Welcome to the Spring 2017 Sydney Management Internship Program hub page!

Sydney Management Internship Program Hub Page

Spring 2017

You’re in! This Hub Page is your one-stop-shop for all program related information prior to your departure.

Everything you need to do before studying abroad will be addressed on this page – think of it as a living checklist. Be sure to check this page regularly, as many of the sections above contain action items with specific deadlines. We will also update this page with new information throughout
the semester.

Phases 1, 2 and 3 contain time-sensitive action items, so be sure you’re staying on track! Each phase contains a self-check so you can double check to see if you’ve completed everything along the way.

The “In-Country Guide” contains a wealth of information about the place you’ll be calling home for the next semester. Be sure to read through that section to learn about everything from cultural customs, to academic differences, to daily life.

[— Phase 1: First Things First (Admission – October 20) —]

  • Log in to your online application and confirm your participation in the program. Then complete the checklist of items on the “Pre-Departure Documents” tab.
  • Once you complete the pre-departure process, you'll be registered for this program as a placeholder block of credits.

Please take the time now to review our website for details about the cost of your program. You may find our budgeting worksheet to be an important planning tool. We also encourage you to consider applying for study abroad scholarships as early as possible.

We understand that preparing for your time away can seem overwhelming because of the abundance of information being shared with you. We have designed this online presentation to communicate general pre-departure information that applies to all BU Study Abroad programs, and help you navigate the pre-departure preparation process. 

Pre-departure Roadmap

CAS IP101: The Global Learning Experience (1 credit)

All program participants are invited to enroll in an online course that is designed to both complement and enhance your semester abroad. The Global Learning Experience is a self-paced, one-credit, Pass/Fail course with brief readings and assignments designed to accompany students through the experience of living, studying and interning in a country and culture different from their own. Students will post their work, experiences and observations to an online platform which will trace a student’s individual path of activities and achievements abroad from an academic, personal and professional standpoint. Discussion boards will link students not only with the course instructors but with students studying on other BU Study Abroad programs around the world. We encourage you to learn more at the link above.

Please note, this form requires you to upload a passport-style photo for your student ID card. The photo must be an image of your entire face from the top of your head to your shoulders against a plain white wall. We accept photos you have taken on your smartphone, but the image must be a high-quality JPG file (at least 200 dpi). The name of the file should be your full name in the format “Last name, First name”. Photos that do not meet these requirements will not be accepted.

Please email busydney@bu.edu if you need to make any changes to these forms after you’ve submitted them.  Housing assignments will be made upon arrival in Sydney. For more info, please check the Living Arrangements section of the Sydney website.

Flight Information

Each semester, we work with Advantage Travel to offer an optional group flight, round-trip from the US to Sydney. Students have the option of taking the group flight from a West Coast city to Sydney. The cost of the group flight is not included in the program fee. Students are not required to take the group flight, however all students are required to submit a round-trip itinerary for our records. Keep in mind that late arrivals and early departures are not permitted.

Why should I book a spot on the group flight?

Although airfare is not included in the cost of the program, all travel booked through Advantage Travel will be monitored by the travel agency on the day of departure, and they will be able to assist with any schedule changes, delays, or missed connections. The flight also allows you to travel with other students from the program.

How do I reserve a seat on the group flight?

Specific booking instructions and detailed group flight itineraries will be emailed directly to students.

What if I need to book a connecting flight to the departure city?

If you will be traveling from elsewhere prior to the group flight, Advantage Travel can also assist you with reserving a flight to the departure city.

What if I want to arrange my own travel?

If you prefer to travel independently from the group, you are welcome to do so. Advantage Travel can assist you with reservations from a different airport or on different dates, or you can make a reservation completely on your own.

You must arrive by January 11 at 10 am and depart on July 3. Housing will not be provided before or after these dates, and late arrivals/early departures are not permitted. Once you have confirmed your independent travel, make sure to report your flight information through the Boston University International Travel Registry.

Arrival Information

Students on the group flight will be met by on-site staff upon arrival and transportation will be provided to the residence. If you make travel arrangements independent of the group, you should try to arrive around the same time as the group flight (or prior to it).

*Please note that transportation back to the airport will not be provided at the end of the program.

Please remember, if you will be traveling independently, you will be responsible for securing your own transportation to the residence. Instructions for commuting to the BU Sydney Academic Center by taxi and other forms of public transportation will be sent to you when you provide your independent flight info.


Have you completed everything in Phase 1? Here is a self-check to make sure you’re on the right track. Make sure you’re keeping track of any upcoming deadlines and budgeting enough time to complete them on-time. If you missed a deadline, be sure to check in with you Program Manager and complete that task right away.

You should have completed:

  • Confirmed your participation via your BU Study Abroad Application, paid your program deposit, and filled out the accompanying online forms.
  • Watched the Pre-departure Roadmap Webinar
  • Submitted the Housing Questionnaire – OCT 17
  • Submitted the Internship Questionnaire – OCT 17
  • Booked a seat on the group flight (optional) – OCT 31
  • Registered for the “Global Learning Experience” 1-credit course (optional)

[— END Phase 1 —]

[— Phase 2: Core Preparations (October 20 – December 20) —]

The Boston University Sydney Program has openings for several Resident Assistants (RAs) and Program Assistants (PAs). Being an RA or a PA in Sydney requires maturity, flexibility, problem-solving, and people skills.

Job Descriptions

Resident Assistant

RAs are accountable for four basic areas: guiding students in their proper use of the BU residence, developing student well-being, planning community building activities, and enforcing the rules of the Sydney Program in a positive and fair manner.

RA Responsibilities:

  • Attend and participate in the RA Orientation and Training Program
  • Assist with arrival day and student departures—RAs must notify the Residential and Property Manager (RPM) of all possible travel plans and have them approved by the RPM before making any official arrangements.
  • On-call duties
  • Prepare floor for student arrivals (room inventories/inspections, bulletin boards, etc.)
  • Ensure residential policies are being followed
  • Complete administrative paperwork (including incident reports)
  • Assist with referring maintenance requests
  • Develop community activities and promote student well-being

Program Assistant

The PA is an integral member of the administrative support team in regard to library/classroom support and is also involved in organizing the social, cultural, and educational programs for students.

PA Responsibilities:

  • Attend and participate in the PA Orientation and Training Program
  • Assist with arrival day and orientation
  • Perform designated duties as classroom/library assistant (including working shifts in the library)
  • Develop, implement, and ensure the smooth running of social, cultural, or educational programs


RAs and PAs must arrive in Sydney a few days early for orientation and training and must remain a couple of days after the program ends.


Details upon application.

Please e-mail busydney@bu.edu if you require any further information about these positions.

How to Apply

If you are interested in being a Sydney RA or PA, please send an e-mail to busydney@bu.edu with the following:

  • A cover letter expressing your interest in the position (indicate RA or PA) and any relevant experience you have
  • Your CV/résumé
  • Your telephone contact details (including your evening interview availability as well as your location)
  • If you are a non-US citizen, please receive written authorization from the international office at your university that confirms your right to work for payment before applying for this role and include this document with your application.

