*Billable Items on UMass Amherst Bursar's Bill include: Program Fee (tuition & fees, orientation, airport pickup), Australian Insurance-OSHC & Education Abroad Fee
Student responsible for: Accommodation (housing arrangements & costs), Meals, RT airfare, Passport & Visa, local travel, personal expenses (books, supplies, vacation week expenses, misc), educational excursions. For example: Personal Expenses vary from US$1500 - $3000. One-week Excursions to New Zealand or northern Australia: $500-$1500.
Make sure your budget is flexible enough to allow for unexpected costs such as emergencies and health expenses, and study-related costs such as field trips and textbooks.
University of Wollongong Budget Detalis, 2017-2018:
All costs are estimates in US Dollars and subject to Australian - US Dollar fluctuations. 1 AUD = 0.8 USD 1 or 1 USD = 1.25 AUD as of Aug 9 2017
Regional students pay a tuition fee of approximately $500 more per semester than in-state students. Tuition and fees are subject to change.
Housing: Students are responsible for securing Accommodations (housing). University of Wollongong has many options, with different price points. The Estimate is based on a range of on-campus costs. Some include partial meal plans but many also have no meal plan (self catered). Detailed budgets can be found at UOW "Live On Campus"
Housing Deposit: Students must pay this housing deposit, online, upon reserving accommodations. Each deposit varies, depending upon housing choice. It will be refunded if there is no damage.
Meals (Catered vs. Non-catered). The estimate for meals is based on weekly groceries. Costs do not reflect all possible expenses nor does it take into account meals out. Some Accommodations (housing) options include Meals or Flexiplan (partial meals).
Educational Excursion. Based on past student reports, the estimate reflects one small excursion (RT in-country airfares are US$300-500; plus hostels/meals). Many students report higher misc costs for living: US $1000-$5000. For example, a week-long trip to New Zealand may range from $800-$1200. More can be found on UOW website for "Costs & Financial Aid"
Visa/Residence Fees: This is the cost of applying, online, for the Australian Study Permit. Additional costs may be incurred for students with citizenship outside of the USA.
Visa - Medical Clearance Fees: Students may be randomly selected for an additional, specific "Medical Clearance." This is required for some students' visas and is an additional cost.
Passport Fees: $135 for US Passport, new or renewals. Students who are applying for their passport for the first time or for a renewal passport can expect to pay application costs and cost of photos.
OSHC Health & Liability Insurance: Students are required to enroll in the Australian National Health Insurance Plan. The premium is based on the specific Australian university as well as duration of stay (one semester or one year). In addition, students need to stay enrolled in whatever health insurance plan they now carry when the semester ends, through the study abroad period, and until returning to UMass/Amherst after completion of the program. Specifically, if students' primary insurance is the UMass Health Insurance, then they must contact UHS to activate continued coverage while abroad. Please visit "Health & Safety" on the IPO website for information regarding health insurance including the UMass insurance policy.
Local Transportation: This is an estimate of cost for getting from the airport to campus, and also for getting around the greater Wollongong area on the bus, though it's bike-friendly. Fast train to Sydney (1 1/2 hour one-way) is reasonable.
Dates of Terms:
Arrival: (fall), July 17 2017 (spring) February 20 2017
Orientation: July 17-24; February 21-23
Classes Start: July 24 (fall), February 27 (spring)
Classes End: October 3 but must stay through exams Nov 16 (fall), April 24 but must stay through exams June 22 (spring)
Number of Weeks: 16-17 (fall), 17 (spring)
Exams: November 4-16 (fall), June 10-22(spring)
Mid Semester Break: September 25-October 2; April 17-21