Quick Info

  • Spring, Fall
  • : Panther Program
  • : Anthropology, Communication, East Asian Languages and Literature, History, History of Art and Architecture, Political Science, Sociology, Urban Studies
  • : Fall Date: August 22, 2018 ; Spring 2019: TBD - Fall Date: November 23, 2018 ; Spring 2019: TBD
  • : Fall 2018 IS: TBD /; OS: TBD; Spring 2019 IS:TBD; Out-of-State: TBD
  • : Spring 2018: October 8, 2017 ; Fall 2018: March 25, 2018
  • : 2.75 GPA (2.5 for engineers), Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record


The courses offered in Sydney allow you to study the subjects you need within an Australian context.  Each course on Pitt in Sydney is worth 3 credits, and you have the opportunity to take 12-18 credits during the semester.  Doing an internship?  Remember that it counts as one class.

General Education Requirements: Need to fulfill a general education requirement?  We've got courses for that!  Take a look below:

Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences:

This program satisfies the 3 foreign culture requirements.  It also fulfills the non-Western requirement.

ENGLIT 1360: Australian, Asian and Pacific Literature

Pitt Business:

×Are you a Pitt Business student?  You'll want to check out the Global Business Institute: Sydney for more information

Taught by Pitt Professor, Dr. Ralph Bangs, this course examines and compares race and ethnicity in Australia and the U.S.. Similarities and differences in racial/ethnic historic and current conditions, causes, consequences, and policies in the two countries will be identified. By the end of the course, students will have greater understanding of the role of race and ethnicity in determining group and individual opportunities, restrictions, and life experiences. Students will become aware of the continuing importance of cultural and political factors in the salience of race/ethnicity in the two societies. Solutions for racial problems will also be emphasized. **Intergroup dialogue techniques will be used to provide a safe space for sharing views and experiences and promoting awareness and understanding on race and diversity.

 Taught by Pitt Professor, Dr. Ralph Bangs. Public policy issues are topics of interest relating to actual or possible public actions by government and other organizations or institutions. Public issues and policies tend to be highly scrutinized and debated in Australia (AU) by media, public officials, and the public, perhaps more so than in the U.S.AU is particularly interesting because most people have an extremely high quality of life but there are still many contentious problems and issues. Regarding quality of life, AU is ranked second best country in the world, and five of AU’s cities rank in the top eight in the world. These positive conditions are largely the result of public policies. Students will examine many current policy issues in AU, such as maintaining quality of life, global warming, economic inequality, health care, education, race and gender disparities, immigration, and relations with China (AU’s largest trading partner). In addition, you will learn policy analysis skills, particularly how to analyze public problems, past and present policies, and policy options. Students will also consider the global context for policy issues in AU and compare AU issues to similar issues in the U.S. and other countries.

3 credit course for students who elect to have a part-time internship for credit.

This course will increase the understanding of basic concepts and principles regarding communication between people from different racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds within Australia, including Aboriginal, and immigrant populations. The course will use theory and research in the area of intercultural communication, and will help you develop this knowledge in understanding and improving human interaction in both the study abroad environment and international contexts. It will develop effective intercultural communication skills for learning abroad in Australia, and focus on a study of the social, structural and historical dimensions of relations between and among racial, ethnic and gender groups in contemporary Australian society. This course is designed to increase student’s awareness and appreciation for the complexity of intercultural communication skills in everyday situations. It offers a critical perspective on current theory and research in intercultural communication. The primary objective of the course is to develop cultural relativist attitude.

This course examines contemporary Australian cinema and its attempt to describe a uniquely Australian identity. The course thus has two interrelated points of inquiry. First, we will attempt to appreciate the context of Australian cinema – from modes of production to distribution. Second, the course will investigate the notion of an Australian identity as it is expressed in some of the most significant films in the Australian tradition. We will look at Australian genre cinema, the 70s Renaissance and recent transformations in the Australian film industry. The course will focus specifically on the theme of national identity and the growing debates around what constitutes a national cinema. Indeed, a question to be explored is the extent to which Australian films have reflected or determined Australian values. Comparisons with appropriate U.S. values and films are encouraged.

This course covers a wealth of literature from the Australian, Asian and South Pacific region, from Australia’s earliest colonial outback and horsemen stories to the city-focused cosmopolitanism of the 1980s, to the aboriginal literature of the 1990s, and in the 2000s, the contemporary Torres Strait and Polynesian literatures’ reformulations of place that respond to both contemporary and traditional understandings of islands, archipelagoes, and identity.

