Get a jump start on your career in hospitality by studying abroad and working in the industry from February through August in Sydney, Australia. Known for arming students with practical knowledge of the hospitality industry, the International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS) also helps students secure hands-on paid internships at internationally-respected hotels, such as Four Seasons, Hilton, Sheraton and more. During the spring semester students take hospitality-related courses in addition to their part-time internship then transition into interning full-time during the summer…all while experiencing the best of Australia’s beachside living!


Study at Australia’s leading hospitality school’s multicultural campus during the spring semester

During the summer, continue working in the paid internship placement full time (40+ hours/week)

Enjoy living in on- or off-campus (depending on the semester) in Manly right by the beach

Experience the famous laid back Australian lifestyle that makes the most of Manly’s magnificent beaches, ideal climate and easy access to the heart of Sydney by ferry across the harbor

Take advantage of ICMS’s comprehensive four-day Pre-semester Cultural Immersion Program exploring the Great Barrier Reef and tropical North Queensland

Practice wearing business attire to class to prep for life as a professional in your field

Benefit from access to TEAN’s Sydney-based Resident Director and other in-country staff for continued support throughout the program

Program Details

ICMS Cultural Immersion Program

The four-day International Cultural Immersion Program welcomes students to their new life in Australia helping them adjust to academic and cultural differences, introducing them to other study abroad students and exposing them to an exciting area of Australia. Students discover one of the most beautiful parts of the country: tropical northern Queensland. Based out of Cairns, the journey includes spending a day snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef, learning about indigenous peoples and cultures, getting to know the country’s cutest marsupials with a wildlife park visit and more!

Please note that TEAN will cover the cost of the program however, flights to and from Cairns are not included in the program price and are the student’s responsibility.

TEAN Staff

Our team works with you start to finish through the study abroad process. Our programs staff will help guide you through the application process to go abroad, then upon arrival in Australia, you will meet our team who will provide assistance during your time in-country. Throughout your semester you will meet with the Sydney Resident Director for informal discussions and excursions. Our staff is readily available and able to assist you with any academic, social, or cultural questions or issues that you may face during your time abroad.

Meet the Team


During the spring semester, TEAN students live on campus at ICMS with more than 200 other students. Accommodation is dormitory-style (single, double, triple or quad) with all meals provided and offers easy access to Manly Beach and shopping district. ICMS also runs a free shuttle bus to the Manly town center. Rooms on campus are equipped with a desk, wardrobe, heating, personal phones and WiFi. All linen is provided and rooms are vacuumed once a week. Each floor has a kitchenette, common bathrooms, toilets and ironing facilities.

During the summer, students can choose to continue living on-campus or in ICMS housing in the suburb of Manly with easy ferry access to the city center and most internship locations. This modern housing is self-catered with full kitchen facilities. Bedrooms are twin or single rooms with shared bathrooms.


About ICMS

  • The International College of Management, Sydney (ICMS) is a leading business school focused in the areas of Event Management, Hospitality Management, International Tourism, Sport Management, Retail Marketing & Property Management.
  • ICMS is housed in a heritage listed building over 100 years old, overlooking Sydney’s famous Manly Beach, and only a 15 minute fast-ferry ride to the city.
  • Situated on 20 hectares of parkland, students can live on campus in a safe environment with on campus facilities including computer laboratories, library, cafe,bar and full working restaurant, tennis and basketball courts.
  • The campus is a five-minute walk to Manly Beach and shopping precinct with its cafes, restaurants and boutiques.
  • Strong focus on combining practical work with a strong theoretical foundation.
  • Over 1,500 students from over 40 countries. Sixty percent of students are from Australia, with the remainder from all over the world.
  • In order to better prepare students to enter the workforce after graduation, ICMS requires students to wear business attire while attending class and their internships.
  • Most Faculty members are still employed in the industry, providing real world, current case studies for students. Faculty members include hotel managers, property management experts and event management owners.


The ICMS campus overlooks Manly beach and is a short ferry ride from Sydney’s Central Business District. Visit the google map link below to see the campus location.

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Students enroll in 3 courses from the list below. In addition, students will enroll in IND201 Industry Training (this is the internship). Total, this equals 15 ICMS credits, which usually transfers as 12-15 U.S. semester credits.

EVT110 Introduction to the Event Industry
EVT120 Venue and Hospitality Ops
EVT200 Event Production and Design
EVT210 Legal Issues for Event Management
EVT300 Promotions and Sponsorship
EVT320 International Events
HOS100 Hospitality Operations I
HOS112 Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism Management
HOS120 Rooms Division Operations
HOS200 Hospitality Operations II
HOS210 Operational Management and Cost Control
HOS220 Rooms Division Management
HOS230 Gastronomy
HOS303 Global Trends in Hospitality and Tourism
HOS320 Hotel Management Simulations
HOS330 Global Wine Tourism
MGT202 Service Management and Innovation
MGT203 Applied Leadership
MGT211 Cross-Cultural Management
MGT230 Facilities Management
MGT330 Quality Management & Customer Service
TOU110 Destination Sales & Marketing


Hospitality Internship

During the spring semester, students will work in a paid hospitality role 10-12 hours/week. During the summer, students will continue working in the same placement for 40-60 hours/week. Students will be paid the minimum hourly rate in Australia, which is currently $19.49 AUD/hour.

