A successful application to study abroad takes preparation and research. We recommend planning your trip well ahead of the departure date. Start today by getting your application ready.
We have more than 300 formal exchange agreements with universities in 35 countries, covering different academic disciplines and languages.
Programs taught entirely in English are available in Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States, and in some countries within Europe and Asia. Where courses are taught in a language other than English, you will need to demonstrate proficiency in that language.
While we have many partnership agreements, exchange placements may not always be available at every destination, every semester. Some partnerships are open to particular disciplines or faculties only.
Your application allows you to nominate up to five university preferences. Cast a wide net and research the possibilities thoroughly before settling on your top five. The best destination for you may not always be the most obvious.
Browse our University partner list to view the programs available.
The annual Sydney Abroad Fair in April is a key event for anyone considering embarking on exchange. Connect with representatives from host universities and get information and advice.
Once you have done your research, speak with an exchange adviser in person. Drop-in advice sessions are available every Thursday, 2 to 4pm, during semester.
If you have an idea of where you want to go, an adviser can offer you valuable guidance on whether you meet the basic criteria. An adviser can provide feedback on your research, and talk through any questions you might have about specific options. Feel free to drop in for a consultation after you've done some research.
When thinking about where you may go, consider:
As many of our international partners run to a different academic calendar, you need to be aware of how their semester dates align with your degree schedule.
Most host universities in English-speaking countries receive more applications than there are places.
Competition can be intense, particularly in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. Almost 50 percent of all applicants nominate these countries as their only preferences.
An exchange adviser will assess your application against the eligibility criteria as specified by your preferred host university.
We will assess your academic performance and personal suitability. A high distinction average does not guarantee a placement.
Your statement of purpose and academic reference will also play a large part in determining the outcome of your application.
If your first preference is not successful, the selection process will be repeated with your secondary preferences.
In some cases, you may need to reallocate your choices. Unsuccessful applicants may be invited to reapply the following semester.
If your application is successful, you will receive written notification from your exchange adviser. You will then complete several more documents to finalise your nomination.
Host universities have the final authority to accept or reject applicants. It can take two to three months for an outcome to be confirmed.
Before you apply you will need to attend an information session and register.
Information sessions for 2016 second semester (July) exchanges run every Wednesday and Thursday throughout August and September from 12 – 1pm in Chemistry Lecture Theatre 4.
For students who are interested in undertaking an exchange in a particular region, destination focus sessions provide further information about the requirements and opportunities in these regions. You only need to attend one session.
North American destinations focus sessions
Wednesday 12 August and Thursday 20 August
Asian destinations focus sessions
Tuesday 25 August (LT2) and Thursday 3 September
UK and European destinations focus sessions
Wednesday 9 September and Thursday 17 September
Latin and South American destinations focus session
Thursday 24 September
When you submit your application, you also need to include:
You can apply to us directly or via our range of partnerships and registered University of Sydney agents, who may be able to lodge your application on your behalf.
If you've been nominated for exchange by your university or institution, or you are applying directly as a Sydney Abroad candidate, you can submit your application online, as outlined below.
Please check your eligibility before you apply.
Admission to the exchange program is not automatic and we will assess each applicant against the various requirement.
If you are interested in the Study Abroad Internship Program, please indicate this on your application form at the appropriate section.
Study with us for one semester:
Study with us for two semesters:
If you are a postgraduate coursework and research applicant, you need to have completed the equivalent of an Australian bachelor’s degree. You will also need to provide your academic transcript as part of your application.
Research applicants also need to include a one-page research proposal, along with written confirmation of support from a supervisor both at the University of Sydney and your home university. You can look for a research opportunity or a potential supervisor using Research Supervisor Connect.
If your research period with us will last less than a semester, our human resources department will handle your application. You can also contact your intended supervisor for more information.
The academic year in Australia begins in early March. Applicants intending to start in first semester should apply no later than 30 November the year prior.
If you plan to start in July for the second semester you need to apply by no later than 30 April.
You can apply anytime, but your start date will vary by the semesters in the country you're going to.