Study abroad in Australia with IFSA

University of Sydney Partnership

Program Overview

This thriving world-class university draws students for high rankings and its Oxford-style system, as well as its amazing location. The urban campus—including the magnificent 1857 quad—is in one of Sydney’s trendiest neighborhoods, yet not far from Darling Harbour and area beaches. Choose from 100+ departments, including computer science and an AACSB-accredited business school.

 

 

Australian Government | Department of Education | CRICOS: 00233E

Australian Government | Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency | TEQSA: PRV12076

Details in a Glance

Application deadline

November 1

Minimum GPA

2.80

Credit load

16

Housing

Apartment/Flat;Residence Hall/Dormitory

Instruction language

English

Prerequisites

None

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Academics

Looking for specific classes? Explore CHART, our exclusive class database — if the University of Sydney Program is pre-approved at your institution, you’ll find classes recently taken by other IFSA students.

Use Sydney’s Unit of Study Tools to view all available courses (called “units of study”) for study abroad students. You can either open the master list for all undergraduate units (linked on page 2) to browse all available units or you can open thematic lists or faculty/department lists that have been organized by area of study.

The number of courses you take abroad depends on the credit value of the courses you select. At the University of Sydney, a full course load consists of 24 Sydney credits per semester for a total of 15 U.S. semester credit hours per semester.

3 USY points = 2 U.S. semester credit hours

6 USY points = 4 U.S. semester credit hours

12 USY points = 8 U.S. semester credit hours

Early Start / Early Depart

Application Deadline: October 15

IFSA students studying at University of Sydney for the spring term can opt to arrive early and leave early (also called the "Spring Friendly Semester") in order to align their study abroad dates with a U.S. calendar. Many students find this helpful in order to participate in summer internship opportunities in the U.S. that require them to be back for the month of June. Students arrive early and begin their semester with a single, intensively taught course in Sydney's summer term  (January-February), then take three courses during semester 1. These are chosen from a curated list of courses that either do not have exams, or from a special list of business units where arrangements have been made for students to take their exams early (available here).

Lab & Field Trip Fees

Please review syllabi and course materials when registering for direct-enroll classes. Certain classes may have a one-off lab or field trip fee disclosed in the syllabus or during the first meeting of the class. These fees are not included in your IFSA program fee. You will be responsible for these fees, whether they are billed and paid by IFSA or billed to you.

Please read below for more information regarding a number of restrictions or additional requirements at the University of Sydney:

ARCHITECTURE

You must submit a portfolio with the following information:

  •  Photographs representative of your previous study
  • Resume
  • Short piece in a cultural area of academic writing
  • Short piece in a technical area of academic writing. You will meet with architecture staff upon arrival at University of Sydney to discuss the courses for which you are best suited. It's easier to take architecture courses if you study abroad during semester 1.

ART WORKSHOPS / ART STUDIO

These subjects are introductory art units (including ceramics, photography, sculpture) that do not require previous experience. The units are listed under the AWSS or DESA codes. These subjects have limited space due to quotas, and you will have to wait until you arrive to try to enroll in these units. Be prepared to choose other courses.

COMPUTER SCIENCE

These courses are available under a number of different faculties. The Faculty of Science and department of computer science will have courses in computer science listed under COMP, SOFT and NETS.

INFORMATION SYSTEMS

These courses are listed under INFO and ISYS, and the Faculty of Economics and Business offers them in the information systems department as INFS.

ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS

Please make sure you have met all the prerequisites if you choose a 3000-level unit. About 15 percent of IFSA students regularly fail economics and business courses because they have chosen a unit that is too much of a stretch for them, given their experience in that discipline. Choose carefully!

EDUCATION

All education units of study require special approval, which means you should be prepared to wait a few extra weeks for a decision.

FINE OR VISUAL ARTS

If you are a fine or visual arts major, you will probably want to take courses at the Sydney College of the Arts, located at the Rozelle Campus. This campus is a 40-minute bus ride from the main campus where you will be living. The cost of commuting is your responsibility. If you are admitted, you will be allowed to work in a studio in your chosen field while also studying studio theory and techniques. You must include a portfolio with your Class Interest Form. The portfolio may be presented in one of the following formats: VHF video, photographic, CD or DVD ROM. Should consist of 10 pieces maximum. Items should be relevant and representative of your abilities and interest. Items do not need to be directly relevant to the area which you would like to study at Sydney.

