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International opportunities

Gain credit towards your degree while studying abroad
Many of our students have the opportunity to study overseas as part of various degrees. Take advantage of our global professional placements and short-term, semester and year-long exchanges.

When you study at Sydney you’ll have some amazing opportunities to travel the world. Our placement and exchange opportunities will set you up for a global career as you add to your skills and broaden your perspective on the world.

Our program of international engagement and connections with highly ranked partner universities is continually expanding. We have partnerships with more than 270 universities in 42 countries including Canada, China, France, India, Japan, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States.

By 2020 the University aims to have 50 percent of our students undertake an international experience as part of their studies, with scholarship funding available for at least half of these students.

Semester and year-long exchange

A semester abroad is the perfect accompaniment to your degree. The University-wide study abroad and exchange programs, with more than 270 universities to choose from, lets you make a selection to suit your personal and academic passions.

If you enrol in the Languages program available to Dalyell Scholars students or the International and Global Studies stream in the Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Advanced Studies, you’ll spend a semester abroad as part of your degree. 

Short-term options

If you cannot commit to a semester or year overseas, many of our degrees offer short-term international opportunities that usually run for two-to-three weeks in the summer and winter breaks. Here are some examples our short-term opportunities: 

Undergraduate students have the chance to travel overseas and learn a new language with an intensive in-country unit as part of our Open Learning Environment (OLE) units.

Along with 6 credit points toward your degree, you’ll gain unique, first-hand, in-country experiences through a combination of formal language classes and cultural activities – including visits to museums, theatres, memorial sites – and enhance your cross-cultural skills.

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Gain excavation experience and credit towards your undergraduate Archaeology major by participating in a three-week field school in Athens. During your time in Greece you will excavate at the ancient Athenian deme (town) site of Halai Aixonides and undertake workshops on the finds from the site.

We’ll take you out of the classroom and into major world cities such as Paris to explore not only the history of architecture and public space but also the galleries, collections and artworks of the city. You can earn 12 credit points towards your undergraduate Art History major while gaining insights into the place of art in a city and our lives, and learn how cities act as the sites of history and culture. 

If you’re a Bachelor of Education student studying Early Childhood, Primary, Secondary or Health and Physical Education, you have the opportunity to undertake a short-term study abroad opportunity between January to February to Spain, Austria, Sweden or Kenya, or in June/July to the United States of America. Over the course of three to five weeks, you’ll gain insights into different international education contexts by combining university-based learning with local school visits. For more information, see the Global Mobility database.


You can undertake overseas placements as part of many of our degrees. For example, if you’re an undergraduate media and communications student you may have the opportunity to undertake an internship with an English-language newspaper in Bangkok, Beijing, Seoul, Dubai or Abu Dhabi.

If you’re a Bachelor of Education (Primary, Secondary, or HPE), you can undertake a four-week professional experience placement to Indonesia, Timor, or Vanuatu. You’ll be exposed to different cultures, languages, and schools around the world and develop your capacity as a teacher.

Many of our postgraduate degrees, including the Master of Museum and Heritage Studies, Master of Development Studies and the Master of Health Security also offer the opportunity to undertake a work placement overseas.

Dual degrees

Two of the world’s leading institutions for the humanities and social sciences – the University of Sydney and Sciences Po in France – have come together to offer students a dual degree program, one of a kind in Australia. 

After completing the first two years of study in France, you will relocate to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney to continue your third and fourth year of studies in either the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Economics

Fiona Duong

Education student
Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Humanities and Social Sciences) and Bachelor of Arts student
Teaching in Indonesia really tested my ability to adapt and be versatile when preparing for and conducting lessons. The conditions were completely different to those at home, so I had to come up with new approaches and ways to teach and learn. The teaching strategies I learned will be of enormous help when I'm working with English as a second language classes and also prepare me for opportunities to live and work overseas.
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Jacob Stone

Postgraduate student
Master of Political Economy student
I took an international field-based unit in Laos along with students from development, sustainability, geoscience and social science backgrounds. We explored fundamental issues such as population growth, food security, resource scarcity and economic globalisation.
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Maxine Williams

Student overseas
International and Global Studies student
I have undertaken a language exchange program at Peking University in Beijing, studied medieval Indian history in Mumbai and will spend six months in Indonesia for my compulsory exchange.
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