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Semester and year-long exchange

Choosing a destination

You can select three university preferences in your exchange application.

When researching which institution would best suit you and short-listing your preferred institutions, it’s important to consider the following:

  • availability of suitable courses that fit into your degree and academic advice
  • the language of instruction
  • the cost of living, and whether there are scholarships available for your preferred destination
  • the availability of student support services such as disability services if this is something you require
  • the reputation or culture of the university
  • how your personal, academic and recreational interests fit with the lifestyle offered by that campus
  • academic study dates at your host university.

Browse the Global Mobility Database to view the universities available. You can filter results by ranking, level of study, language of instruction and subject area to find the best fit for you.

Are all partner universities available to me?

Some of our agreements with partner institutions are university-wide. This means that the majority of academic disciplines offered by that institution are available to University of Sydney students on exchange. Other agreements are faculty-specific, meaning exchange is only available if you are studying a specific discipline (regardless of what else is available at that institution). When browsing the Database you can filter the results by agreement type and faculty to find out what’s available to you.

Academic calendars abroad

Most of our international partners have different academic calendars, so you’ll need to make sure their semester dates align with your current course. Information about your host university's academic calendar is available under ‘Academic information’ on each program’s page on the Global Mobility Database.

What can I study?

Our exchange partners offer a wide range of study options that can be credited towards your degree. Availability of subjects will play a big part in determining the destinations you choose.

It is essential you review your course requirements before you apply for exchange to ensure your proposed program can be credited towards your University of Sydney course. Your faculty will assess and approve your overseas study plan, including units of study, after you’ve applied and been nominated for exchange. It is important you preference universities in your application that offer units you can take.

  • When researching program options, compare the subjects available at your prospective host university with those you would otherwise complete here.
  • Explore the ‘Academic Information’ tab under each program in the Database and check the online handbooks available on partner university websites.
  • While you're on exchange, you’ll be enrolled at Sydney in exchange units that provide a generic match for the overseas courses you take.

Help and advice

  • Talk to a Sydney Abroad Peer Adviser at the Student Centre, 9am to 5pm weekdays. They have specific knowledge on different areas of the world and can provide guidance for your application, availability of specific subject areas or an idea of how competitive places are.
  • Watch or attend an information session to find out more about the global mobility opportunities available. Sessions are specific to partners, regions and academic disciplines.
  • There will also be information and drop-in advising sessions. These are available for selected hours at the end of each semester and are held just before applications are due.
  • Attend the Sydney Abroad Fair on Eastern Avenue in April.
  • Attend the Meet and Greet and pre-departure session before you travel.

Sydney Abroad

  • Level 4 Jane Foss Russell Building G02
Opening hours

9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Last updated: 19 August 2019

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