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Off-Campus Study

ISEP at University of Technology, Sydney


Located in the heart of the global city of Sydney, the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) offers a practice-orientated and career-relevant education. With an industry focus, excellent teaching and world-class facilities, UTS produce highly employable graduates. International students benefit from careers counseling, health and housing services, sporting facilities and peer network programs.

Take business classes in Frank Gehry’s newest crazy awesome building! 

This program is best for a student that is independent.  A student must be comfortable with advocating for themselves on campus and comfortable with the local language to thrive in this location. Please be aware that there may not be the same access to internet or amenities to which you may be accustomed.  Student services and especially class registration may not be at all similar to what is done at the College and may be difficult for some students to adjust.

Learn more about the University of Technology here! Read the ISEP Country Handbook to learn more about visa requirements, educational system, and culture.

Program Type

Exchange or Direct-Enroll


Sydney, Australia

Languages of Instruction


Program Dates

Semester 2 (Fall 2018): Early September to Late December

Semester 1 (Spring 2019): Early January to Early May

All dates are tentative and may change.  ISEP will alert all accepted students of final dates.


All dates are tentative and may change.  ISEP will alert all accepted students of final dates.  Please note that this site observes the Southern Hemisphere academic calendar. Lake Forest Spring Semester is referred to as Semester 1. Lake Forest Fall Semester is referred to as Semester 2.


To be eligible to participate in this program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Good academic and judicial standing during time of application AND time of participation in program
  • Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of study at Lake Forest College AND have junior status or higher before participation. 
  • At least 18 years of age by the program’s departure date. 
  • Be able to stay at the host program for the duration of the semester, including through the exam and travel periods
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75.  


Students applying to ISEP must apply for an Exchange option (in any country) as a first choice but may apply to a Direct option as a back-up.  Direct options may have an additional cost.


Very Limited chance of placement on ISEP Exchange. To increase your chance of placement on Exchange, ISEP recommends listing this site as your first choice. 

Excellent chance of placement on ISEP Direct. 


The University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) is situated in the vibrant and culturally diverse city of Sydney, within Sydney’s creative industries precinct. The City Campus is located across the street from Central Station, Sydney’s major train, and bus station, easily connecting students to nearby suburbs and beaches. It is also a short walk from Darling Harbour.


The University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) is ranked 29th in the world’s Top 50 under 50 in the QS Global Index of newer universities. UTS offers practice-based learning in cutting-edge facilities and our courses are continually updated to reflect developments in research and technology. More than 150 companies partner with UTS, sharing their resources and expertise.
UTS excels especially in these areas:


UTS Business courses are recognized by a range of professional associations. Over 50 industry-based Adjunct Professors bring extensive practical experience into teaching with guest lectures, live case studies and projects. 

UTS’s superior Communication production facilities include multimedia and multi-platform computer labs, state-of-the-art sound facilities, a journalism workroom, a performance space and a multi-modality lab. 
Design, Architecture and Building
UTS Design, Architecture and Building offers practical experience through strong industry links, as well as state-of-the-art facilities, including award-winning computer labs and the only university-based Motion Capture lab in Sydney. 
UTS Science students will also benefit from world-class facilities, as well as practice-orientated learning with exposure to laboratory and clinical work. Students can collaborate in research that advances innovation and technology. 
UTS Engineering students can access a world-leading remote laboratory where students can conduct experiments in real time, using state-of-the art equipment. 
Information Technology
UTS Information Technology is a leader in practice-based IT education in Australia. Students can access the latest technology, including four purpose built networking labs, fully resourced by Cisco Systems and a Games Studio. 
Learn the reality of legal practice from internationally recognized academics who have current industry knowledge and experience. Our tailored international law student mentoring program is designed to provide an intensive introduction to studying law in Australia. 


Engineering internships, Nursing classes with clinical placements, and Education placements are closed to ISEP students. Media Arts Production may have limited availability.

Academic Environment and Teaching Style

Please understand that the academic system is quite different. Classes are usually lecture-based, instead of discussion or group work. Classes are often much larger than those found at Lake Forest College. Grades are based heavily, at times almost entirely, on one end-of-term exam, though some courses will also offer a midterm.  Professors are often more formal than those in the United States.

All courses/modules may have prerequisites.  Some departments may have limitations on numbers of courses that can be taken within or outside it.  Be aware of these limitations.

Can review the country handbooks for ISEP here as well:


ISEP Placement info: http://www.isep.org/Coordinators/us_placement_notes_english.asp


Please review country handbook for more information on the education system, grades, class hours, and classroom etiquette.



1. Go to UTS homepage for current students; http://www.uts.edu.au/current-students
2. Under “Managing your course”, click “UTS Handbook” 
3. Click on the course area, and then on “Subjects”, then click on the subject code.
4. Click “Detailed subject description” to obtain the syllabus.


Classes involve a combination of fairly formal lectures (often with large numbers of students in attendance) and discussion-oriented “tutorials” (with around 10-15 students). Professors present core material during lectures but students should not expect to ask questions during that time; the tutorials are the time to work through the material in small groups and student participation is encouraged. Laboratory sessions for students in the sciences and practical studio time for design students are also incorporated into the curriculum.

