Before you apply, explore the program options and talk with your faculty, college or school to understand any course restrictions or conditions on your eligibility.
If you're currently enrolled at Sydney, you may be eligible for the International Exchange Program as an outbound student. It lets you undertake approved study at one of our partner universities around the world.
You can apply for inbound student exchange if you're enrolled at one of our partner universities. With our exchange program, you can enrol in full-time studies here at the University of Sydney and gain credit for one or more semesters with the approval of your home institution. Our tuition fees are waived while you're here.
If your university or college isn't one of our partner universities, you may still be eligible as an inbound student with our Sydney Abroad program. It lets you enrol in full-time studies at Sydney and gain credit for one or two semesters with the approval of your home institution. Note that you will have to pay tuition fees for any courses you enrol in.
To be considered for the exchange or Sydney Abroad program, you need to meet our eligibility requirements.
Host universities often have their own specific eligibility criteria, which may include language tests or limited course selections. Our exchange advisers will let you know if these criteria affect you before you submit an application.
All applicants need to have a credit average (65 per cent or higher) throughout their studies, and to have maintained that average in their most recent semester of study.
Undergraduates can apply once they have completed a full-time year of study (48 credit points) in the course they plan enrol in while on exchange. This means that you can apply in your second semester of study if you will complete 48 units by the end of the semester.
Postgraduate coursework students need to have passed a full-time semester (18-24 credit points) in the course they plan to be enrolled in while on exchange.
If you have transferred here from another university, you still need to complete at least one full-time semester (24 credit points) of your course at Sydney before you’re eligible for exchange.
If you’re enrolled in a language course, you need to have passed at least three semesters of that language at a credit average (65 per cent or higher), and provide at least one academic reference from your department. This is in addition to maintaining an overall credit average across your course.
If you're a postgraduate research student, you need written support from your local research supervisor and faculty, as well as written confirmation from an academic within the host university confirming that they will supervise your research project for the duration of your exchange.
You need to be enrolled full time at Sydney while you study on exchange, and any classes you enrol in at your host university need to be approved by your faculty, so they can be credited towards your Sydney degree.
Most courses have the flexibility to accommodate a semester on exchange. However, it may not be possible – or at least not easy to arrange – depending on your course requirements.
Even if there are tight restrictions around compulsory units of study, many degrees contain elective units that are easier to substitute for credit achieved on exchange.
Learn more about what you can study. We also encourage you to attend an information session or drop in to the Sydney Abroad office.
Note that the Faculty of Law and Sydney College of the Arts have their own exchange agreements in addition to those managed by Sydney Abroad, and these programs have their own eligibility requirements. For more information, contact the faculty.
You're expected to have enough funding for the duration of your stay. Some countries will only issue student visas to applicants who provide evidence of this funding. Please refer to your host country’s government immigration website.
If you also hold citizenship in a country other than Australia, you may be excluded from doing an exchange in that country. International students are eligible to apply for exchange to any university outside their home country.
To be considered for the Sydney Abroad or student exchange programs you will normally have completed at least one year of study towards a degree at a recognised institution in your home country and be continuing towards the degree at your home institution.
Students seeking admission straight from an overseas high school may be eligible under certain conditions.
You need to have achieved a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 point scale, or an average grade of 'C' or better on the European ECTS grading scale (or equivalent).
You’ll also need a letter of nomination from your home institution if you are applying for the exchange program.
If you wish to study at postgraduate level, in either postgraduate coursework or postgraduate research, you need to have completed the equivalent of an Australian bachelor's degree and submit substantiating evidence (testamur).
If you are a postgraduate research applicants, you need to have written support from your supervisor in your home university, and from a supervisor at the University of Sydney who has agreed to support your research while you are on exchange at the University of Sydney. We also require a one-page research proposal.
The options available depend on your student status and the duration of the research you plan to undertake.
If you wish to participate in the Sydney Abroad Internship Program, you need to meet additional eligibility criteria.
All lectures are taught in English.
If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate English proficiency by meeting the minimum score of one of the English language test methods below:
Or by completing the International Baccalaureate (IB), provided you meet the following:
Alternatively, if you can provide evidence that you’ve already completed a full-time year of study in an English-speaking country, or at a university where the language of instruction is English, this may be sufficient to demonstrate proficiency, subject to assessment and approval.
If you cannot satisfy our language criteria, consider taking a direct entry English course at our Centre for English Teaching.
Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents and New Zealand citizens cannot apply for the Sydney Abroad program. If you are nominated by your home university under a partnership agreement, you may be able to apply for the exchange program.