After an initial review of this information, selected students will be invited to take part in telephone or skype interviews. After further consideration and a possible second interview, the successful candidates will be contacted by e-mail or telephone with a decision. 

All students are required to get a background check, for internship purposes. It may take several weeks to obtain the results of your background check, so please be sure to get started early.

Students with a MA mailing address:

In Massachusetts, the Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) is the official document that is issued when a background check is requested. Anyone with a Massachusetts mailing address, including BU students, and students from other schools in Massachusetts may use the CORI request form to obtain their police background check.

Directions if you are applying from BU Boston campus:

  • Print out & complete the CORI request form
  • Bring the form to be notarized – you will need to bring your passport to the notary
    • Notary publics can be found at many banks, city/town halls, UPS stores, or a search in your browser of “notary near me.”
  • A $25 bank check that must come from a local bank at which you have an account. If you can’t get a bank check, you can purchase a money order – which you can buy at most CVS stores or US Post Offices. It should be made payable to: The Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
  • Submit the notarized form and bank check/money order to:
    • Department of Criminal Justice Information Services 200 Arlington Street, Suite 2200, Chelsea, MA 02150

The results of your CORI request will be mailed to you at the address you provide on the form. The results will include a document stating “No CORI found.” This is what you want; it means you do not have a criminal record in Massachusetts. When you receive the results of your background check, please scan and email the confirmation to busydney@bu.edu.


Non-residents will need to contact their state agency or local police agency (NOT a university police agency), and investigate the process for obtaining a background check. Please note you do NOT necessarily need to get fingerprinted; an official document stating you do not have a criminal record is satisfactory.

Even though you’ve been admitted to the BU Sydney Program, you still need to apply to the University of Sydney. Upon applying to the U of Sydney, you’ll indicate your elective course choices, and upon admission you’ll be eligible to apply for a student visa.

To apply, you will need a valid passport. If you do not have a passport, or if your passport is not valid for six months after the program ends, apply for one immediately. Expedited service is recommended.

Step 1 — Select the courses you will take at U of Sydney.

You will automatically be enrolled in your internship course, as well as the required Australian Culture & Society course. But you will need to indicate your elective course choices (the courses you will take at the University of Sydney) on your application. Search for units of study by visiting the Sydney Courses unit of study page:

  1. Choose “Units of Study” from the drop-down list
  2. Enter your search term/keyword and click “Search”
  3. Click “Yes” for “Available to Study Abroad/Exchange” when the search results appear

Units of study at 1000-level through 4000-level are considered Undergraduate and units of study at 5000-level and above are considered Postgraduate.  It can sometimes be tricky to find exactly the kind of units you’re looking for, so Kristin Johnson has prepared a “Unit of Study Searching Guide” to help students know which keywords/letters to use in case you want to search for other units of study. This guide explains that for example if you are interested in History, search for “HSTY” or if you’re interested in Marketing, search for “MKTG”, etc.

You must also be in contact with Faith Nussbaum (faithn@bu.edu) regarding any units of study that you wish to take to ensure that they will receive approval at BU and Questrom.

Step 2 — Prepare the following items:

  • Notarized photocopy of the signature page of your passport. This is the page in your passport with your picture and personal details. The copy quality must be good. You can get the photocopy notarized by a notary public. The best places to find a public notary are banks, certain post offices, and some FedEx locations. Don’t forget that you will need to bring your actual passport and the photocopy with you to the notary public, as well as some money to pay for this service.
  • Official BU transcript. You can order one online on the Office of the University Registrar website, or obtain one in person at 881 Commonwealth Ave, second floor.
  • List of preferred units of study – The units of study are typed directly into fields on the online application form.

Step 3 — Complete the online application form.

Kristin Johnson is the study abroad adviser at the University of Sydney, and she will email you with a link to the online application, and some helpful hints. If you have any questions about the application, feel free to email her directly.

What’s Next?

After you’ve successfully applied to the University of Sydney, you will receive an email from Kristin Johnson with further instructions on how to accept your offer of admission. Once you’ve accepted the offer, she’ll send you an electronic “Confirmation of Enrolment” (eCoE) which is a code that will allow you to apply for a student visa. You cannot apply for a visa until you have an eCoE.

When you are admitted to the University of Sydney, you will be contacted by their staff to discuss registering for courses. You should be prepared with 9 courses as options, which you will need approved by your advisor.

You will need to complete a Sydney University application (in addition to the BU Study Abroad application) after you have been accepted to the program and you will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to complete this online application from a staff member at Sydney University.  You will not receive your eCoE (electronic confirmation of enrollment) until you have completed this Sydney University application process.

Once you obtain your eCoE you can begin the process of applying for your visa. You will apply online for the Student Visa subclass 500 visa. You can read more about the Student subclass 500 visa, and begin your application on the Australian Department of Immigration website. Make sure that you read through the information about the eligibility requirements and application process before you actually submit your visa application.

Helpful tips for applying:

– The required documents vary by country. Refer to the Document Checklist Tool at the bottom of this page to get a list of the documents you will need.

– A “certified copy” means that the document should be notarized. You can find a notary public by doing a quick search of “notary near me,” or you can visit the BU Registrar for notary services.

– You will need the Confirmation of Enrolment (CoE) in order to apply. You will receive this after completing your online application to the University of Sydney.

– Skip any non-applicable documents, such as employment history if you haven’t worked.

– Skip Form 956A .

– You may be asked to type the OSHC start date/end date and policy number into the visa application. You can refer to the eCoE for the start & end date of the OSHC policy.  Your policy number will be your 9-digit USyd student ID# immediately followed by the letters US.

– This visa takes about a month or longer to process, depending on your so please allow yourself enough time.

– The Genuine Temporary Entrant requirement is a brief statement to say that you are returning to your country of residence to finish your degree at home.

You can start your visa, save it and return to the application. The visa fee starts at $440 USD, though prices may vary, dependent on the date the application is lodged and your citizenship. You must submit your visa application no later than NOVEMBER 15th. If you have questions about your application after it is lodged, you can contact:

Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP)

Americas Service Centre   + 1 613 238 1040

Email enquiry form http://www.border.gov.au/about/corporate/information/forms/online/australian-immigration-email-enquiry-form-for-the-americas-region

In some cases, if an applicant has been previously diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) OR has visited a country within the last 5 years that is deemed by the Australian government to be a medium- or high-risk country for TB, they may be required to undergo a medical exam. This usually involves a chest x-ray and/or medical checkup, and it can cost up to $500 USD. If you are required to complete this test, you’ll be notified AFTER you’ve submitted your application, and you will need to arrange the appointment immediately. Unfortunately, if you’re required to undergo the exam, there’s no way around this; you will not be granted a visa if you do not complete it.

