Program Overview

Study at the University of Sydney with state-of-the-art teaching and learning technology, including six libraries, art galleries, and historical museums. Since this prestigious school attracts international students from more than 145 countries, you’ll have endless opportunities to connect with Aussies as well as meet other students from around the world. Sprawling across central Sydney, the university has its own zip code, but the mix of Hogwartsy buildings, high-tech modern buildings, and graffiti tunnel maintain its campus feel.    

GPA Requirement
3.0 (will consider 2.8+)
Application Deadlines
Spring: November 1
Fall: May 1
Avg Course Load
3-4 Courses (12-16 US credits)
Language(s) of Instruction
English

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
  • More than 200 campus clubs and societies
  • Enhance your experience by participating in the Global Citizenship Award Program

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.

Academics

WHY THIS UNIVERSITY?

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.


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. Once you’ve decided which courses you want to take, fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.

Course Approval

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.

GPA Requirement

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.

Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.

Course Information

The University of Sydney has 2,500+ units of study available to incoming students in semester-long programs, For the Semester in Sydney – University of Sydney program with CISabroad, two 13-week semesters are on offer: one beginning in March and the other beginning in July.

Course load: 3-4 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 search instructions:

Notes:
You’ll be viewing a list of all courses on offer at University of Sydney by default. Clicking the boxes in the grey top navigation area allows you to refine your search. Be sure to click “Search” after any refinement you make.

Instructions:
You’ll likely want to parse down to “Undergraduate Coursework” in the top navigation. You can then view all available degree programs. You can also refine your search according to department/college. The results you see are the degree programs themselves; navigating within those you’ll find “Units of Study” under the “What you’ll study” section. This is a good guide as to the potential selection of courses on offer at University of Sydney; however, some restrictions may apply so be sure to check with your CISabroad advisor before becoming too dependent on the courses you see.

Semester 1 = Spring Semester
Semester 2 = Fall Semester

Course search:
Following the instructions above, you can now start your search by clicking here.

Feel free to read through the 2019 Student Handbook, in the 2019 Student Handbook you will find the links to popular topics and areas of studies, which are called Themes. You will also find the master list of courses offered. Please note that these courses can change due to availability.

Life in Sydney

Welcome and Orientation

Your program will kick off with a comprehensive orientation. You will learn more about the culture and vivacious city around you. We’ll explore some of Sydney’s countless attractions, from beaches to business districts. We’ll also sit down to discuss program and behavioral expectations, with topics such as 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

As a participant on the Semester in Sydney – 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.

Accommodations include:

  • 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.

 

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.

Program Excursions

While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in 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!

4-Day Orientation on the Great Barrier Reef

Talk about an amazing orientation! 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!


Student Feedback

This is your chance: Do something remarkable. Take the chance and make yourself uncomfortable…then enjoy every second of it!

Tasha Ward, Semester in Sydney - University of Sydney, Clemson University

Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team

Travel Tip: We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us be it through a phone call, email or personal visit, you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Emma Van Loon
Program Coordinator - Australia and New Zealand

Travel Tip: When I begin planning a trip I love to leave two or three days free. There are always fun activities you’ll learn about while in country so you don’t want to miss out on them due to over scheduling!

Learn more about Emma

Maria Lorenzo
Site Director of Sydney, Australia

Travel Tip: Forget the phone! At least for a minute! Enjoy, take mental pictures and be present! Focus on the now and enjoy where you are. You will not regret taking time to appreciate all of this and you will have mental pictures that will carry a special meaning forever.

Learn more about Maria

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.

  • Spring 2019
    Application Deadline
    November 1
    Arrival
    February 14
    Orientation
    February 14 - 17; February 18 - 22
    Classes Start
    February 25
    Classes End
    May 31; Exams: June 10 - 22
    Departure
    June 23
    PRICE
    $22,390
  • Fall 2019
    Application Deadline
    May 1
    Arrival
    July 20 (Estimated)
    Departure
    December 1 (Estimated)
    PRICE
    $22,390

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:

  • 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