International Study Abroad

Introduction
Eligibility requirements for study abroad as a free mover
Steps to follow
Guide to academic approval
See also

Introduction

Students wishing to undertake a semester of study abroad are in the first instance encouraged to seek an international exchange place. However students can apply to undertake Independent Study Abroad.

As we have no formal exchange agreements with these institutions, students are required to organise all aspects of their study abroad independently. This includes admission, enrolment and all non-academic requirements such as visas, accommodation and all other travel, living and academic expenses. Students will need to cover the costs of their overseas study under these arrangements and will be liable for fees at the overseas institution.


Eligibility requirements for study abroad as a free mover

  • A student must be enrolled in either a Bachelors or a Masters degree administered by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
  • A student must have an academic average of 60% or more in the degree within which they are applying to study abroad. This includes students who have transferred and upgraded.
  • A student must have sufficient credit (room) in their degree to undertake study abroad. Please note core units of study cannot be taken whilst abroad.
  • A student’s degree must be in good order and consistent with the progression of their enrolled award course.
  • The Study Abroad destination may not be a university or institution with which the University of Sydney already has an existing exchange agreement.
  • Students must agree to abide by the University of Sydney Student Code of Conduct whilst studying abroad, as they will be acting as a representative of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and of the University.

Steps to follow

The student must first submit an Application to Study Abroad to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

The student will need to seek academic approval for the individual subjects that they intend to take. To do this, the student must submit relevant syllabus (or unit of study outlines) with their application to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Units will be sent to the relevant International or Exchange Coordinator in the relevant department(s).for approval.

The student should be ready to supply the with the following supporting documents to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences once approved for Independent Study Abroad:

  • a letter of offer or conditional offer from the intended host institution,
  • a copy of the host institutions academic calendar, demonstrating the duration of study and;
  • a letter or handbook/website extract demonstrating how many credit points constitutes full time study at the host institution per semester, and and how many credit points the unit of study is worth. Indications of the method of assessment will also be needed.

When the student has completed study abroad for the semester they must return an original or certified copy of their overseas academic transcript (and a translation if necessary) to the Student Services Counter, along with the approval(s) given by the department(s), at which time the study abroad results will be added to the students University of Sydney student record.

Important information
Please note that pre-approval to undertake study abroad is mandatory. The Faculty will not accept transcripts for consideration from students who undertook study without prior approval or from students who undertook study at any institution other than that which has been explicitly approved as part of a study abroad application.

Study Abroad will be credited as generic, unspecified Study Abroad credit irrespective of the field of study and will not count towards any compulsory requirement in your degree.


Guide to academic approval

As with exchange, academic approval is generally awarded on the basis of three factors:

  • Appropriate level of study: Units of study credited to a student's University of Sydney Arts and Social Sciences degree must be undertaken at an institution that awards an equivalent degree i.e. a Bachelors or Masters program. All institutions are assessed using the Australian Government’s CEP Online (Country Education Profiles), and the host institution chosen must be recognised in this system as providing appropriate level of studies.
  • Appropriate area of study: Units of Study credited to the student's University of Sydney Arts and Social Sciences degree must come from an appropriate area of study, as per the Table A and Table B units of study for undergraduate students, or the Postgraduate Table of units of study.
  • Credit point equivalence: Subjects will generally be weighted in terms of an equivalent maximum, full-time credit load per year. For example, a full-time credit load at the University of Sydney is between 36 and 48 credit points per year, whereas throughout most of Europe the equivalent is between 42 and 60 ECTS (credit points) per year. Therefore academic approvals would be weighted on the basis of the maximum full-time study load (i.e. 48 credit points at Sydney = 60 ECTS in Europe, or 6 credit points at Sydney = 7.5 ECTS in Europe).

See also