Semester in Sydney
University of Sydney

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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:

  • Language: English
  • Average Courseload: 3-4 courses (12-16 U.S. credits)
  • GPA Requirement: 3.0 (will consider 2.8+)

Highlights:

  • 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

Program Details

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 which have more than 8 classes available

  • Art & Design
  • Business
  • Education
  • Natural & Applied Sciences
  • Health
  • Humanities
  • World Languages
  • Communications
  • Engineering

Don't see your major listed here? There may still be courses available. Browse our programs by major.

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.

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 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 CIS Abroad 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.

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 La Vida Local

  • 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.

Housing in Sydney

Location

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.

Meals

Your studio apartment has a complete kitchen with refrigerator and oven.

Inclusions and Amenities

  • 24-hour security
  • EnsuiteBathroom
  • Bed linens
  • CommuteWalking
  • Desk
  • Double Room
  • Fitness Center
  • Kitchen Equipment
  • Study Areas
  • Television
  • Wi-Fi

What's Included

Inclusions

Program fees are in U.S. dollars and include the following:

  • 4 day Great Barrier Reef Excursion
  • 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)
  • La Vida Local cultural program

Welcome & Orientation

Your program will kick off with the action-packed and engaging Great Barrier Reef Orientation. This 4-day/3-night orientation will provide you with an amazing introduction to Australia’s culture, wildlife, and natural environments. Get ready to be on your feet (and in the water) much of the time, visiting places like the rainforest, indigenous communities, and the Great Barrier Reef. Also do things we know you came a long way to do, like holding koalas, snorkeling, and feeding kangaroos.

This active and engaging orientation program isn’t just one big adventure, however! Discuss program and behavioral expectations, touching on topics such as culture, slang, food, and where to go and what to do when you settle into your new home in Sydney. Once you’re settled in, get an orientation at your new campus to help you get adjusted.

Farewell & 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. 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.

Program Excursions

While participating on a CIS Abroad 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.

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!

Watsons Bay

Watsons Bay

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!

Surfing Lesson

Surfing Lesson

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.

Site Director

Paloma Domene
Travel Tip:

Looking for a change of pace in Sydney? While you could certainly travel up or down the coast, consider heading into the “hinterland” by taking the train up to the Blue Mountains area. You’ll see spectacular scenery and pass through tiny, welcoming villages.

Travel Tip:

Looking for a change of pace in Sydney? While you could certainly travel up or down the coast, consider heading into the “hinterland” by taking the train up to the Blue Mountains area. You’ll see spectacular scenery and pass through tiny, welcoming villages.

About:

Paloma, originally hailing from Spain, has a background in event production, fashion, as well as a law degree from Seville University and volunteered on the biggest Tattoo Festival in Sydney. She is passionate about animals, sports and vegan food. She lives in Sydney and has over 3 years experience with American study abroad and exchange programming. She is excited to welcome our students and interns to Sydney.

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 text, phone call, email or personal visit—you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Julia Sementilli
Travel Tip:

Be open to meeting new people! Some of my favorite memories while traveling include meeting people in hostels, or by getting involved at my school abroad. You never know who will be a lifelong friend! Try all of the local foods, even if you don’t think you will like it. Write everything down in a journal- you will appreciate those stories later!

Alexandra Woolner
Travel Tip:

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.

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: Apr 15
  • Arrival: July 23
  • Departure: November 29
  • Price: $19,990 - $21,490
  • Application Deadline: Nov 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: February 13 (Estimated)
  • Departure: June 21 (Estimated)
  • Price: $18,890 - $20,990 (Estimated)
Additional Information:

Spring: 3 unit – $18,990, 4 unit – $20,990

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.