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The Doing Business in Australia - Hybrid Abroad Program 2013 in Sydney, Australia has been put together by the Academic Internship Institute of Australia (AIIA) in conjunction with the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. All students interested in the program should click here for more information.

This 8 week program combines 2 full weeks of class time (3 graded credits) with 6 full weeks of internship placements. Students will be in class each Monday through Friday for the first 2 weeks, as detailed in the program schedule. Class time includes lectures, site visits and company visits around Sydney city. Additionally, there will be a CIBER staff member on site for the first three weeks of the program and an AIIA staff member on site for the entire program to assist with any student needs.

Students are expected to intern from 9am to 5:30pm on Monday to Friday each week. These internships are based in Sydney, Australia, and the 6 week placement gives students an international experience that is invaluable for building their professional development and resumes, whilst supplementing their current course of academic study in their home country and institution. AIIA’s extensive network of partner organizations that accept unpaid interns includes some of the most prestigious multinational corporations and influential government and non-government organizations, providing the University of Michigan students with some of the best opportunities for workplace experience, networking, and resume building.Some students from previous programs were even offered a job!

Now is the best time ever for an international experience in Australia. The Australian economy is the 13th largest economy in the world and has experienced 17 consecutive years of economic growth. New South Wales is the largest economy in Australia. An internship in Sydney places a student in the middle of this dynamic business hub in Asia/Pacific, providing outstanding experience and preparation for an international career in many industries.

This outstanding business and work environment is complemented by “the highest quality of life in Asia” according to the IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2007 report on Australia. With many of the world’s most beautiful beaches just 10 minutes from the heart of one of the most vibrant, clean and beautiful cities in the world, Sydney is the preferred destination for an international internship.

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Total Cost for Doing Business in Australia - Hybrid Abroad Program 2013:AU$5,950.00 per student. Plus a US$500.00 program fee paid to CIBER.
(Please note that this does not include round-trip airfare from Ann Arbor to Sydney, visa fees or spending money while in Australia, etc.)

ACCOMMODATION:
• 58 nights of shared, apartment-style accommodation in Sydney for all students.

COURSE INSTRUCTION & CREDIT OFFERING:
• 3 graded credits - Strategy 320

  • Study topics include: Political, cultural, and legal environment in Australia, Australian economy, business structure, sustainability, exports, and current events.
  • Also included are company and cultural visits such as a trip to the Blue Mountains and visiting companies in the local business sector.
  • Three meetings will be held prior to the start of the program- these are mandatory and your attendance will be factored into your final grade.
At the end of the program, you will be expected to complete a reflection essay and program evaluation.

CLASSROOM SPACE:
• Centrally located classroom space near student accommodation for each class meeting and for tutorials, presentations, and final exams, etc.

TRANSPORTATION:
• Pick-up at airport on arrival into Sydney and transport to accommodation in Sydney
• Transport to company visits and meetings during the class portion of the program.
• Weekly travel passes for students to travel to class and to their internships during the entire program.
• Transport from accommodation in Sydney to airport for departing flight for the U.S. at the end of the program

ORIENTATION PROGRAM AND ACTIVITIES:
• Welcome brunch/lunch at accommodation in Sydney on day of arrival
• Breakfast at accommodation for the first 4 mornings of the program
• Lunch on class days during the first 2 weeks of the program
• Sydney walking tour on weekend of arrival
• Welcome dinner in Sydney on day of arrival
• Full day trip to the Blue Mountains (not including lunch)
• Farewell Dinner and 4th July Celebration on Thursday 4th July

INTERNSHIP:
• Placement in a 6 week, 30 day internship program with a company, organization, or government agency relevant to the interests of the student (in the workplace each Monday through Friday)
• On-going staff support from AIIA and CIBER to help resolve any issues that arise with the internship placement or the overall program during the program duration.

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This AU$5,950.00 total cost per student does not include the following:
US$500.00 CIBER program fee
International airfare. AIIA works with travel agent partner, Student Universe ( www.studentuniverse.com) in Waltham, MA for all international round-trip tickets from the U.S. to Australia. AIIA has prepared a block of discounted seats for all flights (U.S. – Sydney, Sydney – U.S. or U.S. - Sydney, Sydney - Cairns, Cairns - U.S.) that students can purchase directly from Student Universe. Purchasing tickets on this group booking will allow students to fly with the group the entire way. Students can also purchase their airfare using miles or another method and do not have to use Student Universe. Students not using Student Universe must ensure that their tickets arrives and departs at the same time as the group flight to be able to catch the airport transfers to and from the accommodation. Estimated cost: US$2,400.00
Transportation to the airport departure in the U.S. and transportation from the airport arrival in the U.S. varies from student to student.
Fees for Australian Working Holiday Visa application and processing fees for US passport holders. Estimated cost: US$280.00
Weekly: meal expenses: US$60.00-US150.00 (varies from student to student)
Weekly: entertainment costs: US$60.00-US$200.00 (varies substantially from student to student)
All optional travel excursions: US$0.00 – US$2,000.00+ (varies substantially from student to student)
• Australian mobile phone (including free calls to other students on the group plan and 2cents per minute calls to the U.S.): US$60.00+ (depending on usage and handset)

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The Doing Business In Australia - Hybrid Abroad Program is available to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at the University of Michigan. Coursework is geared towards sophomores and juniors; however, freshman and seniors may apply and are admitted on a case by case basis.

