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Study abroad and exchange

Deciding on a destination

You can nominate up to three university preferences in your exchange application.

Browse our Global mobility database to view the programs available. You can filter results by ranking, level of study, language of instruction and subject areas.

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 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.

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

Many 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 as a filter when you search programs 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.

Making an overseas study plan

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.

Because of strict degree requirements, Dentistry, Medicine, and Veterinary Science do not allow semester or year-long programs, but short programs may be possible.

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 information on potential issues with your application, availability of specific subject areas or an idea of how competitive places are.
  • Come along to an information session, held three times a week throughout the semester, to find out more about the global mobility opportunities available. Sessions are region and discipline specific.
  • There will also be drop-in advising sessions advertised on a semester basis. 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 in April.
  • Attend the Meet and Greet and pre-departure session before you travel.

Sydney Abroad

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9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Last updated: 06 March 2019

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