Program Overview

Dive into your future career in one of the best spots on the planet—Sydney, Australia. On Intern in Australia, we’ll tailor your internship placement to match your career goals, interests, and skills. Not sure how long to live “down under?” You can choose an 8 or 12-week internship. Live the “work hard, play hard” mentality. While Australians take their workday quite seriously, they’re also serious about living the good life. Join your new friends to cheer on an Aussie Rules Football match, hang out in a local pub, or snorkel the Great Barrier Reef with other interns.

With the CISabroad Career Launch Toolkit, you’ll receive resume/interview coaching, a career guidebook, an internship completion certificate, and more! Jump-start your career with the CISabroad global network!

GPA Requirement
Application Deadlines
Spring: September 1 I October 1
Summer: February 1 I February 15
Fall: May 1 I June 1
Avg Course Load
U.S credit may be available through CISabroad and/or your home university
Language(s) of Instruction

Key Program Highlights

  • Comprehensive orientation and cultural activities included
  • Most affordable way to live and learn in Australia
  • Work experience with Australians and people from all over the world
  • Internship placement in beautiful Sydney, a bustling, cosmopolitan city
  • 24/7 on-site support to help you get adjusted to life in Australia

Your Journey Begins Here

  • Connect with your Global Advisor to start planning. Apply by the application deadline.

  • Meet your Program Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, payments, etc. Attend a pre-departure orientation.

  • Fly away. You'll be greeted at the airport, participate in a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.

Internship Placement

These are a few of our Art and Design placements that you are able to intern with.
There are many more options though, just contact an advisor to learn more!

Graphic Design Intern for Drink Company
Work for a young, fast moving drink company with new products coming to market all the time. You'll work on the graphic design team, assisting with the company's product launches as part of the overall marketing scheme.
Graphic Design Intern at Mentor Matching Service
Get ready to digitally dive into this role. You'll help the organization with a range of graphic design services, and you'll gain experience in social media marketing, content marketing, email marketing, and website design and development. To be successful in this role, you'll have an interest in and understanding of web design.
Design Intern at Interior Design Company
Are you ready to get your hands on visually exciting projects? You'll work as part of a team to provide high-quality products and services to clients, and you'll attend regular team meetings. Our internship supervisor will help guide your projects which could include mock-ups for client meetings or improving social media outreach
Earn credit 

Through our partnership with Plymouth State University, you can earn between 3-12 credits in the fields listed here. Alternatively, many students are able to arrange for credit through their home universities. Learn More →

Program Excursions

While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in weekend and day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.

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Manly Beach

Taking the ferry over the harbor to Manly is an experience in itself. At the beach, you can sunbathe, try paddle boarding, dine on fish and chips, or take a leisurely bush hike that will lead you to unobstructed views of glimmering water.

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Sydney Tower Eye

Visit Sydney's tallest structure and the second tallest observation tower in the Southern Hemisphere. Save this one until you know your way around the city—then head up to the observation deck to see it from above. On a clear day, you'll be surprised what you can spot!

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Milson's Point and Kirribilli

Start with a walk over the Harbour Bridge, then visit Luna Park for a bit of theme-park fun. From there, explore the Kirribilli markets for local music, fashion, and Australian trinkets.

Life in Sydney

Welcome and Orientation

Your program will kick off with a CISabroad Orientation. You will learn more about the culture and vivacious city around you! We’ll also sit down to discuss program and behavioral expectations, with topics such as academics (they are different from the US!), culture, slang, and where to go and what to do when you settle into your new home in Sydney.

Farewell and Re-entry Program

Though you’re not an astronaut returning from space, re-entering your home culture after being abroad can be shocking to the system. We’ll walk you through some of the things to expect, rehash your time abroad so that you can remember the highlights and, yep, we’ll feed you again as part of our farewell to Australia.

Housing Options

Shared Apartment


  • Shared rooms
  • Fully furnished, in addition to a shared kitchen
  • Close to public transportation
  • Located close to the Surry Hills neighborhood of Sydney, which is situated south-east of the city’s central business district
students overlooking the sydney opera house

Local Life

  • Cockatoo Island: Take the ferry to explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site in the middle of beautiful Sydney Harbour.
  • Fish Markets: The largest working fish market in the southern hemisphere - open from 7am every day. Book a behind the scenes tour to see the real wholesale auction that kicks off at 5.30am.
  • Chinatown and Powerhouse Museum: Find your favorite flavour of dumpling when you visit Chinatown. Then pop to the nearby Powerhouse Museum – this is an interactive museum dedicated to science, technology and design. If you want to grab some bargains you can also stop by Paddys Market!
  • Hyde Park: Visit the Australian Museum (Australia’s first museum), the ANZAC memorial, St Mary’s Cathedral and Hyde Park Barracks – a good dose of Aussie culture and history.

