International study opportunities for outward-bound undergraduate students

For nearly three decades, students 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.

To support their study overseas, students in Commonwealth Supported Places are eligible to apply for OS-HELP loans ranging in value from $2000–8000. More details are available at https://sydney.edu.au/students/os-help.html. The four expanding headings below contain descriptions of the different overseas exchanges available to undergraduates 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

Short-term exchanges are possible to Umea (Sweden), Graz (Austria) and Seville (Spain). These typically occur over four to five weeks in January and February. Students who have completed their second last year of study, and not yet commenced their final year, in any of the following programs can apply to participate:


  • Bachelor of Education (Early Childhood)

  • Bachelor of Education (Primary)

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

  • 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

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

An overseas Professional Experience is available to Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Humanities and Social Sciences) for their first placement and to Bachelor of Education (Primary) students for their second placement. As part of the New Colombo Plan, participating students will receive a $3000 grant and be able to teach in Indonesia (2017–2021), Timor Leste (2020–2021) and Vanuatu (2021). Students interested in further details should attend the information session held each semester by Study Abroad Coordinator Dr Jen Scott Curwood.



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 Study Abroad Coordinator Dr Jen Scott Curwood