Note: This information has been prepared by Boston University Study Abroad based on the most recent information provided by the relevant immigration agency (E.G. consulate, embassy, etc.). It is each student’s responsibility to compile and apply for their visa based on their specific citizenship. Visas are granted by foreign governments only, Boston University does not play a role in visa issuance, nor can we influence immigration policy. While we do our best to keep instructions as up-to-date as possible, visa requirements are subject to change without our knowledge. Ultimately obtaining a visa in a timely manner, and related costs incurred, are a student’s responsibility. Failure to acquire a visa will preclude participation in the program.

A pre-departure meeting for all Sydney Management students took place on Tuesday, November 08. If you were not able to attend, you can view the presentation here

Please also note that this meeting is intended for participants of the program only. Due to FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act), parents/guardians are not permitted to attend this session.  In the event that any parents do come to the meeting, we will kindly ask them to exit the room regardless of how far they may have traveled to get to the meeting.  Therefore, please plan accordingly.  We do, however, encourage you to share relevant information about the program with your parents, as we understand that they may be curious about what to expect with your experience abroad.

International Travel Registry

All students are required to report their confirmed travel plans through the Boston University International Travel Registry by December 1, 2016, regardless of whether you have reserved a spot on the group flight or will be traveling independently. Registration allows BU to communicate with you when incidents affecting travel and operations occur overseas, including natural disasters, civil unrest, or outbreak of disease.

We will also provide the staff in Sydney with your flight information, so that they are aware of your arrival details.

International Health Insurance and Evacuation Coverage:

All students participating in our programs will be automatically enrolled in a plan which includes comprehensive health and evacuation insurance. This coverage is provided by HTH Worldwide, and policy information will be sent to you via email. In the meantime we encourage you to review the insurance information we provide on our websiteIf you need assistance in planning for your medical needs abroad—such as determining coverage of a specific case, availability of prescription medication, or scheduling an appointment with a doctor or counselor—you can contact HTH Worldwide even before you are officially enrolled in the plan. Use the HTH contact information at the link above and identify yourself as a Boston University program participant in need of assistance with “pre-trip planning.”

Preparing To Live in Australia:

Study abroad can be both mentally and physically challenging, so it is important for you to prepare as much as possible now for your health and safety during your time abroad. We recommend that you consider the following:

  • Take the time now to read the BU Study Abroad Health and Safety webpage.
  • If you have not been feeling well, make an appointment with your doctor for a checkup.
  • If you anticipate needing any dental, optical, or other procedures, plan to have them completed before departure.
  • If you are experiencing any emotional, eating, or substance abuse issues, seek professional counsel and consider deferring your participation in an overseas program, if necessary.
  • If you have had difficulties coping with change, stress or anxiety in the past (whether or not it was professionally diagnosed), or are hoping that time spent overseas will help you solve a problem facing you at home, or on campus, you should talk to a medical professional before studying abroad.

Medications and Prescriptions:

While we recommend that you bring a 3 month’s supply of medications, please note that it is illegal to import more than three months’ worth of any prescription medication into Australia. You may not have drugs shipped to you as the customs process is lengthy and intensive.

Therefore, for any continuing medications needed, you will need to see a local doctor in Sydney and get a new prescription. Please follow these steps to work with your normal doctor in the US, and HTH Worldwide Insurance to make a plan ahead of time.

  1. Call HTH Worldwide insurance directly,
    identify yourself as a BU Student and ask to engage in “pre-trip planning”. HTH can help you identify if your medication is available in Australia, and help set up an appointment with a doctor in Sydney so that you can start the re-prescribing process straight away.
  2. Once you know if your medications are available, have your current doctor(s) write a letter indicating the conditions the medications are for, the dosages, the generic chemical names, etc. You can bring this with you to your doctor’s appointment in Sydney, along with a paper version of your current prescription.

The on-site staff will discuss the healthcare system in Australia in detail, during your on-site orientation.

If you have a mental health, emotional, learning, or physical disability that would require reasonable accommodations in order to complete the requirements of the program, you must obtain approval from BU’s Office of Disability Services. To initiate the approval request process, complete this Request for Accomodations Form (RAF) and submit it to access@bu.edu or 19 Deerfield St. second floor, Boston, MA  02215. Please note that certain accommodations that you receive on your home campus may not be available at your program site, so the earlier that you are in contact with their office for advising, the better. The process for arranging accommodations may take several weeks.

If you are currently consulting with a mental health professional, you must seek their counsel about the advisability of your participation in a study abroad program, especially as related to your adjustment to new cultural, academic, and housing environments and the availability of therapeutic or medical support while you are away from your home campus. If you have questions about the support available at your program destination, please contact abroad@bu.edu.

BU Students: 

The Spring 2017 payment deadline is December 16, 2016. You will use the StudentLink “Money Matters” tab to view and pay your bill, as usual.  Any questions regarding your bill or making payments should be directed to BU Student Accounting Services at studenta@bu.edu.

Non-BU Students:

The Spring 2017 payment deadline is February 1, 2017. Please contact your home institution to discuss your specific billing arrangement with Boston University.  Any additional questions regarding your bill or making payments should be directed to abroad@bu.edu.  Additional information can be found on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Have you completed everything in Phases 1 and 2? Here is a self-check to make sure you’re on the right track. Make sure you’re keeping track of any upcoming deadlines and budgeting enough time to complete them on-time. If you missed a deadline, be sure to check in with you Program Manager and complete that task right away.

You should have completed:

(From Phase 1)

  • Confirmed your participation via your BU Study Abroad Application, paid your program deposit, and filled out the accompanying online forms.
  • Watched the Pre-departure Roadmap Webinar
  • Submitted the Housing Questionnaire – OCT 17
  • Submitted the Internship Questionnaire – OCT 17
  • Booked a seat on the group flight (optional) – OCT 31
  • Registered for the “Global Learning Experience” 1-credit course (optional)

(From Phase 2)

  • Applied to be an RA/PA (optional): OCT 24
  • Completed the Criminal Background Check: OCT 24
  • Submitted your University of Sydney Application – OCT 24
  • Submitted the Course Selection Information – NOV
  • Applied for your visa – NOV 15
  • Attended your pre-departure meeting – NOV 08
  • Enter your flight information into the Travel Registry – Dec 01
  • Made any necessary doctors appointments and located your nearest travel clinic for immunizations.
  • Contacted HTH for “Pre-Trip Planning” (if necessary)
  • Contacted BU Disability Services to plan for academic accommodations and other support services (if necessary)

[— END Phase 2—]

[— Phase 3: Final Considerations (December 20 – Departure)—]

It’s essential that you call your bank and credit card companies to let them know you’ll be studying abroad. You’ll need to tell them what country (or countries) you’ll be visiting, and the dates you’ll be away. If you don’t let them know, they may freeze your accounts, assuming your card has been used fraudulently. When you call your bank, you should ask them about the fees you may incur when using your debit/credit cards internationally.

You will need a 4-digit pin to use a debit/credit card in Australia.


It’s important that you have a local Australian mobile number throughout your time in Sydney. Upon arrival, affordable mobile phone options, sim cards, and contract-free pre-paid phone plans will be available for you to purchase.  If you are planning to bring a phone from home, this phone must have a sim card slot and be unlocked in order to use it with an Australian service provider. We advise against purchasing an international plan through a US service provider.