You will typically find yourself in lectures and tutorials for 15 hours a week. The rest of the time you are meant to study and research on your own. The Australian education system generally emphasizes independent study over class time, attendance, and participation. There are usually fewer assignments counting towards the final grade, so a final exam or paper carries much more weight. For all these reasons, independence and self-discipline are very important in keeping up academically.

The student-teacher relationship in Australia tends to be very informal, with students addressing lecturers and tutors on a first name basis. Most lecturers will keep office hours during which you can schedule an appointment.



Typically, a normal course load for an Australian student is three to four classes (units) per semester.  Students must take 4 units to earn 4 Lake Forest credits.  

The number of credits a unit is worth does not derive from the number of contact hours (hours spent in class). Rather, time spent in private study, group work, etc. is taken into consideration in addition to class time spent with instructors. Even then, the total number of hours required to get the necessary work done will vary from unit to unit, and does not directly relate to the number of credits the unit is assigned.

Because Australians start specializing in their majors early on, you may find that a course (unit) with a seemingly lower level or number may actually be equivalent in content to a mid-level course in your country.


In Australia, students will generally not encounter continuous assessment, in which assignments are given frequently throughout the semester and students can track their academic progress. Rather, the final grade will be based on two or three major assignments or essays plus a final exam or essay. Essays must be well-written and academic; professors will not be looking for “reflection papers” among these relatively few assignments. Students are responsible for keeping up with the outside work throughout the semester, even though professors will not necessarily be checking up on them regularly.


Course Approvals

Check to see if your department has pre-approved courses here. If not, don’t worry. You can work with your advisor.

Experiential Opportunities

The Community Connections program provides many opportunities for volunteering in the community through campus organizations. Internships are available through selected departments; contact your ISEP Coordinator and faculty advisor upon arrival.

Student Life

The University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) is ranked 29th in the world’s Top 50 under 50 in the QS Global Index of newer universities. UTS offers practice-based learning in cutting-edge facilities and our courses are continually updated to reflect developments in research and technology. More than 150 companies partner with UTS, sharing their resources and expertise.
ORIENTATIONThe orientation program covers academic advice, housing, health, emergencies, safety and general information. A local tour will help students get acquainted with our campus and tourist sites downtown. 

Students arriving in the two weeks prior to orientation will be able to access a free shuttle at the airport to campus. Otherwise, students should follow arrival directions in acceptance pack.

International students have many opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities as there are more than 90 student organizations available, such as sports, activities, hobbies, and academic clubs. The Exchange and Study Abroad Club brings together international and local students for cultural exchange, social activities, and travel.

Housing and Meals

Students are usually housed in single rooms within a 5-person apartment in one of the residence halls located on campus. Most residence halls have fantastic additional features, including music practice rooms, barbecue facilities on all rooftops, gardening areas, and great kitchen facilities. Students receive a stipend for 19 meals per week.

Financial Information

The program fee for a semester with the ISEP Exchange to UTS includes orientation, on-site director, university fees, housing, and the equivalent of 19/meals per week.  

ISEP costs for Exchange are usually the most cost-effective, as it is intended to promote mobility of students around the world.  Direct options are available for those students that prefer to attend a school with limited availability for Exchange, though costs may be different as they are set by the host school. For students that participate in ISEP Direct to UTS, the program fee includes housing and insurance, but no meals.

Here is an estimated budget for the Fall 2018/Spring 2019 semester:

Budget Item




Lake Forest College Tuition



Program fee (estimated)

Note: Spring may have added cost



College Deposit (credit)



Total Expected Billed by Lake Forest College



ISEP Fee due on Stage 2 Application



College Deposit due on Acceptance (non-refundable, but shows as credit on bill for off-campus term)



ISEP-required health and repatriation insurance ($90/mo estimated) Note: Some countries require national insurance. Check ISEP



Additional Meals



Estimated Airfare



Estimated Personal Expenses (passport, visas, immunizations, textbooks, supplies, personal expenses, additional national insurance, if required, travel insurance, additional travel etc.)



Total Out-of-Pocket Expenses






Tuition rates and program fees are subject to change each year, but this information was up-to-date as of January 2018. We will notify applicants, and update this page if the program fee or other estimates change.

Keep in mind that you may spend more or less in certain areas like personal expenses, travel, meals, or airfare, depending on exchange rates and your own spending habits. Classroom or lab fees are not included in this estimate and will depend on your course registration choices.  

Don’t forget to apply for scholarships! A great listing can be found here.  

Do check your student account on My.Lakeforest for your aid awards, as much of this will go with you. If you want to compare your program to the cost of being on campus, those numbers can be found here: https://www.lakeforest.edu/admissions/tuition/fees.php

You can discuss with Financial Aid your specific aid package and your expected family contribution.

Experiences of Former Students


“Living in a big metropolitan city like Sydney was new to me. To get involved I went on a couple of union trips at the beginning of the semester. UTS has a lot of good programs that make it very easy to meet people. I did Network Café every week, which is a very good chance to catch up with friends and the Peer Networkers you meet during Orientation. Living in UTS Housing is also a great opportunity to meet people and they have lots of good events. It’s also very convenient, located right next to the campus.” –Ashley Meleen, Student from Texas