The following requirements must be met:
• GPA of 3.0 or greater
• All previous disciplinary actions from the student’s University or College must be declared in detail
• In the application, the student will need to show how their coursework and experience specifically support the internship for which they are applying
• Upon acceptance of the student onto the program, the student must obtain their own passport and visa before they can come to Australia and participate in the program*.

* Please note that AIIA and CIBER are not registered migration agents and students do need to obtain their own working holiday visa. Students with a U.S. Passport can visit the following link to obtain their working holiday visa: www.immi.gov.au/visitors/working-holiday/462/ The U-M International Center may be able to help students with passport and visa questions and concerns. Please contact them here.

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A significant part of any internship experience is of course academic, but another significant aspect is a life experience. This involves meeting new people, experiencing new cultures and traveling to new places. Once students are in Sydney, they are encouraged to get out and make new friends and visit new places.

The AIIA will organize optional activities that students can sign up for during their free time, such as:
• Sailing in the Whitsunday Islands
• Learn to Surf weekend
• a performance at the Sydney Opera House
Scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef
• Jervis Bay weekend
• Port Stephens weekend
• Sydney Harbour Cruise

These activities are to designed to make it easier for students to travel around Australia with the people you get to know on the program, as well as other students on similar programs in Australia. There are many amazing places to visit in this country, and the program RA will be happy to help students plan their travel and give them ideas about where to go.

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Winter 2013 Semester: Three mandatory, and one optional, program meetings. (Please see application for details.)

Tuesday, 7th May: Depart the US

Wednesday, 8th May: On Route (flight crosses the international dateline)

Thursday, 9th May: Arrive Sydney, Australia (mid-morning arrival)
The Academic Internship Institute of Australia (AIIA) will organize a guide to meet the delegation at the airport with a bus and take all students arriving on the group flight to accommodation in Sydney. Check into accommodation and time to unpack and shower, followed by orientation and welcome brunch/lunch during orientation at accommodation for all students with time to go over the schedule, collect their local Australian mobile phones and ask questions. Group welcome dinner in the evening at Darling Harbour and the delegation is invited to return to accommodation. (We encourage everyone to avoid going to sleep prior to 8:30pm or 9:00pm.) Overnight: Sydney
Students in serviced apartment style shared accommodation – combination of twin, triple and quad share depending on each room configuration

Friday, 10th May: Orientation activities.
Breakfast included at accommodation for students. A walking tour of Sydney commences in the morning, including the historic Rocks area, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Royal Botanical Gardens and concluding at the Sydney Opera House. In the afternoon there is a scavenger hunt around the city center. Overnight: Sydney

Saturday, 11th May: Day trip to the Blue Mountains
Breakfast included at accommodation for students. Full day trip to the Blue Mountains for all students and faculty, visiting a wildlife park where students can meet some of Australia's famous wildlife (and feed the kangaroos their breakfast), a break for lunch at Leura, followed by a visit to the Three Sisters and a trek through the temperate rainforest. After a ride on the world's steepest railway, the group is taken back to the accommodation in Sydney. The evening is free. Overnight: Sydney

Sunday, 12th May: Free day in Sydney.
Overnight: Sydney

WEEK 1: Monday 13th - Friday 17th May: Class.
9:00am - 12:05pm: Morning class.
2:00pm - 5:05pm: Afternoon class
Lunch and snacks included during lunch and snack breaks accordingly. Site visits and company presentations will be included in the schedule.
Overnight: Sydney

Saturday 18th May - Sunday 19th May: Weekend free
The weekend is free for students to explore more of Sydney. Overnight: Sydney

WEEK 2: Monday 20th - Thursday 23rd May: Class.
9:00am - 12:05pm: Morning class.
2:00pm - 5:05pm: Afternoon class
Lunch and snacks included during lunch and snack breaks accordingly. Site visits and company presentations will be included in the schedule.
Overnight: Sydney

Friday 24th May: Final Exam or Presentations. Presentations will include the whole student group, professors and the R.A..
There will be a group dinner today for all students and faculty to end the academic class portion of the program.
Overnight: Sydney

Saturday 25th - Sunday 26th May: Weekend free.
This weekend is free or students can take part in an optional Learn to Surf Weekend at a secret location north of Sydney. Overnight: Sydney

WEEK 3: Monday 27th - Sunday 2nd June: Internships.
9:00am – 5:30pm: students at their internships (approximate – some internship office hours may vary). Overnight: Sydney

Weekend days are free for the students to take part in optional activities, study or explore more of the city.

