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Short-term overseas programs

How to apply and destinations

We recommend you start planning your application at least 6 months before you would like to go on a short-term program. This gives you enough time to research your options thoroughly, and get the advice you need before applying. You need to lodge your application before the relevant deadline.

You can apply as early as your second semester, first year to go on a short-term program during the summer break (between December and February).

1. Attend an information session

An information session will help you understand whether you are eligible, where you can go and how to apply. On-campus sessions are run throughout semester and are specific to partners, regions and academic disciplines. Drop-in advising sessions are also run in the middle and end of semester. We also offer online resources and information sessions.

You can also 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.

2. Search for your ideal program

In order to choose your short-term program, you should review the programs available in both the Summer (December to February) and Winter (July - August) break. From 2019, the Winter break has been extended to six weeks to allow you more time to undertake a short-term mobility program.

When short-listing your preferred institutions, you should consider the following:

  • availability of suitable courses
  • the language of instruction
  • how much it will cost, and whether there are scholarships available for your preferred program
  • 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 the host university.

If you would like to complete an overseas study program that is not currently offered by the University of Sydney, contact Sydney Abroad at with details of the institution and/or program and your reasons for wanting to participate.

3. Apply online

To apply, login to the Global Mobility Database with your UniKey and password to start your application. You can save you application at any time and return to it later on.

The School of Education has a suite of pre-approved short-term program options available in Sweden, Spain, Austria, USA and Kenya. You will need to have completed your second last year of study, and not yet commenced your final year, in any of the following programs:

  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Humanities and Social Sciences) and Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Science) and Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Mathematics) and Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Education (Primary)
  • Bachelor of Education (Secondary: Human Movement and Health Education).

Each program will replace an Education 3 or HMHE elective (depending on your program).

School of Psychology

The School of Psychology has a pre-approved short-term exchange program with the University of Bergen, Norway. If approved, you will be enrolled in PSYC3557 (6CP Senior Psychology exchange credit) at the University of Sydney and will be required to complete 9ECTS in Psychology at the University of Bergen through the program.

The University’s School of Languages and Cultures (SLC) offer in-country study within the Open Learning Environment (OLE), enabling students with no prior knowledge of a language to experience language and cultural immersion through a short-term program. You’ll gain 6 credit points for successfully completing an online module, attending a compulsory pre-departure workshop and completing your experience-specific assessment tasks overseas.

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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