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Open Learning Environment: In-Country Experiences

In-country OLE


(as at Monday 9 May 2022)

Applying for November 2022--January 2023 OLES Intensives
The next round of OLE In-Country units will be offered in November 2022--January 2023. Applications will open during Semester 2 (exact date TBC, pending finalisation of agreements with partner universities).
>>To be notified when applications open, register your interest via this form.

Learn a new language overseas as part of your degree

The University of Sydney’s School of Languages and Cultures (SLC) offers In-Country Experience units within the Open Learning Environment (OLE) to enable you to experience language and cultural immersion. Our units are designed for beginners with little to no prior knowledge of a language.
 
You’ll gain 6 credit points for successfully completing an online module, attending a compulsory pre-departure workshop (In-Country Experiences only) and completing your assessment tasks. You will undertake formal language classes (virtually) at your host university and participate in (virtual) cultural activities such as visits to museums, theatres and memorial sites.

Our portfolio includes 8 different OLE In-Country Experience Units, which are run in partnership with universities in cities and regions across the world. Each semester, we offer a selection of these units which may include:
 
  • OLES2137 Experience China
  • OLES2139 Experience Germany
  • OLES2143 Experience Italy
  • OLES2145 Experience Korea
  • OLES2147 Experience the French-Speaking World
  • OLES2149 Experience the Spanish-Speaking World
  • OLES2151 Experience the Arab World
  • OLES2153 Experience Japan

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Snapshot: application steps

The enrolment process for OLE In-Country units has several stages. In brief, these are:

  • Research and Plan: ensure that the OLE Unit is allowable in your degree (this is your responsibility: check before you apply)
  • Apply: submit an application through the Global Mobility Database
  • Receive Approval: if places are available
  • Commit: confirm your intention to go ahead
  • Pay Deposit: pay $400 within two days of approval to secure your place (for payment information, see our Payment and refund policy, and the 'Finance' tab of your unit's program webpage).
  • Acceptance: receive a "permission to enrol" letter via email
  • Enrol: via Sydney Student before the last day to add a unit
  • Prepare: organise visas and flights if travelling; if virtual, relax!
  • Study: complete the unit and pass your assessment tasks
For details, see ‘How to apply (detailed instructions)’.

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Unit list, June-July 2022

[Note] The new unit list for the upcoming session will be published here when applications open. To be notified when applications open, please complete the EOI form via the link at the top of this page. 

APPLICATIONS CLOSED: OLES2139 Experience Germany (Berlin) Virtually
Session: S1CIJN (‘Enrol in Intensive June to study in Intensive July’)
Study at: Humboldt-Universitat Zu Berlin, Germany (online)
Course dates: Monday 27 June – Friday 8 July 2022
Class times: 5pm – 8pm (Monday – Friday, AEST; language classes) plus cultural activities (9am-10am / 8pm-10pm AEST on selected dates). See timetable.

Study load: counts toward Semester 1 loading
Last day to add a unit: Monday 23 May 2022
Application deadline: 5:00pm Friday 6 May 2022 (extended)


APPLICATIONS CLOSED: OLES2143 Experience Italy (Padua) Virtually
Session: S1CIJN (‘Enrol in Intensive June to study in Intensive July’)
Study at: Università di Padova in Padua, Italy (online)
Course dates: Monday 27 June – Friday 8 July 2022
Class times: 4pm – 7pm (Monday – Friday) plus cultural and peer-supported activities
Study load: counts toward Semester 1 loading
Last day to add a unit: Monday 23 May 2022
Application deadline: 5:00pm Friday 6 May 2022 (extended)


APPLICATIONS CLOSED: OLES2149 Experience the Spanish-Speaking World (Valladolid) Virtually
Session: S1CIJN (‘Enrol in Intensive June to study in Intensive July’)
Study at: University of Valladolid, Spain (online)
Course dates: Monday 27 June – Friday 8 July 2022
Class times: 4pm – 8pm (Monday – Friday) plus cultural activities
Study load: counts toward Semester 1 loading
Last day to add a unit: Monday 23 May 2022
Application deadline: 5:00pm Friday 6 May 2022 (extended)


APPLY EARLY
Applications are on a first-come-first-served basis and places are very limited. The number of places available varies by destination. Applications may close earlier than the advertised deadline if the maximum number of students is reached and all applicants have been formally accepted by the host institution.

Units may be cancelled where there are insufficient enrolment numbers.


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How to apply (detailed instructions)

Read and follow the instructions carefully. Please note: it is your responsibility to ensure that the OLE Unit is allowable in your degree. Do not apply unless you have checked your degree resolutions and progression as the deposit is non-refundable if you do not complete the course.

