, all placements are unpaid, as you earn credit points towards your degree.

Can I receive academic credit for my placement?

Yes. The placement is a significant component of the compulsory unit of study BUSS2501, which upon successful completion will be credited towards your degree.

What should I do to prepare for the placement?

Attend the compulsory pre-departure sessions. Students should also undertake independent research about American culture, traditions and customs, local weather and conversion rates. Upon being notified of your placement, you should conduct research about the organisation.

What should I do if I encounter problems during my placement?

You should consult the staff on the program, whose contact details will be available from the outset of the program.


I am not a student of the University of Sydney Business School. Am I still eligible to apply for the program?

No. The LA Placement Program is exclusively offered to students completing a degree (including combined degrees) at the University of Sydney Business School.

What are the selection criteria?

See the who should apply section.

Can the units of study be credited towards my major?

No. Units of study can only be credited towards the elective component of your degree. If you've already completed all of your elective units, you may still be able to complete the program and have the credit you receive count as additional electives towards your degree.

I am an international student. Am I still eligible to apply?

International students are eligible to apply. You should refer to the U.S. Embassy for further information about visa eligibility.

Application process

How do I apply?

To apply follow the steps listed in the how to apply section. Applications will only be received via the online form. Applications close 14 August 2017 at 12pm. No late submissions will be accepted.

What documents do I need to prepare to apply?

Details of supporting documents can be found in the how to apply section.

What is an academic reference?

Your academic referee should be a lecturer, tutor, etc. who has taught you in the last two years. They should be able to refer to your capacity to meet assignment deadlines, the quality of work submitted, your level of participation in class discussions, how you work with others and on your own, and your motivation and self-discipline.

What is a non-academic reference?

Your non-academic referee should be someone who knows you and your character well (often also called a 'character reference'). It should not be written by a family member. The reference should refer to how long the person has known you and in what capacity. They may wish to refer to your potential, skills, abilities and strengths and accomplishments, but most importantly they should refer to your character, reliability and level of commitment.

When is the deadline for all applications?

The application deadline is by 12pm in your respective time zone on Monday 14 August 2017. Applicants are strongly urged to submit applications without delay to avoid disappointment.

When will I be notified if my application is successful?

All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by 22 August 2017.


Is accommodation provided for the entire duration of the program?

Yes. Student accommodation will be arranged by the United States Studies Centre. Students are not permitted to stay with family or friends or to otherwise arrange their own accommodation under any circumstances.

Fees and scholarships

What is the closing date for the payment of fees?

Full fee payment is due by close of business on 10 November 2017.

What do the fees cover?

The program fees cover the costs for the two units of study at UCLA, accommodation, health insurance, administration, some extra-curricular activities, and use of facilities. Students are also liable for additional costs including: visas, return airfares and airport transfers, food and entertainment and any other associated costs including enrolling in BUSS2501.

How do I pay my program fees?

Payments can be made by via the University of Sydney online payment system. Details will be provided to all students accepted into the program.

Can I cancel my application?

Yes you can. Please refer to the program conditions for further details.

How do I cancel my application?

Applications to withdraw from the LA Placement Program must be received in writing and lodged with the United States Studies Centre. Please refer to the program conditions for further details.

Will I get a refund of all of my tuition fees?

Please refer to the program conditions for further details.

Do I need to submit a separate application to be considered for a scholarship?

A separate application is not required. Students should complete the field on the application entry form relating specifically to scholarships. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on merit, personal qualities (as demonstrated in their application) and financial need.

Will any full scholarships be offered?

Only some partial scholarships will be offered. Before applying to the program, students should ensure that they have the financial means to support themselves for the duration of the program.

When will I be notified if I was successful in acquiring a scholarship?

Successful applicants will be notified as soon as the scholarships package is finalised.