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How to study overseas: 4 tips to get you prepared

7 March 2017
Use your university course to travel the world

It’s a lot easier to combine study and overseas travel than you may think. The world is at your fingertips through our study abroad and student exchange programs – here are four easy steps on how to study overseas.

The next time you’ve got a half hour break between lectures, why not choose your next travel destination?

Just because you’re studying with us doesn’t mean you have to spend your whole degree in Australia. In fact, we have more than 270 opportunities to study overseas in 41 countries… and more than 100 of these study opportunities are located at one of the world’s top 200 universities.

Being an exchange student not only provides the opportunity to travel and learn about different cultures, it can also add an international dimension to your studies and value to your degree.

“Studying under a different educational system will take you out of your comfort zone by exposing you to new methods of thinking and learning and a different perspective on your area of study and global issues,” said University of Sydney Mobility Manager Cara Bonnington.

Ms Bonnington also said studying abroad can open new doors.

“Adding an international study experience to your CV is also a great way to make yourself stand out to employers. It provides opportunities to network with other students, academics and professional organisations, and students return home with a renewed focus.”

Here’s how to get you started on an adventure that’ll make your Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat the envy of your mates.

1. Attend our Sydney Abroad Fair and come and chat with us

It’s a good idea to plan early to make sure you can work student exchange into your degree and get  the most out of your experience. 

A good place to discover the many opportunities available is our Sydney Abroad Fair that takes place on Eastern Avenue on Tuesday 4 April 2017. You’ll be able to meet representatives from some of our partner universities, as well as talk to students who have recently returned from exchange.

If you can’t make the fair, talk to one of our peer advisers at the Student Centre (Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm).

2. Attend an information session

We’re hosting information sessions three times a week during Semester 1 where you can learn about the various overseas opportunities available, including year-long, semester-long and short-term winter and summer schools.

When: 1pm on Tuesdays, 12pm Wednesdays and Thursdays during semester
Where: Carslaw Lecture Theatre 173

3. Choose a program

We provide more than 270 programs in 41 countries in areas ranging from North and South America, to Asia, Europe, the UK, the Gulf and Africa, and the South Pacific. With so many options, you should be able to find one that meets both your study needs and travel wishes. Search online by location, subject area or term, and download our Global Mobility Guide to get started.

Here are just a few options to get you thinking: Why not take your study textbook to a Zen garden in Kyoto, Japan, a hot tub surrounded by snow in Reykjavik, Iceland, or Paris’ Left Bank in the Quartier Latin where students have been sharing ideas since the 11th century?

Looking for something new to do on a weekend? How about catching football star Lionel Messi running rampant in Barcelona’s famed Estadio Camp Nou, taking the world’s highest bungee jump off Royal Gorge Bridge, Colorado (a thrilling 321 metres!), or just sitting back on a picture-postcard beach in the South Pacific?

4. Put in your application

Apply now because there are still places available for Semester 2, 2017 (but be quick because the deadline is 13 March), register your interest for Semester 1, 2018, or apply for a short-term program and go this July.