The University of Sydney offers an extensive range of student exchange programs with universities throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Many students have participated in these programs and have found them to be an exciting and challenging way of broadening their academic horizons and enriching their experience in different environments and cultures.

The exchange programs offer students the opportunity to complete a full semester of study overseas and to receive credit for this study towards their degree at the University of Sydney.

Why go on exchange?

Studying overseas is an exciting opportunity to broaden your academic experience and sample a different lifestyle and culture. Every year, Sydney Law School sends approximately 40 students overseas on Law School-specific exchanges, and many more law students also undertake university-wide exchanges or study abroad opportunities. Students who have previously gone on exchange have found it to be a rewarding experience as it has added an international dimension to their law degree, challenged them academically and facilitated the development of new skills, and enhanced their personal growth and self-confidence.

A semester abroad is the perfect accompaniment to the strong global focus of the Sydney LLB and JD. Whether a student aims to work internationally or locally, every field of law is increasingly engaging with cross-border issues. Students today are entering a crowded and competitive graduate market, and an exchange provides graduates with a point of differentiation, a means of standing out from the crowd.

How does the exchange work?

The exchange programs are based on an agreement of student reciprocity between the University of Sydney and the 'partner' university, with the two institutions exchanging the same number of students over the period of the agreement. As the institutions do not always send the same number of students on exchange each year, the quota of Sydney Law School students who go on exchange can vary from year to year to balance the number of incoming and outgoing students over the period of the agreement.

The University of Sydney offers two types of exchange programs, university-wide and Law School-specific. Both programs are available to LLB and JD students. University-wide exchange programs are administered by Sydney Abroad, the University’s study abroad and exchange office, whilst Law School-specific exchange programs are administered by Sydney Law School. Sydney Law School currently has agreements with 22 law schools across North America, Europe and Asia. US law schools will only accept law students under Law School-specific agreements.

Whilst on exchange, students are enrolled at the University of Sydney on a full-time basis as well as at their exchange institution. However, tuition fees are only paid to the University of Sydney. Students may be required to pay some minor administrative charges or health insurance to their ‘host’ institution but they are not required to pay any other fees.