Live in Sydney, Australia’s largest and oldest city with a multicultural population of nearly 4.5 million. As a student, you’ll enjoy a bustling life with easy access to beaches, mountains, and national parks via a well-established public transit system. The University of Sydney is continuously rated in the top 0.3 percent of universities in the world and in the Top 50 of many worldwide rankings! And, the University is ranked #1 for student experience in the entire country. A four-day orientation at the Great Barrier Reef kicks off your program, and your social calendar will be filled as you explore this cosmopolitan city. You’ll quickly become fully immersed in the land of “Oz!”
- GPA Requirement
- Application Deadlines
Spring: November 1
Fall: May 1
- Avg Course Load
- 4 Courses (12-16 US credits)
- Language(s) of Instruction
Key Program Highlights
- Leading university ranked in the top 0.3 percent worldwide
- World-class facilities, inspirational academics, and dedicated faculty and professors
- Over 2,500 course options available to study abroad students
- Central location in one of the top-rated cities in the world for quality of life
- Opportunities to connect to Australians through the MATES Social Mentoring Program!
- AACSB-Accredited Business School means students can easily take business courses
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.
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.
Once you’re settled in Sydney, you’ll also get an orientation on campus to help you get adjusted to your new surrounds and learn your way around 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.
As a participant on the Semester at University of Sydney program, you’ll live in modern, student apartments located centrally in the city. There are a few locations in which you might live (all part of the same ownership group) with none being further than a 25 minute walk to campus. CISabroad students can choose between shared and single rooms.
- Private bathroom (never shared with more than one other person)
- Fully furnished with study desk, wardrobe (closet) and wireless internet
- Shared kitchen area complete with refrigerator and oven
- Common lounge area with flat screen TV and, in some units, a dishwasher
The apartment complex facilities are modern and feature wireless internet throughout the building, 24/7 staffing, secure building access (after hours), on-site gym, communal lounge areas with TVs, and even an outdoor barbecue area.
- Cockatoo Island: Take the ferry to explore this a 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.
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. You'll also enjoy a comprehensive culture- and adventure-based orientation, which will include excursions to places such as the rainforest, indigenous communities, and the Great Barrier Reef!
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.
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!
4 days on the Great Barrier Reef
Spend 4 days learning about the environmental and cultural beauty that Australia has to offer in the Great Barrier Reef. Whether you spend your time snorkeling, or exploring the rain forest, you won't leave Cairns without some unbelievable photos and memories!
If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement listed at the top of this page, do not despair! Get in touch to let us know your situation. In many cases, there are additional application materials that you can submit to make your case for acceptance.
How to Choose Your Courses
Now the fun part! You get to pick the courses you will take abroad. Review the course information on this page and once you’ve decided which courses you want to take. Fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.
Make sure to talk with your home university about course approval and get additional classes approved before you go abroad. For example, if you are taking 4 classes abroad, we recommend getting 8 approved. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements.
Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.
For the Semester at University of Sydney program with CISabroad, there are two 13-week semesters will be offered, one beginning in March and the second beginning July.
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.
The University of Sydney is continuously rated in the top 0.3 percent 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 globally recognized. Plus, you'll connect with Aussies and students from around the world; the University draws 15,000 international students from over 145 countries.
The University of Sydney is the oldest member of the prestigious “Group of Eight,” Australia's Ivy League. Your course options will seem endless. You can study business, communications, political science, or more than one hundred other academic areas. Enjoy world-class facilities, inspirational academics, and expert faculty and professors. To add depth to your interactions abroad, you can get to know local Australians through the MATES Social Mentoring Program. Or, you can join over 200 campus clubs and societies.
When at the University of Sydney, you'll study in the heart of one of the world's great cities. You can choose from multiple campuses where you might take classes, and all are close to one another and within two miles to downtown Sydney. The University's main campus, Camperdown/Darlington, covers over 170 acres. You'll find state-of-the-art teaching and learning technology, including six libraries, art galleries, historical museums, and perfectly manicured lawns.
Accredited by The Department of Education and Training of Australia. Also accredited by AACSB and EQUIS.
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Program SupportMeet 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.
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
Global Advising Team
Programs Team Coordinator - Hawaii, Australia, and New Zealand
Site Director of Sydney, Australia
Application DeadlineMay 1ArrivalJuly 20OrientationJuly 20-23Classes StartJuly 31Classes EndNovember 25DepartureNovember 26PRICE$22,700 - $23,800
Application DeadlineNovember 1ArrivalFebruary 22 (Estimated)OrientationFebruary 22-25 (Estimated)Classes StartMarch 5 (Estimated)Classes EndJune 30 (Estimated)DepartureJuly 1 (Estimated)PRICE$19,690 - $29,990 (Estimated)
CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.
As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.
Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:
- 4 day Great Barrier Reef Excursion
- Student union and club fees
- Local Australian mentor
- 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
- La Vida Local cultural program