Begin internship blog.

WEEK 4: Monday 3rd - Sunday 9th June: Internships.
9:00am – 5:30pm: students at their internships (approximate – some internship office hours may vary). Overnight: Sydney

Thursday 6th June: Group dinner to discuss internships.

Weekend days are free for the students to take part in optional activities, study or explore more of the city.

WEEK 5: Monday 10th - Sunday 16th June: Internships.
9:00am – 5:30pm: students at their internships (approximate – some internship office hours may vary). Overnight: Sydney

Weekend days are free for the students to take part in optional activities, study or explore more of the city.

WEEK 6: Monday 17th - Sunday 23rd June: Internships.
9:00am – 5:30pm: students at their internships (approximate – some internship office hours may vary). Overnight: Sydney

Weekend days are free for the students to take part in optional activities, study or explore more of the city.

WEEK 7: Monday 24th - Sunday 30th June: Internships.
9:00am – 5:30pm: students at their internships (approximate – some internship office hours may vary). Overnight: Sydney

Weekend days are free for the students to take part in optional activities, study or explore more of the city.

WEEK 3: Monday 1st - Thursday 4th July: Internships.
9:00am – 5:30pm: students at their internships (approximate – some internship office hours may vary). Overnight: Sydney

Weekend days are free for the students to take part in optional activities, study or explore more of the city.

Thursday 4th July: 4th July Celebration
6:30pm: Evening 4th July function for all students, faculty and internship hosts. Overnight: Sydney

Friday, 5th July:
Last day at internships.
9:00am – 5:30pm: students at their internships (approximate – some internship office hours may vary). Evening free for students to attend dinner with their internship hosts as many companies will want to take students out for dinner to thank them for their time. Overnight: Sydney

Saturday 6th July: Depart Sydney. Arrive USA.

Friday 19th July: Reflection essay and program evaluation due.

END OF OFFICIAL SCHEDULE

START OF GREAT BARRIER REEF OPTIONAL TRIP
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Saturday 6th July: Depart Sydney for Cairns. Check in to accommodation in Cairns followed by a group welcome dinner. Overnight: Cairns.

Sunday 7th July: Full day trip to the Daintree Rainforest including Cape Tribulation and a crocodile spotting cruise on the Daintree River. Overnight: Cairns.

Monday 8th July: Full day trip to the Great Barrier Reef, including an intro scuba dive (no certification necessary) and snorkeling.

Tuesday 9th July: Free day in Cairns

Wednesday 10th July: Check out of accommodation and depart Cairns. Arrive USA.

END OF GREAT BARRIER REEF OPTIONAL TRIP

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To apply to this program please see the CIBER website. For all questions about tuition, credits and eligibility, contact details are available here.

STEP 1:
Applications need to be completed online, through the MCompass portal, no later than 3rd December 2012.

Friday 21st December: CIBER will notify students of acceptance.

STEP2:
Two non-refundable payments must be made by Wednesday 16th January, 2013. A $500 USD program fee (made by check or money order) must be made to CIBER and an AU $1,000 deposit must be made online. Applicants can pay the AU$1,000.00 deposit online here. (This is direct to AIIA and will not be available until 1st October 2012 when the program opens to applications).

STEP 3:
Do not purchase your airfare until you have been officially accepted onto the program. Once you are ready to purchase your airfare, please visit Student Universe to get a seat on the group flight with the rest of the Umich group. Please remember that you should not purchase a tourist visa when you buy your flight as it is not the correct visa for the program (see eligibility criteria).

STEP 4:
The final program balance of AU$4,450.00 is payable online here and is due no later than 15th February 2013. Failure to pay in full by 15th February 2013 may result in your dismissal from the program.

Pre-departure checklist:
Valid Australia visa.
Travel and Health insurance (HTH Insurance - CIBER will provide. *Please see U-M HTH for policy details, or to extend your coverage for personal travel.)
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If you are interested in the program, starting your application or waiting for acceptance onto the program, feel free to ask us questions!

Program Questions:
Vicki Simon
Assistant Director of Administration
Center for International Education and Research (CIBER)
Ross School of Business
University of Michigan
701 Tappan, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
tel: (734) 936-3917
email: vicsimon@umich.edu
  In-Country Questions:
Natasha Ager
Sydney Residential Advisor
The Academic Internship Institute of Australia
185 Elizabeth Street, Sydney, NSW Australia
tel: +614 2416 4606 (please note the time difference when calling Australia!)
email: natasha@academicinternshipsaustralia.com


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