Study Internship at the University of Sydney

Study AND intern in beautiful Sydney, Australia for a semester! Earn academic credit through both your traditional studies as well as a practical internship that will have you working 10 to 20 hours per week. Enjoy a fun, social atmosphere and exceptional staff support throughout your time in Australia with CISabroad.

Unique Placements.  Spend your time studying abroad in Sydney while participating in an international internship that is customized to fit your set of skills and takes into account your interests and career goals.  Are you thinking about a job in event management?  Have you wondered what it would be like to be a biologist?  Use this opportunity to have a sneak peek into new career or field.

We care about the environment.  We are conscious of the impact travel has on the environment and will offset your round-trip airfare to Sydney by working with our environmental partnerships based around the world.  You can study and intern abroad in Sydney while taking care of the earth by using the location-specific Green Travel Guide we provide to all students. 

Cultural Diversity.  In Sydney, you will study at one of the most culturally diverse schools in Australia.  Students in your classes and possibly your internship location come from over 100 different countries around the world, giving you a chance to learn about other cultures and meet other international students!

Study and intern for a full semester in Sydney!  You will have the chance to choose from a wide variety of classes and placements, while taking full advantage of all that Sydney has to offer.  Local staff will be there to facilitate the placement process and will help to ensure that you find a placement that fits well with both your professional and academic goals.  Get the most out of your study abroad experience by combining your studies and your internship! You will experience:

Sydney is a fantastic location – The city is full of history while providing students with modern amenities. Spend the afternoon enjoying the botanical gardens, see koalas up close at Taronga Zoo, or watch the sun set behind Sydney’s iconic Opera House.

Vibrant International Student Population – You’ll have the chance to meet and become friends with plenty of University of Sydney international students that come from 100 countries around the world. 

Exciting extracurricular opportunities – We’ve got a number of options of activities to get involved in. You can join the Ultimate Frisbee or rugby clubs, and the Global Leadership Program offers you a chance to attend cultural workshops and hear fascinating speakers.  Whichever options you choose, they are sure to be perfect opportunities to get to know other students.  

Exceptional travel location – Have you ever wanted to visit Thailand, spend an afternoon on a beach in Fiji, or see landscapes from the Lord of the Rings in New Zealand?  Since you’re already in the Pacific, why not use your free time to explore other parts of the area too? Don’t forget that Australia offers many unique locations to explore as well; take a trip to the outback or spend some time at the Great Barrier Reef!

CISabroad Orientation – This exciting in-country orientation will get you acquainted with both the local culture and your new surroundings, and will help you get accustomed to the Aussie way of life.  You will also meet fellow students spending the semester in Sydney as well!

Professional development complements personal growth - With a 10 or 20 hour per week internship, you will get to work alongside professionals in your field. That means you might have to head home a bit earlier from a barbeque from time-to-time, but your internship experience will be more than worth it!

When you take part in our study internship in Sydney, you'll get to combine the benefits of a study abroad program in Australia with the experience of an international internship! Some highlights include:
  • Large, diverse student body of 32,000
  • Wide variety of customized internship placements
  • Top of the line academics
  • Tons of extracurricular options including the Study abroad Certificate and the Global Leadership Programs
  • Red kangaroos on campus!
  • Top notch academics with programs in business, communications, education, media studies psychology, a numerous languages
  • Customized placements in fields such as marketing, event management, media and journalism, finance, biology, and psychology

You will take part in the CISabroad Adventure Orientation where you will explore all that the area has to offer while enjoying traditional Aussie activities. Details are to be determined, but you can expect to explore some areas outside of Sydney while being introduced to the Aussie culture and your fellow CISabroad Study Internship in Sydney participants as well as those studying in other locations in Australia.

For the Study Internship at University of Sydney program with CISabroad, you will enroll in courses just like a standard study abroad student, except one or two of your courses will be an internship. Internships are considered academic in nature, for which 3 credits are awarded for each 10-hour-per-week internship undertaken. Use this opportunity to have a sneak peek into new career or field from the list below.

  • Accounting, Economics and Finance
  • Advertising, Marketing and Sales
  • Architecture and Urban Planning
  • Business and Management
  • Charity and Conservation
  • Education and Tutoring
  • Engineering and Information Technology
  • Events, Public Relations and Social Media
  • Media and Communications
  • Retail and Fashion 
  • Science and Research

Two 13-week semesters will be offered at University of Sydney, one beginning in March and the second beginning July.  

GPA Required: 3.2.  Do not worry if you find your GPA is lower than the required number!  You can contact us via the “Contact an Advisor” button on this page or call us to explain your situation.  We’ll do everything we can to find the correct program for you!

