Aim high at this top university in a famous harbor city.
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 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.
What to Expect:
Average Courseload: 3-4 courses (12-16 U.S. credits)
GPA Requirement: 3.0 (will consider 2.8+)
- Leading AACSB-accredited university ranked in the top 0.3 percent worldwide
- Official University of Sydney DIGITAL Transcript
- More than 2,500 course options available to study abroad students
- Opportunities to connect to Australians through the MATES Social Mentoring Program!
- Enhance your experience by participating in the Global Citizenship Award Program
University of Sydney
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.
Beginning effective January 1, 2020, all CIS Abroad returning transcripts from institutions in Australia will be completely digital. This will mean no physical copies of transcripts will be mailed for this program.
Areas of study with 8 or more classes available
- Art & Design
- Natural & Applied Sciences
- World Languages
Don't see your major listed here? There may still be courses available. Browse our programs by major.
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 CIS Abroad, two 13-week semesters are on offer: one beginning in February and the other beginning in July.
Course load: 3-4 classes (12 – 16 U.S. credits)
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:
You’ll be viewing a list of all courses on offer at University of Sydney by default. Clicking the boxes in the left navigation area allows you to refine your search. Your filtered results will appear automatically.
You’ll likely want to parse down to “Undergraduate Coursework” in the left-hand filter. You can then view all available degree programs (also called “courses”). You can also refine your search according to department/college. The results you see are the degree programs themselves; if you follow one you’ll find their main page, and can scroll down to see course details and subject areas.
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 CIS Abroad advisor before becoming too dependent on the courses you see.
Semester 1 = Spring Semester
Semester 2 = Fall Semester
Following the instructions above, you can now start your search by clicking here.
Feel free to read through the Student Handbook, in the 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.
Check out some of these popular electives:
Why Life in 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.
Live The Local Life
Take the ferry to explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site in the middle of beautiful Sydney Harbour.
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!
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.
Housing in Sydney
You’ll live in modern, student shared studio apartments located centrally in the city. The apartment partner has a few locations where they place CIS Abroad students, but none are further than a 25 minute walk to campus.
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 study tables, and even an outdoor barbecue area.
All CIS Abroad students are automatically placed into the shared studio apartments. If you would like a single please inquire with your program enrollment coordinator.
Your studio apartment has a complete kitchen with refrigerator and oven.
Inclusions and Amenities
- 24-hour security
- Bed linens
- Double Room
- Fitness Center
- Kitchen Equipment
- Study Areas
Program fees are in U.S. dollars and include the following:
- 4 day Aussie Orientation in Sydney
- Student union and club fees
- Local Australian mentor
- University of Sydney official transcript
- CIS Abroad 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
- Overseas Health Insurance (mandatory for any student studying in Australia)
- The Local Life cultural program
Welcome & Orientation
Your program will begin with a 4 day Aussie Orientation in Sydney where you’ll meet other program participants, explore cultural icons, and Australia bucket list items. Explore The Rocks, visit the iconic Sydney Opera House, the Harbor Bridge, and take in the views of Darling Harbour, Bondi Beach, and Manly. We’ll discuss program and behavioral expectations, touching on topics such as culture, slang, food, and where to go and what to do as you settle into your new home. Once you’re settled in, get an orientation at your new campus to help you get adjusted.
Farewell & Re-Entry Program
Re-entering your home culture after being abroad can be shocking to the system. Your site director will walk you through some of the things to expect and help you reflect on your time abroad so that you can remember the highlights. Also, enjoy a group meal as part of your farewell to Australia.
If you love watching the big blue ocean in its authentic beautiful nature don’t miss this excursion. The view from the cliffs and the cute lighthouse should be enough but we’ve got some delicious food to persuade you to hang out too!
Would you like to feel like a true Aussie? We thought you might mate! Enjoy a lesson with an instructor and have a fun time with your surfboard catching the waves. *Usually at the iconic Bondi Beach.
Your Support Staff
You’ll be supported every step of the way!
Our advising team will help match you with a program that fits your academic and personal needs. Once you have selected your program our advisor will help you complete your Online Application.
Once you’ve started your application and submitted the $90 deposit, you’ll be assigned a program enrollment coordinator who will guide you through the enrollment process to get you abroad!