This course is a creative writing workshop keyed to exploring the experience of travelling and living abroad in Sydney in either verse or prose texts. Along with the writing workshops, we will also read and discuss texts that focus on Australia in general and Sydney specifically from both native and foreign perspectives, noting particularly the literary techniques and strategies that various writers have used to express their experiences and observations. The class sessions will be divided almost equally between the reading and critical evaluation of selected texts and a written response to the stimuli. Half of our weekly time will be devoted to the examination of a text dealing with various authors’ experiences of Australia. These texts will provide us with a forum for discussing each author’s relationship to and the literary expression of place. The other half of our class time will function as a writer’s workshop in response to the set texts: each student will present his/her own work orally (accompanied by photocopies) to the group for reactions, critique, and suggestions for revision.

Using contemporary issues in Australia - race, immigration, culture, environment, politics and foreign policy - the course explains the historical origins of issues & provides critical analysis.This course begins in 2010 and looks back into Australia’s past, asking and answering a series of questions to explain contemporary attitudes and events, as part of an ongoing dialogue between the present and the past. What aspects of our colonial history help explain Australia early in the twenty-first century? What aspects of twentieth-century history will guide Australia in the twenty-first century? What is black armband history? Why do Indigenous Australians remain a disadvantaged group in society? What is the history of class, race and ethnicity in Australian society? What type of immigrants should we encourage? Why have refugees become such an important issue? Why is gender parity and sexual liberation important? What is popular culture and how does it change? How do governments decide on foreign policy, overseas trade policy and foreign aid? What are our obligations and expectations in time of war? What is the place of nationalism in Australia? We ask these and other contemporary questions, and provide historical answers based on an Aboriginal history that dates back 60,000 years and a recent history beginning in 1788.

This course is designed to encourage students to engage in a critical analysis of the development of modern cities, in particular Sydney. It will trace Sydney's development from a "colonial outpost" into the "thriving metropolis" it is today. The course will examine how the forces of colonization, migration, modernization and globalization have affected the city and its inhabitants. Students will gain insights into the changing dynamics and identities of its inhabitants, and will also look at the forces which have shaped Sydney's relationship with the rest of the world. The course is organized thematically, with each theme examining different aspects of the city. It begins with an introduction to the city, then a discussion of Sydney as a colonial city, moving into an analysis of its identities, impact of migration and finally its commerce, cityscape and urban future. The course ultimately intends to help students contextualize their travels and encounters in the city, and will help them develop informed interpretations of Sydney while they are here.

Experiential Learning

More than 75% of students who study abroad with Pitt in Sydney complete an internship and with good reason.  Whether your post-graduation plans include entering the workforce, going to graduate school, or pursuing a different path, professional work experience abroad will always serve you well.

Internships in Sydney include 20 hours of work per week, not including commuting time.  In addition to your time in the workplace, you will meet with your peers and faculty for internship seminars that will help you get the most out of your experience.  Internships are always unpaid, always for three credits, and always pass/fail.

You can sign up for an internship regardless of your major as a part of the application process.  Keep in mind that you will not know what your internship placement is until 14 days before departure.  While this may seem like a long time to wait, keep in mind that our partners are searching for an internship just for you. Your past experiences, coursework, and desired placements areas are all taken into account.  This kind of personalized service takes time but is well worth the wait. Get in touch with Brice, the Pitt in Sydney program manager, if you have any questions about internships.

Please note that internships are availble for students in their second semester of sophomore year or higher.  

On-Site Faculty And Staff

CAPA International Education

CAPA Pitt’s Sydney partner, has a full-time support staff who are there to help you with whatever you might need during your stay.  Whether it’s housing, academics, or just recommendations on where to take your parents when they visit, the CAPA staff is there for you.  

Pitt Study Abroad also sends a faculty member from the Pittsburgh campus each semester to teach and serve as a go-to for students.

Fall 2018 - Dr. Ralph Bangs

Since 2005 Dr. Bangs has been a Study Abroad Faculty Leader at the University Center for International Studies at Pitt. As of Fall 2017 he has taken students on 11 study abroad trips: two Spring Break trips to Paris and London, four Spring Break trips to Havana, three full semesters in Sydney, one full semester PittMAP trip to Spain, Morocco, and China, and one PittMAP trip to Spain, Morocco, and India. Abroad he has taught courses on race and ethnicity, public policy analysis, Cuban social policy issues, policy issues in Australia, and globalization and politics.

Dr. Bangs has taught policy analysis in GSPIA at Pitt for the last 30 years, taught race and social problems in the School of Social Work at Pitt for 12 years, and taught race and community analysis courses in the Heinz College at CMU in 2015.  In 2011 Dr. Bangs was a Featured Expert at Minzu University in Beijing, where he spoke to faculty and students on America’s racial problems and their solutions.

