Merrimack College in Sydney

Application Deadlines

Sydney Fall 2018 March 9, 2018
Sydney Spring 2018 October 6, 2017

Program Dates

Sydney Fall 2018

Arrive in Sydney August 22, 2018
Depart from Sydney November 23, 2018

Sydney Spring 2018

Arrive in Sydney January 17, 2018
Depart from Sydney April 21, 2018

Sydney Summer 2018

Arrive in Sydney May 23, 2018
Depart from Sydney July 7, 2018

Tuition

Semester programs earn 12 to 18 credits. Summer session earns 6 credits.

Housing

Students live within commuting distance of the CAPA Sydney Center in homestays (up to 1 hour away) or shared apartments (up to 30 minutes away). Homestays include breakfast and dinner with the family. No meals are included in the apartment.

Internships

Optional internship opportunities are included in the program fee. Students can participate in an internship for credit. The number of credits granted for the internship varies per university. The internship is accompanied by a course called Learning through Internships.

Local transportation

An Opal card is included for transport throughout Sydney, on ferries, trains, busses and the light rail.

Excursions

A full day to the Blue Mountains, and an overnight stay at Sydney's Taronga Zoo (which includes a night safari, sleeping in tents, and unique behind-the-scenes experiences).

Student Events

Social events including an arrival reception, mid-term dinner (semesters only), and a farewell ceremony.

My Global Education Sydney

My Global Education is CAPA’s unique learning immersion program which blends local culture and top-notch academics into the experience of a lifetime for our students. A proven education program that combines theme-based learning with unique cultural experiences turning Sydney into your classroom.

Insurance

All CAPA students receive our medical, travel, and accident insurance.

CAPA Services and Support

The CAPA Sydney team is available throughout your program to assist and support you. Students can also contact the 24 hour emergency cell phone for any urgent situations outside of office hours.

Housing

Apartments vs. Homestays: How will you decide what is right for you?

Whether you are traveling for the first time, or have been traveling your entire life, studying abroad is a one-of-a-kind experience. Deciding where you want to live is a big decision, and it’s important to be open to a new lifestyle, whether it be in an apartment with other students like you, or immersing yourself in Sydney’s culture by staying in a homestay. Here are some helpful tips in choosing which will be the best fit for you:

Apartments/Dorms:

This is definitely the most common choice for CAPA students studying in Sydney. The reason for this may be the sense of community you get by living with other American students on the CAPA program with you. Living in student apartments, you will share an apartment with students that you know from home, or students that you’ve just met in Sydney! This is a great way to make new friends and hear what others are doing around the city. You will be able to explore together and make the trip to CAPA with your new flatmates.

Some things to remember about staying in apartments:

  • Be prepared to cook for yourself! You will be provided with a kitchen, refrigerator, stove and other basic cooking supplies to make meals or lunches in your apartment. Every housing area is within a short walk of a local grocery store, so it is easy to pick up ingredients you may need. This will help you budget your money better by not having to eat out for breakfast lunch and dinner every day.
  • You will have access to a laundromat on site to do your laundry, at cost.
  • You will have roommates! Apartments are much smaller than in the US, so try your best to not over pack. You will most likely live with several other students, and share s bedroom with one of them. This means you should expect to respect their space as you would want them to respect yours.
  • Be prepared to share a bathroom. Leave extra time in the morning to get ready—your flat mates will probably be trying to get out the door to class or their internship at the same time you are!
  • Commuting will be a way of life. The average Sydneysider has a commute well over an hour. You should anticipate that an average commute each way could be 45 to 75 minutes. This is a reflection of the size of Sydney.

Homestays

Homestays are a great way to get a better insight to your new city. Living with a local host family may provide you with a way to get to know other aspects of the community, such as meals, living arrangements, day-to-day activities, and the lifestyle aspects of Sydneysiders.

