International study opportunities for outward-bound undergraduate students

For nearly three decades, student from various faculties of The University of Sydney have been able to complete part of their programs overseas.

The University's International Exchange Program has agreements with universities throughout North America, Europe and Asia that allow participating students to incorporate a period of overseas study into their degrees without having to extend the duration of their studies or pay for overseas tuition fees. Below are the four different types of experience offered to undergraduate students at the Sydney School of Education and Social Work.


Semester-long Education exchanges

Semester-long education exchanges to countries around the world are administered jointly by the Sydney School of Education and Social Work and the Student Centre at the University. This is an opportunity for students enrolled in Semester One of the final year of each of the combined-degree undergraduate programs at the school:


  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Humanities and Social Sciences), Bachelor of Arts

  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Science), Bachelor of Science

  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Mathematics), Bachelor of Science.

The exchange is worth 24 credit points, which will be granted upon the student’s return or may count for senior electives in the student's non-Education degree (that is, either their science or arts degree). Details are available from the University’s Study Abroad website.



Short-term Education exchanges

A short-term exchange to Umea, Sweden, is possible for students who have completed their second last year of study, and not yet commenced their final year, in any of the following programs:


  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Humanities and Social Sciences), Bachelor of Arts

  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Science), Bachelor of Science

  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Mathematics), Bachelor of Science

  • Bachelor of Education (Primary)

  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Human Movement and Health Education).

This exchange is for 6 credit points, and it may replace an Education III or HMHE elective (depending on the student’s program). Details are available from the University’s Study Abroad website.



Professional Experiences

A Professional Experience in the Maldives is available to students who have completed their second last year of study, and not yet commenced their final year, in the Bachelor of Education (Primary) program. This experience is for 6 credit points, and it counts toward their Professional Experience. For more information, attend the session held each semester by Dr Jen Scott Curwood, director of the school’s Study Abroad and General Electives initiatives.



International Experiences (EDUF3038)

International Experiences (EDUF3038) offers students the opportunity to learn more about diverse countries, including Cambodia, Indonesia and Mongolia. The unit includes 6 credit points, and involves either a minimum 10-day educational excursion directly supervised by school staff or a minimum 15-day educational excursion provided as part of the unit. The unit is open to Bachelor of Social Work students in Semester Two of Year 2, as well as students who have completed their second last year of study, and not yet commenced their final year, in any of the following programs:


  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Humanities and Social Sciences), Bachelor of Arts

  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Science), Bachelor of Science

  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Mathematics), Bachelor of Science

  • Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)

  • Bachelor of Education (Primary)

  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Human Movement and Health Education).

The unit may replace an Education III elective, HMHE elective, or may count for a senior elective in the student's arts degree (depending on the student’s program). For more information, attend the session held each semester by Dr Jen Scott Curwood, director of the school’s Study Abroad and General Electives initiatives.