More About Sydney

The gateway to Australia, Sydney is a dynamic and cosmopolitan city that combines culture, history, and beautiful scenery! Sydney is Australia’s largest and oldest city, with a multicultural population of nearly four million. Located along the southeast coast of the Tasman Sea, Sydney has one of the world’s most stunning harbors, with easy-to-reach sandy beaches in every direction. As a student studying in Sydney, you can enjoy some of Australia's most famous sites, such as the Sydney Opera House, Harbor Bridge, Bondi Beach, and the Royal Botanical Gardens.

Are you a sports fan? Don't miss out on one of the many fan-driven sporting events within the city. Food enthusiast? Dine on dishes from all over the world thanks to Sydney's international food scene. Want to take a break from the city and enjoy nature? There are five major national parks around Sydney with 8,000 square kilometers of open space, easily accessible by train.

Visitors to Sydney will agree that the city has a reputation as an international center for commerce, arts, fashion, culture, entertainment, music, education, and tourism.  Best of all, Sydney has an enjoyable temperate climate with warm summers and mild winters. It's the perfect place to explore the city or hit the beach! With its wide range of cultural, historical, culinary, and sports opportunities, Sydney, Australia, is the perfect location for your study abroad experience.

Student Feedback

CISabroad student study abroad for Semester on Gold Coast Australia
Going abroad with CISabroad was one of my best decisions. I really loved how CIS created a family through orientation, excursions, Facebook posts, rooming assignments, etc. There was never a moment where I felt alone or helpless. I've made friends that I'll have for the rest of my life.

Morgan Schuler - University of South Carolina

Program Support

Meet Our Staff

Before, during, and after your study abroad experience, you’ll be supported by the dedicated and passionate CISabroad staff. Our goal is quick responses to your questions before you depart, and even quicker once you’ve arrived on site.

Robust Advising Center

Our team of advisors will help you choose a program, connect with your home university regarding classes and financial aid and get you prepared to apply for your program.

Team of Dedicated Program Coordinators

Your Program Coordinator will assist you in finalizing housing, enrolling in courses, booking flights, obtaining visas, arranging payments, and provide pre-departure orientation.

Experienced On-site Staff

From greeting you at the airport to a robust On-site Orientation to La Vida Local Activities our on-site staff will be there to support you throughout your time on-site.

Ongoing Support

Our support doesn’t end when your program does. We have alumni programming, webinars, and resources to help you readjust when you’ve returned from your experience.

Your Support Staff

Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please do not book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Summer 2018: Session 1
    Application Deadline
    February 1
    May 18
    May 19 - 20
    July 14 | August 11
    $6,490 - $7,490
  • Summer 2018: Session 2
    Application Deadline
    February 15
    June 15
    June 15 - 17
    August 11 | September 8
    $6,490 - $7,490
  • Fall 2018: Session 1
    Application Deadline
    May 1
    September 7
    September 8 - 9
    November 3 | December 1
    $6,490 - $7,490
  • Fall 2018: Session 2
    Application Deadline
    June 1
    October 5 (Estimated)
    October 6 - 7 (Estimated)
    December 1 | December 29 (Estimated)
    $6,490 - $7,490 (Estimated)
  • Spring 2019: Session 1
    Application Deadline
    September 1
    January 11 (Estimated)
    January 11 - 13 (Estimated)
    March 9 | April 6 (Estimated)
    $6,490 - $7,490 (Estimated)
  • Spring 2018: Session 2
    Application Deadline
    October 1
    February 8 (Estimated)
    February 8 - 10 (Estimated)
    April 6 | May 4 (Estimated)
    $6,490 - $7,490 (Estimated)

CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.

Program Inclusions

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • CISabroad Orientation
  • Cultural activities and excursions
  • Internship placement and supervision
  • Housing (apartment) – Homestay placements available upon request
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • Pre-departure and onsite orientation
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Airport pickup service
  • On-site support
  • Career Launch Toolkit
  • NYTimes Digital Subscription
  • La Vida Local cultural program