Pitt in Sydney - Semester

Whether you are just looking to take classes abroad or take classes alongside an internship, Pitt in Sydney offers you what you need.
 
Sydney is a breathtaking, exciting, and culturally rich Global City. With more than 120 nationalities living here, Sydney is one of the largest multi-cultural cities in the world. You can enjoy cuisine from around the globe and take part in annual international celebrations such as Buddha's Birthday, Multicultural Festival, and Chinese New Year.
 
You will take a trip across the Harbor Bridge every day as you commute from your apartment in the Waterloo neighborhood of the city to classes and your optional part-time internship. Whatever your interests and course of study, Pitt in Sydney has an internship for you.  In fact, we guarantee it.
 
What You'll Accomplish
As an engaged and active participant in this program, you will have the opportunity to:
  • Explore the rich and diverse culture and history of Sydney, and Australia, and analyze current political, economic and social challenges the country is facing
  • Advance your intercultural communication skills and develop deeper understanding of opportunities and challenges that globalization brings to the academic and professional environments 
  • Acquire real-world professional skills through internship, which is a great way to enhance your classroom experience and your resume
 
Tourists come to Sydney for the Harbor Bridge and Sydney Opera House.  Sure, you’ll get to see these sights, and you might even hold a koala, but you will come to know Sydney for so much more.  As the economic capital of Australia, Sydney attracts people from across the globe, making it a diverse city.  You will meet your fair share of Sydney-siders, but don’t be surprised to make friends from countries far and wide.
 
Oh, and kangaroos.  We can’t forget about the kangaroos.
 
Where You'll Live
Part of the experience is to live like a Sydneysider. You will live in shared apartments spread across the city. While apartments are as varied as the city itself and no two residence are alike, all of them are located in safe neighborhoods and secure buildings. 
 
You can expect the following:
  • Shared bedrooms (2 or 3 students/bedroom)
  • Bedding
  • Shared bathroom
  • Shared kitchen 
  • Internet access
  • Coin operated laundry 
Please note that meals are not included in the program fee.
 
Regardless of where you live, you can expect a 60 to 90-minute commute to both the CAPA Center and your internship (door-to-door). Transit pass for travel on the busses/trains/light rails is included in the program fee.
You will receive your address, roommate information, and neighborhood description about 2 weeks before your departure for Sydney.
 
If apartment living does not appeal to you, homestays are also an option.  Email your Pitt program manager for more information. 
 
We do our best to provide the most accurate information about housing and amenities but due to the nature of the locations in which we offer programs and limited availability, these items are subject to change.  Contact your program manager with any questions.
 
What You'll Study

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 12-15 credits during the semester.  Doing an internship?  Remember that it counts as one class.

If you are seeking to count these courses towards a major, minor or certificate requirement, please meet with your respective advisor to discuss the program and what the courses will fulfill for you. Information about how the courses on this program count towards general education requirements for different schools and campuses can be found here.

International Internship - Semester (ARTSC1899)

This is a part-time internship (20 hours per week). In addition, you will attend weekly discussion-led sessions that include educational support and mentoring in a classroom environment, develop personal and professional skills, and learn to contextualize your internship experience socially and culturally. You will receive 3 credits for this course.

 

Cross-Cultural Communication (COMMRC1170)

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.

Writing for Environmental Advocacy (ENGCMP0550)

This course is taught by Pitt faculty Barbara Edelman and offered only during the spring 2020 term.

This course focuses on writing in response to the natural environment, primarily as a tool to raise awareness of environmental challenges and to advocate for ways to meet those challenges. We’ll read a variety of voices and styles of advocacy writing, always with a strong focus on the craft of language: How does the writing reach its target and accomplish its goal? What makes the writing persuasive?

You’ll practice several modes of advocacy writing, via several shorter assignments, and your writing will be a central text of the course; that is, we will investigate and critique student writing in much the same we do the assigned published pieces. You’ll devote much of the second half of the semester to researching and writing a first-person article and presentation focusing on a specific environmental problem and advocating for a potential solution/s.

Travel Writing - Sydney (ENGCMP0500)

This course is taught by Pitt faculty Barbara Edelman and offered only during the spring 2020 term.

This course offers students the opportunity to study and practice the art of travel writing. There will be a variety of readings, many of them focused on Sydney and its environs, and most, but not all, from contemporary travel writers. Short writing assignments will send students out into the city to find a story, others are designed to draw upon other independent travels. You can think of this course as providing the occasion for you to stop, think, reflect and process all that you will be learning and experiencing as a traveler during your semester abroad. 

Australian Cinema (ENGFLM1391)

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. 

Australian Asian and Pacific Literature (ENGLIT1360)

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. 

Writing the City - Sydney (ENGWRT1200)

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. 

People, Place, and Culture: Environmental Debates in Australia, NZ, and the Pacific (GEOL1314)

This course is offered only during the spring and summer terms.

This course explores the multi-faceted dimensions of human interaction with diverse environments in Australia , New Zealand and the Pacific to illuminate the origins of environmental concerns and current debates in these regions from pre-European contact to now. From the peopling of the Pacific to the challenge of climate change, this course is broad in its scope while concentrating selected issues such as the impact of mining, clean energy futures, our vulnerability to natural disasters and increasing urbanization. In so doing, the intersection of culture and nature is explored. The course is embedded in the environmental humanities , but uses the approaches of environmental history, as well as insights from the disciplines of science, politics, sociology and cultural studies.