HEALTH SCIENCES, NURSING, OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY

These courses have limited space and require students to provide descriptions of previous courses with their Class Interest Form. The courses in this faculty are on the Cumberland campus, which is about an hour by public transportation from the main campus. If you are going to take courses at Cumberland, we suggest that you try to take all of your courses on this campus rather than trying to commute between the City and Cumberland campuses. The cost of commuting is your responsibility.

LAW AND CRIMINOLOGY

It is difficult for most U.S. undergraduates to qualify to take law and criminology courses at Sydney. While the courses are technically available, they will require special approval, which means you should be prepared to wait a few extra weeks for a decision. Please check to make sure you meet any prerequisites.

MEDICINE AND DENTISTRY

Study abroad students may not take courses in either of these two faculties. There are courses available to study abroad students in anatomy and histology, immunology, pathology, pharmacology and physiology as long as prerequisites are met and previous course work is included along with the Class Interest Form. The above mentioned courses are found in the Faculty of Science.

MUSIC

Students may take courses in music in two different ways at the University of Sydney Conservatorium of Music. The Conservatorium is located about 20 minutes from the main campus by public transport. The cost of commuting is your responsibility. Non-performance courses Coursework in music history, theory and composition is offered under the course code MUSC. Students who are music majors may also take courses under MCGY.

PERFORMANCE COURSES

Because you will be in the United States at the time of application, you will not be able to participate in a live audition. You will need to submit an audition either via videotape (in PAL format) or DVD, which includes a statement signed by both you and your teacher certifying that it is a true recording. To find out more details on the audition requirements and submission requirements for composition and musicology applicants, see the University of Sydney website. Additional fees will be charged to your bill once you have officially signed up for courses in instrument, voice, composition or musicology. Students may not study more than one instrument or area of principal study during a semester, and it may not be possible to take one-on-one instruction. The additional fees may be as high as US$500, but we will not know exactly how much this extra fee will be until you have arrived in Sydney and started your courses. This fee will be sent to your billing address approximately two months after your arrival in Sydney.

SCIENCES

Students taking science courses (especially those that have a lab component) may be charged a supplemental tuition fee, as IFSA's tuition fees are based on the arts and social science tuition fee.

VETERINARY SCIENCE

There are numerous restrictions on study abroad students in this faculty. If you wish to take courses in this faculty, you must submit descriptions of previously completed work when you return the Class Interest Form.

INTERNSHIP

The University of Sydney offers a highly competitive internship program. Interns must have a strong academic background and achieved a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale. Prospective interns must also successfully complete an interview process upon arrival in Sydney. Interns will spend at least 15 days working on a specialized project with one of the University of Sydney’s host organizations. Students will be awarded a letter grade for participating in the internship program. The internship is worth 4 U.S. semester credit hours.

Internships are available in the following areas:

  • Accounting
  • Architecture
  • Banking and finance
  • Communications and Media
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Science
  • Film and Television Production
  • Graphic Design
  • Human Resource Management
  • Information Technology
  • Marketing
  • Not for Profits
  • Operations
  • Special Events and Public Relations
  • Sports Management
  • Visual Arts

RESEARCH PLACEMENTS

In addition to our internship programs, there are research placements available. These opportunities are for juniors and seniors only. Research placements are available in the following areas:

  • Marine Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Medical Research
  • Government and Policy

Please contact your IFSA Admissions Counselor for assistance with any additional questions.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Eligibility

  • You must be at least 18 years of age. Students under 18 may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.
  • You must be currently attending or recently graduated from a U.S. or Canadian community college, technical college, two-year college, four-year college, or four-year university.
  • You must have completed at least one (1) year of study at your home institution before the beginning of the term.

Recommendation Letter

Not required.

Visa Requirement

This program requires a visa for all students.

Start your application now by clicking the Apply Now button.

TRANSCRIPT

Upon completion of your program, IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. semester credit hour system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost. See our Transcripts page for more information.

Excursions

Program Activities:

Activities and excursions are an important piece of your IFSA experience, designed to pull you into the fabric of the communities you visit and encourage cultural connections of every kind. That said, at times, circumstances beyond our control—including local government regulations and health protocols—could impact our ability to hold these events as planned.

