The Sydney predeparture guide prepared by IES provides important information about the program, and you should read it with care. The following supplemental information pertains to Indiana University students only.

IES and IU

IES Abroad is a nonprofit organization that administers 140+ study abroad programs in more than 34 global locations worldwide. More than 250 U.S. colleges and universities, including Indiana University, have formal agreements with IES, and their representatives work with the Institute to set academic policy and approve curricula. Through its office in Chicago, IES administers the Sydney Internship Program.

The IU Office of Overseas Study has made special arrangements with IES to recruit and orient IU students for this summer program. A number of IU students will be enrolled in the Sydney program. You will, however, have many classmates and roommates who come individually from other U.S. universities.

Financial Arrangements

You pay all program fees directly to Indiana University. Any questions regarding finances for the program, including financial aid, should be addressed to the Office of Overseas Study at Indiana University. Students from other U.S. universities have different arrangements with IES regarding fees and housing deposits.

Internship Course

Interns participate in an academic seminar with other IES interns, where they gain context for the internship placements by examining cultural issues in the workplace. Some online course sessions will be completed prior to departure for your program. Topics covered include resume writing, interview coaching, communicating across cultures, global leadership competencies, building trust and teamwork, networking, conflict negotiation and mediation, stereotypes and cultural differences, and international careers and job search preparation.


You will earn 6 IU credits in Leading Across Cultures Internship Seminar (FRST-F 400).

General Education Requirement: This program will satisfy the International Experience option of the World Languages & Cultures general education requirements.