Keep in mind that all calls (even calls from overseas) to an Australian mobile number are charged to the caller.


  • Australia’s country code is 61
  • Dialing internationally from Australia: 0011 + country code (USA is 1) + area code + number
  • Dialing a landline in NSW Australia from US: 011 + 61 + 2 + number
  • Dialing a mobile phone in Australia from US: 011 + 61 + 4  + number


You will have internet access in the BU building, though it is not as strong as you may be used to in the US.

It will be quite easy for you to keep in touch with friends and family from home. Here are some tips:

  • Make a plan BEFORE you leave home to manage your loved ones’ expectations
  • Skype/Facetime; think of alternatives too (e.g. have your parents call your mobile from Skype)
  • Email, messaging, and apps (WhatsApp)
  • Differences locally: wi-fi at residence can be spotty; less public wi-fi spots

Please reference BU Sydney’s “What to Bring” list.

*Kindly note that your packing will be restricted by airline regulations. If you must leave something behind, you’ll most likely be able to find it in Sydney.

Have You Changed Your Mind?

If you are considering withdrawing from your Study Abroad program, please thoroughly review the Boston University Study Abroad Policy on Refunds. Please keep in mind that at any time after your admission to the program there may be non-recoverable costs associated with withdrawing from the program. Examples of non-recoverable costs may include, but are not limited to, housing costs, excursions or academic costs. It is important to note that the program starts on January 11 and is less than 25 weeks long. The last day to notify our office in writing of your withdrawal prior to being responsible for a portion of the program fee is January 03.

Have you completed everything in Phases 1, 2 and 3? Here is a self-check to make
sure you’re on the right track. Make sure you’re keeping track of any upcoming deadlines and budgeting enough time to complete them on-time. If you missed
a deadline, be sure to check in with you Program Manager and complete that task right away.

You should have completed:

(From Phase 1)

  • Confirmed your participation via your BU Study Abroad Application, paid your program deposit, and filled out the accompanying online forms.
  • Watched the Pre-departure Roadmap Webinar
  • Submitted the Housing Questionnaire – OCT 17
  • Submitted the Course Selection Information – NOV
  • Submitted the Internship Questionnaire – OCT 17
  • Submitted your University of Sydney Application – OCT 24
  • Booked a seat on the group flight (optional) – OCT 31
  • Registered for the “Global Learning Experience” 1-credit course (optional)

(From Phase 2)

  • Applied to be an RA/PA (optional): OCT 24
  • Completed the Criminal Background Check: OCT 24
  • Submitted your University of Sydney Application – OCT 24
  • Submitted the Course Selection Information – NOV
  • Applied for your visa – NOV 15
  • Attended your pre-departure meeting – NOV 08
  • Enter your flight information into the Travel Registry – Dec 01
  • Made any necessary doctors appointments and located your nearest travel clinic for immunizations.
  • Contacted HTH for “Pre-Trip Planning” (if necessary)
  • Contacted BU Disability Services to plan for academic accommodations and other support services (if necessary)

(From Phase 3)

  • Called your bank and credit card companies to let them know you’ll be studying abroad. Asked about any banking reciprocity agreements they may have, as well as any fees you may incur.
  • Decided if you’re going to use your current mobile phone abroad, or get a new phone after you arrive in (site). If you’re going to use your own phone, be sure to get it unlocked at least a week ahead of departure.
  • Made a reasonable communication plan with your family and friends
  • Settled your Boston University Student Account – Billing Deadline DEC 16
  • Reviewed your packing list and purchased any essentials
  • Read your “In-Country Guide”

[— END Phase 3 —]

[— In-Country Guide —]

1.      Get to Know Australia!

Brief History

Aboriginals were originally brought to Australia from South East Asia during the Ice Age and thrived as hunters and gatherers. Much later, in the 17th Century, Britain decided to bring their convicts and used the island nation as a penal colony. Eventually, the prisoners were emancipated and moved across the country, developing farms. There has been strife between Aboriginals and European settlers/convicts with a history quite similar to that of the United States.

January 1, 1901, Australia gained its independence from Britain and became a country of six states, officially called the Commonwealth of Australia. It is a federal parliamentary democracy with Queen Elizabeth II as the Chief of State and a prime minister as head of government, currently Malcolm Turnbull.

The history of Australia is full of adventure, depravity, crime, and wealth. Read more about Australia’s history, geography and politics here: http://www.australia.com/en/facts/history.html http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-15674351 http://geography.about.com/od/australiamaps/a/australia-geography.htm


Keep up-to-date with the local news in Sydney:




Readings: Top Australian Novels


Australian culture is predominately Western, but generally more laid-back, open, and direct. Although the “Aussies” speak English, you may find that you are more culturally different than you thought with this “Culture of Similarity”! Here are some cultural tips from Commisceo Global:

  • Mates: Australians place a high value on friendship.
  • Multi-cultural society: Australia started with Aboriginals, then gained the British and Irish, and after WWII, there was a large migration of many more Europeans and Middle-Easterners. In the past 30 years, there has been an influx of South East Asian immigrants.
  • Direct communication: Aussies tend to be more direct with their communication, so don’t be offended by this style of communication at your internship!
  • Aussie Modesty: Australians value authenticity and humbleness, and they do not draw attention to their academic/professional acheivements.

  1.     Daily Life

Dining at Home

The neighborhood grocery stores offer a wide variety to suit every taste. Coles and Bi Lo, two Broadway Mall supermarkets with all the amenities found in comparable American grocery stores, are open 24 hours, seven days a week. Coles features everything from fresh produce and meat to greeting cards and plastic goods. When selecting meat, remember that items are weighed in kilos; a kilo is approximately 2.2 pounds. Expect long lines on Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons. Bi Lo features almost all of the same items as Coles without the long check-out lines. If you cannot find a favorite item in Coles, chances are you will find the item in Bi Lo. Although both grocery stores offer a good selection of fresh fruit and vegetables, the quality pales in comparison to the produce available at Harris Farm in the Broadway Mall lower level carpark. Harris Farm offers the finest selection of freshly-picked vegetables and exotic Asian produce year-round. As strange as it may sound Woolworths, across from the Queen Victoria Building, features a modern, grocery store with a bakeshop, fresh produce section, and prepared foods. Located in the subground level, Woolies (as the locals call it) is popular with commuters who stop in to pick up a few groceries before heading home. The grocery store is especially busy during rush hour and Saturday afternoons.

Dining Out

With fresh fruit and vegetables available year-round, plentiful seafood, and hundreds of hip, inexpensive restaurants, Sydney’s restaurants will please even the fussiest eaters. Cafés and restaurants along Glebe Point Road are a favorite with Sydney Uni students. Newtown is a short bus ride away and is another popular destination for lunch or dinner. Whether you are in the mood for Vietnamese, African, Korean, or Indian food, you are certain to find a Newtown restaurant to suit your budget. Darling Harbour restaurants attract a largely tourist crowd and are a short walk away. With its mix of Italian, Japanese, Malaysian, and seafood restaurants, Darling Harbour is another good option for dinner. Grab a seat at any of the dozens of outdoor cafés and settle in for some serious people watching.