Know that we’ll make every effort to run the activities, trips, and excursions slated for your program. You’ll see detailed examples of previous outings offered during this program below. Keep in mind that the options could look different for your program, and that we cannot guarantee these activities, trips, and excursions.

Activities are optional, but they are included in your total program fee. They vary each term based on availability, but activities may include:

  • Indigenous Australians Cultural Education: Learn about the religious, social, and cultural practices of Australia’s First Nations People from award-winning indigenous Australian educators. Includes opportunity for questions and discussion.
  • The Rocks Walking Tour: Explore Sydney’s iconic district, The Rocks, site of the convict settlement in 1788. Learn about its role in national political and social change, the notorious Rocks Gang, the Rum Rebellion, and more.
  • Yogalates: Take time for your body and mind with energizing sessions that combine yoga and Pilates, led by qualified IFSA staff and held outdoors or in student housing.
  • NACE Competencies Workshop: Mastering the eight U.S. National Association of Colleges and Employers competencies is essential preparation for college graduates. This IFSA staff workshop helps you make meaningful links between your study abroad experience and career readiness.
  • Sydney Opera House Show: Did you know that if all the sails of the Opera House were combined, they would create a perfect sphere? Visit the structure that transformed Australia’s cultural image—named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2007—for a live show.
  • Taronga Zoo: Travel by ferry to meet and learn about more than 350 species, including kangaroos, koalas, and more of Australia’s distinctive wildlife. Don’t miss the free flight bird show, where native birds performing incredible stunts with Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge as their backdrop.
Program Excursions:

IFSA excursions are included in your total program fee and though these are optional, most students choose to participate. They vary each term based on availability, but excursions may include:

  • Hunter Valley Tour: This full-day tour takes you a couple of hours north of Sydney, where natural beauty and farmland are home to 300 wineries. Exchange the busy urban environment for rolling green hills and discover the biodiversity of New South Wales. Includes lunch.
  • Bike Tour of Sydney: The perfect way to get oriented and see some Sydney’s most famous sites. Includes riding across iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge.
  • Historical and Indigenous Tour of La Perouse: Following a welcome Smoking and Ochre Ceremony, discover bush tucker and medicine, and learn about the local community of La Perouse—the longest on-going Aboriginal community in Sydney.
  • Blue Mountains Visit: An important historical site, the Blue Mountains are a rugged and mountainous region west of Sydney. Soak up dramatic scenery and discover an immense range of flora and fauna, including the famous lyrebird, known to mimic the sound of car alarms, chainsaws, camera shutters, and more.
  • Coogee-Bondi Walking Tour: Take in stunning ocean views as you walk the paved path from Coogee to Bondi, tracing shoreline cliffs and beaches. During late October and early November, you might also catch Sculpture by the Sea, Australia’s largest annual outdoor sculpture installation.

Housing and Meals

Housing

Apartment/Flat;Residence Hall/Dormitory

Meals

Most Included;Self-Catering

Details

Students can choose to live in self-catered, off-campus apartments or one of three on-campus residential colleges. SELF-CATERED OPTION Students who choose to live off-campus are housed in Scape apartments, about a 20-minute walk to campus. All apartments are shared by IFSA and/or international students in either double or single bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. Each apartment has a shared kitchen and living space, and all meals are self-catered. Supplemental housing fees may apply. MOST MEALS INCLUDED OPTION Students who choose to apply to a residential college may choose one of the following: Wesley College Mandelbaum House Sancta Sophia College Please note that additional application items may be required and students housed in residential colleges will incur a supplemental fee for the meal plan and housing services. Spaces are competitive and students not offered a place in a residential college will automatically be housed in Scape.

Dates and Fees

Term

Term begins

Term ends

Program costs

Application deadline

Spring 2023

February 10, 2023

June 18, 2023

$24,295

November 1

Fall 2023

Late July 2023

Late November 2023

$24,295 (estimated)

April 1

Spring 2024

Mid-February 2024

Late June 2024

$24,295 (estimated)

November 1

Term

Spring 2023

Term begins

February 10, 2023

Term ends

June 18, 2023

Program costs

$24,295

Application deadline

November 1

Term

Fall 2023

Term begins

Late July 2023

Term ends

Late November 2023

Program costs

$24,295 (estimated)

Application deadline

April 1

Term

Spring 2024

Term begins

Mid-February 2024

Term ends

Late June 2024

Program costs

$24,295 (estimated)

Application deadline

November 1

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