Expect the unexpected! Sometimes culture shock is stronger in countries where you expect things to be more similar to your home country and environment. Traveling abroad is an excellent way to learn more about your own culture, habits, style, and adaptability.
We believe that study abroad is still possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, but certain policies and procedures will need to be in place to ensure every student can be safe and healthy during their semester abroad.
Read more below for information related to this program:
On-Site Program Modifications
We want your time abroad to be an experience of a lifetime. We also know that it is a unique time to be going abroad. Below is some helpful information to you so you can make the best decision for your finances, academic career, and personal health and safety.
Our Financial Commitment
CIS Abroad is working with international partners to create refund and withdrawal policies that limit the financial impact on students and families should COVID-19 change a student’s plan to travel. See our refund policy page for more information.
To insure yourself from additional loss, such as the loss of airfare, or any other non-recoverable loss after your program begins, we recommend purchasing trip protection insurance, aka CFAR/IFAR insurance.
Our Academic Commitment
CIS Abroad has carefully selected programs where there is minimal to no academic risk.*
If a student must quarantine or miss classes due to sickness, remote academics are guaranteed. These may be synchronous or asynchronous, i.e, live or recorded.
If a city or country goes on lockdown due to sickness, remote academics are guaranteed. These may be synchronous or asynchronous, i.e. live or recorded.
* If a student cannot travel to their destination due to COVID-19 restrictions, remote academics are guaranteed on select programs and in certain courses. If accessing remote academics from the US are important to you, please contact our advising team to learn more about which program locations or courses are right for you.
Our Health & Safety Commitment
CIS Abroad has developed a site-specific risk management plan for every location so that health and safety protocols are monitored, managed and communicated throughout the semester. We have developed a COVID Care Package included in our program fee to make traveling and living in a host country easier on students, especially those first few weeks on-site:
- COVID compliant airport pick-up and transfer to housing (except for Barcelona’s programs).
- Access to quarantine housing upon entry, if quarantine is required when entering the country; this housing may incur additional charges.
- Information and assistance on meal delivery, if quarantine is required when entering the country.
- COVID-safe classrooms and campus facilities as well as access to masks, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies according to country and location specific standards.
- Vaccine requirements for all participants to ensure COVID-safe program excursions and guaranteed housing with vaccinated students.
- Access to accommodation if isolation is necessary due to positive COVID test or exposure; this housing may incur additional charges.
- Access to COVID testing; this testing may be an additional charge.
- Medical and accident insurance that covers COVID-related illness (except for on programs operating in the USA).
- Cultural activities and reflection that emphasize safe, local exploration geared to the specific context of being abroad at this special time.
*if quarantine is required upon entry, we will let you know 60 days before a program starts, or as soon as the information is known to CIS Abroad. Your program coordinator will keep you updated as to any changes in dates, arrival, local restrictions and costs. If it is required, this may entail an earlier departure date and an additional housing and meal cost.
We recognize not every student, family, or university will allow travel this year, despite the risk mitigation outlined above. Should students apply for 2022 programs, and then choose to defer to a future program, we would be happy to move that student’s application to a program with a later start date. We are committed to providing our innovative virtual programs to meet your internationalization goals.
We plan to show you the best of what your location has to offer this term; great culture, great food, and interesting people. On the Excursions tab, you can see the day or overnight trips we usually offer. It is too soon to know if we can offer those same experiences or if we’ll stay a little closer to our program base. Just know that great experiences await you.
Dates & Prices
ADVISOR TIP: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.
- Application Deadline: Nov 1 (Estimated)
- Arrival: February 13 (Estimated)
- Departure: June 21 (Estimated)
- Price: $18,890 - $20,990 (Estimated)
- Application Deadline: Apr 15 (Estimated)
- Arrival: July 23 (Estimated)
- Departure: November 29 (Estimated)
- Price: $20,990 - $22,560 (Estimated)
- Application Deadline: Nov 1 (Estimated)
- Arrival: February 12 (Estimated)
- Departure: June 20 (Estimated)
- Price: $19,990 - $21,490 (Estimated)
- Application Deadline: Apr 15 (Estimated)
- Arrival: July 22 (Estimated)
- Departure: November 28 (Estimated)
- Price: $20,990 - $22,560 (Estimated)
Price range: 3 or 4 courses
An internship as part of your coursework may be possible for an additional $1,000
As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.
CIS Abroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.