University of Delaware Institute for Global Studies
Spring 2024: Lerner Semester in Asia-Pacific + Internship

Program Dates January 14, 2024 - May 12, 2024
This program is closed.

Program Overview This program requires students to take 3-4 courses in two blocks over an 8 week period followed by a 4-week, unpaid, full-time internship for 3 credits. Students interested in the program should make an appointment with the program director to discuss the application process, preferably at least one semester before the application deadline.

Please review the CGPS COVID-19 Updates page before applying to a study abroad program.

All applicants must have a valid passport by the program’s application deadline. Your passport’s expiration date must be more than six months after the program ends. If you do not have a current passport, apply through the U.S. State Department. It takes an average of 10-13 weeks (3-4 months) to process a passport.

Traveling and studying abroad during a global pandemic poses new challenges and requires accepting a higher level of uncertainty than in the past. Students who choose to study abroad at this time must be prepared to adapt to the evolving situation and must take responsibility to act in accordance with the rules, regulations, and recommendations of UD, their program leadership, and legal authorities of their home and host country. Due to the rapidly changing and unpredictable global and local response to COVID-19, these rules, regulations and recommendations are subject to change at any time.

The University will continue to monitor the ongoing situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus) as we approach the departure date for this program. Please reach out to your program coordinator or faculty director with questions and continue to monitor the UD coronavirus webpage for updates.
If UD decides to cancel a study abroad program, we will communicate directly with affected students.

Sydney, located on Australia’s east coast and surrounding the world’s largest natural harbor, has an advanced market economy with a significant concentration of foreign banks and multinational corporations. This city is promoted as Asia Pacific’s leading financial hub. Sydney is also home to a world-class opera house, the world-famous Sydney Harbor Bridge and many other landmarks, such as Royal National Park, Bondi Beach, and the Royal Botanic Gardens. It is also near the Blue Mountains, which is known for dramatic steep cliffs, eucalyptus forests, and waterfalls.

The semester in Sydney is an Alfred Lerner College of Business & Economics program, managed on-site by Global Academic Ventures (GAV). GAV, the on-site organization will arrange accommodation, housing, excursions, and other program logistics. Classes will be taught by reputed faculty from the U.S. and premier institutions in Australia.

The program will have flexibility in terms of the number of credits you can enroll in for the semester. The minimum requirement is 12 credits with a maximum of 15 credits. Of these credits, you are required to be enrolled in a mandatory 3 credit, 8-week internship for which you will be placed in an internship focused on your area of interest. The internship opportunities in Sydney will vary by location and therefore internship placements will be based on your specified area of interest. Internships may also be available in Singapore, New Zealand and Hong Kong.

For the remaining credits, you can choose from the following courses offered in two 4-week blocks, with two courses taken during each block:

ACCT 207 072: Accounting I
ACCT 208 070: Accounting II
BUAD301 077: Introduction to Marketing
BUAD306 078: Introduction to Service and Operations Management
BUAD309 079 Management and Organization Behavior
BUAD384 073: Global Business Environment
BUAD475 072: International Marketing
FINC 311070: Principles of Finance
FINC 415 070: International Finance
HOSP230 071: Executive Presentations and Problem-Solving
MISY261 071: Business Information Systems

Each of the courses will be scheduled for approximately two hours per day, five days a week, with classes held either in the morning or the afternoon.

NOTE: Some combinations of classes may not be possible due to block scheduling. The exact class schedule and offerings will depend on the courses registered for and the demand for each course.

Internships: Internships are available in a variety of fields (government, public relations, business, social service organizations, and many more) to all students enrolled in the program and will require a 36-40 hour commitment per week for 8 weeks. Placement is contingent upon the student having a 3.0 GPA and submitting required documents soon after acceptance into the program (cover letter, resume, two recommendations). Specific placements are not guaranteed. Students may be required to attend an on-site or an online interview with the prospective internship employer. Internship students will also be enrolled for the appropriate internship course, taught online by a UD faculty member. Students produce papers, write reflective journals, and complete other assignments relevant to their internship experience. The internship is unpaid, and you may need to commute up to 1 hour each way to your internship placement.

You will be enrolled in the appropriate Internship Course, based on your major:
ACCT 364 - Accounting in Practice (3 credits)
BUAD364 – Business Administration in Practice (3 credits)
HOSP464 – International Hospitality Internship (3 credits)
SPTM367 – International Sport Management Internship (3 credits)

Excursions: The program includes excursions to Cockatoo Island and other cultural immersion activities in Sydney, Australia. Included excursion options are subject to change. Students also can take part in many other activities - a welcome reception, catch-up dinners during the semester, special lectures, films, and walking tours. Students will also may undertake optional trips during the spring break week and on weekends.

