“You feel free in Australia. There is great relief in the atmosphere - a relief from tension, from pressure, an absence of control of will or form. The Skies open above you and the areas open around you”. D.H Lawrence – English
“There is no better way of life in the world than that of the Australian. I firmly believe this. The grumbling, growling, cursing, profane, laughing, beer drinking, abusive, loyal-to-his-mates Australian is one of the few free men left on this earth. He fears no one, crawls to no one, bludges on no one, and acknowledges no master. Learn his way. Learn his language. Get yourself accepted as one of him; and you will enter a world that you never dreamed existed. And once you have entered it, you will never leave it.” John O'Grady – Irish
The A to W of UOW 3
101 Interesting Facts that you (probably) didn’t know About Australia 6 Australian Food 9 Orientation Trips 11
THE A TO … W OF UOW
Airport Pickup A complementary airport pick up is operated through accommodation services. Please see the below pages for details and information on how to register for the service: http://www.uow.edu.au/about/accommodation/airport/index.html Banking A full branch of the National Australia Bank is located on campus. You can open an account before you leave home and deposit your funds so they will be waiting for you when you arrive! You will need to meet identification requirements upon arrival before being able to access your money. For more information see the NAB website- http://www.nab.com.au/wps/wcm/connect/nab/nab/home/personal_finance/5/4/1.
There is also a full branch of the IMB located on campus. You can open an account here once you arrive in Wollongong.
The Post Office on campus also operates as an agency for Commonwealth Bank and Citibank. There are a number of ATMs located around campus.
Clubs and Societies There are over 50 clubs and societies on campus, ranging from religious and cultural groups to faculty and recreation groups. As a Study Abroad/Exchange student, you will be welcome to join these. http://unicentre.uow.edu.au/getinvolved/clubs/ Computer Access Internet can be accessed through the computers in the student computer laboratories on campus, through wireless access onto the UOW network, or through the Internet café (pay-per-use) on campus. Printers may also be used in laboratories.
Disability Services If you will require Disability Services during your time at UOW and you have not yet requested it, please contact us now at firstname.lastname@example.org! Disability Services require your information prior to your arrival on campus.
You will enrol before your arrival to UOW online. Instructions on how to do this will be provided with the Study Plan email, which will confirm the subjects to which you have gained approval. It is important that you do not enrol into any subjects before you have gained express permission from our office, and we will be monitoring Study Abroad and Exchange enrolments to ensure that this does not happen.
Faculties You may hear people talking about faculties at UOW. This refers to academic departments, such as the Faculty of Commerce which contains a number of Schools; e.g. School of Marketing and Management.
Grading System Approved grades of performance and associated range of marks for 100, 200 and 300 level subjects are as follows:
High Distinction 85% - 100%
Distinction 75% - 84%
Credit 65% - 74%
Pass 50% - 64%
Fail 0% - 49%
Grades are generally distributed as below:
High Distinction (HD) 8%
Distinction (D) 21%
Credit (C) 30%
Pass (P) 27%
Fail (F) 14%
Handbook The Student Handbook includes a list of the classes and their descriptions offered at UOW. It can be accessed online at the following address: http://www.uow.edu.au/handbook/ Internet Quota
The University of Wollongong, like most other Australian universities, issues all students with an internet usage quota. The cap set at an amount considered ample to cover all academic needs. Any personal internet usage should be purchased outside the University network. This can be done through Accommodation Services. For more information regarding UOW’s Internet Quota, please see: http://www.uow.edu.au/content/groups/public/@web/@its/documents/doc/uow011198.pdf
Justice of the Peace If you need to have any documents notarised while at UOW, there are many Justices of the Peace available on campus for this purpose.
