Program Overview

Summer at the University of 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. Ready to study Down Under, but can’t commit to a full semester? Turn Australia into your classroom for three or six weeks this summer! Sprawling across central Sydney, the university has its own zipcode, but the mix of Hogwartsy buildings, high-tech modern buildings, and graffiti tunnel maintain its campus feel. Take advantage of the University of Sydney’s numerous social events from surf camp to breakfast with koalas, or a harbour cruise.

GPA Requirement
Application Deadlines
Summer: March 1
Avg Course Load
1-2 Courses (3-6 US credits)
Language(s) of Instruction
  • University ranked in top 3% 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
  • Get to know local Australians through the MATES Social Mentoring Program
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.



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.

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.

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

Course Information

Summer in Sydney takes place in an intensive three or six week session. You can choose one or two subjects (equivalent to 3 or 6 US credits) or you can substitute one 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: You will choose 1 or 2 courses. If you choose an internship credit-bearing option you must also choose a 1 non internship course.

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:

Please use this link to view all of the units offered in the first 3 week session.

Please use this link to view all of units offered in the second 3 week session.

Please use this link to view all units offered for a full 6 weeks.

Please use this link to view  all of the units of study available for short session.

*Please note that you are more than welcome to combine courses from the first 3 weeks and second 3 weeks for a full six weeks and up to 6 US credits.

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.

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 in the Summer in Sydney program, you’ll live in a modern youth accommodation centrally located in the city with easy access to the University of Sydney and all the main attractions of Sydney. All locations are less than a 20-minute walk to campus or a 10 minute train ride. CISabroad students will have a shared bedroom with CISabroad students only.

Accommodations include:

  • Shared bathroom (each floor as both male and female bathrooms)
  • Linen package, wifi,
  • Shared kitchen area complete with refrigerator and oven
  • Common lounge area with tables for studying
  • Opal Card (public transportation) and SIM card

This housing option also includes a travel agency onsite to help you book all of your Australian travels and they usually include a discount. This youth accommodation also offers organized events (outside of CISabroad excursions), examples include: Yoga Class, Trivia Tuesday, Day out at the Glebe Markets and more! This housing option also includes a cafe 700 meters from the front door!

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 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.

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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 Australian trinkets.

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 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

Maria Lorenzo
Site Director in Sydney, Australia

Travel Tip: Forget the phone! At least for a minute! Enjoy, take mental pictures and be present! Focus on the now and enjoy where you are. You will not regret taking time to appreciate all of this and you will have mental pictures that will carry a special meaning forever.

Learn more about Maria

Student Feedback

This experience opened my eyes to the beauty of the world and showed me how small my problems really are. It showed me that I can be whoever I want and do whatever I want and that money isn’t everything. Lastly, it introduced me to my CISabroad family.

Morgann McKunes, Semester on the Gold Coast, Keene state, Exercise science

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.

  • Summer 2019: Session 1
    Application Deadline
    March 1
    June 1
    CISabroad: June 2 - 3; University of Sydney: June 4
    Classes Start
    June 4
    Classes End
    June 24
    June 25
  • Summer 2019: Session 2
    Application Deadline
    March 1
    June 22
    CISabroad: June 23 - 24; University of Sydney: June 26
    Classes Start
    June 25
    Classes End
    July 16
    July 17
  • Summer 2019: Sessions 1 & 2
    Application Deadline
    March 1
    June 1
    CISabroad: June 2 - 3; University of Sydney: June 4
    Classes Start
    June 4
    Classes End
    July 16
    July 17
    $6,690 - $8,990

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:

  • 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