Summer in Sydney has it all: world-class academics at a prestigious university; life in a vibrant, historical city; and endless opportunities to immerse yourself in Australian culture. During this six-week program, you’ll get a taste of the true Australia. Make lasting friendships through the MATES Social Mentoring Program, which pairs you with a local student to help with your transition to the Land Down Under. You can take courses in business, education, political science, visual arts, and so much more. Join hundreds of other international students and see why so many choose to study and live in Sydney!
- GPA Requirement
- Application Deadlines
Summer: March 15
- Avg Course Load
- 1-2 Courses (3-6 US credits)
- Language(s) of Instruction
Key Program Highlights
- University ranked in top 0.3 percent of universities worldwide
- World-class facilities, inspirational academics, and dedicated faculty and professors
- AACSB-accredited business school
- Big city living, but with easy access to Sydney's world famous beaches
- Broad course offerings in business, international studies, and communications
- Six U.S. credits in just six weeks
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.
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.
As a participant in the Summer in Sydney program, you’ll live in modern, student apartments centrally located in the city. All locations are less than a 20-minute walk to campus. CISabroad students have shared bedrooms with two XL twin mattresses.
- Shared bathroom
- Linen package
- 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
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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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!
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 Australian trinkets.
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.
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.
Summer in Sydney takes place in an intensive six week session. You will choose one or two subjects (equivalent to 3 or 6 US credits) or you can substitute on of those subjects for an internship.
How to choose your courses: This is the fun part! Part of the application process requires you to fill out a CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet that can be found in the CISabroad Application Page. The instructions for choosing your courses can be found below.
Course load: Students choose 2 courses, 1 of which can be a credit-bearing internship.
Course approval: It is best if you are able to get 4-5 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 descriptions and catalog: Click the links below to view descriptions of the courses offered.
ARTS2600: Internship 1
DECO2010: Designing Social Media
DECO2101: Visual Communication
ECON1002: Introductory Macroeconomics
EDUF3034: Australian Theatre, Film and Learning
EDUH4052: Learning in Outdoor Education
EDUH4058: Sport and Learning in Australian Culture
ENGL2638: Literature and Cinema
IBUS2102: Cross-Cultural Management
INDG1001: Introduction to Indigenous Cultures
PSYC2010: Brain and Behaviour
USSC2601: US in the World
WORK2217: International Human Resource Management
Optional: ARTS2600 Internship 1
Summer in Sydney offers a unique Study Abroad Internship Program (ARTS2600) that provides the opportunity to gain work experience within the Australian marketplace or research in the Australian University setting. Sydney Abroad interns have the chance to develop familiarity with the Australian workplace culture while applying their academic learning in real workplace situations. They also enhance their communication, cross-cultural and interpersonal skills and gain a competitive advantage in the graduate employment market by developing global connections.
Interns complete a minimum 120 hours in a placement with one of our many and varied partners. In addition to your work placement are eight hours of professional development workshops, academic readings and a range of assessments, including a final project report.
Internships are from a variety of fields including start-ups, technology firms, financial service providers, and non-profits. Applicants are placed on a best-fit basis. Placement is competitive and based on eligibility criteria such as GPA (3.0 minimum), applicability of academic studies to the placement, and the outcome of a Skype interview.
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.
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Program SupportMeet 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.
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
Global Advising Team
Emma Van Loon
Program Coordinator - Australia and New Zealand
Site Director of Sydney, Australia
Application DeadlineMarch 15ArrivalMay 24OrientationMay 24 - 25Classes StartMay 26Classes EndJuly 7DepartureJuly 9PRICE$7,690 - $9,990
CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.
As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.
Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:
- CISabroad Orientation
- 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