Key Statistics For up-to-date Key Statistics on the University of Wollongong, please see: http://www.uow.edu.au/about/facts/UOW009570.html Learning Development The Learning Development Unit offers a range of assistance and free services for students who wish to improve their academic and English language skills. http://www.uow.edu.au/student/services/ld/ Library The UOW Library allows access to a comprehensive range of print and electronic information. Much of this information can be viewed through the Library website once you have received your username and password. Please make sure you read all the keys to ensure that any links connecting to outside networks do not deduct from your Internet Quota. www.library.uow.edu.au Map To access a map of the University of Wollongong campus, please visit: www.uow.edu.au/about/maps Medical Services A range of health and medical services are provided on campus for all students. Additionally, there are a number of medical centres throughout Wollongong that you may visit. Upon your arrival, you will be given a business card with all the relevant information regarding medical services, as well as your Overseas Student Health Cover card, if you are required to have one.
Night Time Safety
After dark, students can obtain a safety escort from Security staff who will walk with you across campus to your car, to the taxi rank, or to the bus stop. There are also security telephones located around campus that a signposted and accompanied by a blue light. If you need assistance or are concerned about your welfare, the security telephone will connect you directly to security staff. In addition, a shuttle bus can be used from one end of campus to the other or link up with the North Wollongong train station. For more information about security at UOW, please see: http://www.uow.edu.au/about/security/index.html
Overseas Student Health Cover OSHC is compulsory for students participating in the Study Abroad and Exchange program at UOW. Our OSHC provider is Bupa. Upon arrival at UOW, you will receive a card and information on how to make claims, etc.
Post Office There is an Australian Post Office located on campus at UOW. This offers full postal services and also accepts payment of most common household bills. You may also find it useful for banking, library fine payment, souvenirs, phonecards, etc.
Queer Collective Allsorts is UOW’s queer collective which encourages all gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered, asexual, genderqueer, intersex and queer friendly people to meet, socialise and have fun. For more info, visit: http://www.uowallsorts.org/index.php SOLS SOLS (Student Online System) is the system through which you can manage your enrolment and personal information through the UOW website. For more information, please visit the SOLSHelp website: http://www.uow.edu.au/solshelp/index.html Sport and Recreation The University Recreation and Aquatic Centre (URAC) provides sport and fitness facilities on campus. http://www.urac.com.au/ Transcripts Upon completion of each academic session, a transcript for each Study Abroad and Exchange student will automatically be sent to the home university. The academic transcript is an official record of all subjects attempted at UOW and the grade awarded.
The UniCentre provides the following services on campus: UniShop (text books, snacks, magazines, stationery, UOW memorabilia, mobile phones, etc); UniBar; UniMovies; Centre for Student Development (Clubs and Societies, Competitions, Market Days, Green Team, etc); UniClassifieds
Woolyungah Indigenous Centre The Woolyungah Indigenous Centre aims to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and other Indigenous students and scholars to undertake high quality undergraduate and postgraduate education. They offer a number of courses in Aboriginal culture, history and art. For more information, please see: http://www.uow.edu.au/wic/
101 Interesting Facts that you (probably) didn’t know About Australia
Australia’s main natural hazards are cyclones, drought and bush fires.
Australia’s highest recorded temperature was 51°C in Oodnadatta in South Australia in 1960. The lowest temperature was -23°C in Charlotte Pass in New South Wales.
One third of Australia’s land is desert. The largest desert is the Great Victoria Desert in WA/SA. This desert is 1.5 larger than the UK or roughly the same size as Montana in the USA.
Australia is the world’s smallest continent and the world’s sixth largest country (slightly smaller than the US) and is the only country that occupies an entire continent.
Each year, at least one person is eaten by a crocodile in Australia
Australia is the world’s largest iron ore exporter and the largest producer of bauxite and alumina. It also has the world’s largest deposits of silver, zinc, zircon and easily extracted uranium (over 40% of the world’s resources). It also has about 10% of the world’s gold resources.
Australian law imposes fines on those who do not vote and do not wear seat belts.