From 2002 to 2014 he was Associate Director of the Center on Race and Social Problems in Pitt’s School of Social Work. From 1987 to 2002 he was Research Associate at the University Center for Social and Urban Research at Pitt. He is currently Associate Editor of the journal, Race and Social Problems, which is published by Springer Press.

His recent reports and book are:

  • Disease and Mortality Rates in High-Income Democracies: Do Americans Have the Poorest Health and Shortest Lives?, 2017
  • Did President Obama Prevent a Depression?, 2016
  • Pittsburgh’s Racial Demographics Report 2015 (with Dean Davis)
  • America’s Racial Realities (with Dean Davis), which is Chapter 1 in Bangs and Davis (eds.), Race and Social Problems; Restructuring Inequality, 2014
  • Race and Social Problems: Restructuring Inequality, Springer Press, 2014 (edited with Dean Davis)

Dr. Bangs and co-researcher Dr. Audrey Murrell received funding from the Ford Foundation’s Dream Fund for a study on minority business contracts with local governments in Boston and Chicago.

In 2016 Dr. Bangs received the Civic Leadership Award from the Urban League of Pittsburgh and in 2000 was recognized as “Best Researcher” by In Pittsburgh newspaper. In 1997 the YWCA of Pittsburgh gave Dr. Bangs a Racial Justice Award for his Black-White Benchmarks reports.

Dr. Bangs received his doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh in Public Policy Research and Analysis, his Masters of Public Administration from Ohio State University, and his BA from Cleveland State University in Political Science and Urban Affairs. His dissertation was on use of analysis in U.S. industrial policy decisions.


Spend your time in Sydney living with students from the US and across the globe at the Urbanest Central Sydney, an apartment comunity designed with students in mind.  Groups of 6-8 students will share an apartment, with two students sharing a bedroom and bathroom.  Modern furniture and an equipped kitchen makes the Urbanest a comfortable place to stay.  Remember that meals aren't included.

As a student community, the Urbanest provides a 24/7 front-desk staff, community events, and a convient location in the city.  Laundry facilities are available and are pay-per-load.

Pricing And Dates


In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
Arrive in Sydney Depart Sydney

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
Arrive in Sydney Depart Sydney


Keep in mind that dates change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from your program manager. 

All students are required to attend the mandatory Pre-Departure Bash.  This afternoon long event will cover important topics relevant to study abroad like health, safety, security, and more.  Plus, it will give you the chance to meet other students studying abroad on your programs!  Alumni and staff will also be present to help you start thinking about your goals for the program.

The Pre-Departure Bash for SPRING program will be on: Oct 15, 2017 from 2:00-5:00 in Room: O'Hara Student Center. The Pre-Departure Bash for FALL program will be on: April 8, 2018, Time: TDB: Room TBD. Your program manager will follow up with more information once you begin your application!

Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of your Pitt in Sydney fee, the following are included in the program:

  • Tuition for 12-18 credits
  • Housing
  • Orientation in Sydney
  • Cultural Events and Activities
  • An Unlimited Transit Pass
  • Excursions to Blue Mountains and Australia Walkabout Park
  • Health Insurance
  • Membership to the ACU Student Union

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Program Deposit ($350, to be credited to your program bill)
  • Pitt Administrative Fee ($400)
  • Visa Fee (~$125)
  • Textbooks ($200)
  • Airfare ($1800-$2200)
  • Personal Expenses and Meals ($3000-$5000)
  • Airport Transfers ($40-$100)
  • Local Cell Phone ($100)

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Ready to get started on your application?  

Program Staff

Tim Crawford

Walk-In Advising Hours: MWF 2-4 PM

Hi Everyone! I’m Tim, a Program Manager here in the Study Abroad Office. I’m proud to be from a small town in Central PA but now love calling Pittsburgh home. My study abroad experience includes a semester in France during my sophomore year, Spring Break in London during Grad School and Summer in Italy as a Program Assistant. My experiences opened my eyes to the rest of the world and I’d love to help you take advantage of the numerous study abroad opportunities here at Pitt. Outside of the office, I’m always looking for the next adventure whether it’s exploring a new city or new neighborhood in PGH. I fully embrace the yinzer way of life and plan my schedule accordingly around every Pens, Bucs and Stillers game. I’d love to talk to you more about any of our study abroad programs and answer any of your questions. Please reach me at TSC29@pitt.edu or 412-648-2156.