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School visits, campus tours and faculty-based activities
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We offer many ways your students can engage with the University, including visits to your school, guided campus tours, and hands-on activities hosted by our faculties.

School visits

Our trained student ambassadors are available to visit schools in the Sydney metropolitan area and speak to your students about life at the Univeristy of Sydney.

Our ambassadors are from a wide range of faculty and degree areas. In addition to sharing personal experiences and stories, they can offer advice on courses, transferring, deferring and a range of other topics that school students need to know about in order to make informed choices about attending university.

To book a school visit, please use our online form.

Campus tours

Tours start underneath the Clocktower of the Quadrangle and take in many of the key features on campus. Tours can vary in length depending on what you require and we are more than happy to adapt the tour to meet your school's specific needs.

Learn more about our campus tours. To book a campus tour, please use our online form.

Faculty-specific activities like interactive workshops can be incorporated into your school's tour of the University. Below are the current activities on offer.

Faculty-specific activities for school tours

Agriculture and Environment

Interactive workshops

Knowledge of agriculture is intrinsically linked to understanding many of the world’s biggest issues including water management, food security, resource use and climate change. The Faculty of Agriculture and Environment offers five hands-on workshops, including an insight into why chocolate is so delicious! These are available to students from all years (groups of 10–30)

For more information, visit our Science Outreach website.

 

Architecture, Design and Planning

School talks or facilities tour

World-leading academics and top students from the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning are available to give talks at schools in Sydney's metropolitan areas. Alternatively, you can bring your students to us for a facilities tour and a talk on architecture and/or design computing.

Workshops

Architecture workshops allow your students to explore the intersection of functionality and beauty. Watch laser cutters make precise model pieces or marvel as a powder printer produces a 3D model before your eyes. Be inspired by the projects of final-year students to discover the creative and professional opportunities offered by study in architecture and design.

Exhibitions and galleries

The graduate exhibition (first week of December) showcases the talents of all our graduating students from the architecture and design computing programs. We invite school groups to attend this exhibition.

If you would like to show your students the kind of work they would be doing in either architecture or design computing, please refer them to the faculty's online gallery.

For more information on how the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning can interact with your students, please contact:

Jonathan Hulme
Tel: 02 9351 7591
Email: jonathan.hulme@sydney.edu.au

Arts and Social Sciences

History Outreach Program

This program, run by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, makes some of the university’s most interesting historical resources available to students in Years 7-12. These resources include rare book manuscripts, Egyptian mummies and the University’s own Quadrangle.

The program offers workshops throughout the year for students in stages four, five or six who are attending a government-identified low socioeconomic school.

To register as a partner school, please contact:

Associate Professor Mike McDonnell
Tel: 02 9351 6733
Email: michael.mcdonnell@sydney.edu.au

Museum visits

Students or all ages can visit the Nicholson Museum, the largest antiquities museum in the Southern Hemisphere. Here, they'll see relics from Ancient Rome, Greece and Egypt, including real mummies.

Tours (for up to 20 students) can also be booked for the Shellshear Museum, Australia’s only museum dedicated to physical anthropology. The exhibits include skeletons of humans, primates and other species, offering a great chance to study human evolution and anatomy.

Engineering, IT and project management

The Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies offers workshops, programs and information nights as well as work experience placements for high school students throughout the year. We also offer activities for teachers, including the Computer Science for High School program. Learn more here.

Upcoming student activities include our Years 10 and 11 Project Management Winter Camp, a two-day intensive workshop which will give students a head start in project management and show them where this dynamic field can lead to.

Interactive workshops

Throughout the year, we invite high school students on campus to experience what it’s like to study engineering, project management and information technologies.

Students can participate in fun, interactive workshops, tour our facilities and talk to our academics and current students about study options and life at Sydney. During the workshops they might create their own avatar, build a signal railway, race in a fuel cell car challenge or participate in a desert-island scenario.

Our student ambassadors can also come to your high school and run tailored activities with your students, aligned with your curriculum.

Work experience

The faculty offers a limited number of work experience placements for year 10 students in the following areas:

  • Chemical and biomolecular engineering
  • Civil engineering
  • Aerospace, mechanical and mechatronic engineering
  • Electrical information, power and telecommunications engineering
  • Information technologies

Students are teamed up with either an academic or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) student to work on a suitable project. This program is popular so you will need to apply for a place as early as possible.

 

Information nights

We know that life during the final years at school can be stressful, so we want to make your students’ transition to university as easy as possible.

At our Year 11/12 and Parent Information Night held in June we give students an overview of our undergraduate degrees, explain the application process and let them know about our HSC preparation and bridging courses.

They also have the chance to chat to academics and current students and hear about their experiences at Sydney first hand. Stay in touch with the faculty to find out more.

Summer, Autumn and Winter Schools

We partner with organisations throughout the year to deliver summer, autumn and winter school programs for high school students interested in finding out more about engineering.

These programs include on-campus workshops and site visits to leading companies where students can see engineers in action on major project sites. They are mentored by university students, engage in hands-on activities and learn about careers in engineering.

We partner with Engineers Australia for their Summer School program as well as with Engineering Aid Australia to deliver the annual Indigenous Australian Engineering Summer School (IAESS).