Boston University student residences are comparable to most US residence halls and will meet your basic needs, they do not offer luxury living. Your focus during your short stay should be on exploring Sydney and the Pacific Rim. You might spend an occasional evening watching Australian content or an American video or e-mailing friends. Much of your time, however, should be spent away from your student residence. For many, returning to Sydney and the Southern Hemisphere may not be feasible for years or even decades after the program ends. You are encouraged to take full advantage of this “once in a lifetime opportunity” and resist the temptation to spend your free time in the building. Please note that housing is not available with Boston University either before the program begins, or after the program ends. If you plan to stay in Sydney at these times you will need to arrange accommodations on your own. BU Sydney Academic Center Students are housed in the newly built facility completed in January 2011. The accommodation consists of 3 or 4 bedroom apartments with single bedrooms. Each apartment has an open plan kitchen/lounge room setup and an internal bathroom. The kitchens have cook tops and convection/microwave ovens for preparing meals. Each apartment has a flat screen television. A competitive wireless broadband internet service is available for purchase and use in the apartments.

Room Assignments

The Sydney Program attracts students from across the US who are eager to participate in a cultural experience and acquire work experience in their chosen fields of study. The Boston University Program is tailored to students who are eager for new challenges and the opportunity to meet and interact with students from across the US. In keeping with this mission, the site houses students from several different disciplines and colleges. Whether you are majoring in theatre arts, politics, or business, you should expect to share your room with individuals from diverse academic specialties and backgrounds. Storage With storage space at a premium, you will need to think creatively about storing your belongings. The Sydney Program does not have adequate space to store luggage for students who travel either before the start or after the program ends. Information about area self-storage services is available upon request from the Sydney Office. LINEN Bed linen includes a bottom sheet, a pillow and pillowcase, a European-style comforter with cover commonly referred to as a doona. You are responsible for laundering your own bedding. Bath and kitchen towels are supplied; beach towels are not.


Mastering the nuances of Australian electricity is just one of the skills you will learn during your semester in Sydney. Electricity in Australia is 240 volts, which is more than twice the voltage used in the US. An adapter alone may not be sufficient to convert a US appliance to Australian electricity. The voltage difference requires an expensive converter, not an adapter. Attempting to force a US appliance into a wall outlet without the correct converter can be lethal. As you will discover, it is more cost-effective and safer to purchase an inexpensive radio and other appliances for your stay. Time will be available during Arrival Day for you to borrow or purchase appliances either from the Sydney Office or from neighborhood stores. Wall outlets (better known as powerpoints in Australia) have on/off switches directly above the socket. If you plug an appliance into the wall socket and it fails to work, check to see that the outlet is turned on as indicated by a small orange dot. Temperature markings on kitchen stoves are in degrees Celsius. Celsius temperatures are roughly half those expressed in Fahrenheit. If, for example, you read a recipe that calls for an oven temperature of 300°F, set the temperature dial at 150°C.

Residential Policies

Students on the Boston University’s Sydney Program are subject to BU policies, procedures, and codes of conduct as well as any local ordinances and laws. Students are prohibited from engaging in conduct in or about the residence facility, which poses a threat to the health or safety of persons or property, which interferes with the rights and well-being of others, or which violates any provision of the Code of Student Responsibilities or any other rule/regulation of the University or any other applicable law. The University reserves the right to dismiss any student from the program for failure to maintain a satisfactory academic record, for unacceptable personal behavior, or for other reasons of health, safety, or welfare of the University community. Room Condition, Cleanliness, and Maintenance Shortly after check-in, you will receive an inventory of room furnishings known as a Room Condition Report or RCR. Prepared by the Residential and Property Manager, the RCR documents the condition of your room and furnishings, and any pre-existing damage. The RCR is an important document for it is the primary reference when assessing damage charges upon termination of your assignment. Please review the room inventory, note any items that the Residential and Property Manager may have missed, sign and date the form, and return it to them. If maintenance or repairs are required in your room, please contact the Residential and Property Manager. All students are required to leave their accommodation clean and in good condition at the conclusion of their stay. Damages to University furnishings or property should be reported so that any repair and/or replacement costs can be settled before you leave. Fines will be imposed for any rooms left in poor condition. Failure to comply with any of the check-out procedures may result in additional charges or withholding of final grades. Guest Policy The BU Sydney Program runs a strict guest policy for the comfort and safety of all residents. A foundation of this guest policy is that guests are only permitted with the consent of a resident’s roommate(s). A curfew will apply between the hours of 10:00pm and 8:00am whereby no overnight guest is allowed in BU facilities. Students are responsible for the conduct of their visitors. This policy applies to all family, friends, and relatives who visit you during your stay; they must respect and comply with all rules and regulations when in and about program housing. Any breach of this policy by a guest or visitor shall be deemed a breach by the resident. Penalties for violation of the guest policy may include a fine and, in extreme cases, expulsion from the program. If friends or relatives plan to visit any point during your stay, please arrange for them to stay at a hotel or hostel and book reservations well in advance. Sydney accommodations range from five-star, luxury hotels to inexpensive hostels catering to students and backpackers. What follows is an abbreviated list of accommodations. A more extensive listing of area accommodations is available upon request from the Sydney Office. Smoking All program facilities and residences are smoke-free. Smoking is strictly prohibited in student rooms, classrooms, offices, and all common areas. The use of non-tobacco products (e.g., clove and herbal cigarettes) is also prohibited.

Securing Your Room

Personal Property Insurance Each student is encouraged to review her/his family’s personal property insurance coverage. Boston University or any of its officers, agents or representatives shall not be liable directly or indirectly for loss and/or damage to personal property by fire, theft, or other cause. Specialized student insurance can also be purchased through various agents if household insurance does not provide adequate coverage. Please note that computers should be insured for their full value and include coverage for peripherals like external disc drives. Common sense, more than anything else, will prevent theft and enhance personal safety. By exercising care and good judgement, you can protect your belongings from theft. Some helpful reminders include:

  • Do not keep large amounts of cash in your room or on your person.
  • Lock your room door every time you leave the room.
  • Do not attach your key to a tag or ID that includes your address.

Consideration for Roommates A roommate or friend should know how to reach you at all times. If you will be away from your residence overnight, be sure to inform your roommate so that he or she will not worry. Likewise, if you plan to travel outside of Sydney share your itinerary with your roommate(s) and ensure that they have a contact number where you can be reached. Furthermore, be sure to fill out a Travel Notification Form and return it to the Residential and Properties Manager. Someone should know where to reach you at all times. Although students in the Sydney Program are drawn from a variety of colleges and universities from across the US, all share a common goal to have a successful semester abroad. Little annoyances can mushroom into big problems if they are not addressed promptly. You are expected to keep lines of communication open with your roommate(s). Some tips to help you get along include:

  • Keep a good attitude and remember that you are not in Sydney for the housing.
  • Don’t be compelled to be best mates with your roommate. Your roommate may have a different lifestyle than yours and may have different expectations for her/his semester abroad than you.
  • Academic matters take priority in the room.
  • Do not borrow anything or eat your roommates’ food without permission.
  • Try to be neat and confine your belongings to your “territory.”
  • Discuss any problems as they arise.
  • Seek advice from the program staff if you cannot resolve problems on your own.

