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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 their degree. Take advantage of our short-term, semester-long and year-long international opportunities.

Students who undertake international opportunities help prepare themselves for a global career while gaining new skills and broadening their perspective on the world.

We currently 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 - and this list is continually growing.

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.

Short-term options

If you cannot commit to a semester or year overseas, some of our degrees offer short-term international opportunities that usually run for four to six weeks. Explore short-term opportunities available in these study areas: 

FHS Abroad is a unique way to connect with the world and with your studies. It provides opportunities for health sciences students in undergraduate and graduate entry master’s programs to gain an international experience as part of their study program. As part of this 6 credit point unit of study, you will participate in a 4-6 week health or care placement with a community-based organisation in Cambodia, the Philippines, Sri Lanka or Vietnam.

All Doctor of Medicine students can apply for an international elective term. The Office for Global Health provides opportunities for students to develop their understanding of global issues in Cambodia, Canada, China, Denmark, France, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Myanmar, Singapore, Sweden, Thailand, United States, Uganda, Vietnam and Zambia.

International students

The Sydney Medical School also offers flexible study arrangements for international students. We recognise that experience in your home country is beneficial so we offer placements in your country of origin or for North American students, in Canada or the USA.

International students can apply to complete part of a specialty block or a final year core block overseas, as well as their pre-internship term.  

Final year pre-registration nursing students can participate in a four-week international student exchange program in November/December. Final year Master of Nursing and Bachelor of Nursing (Advanced Studies) students can apply for exchange in:

Alise Kha

Alise Kha in Vietnam
Student in the Faculty of Health Sciences
"I provided educational support and helped enhance cognitive development of children at a disability centre in Vietnam. This trip enabled me to draw on my existing knowledge, expand my abilities and perform culturally appropriate practices. I strongly recommend international exchange, it’s the perfect opportunity to explore who you really are and broaden your global awareness."
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