1.    RESEARCH and PLAN:
  • Find a unit that’s right for you and make sure you’re eligible (checking your eligibility is your responsibility).
  • Choose a language you have not studied before, as all language classes are starter level.
  • Check that the unit can be studied in your degree and that you have space: refer to the handbook from the year you started your degree to see your degree resolutions and check your academic progress.
  • Think about the best timing for your OLE unit: it’s best to avoid waiting until your final year, as availability is not guaranteed, and the timing of some units can delay progression.
>>See ‘Important information (e.g., timing and enrolment)’

2.    APPLY:
  • When applications open, log in to the Global Mobility Database (this website) and submit your application.
  • Apply early as places fill quickly.

3.    BE APPROVED:
  • If places are available and you are eligible, your submitted application will be reviewed by the Unit Coordinator and approved in the Global Mobility Database.
  • You will receive an email notification when your application is approved.

4.    COMMIT:
  • After your application is approved, log into the Global Mobility Database again.
  • Read carefully.
  • Click ‘commit’ if you’re keen to go ahead.

5.    PAY DEPOSIT:
  • Read our refund policy carefully (see below)
  • Pay your deposit of $400 by the deadline, using the payment link on the application page.
  • The payment deadline will be two days after you receive approval.
  • You must pay by the deadline to secure your place.
  • Some deposits are refundable: see our refund policy below

Payment and refund policy
•    Your deposit must be paid by the deadline to secure your place.
•    All deposits are non-transferable.
•    IMPORTANT: Your deposit is NOT refundable if you do not/cannot enrol and/or if you withdraw from your unit for any reason. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are eligible to enrol.
•    For OLES2153 Experience Japan, your deposit is used to cover a compulsory participation fee ('Cultural Activity and Incidental Fee') charged by the partner university and is therefore non-refundable.
•    Some partner universities charge an application fee. In these cases, the partner university application fee is deducted from the deposit and the balance remaining is refunded to students who complete the unit. Details of application fees can be found under the 'Finance' tab on unit program pages where applicable.
•    For OLE In-Country units which do not require a participation or application fee, deposits will be refunded to students who complete the unit. Students who cannot enrol and/or do not complete their unit are ineligible for a refund.
•    Refunds are processed following program completion.

6.    ACCEPTANCE LETTER (PERMISSION TO ENROL):
  • After applications close, if you have committed and paid your deposit, you’ll receive an Acceptance Letter ("Permission to Enrol") by email from the School of Languages and Cultures.
  • You need this letter to enrol. Save it and read it carefully, and remember to attach it when you enrol through Sydney Student.

7.    ENROL:
  • Log into Sydney Student and enrol in your chosen OLE In-Country unit.
  • To add the unit, select ‘Departmental Permission’ or ‘Enrolment Exception Request’ as applicable (see below).
  • Upload your Acceptance Letter ("Permission to Enrol").
  • You must enrol before the last day to add a unit for the session you wish to study in (see 'Unit list' above).
  • It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fully enrolled and that your chosen unit can be counted toward your degree.
Departmental Permission vs Enrolment Exception
When enrolling in OLE In-Country units in Sydney Student:
  • Select ‘Departmental Permission’ if you have received your Acceptance Letter and are enrolling based on your course structure.
  • Select ‘Enrolment Exception’ if you have received your Acceptance Letter but are enrolling outside your course structure (e.g., overloading), which allows for situations where you may need to select an OLE unit or an intensive unit that falls outside of the semester.

8.    PREPARE:
  • For in-country units, this is when you arrange your visa, book your flights, explore funding options, and attend your pre-departure workshop.
  • For virtual units, you can sit back and relax until the program starts.

9.    STUDY:
  • Your Unit Coordinator will provide you with study details including assessments.
  • You must be fully enrolled and pass your assessments to earn the 6 credit points for your unit.
  • Have fun!

Before you apply, please read:
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Important information (e.g., timing and enrolment)

The enrolment process for OLE In-Country units has several stages. In brief, these are:

Timing:
  • You are strongly advised not to rely on OLE In-Country Experience Units in your final year, especially in your final semester, as places are limited and there is no guarantee that applications will be approved.