In 1932, Francis De Groot, a retired cavalry officer, managed to get himself selected as part of the honour guard at the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. When the ribbon was about to be cut, he galloped forward on his horse and cut the ribbon with his sword, and declared the bridge open in the name of 'the decent citizens of New South Wales'. The ribbon was then tied back together and the ceremony continued. De Groot was sent to a mental hospital, declared insane and later fined for the replacement cost of one ribbon.
Australia has nine sheep for every person.
Around 80% of the Australians live within the eastern seaboard or the coastal fringes of the continent.
Prime Minister Harold Holt went for a swim at Cheviot Beach, near Portsea on 17th December 1967, and was never seen again. The event has been referred to as 'the swim that needed no towel'. People who bolt (i.e. to from police, etc) are said to do the ‘Harold Holt’.
The Australian Coat of Arms includes the kangaroo and the emu because neither can walk backwards.
The world’s fastest growing tree is the Australian Eucalyptus which can grow up to 10 metres in one year.
Convicts were not sent to Australia for serious crimes. Perpetrators of murder, rape, or impersonating an Egyptian were given the death sentence in England.
The secret ballot box, the most prized symbol of democracy, was invented in Victoria in 1856. This was used for the first time in the UK in 1872, in Canada in 1974 and the USA in 1892.
Between the towns of Ooldia and Nurina in Western Australia is the world’s longest stretch of railway, which is 478.4 km long.
The Great Barrier Reef is the longest coral reef in the world.
The box jellyfish is the world's most venomous marine creature. It has killed more people in Australia than stonefish, sharks and crocodiles combined.
The Sydney Funnelweb spider is the world's deadliest spider. It is the only spider that has killed people in less than 2 hours. Its fangs are powerful enough to bite through gloves and fingernails. The only animals without immunity to its venom are humans and monkeys.
Western Australia is 3.5 bigger than Texas
The oldest newspaper in the Southern Hemisphere is the Sydney Morning Herald (1831) www.smh.com.au
No part of Australia is further than 1000 km from the ocean.
Granny Smith (green) apples were originally cultivated by Maria Smith of Eastwood, NSW in the 1860s
In 1977, Alan Jones had a surprise win at the Austrian Grand Prix. Unfortunately, they didn't have the Australian national anthem so instead a local drunk played "Happy Birthday to You" on a trumpet.
The Australian Lyre Bird is the world's best imitator. It is able to mimic the calls of 15 different species of birds in their locality and string the calls into a melody. Also been known to mimic the sound of mobile phones and chainsaws.
Sydney’s Opera House was designed by a Danish architect, Jorn Utzon.
Princess Mary of Denmark is an Australian from Tasmania.
The world’s largest cattle station is in Australia; it is almost the same size as Belgium.
The black box flight recorder for aircraft was invented in Australia in 1858 by aeronautical research scientist, David Warren.
The first official world surfing championships were held in Sydney in 1964.
Over 90% of the world’s opals are mined in Australia
In 1926, NSW became the first government in the world to pay pensions to women.
Australia is the only continent without an active volcano.
The city of Melbourne founded the first gay and lesbian radio station in the world in 1993 with the name Joy Radio.
The longest fence in the world is located in Australia. It is 5530km long and was intended to keep dingoes away from sheep. It is about twice as long as the Great Wall of China.
Australia’s first police force was created from a group of 12 of the best behaved convicts.
The name Kylie (as in Kylie Minogue) is derived from the Aboriginal word for Boomerang.
Former Australian Prime Minister, Bob Hawke, made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for sculling 2.5 pints of beer in 11 seconds.
Australia has the world’s largest population of wild one-humped camels
The Tasmanian Devil has the jaw strength of a crocodile
Tasmania has the cleanest air in the world.
The Great Barrier Reef has a mailbox. You can ferry out and send a postcard stamped with the only GBR stamp.
The Australian Alps, or Snowy Mountains, receive more snow than Switzerland.
Melbourne has the second largest Greek population in the world … after Athens.
Australia has a 99% literacy rate; Australians read more newspapers per capita than any country in the world.
