Why study abroad at the University of Sydney?


There are many benefits of being a study abroad or exchange student at the University of Sydney as part of your degree, such as our academic reputation, wide range of courses, vibrant student life, guaranteed housing and unique Study Abroad Internship Program, to name a few.

Our Academic Reputation

Ranked 38th in the world in the 2013 QS World University Rankings and consistently in the top three in Australia, the University of Sydney is one of the country’s leading research-intensive universities and a member of the prestigious Group of Eight. Many of our academics, your teachers, are leaders in their field giving you insights into the latest thinking and research in your field. We create leaders. With our excellent academic reputation, including Business School accreditation by the peak European (EQUIS) and North American (AACSB International) bodies, you can have great confidence in your semester of study.

At the University of Sydney we teach you think critically and find solutions to real world problems. Through the Study Abroad and Student Exchange programs is an exciting and challenging way of broadening your horizons in a new environment. You can:

  • increase your academic opportunities
  • establish professional and career opportunities through networking
  • improve language skills and cultural understanding
  • develop your self confidence and social skills

Our Wide Range of Courses

The University of Sydney offers the largest selection of units of study (subjects) in Australia to Study Abroad and Exchange students. You’re spoilt for choice!

Our units are widely accepted overseas, but we encourage you to check with your home institution to confirm what credit will be given for the units you complete.

Some of our units of study retain their popularity from year to year, such as the Study Abroad General Electives which provide hands-on experiential learning in an Australian cultural context.

We also offer suggested study themes to help you find your focus at Sydney such as Australian Studies, Indigenous Studies, Sustainability and Environmental Studies, to name a few.

Most undergraduate Study Abroad and Exchange students select 1000-3000 level units in areas that they have already studied at their home institution. Qualified students may enrol in postgraduate coursework (usually 5000+ level). Postgraduate research students are also welcome.

Our Unique Study Abroad Internship Program

The University of Sydney's unique Study Abroad Internship Program provides you with the opportunity to expand your perspective and enhance your skills and confidence by undertaking a credit-bearing Study Abroad Internship unit of study (6 credit points) through one of our many industry and research partners. This unit of study is normally taken alongside 3 other coursework units of study to make up a full-time semester course load.

Internship areas include advertising, environmental sciences, film and television, marketing, not for profit, to name just a few. Undergraduate research placements are also available.

Through a rigorous academic curriculum and 120 hours (15 days) placement, you’ll have the chance to:

  • become familiar with Australia’s workplace culture
  • apply your learning in real-life situations
  • enhance your interpersonal, communication and cross-cultural skills
  • gain a competitive advantage in the graduate employment market by developing global connections in your chosen profession.

Our Guaranteed Accommodation

We can also take the stress out of finding a place to live by offering you guaranteed accommodation at Urbanest, a new student accommodation complex minutes away from our Camperdown Campus. All you need to do is submit your application by the deadline on the application forms. These forms are provided when you receive your unconditional offer to study at the University of Sydney.

Urbanest is just a few kilometres’ walk from the city centre, allowing you to be close to both the University and the excitement of downtown Sydney. Rooms are fully furnished and facilities include wi-fi, a gym, 24-hour onsite staff and security systems.

Our Vibrant Student Life

The University of Sydney offers the best student experience in Australia, with more than 200 clubs and societies, two fully equipped fitness centres, an indoor rock-climbing wall, cafes, bars, live performance spaces and a dynamic calendar of events and celebrations.

We’re proud to partner with festivals and events that reflect the pulse of Sydney’s vibrant communities and diverse cultural landscape. You can join in a range of events, share your ideas and team up with others through internships, performances and leadership opportunities. Many activities on campus are run by the University of Sydney Union, a student-led, not-for-profit organisation that invests all funds back into the student experience.

We also arrange social events during semester to ensure you have the chance to mix and mingle with like-minded students.

Our Campus

The University of Sydney has several campuses and teaching facilities spread across greater Sydney, but most of our faculties and student support services are based on the Camperdown and Darlington campuses.

The main campus is well known for its historic sandstone buildings, gargoyles and cloisters, lawns and courtyards - public spaces that come alive with diversity and activity.

Across our campuses, students also benefit from inspiring learning environments such as lecture theatres, teaching spaces and studios with state-of-the-art facilities, laboratories with the latest technology, clinical schools to support professional development and experimental farms and research stations to put theory into practice.

Explore The University of Sydney today!