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Washington DC and LA Placement Program


About the program

What are the benefits of participating in the US Placement Programs?

If selected as a participant you will:

  • Gain invaluable international experience
  • Learn about the intricacies of American business, culture and politics
  • Network with business leaders, government officials and students from all over the world
  • Receive credit towards your degree at Sydney
  • Complement your studies through a professional placement in a top organisation

Who organises the program?

The Washington DC and LA Placement Programs are a joint initiative of the University of Sydney Business School and the United States Studies Centre. The Business School will manage the administration of the program in association with the US Studies Centre.

Do I get to pick my units of study?

You must do the unit BUSS2500 or BUSS2501 Placement Program and two UCDC or UCLA units, depending on whether you do the DC or LA program.

How much credit will I receive towards my degree?

Upon successful completion of all three units of study, you will receive a total of 18 credit points towards your degree at Sydney, 12 of these credit points will be external credit (it will sit on top of your transcript as “Credit from an external institution”). The Washington DC/LA Placement Program is an elective unit only and cannot contribute towards a major.

You are responsible for your own degree progression and must have room within your degree to do this program as an elective. Your study plans must conform to the relevant degree and faculty resolutions that are applicable to you. Please read the student responsibilities statement on the current students website to ensure you understand those responsibilities.


How long is the placement?

The placement will occur over a period of nine weeks. You will work four days a week, Monday to Thursday. Hours per week will be determined by the host organisation and will be agreed to prior to commencement of the placement.

How is my placement organised?

As far as possible, the Business School will allocate placements according to a student's educational background and interests. However, this is dependent on availability and it is not possible to guarantee that a student's role will be directly related to their particular area of study.

What kind of organisation would I be working for?

Placements are available in business, government, think tanks and law firms.

What do I do during my placement?

Tasks will be agreed to at the outset of the placement and will vary between organisations.

Will I be assigned tasks or to a department specifically related to my degree?

Potentially, however the placement should be considered as an opportunity to expand your knowledge and learn new skills.

Do I get paid for my placement?

No, all placements are unpaid, as you earn credit points towards your degree.

Can I receive academic credit for my placement?

Yes. The placement is a significant component of the compulsory unit of study BUSS2500/BUSS2501, which upon successful completion will be credited towards your degree. These are elective units only and cannot count towards a major.

What should I do to prepare for the placement?

Attend the compulsory pre-departure sessions. Students should also undertake independent research about American culture, traditions and customs, local weather and conversion rates. When notified of your placement, you should conduct research about the organisation.

What should I do if I encounter problems during my placement?

You should consult the relevant unit of study coordinator, whose contact details will be available from the outset of the program.


I am not a student of the University of Sydney Business School. Am I still eligible to apply for the Placement Program?

No. The US Placement Programs are exclusively offered to students completing a degree (including combined degrees) in the University of Sydney Business School.

What is the selection criteria?

See the who should apply section.

Can the units of study be credited towards my major?

No. Units of study can only be credited towards the elective component of your degree. If you've already completed all of your elective units, you may still be able to complete the program and have the credit you receive count as additional electives towards your degree.

I am an international student. Am I still eligible to apply?

International students are eligible to apply. You should refer to the Embassy of the United States for further information about visa eligibility.

Application process

How do I apply?

The Industry Placement Program application is a 2 part process: an online application followed by an online interview. To apply follow the steps listed in the how to apply section. Applications will only be received via the online form. Applications close at 12pm on 14 August 2017. No late submissions will be accepted.

What documents do I need to prepare to apply?

Details of supporting documents required can be found in the how to apply section.

What is an academic reference?

Your academic referee should be a lecturer, tutor etc. who has taught you in the last two years. They should be able to refer to your capacity to meet assignment deadlines, the quality of work submitted, your level of participation in class discussions, how you work with others and on your own, and your motivation and self-discipline.

What is a non-academic reference?

Your non-academic referee should be someone who knows you and your character well (often also called a 'character reference'). It should not be a family member.

When is the deadline for all applications?

The application deadline is by close of business on Monday 14 August 2017 at 12pm. Applicants are strongly urged to submit applications without delay to avoid disappointment as late applications will not be accepted.

When will I be notified if my application is successful?

All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by 22 August 2017.



Is accommodation provided for the entire duration of the program?

Yes. Student accommodation will be arranged by The United States Studies Centre. Students are not permitted to stay with family or friends or to otherwise arrange their own accommodation under any circumstances.

Fees and scholarships

What is the closing date for the payment of fees?

Full fee payment is due by close of business on 10 November 2017.

What do the fees cover?

The cost of the US Placement Program is a combination of the University of Sydney Business School tuition fee and the program package fee (UCDC/UCLA tuition fee and accommodation). Students are also liable for additional costs including: visas, return airfares, food and entertainment and any other associated costs.

Note: the program package fee is quoted in US dollars, as the majority of the costs covered under this fee are payable in US dollars. However, the final amount payable will be in Australian dollars and the exchange rate will be determined one week before the deadline for the final fee payment.

How do I pay my program fees?

Payments can be made by via the University of Sydney online payment system.

Can I use FEE-HELP to defer payment of the unit of study fees?

Eligible local students can elect to defer their fees for the BUSS2500/BUSS2501 Placement Program unit only, through the Australian Government's FEE-HELP scheme. See the fees section for more information.

Can I cancel my application?

Yes you can. Please refer to the Program Conditions and Guidelines for further details.

How do I cancel my application?

Applications to withdraw from the US Placement Programs must be received in writing and lodged with the University of Sydney Business School Careers and Employability Office. Please refer to the Program Conditions and Guidelines for further details.

Will I get a refund of all of my tuition fees?

Please refer to the Program Conditions and Guidelines for further details.

Do I need to submit a separate application to be considered for a scholarship?

A separate application is not required. Students should complete the field on the application form relating specifically to scholarships. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on equity. Please note that you must complete this section if you wish to be considered for a scholarship as applications will not be considered at a later date.

Will any full scholarships be offered?

Only partial scholarships will be offered. Before applying to the program, students should ensure that they have the financial means to support themselves for the duration of the program.

When will I be notified if I was successful in acquiring a scholarship?

Successful applicants will be notified as soon as the scholarships package is finalised.