Per capita, Australians spend more money on gambling than any other country in the world. In fact, although Australians make up less than 1% of the world’s population, Australia has over 20% of the world’s poker machines.
The national anthem is Advance Australia Fair since 1984. Previously it was God Save the Queen.
Australia’s national colours are green and gold
Australia currently has the 4th highest standard of living in the world (after Iceland, Norway and Canada).
Perth, the capital of Western Australia, is the most isolated capital in the world.
Perth has the most consistent wind with the breeze which locals call the Fremantle Doctor. It arrives between 12pm and 3pm virtually every day of the year.
Perth has the highest population per capita of self made millionaires in the world.
Broome in Western Australia is the pearling capital of the world.
Certain female species of spider such as the Australian crab spider, sacrifice their bodies as a food source to their offspring.
The practice of naming hurricanes began in Australia early last century when an Australian weather forecaster named tropical storms after politicians he didn’t like.
Australia’s official name is the Commonwealth of Australia formed on January 1, 1901 when six colonies became a federation
The capital city of Australia is Canberra in the Australia Capital Territory
Australia is a constitutional democracy. The form of government is a constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system of government.
The Queen is represented in Australia by the Governor-General, who is, at present, the first female Governor-General, Ms Quentin Bryce.
There are two major political groups that form government: the Australian Labor Party and the Coalition (made up of the Liberal Party and the National Party).
Julia Gillard is the Prime Minister of Australia. She is Australia’s first female Prime Minister.
Although most of Australia is semi-arid/desert, it includes a variety of other climates, from alpine to tropical, and as such is recognised as a “megadiverse” country.
Australia has the greatest number of reptiles in the world.
Australia is home to the largest number of venomous snakes in the world the most venomous of which is the Inland Taipan
Australia’s per capita GDP is slightly higher than that of the UK, Germany and France in terms of purchasing power parity.
In 2008, Australia broke a record when 4 of it’s major cities were in the top ten of the Economist’s World’s Most Liveable Cities list.
Australian English is a major variety of the English language, with its own distinct accent and vocabulary. Spelling and grammar are largely based on those of British English. To see some Aussie Slang, see this site: http://www.alldownunder.com/oz-u/slang/index.html
OECD currently ranks Australia’s education as the sixth best in the world.
Peach Melba is a dessert named after famed Australian opera singer, Dame Nellie Melba.
You might want to watch the following Australian classics before your arrival: Mad Max, Gallipoli, Shine, Rabbit-Proof Fence, Happy Feet, Romeo and Juliet, Puberty Blues, The Man from Snowy River, BMX Bandits, Crocodile Dundee, Romper Stomper, Strictly Ballroom, The Heartbreak Kid, The Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert, Muriel’s Wedding, Sirens, Babe, Blackrock, The Castle, Two Hands, Chopper, The Dish, Looking for Alibrandi, Lantana, Moulin Rouge!, Cracker Jack, Garage Days, Peter Pan: Return to Never Land, The Rage in Placid Lake, Somersault, Strange Bedfellows, Wolf Creek, Candy, Happy Feet, Romulus My Father, Australia…
The ‘Ute’ (utility vehicle/pick up truck) was designed by Lewis Brandt in Geelong, Victoria in 1934.
The Inflatable Aircraft Escape Slide and Raft was invented by Jack Grant, a Qantas employee in 1965.
The electric drill was invented by Australian, Arthur James in 1889.
Latex gloves were developed in Australia in 1945.
The notepad was created by J.A. Birchall of Launceston, Tasmania in 1902.
The first system of pre-paid postage was instituted in NSW in 1838.
Cask wine (boxed wine) was developed in Australia by Thomas Angove of South Australia in 1965.
South Australia was the first place in the world to grant women the right to vote AND the right to run for office in 1894.
The eight-hour working day was first achieved in Melbourne in 1856 and is the reason behind the public holiday of Labour Day.
