Preparing for your In-country study
Before you head off overseas for your year of In-Country Study, there are a few things you need to do.
Select a major
The first step is to select a major, see the following pages for more information:
Check your study plan
You will need to check your study plan:
- Language and Culture — 32cp
- Foundations in International Studies —8cp
- Contemporary Society — 8cp
- In-country Study — 48cp
Note: You must pass all subjects before you can enrol in In-country study 1 and 2.
In-country study plan
The subjects you take during your In-country Study placement will largely depend on your level of language proficiency:
- If you have basic language skills, you’ll continue your language and culture studies.
- If you have intermediate language skills, you’ll develop knowledge of the history, economics, politics, society and culture of your host country.
- If you have high level language skills you may be given more choice in the subjects you would like to study, provided you receive permission from the host university and the School of International Studies.
You must meet the academic requirements of your host university, including completing all assessment tasks. Talk to your major coordinator for more information.
Enrolment procedures for Language and Culture subjects
Visit our Enrolment procedures for Language and Culture subjects page for more information.
Prepare to travel
Before you depart for your In-country study placement:
- You will need to complete, and agree to be governed by the Conditions of Participation for In-country study including the Rules and Regulations for In-country study travel.
- You must also read the following information:
Living costs associated with In-country study
You’ll pay HECS for all your subjects in the International Studies program. This includes your year of In-country Study.
UTS covers the cost of your return international airfares and visa processing.
You’ll pay your own living costs such as accommodation, public transport and daily living. If you are studying in a region or city with a high cost of living, make sure you budget for all your expenses. Take some time to research where you are going – living expenses and exchange rates will change over time.
While you are on your In-county placement you will:
- receive a visit from your ICS Major Coordinator;
- study on the partner university campus and complete academic assessments under the supervision of your ICS Major Coordinator; and
- complete an online Student Feedback Survey (SFS) for ICS1.
After your return
When you return you will be required to:
- attend a Welcome Back Reception and Feedback Session, and
- download and Once you’ve returned from your In-country Study placement, you’ll be asked to complete the In-country Study location feedback form (doc, 84kB).