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
Highlights
  • Leading university ranked in the top 0.3 percent worldwide
  • World-class facilities, inspirational academics, and dedicated faculty and professors
  • Official University of Sydney DIGITAL Transcript
  • 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 friendly Global Advisor to ask questions and find the best fit program. Start planning for on campus processes, and apply by the application deadline.
  • Meet your Program Enrollment Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, and payments. Attend one our our LIVE pre-departure orientations.
  • Fly away! You'll be greeted at the airport (comforting after a long flight!) and experience 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.

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.


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.

8+ CLASSES IN

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

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Choose Your Courses

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

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.

 

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.

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.

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

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.

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!


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
Senior Program Enrollment Coordinator - Australia, New Zealand, and Hawai'i

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

Stephanie Hickman
Site Director in Sydney

Travel Tip: If you’re travelling to a non-English speaking country, always make “Thank you!” the first thing you learn how to say in the local language. You’ll put a smile on the locals’ faces, and as you travel to more and more places you’ll be amazed at how many languages you can speak (well, at least speak a few words of).

Learn more about Stephanie

Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Spring 2020
    Application Deadline
    November 1
    Arrival
    February 13
    Orientation
    CIS Abroad: February 13-16 | University of Sydney: February 17-20
    Classes Start
    February 24
    Classes End
    May 29; Exams: June 8-20
    Departure
    June 21
    PRICE
    $18,990 - $20,990
    3 unit - $18,990 4 unit - $20,990 An internship as part of your coursework may be possible for an additional $1,000
  • Fall 2020
    Application Deadline
    May 1
    Arrival
    July 20 (Estimated)
    Departure
    December 1 (Estimated)
    PRICE
    $19,590 - $22,190 (Estimated)
    An internship as part of your coursework may be possible for an additional $1,000

CIS Abroad 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
  • 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