When packing for your semester in Australia, keep in mind that the seasons are reversed in the Southern Hemisphere. When North America is enjoying warm, summer weather and longer days, Australia is experiencing cool, winter weather and 4:30 p.m. sunsets. American weather forecasts offer specific details and predictions that include exactly when showers are expected to begin and end. Weather reporting in Australia is famously vague and after-the-fact. Evening forecasts tend to focus on what the weather was during the day rather than what the weather is predicted to be in the coming days. Forecasts alternate between “mainly fine” and “mostly fine” which leaves considerable room for interpretation. Temperatures in Australia are calculated in degrees Celsius. To approximately convert degrees Celsius into Fahrenheit, simply double the temperature and add 30. Thus, if the temperature is 15 degrees Celsius, it is approximately 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Students participating in the summer (Australian winter) program should expect cooler temperatures in the 40s and 50 degrees Fahrenheit. The Australians tend to heat their homes rather conservatively. With such short winters, Australian buildings are not equipped with forced hot air typical of American central heating systems. The inside building temperatures will feel cooler during winter than you are accustomed to. If you have had the luxury of wearing shorts and a thin T-shirt in your overheated American dorm room, you will need to dress warmly in Sydney’s student residences. If you travel to the Snowy or Blue Mountains during the winter months (as is the case for the Travel Writing students), dress warmly and bring gloves and a hat. If you stay close to Sydney, you will need a warm, lined jacket and an umbrella for the heavy, tropical rains which tend to occur as the seasons change from winter to spring. Students in the fall (Australian spring) program will arrive during late spring and leave during the start of the summer season. Although the spring weather can be unpredictable, students should expect temperatures in the 60s and 70 degrees Fahrenheit with some cooler days and periods of heavy rain. As the seasons move from spring to summer, temperatures tend to reach into the 80s F. Beach season officially begins in December with the occasional beach day in October and November. You should pack a mix of spring and summer clothes along with a bathing suit (known as a cossie in Australia), a beach towel, and sunglasses “or sunnies.” If you travel to the Snowy or Blue Mountains during the spring, dress warmly. Students in the North American spring (Australian summer) program will arrive during the height of summer and leave mid-Autumn. Students in this program should pack T-shirts, shorts, jeans, sweatshirts, a fall jacket, along with a bathing suit, a beach towel, and sunglasses “or sunnies.” Women might also wish to bring long, summer dresses for a night at the Opera House or dinner at one of Sydney’s pricier restaurants. Casual clothing is radically different from conservative Boston fashions. Well-made inexpensive clothing in cotton and other natural fibers can be difficult to find. Real leather shoes are generally imported from Italy and very expensive. When debating about what to pack, you might bring your business clothes from home, casual clothes for class, and purchase casual, beach wear in Australia.

Pack lightly

If you over pack and exceed the luggage weight restrictions, you will be charged additional fees. Closet space in your Sydney room is limited. Storing oversize luggage and clothing for an entire semester will present a challenge for most. You will need to bring fewer clothes if you keep color-coordination and layering in mind. Try to bring as many items as possible that coordinate with one another. Some students recommend that you leave half of your suitcase empty for souvenirs and items purchased over the semester.

Skin Protection

As you will discover, the sun is more intense in the Southern Hemisphere. Australia has the highest incidence of skin cancer worldwide and, ironically, is also a leader in treating the disease. The Australian Cancer Society’s “Slip, Slop, Slap” campaign warns Aussies to slip on a hat, slop on sunscreen, and slap on a pair of sunglasses whenever venturing outdoors. Even if you are someone who normally does not sunburn easily, you should wear SPF15 protection all the time. If you are fair-skinned, be sure to slop on a coat of SPF30, especially in the early evening hours when the sun continues to burn hot. The Australians beat the heat by wearing large brim hats. Follow their example and wear a hat whenever you are in the sun. Also, remember to reapply sunblock, especially if you are outdoors or on the beach for the entire day (i.e. surf camp).  

G’day mate!: Hello!

Barbie: BBQ

Ace!: Excellent!

Bloody: Very

Dingo’s breakfast: no breakfast

Exy: expensive

Learn more “Aussie”-isms here!

  1.      Student Life


The program’s reference library is open during classroom hours. Books may only be borrowed for short periods to ensure that all students have access to the materials. Although the library holdings are limited, you will find a good selection for all BU Sydney courses. Additionally, students can access the online resources of their home library, or of the BU Library in Boston as long as they have their password and login details. Further online resources for information regarding the Australian perspective of various subjects is available from the BU Sydney library, in addition to the hard-copy resources. The Library will also endeavor to locate other specific sources of information where it is necessary and/or feasible. The BU Sydney library has a quiet study area, and computers for student use for assignment purposes. In addition to the program’s small library, students are welcome to use the library facilities at nearby Sydney University, the City of Sydney Library and the State Library of New South Wales. Boston University students do not have borrowing privileges (except by arrangement at the City of Sydney Library), but are welcome to use the libraries’ reference works and general collections. Information about specialized area libraries and operating hours will be provided during the on-site orientation.

You will not be required to purchase textbooks or school materials prior to your arrival. The Boston University Sydney Program uses the Blackboard system for readings and resources for each of its courses. You will need to know your BU Login Name and Kerberos Password to access these. Whatever you need for class (notepads, pens, etc.), you can find in Sydney!

All students will go to Melbourne for the weekend as a program excursion. The transportation and accommodations are included in the program fee (no additional cost to students), but students will be responsible for their meals.

The internship placement process will begin soon after your acceptance into the programme! To help the placement process along, be sure to reference the Internship Questionnaire section on the Phase 1: First Things First tab of this webpage. The Internship Questionnaire will be the Internship Team’s first point of reference as the placement process begins. Be sure to complete it on time, carefully, and thoughtfully. We will be in touch to begin the placement process once we have received all of your materials.


During your time in Sydney you will be taking classes with a wide range of students, including Australians, Americans, as well as other international students. At first, you may find the Australian university classroom a bit chaotic. You may even perceive Australian students as rude or disrespectful when they speak out or question instructors, however this is not the case. Student classroom participation is not only expected but often rewarded by Australian instructors in the form of high marks and verbal praise. Asking questions is encouraged, and debating with instructors or other students is not out of place. 

  1.      Money Matters


Australian currency operates on the decimal system, with the dollar (A$) the basic unit and 100 cents equal to $1. Coins come in 5, 10, 20, and 50-cent pieces as well as $1 and $2 coins. Purchases are rounded to the nearest 5 cents. Bills, which are called notes, come in denominations of $5, $10, $20, $50, and $100; each denomination is a different color and size for easy identification. Start now to familiarize yourself with the currency, both notes and coins, as well as the exchange rate. For the most current rates, check the exchange listing at any bank or in the financial section of your local newspaper.

