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Student experience

The university experience is more than the sum of its parts

University isn’t just about the lecture hall. To make new friends, have fun and broaden your horizons, join a student society, study abroad or go on exchange, and work with communities in rural Australia or beyond.

Each year students from across the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies extend their learning in different locations around Australia and the world. Your opportunities include field trips, global professional placements, and short-term, semester and year-long exchanges with more than 300 partner universities worldwide.

Undertake part of your degree in China or Chile, Norway or New Zealand, Sweden or Spain, the United States or the United Kingdom. It’s a great way to experience another culture as you learn.

We’ve had students travel to India and Samoa as part of the Humanitarian Engineering major, and others who have undertaken six-month industry work placements in Saudi Arabia, Papua New Guinea and California, with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab.

We offer support for your overseas experience through scholarships, grants and loans.

Read about our students' adventures and follow #UsydOnTour on social media.

There are lots of opportunities at university to test your skills and abilities against your peers through student competitions. A bit of friendly competition never hurt anyone, right?

If you’re into cars, the Formula Society of Automotive Engineers (FSAE) Australasian competition sees students design, build and race an internal combustion or electric race car. For months, students work on the car towards a four-day international student engineering competition at which the team presents their car and races it on a real race track.

Students taking part in the Advanced Engineering program receive opportunities throughout the year to compete in challenges involving real-world problems such as improving food storage, water collection and recycling in Vanuatu or irrigation systems in Zambia.

Another example of a student competition is the Dymocks Innovation Challenge in which undergraduate students create solutions to challenges for Dymocks Australia. Students work in teams across various faculties to go in the running to win a first prize of $5000.

Research by the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies is multidisciplinary and focused around the key themes of biomedical engineering and technologies, complex systems, data science and computer engineering, energy and the environment, food products, processes and supply chain, human-centred technology, materials and structures, robotics and intelligent systems, telecommunications and transport and infrastructure [research links to be added in]. 

These research themes allow us to work collaboratively to develop truly holistic solutions to today’s big issues.

There are many opportunities to get involved with research at the University of Sydney. If you are interested in becoming a researcher or getting involved in another capacity, search through our faculty’s research opportunities on Research Supervisor Connect.

Your time at university is more than a great education – it also allows you to contribute to other communities and apply your skills and knowledge to improve the lives of others. If this is something you’d like to explore, we provide many opportunities.

The School of Civil Engineering partners with Engineers Without Borders Australia to provide global engineering fieldwork opportunities to our students. Participants embark on a two-week educational study tour and develop a deeper understanding of the role that design and technology plays in the developing world. Our students have travelled to India and Samoa to work with different local communities and create change through humanitarian design, engineering and international development initiatives.

University life is more than studying hard and attending class. Our clubs and societies help you make the most of your university experience. They prepare you for the workforce by providing networking opportunities and allowing you to develop your leadership and communication skills. Whatever course you choose to study, there is a related society for you to join. 

Biomedical engineering

The Sydney University Association of Biomedical Engineering (SUABE) raises the profile of biomedical engineering on campus. If you’re interested in a career in biomedical engineering, or would like to meet biomedical engineering students, this is the society for you. 

Civil engineers

Sydney University Civil Engineers (SUCE) brings together civil engineering students to create a community where you can forge strong friendships that turn into professional contacts once you join the workforce. There are social gatherings, industry lectures and sponsored events to get involved with.

Chemical engineering

The Sydney University Chemical Engineering Society (SUCES) is focused on bringing together chemical engineering students to provide opportunities to socialise and gain exposure to industry. The society holds weekly barbeques, games nights and events with industry participation.

Electrical engineering

The Sydney University Electrical Engineering Society (SparkSoc) is aimed at electrical engineering students, but is open to anyone. There are regular lunches and social events, as well as opportunities to meet like-minded people through networking opportunities.

Engineers without borders

Engineers Without Borders (EWB) is a not-for-profit organisation creating systematic change through humanitarian engineering and developing solutions to problems facing disadvantaged communities.

The Sydney University chapter helps students from all engineering disciplines develop a broader sense of engineering principles through teaching sustainable technologies in schools, aiding refugees with computer literacy, and networking with others who are passionate about humanitarian engineering.

Information technology

The Sydney University IT Society (SUITS) is one of the leading and most active student-run IT societies in Australia for students interested in getting more out of university while having a good time. Our members have a passion for technology, games, computer science and programming.

Maker club

The Sydney Uni MakerClub provides a maker space and social hub to inspire you to start your own project. Club activities include beginners’ workshops for technology platforms like Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Android, access to the maker space, team-based challenges and inter-university competitions and prizes. 

Mechanical undergraduates

The Mechanical Undergraduates' Society (MUGS) is the society for students in the school of mechanical engineering and anyone who enjoys the cogs and wheels of engineering. 

Mechatronics

The Sydney University Mechatronics Organisation (SUMO) organises social events and opportunities to network with industry professionals. They host events including BBQs, industry talks and robot competitions.

Motorsport

Sydney Motorsport is the University of Sydney's Formula SAE team, comprising more than 30 students from disciplines across the University, from aerospace and mechanical engineering to law and business. Each year Formula SAE students design, construct and race a small open-wheeled racing car.

Project management

The Project Management Society (PMSoc) encompasses all fields of project management including construction, IT, engineering, marketing, commerce and general management. 

Undergraduate association

The Sydney University Engineering Undergraduate Association (SUEUA) is the faculty’s society for all engineering streams. All welcome!

Windsoc

Windsoc is the aeronautical/space engineering student society, providing a social outlet for students and forging relationships with staff to allow positive student and staff collaboration.

Women in aerospace engineering

Sydney Women in Aerospace Engineering (SWAE) celebrates female achievements in the aerospace and aeronautical sectors, empowers young women to pursue this field and creates a supportive and welcoming environment for women in aerospace.

Women in engineering

Sydney University Women in Engineering (SUWIE) supports and promotes women in engineering. The society encourages networking between female engineering students and professional engineers from industry.