Students will work in general entry-level positions including in guest services (front office/reception) and/or food and beverage departments of major international hotels in Sydney, such asFour Seasons, Sheraton, Sofitel, Hilton, Intercontinental Hotels and Resorts, and Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts.

Upon arrival in Australia, students will meet with ICMS staff to be introduced to their work placement. Prior to your on-site interview with your prospective employer, you will be coached by ICMS staff on what to expect and the Australian work environment.

Students are enrolled in IND201 Industry Training for which there is assessment. The industry training is designed to provide students with learning in the workplace that supports, illustrates and extends the theoretical and practical learning provided through the classroom environment. Students will experience the workplace, apply and broaden their professional and theoretical skills, and form a network of industry contacts.

Download Course Syllabus 

Prior to beginning your work placement, you will complete the Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) course run by ICMS. This two-day course is a compulsory requirement to work in the hospitality F&B service in Australia.



  • 2.5 GPA
  • Minimum sophomore standing at a four-year institution at the time of participation
  • Preference of one-year customer service experience
  • A screening call may be required by ICMS prior to final acceptance

TEAN Events

Activities / Immersion

Our local staff arrange various activities during the semester designed to help immerse you in the local culture. These activities are included in your semester program. In addition, if you have a specific interest or hobby, your Sydney-based TEAN Resident Director will be able to point you in the right direction. Below are examples of previous activities arranged for students. Note that activities change each semester.

In addition to the TEAN-organized events, to make sure you don’t miss out on any opportunities, our local staff send out frequent emails letting you know what is happening in Sydney. Ranging from community events to music festivals, we tap you into the local culture right from the start.

Rugby League Match

In Australia, each state has a sport that dominates. In New South Wales, rugby league is the dominant sport. We join the local crowds to see a game and your local TEAN staff provide an explanation of the rules.

Sydney Opera House Tour

Go beyond the typical tourist experience of simply taking a photo of the Sydney Opera House by going inside the famous structure for a behind-the-scenes tour. Our guide will show us the iconic opera house’s secrets as we discover places usually closed to the public and explore the impressive theater that hosts more than 1,600 performances a year.

Learn to Surf

Australians love the beach – being an island nation with beautiful coastlines and 85% of the population living within an hour of a beach, it’s not surprising. Surfing is the favorite pastime of Aussie beachgoers so we introduce you to this sport early on in the semester with a lesson to get you started riding the waves.

Program Dates

Application Deadlines

TEAN has a rolling admissions process. We recommend submitting your application anytime from June for Spring applications. Late applications may be considered. Contact TEAN if the application deadline has passed.

Spring Deadline Nov 1
Summer Deadline March 1


Your signed program contract and full payment for the program are due by the program deadline. Please note we do have options for using financial aid and enrolling in a payment plan if you cannot make full payment by the payment deadline. You can find more information about funding your program here

Spring Payment Deadline Nov 15
Summer Payment Deadline March 15


Date of Departure Jan 28
Arrival in Australia Jan 30
ICMS Cultural Immersion Program Jan 31
University Orientation Feb 1
Classes/Internships Begin Feb 6
Semester Break N/A
Classes End Early May
Internships End August – depending on internship placement
Program Ends May 6


Fees & Inclusions

Spring & Summer 2023

  • Tuition and program fees: $14,950
  • Housing fees: $11,495

What’s Included

  • Full tuition (4 courses) including internship course 
  • Guaranteed, pre-arranged housing
  • Overseas health insurance, plus evacuation and repatriation insurance
  • Services of local Resident Directors
  • Four-day Cultural Immersion Program with meals, excursions, accommodations and ground transportation (fall and spring only) 
  • Cultural events scheduled throughout the semester
  • Wireless internet access in housing
  • Access to competitive airfares and pre-arranged group flights
  • Extensive pre-departure counseling and information packets
  • University and course selection advice
  • Official academic transcripts from host institution
  • Credit approval and transfer assistance
  • Help with student visa preparation
  • Financial aid transfer planning
  • Airport pickup and reception in Sydney
  • Arrival Welcome packet containing important local contact details and information
  • Sydney Farewell Dinner at conclusion of program
  • Host university orientation

What’s Not Included

  • International airfare ($1,800)
  • Domestic airfare in U.S. ($500)
  • Working holiday visa ($450)
  • Books ($365)
  • Some meals
  • Airport transfer at the end of the semester ($50)

*Numbers are estimated based on previous student experience and budget. Actual amounts will vary depending on student.