Cash for Move-In and the First Week

We recommend that you either bring or obtain Australian currency to pay for your groceries, appliances, mobile phone deposit, and other items during week one. We estimate that you will need around A$600 to pay for these initial expenses and include smaller denominations (such as five and ten dollar notes) to purchase groceries and other less expensive items.

There are many ATMs around BU Sydney Academic Center and in the airport when you arrive. The ATMs accept American debit and bankcards but sometimes charge a fee. Check with your home bank to find out what the rates are. The Sydney Office cannot accept personal checks or Travelers Checks. You must pay for these items in Australian dollars only.

Credit Cards

We also suggest that students bring an American Express, Visa, or MasterCard with cash advance privileges for emergencies. With a valid PIN code, VISA and American Express cards can be used in cash machines throughout Australia. AMEX also offers check cashing, travel insurance, and mail holding, useful services should you wish to travel after the program ends. Through its emergency check cashing service, American Express cardholders can cash US personal checks for up to US$1000 for a fee. The name on the check must match the name on the American Express card and proper identification is required. The American Express Office in Sydney is located at 388 George Street, on the corner of King and George Streets. When you pay for a purchase with a credit card, your account will be charged the exchange rate on the day of billing, not on the day of purchase. If the exchange rate worsens, you may pay much more for your purchase or your cash advance than you thought you were paying at the time. ATM Bankcards US bankcards on the PLUS or CIRRUS systems are accepted at most Australian ATMs.

If you plan to use your ATM card abroad, you are advised to contact your bank before your departure and complete any necessary paperwork to authorize card transactions overseas. To protect customers from fraudulent charges, some banks will not permit overseas ATM withdrawals without prior notification from the cardholder. Be sure to check with your US bank for information on service charges. The service fee to access your US bank account using an Australian ATM can be fairly expensive. It is worth looking for a US bank with an Australian partner to avoid some fees (for example, Bank of America has a partnership with Westpac in Australia). Relying exclusively on ATMs to manage your money in Australia may be cost prohibitive. If your bank has a restrictive ATM network, or if its transaction fees are expensive, you might consider opening an account at a more user-friendly bank. To ensure that the account is fully operational, you should open the new account at least two months before your departure. Opening an account two months in advance will provide sufficient time for you to test your ATM and credit cards and check to see that your funds transfer without difficulty. Money deposited in your American bank account during the normal workday is typically updated on the US bank’s computer at midnight that day. This means that you cannot withdraw money until the Australian bank’s computers have similarly updated its records at midnight the following night.

Cash for Departure

If you travel to New Zealand, Fiji, and other South Pacific destinations during your stay, you will be required to pay a departure tax before you board your return flight. Although the departure fees vary, you should expect to pay roughly US$25. The departure tax for Australia is included in your Round-trip ticket.

Australia is not a tipping-culture, like the US, though tipping for good service is becoming increasing popular. Many restaurants and pubs will have a tip jar, though it is not obligatory to put anything in. It is much more popular in tourist destinations/neighborhoods in Australia to tip.

It is possible to study in Sydney without “breaking the bank.” With going to such a beautiful, outdoorsy location, you’ll be able to find many activities to keep you busy without spending much. Check out Lonely Planet’s 20 free things to do in Sydney.

  1.      Traveling

Buses The Boston University Academic Center is a short walk from Railway Square and Central Railway Station, the city’s largest bus/train station. From Railway Square, you can catch the bus to Manly or Bondi, Oxford Street and Paddington Markets, the suburbs, and destinations outside Sydney. Most Sydney bus drivers provide a level of customer service rarely seen in US mass transit. Bus drivers will answer questions about bus routes and the appropriate stop for your destination. Much of the city is switching over to a PrePay system on the buses. Much like the Boston MBTA’s “T” pass, the Sydney Travel Ten Bus Pass offers convenience and savings and is just over half the price of the equivalent number of single tickets. Travel passes can be purchased from local newsagents and are available in various types or zones. The type you choose depends upon the length of your journey. You may want to consider purchasing a weekly bus or travel pass when you begin your internship. Weekly passes offer the benefit of unlimited rides for the week. Trains Central Station provides services within the city, to outlying suburbs, the Blue Mountains, the Southern Highlands, and destinations around the country. If you plan to leave and return on the same day, request a “return” or round-trip ticket; round-trip tickets are often less expensive than one- way fares. Car Rentals This is STRONGLY discouraged, as driving abroad is one of the lead causes of accidents. There are different “rules of the road” and it’s best to stick to public transportation.
Students are certainly permitted to explore the surround areas, both nationally within Australia and internationally. However, personal travel must only be during weekends and school breaks. Students are not permitted to miss class or their internships for personal travel.

  1.      Staying Healthy

If you fall ill during your time in Sydney, your first thought may not be to check-in with your health insurance. Luckily, your on-site staff are great resources and will be able to tell you which local doctors you could visit that are covered by HTH.

It will be very possible to maintain a healthy lifestyle while in Sydney. There are many local gyms that you could join in the Chippendale neighborhood:

Broadway Gym

Jetts Haymarket

Jin Wu Koon Martial Arts Academy

Since you have a full kitchen, you will have the opportunity to go grocery shopping and make healthy meals. Many students on the program like to cook together. This could be a great opportunity to try out Australian recipes!

Australians tend to be quite active, so this could be an opportunity to learn a new sport and embrace the adventurous lifestyle! Some popular trends in Australia:

  • Rugby
  • Surfing
  • Hiking
  • Snorkeling
  • Camping
  • Sandboarding

  1.      Staying Safe

United States Consulate

Homemaker City, Castlereagh St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia

+61 2 9373 9200

Local Emergency Phone Numbers

  • Police, Ambulance, Fire Brigade in Australia:  000
  • Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (closest hospital to BUSAC):  02 9515 6111
  • BU Sydney Office Number (daytime):  02 8396 7300
  • Residential & Properties Manager:  0425 277 942
  • The RA On-Call Number:  0434 822 506

  1.      “Being You” Abroad

Identities Abroad

As you prepare for your study abroad experience, you’ll want to consider aspects of your identity and how these may be perceived and treated in the culture you’ll be spending time in. You may encounter varying and even opposing perceptions of your identity, which could include your gender, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, ethnicity, and possibly several others. Although some of this will be covered in your on-site orientation, we encourage you to do some research into social norms, cultural mores, and local practices before your program begins. We want you to participate as much as possible in the host culture and should be prepared for the experience, which can be both personally challenging and rewarding.

LGBTQ Resources

Disability resources

Women’s and Gender Resources

Racial and Ethnic Students from the Global Majority

Resources for Religious and Spiritual Groups Abroad







Resources for all Students

[— END In-Country Guide —]

[— The Fine Print —]

As a student who will be directly enrolled in one or more courses at a foreign university, you are subject to a set of specific policies that apply to your classes, credits, and grades on this program. You are expected to be familiar with these policies before going abroad. Please read the academic policies below and make sure you understand them fully. You may download a copy of these policies here. Contact your Program Manager if you have any questions.