How to choose your courses

This is the fun part!  Part of the application process requires you to fill out a CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet that can be found in the CISabroad Application Page.  The instructions for choosing your courses can be found below. 

Course load: 4 classes (12-16 U.S. credits)

Course approval: It is best if you are able to get 7-8 classes approved before heading overseas.  This will give you some flexibility when setting up your class schedule.  Make sure to consider the courses that are required for your major, but also think about classes that fulfill any elective requirements that you may have.

Course descriptions and catalog: To view the entire course catalog and descriptions, click here.

Did you know that 70% of all CISabroad students receive scholarships or grants to study or intern abroad? You can get a grant for something as simple as applying early, or a scholarship for blogging. 

For details on all scholarship and grant offerings and to apply, please click here.

Sydney is considered to be the gateway to Australia and has been hailed as both a cosmopolitan and dynamic city that combines history and culture with beautiful scenery.  Sydney is Australia’s largest city with a population of 4 million and its location along the southeast coast of the Tasman Sea makes Sydney Harbor one of the most stunning in the world, complete with easy-to-reach sandy beaches nearby!  The city is famous for its Sydney Opera House, which has been listed as a World Heritage site, and the restaurants and cafes give the city another boost by providing visitors with outstanding fresh, local produce and world-class wines.  All of this, combined with a sunny and moderate climate and a relaxed lifestyle, makes Sydney a great place to visit.

There are 5 major national parks, including the world’s second oldest Royal National Park, located around Sydney, which is equal to 8,000 square kilometers of open space.  Sydney is known for being an international center for arts, commerce, culture, education, entertainment, fashion, music, and tourism.  It has been home to many world events, such as the 2003 Rugby World Cup and the 2000 Summer Olympics.  With its wide range of culinary, cultural, historical, and sports opportunities, Sydney is an ideal destination for international students!

While studying at the University of Sydney, a university that draws international students from over 145 countries, you will have endless opportunities not only to connect with Aussies, but with other students from around the world.  The University of Sydney is continuously rated in the top 0.3% of universities in the world and in the Top 50 of many worldwide rankings! The university boasts top-notch academics, dedicated faculty and staff, and research facilities that are recognized globally.  The University of Sydney is an AACSB Accredited Business School as well.

There are over 2,500 course options available to study abroad students, and a large, diverse student body with 15,000 international students.  Enjoy world-class facilities, inspirational academics, and dedicated faculty and professors.  The University of Sydney is the oldest member of the prestigious “Group of Eight,” or Ivy Leagues in Australia. Study business, communications, political science, and more from one of the most well-known universities in the world.  Also, get to know local Australians through the MATES Social Mentoring Program!  Additionally, get involved with the locals by choosing from over 200 campus clubs and societies.

Study Internship in Sydney offers two different housing options: off-campus or on-campus apartments

In the off-campus apartments you will live in a university-sponsored apartment that’s a 15-minute walk (or less) from the center of campus. Apartment amenities include shared or single rooms (for an additional fee) with twin beds, individual desks, and built-in wardrobes in all of the bedrooms. Kitchens come fully equipped, the living is fully furnished and comes with a television, and there is a space for dining. Laundry facilities are also available at the off-campus apartments.

The on-campus apartments offer shared or single rooms (for an additional fee), with a social atmosphere and modern ammenities, such as a student lounge, outdoor entertainment area, ping pong, internet cafe, and volleyball court. Coin-operated laundry is available on-site. All apartments are fully-furnished and include spacious living and dining areas, a porch, plenty of storage, and ample study space. 

Right across the street from the campus is a huge shopping mall, complete with grocery stores, a movie theater, and an ice-skating rink, where you can purchase all of your daily necessities. And since the University has its own subway stop, you can hop a quick train into the city any time you want!

Term: Fall 2017
Arrival July
Departure November
Application Deadline May 1
Term: Spring 2017
Arrival February 13
CISabroad Orientation February 13-16
Classes Start March 6
Classes End July 1
Departure July 2
Application Deadline November 15
Arrival March
Departure June
Application Deadline November 15
Term: Fall 2017 Price: TBD
Term: Spring 2017 Price: $17,990 - $21,990

Dates posted here are for reference only and are subject to change. Please do not book flights until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork.

To view expected additional expenses for this program, click here.

Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:

  • CISabroad Adventure Oritentation
  • Student union and club fees
  • Local Australian mentor
  • Customized internship placement and supervision
  • University of Sydney official transcript
  • CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Full-time tuition & fees
  • Housing (shared bedroom in apartment, single supplement fee)
  • Pre-departure and on-site orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • Medical & Accident Insurance
  • NYTimes Digital Subscription 

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