Here are some questions to ask yourself when deciding if a homestay will be right for you:

  • Do you want to live with or near other American students? You might be the only student living with your host.  Your host may also have rooms for other international students, who will most likely be learning English as a second language during their stay in Sydney.  You will not likely be living with any other American students.  It is unlikely that homestays will be near CAPA’s student apartments.
  • Do you want to live in an urban location with a shorter commute to your classes/internship site? Hosts tend to live in familial suburban areas that are further away from central areas of Sydney where many student apartments are located.  This means that your commute into CAPA for class and to your internship site may take longer than students who live in apartments.
  • Do you want to live in a student environment? Homestays offer a domestic setting and will certainly not reflect the type of ‘college environment’ that students living in apartments might experience. For some students, this is more desirable than living in a ‘dorm-like’ setting, but for others the homestay option may be seen as a detriment to a campus style social life with lots of other students around at all times.
  • Do you want to experience an active nightlife in Sydney? Remember that homestays are not typically located near CAPA’s student apartments and are most often located in suburban areas.  Journeys into (and back from) central Sydney at night will take longer and may need to be done on your own.
  • Are you happy to live within a set of rules? Hosts must provide a continental breakfast and a dinner for students; you may be told that these meals will be served at the same time each day, or be prepared to call in to report if you will not be home to your host.  Likewise, your host may set specific times during the week for you to do your laundry or, in some circumstances, may even set a curfew for you to be home by at night.  You must be prepared for the possibility of these rules in a homestay.
  • Are you choosing a homestay because you want a ‘typical Aussie experience’ while studying in Sydney? How do you define that? Hosts come from a variety of cultural, educational and religious backgrounds.  Hosts are rarely a ‘classic Australian family’ comprised of a husband, wife and children playing in the garden. This is a great way to experience the multi-culturalism of Sydney, which IS the ‘typical Sydney experience’, but you need to be prepared to be flexible and open to a different type of environment than you may be expecting. Students have had the opportunity to experience distinct ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds through the lens of their host family. For example: a student’s host might be a single parent, have recently immigrated to Sydney from South Asia, or have adult children living at home.

Some things to remember about staying in a homestay:

  • This is someone’s home! Please remember you will be expected to respect their space—belongings, household guidelines, and schedule. If you are expecting to have early mornings or late nights, it may not be the most convenient fit to be living in a homestay.
  • You will be provided breakfast and dinner every day. This means you will be able to save money by eating with your host family—a great time to connect and catch up on your day. They will be able to provide you with interesting tips about your new city. You can be upfront about your diet, and your host family will do their best to accommodate you, but keep in mind American eating habits vary greatly from the rest of the world! It will still be your responsibility to buy lunch and snacks and any other goods that your host family doesn’t provide.
  • The Wi-Fi and landlines are in the control of the host family. Expect to have a weekly internet fee of $10 that is arranged directly with your host family. The CAPA center also has Wi-Fi access to all students.
  • Your host family is not your personal tour guide! They live busy lives, just like you. They will be able to give you tips and tricks of the city, but the exploring will be left up to you. My Global Education events are a great way to get involved and interact with the city and your fellow CAPA students.

Homestay guarantees:

  • Students living in a home stay have a single room to themselves, equipped with a bed, a closet / dresser or some clothing storage facility, and a desk or place to study / do homework.
  • Students will have access to a bathroom that includes a bath / shower.
  • The host will provide a continental breakfast and dinner for students living in their home.

Academics

Sydney is your Classroom!

CAPA Global Cities

CAPA Global Business Institute


CAPA Global Cities

Each semester and summer CAPA offers a wide variety of courses that fit a variety of majors. Our diverse range of academic courses will challenge and inspire you. Across the board, every CAPA course has integrated activities designed to get you out of the classroom and into the city, making your whole time abroad an engaging and dynamic experience!

To view the course offerings and download sample syllabi for upcoming programs, please click here. It is important that you contact your study abroad office for more information on which courses will be available to you.

As part of the Sydney program, you will also have the option to participate in an international internship. All CAPA students receive full credit for courses and internships completed. Each contextual course earns 3 credits. The number of credits earned for the internship may vary depending upon the requirements of your university. Any student participating in an internship will be enrolled in the Learning through Internships course.

CAPA Global Business Institute

Envision learning about the global supply chain while studying in Sydney or learning about the world of finance in the heart of one of the world’s largest finance centers, London.  Then imagine walking out of one of these classrooms into an internship where you will apply your knowledge and learn the culture of a global city’s work environment.

The CAPA Global Business Institute, a partnership between CAPA and the University of Pittsburgh’s College of Business Administration, is a Certificate program designed to provide you with a sharply focused, intensive business curriculum and internship placements within a global context.

The Global Business Institute program, intended to be rigorous in nature, offers you ways to personalize the curriculum so that it best helps you achieve your personal and professional goals. While there are two required courses, you have options for the remaining three courses necessary to successfully complete the certificate. These options include an internship, an elective business course, and an elective in the humanities. Each course is worth 3 credits. To receive a Certificate of Study in Global Business, you must complete a total of 15 credits.

