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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 work and study 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

Who organises the program?

The 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 manages the administration of the program in conjunction with the US Studies Centre.

Can I choose my units of study?

You must do the unit BUSS2500 or BUSS2501 Placement Program and the 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, 12 of these credit points will be external credit (it will sit on top of your transcript as "Credit from an external institution"), while the remaining 6 credit points are elective.


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, where a direct match is not possible the student is asked to consider other peripheral benefits of a placement, such as having the soft skills required for all graduate roles.

What kind of organisation would I be working for?

Placements are available in the business, government, not-for- profit and media sectors.

What do I do during my placement?

Each placement will be unique and the day to day tasks will be determined by the needs of the business as well as the student's placement objectives.

Will I be paid for my internship?

As you earn credit points towards your degree, there is no requirement for payment by the host organisation.

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.

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 etc. Upon being 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 made available to you at the start 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 able to complete the program and have the credit you receive count as additional electives towards your degree. Check with the Student Information Office in advance of applying.

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?

To apply follow the steps listed in the how to apply section. Applications will only be received via the online form. Applications close 22 August 2014 at 5pm. No late submissions will be accepted.

What documents do I need to prepare to apply?

Details of supporting documents 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.

When is the deadline for all applications?

The application deadline is by 5pm on Friday 22 August 2014. Applicants are strongly urged to submit applications well in advance of the deadline.

When will I be notified if my application is successful?

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


Is accommodation provided for the entire duration of the program?

Yes. Student accommodation will be arranged as part of the program. 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?

The closing date for full fee payment is 14 November 2014.

What do the fees cover?

The program fees cover the costs for the US units of study, accommodation and use of facilities. Students are liable for additional costs including: visas, return airfares and transfers, food and entertainment and any other associated costs.

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, including evidence of equity considerations.

Will any full scholarships be offered?

A limited number of partial scholarships will be offered. Students should ensure that they have the financial means to support themselves for the duration of the program regardless of scholarship allocations.

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. Ideally scholarship allocations will be confirmed at the same time as an offer to enrol in the program is advised.