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  • Locations: Sydney, Australia
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: Global Experiences 
  • Restrictions: AppState applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
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Click here for a definition of this term Type of Program: Affiliate, Internship Click here for a definition of this term Housing: Apartments
Click here for a definition of this term Language of Instruction: English Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5
Prerequisite(s): 3-4 courses related to internship field College: College of Arts & Science, College of Fine & Applied Arts, Walker College of Business
Class Standing: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Program Description:
Sydney welcome event

Global Experiences' internships program in Sydney, Australia



Global Experiences is a part of the American Institute For Foreign Study’s (AIFS) family of programs. AIFS is one of the oldest, largest and most trusted cultural exchange organizations in the world, more than 1.6 million students having participated on AIFS programs since its’ founding in 1964. Global Experiences is comprised of world travelers who are fortunate to have lived, worked, or studied overseas. Our team of 30+ spans nationalities in locations around the world. In today’s increasingly globalized economy, international experience is everything. Our programs provide the opportunity for participants to have the overseas adventure they want while simultaneously getting the experience they need. It’s the best of both worlds!    


An internship in Sydney is guaranteed to be an experience unlike any other. Australia’s financial and economic center, this metropolis down under is home to a vibrant, diverse populace, eager to innovate and compete in what has become an increasingly globalized marketplace. An international internship here allows for second-to-none experience in a culture that is as unique and diverse as any place on the planet.

While indigenous people are believed to have inhabited the land that makes up modern Sydney as far back as 30,000 years ago, Sydney as we know it today is a relatively young city. In addition to a great tourism industry that caters to adventure and nature lovers, Sydney is also home to wonderful opportunities in the areas of business, real estate, arts/entertainment, banking, education, politics, and law. Furthermore, it is widely considered one of the most pleasant and livable cities in the entire world. With over 300 days of sunshine each year, iconic landmarks like the Sydney Opera House, Darling Harbor, and Luna Park, it’s easy to understand why so many fall in love with this harbour city by the sea.

Academic Calendar

  • Fall Semester: Late August to Late November
  • Spring Semester: Early February to Early May
  • Summer Semester: Late May to Late July or Mid June to Mid August 
For more information about the Academic Calendar please visit the GE Sydney web page.


Housing in Sydney is in a serviced apartment complex located close to Central Station and a short walk to the city. Interns share a room in a shared apartment with other Global Experience participants. Each apartment has two-bedrooms, two-bathrooms (one full bathroom and one half bathroom), is fully furnished, includes kitchen and laundry facilities, air conditioning, WiFi, and much more. The residence is next to a park and within distance to public transportation, cafes, and shops.


Program Costs

Students participating on GE programs will be billed through Appalachian the GE program cost.  Students participating on GE internships have two options in terms of receiving credit.  They can either pay an additional fee to have the internship accredited through Fairfield or they can work with their academic department to register them for a departmental internship course and pay Appalachian tuition and fees for these credits.  In addition to the GE costs students will also be responsible for submitting a $200 OIED Program Development Fee upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office.  The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.

Paid to Appalachian State
  Semester 12 credits Semester 6 credits Semester (App credits) Summer 6 credits  Summer (App credits)
1GE Program Fee $ $ $ $ $
App Tuition and Fees NA NA based on residency (3-6 cr) NA based on residency (3-6 cr)
2OIED Program Development Fee $200 $200 $200 $200 $200
International Health Insurance $1.45 per day $1.45 per day $1.45 per day $1.45 per day $1.45 per day
Intl Health Dev Fee $60 $60 $60 $60 $60
1GE Program Fee includes tuition, housing, personalized career development, pre-departure and visa assistance, social events, and in-country support.
2The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.

Estimated Additional Costs
  Semester Summer
GE Application Fee $ $
GE Deposit $ $
Airfare $1200 - $1800  $1200 - $1800
Meals (Apartments) $1500 - $2500 $500 - $1000
1Personal Expenses $1000 - $2000 $300 - $700
Books and Materials $140 - $190 $70 - $100
Local Transportation $150 - $300 $50 - $100
Visa (for US Citizens) $315 $275
Passport $150 $150
2US Based Health Insurance Varies NA
3Personal Travel and Spending $600 - $1000 $200 - $400
1Personal expenses includes but is not limited to: toiletries, cell phone, emergency funds, laundry, basic travel and entertainment, etc. 
2Students are encouraged to maintain a US based health insurance plan while abroad (to exempt out of AppState insurance students must follow the App exemption process - proving that they have insurance coverage for the entirety of the semester.
3Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.

Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.


Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources.  When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates.  

Financial Aid

The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.


GE Scholarships
GE offers a variety of scholarship opportunities for students. 

OIED Scholarships
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $250 to $2000. 

Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.

Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.

For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.  


Sydney offers a range of internship options but may be of particular interest to the following fields: Accounting, Advertising, Business, Communication (TV/Radio), Environmental Science, Event Planning, Fashion Business, Fashion Design, Finance, Graphic Design, Hospitality, Human Resources, IT, Interior Design, Journalism, Law, NGO, Sports Administration, Video Production, Web Design.

Students will complete a 420-480 hour internship with the option to enroll in a 6 credit internship course.  The internship provides students with the opportunity to gain experience in workplace settings and to translate classroom learning into practice. The internship is a substantive career development experience. Contributing to decision-making and communicating meaningful ideas while applying learned skills to accomplish the goals of the organization should form the bulk of the work while being mentored by individuals specific to the participant’s primary intended career field. This course is a combination of contact hours of internship combined with journaling, graded reflection pieces and assignments.  Additionally students will be able to enroll in a 3 credit Global Workforce and Leadership Development course and a 3 credit Intercultural Communication in a Global Workplace course.  Students can also just choose to do the standalone internship and receive credit from their academic department. 

Students will complete a 280-320 hours internship with the option to enroll in a 3-6 credit internship course. Students can also just choose to do the standalone internship and receive credit from their academic department. 

For more information please visit the GE academic credit web page

Students must receive approval from their academic department for the internship and are encouraged to discuss the internship with their department before applying.

All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Each GE program will have a different minimum credit/hour requirement. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.

Students applying to a GE program most complete the Appalachian application before applying directly to GE. 

For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me web page.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline OIED Approval Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2021 02/15/2021 11/01/2021 TBA TBA
Summer 2021 03/15/2021 04/15/2021 TBA TBA