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International Study Abroad Program

Students wishing to undertake a semester of study abroad at an institution that is not a University of Sydney exchange partner may apply to study abroad as a free mover.
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.

Eligibility requirements for study abroad as a free mover

  1. Student must be enrolled in one of the following degrees administered by the Business School:
    1. Bachelors degree
    2. Masters degree
  2. Student must have an academic average of 60% in the degree within which they are applying to study abroad, including transfers and upgrades.
  3. Student must have sufficient general elective credit in their degree to undertake study abroad. Note that you may not undertake either core/foundation, compulsory or major/specialisation studies whilst abroad.
  4. Students degree must be in good order and consistent with the progression of their enrolled award course.
  5. Study Abroad destination may not be a university or institution with which the University of Sydney has an existing exchange agreement.
  6. Students must agree to abide by the University of Sydney, Student Code of Conduct whilst studying abroad as a representative of the University of Sydney Business School.

Steps to take

  1. First apply to the Business School to study abroad as a free mover. You should have researched and have a destination in mind by this stage. To do this fill out the Study Abroad application and submit it to the Staff and Student Services office.
  2. When the Business School has approved your Study Abroad in principal you should then organise Academic Approval for the individual subjects you intend to take. To do this, students must submit syllabus for the consideration of the Business School and the following supporting documents:
    1. Academic Approval Form (provided on successful application),
    2. A letter of offer or conditional offer from your host institution,
    3. A copy of your host institutions academic calendar, demonstrating the duration of study and;
    4. A letter or handbook/website extract demonstrating how many credit points constitutes full time study at your host institution.
  3. When you have completed your study abroad semester you must return an original or certified copy of your overseas transcripts to the Staff and Student Services office at which time your study abroad results will be added to your University of Sydney student record.

Important information

Please note that pre-approval to undertake study abroad is mandatory. The Business School 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.
Please note that all study credited from a semester of 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.

An example of how this would appear on your transcript is as follows:

BUSS9324 Study Abroad

Guide to academic approval for study abroad applicants

Academic approval is generally awarded on the basis of three factors:

  1. Appropriate level of study: Subjects credited to your University of Sydney Business School 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 institution you have chosen must be recognised in this system as providing appropriate level of studies.
  2. Appropriate area of study: Subjects credited to your University of Sydney Business School degree must come from an appropriate area of study. For example, in the U.S.A. many universities will grant credit for participation in sports; however the Business School here in Sydney does not, so you could not expect credit for this type of study. Some other examples include: Yoga, scuba diving, dance and cooking. The University of Sydney Business School is the sole arbiter of the appropriateness of any studies undertaken that will be credited to your degree with us,
  3. 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/year whereas throughout most of Europe the equivalent is between 42 and 60 ECTS (credit points)/year. Your academic approvals would be weighted on the basis of the maximum full-time study load (i.e. 48 USYD = 60 ECTS).

Further information

Students can get further information from the Business School's Exchange Coordinator at Staff and Student Services office.