The electronic pacemaker was developed in Sydney’s Crown Street Women’s Hospital in 1926.
Australian psychiatrist, Dr. John Cade, discovered the use of lithium for treatment of bipolar disorder in 1948.
The first frozen embryo baby was born in the Queen Victoria Medical Centre in Melbourne in 1984.
The bionic ear, or the cochlear implant was invented at the University of Melbourne in and was implanted in the first patient in 1978 at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital.
Australian surgeon, Professor Earl Owen, designed the first instruments for microsurgery and pioneered many microsurgical techniques. He is regarded as the most important pioneer of microsurgery.
The world’s first anti-flu drug, Relenza, was developed in Victoria and released in 1996.
Spray-on skin for burns victims was developed by Dr. Fiona Wood in 2002.
The world’s first vaccine for prevent cervical cancer, Gardacil, was developed by Professor Ian Frazer at the University of Queensland during the 1990s which was approved for use in 2006.
Australian film, the Story of the Kelly Gang in 1906 is regarded as the first feature length film ever made.
Speedo swimwear was invented in Australia.
Although Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928, Australian Nobel Laureate, Howard Florey, developed penicillin for use as a medicine.
The “esky” or chilly bin, or ice box, was invented in Australia.
Australian Dr. Fiona Stanley discovered the benefits of folate intake during early pregnancy in preventing the occurrence of spina bifida.
Car radios were invented in Australia in 1924.
The underwater torpedo was invented in Australia in 1874.
The first international ski tournament was held in Australia in 1907.
Solar hot water was developed in Australia in 1953.
Permanent crease trousers were invented in Australia in 1957.
Medical ultrasound was developed by the Australian Department of Health in 1961.
The USA spent $11 billion developing an aeroplane that could not be detected by radar. In 1995, Australian scientists spent $1.5 million creating the Jindalee Radar system that detected the turbulence aeroplanes created in the air, so that it could be detected after all.
Australian Food You might like to try some of these traditional Aussie recipes before you arrive …
Traditional biscuits baked by anxious wives and mothers during World War I, packed in food parcels, and sent to the Australian soldiers in the trenches.
INGREDIENTS 1 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup desiccated coconut
1 cup plain flour
1 cup sugar
125g (4oz) butter
2 tablespoons golden syrup
1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
1 tablespoon water
Preheat oven to 300F (150C)
Mix oats, flour, sugar and coconut together.
Melt syrup and butter together.
Mix soda with boiling water and add to melted butter and syrup.
Add to dry ingredients.
Place 1 tablespoonfuls of mixture on greased tray (allow room for spreading).
Bake for 20 minutes.
Loosen while warm, cool on trays.
(makes about 35)
In colonial Australia, stockmen developed the technique of making damper out of necessity. Often away from home for weeks, with just a camp fire to cook on and only sacks of flour as provisions, a basic staple bread evolved. It was originally made with flour and water and a good pinch of salt, kneaded, shaped into a round, and baked in the ashes of the campfire or open fireplace. It was eaten with pieces of fried dried meat, sometimes spread with golden syrup, but always with billy tea or maybe a swig of rum.
3 cups of self-raising flour
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
3 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup water
Sift flour and salt into a bowl, rub in butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs.
Make a well in the centre; add the combined milk and water mix lightly with a knife until dough leaves sides of bowl.
Gently knead on a lightly floured surface and then shape into a round, put on a greased oven tray. Pat into a round 15-16 cm (6-6 1/2 inch) diameter.
With sharp knife, cut two slits across dough like a cross, approximately 1cm (1/2in) deep.
Brush top of dough with milk.
Sift a little extra flour over dough.
Bake in a hot oven for 10 minutes, or until golden brown.
Reduce heat to moderate and bake another 20 minutes.
Best eaten the day it is made.
Small squares of plain cake dipped in melted chocolate and sugar and coated in desiccated coconut. Said to have been named after Baron Lamington (see below), a popular governor of Queensland from 1896 to 1901.
