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Study overseas with student exchange

Study overseas as part of your degree

Student exchange is an opportunity to see the world and graduate with a global perspective. You’ll improve your communication and practical skills, build confidence and cross-cultural understanding.

Who is this information for?

If you want to know about opportunities to study outside of Australia as part of your degree at the University of Sydney, then this information is for you. If you are an international student considering coming to Sydney on a student exchange or study abroad program, please refer to the section Study in Australia.

Current students should visit the student website.

What is student exchange?

As an outbound exchange student you remain enrolled full-time at the University of Sydney while studying abroad and continue to pay your usual tuition fees and other student fees. A student from your host institution does the same in reverse, and the result is an exchange of students and places.

There are semester and year-long exchange program options. We also offer short-term exchange (from 3 weeks long) options, running in the summer and winter breaks.

Who can go on student exchange?

The student exchange program is open to all current undergraduate students and some postgraduate students. Undergraduate students can apply as early as your 2nd semester, 1st year, to go on exchange, and postgraduate students can apply in their first semester of their masters degree.

What is study abroad?

Study abroad and exchange programs are two different things and vary in the way they are administered by the University of Sydney. Most University of Sydney students going overseas as part of their degree complete student exchange and pay fees here. A study abroad program involves a student enrolling at an overseas institution and paying fees to that university.

If you would like to study for a semester or year at an institution that is not currently partnered with the University of Sydney, please contact Sydney Abroad with details of the institution and/or program and your reasons for wanting to participate. A Sydney Abroad adviser will contact you to discuss your options.

For more information on study abroad and the process for applying, contact sydney.abroad@sydney.edu.au.