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Open Learning Environment In-Country Experiences

Open Learning Environment (OLE) In-Country Experiences

In-country OLE

The University of Sydney’s School of Languages and Cultures (SLC) offer In-Country Experiences within the Open Learning Environment (OLE) to enable students with no prior knowledge of a language to experience language and cultural immersion.
You’ll gain 6 credit points for successfully completing an online module, attending a compulsory pre-departure workshop and completing your Experience-specific assessment tasks as you travel overseas to undertake a combination of formal language classes and cultural activities, such as visits to museums, theatres and memorial sites.
Destinations include: China, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Morocco (Arab-speaking World*), New Caledonia (French-speaking World), South Korea and Spain. *Coming soon
The OLE In-Country Experiences Units are best suited to beginners with no prior knowledge of the chosen language. If you have existing language skills and want to take part, please contact the Coordinator of your preferred In-Country Experience.

Current Intensive July 2019 (S2CIJL) Experiences:
Language Location Start Date End Date Deadline Unit of Study Information and Application
Indonesian Java, Indonesia 29 June 2019 19 July 2019 17 March 2019 OLES2141 July 2019 program details
German Bamberg, Germany 1 July 2019 12 July 2019 17 March 2019 OLES2139 July 2019 program details
Spanish Valladolid, Spain 1 July 2019 12 July 2019 1 April 2019 OLES2149 July 2019 program details
Italian Padua, Italy 1 July 2019 15 July 2019 1 April 2019 OLES2143 July 2019 program details
Japanese Saitama, Japan 1 July 2019 19 July 2019 8 February 2019 OLES2153 July 2019 program details
French New Caledonia 6 July 2019 20 July 2019 15 April 2019 OLES2147 July 2019 program details
Past Intensive January 2019 (S1CIJA) Experiences:
Language Location Start Date End Date Deadline Unit of Study Information
Japanese  Saitama, Japan 9 January 2019 24 January 2019 18 August 2018 OLES2153 January 2019 program details
Korean  Seoul, Republic of Korea 14 January 2019 1 February 2019 15 October 2018 OLES2145 January 2019 program details
Indonesian Java, Indonesia 26 January 2019 15 February 2019 21 September 2018 OLES2141 January 2019 program details
Past Intensive December 2018 (S2CIDE) Experiences:
Language Location Start Date End Date Deadline Unit of Study Information
Chinese Beijing, China 25 November 2018 15 December 2018 24 August 2018 OLES2137 December 2018 program details
German  Berlin, Germany 3 December 2018 14 December 2018 1 September 2018 OLES2139 December 2018 program details
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is there funding available?
- There are specific scholarships allocated for students participating in an OLE, including Vice Chancellor's Global Mobility Scholarships specific to you creating social media content about your overseas experience. For more information on being a SLC OLE Digital Media Ambassador, look under 'Scholarships and funding' in the left-hand menu. Detailed information on the number of scholarships available can also be found in the 'Finances' tab of each individual brochure page, as linked above.
- Eligible students can apply for an OS-HELP Loan. You should apply prior to departure in order to receive your loan funding.

How many Credit Points will I be awarded?
- All of the In-country OLEs offered by the School of Languages and Cultures are worth 6 Credit Points.

How much does the accommodation cost?
- Accommodation is generally organised by the overseas institution however this may vary by program. You will find full details of the inclusions and costs on the individual brochure pages.

Do I have to organise and pay for my own flights?
- Yes.
What other costs do I have to pay?
- Airfares
- Accommodation (room and board fees) (see “useful information”/”location” tab for details)
- Food and other living expenses
Do I have to pay a tuition fee?
- Yes.
You need to pay your normal 6 Credit Point Unit of Study tuition fee to the University of Sydney as per your usual payment setup arrangement (HECS-upfront; HECS-deferred, or International-full-fee)
Are all Assignments/Assessments compulsory?
- Yes.
You must complete/submit all assignments/assessments assigned by the University of Sydney and the Host/Partner University to be eligible for a Pass Grade or higher.
Are all cultural activities/day trips compulsory?
- Yes.
All prearranged cultural day excursions organised and programmed by the Host/Partner University are mandatory for you to attend and have been included in the cost of the In-Country Experience Units.

Is there a minimum age requirement?
- All applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

Is there a limit to the number of students who can take these OLE units?
Places are limited and the number of places available varies depending on the destination. Applications will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis so apply early! 
Please note: units may be cancelled where there are insufficient enrolment numbers, or may be closed early if oversubscribed.

Do OLE units count towards my major?
- OLE units do not count towards any major, including language majors, nor do they meet pre-requisites for any Units of Study.

What support is available while I'm overseas?
You will be given the details of a contact person from the Host University in the weeks leading up to your departure who will be able to provide you with general support and guidance while you are overseas.

Can the SLC advise me if it is safe for me to travel to my OLE destination?
The SLC cannot advise you on an OLE’s country’s safety. Smartraveller is provided by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. You should register your travel plans and subscribe to travel advice and bulletins to know official government advice when travelling to make your own informed decision about whether it is safe for you to travel to your OLE destination.

Can I extend my stay overseas?
- You may extend your stay overseas, taking careful note of when you are expected back to resume your university classes. Please note that you will have to organise and pay for your own travel insurance if you extend your stay/travel outside the official in-country program placement dates.

What do the Key Dates mean?
Arrival Date: Students arrive and Check-In to the Host University’s Accommodation.
Start Date: Students start classes.
Finish Date: Students finish classes.
Departure Date: Students depart and Check-Out of the Host University’s Accommodation.
Please refer to Session Dates for University of Sydney Enrolment Deadlines.

Do I have to organise my own Visa?
Yes, students have to organise their own Visas. The University of Sydney cannot advise students about Visas, only the countries students plan to visit can provide up-to-date information about their Visa requirements. For all countries, contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of the country you intend to visit well in advance of travel. Please see for more information.

Can the SLC or Global Mobility staff advise me if I am eligible to take an OLE In-Country Unit as part of my degree?
No, we cannot advise you on your degree requirements. Please check your degree resolutions by referring to the handbook and remaining Unit of Study requirements to confirm your eligibility.
You should not apply unless you have checked your degree resolution and progression as the deposit is non-refundable.
Refer to the University’s degree planning guide to check your units against the degree requirements. If you are still unsure, please contact Student Services and request for specialist advice about your eligibility to count the unit toward your degree.
Can you guarantee me a place in an In-Country Unit even if I apply on time?
No, places are limited as the number of positions depend on the destination’s Host University. Applications will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis. We advise you to check your eligibility and make sure you apply early.
As Departmental Permission and/or Special Permission are required in the Sydney Student enrolment process, we cannot guarantee you a place even if you apply on time and your preliminary application on the Global Mobility Database is approved.

Can I participate in two or more OLE In-Country Experiences?
No. You may apply for two or more OLE In-Country Experiences but as you can only participate in one OLE In-Country Experience, please rank your preferences when applying and we will do our best to accommodate your request remembering places are allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.

I've missed the deadline/applications are closed, can I still apply?
- No applications will be accepted after the deadline.