Australian History - Aboriginal History to Colonization (HIST1005)

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. 

Politics of Oceania (PS1345)

This course examines the government and politics of Australia and Australian engagement in Asia. It will do so by surveying similarities with and differences from the North American democratic model and by examining Australia’s substantial and abiding interests in the Asian region. By the end of the course, students will be aware of the magnitude of the influence that the Asia Pacific region has had on Australian foreign policy. Comparisons with the United States of America will be encouraged.

Syllabus:
Psychopathology - Sydney (PSY0205)

This course will introduce the psychological, biological, and experiential factors thought to influence the symptoms, etiology, course/prognosis, and treatment of mental disorders in adults. Students will develop an understanding of the rationale for the diagnostic criteria and other clinical signs accompanying common DSM-5 disorders; causal and maintenance factors of disorders; and examples of empirically supported treatments. (Pending SOR approval)

Syllabus:
Sport in Australian Society (SOC1515)

This course is offered only during the spring term.
 
This course will introduce the role of sports in Australian culture, their historical context through to their importance in today’s Australian society. Students will examine the central role of sports in the development of the Australian character and identity; investigate the ways in which they have helped forge, and provide, a focus for Australian nationalism; explore the projection of Australians internationally on the global sporting stage; discuss the role of ethics in sports; and develop an understanding of sports as a reflection of the Australian identity throughout history.

Immigration and Migration - Sydney (SOC1515)

This course is offered only during the spring and summer terms.
This course will explore the causes and consequences of migration for communities, personal identities, national identities, politics, ethics, and the environment. Students will examine various reasons for people-moving and moving people across borders; investigate the myths and controversies involved; develop an understanding of how notions of belonging, citizenship, nationality, nationhood, and ‘the other’ are constructed, proliferated, and manipulated; contextualize Australia’s involvement and reaction to immigration in a global schema; analyze related case studies drawn from both Australian and international examples; and participate in field trips.

Resilient Cities (URBNST1424)

This course is an introductory course on urban resilience and concepts in sustainability and its principles and the sustainable development of cities in the global, regional, and local contexts. The course will cover the environmental, socio-economic, and structural problems of contemporary cities and their consequences on natural systems and built communities. It provides a framework to examine the challenges of urbanism, issues facing cities and an opportunity to evaluate and explore “solutions”.

Analyzing and Exploring the Global City - Sydney (URBNST1414)

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 Description
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. 
 
Please note that internships are available for students in their second semester of sophomore year or higher.  
 
Pitt runs this program in partnership with CAPA: The Global Education Network. For more than 45 years CAPA has worked with institutions of higher education to build programs that meet students’ goals for learning abroad. The CAPA Sydney Center is hosted at TAFE NSW Sydney Institute, in a beautiful centrally located heritage building.
 
Your Pitt Study Abroad Contacts

Nazir Noori

Salam! I’m Nazir and I'm your Study Abroad Program Manager. I was born and raised abroad and went to schools in Afghanistan, Iran, and the U.S. I also took classes in India and United Arab Emirates. I worked for the U.S. Department of State, USAID, and German Foreign Office for over ten years before moving to Pittsburgh in 2014. At the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, I assisted Afghan students to study in the U.S., and now I'm glad I have the opportunity to help American students study abroad.

Stop by the office during my walk-in hours (Tue, Wed, Thu from 2-4pm) or get in touch with me at nazir.noori@pitt.edu or 412-383-4827 to discuss the study abroad options.

 
 
Your In-Country Contacts

Barbara Edelman

Barbara Edelman is a senior lecturer in English at the University of Pittsburgh, where she teaches a range of courses in the Writing, Composition, Professional Writing (PPW), and Literature Programs. She recently designed the PPW course Writing for Environmental Advocacy, and she has taught collaboratively with a Studio Arts faculty member on a course called The Book as Art. For the past ten years, she has coordinated the Writers Café, a program in which students from across the university come together to write in response to guided exercises led by professional writers. She has worked as an actor and as well a professional editor and grant writer. She is the author of the poetry collection Dream of the Gone-From City (Carnegie Mellon University Press 2017) and of two poetry chapbooks: Exposure (Finishing Line Press 2014) and A Girl in Water (Parallel Press 2002) She’s been awarded a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Individual Artist’s Grant in poetry. Her poems, short fiction, and nonfiction have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Cimarron Review, Arts & Letters, and Rattle, among other journals. More information and samples of her work are available on her website: barbaraedelman1.

Items Billed by Pitt

  In-State Out-of-State
Tuition $9,314 $14,902
Program Fee $8,685 $8,685
Study Abroad Fee $400 $400
Total Billed by Pitt $18,399 $23,987

Estimated Additional Out-of-Pocket Costs

Airfare $1,700 - $2,000
Personal Expenses and Meals $3,000 - $5,000
Visa Fee ~$125
Textbooks ~$200
   
   

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.

What's Included
As a part of your Pitt in Sydney program fee, the following are included in the program:
  • Tuition for 12-15 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