Enrolment:
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you are eligible to enrol.
  • Students who attempt to enrol through Sydney Student without first applying through the Global Mobility Database (this website) will be rejected. >>See ‘How to Apply
  • OLE In-country unit students remain students of the University of Sydney, and are not enrolled as award students at the partner institution.
  • Do not apply unless your degree resolution and progression allows you to enrol into an OLE In-Country Experience unit. Refer to the handbook for your degree resolutions based on the year you started your degree (see the handbook archive for enrolment years prior to 2021), and find out how to check your academic progress.
  • If you need to guarantee a minimum number of credit points (e.g., for student visa reasons), please be aware of the risk that any of the OLE In-Country Experiences may be cancelled for a variety of reasons, including insufficient enrolment numbers.
  • To be awarded 6 credit points, students must meet the requirements of the program including:
    - Passing all online modules and assessment tasks (before, during and after attending the host institution)
    - Attending the pre-departure session (In-Country Experiences only)
    - Being fully enrolled in Sydney Student.
  • OLE In-Country units have a two-tiered structure for enrolment purposes, and are described as ‘Enrol in Intensive November to Study in Intensive December’ or similar. This means that you must enrol in the session prior to the session you will actually study in. For example, if the study dates for your program fall in Intensive December, you will need to enrol in Intensive November, because the unit is classified as an ‘Enrol in Intensive November to Study in Intensive December’ unit.
  • For enrolment and study load purposes:
    - ‘Enrol in Intensive November to Study in Intensive December’ OLE Units count towards Semester 2.
    - ‘Enrol in Intensive December to Study in Intensive January’ OLE Units count towards Semester 2.
    - ‘Enrol in Intensive June to Study in Intensive July’ OLE Units count towards Semester 1.
  • Study dates (e.g., last date to add a unit of study, census date, etc.) apply for the session of enrolment. For example, if your unit is described as ‘Enrol in Intensive November to Study in Intensive December’, the study dates for Intensive November will apply.
  • If you have received Permission to Enrol (see Step 6 in the application instructions above) and are having trouble enrolling through Sydney Student, please contact the Student Centre. If the Student Centre is unable to assist, ask to be referred to Faculty Services for the faculty of your degree.

Results:
  • Marks and grades for OLES In-Country Experience units are displayed in full on students’ academic transcripts (i.e., results are not listed as “PASS” or “FAIL” only).

Costs:
  • The program will be covered by your normal tuition fees, paid to the University of Sydney for enrolling in the OLE 6 CP Unit. Undergraduate student contribution amounts are determined by the Commonwealth government legislation. We encourage all students if they have queries to see StudyAssist or contact the HECS and Domestics Fees Office for assistance.
  • In addition to your normal tuition fees, you are required to pay a deposit when you enrol. The deposit is non-transferable. It is also non-refundable in some cases. Please see our Payment and refund policy, and the 'Finance' tab of your unit's program webpage.

Scholarships:
  • The scholarships below may be applicable for some students enrolling in some OLE In-Country programs.
- Vice Chancellor's Global Mobility Scholarship (Short-term mobility programs)
- Vice Chancellor’s Global Mobility Award
- Dalyell Global Mobility Scholarship (for Dalyell Scholars)
  • Note that funds from these scholarship programs cannot be used for:
- payment of University of Sydney tuition fees or SSAF
- refundable portions of the $400 deposit required to apply for OLE In-Country units (see Step 5 of the application instructions for details about deposits and the refund policy). 

Travel Policy:
For information about University and government travel policies, see:
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Student experiences: Photos, videos and stories

Check out what it's like to go on an OLE In-Country Experience unit!
 
OLE Experience Videos Photo albums
The Arab-World Highlights (Jordan, Jan 2020) Jordan (Jan 2020)
Korea   South Korea (Jan 2020)
The French-Speaking World Highlights (Lyon, Dec 2019) Lyon, France (Dec 2019)
Japan Highlights (July 2019) Saitama (July 2019)
Germany Highlights (Bamberg, July 2019) Bamberg (July 2019)
Highlights (Berlin, Dec 2018) Berlin (Dec 2018)
Highlights Week 2 (Berlin, Dec 2018)
Highlights Week 1 (Berlin, Dec 2018)
Italy: In-Country Flipbook collage (Padua, July 2019) Padua (July 2019)
Stories (Padua, July 2019)
Italy: Virtual Highlights (Padua, 2022)  
China Stories compilation (Dec 2018) Beijing (Dec 2018)
The Spanish-Speaking World: In-Country Learning journey (July 2019) Valladolid, Spain (July 2019)
  Highlights (Valladolid, July 2019)  
The Spanish-Speaking World: Virtual Highlights (Valladolid, July 2022)  
Related articles
For more information about the Open Learning Environment: In-Country Experiences, please read: OLE In-Country Experience Application Guide (pdf, 134KB)FAQs (pdf, 133KB)Important contacts (pdf, 139KB); and, Important terminology (pdf, 131KB) before emailing slc.enquiries@sydney.edu.au.

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