Program Overview

Enjoy the best of both worlds as you study and intern in the fascinating city of Sydney, Australia. You’ll switch between innovative classes and a challenging and fun internship, giving you a well-rounded experience in the Land Down Under. The University of Sydney is ranked in the top 0.3 percent of universities worldwide, so you’ll get a stellar education. We’ll tailor your internship to match your goals and skills so you can take a deep dive into a possible future profession. As a city, Sydney is everything you could hope for—a wonderful mix of glamorous meets down-to-earth. Tour the famous Opera House one day and catch some rays and waves the next. Sydney beckons you to dream big.


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

  • World-class facilities, inspirational academics, and dedicated faculty and professors
  • AACSB-accredited business school means students can easily take business courses
  • Customized internships to match your goals and interestes
  • Apartment-style living in a city ranked among the "Best Places To Live" in the world
  • Minutes to downtown, surf beaches, and green parks

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.

Housing Options

Study Internship at University of Sydney offers two different housing options: off-campus or on-campus apartments.

In the off-campus apartments, you’ll live in an university-sponsored apartment that’s a 15-minute walk (or less) from the center of campus. Apartment amenities include shared or single rooms (for an additional fee) with twin beds, individual desks, and built-in wardrobes in all of the bedrooms. Kitchens come fully equipped, the living room is fully furnished and has a television, and there is a space for dining. Laundry facilities are also available.

The on-campus apartments offer shared or single rooms (for an additional fee), with a social atmosphere and modern amenities, such as a student lounge, outdoor entertainment area, ping pong, internet cafe, and volleyball court. Coin-operated laundry is available on site. All apartments are fully furnished and include spacious living and dining areas, a porch, plenty of storage, and ample study space.

Located across the street from the campus is a huge shopping mall, complete with a movie theater, an ice-skating rink, and grocery stores, where you can purchase all of your daily necessities. And since the University has its own subway stop, you can hop a quick train into the city any time you want!

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 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!

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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!

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Milson's Point and Kirribilli

Start with a walk over the Harbour Bridge, then visit Luna Park for a bit of theme-park fun. From there, explore the Kirribilli markets for local music, fashion, and Austrailian trinkets.

Internship Academics & Placement

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.

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.

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.

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

Course Information

For the Study Internship at University of Sydney program with CISabroad, you will enroll in courses just like a standard study abroad student, except that one or two of your courses will be an internship. Internships are considered academic in nature, for which 3 credits are awarded for each 10-hour-per-week internship undertaken. Use this opportunity to have a sneak peek into your career or field from the list below.

  • Accounting, Economics and Finance
  • Advertising, Marketing and Sales
  • Architecture and Urban Planning
  • Business and Management
  • Charity and Conservation
  • Education and Tutoring
  • Engineering and Information Technology
  • Events, Public Relations and Social Media
  • Media and Communications
  • Retail and Fashion
  • Science and Research

Two 13-week semesters will be offered at University of Sydney, one beginning in March and the second beginning July.

Course load: 4 classes (12-16 U.S. credits)

Course descriptions and catalog: To view the entire course catalog and descriptions, click here.

Internships are available in the following fields:

Don’t see your field? Contact an advisor and we’ll be happy to help find the best internship for you!

Placements in the fields above are not guaranteed due to the changing needs of the local businesses/ organizations and applicant qualifications. We always try to make the best match for you!

Art & Design Fields

Business Fields

Communications Fields

Education Fields

Engineering Fields

Health Science Fields

Humanities Fields

Natural Sciences Fields

Social Sciences Fields

STEM Fields

Technology Fields

Student Feedback

CISabroad student study abroad for Semester on Gold Coast Australia
Going abroad with CISabroad was one of my best decisions. I really loved how CIS created a family through orientation, excursions, Facebook posts, rooming assignments, etc. There was never a moment where I felt alone or helpless. I've made friends that I'll have for the rest of my life.

Morgan Schuler - University of South Carolina

Program Support

Meet 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.

Ongoing Support

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

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.

  • Fall 2017
    Application Deadline
    May 1
    July 23 (Estimated)
    July 24 - 28 (Estimated)
    Classes Start
    July 31 (Estimated)
    Classes End
    November 25 (Estimated)
    November 26 (Estimated)
    $22,700- $23,800
  • Spring 2018
    Application Deadline
    November 1
    February 22 (Estimated)
    February 22 - 25 (Estimated)
    Classes Start
    March 5 (Estimated)
    Classes End
    June 30 (Estimated)
    July 1 (Estimated)
    $22,700- $23,800 (Estimated)

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 CISabroad Adventure Orientation in Cairns
  • Student union and club fees
  • Local Australian mentor
  • Customized internship placement and supervision
  • 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