Discover Engineering Day

The faculty also participates in Engineers Australia’s Discover Engineering Day, fun and interactive days throughout the year where students can learn what a career in engineering is all about.

National Computer Science School (NCSS)

NCSS is an intensive week-long computer programming and website development summer school for students going into Years 11 and 12. It's about challenging students to think like a computer scientist and giving them an intensive programming experience in a university setting. As part of the program they will go on site visits and meet industry professionals. Learn more here.

NCSS Challenge

The NCSS Challenge is a five week competition giving high school students an opportunity to learn and experience computer programming. The challenge is designed to cater for beginners, intermediate and advanced students.

Girls’ Programming Network (GPN)

GPN is an extracurricular program run by girls, for girls. In this one-day workshop participants have the opportunity to develop their own games, learn about digital media, sound, image and video manipulation and even create smart phone applications. The tutors are a mix of University IT students and professional software engineers from companies like Google and Atlassian. Learn more here.

Computer Science for High School (CS4HS)

Google has developed partnerships with a handful of universities in Australia, including the University of Sydney, to conduct the CS4HS program.

The CS4HS workshop aims to increase high school teachers’ knowledge and ability to promote and teach computer science and computational thinking in classrooms. The program takes a 'train the trainer' approach. The 2-3 day workshops for teachers provide training, tips, and actual classroom materials to help them teach programming and computing in schools and turn students into computational thinkers and creators.

For more information, email cs4hs@it.usyd.edu.au

 

Science

The Faculty of Science welcomes high school students of all ages to engage with us through our Outreach Program. Some of our activities are listed below.

Mathematical Enrichment and Mathematical Olympiad

The Mathematics Enrichment program is designed to challenge gifted and talented students. With programs ranging from correspondence courses to residential programs, this opportunity can be tailored to the needs of your school. Students that excel at the Enrichment Program may also be selected for the Mathematical Olympiad.

For more information visit the Australian Mathematics Trust website, or contact:

Dr Bill Palmer
T 02 9351 3048
E bill.palmer@sydney.edu.au

The National Mathematics Summer School

For nearly 50 years the National Mathematics Summer School has exposed talented students from all over Australia to the possibilities of tertiary mathematics. This two-week residential program for Year 11 students includes workshops on higher mathematics, guest speakers, and a special lecture at the Academy of Science.

For more information, visit the National Mathematics Summer School website, or contact:

Associate Professor Leon Poladian
Tel: 02 9351 2049
Email: nmss@maths.usyd.edu.au

Gifted and Talented Discovery Program

Since the program commenced in 1996, more than 1650 gifted and talented students from Year 9 and 10 have attended in biology, chemistry and physics.

As the program is highly selective, aspiring students must sit an exam in early November. Learn more here.

Sydney Science Experience

See how CSI works in real life! Students from Year 10 and 11 are introduced to the applied science of forensics through a three-day intensive program. Students perform DNA, fingerprint and fibre analysis to solve a scientific ‘who-dun-it’. Learn more about the Sydney Science Experience.

International Science School

This two-week residential program is designed to challenge gifted students from Year 11 and 12 in the field of physics, with a particular focus on nanoscience. Held in the July holidays, students have the opportunity to meet experts in the field and extend their physics knowledge to the highest level. Learn more about the International Science School.

Kickstart Science Workshops

A program specifically designed to support Year 11-12 students and teachers in their HSC study, Kickstart Science strengthens students’ understanding of key syllabus concepts by providing practical demonstrations with state of the art equipment. Workshops are offered in the areas Anatomy and Histology, Physics, Biology and Chemistry.

Hands-on Science and Mathematics

Learn what the day-to-day work of a physicist involves through experiments, demonstrations and lectures. Get your students excited about science with scorpions, liquid nitrogen and Google algorithms! Activities are specifically targeted at particular age groups from Year 7-10, in groups of eight to 50.

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki Talk

Australia’s favourite science presenter can speak to your students (from Year 7 to 12). Include a talk by Dr Karl as part of your next campus tour or have science come to your classroom via Skype. Be sure to book early as places are limited.

Macleay Museum

Students of all years can spend time amongst Australia’s oldest collection of natural history at the Macleay Museum. The Macleay Collection enables students to explore a unique snapshot of biodiversity up and close. Some of the most popular exhibits include a skeleton of the world’s smallest land mammal and a stowaway flea from Darwin’s ship.

 

Sydney College of the Arts

Portfolio Development Days

A strong portfolio of student work is crucial for entry into the Bachelor of Visual Arts. Portfolio Development Days at Sydney College of the Arts provide Year 12 students with advice and assistance on how best to construct their portfolio as well as introducing them to the Rozelle Campus, its galleries, and facilities.

 

Sydney Conservatorium of Music

Rising Stars at the Con

Each year, the Conservatorium of Music fosters the development of an elite group of young musicians. The Rising Stars program for students in Years 7-12 runs in two 13-week blocks and extends all aspects of students’ musical repertoire through individual instrumental lessons, performances and music theory.

Auditions are held in November/December and May/June and scholarships or bursaries may be available.