TEAN Scholarships

Apply for TEAN scholarships – starting at $1,000 – for the chance to receive money specifically for studying abroad. Each year we award thousands of dollars in need- and merit-based scholarships, diversity scholarships, a full ride scholarship and more. Visit our scholarships page for details!

We Love ICMS

Laura Carroll

Resident Director - Sydney & Wollongong

Sydney Tip
Snorkeling Spots

There is so much to see under the sea in Sydney! Some of my favorite snorkelling beaches are Little Bay down past Maroubra, Shelly Beach in Manly and Gordons Bay right next to Coogee Beach. Gordans Bay even has an underwater nature trail (aka a snorkeling map).


What do you do for TEAN and what is the best part of your job?
I am the New South Wales Resident Director working with students who study in Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong. The best part of my job is watching students grow throughout their study abroad experience!

What should be on every student’s bucket list for a semester in Australia?
There are so many things to pick from!! My absolute favorite thing I have done in Australia was go to Rottnest Island in Western Australia. It is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. There are no cars on the island, so you rent bikes and ride around beach hopping. There are amazing snorkeling spots, great beaches to lay out and the quokkas are the absolute cutest!

What are some must-do activities for every Sydney study abroad student?
Everyone should do the Coogee to Bondi Coastal Walk. If you do that and love it, then check out the Spit to Manly Coastal Walk. It’s a bit longer but so beautiful! You can also take the ferry to Manly Beach then, once you get to Manly Beach, walk up to Shelly Beach and go snorkeling. I also recommend heading to Newtown for some of the best vegan food around as well as great shopping and nightlife, wandering through Sydney’s amazing markets, like theGlebe and Marrickville markets, and seeing if there are any shows or concerts you’re interested in while you’re in Sydney – there are some really cool old theaters here!

Besides Sydney, what are some of your favorite places in Asia Pacific?
I loved Thailand for its culture – the people were so lovely, the food was amazing and seeing elephants is hard to beat! Of course, the beaches are gorgeous and I loved all the fun shopping too. I would highly recommend visiting Thailand while students are living in Australia. It’s very affordable and it’s so close!

What is the best meal (or food) you’ve had while traveling abroad?
When I was in Bali, I tried this jackfruit curry dish in Ubud. It was unbelievably delicious and the texture was amazing. This introduced me to cooking with jackfruit, which is now a weekly staple at my house. All the food in Bali was so fresh. I loved how you could buy tempe and tofu wrapped in banana leaves on the side of the road!

Kate McSurley

Assistant Director - Health & Safety

Sydney Tip
Bondi – Coogee Coastal Walk

It won’t take you long to discover the coastal walk from Bondi to Coogee – it has amazing views. It also has a really cool way of always changing and presenting something new. I’ve seen whales off the coast and I love when different weather rolls in and changes the surf. Sculpture by the Sea happens once a year, and places beautiful giant artworks along the walk and in the parks.


What is your favorite part of working with students?
For me, I love the first call with a student who has decided to take the leap and study abroad. They know they want to do it, but the idea of checking off all the steps is overwhelming, scary and seemingly impossible. When they realize we are committed to making this easy for them and I hear that sense of relief at the end of our chat, it always reminds me why I love what I do.

Why should students consider studying abroad in Australia?
Some students underestimate the complexity of Australia and don’t realize that it has vastly different locations and environments, similar to the unique cities and environments you can experience across the U.S. Even though the country may at first seem relatively similar to the U.S. compared to other study abroad destination, studying in Australia certainly doesn’t mean you up on the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of cultural and outdoor experiences. Here students can access rainforests, reefs, deserts, wildlife, cities and dramatically different landscapes, all without having to cross international borders.

As a TEAN alum and now employee, what do you think makes TEAN unique?
Everyone at TEAN is completely committed to encouraging study abroad experiences. It really is more than a job, it’s a lifestyle. As a student, I was taken aback by the level of support and service I received from TEAN staff. Now, I understand the sense of responsibility to ease the burden and shorten the hurdles for our students because there is so much value to studying abroad. We truly believe in what we do.

Where did you study abroad?
After first considering Melbourne for its prestigious reputation and quirky cafe culture, I switched to the University of Queensland in St. Lucia, right outside of Brisbane. I realized I might have a better chance of warm weather for my entire program if I headed for the Sunshine State. Now having traveled to both, I’m confident I would have been happy in either location, but UQ’s campus was the perfect escape from the harsh midwestern winters I was used to in Chicago. I really fell into the laidback Brisbane lifestyle more than anything and quickly understood it’s much more than just great weather. It’s a perfect city for international students because it has the right balance of culture, sport and access to adventure. The twisting Brisbane River gives you front door ferry service to very unique neighborhoods all with their own character and style. The ocean is within easy reach for a weekend jaunt (but spending a night at the manmade beaches of South Bank can be just as breathtaking). The views from Mt. Coot-tha are surreal, especially at sunset, and the city’s a great place for students who want to enjoy both city life and exploring the great outdoors. Brisbane lets you have it all.

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