Inbound Exchange at the Faculty of Science

Picture yourself in one of the world's greatest cities

Sydney city

Sydney is consistently voted one of the most desirable and liveable cities in the world. There are more than 300 days of sunshine each year on average, and 38 beautiful sandy beaches on which to enjoy it. Sydney people are friendly and helpful – ask them a question they will go out of their way to lend you a hand.

There is no shortage of things to see and do just nearby. Walk for five minutes from the University of Sydney campus and you’ll be in the trendy cafe district of Glebe. Walk for three minutes and you’ll be in the inner-city cool of Newtown. Take a short trip downtown and you’ll be in bustling Darling Harbour or Circular Quay, where you can pick up a ferry to the beach at Manly.

If getting away from it all is more your thing, you'll find lots to explore in Sydney, one of the greenest cities in the world. There are no less than 37 national parks here. Even areas of Sydney Harbour itself are a national park. If you come to Sydney you must be sure to visit the Blue Mountains - only an hour or so from the city, with breathtaking views and wilderness walks. Then there’s whale and dolphin watching, diving, surfing, and an abundance of stunning paths to walk and parks to enjoy.

Why study Science at Sydney?


The Faculty of Science at Sydney is considered by many to be the best in Australasia. Spend a semester or a whole year with us and you’ll be mixing with internationally recognised researchers and some of the brightest students in Australia.

All of our teachers are practicing scientists, so you know you are being taught by people who are at the forefront of scientific research. In your classes you'll meet students who love science just as much as you do, and use modern lab facilities and equipment to practice what you've learned in class.

Our Faculty is well-known throughout the University for our excellent student support – if you have a question about any aspect of your studies, help is just a phone call away (yes we do actually answer the phone, and yes you will speak to a real human being!). Our students also enjoy a very active social life on campus, with the Science Society holding regular meet-ups where you will be sure to make friendships to last a lifetime.

What can you study?

We find that many of our incoming exchange students choose to undertake a combination of units that cover the sciences as well typical Australian subjects (like Australian politics and Indigenous Australia, Land and Culture) that they can't study at home. You can select from a range of subject areas including biological sciences, chemistry, physics, mathematics, psychology, marine science, environmental sciences, geosciences, molecular and microbial biosciences and more. Some units involve field work - your chance to get out of the lecture theatre and do your science while exploring the Australian outdoors!

Areas of study offered by the Faculty of Science to exchange students

Search for subjects

  Biochemistry (UG only)
  Bioethics (PG only)
  Chemistry (UG only)
  Science Communication (UG only)
  Physics (Computational Science) (UG only)
  Environmental Sciences
  Environmental Sciences
  History and Philosophy of Science
  Molecular Biology (UG only)
  Molecular Biotechnology
  Neurology (UG only)
  Nutritional Science (PG only)
  Nutritional Science
  Psychology (UG only)
  Science Project (PG only)
  Talented Students Project (UG only)
  Wildlife Management (PG only)

How it works

Student exchange is available if your home university has an official agreement with the University of Sydney. You can find out whether we have an exchange agreement with your university by searching our online database of exchange partners.

To be considered for the Study Abroad and Student Exchange programs for one semester or one year of study at the University of Sydney you must:

  • be an undergraduate or postgraduate international student
  • have completed at least one year of study towards a degree at a recognised institution in your home country and are continuing towards the degree of your home institution
  • have achieved a 'Credit' or 'Good' average, or a cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale, or an average grade of 'C' or better on the European ECTS grading scale
  • Student Exchange applicants must have a letter of nomination from their home institution

Apply to study here!

For more information about how to apply for exchange at the University of Sydney, visit this guide to making a student exchange application.