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Your study options

Ways to study at the University
Our faculties and schools offer a large range of study options, providing you with the flexibility to personalise your experience.

Most units of study options are taught alongside full-degree students and provide hands-on experiential learning in an Australian cultural context. All our units of study are taught in English.

If you are coming to the University through a student exchange program you can seek assistance from your institution. Study abroad students are welcome to submit an enquiry sydney.abroad@sydney.edu.au.

About units of study

A unit is an individual subject or class that you take in your degree. If you are an incoming short term, semester-long or year-long student.

When picking units of study, you need to:

  • check that you meet requirements, including pre-requisites (some units of study will require you to complete other units of study first)
  • ensure you can get credit toward your degree for the subjects you choose, you will need to confirm this with your home institution.

Download the study abroad units (pdf, 318KB) to find suitable subjects. From discipline-specific to thematic lists, you can easily navigate our thousands of units of study.

For our semester and year-long programs, most students will study units in areas that they are studying at their home institution.

Internships

Our Study Abroad Internship program lets you develop familiarity with Australian workplace culture and apply your study to workplace situations. This unit of study is only available to study abroad students and offers:  

  • 120 hours of industry placement
  • eight hours of professional development workshops
  • four hours of blackboard discussions
  • four reflective journals
  • one final project report.

To qualify, you need to meet all eligibility requirements. Contact your advisor to apply.

Field-based learning

Experiential learning opportunities are available in some areas of study. Develop a broad range of skills and techniques through field trips or excursions, and gain a deeper understanding of the subject area by undertaking the unit through an intensive period of study. Contact your advisor to apply.

Short-term

For short-term programs, each unit of study is taught in an intensive format and is valued at six credit points. Students can choose either one or two units of study while on a short-term program, one of which can be the internship option.

One semester

For one semester, you’ll typically enrol in four units of study, each valued at six credit points which make up a workload of 24 credit points.

One year

For a one-year program, you will enrol in 48 credit points across two semesters.

Full degree

Students from overseas can apply for a complete degree as an international student.

Enrolment support and advice

Our advisors provide enrolment support and give you advice on your preferred units of study. Advisors also guide you through the enrolment process before arrival and work with you to ensure your enrolment is finalised within the first two weeks of semester.