Housing: Students will be housed in shared, air-conditioned accommodation that is furnished with kitchens, living room, Wi-Fi internet, and on-site laundry facilities. Accommodations will be located in relatively close proximity to the classrooms but may vary with regard to size, number of students sharing bathroom and kitchen facilities, distance from internships. Individual requests regarding apartment style and location cannot be accommodated.

The Program Fee includes lodging for the duration of the program, class field trips, included day excursions, welcome reception and multiple catch-up dinners, a farewell dinner, all program-related activities, and medical insurance, and a local transportation pass with an initial credit that may vary based on location (upon expiration/use of credit, students will need to reload at their expense). Students will need to budget for meals, cellphone, laundry, and other personal expenses. Program fee does include local transfers from Sydney airport to accommodation and return to the Sydney airport, if the student arrives within a pre-specified arrival window.

The Program Fee does NOT include airfare. The program officially begins when students arrive in Sydney. Students will receive detailed travel instructions after acceptance, explaining how and where to purchase their plane ticket.

Visa: Your faculty director and the program provider will supply the necessary information for you to apply for your visa While students will receive guidance through the visa process, obtaining a visa is the sole responsibility of each student.

For additional information about the program, please check out this video.

ACCESSIBILITY: Students with disabilities are welcomed and encouraged to study abroad, but should be aware that accessibility and accommodation in some program locations may differ from the United States. Transit systems and legacy building construction practices may not meet U.S. accessibility standards, and alternative access to public transportation, buildings, or public sites cannot be guaranteed. Review these questions with the Office of Disability Support Services to determine whether this program can meet your accommodation needs.

Courses: Students must enroll in all credit-bearing courses for a grade. Only the UNIV (zero credit) course may be taken pass/fail. Audit registration is not permitted on UD Travel Study. Please refer to the University Catalog to verify requirements and prerequisites. All students must enroll in at least 12 credits, as well as the 0-credit UNIV course. Students are required to enroll in one 3-credit, 4- week internship course (ACCT 364 070, BUAD 364 070, HOSP 464 071, or SPMT 367 070), depending on their area of interest.. The minimum requirement is 12 credits with a maximum of 15 credits.

NOTE: Some combinations of classes may not be possible due to block scheduling. The exact class schedule and offerings will depend on the courses registered for and the demand for each course.
ACCT 207-072: Accounting I (3 credits)
ACCT 208-070: Accounting II (3 credits)
ACCT 364-070: Accounting in Practice (3 credits)
BUAD 301-077: Introduction to Marketing (3 credits)
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • University Social Science Breadth
  • Arts and Sciences - Group C
BUAD 306-078: Introduction to Service and Operations Management (3 credits)
BUAD 309-079: Management and Organizational Behavior (3 credits)
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • University Social Science Breadth
  • Arts and Sciences - Group C
BUAD 364-070: Business Administration in Practice (3 credits)
BUAD 384-073: Global Business Environment (3 credits)
BUAD 475-072: International Marketing (3 credits)
FINC 311-070: Principles of Finance (3 credits)
FINC 415-070: International Finance (3 credits)
HOSP 230-071: Executive Presentations and Problem-Solving (3 credits)
HOSP 464-071: International Hospitality Internship (3 credits)
MISY 261-071: Business Information Systems (3 credits)
SPTM 367-070: International Sport Management Internship (3 credits)
UNIV 373-022: Study Abroad: Australia + International Internship (0 credits) pass/fail
Satisfies the following requirements:
  • Discovery Learning

Program Costs:

How much does it cost?.
Delaware ResidentNon-Delaware Resident
Final Tuition based on current year$7,020.00$18,840.00
Final Program Fee$9,400.00$9,400.00
UD Registration & Activities Fee$0.00$0.00
Total to be charged to UD account $16,420.00$28,240.00
Plus Airfare Estimate (purchased separately)$2,500.00$2,500.00

The rates above may not apply to you if you are a UD graduate student during the time you are studying abroad. Please refer to for the appropriate rates.

When and how do I pay?
If you are offered acceptance to the program, you will have 3 days to withdraw without financial penalty. After the 3 days have passed, you will be officially accepted to the program, and IGS will post the full Program Fee and Tuition/Fees to your UD student account.

*All students will receive an email when they are accepted to a program and will have 10 days from that notification to make their $1,000.00 Initial Payment.

Contact Information:
Suresh Sundaram
Faculty Director
Business Administration
216 Alfred Lerner Hall

Submit Program Application by 5pm on September 20, 2023
Recommendation also due by 5pm on September 20, 2023
Acceptance and Scholarship Announced: September 29, 2023

Interest Meetings:
09/05/2023, 5:30 AM - 6:00 AM, Lerner Hall 126
09/07/2023, 6:00 PM - 6:30 PM, Lerner Hall 126
09/12/2023, 6:30 PM - 7:00 PM, Lerner Hall 126

Program information is subject to change at any time. Please check this web site periodically for updates.