You will be enrolled in a course or courses at a university whose policies, teaching methods, and grading systems will differ from Boston University’s. Please read the policies outlined below very carefully and refer to your program-specific informational materials, which may include additional policies that modify or supplement the below.

  1. Full-time status. You are required to maintain full-time student status, equivalent to 12 or more BU credits per semester, while abroad. You may need to take more than 12 credits at your host university in order to earn the equivalent of 12 BU credits. Some foreign universities require that you take more than 12 BU credits in order to meet their requirements for full-time status.
  2. BU degree progress. You are responsible for verifying with your department in advance how the classes you take abroad will apply towards your major or minor degree requirements. An Academic Worksheet is available to you for this purpose.
  3. Auditing classes. You are not permitted to audit classes while studying abroad.
  4. Registering for final exams. Some universities abroad require students to register in advance for their final exams. It is your responsibility to know whether you need to register for your final exam, and to do so by the deadline.  At some universities abroad, failure to register for or take a final exam results in a failing grade for that course. Although some universities abroad allow their matriculated students more than one opportunity to sit for final exams, BU Study Abroad program participants will sit the final exam only once.
  5. Grading Conversion and Credit Transfer. It is a student’s responsibility to understand the grading system and grade conversion scale for their host university courses. Some courses offered abroad may carry fewer than four credits.
  6. Grades and transcripts. Boston University cannot edit, modify or changein any way the final grades that are issued by your host institution and indicated on your host university transcript. Any questions regarding your grades should be directed to your host university faculty. All grades assigned to you by the host institution will be recorded on your BU transcript and all grades earned abroad will be factored into your GPA. You cannot opt to omit courses taken abroad and/or grades earned abroad from your BU transcript.
  7. Pass/Fail. No credit will be given to courses taken Pass/Fail.
  8. Withdrawals. If you withdraw from one of your classes abroad and a ‘W’ appears on your host university transcript, that ‘W’ will also appear on your BU transcript. However, a grade of ‘W’ will not be recorded on your transcript retroactively and post-program.
  9. Incompletes and Failing Grades. No grades of ‘Incomplete’ will be given; all coursework must be completed with your host institution, including the completion of all final exams before the end date of your program. You will also receive an ‘F’ on your BU transcript for any class that is ‘Incomplete’ on your host institution transcript. A failing grade earned in a class taken abroad will appear on your transcript as an ‘F’ and will count towards your GPA.  In keeping with BU academic policy, you will not earn academic credit for incomplete or failed courses even though the grades appear on your transcript and impact your GPA.

Academic, Disciplinary and Financial Standing

Boston University Study Abroad reserves the right to rescind admission to or continuation in any program if an applicant’s academic or disciplinary record is not satisfactory. Boston University students placed on expulsion, academic suspension, or residence separation are not eligible to participate for the duration of the sanction. Deferred separation status will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Non-Boston University students are expected to verify their eligibility to study abroad with their home institution.

In addition, your Boston University student account must be in good standing. University policy requires the withholding of educational services, including participation in a BU Study Abroad program from any student whose financial obligations to the university are due and/or unpaid.

Students’ Responsibilities While Abroad

In completing your online pre-departure forms, there are a number of terms and conditions that you have agreed to by your electronic signature. We suggest that you review the following with your family, parent/guardian or other interested party:

  • Student Declaration (includes a link to the Boston University Policy on Refunds—also below)
  • Participation Confirmation
  • Housing Agreement
  • Assumption of Risk, Waiver of Claims and Release of Liability Form

Policy on Refunds

All students should thoroughly review the Boston University Study Abroad Policy on Refunds.  This policy applies to all students and should be thoughtfully read when considering a withdrawal from a program. If you have questions, please contact our office.

[— END The Fine Print —]

[— Calendar —]

Program Dates

The Spring 2017 Sydney Management Internship Program runs from January 11 (depart U.S. on January 9) to July 03, 2017.

Tentative Academic Calendar

GROUP FLIGHT DEPARTURE                                       MONDAY, JANUARY 9

ARRIVE IN SYDNEY                                                     WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11

ORIENTATION PERIOD                                     WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11 – SUNDAY, JANUARY 15

INTERNSHIP BEGINS THIS WEEK                                 MONDAY, JANUARY 16

AN 368 COURSE BEGINS                                             TUESDAY, JANUARY 24

Australia Day                                                                Thursday, January 26

MELBOURNE FIELD TRIP                                             SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19 – WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22

INTERNSHIP ENDS                                                       THURSDAY, MARCH 2

FINAL EXAMINATION FOR AN 368                                 FRIDAY, MARCH 3

First Term Dates- University of Sydney

Undergraduate Orientation                                             Wednesday, March 1 – Friday, March 3

Lectures begin                                                              Monday, March 6

Easter Recess                                                               Friday, April 14 – Sunday, April 23

Anzac Day                                                                    Tuesday, April 25

Lectures end                                                                 Friday, June 9

Study Vacation                                                             Monday, June 12 – Friday, June 16

Queen’s Birthday                                                           Monday, June 12

Examination Period                                                       Monday, June 19 – Saturday, July 1

Semester Ends                                                             Saturday, July 1

PROGRAM DEPARTURE DAY                                      MONDAY, JULY 3

**Note: Boston University calendar events appear in caps.

Neither late arrivals nor early departures are permitted. We urge students to not make any weekend or mid-semester break travel plans until they arrive on site and receive the finalized course and program schedule. During the semester, students must fulfill strict attendance requirements and will be very busy with classes, program activities, and assignments. If family and friends plan to visit, please schedule trips to take place before the start of on-site orientation, during a scheduled program break, or after the semester ends. The first and last weeks of the program are critical to students’ success and require your full attention. By timing visits to coincide with scheduled program breaks, you can meet attendance requirements and take full advantage of your study abroad experience.

[— END Calendar —]

[— Contacts —]

Program Contacts

As you prepare for and embark on your study abroad experience, you will be in contact with various staff members from BU Study Abroad, both in Boston and abroad. To avoid missing important information, please add “@bu.edu” to your address book. Please keep all emails in a folder for your reference as you prepare for your semester abroad. Here are the names and email addresses of some people who will be in touch with you this semester, and/or whom you may want to contact with questions.

Program Contacts

Boston-based Staff

Lauren Prema, Program Manager, will be your primary contact during the pre-departure process.

Sydney-based Staff

Jenna Roberts, Communications, Events & Internship Manager
Jenna will be sending you pre-departure preparation emails.

busydney@bu.edu: BU Sydney Program general email: You can use this e-mail for any changes in your Internship or Housing forms or general questions about life on site in Sydney. To see the full Sydney staff listings, please see the BU Sydney Program Staff & Faculty page of the Sydney website.

Kristin Johnson, Study Abroad Adviser, University of Sydney – Kristin will be your main University
of Sydney contact. She is not a BU staff member. You may hear from her during the application process to University of Sydney, and can contact her with questions about courses, etc.

[— END Contacts —]