In-country Study is a key component of the combined degree in international studies programs. It provides a unique opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the language and culture of another country through a learning program at a host university; through involvement in the life of the local community; and through project work which is supervised by UTS: International Studies:
Undergraduate students taking combined international studies degrees spend two semesters of study at a university or other higher education institution in the country that is their major. In-country Study is usually taken in the fourth year of a combined degree.
Postgraduate coursework students taking the Master of Arts in International Studies may spend one semester of study in the country of their major.
All In-country Study is taken in countries or regions where English is not the predominant language.
There are over 70 In-country Study partner universities.
In-country Study program
Each student's individual study program will depend on their level of language competence and the subjects and other learning experiences that are available at their host university.
All students must also complete project work and reports which are assessed by UTS: International Studies staff.
The UTS: Handbook contains further details on the In-country Study program.
During their In-country Study students continue to be enrolled at UTS and to pay HECS for their study.
The costs of tuition at overseas universities and of travel between Sydney and the student's place of study are paid by UTS. Visa fees are also paid by UTS and students are covered by the UTS Overseas Insurance Policy.
Students must pay the costs of accommodation and other living expenses during the period of In-country Study.
In addition, for eligible students OS-HELP is a Commonwealth Government funded loan program specifically for students who are studying overseas as part of their undergraduate study. In-country Study students may be able to access OS-HELP loans for 1 or 2 semesters, provided they meet the application conditions.
Participating in In-country Study
UTS: International Studies have resources developed to help students with their In-country Study.
Other options for internationalising your study
For UTS students who are not enrolled in international studies courses, please contact UTS: International who provide and organise global exchange as an opportunity for all UTS students to gain an international perspective on their courses and careers.