1/2 cup castor sugar
3/4 cup self-raising flour
1/4 cup cornflour
15g (1/2oz) butter
3 tablespoons hot water
Beat eggs until thick and creamy. Gradually add sugar. Continue beating until sugar completely dissolved.
Fold in sifted SR flour and cornflour, then combined water and butter.
Pour mixture into prepared lamington tins 18cm x 28cm (7in x 11in).
Bake in moderate oven approximately 30 mins.
Let cake stand in pan for 5 min before turning out onto wire rack.
CHOCOLATE ICING 3 cups desiccated coconut
500g (1lb) icing sugar
1/3 cup cocoa
(extra cocoa can be added, according to taste)
15g (1/2oz) butter
1/2 cup milk
Sift icing sugar and cocoa into heatproof bowl.
Stir in butter and milk.
Stir over a pan of hot water until icing is smooth and glossy.
Trim brown top and sides from cake.
Cut into 16 even pieces.
Holding each piece on a fork, dip each cake into icing.
Hold over bowl a few minutes to drain off excess chocolate.
Toss in coconut or sprinkle to coat.
Place on oven tray to set.
(Cake is easier to handle if made the day before.
Sponge cake or butter cake may be used.
May be filled with jam and cream.)
In 1935, the chef of the Hotel Esplanade in Perth, Western Australia, Herbert Sachse, created the pavlova to celebrate the visit of the great Russian ballerina, Anna Pavlova. Whilst it has been suggested this dessert was created in New Zealand, it has become recognized as a popular Australian dish.
TRADITIONAL PAVLOVA 4-6 egg whites
8oz castor sugar/sugar (equal parts)
1 teaspoon white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence
2 level teaspoons cornflour
(Please note the following equivalents:
castor sugar or fine/super fine sugar
corn flour or cornstarch)
Preheat oven to 400F (200C).
Lightly grease oven tray, line with baking paper or use non-stick cooking spray.
Beat the whites of eggs with a pinch of salt until stiff (until peaks form).
Continue beating, gradually adding sugar, vinegar and vanilla, until of thick consistency.
Lightly fold in cornflour.
Pile mixture into circular shape, making hollow in centre for filling.
(Mixture will swell during cooking)
Electric oven: turn oven to 250F (130C) and bake undisturbed for 1 1/2 hours.
Gas oven: bake at 400F (200C) for ten minutes, then turn oven to 250F (130C) and bake a further hour.
(Fan forced oven: temperature and time needs to be adjusted accordingly.)
Turn oven off; leave pavlova in oven until cool.
Top with whipped cream and decorate with fruit as desired.
Orientation Trips If you choose to arrive in Wollongong before Orientation begins, you may be interested in contacting one of these companies before your arrival to organise some travelling. They also offer trips during Orientation week:
Amongst other trips, Extreme Adventures has organised a trip just for new, study abroad & exchange UOW students that is run during Orientation week!
Departure: Fri 26 July
Return to UOW: Sun 28 July
To book your space on the trip and for more information, go to http://www.extremeadventures.com.au/tripsummary.jsp?tripId=1 You are more than welcome to participate in the other trips offered by Extreme Adventures also.
Surf Camp Australia is also offering a trip early in the semester:
Departure: Fri 2 August
Return to UOW: Sun 4 August
This trip is just for new study abroad and exchange students to UOW.
This trip includes:
2 Day Progressive Surf Course
Use of Rip Curl wetsuit and surfboard
All meals at Surf Camp
2 nights accommodation
Return transportation from Wollongong to Surf Camp
Surf Camp T-shirt & Cap
To book visit www.surfcamp.com.au
At the top of the page, click on Book Now
Select the Ultimate Surf Weekend
Enter the promo code ‘uowsurf’ to receive the special discounted rate!
Colourful Trips is offering a trip during orientation week specifically for newly arrived international students to UOW to Jervis Bay.
Departure: Sat 27 July
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