Quick Info

  • Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • : Business, Economics, English (including Literature, Writing, and Creative Writing), Political Science
  • : May 23, 2018 - July 7, 2018
  • : In-State: $8,799; Out-of-State: $8,999
  • : TBD
  • : 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 for this program is worth 3 credits, and you have the opportunity to take 6 credits during the summer.  Doing an internship?  Remember that it counts as one class.  Coursework eligible to count towards UCIS Global Studies Certificate.  

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

Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences:

Details coming soon!

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

Pitt Business:

Music/Art: ENGFLM 1391 - Australian Cinema

Social Science: BUSECON 1508 - International Business and Trade, URBNST 1414 - Analyzing and Exploring the Global City, Sydney (Note: Students must follow CBA Guidelines regarding the social science requirement across departments).

BUSORG 1101 fulfills the Business Communications core requirement (see GBI Sydney Summer page for course details)

This program satisfies both foreign culture requirements.

3 credit course for students who elect to have a part-time internship for credit. Course description coming soon!

The objectives of this course are to introduce the student to the theoretical analysis of international trade, trade policy and some practical implications for international business and globalisation in Australia and Pacific Rim neighbours. After these analyses, students should be able to assess more objectively major international trade issues, particularly as they may affect Australia and the U.S.

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.

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 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.

The classic American horror film is derived from a gothic heritage, an inheritor of a European context and its tropes: the disintegration of civilization through wars, disease, economic collapse, and associated social traumas. The horror that the current, post9/11 generation has produced is notably different; it plays upon central themes that derive from an Australasian context, driven by the recent horror films of Australia, Japan, and Korea. These influential films have been made and distributed outside of an American context but then repackaged for the West in remakes and variations that awaken an American audience to themes of horror that are decidedly non-European in substance. This course will examine these films, comparing and contrasting European and Australasian tropes for horror as well as their reflection of and impact on society.


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.  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, remember 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, 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.

Adam Simon is a veteran of the Roger Corman film factory where he wrote and directed cult-classics Brain Dead (1990) and Carnosaur (1993) among others. His award-winning plays for Tim Robbins and The Actors Gang have been staged in L.A., Chicago, New York’s Public Theater and the Edinburgh Festival. He has written and rewritten scripts for Oliver Stone, John Schlesinger, James Cameron, John Woo, Jackie Chan and many others; created miniseries and pilots for NBC, HBO, Showtime and USA networks and Sony television; and directed and produced award winning documentaries for BBC, Channel Four and the Independent Film Channel -  including The Typewriter, the Rifle and The Movie Camera’ (1995) on maverick director Sam Fuller, and ‘The American Nightmare’ (2000) on the traumatic North American Horror films of the late sixties and early seventies.  His horror films include Bones, starring Snoop Dogg and Pan Grier and The Haunting in Connecticut.  He is the co-creator and head writer of the TV series Salem shortly to premiere its third season on WGNA.


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

Summer 2018

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$8,799 $8,999
Arrive in Sydney Depart Sydney
May 23, 2018 July 7, 2018

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 this program will be on: February 10, 2018 at TIME: TBD in 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 6 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)
  • Pitt Administrative Fee ($300)
  • Visa Fee (~$125)
  • Textbooks ($200)
  • Airfare ($1800-$2200)
  • Personal Expenses and Meals ($1500-$3000)
  • 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.