Certificate of Study in Global Business required curriculum:

  • International Dimensions of Organizational Behavior
  • International Economics
  • Two business electives, one of which can be an internship
  • One elective in the humanities

Upon successful completion of these requirements, you’ll receive a Certificate of Study in Global Business and a transcript from the University of Pittsburgh.

The University of Pittsburgh is an AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) accredited institution. The AACSB provides internationally recognized, specialized accreditation for business and accounting programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels.

Note: Previous academic experience in business is required. If you are unsure about whether or not the rigor of the program is right for you, please contact your CAPA Program Advisor.

Internships and more…

Internships

Volunteering


 

Internships

Students studying in Sydney can take advantage of CAPA’s extensive network of internship sites, offering internship placements for many majors.

Internships available include businesses of many kinds, as well as nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations.  Our local staff visit each CAPA internship site, many of which are frequent recipients of CAPA interns.  Students are placed in sites that best meet their individual interests, abilities and academic background.  The internships are within commuting distance of the center (45 – 75 minutes).

CAPA will help you to gain professional experience in your field of study in a global environment. Below are just a few of the benefits you can expect to earn through your participation in an international internship experience.

– Demonstrate flexibility and courage in unfamiliar surroundings.

– Gain cross-cultural communications skills.

– Learn about your field from a different perspective.

– Stand out from the crowd in the competitive job market.

– Build relationships with international references.

– Find further immersion in local culture.

– Get academic credit for your work.

The number of credits earned for the internship experience varies between 3 and 6 credits per University. A required component of the Global Internship Program is the course.  This seminar course meets once or twice a week. In addition to coursework assigned, students should anticipate working up to 20 hours each week at the internship site.

 *Please check with your home campus or CAPA staff to confirm your institution’s specific requirements.

You can learn more about the Global Internship Program under the “Applying” tab.

Volunteering

If you’d like to enrich your experience through volunteering whilst you are in Sydney, CAPA staff can help point you in the right direction. There are many ways to get involved that will make an impact on the local community as well as your perception of your host city. This is an excellent opportunity to engage with locals, expand your worldview, and try something new. By volunteering in Sydney, you’ll engage in an authentic cultural exchange that will enable you to experience your study abroad program to the fullest.

Types of Opportunities (Please note these vary each semester. You will need to reach out to Sydney staff in country to see what opportunities are available to you.):

  • Lentils As Anything
  • Cancer Council
  • Working with disadvantaged youth
  • And numerous other options!
Lentils
Click on the image above to read Timmy Winderl’s blog about his experience volunteering in Sydney.

Programming and Activities

CAPA’s unique My Global Education Program was developed to offer you, the student, a unique opportunity to make decisions about how you will learn about culture according to how you enjoy learning.  Compiled by local CAPA education abroad advisers, the calendar offers a menu of different activities, events, volunteer opportunities, lectures, visits, and self-directed tours to help teach you the most about Sydney.

With My Global Education in Sydney, you and your new CAPA friends will be able to:

– Visit La Perouse to learn about boomerangs
– Take the coastal walk along Sydney Harbour
– See the night sky from an Aboriginal perspective at the Sydney Observatory
– Go explore Cockatoo Island
– Attend the Melbourne Cup

– And many more!

You will have the opportunity to choose from a range of activities with varying styles of presentation. This allows you to pick a session that speaks to you and your way of learning.

My Global Education
Click on the image above to read about Kristina Worm’s experience at a My Global Education tour of the Sydney Opera House!

What will I be able to do with My Global Education?

CAPA presents a My Global Education Calendar to all students and faculty.  The events, reflective sessions, and activities listed are designed around significant academic themes such as Diversity, Social Dynamics, Globalization and Urban Environments.  Participation in these activities will give you an intelligent, well rounded, and in depth view of Sydney and Australia.

Some CAPA professors integrate My Global Education activities into their courses and assessment, so that you may have an opportunity to reflect upon, write about and present your experiences. My Global Education is also an excellent way to develop areas of interest that may be extended into an application for the CAPA Record of Achievement.


Have Questions?

Njideka Ofoleta

Global Cities Program Advisor

nofoleta@capa.org or 1 (800) 793 - 0334

 

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