Australia and New Zealand Semester Programs

Below are semester-long study abroad programs in Australia and New Zealand designed for College of Engineering students. However, you are not limited to these options. To explore a full list of all semester study abroad programs offered through Penn State, check out the Global Programs search function.


Arcadia: Brisbane, University of Queensland (Australia)

Engineering students in EE, BME, and CMPEN have the opportunity to study in Brisbane through a program organized through Arcadia, a third-party provider. Depending on the course of study, students may also go on short study trips or excursions to learn more about Australian culture and trek through the coastal landscapes. The fall semester runs from July to November and the spring semester runs from February to June, in accordance with the Australian system.

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Melbourne: Monash University (Australia)

Engineering students in ChE, AE, EE, ME, AERO, CE, IE, BME, CMPSC, and ESM have the opportunity to participate in an exchange program at Monash University in Melbourne. This cosmopolitan city was recently ranked the second-best city in the world to be a student. Monash has multiple campuses but many exchange students take courses at the Clayton campus, which is located 13 miles from the central business district and is the site of one of the most important science and technology parks in the state of Victoria.

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Melbourne: University of Melbourne (Australia)

This semester-long program located in Melbourne gives Penn State students the opportunity to learn alongside Australian students in a city that has been ranked the second-best city in the world to be a student. The fall semester runs from July to November and the spring semester runs from February to June, in accordance with the Australian system. Engineering students in BME, ChE, CMPSC, EE, and ME can take major courses at the University of Melbourne.

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CIEE: Perth, Murdoch University – Arts and Sciences (Australia)

Murdoch University offers a large selection of courses, with strengths in communications, liberal arts, business, engineering, education and animal science. In addition to ample course offerings at Murdoch University, this program allows you to benefit from full-time academic and personal support of an on-site CIEE resident director who arranges excursions, volunteer opportunities and cultural events. For-credit internships are available including experiential options related to public policy, community development and indigenous communities.

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Sydney: University of New South Wales (Australia)

This semester-long exchange program in Sydney gives students the opportunity to participate in faculty-led trips before or after their regular semester. Through student-led projects, students will develop the critical thinking and problem-solving skills of engineers in practice. Students must complete at least 2.5 years of their studies to be eligible for this program. Engineering students in BME, ChE, CE, CMPEN, EE, AERO, ME, and IE can take major courses at this university.

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IES: Sydney, University of Sydney (Australia)

This institution offers a large selection of courses, with strengths in agriculture, engineering, classics, English, Asian studies, archaeology, history, economics, biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer science, environmental science, and marine studies.

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CIEE: Wollongong, University of Wollongong – Arts and Sciences (Australia)

The University of Wollongong offers courses in arts, commerce, creative arts, education, engineering, health and behavioral sciences, informatics, law, and science. Wollongong is Australia’s tenth-largest city and is a cosmopolitan place with lively nightlife, theaters, cinemas, art galleries, and multicultural restaurants. Sydney is just an hour-and-half away by train.

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Auckland: University of Auckland (New Zealand)

Engineering students in ME, IE, BME, ChE, CE, CMPSC, and EE have the opportunity to do an exchange program in Auckland, New Zealand. The university is located in the heart of the city, surrounded by harbors, dormant volcanoes, islands, and beaches. Students take classes with local students and enroll in classes after arriving in New Zealand. This program is only open to College of Engineering students with junior standing.

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Hamilton: University of Waikato (New Zealand)

The University of Waikato, located in Hamilton (on the North Island), offers a wide range of engineering subjects including BE, CE, CHE, CMPEN, CMPSC, EE, and ME. Students take classes with local students and enroll in classes after arriving in New Zealand.  Hamilton is located just over an hour by car from the coast and three hours south of ski fields.

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Wellington: Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand)

Located in the New Zealand capital city of Wellington, the Victoria University offers international students the opportunity to study various fields in engineering and computer science. Students take classes with local students and enroll in classes after arriving in New Zealand.

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